GOOD GAME: Club manager Graeme Johnson is playing and leaving after many years as manager of the Calliope Country Club.
GOOD GAME: Club manager Graeme Johnson is playing and leaving after many years as manager of the Calliope Country Club. Mike Richards GLA110217GOLF

Honour for Calliope Country Club stalwart

GOLF: The opening day of competition at Calliope Country Club teed off a busy period for the club.

Saturday's 55-player turnout for the single stroke competition was lower than expected due to the high temperature, but the quality of golf did not wilt in the heat.

Wayne Scarpella took out the event on the par-72 course, with David Pfidze second and Russell Spencer third.

This Saturday's competition will be a single stableford event with a 7am tee-off.

The weekly veterans' competition is also on every Thursday for players aged 55 and above.

There are regular competitions at Calliope, but March will be a significant month on the club's calendar.

Long-serving club manager Graeme Johnson will retire on March 26 after more than 23 years with the club.

The club will honour Johnson's dedication and commitment on Sunday, March 5, with a two-person Ambrose event at 10am with a shotgun start.

All members and visitors are invited.

Club secretary John Pearce said Johnson, apart from forgetting to hit the ball down the middle of the fairway on occasions, had a "phenomenal memory”.

"I've never struck a bloke like him,” Pearce said.

"He remembers people he hasn't seen for years and knows everything about them when he sees them,” he said.

"He's an average golfer like most of us who spray them a fair bit.

"We all do a fair bit of walking and a fair bit of looking.”

Johnson and wife Lea will move to the north side of Brisbane upon retirement, moving closer to family.

However, finding another course to play on will be a difficult task.

The club will host a farewell dinner for Johnson on Saturday, April 1, starting at 6pm.

Phone the club on 49757454 for a ticket.

Bookings are essential.