An ace time for golf pair
TWO Gunabul Par 3 Golf Club members had the experience of a lifetime, rubbing shoulders with golf's elite at the Australian PGA.
Scotty Legge and Tanner Richards both volunteered their time to work at the weekend's championship, held at the Hyatt Coolum, and met some of the world's best golfers.
Legge spent his time working on the driving range while Richards drove the media around the course in a golf cart.
Legge said his job at the driving range was to make sure all the pros had plenty of balls to practise with, get them drinks and to look after them while they were warming up for their rounds.
He said all the pros were marvelous and great to deal with.
"Jason Day, Greg Norman, Bubba Watson - all the big names were absolutely fantastic," Legge said.
"They were really good and great with the kids."
Richards also got to meet the pros while driving the Network Ten media around.
He said he got heaps of autographs and met Day and Bubba as well as Greg Chalmers and Adam Scott.
The James Nash State High School student said one of the best parts of the day was being next to the green for the three way play off to name a winner.
Robert Allenby, Marcus Fraser and Greg Chalmers played off for the title.
"Everyone was behind the ropes to watch the playoff," Richards said.
"But I was right there beside the green," he said.
The Gunabul duo said the highlight of their time was meeting British Open Champion Darren Clarke.
The pair was at a golf clinic held by Greg Norman and Adam Scott when a young fellow in his 20s asked Norman, "How old is too old, to start playing golf".
Greg Norman called over Darren Clarke.
Clarke put the British Open Trophy down on the ground, in front of the aspiring player, and said, "I am 42 and I got one."
Clarke then posed for photos, prestigious trophy in hand, with the public.
Legge said the exchange showed the young player he still had more than 20 years to reach that goal.
Another great memory for Legge was meeting Greg Norman.
"He is awesome for 55. He is so chiselled and fit," Legge said.
"He was also so giving, not only to the kids but to the adults and other players."
He said at one stage Norman was helping players with their swings on the driving range trying to improve their game.
"He is giving back to the sport."
Legge and Richards were given the opportunity to volunteer at the PGA through their involvement with the Invincibles junior golf tour - Legge as an official and Richards as a player.
Legge did the score boarding last year. Next year the boys hope to nab prize roles as caddies.