Kumbia golfer balances his two great loves
GOLF: Until five years ago, Kumbia Golf Club member John Van Schyndel spent every afternoon on the golf course.
The six-handicapper said he would be off scratch if it wasn't for the other passion in his life, his family.
"Before we had kids I used to hit a lot of balls," he said.
"The missus used to work late so I'd go down to the golf club after work."
The proud dad loves his family but with three children under five it doesn't allow any time to work on his short game.
"These days I only hit balls when I play in competition," Van Schyndel said.
"I'd be playing off scratch if it wasn't for my chipping."
The left-hander knows how good he could be, he just has to hit those impressive shots on a regular basis.
"On a good day I can play to scratch but you have to keep that consistency," he said.
Van Schyndel was preparing for the VW Scramble team event at Kingaroy Golf Club on Saturday.
The experienced golfer knows what it takes to succeed in the competition after finishing fourth in the national round of last year's VW Scramble final.
The Australia-wide event is a four-man ambrose competition where the best ball is taken after each person plays their shot.
The ideal team is one with a balance of experienced players and high handicappers.
After nearly 20 years playing golf, Van Schyndel said he tried to help the newer golfers without being over the top.
"I try to get the best out of them by directing them a little bit," he said.
"You don't want them to get too many thoughts in their head because it can affect their game."
Kingaroy Golf Club captain Steve Oliphant said the winning team in the club level VW Scramble moved onto the next stage in the national competition.
"Whoever wins today goes on to represent the club at the regional level of the competition at Pelican Waters Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast," Oliphant said.
"We have players today from clubs all over the South Burnett, including Nanango and Kumbia."
The 2019 winners of the VW Scramble at Kingaroy Golf Club were Shaun Hoffmann, Jacob Heidrich, Kieran Askin and Peter Hourn.