Brett Dioth will be one of the 20 golfers aiming to hold their nerve when they step on to the ninth tee at the Maryborough Golf Club tonight.
Brett Dioth will be one of the 20 golfers aiming to hold their nerve when they step on to the ninth tee at the Maryborough Golf Club tonight. Richard Harvey

Brett ready for Sunset Shootout

GOLF: It has been a case of hit and miss for Brett Dioth for the past five years.

Missing the green on the par three ninth hole in the annual Sunset Shootout competition at the Maryborough Golf Club has been a regular occurrence.

It’s something the 45-year-old is not aiming to do tonight.

Whether he can do it remains to be seen and that also applies to the other 19 players from throughout the Fraser Coast who will also have one single shot at glory.

All 20 in the competition, who include juniors as well as senior women and men, earned their chance to win the first prize, a set of golf clubs, by answering a question on MIX FM.

The last player will win their chance today.

Only four players who teed off in the Shootout 12 months ago found the green with their shots while the rest either saw their little white ball end up in a watery grave, one of the four greenside bunkers or roll off the green and out of contention.

The ball must stay on the green and whoever finishes nearest the pin wins.

Sounds simple enough, but Dioth, who plays off an impressive handicap of five, said it was not as easy as it sounds.

“When your time comes to get up on the tee it’s a whole new ball game,” he laughed.

“The hole looks a whole lot harder for a start – it looks pretty intimidating to be honest.

“There is no doubt that having all the other players around and the crowd watching (more than 100 people are expected to crowd round the green tonight to watch all the drama unfold) can play mind games with you.

“Amateur players are just not used to teeing off in a situation like this so that’s why this competition is unique and is growing in popularity each year.

“I love having a shot at it and hopefully I’ll get it on the green this time.

“Well, I did birdie the hole on Wednesday but I know that won’t count for nothing come today.”

Maryborough professional Kevin Law said Dioth was without doubt one of the favourites to win.

“He’s the lowest handicapper in the event so he should feature,” Law said.

“But that doesn’t guarantee success.

“The key is who can handle the pressure – many have tried and failed over the years because they cracked under the pressure.”

Shooting stars

Robert Griffin, Nicholas Ryan, Lloyd Roberts, Lou Jessen, Chris Coulch, Peter Waters, Brett Dioth, Les Ison, Kayla Ryan, Stephen Wroe, Marvin Reck, Steve Cameron, Kevin Montieth, Luke Waters, Dave Miller, Trish McKenna, Lachlan Waldock, Rod Tebay, Rod Lucht



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