Inside Golf : Inside Golf August 2017
people www.insidegolf.com.au | August 2017 53 www.insidegolf.com.au/people 3 generations tee it up David Newber y firstname.lastname@example.org HOW good is golf? It’s a question easily answered by three generations of the golfing Osborn family, who virtually play golf together every week at Keperra Country Club in Brisbane. Doug Osborn, 77, says he can’t wait to tee it up on Saturdays with sons Mark, 55, and Jason, 49, and 22-year-old grandson Brett, who is Mark’s son. “I’m proud of the fact that we can play together as a family and maintain a strong, friendly relationship on and off the course,” said Doug, who joined the club in 1981 and plays off a 20 handicap. “It’s also good that Brett has rejoined the club.” Brett, an 11 marker, first joined the club aged 13, but drifted away from the game three years later to pursue other interests. “I rejoined Keperra last year because the club made it much easier and affordable with their intermediate membership category,” he said. “For me, that was definitely an incentive to come back and I think I can play as an intermediate member for a few more years.” Keperra has a number of enticing intermediate membership categories for golfers aged 18 to 28. Jason, too, joined the club as a 13-year-old and represented Keperra in men’s pennants when he was 16. He went to school with John Senden and played golf with the two-time PGA Tour winner and 2006 Australian Open champion at school and at junior level at the club. In fact, six marker Jason introduced Senden, who did his traineeship at Keperra, to his wife Jackie when she first moved to Brisbane for work. Mark, off 12, told Inside Golf he joined the club in 1992 and hasn’t looked back. “I was a late starter and now I wish I had started playing at junior level,” he said. “Jason and Brett both went through the club’s excellent junior program and that helped them become better players. “Having a good junior program helped Brett because he wouldn’t have been able to play in comps with us as a junior if he had not learnt the skills, rules, etiquette and those things. “Brett and Jason were taught properly and now they enjoy their golf and are competitive.” Keperra’s father and son golf days and weekends away also helped bond the family. “We had a lot of those father and son weekends away,” Jason said. “ The juniors were strong when I first joined the club and it brought everyone together – not just the juniors but fathers and sons going away together. That is why the club has a strong culture today.” A bit of friendly banter isn’t out of the question if someone strays on to an adjoining fairway or misses a short putt. According to Doug, going to golf on a Saturday is like a box of chocolates. “ You never know what you are going to get on the day when you drive through the front gate,” he laughed. Of course, the quartet agrees the camaraderie among the members, the club’s culture and the picturesque, challenging 27-hole golf course adds to their weekly golf fix. The family boasts three holes-in- one with Jason leading the way with two and Doug one. Jason says he enjoys the family networking opportunity golf brings. “ That’s right,” Mark added. “ We are always interested in how each other are going on the course and about how our families are going.” Speaking of networking, Jason, who works for Dulux, has organised a number of corporate golf days at Keperra for the company. “Last year we had 80 players and it’s about giving something back to the club that has given us a lot,” he said. Added Mark: “Keperra is such a great club and the golf course is one you never tire of playing. “Every Saturday I get excited about coming out and playing. I love how the course differs from week-to-week and it’s a course you never get bored playing.” FOOTNOTE: Michael Devereaux, Mark’s brother-in-law, regularly joins the group when one of the Osborns is unavailable or is playing in another group. FAMILY AFFAIR: Three generations of the golfing Osborn family gather at Keperra Golf and Country Club. Patriarch Doug (seated), grandson Brett (left) and Mark and Jason. INSET: Michael Devereaux. So, who is the most competitive golfer within the Osborn family? Without saying a word, Doug, Mark and Brett simultaneously point to Jason and grin. Perhaps winning last month’s RW Hancock Memorial Fourball honourboard event with nephew Brett was a result of Jason’s competitive streak. Doug, too, has his name on the honourboard for winning the Summer Cup. “Dad’s still very competitive, but we always have fun and a few laughs on the course,” Mark said. You never know what you are going to get on the day when you drive through the front gate “ “ » Credit based Membership » Three categories to choose from » Flexible to suit your needs » No joining fee (limited time only) Contact the Club Office for more information on this innovative membership. Phone (08) 9297 3000 or Email email@example.com WA’S NEW APPROACH TO GOLF MEMBERSHIP IS HERE...
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