Father and son share love of golf with other 'slashers'
AT a time most of Warwick is still sleeping on a Sunday morning, the members of the Langham Slashers Social Group are on their way to the golf course.
Two of the early birds each Sunday are father-and-son combination Steve and Colbain Boughton.
Steve is the secretary/treasurer of the Langham Slashers and his son Colbain is a regular at the nine-hole competition each Sunday from 6.45am.
"I have played golf for three years, including the seven months when I was at Victor Harbour in South Australia through work," Steve said.
Steve has a home-based business and Colbain is home schooled but they can be often spotted at the Warwick Golf Club at 5.30am or 6am hitting a few drives for practice.
As well as Langham Slashers events, the father-and-son play in some charity events on a Sunday at the Warwick Golf Club.
"We played in the last Bushkids day," Steve said.
In between school and golf, Colbain has a part-time job and a school-based apprenticeship in carpentry.
At age 15, Colbain is improving all the time, cutting his handicap from 40 when he started in the sport last year to 21.
For Steve, it is the more the merrier in the Langham Slashers.
In the past year, the Slashers have become a group within the Warwick Golf Club.
"Three-quarters of our members are also members of the golf club," he said.
Kevin and Craig Locke, Bill and Josh Manwaring are other father-and-son combinations in Langham Slashers.
The early mornings will be even earlier this week with the Langham Slashers heading to the Clifton Golf Club for a 6.45am hit off.
Steve said the club had an away trip to clubs like Stanthorpe, Clifton, Allora, Tenterfield, Woodenbong, Inglewood and Millmerran monthly.
In a concession that the days are getting shorter and the morning's cooler, the first Sunday competition in May will start at 7.30am.
Last Sunday, the group attracted 17 players out of its membership of 30.
"We average 15," Steve said.
"The Langham Slashers have wonderful sponsorship with prizes donated for each week's competition."
New members welcome on Sundays or can call captain Brendon Landrigan on 0413 502640.