Having lost a newer member in Kevin Castwood in recent days, the Leongatha Golf Club has now also lost one of its stalwarts in the form of John McDonald. John passed away earlier this week, aged 87.
Although I did not know John personally, fellow long-time members, Frank and Shirley Welsford, have informed me that John played a big part in the formative years of course development at our wonderful course here at Leongatha South. John spent every day for 4 years working on the course as it was being developed from the virgin bushland that the course resides in. I’m sure it was much harder work then than we have to do nowadays. For this, along with his fellow early volunteers at the course, we are eternally grateful.
In addition to being a wonderful volunteer, John was also a very good golfer. In fact, he won the first Club Championship held at our course here in 1961, and then followed this up with wins in 1968 and 1971.
We extend sympathy to his family on his passing.