Professional Timothy Porter does his best to stay dry as Donna Burraston putts during the annual Burrum District Golf Club Pro am on Saturday.
Professional Timothy Porter does his best to stay dry as Donna Burraston putts during the annual Burrum District Golf Club Pro am on Saturday. Alistair Brightman Fraproa

Mother nature tees up wild day

THE saying “a bad day on the golf course is better than a good day in the office” rings true for most.

Well, that wasn't the case for Donna Burraston at her golf club in Howard on Saturday.

She would have much rather been at work than playing in the annual Burrum District Golf Club Pro am.

But she wasn't.

Burraston was one of the many amateurs who braved the awful conditions Mother Nature provided to play alongside the professionals in the $10,000 tournament.

Non-stop rain, wind and the biting cold made for less than perfect conditions for all the players.

Burraston said she won't have many fond memories of the day.

“The company was great but the conditions were so horrific,” she said.

“They were without doubt the worst that I've ever played in – it was so cold that I was shivering for most of the round.

“I struggled to put the tee in the ground because my hand was shivering.

“No wonder I had a shocker.

“I wish I had more brains and pulled out of the event,” she laughed.

While Burraston said she had a shocker of a round, she had nothing but admiration for the professionals.

“To play as well as they did in those conditions was a fantastic effort,” she said.

As for the result, Sam West, Timothy Porter, who played in Burraston's group, and Clinton Lourens shared the major slice of the prize money after finishing in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard.

The trio carded one over par rounds of 71.

Hervey Bay's Shane Tait and Chris Taylor finished tied for sixth after rounds of 73.

Another Whale City professional, Matthew Keegan, finished tied for 25th after a 79.



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