Life membership the perfect parting gift
With the sun shining so brightly off his head, he’s known as the man you can see coming from a mile away.
But for Deon Hunt, he brings so much more than just laughs to the Chinchilla Golf Club.
A member of the club for 32 years and on the committee all but one year since 1997, Hunt has poured his blood, sweat and tears into making the CGC enjoyable for everyone.
On December 7, Hunt was bestowed the highest award available, to recognise his exceptional contribution to the club when he became a life member.
Joining only a total of 16 other life members, the award was a complete shock for Hunt, but one he was honoured to receive.
“It’s a huge privilege to become a life member today,” he said.
“They aren’t given out willy-nilly and to just anybody.”
With limited people willing to donate that much time and energy into a sporting organisation, Hunt was awarded life membership for the impact he made to the club.
He has helped with maintenance, care of the greens, was president for two terms and has been on the committee for a number of years.
Struggling with membership numbers in the recent times, the club has found that people weren’t willing to put their hand up to help the club. But not Hunt.
He was never backwards in coming forwards.
“It’s as simple as I do it because I love doing it,” he said.
“Sticks on the course are my pet hate so in my spare time I will go and pick them up.
“There’s always something to do.”
Hunt was so well known around the club as the volunteer who does it all. So much so that when he walks into the clubhouse, people say “well Deon’s here, now he can take over”.
Saturday was also a bittersweet moment for Hunt, as he played his last game at the club for sometime.
Due to a promotion in Toowoomba, he is uprooting his life and moving there.
The decision was an extremely difficult one for the golfer, leaving behind some treasured memories from his time with the club.
“It’s just great being involved in such as special club,” he said.
“My highlights have been the fellowship, drinking and just overall having a good time.
“My mates are going to be the thing that I will miss the most.
“They heckle me all the time and make jokes about my hair, calling me the man with the luscious locks.
“But there are plenty more people I can annoy in Toowoomba.”
His mates are going to miss his valuable contribution to the club and the numerous hours he has put in to making it what it is today.
Known for drinking, they will also miss his wallet.
“Will be losing $100 a week in the bar tab,” one of them said jokingly.