(Front, from left) Trish Roberts, Melissa Chalk, (back) Shane, Jay and Justin Roberts on the Warwick Golf Course on New Year’s Day.
(Front, from left) Trish Roberts, Melissa Chalk, (back) Shane, Jay and Justin Roberts on the Warwick Golf Course on New Year’s Day. Gerard Walsh

Golf a true family affair

JAY Roberts always sets targets in the sport of golf.

After cutting his handicap from 17 to 11 last year, Jay wants to reduce it to one or scratch this year.

If practice makes perfect, he is at the Warwick Golf Club each day of the week during the school holidays except his designated rest days of Monday and Tuesday.

He isn't sure whether he wants to pursue a professional golf career but anyone who can reduce their handicap to scratch has that option.

Jay has a bit of coaching with professional Rob McConnell and trainee professional Phil Covill.

This year, there may be a little less golf for Jay due to Year 12 but he is confident his improvement can continue with three days of golf each week.

"My main aim is to be consistent," Jay said.

Yesterday, he started his 2012 year of golf with a family social day.

He was joined on the course by his parents Justin and Trish Roberts, brother Shane and Shane's girlfriend Melissa Chalk.

The Roberts family plays a couple of social days a year at the Warwick Golf Club.

"The family played on our wedding anniversary in April and we hope to do the same again this year," Trish said.

The first day of 2012 was the first day of Melissa's golf career.

"I was happy to hit the ball," she said.

A natural left-hander, she played right-handed yesterday.

Justin said a family day at the course was a chance for a break from the family business at the Jackie Howe Motel.

"We have been doing a bit of renovating lately so it was good to get away for a day," Justin said.

While son Shane is a champion go kart driver rather than a regular golfer, Justin was still happy to beat his motor racing son on the golf course.

Covill said the golf course had been a popular spot during the Christmas period.

"We have attracted approximately 500 social players between Christmas and New Year," Covill said.

"The weather has been great for golf.

"I estimate half the players at this time of the year are visitors. Many are travelling through from interstate.

"They absolutely talk about the top condition of the course."

The Warwick Golf Club attracted a record 88 players in the Red Rooster Rumble on Friday which was won by Darrell Collins with 27 points on a countback from Allan Matthews.

The club is open for social play from 8am to 6pm each day with players welcome to sign in at the pro shop.

The first competitions for 2012 are the Warwick Sporters Golf Club competition on Wednesday and then the January monthly medal on Saturday.

Work is continuing on the reconstruction of the new 18th green which has been moved further away from the clubhouse.


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