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Active Retirees : Active Retirees April-May 2012
PROBUS INTEREST GROUP 58 | www.probussouthpacific.org F or a year now, the Darwin Golf Group has been offering Probus members exercise and fellowship. Of course, there’s also the thrill of connecting club with ball and seeing it fly down the fairway, says Group Coordinator Johnno Scott. At 82, Johnno is a self-confessed 'golf nut'. He has recruited men and women, amateurs and advanced golfers. Depending on the weather, the group can swell to as many as nine players, and interest is growing. “We seem to be gathering a bit of speed,” he says. “A few say they haven’t played before, but they’re keen to have a go.” An initiative of Probus Club Darwin, the Darwin Golf Group tees off once a month at golf courses in Gardens Park, Palmerston and the Marrara Sporting Complex. A typical day starts with five to seven holes. Johnno points out, however, that it’s no ordinary game of golf. “We play as a team and everyone gets a hit, even if you don’t know anything about golf.” Sure, there will be a few 'airies' (a swing and a miss). But in this group’s rulebook, these are considered practice swings. “We also don’t believe balls get lost, because they must be somewhere,” Johnno adds, laughing. In full swing A year after its first game, the Darwin Golf Group is as popular as ever. By Leanne Mezrani
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