Queensland rep Gemmell left without an Ipswich club

LOYAL TO END: Ipswich Golf Club champion Adam Gemmell is uncertain about his playing future.
LOYAL TO END: Ipswich Golf Club champion Adam Gemmell is uncertain about his playing future. Sarah Harvey

HAVING spent a major part of his life at the Ipswich Golf Club, Adam Gemmell is feeling lost this week.

The five-time Ipswich club champion and state representative is unsure where he will play golf or what happens next after the historic club was closed last Friday.

"I'm only 27 and it's been my second home for nearly that many years," Gemmell said.

"It will always be my home club no matter where I go.

"Representing my state, Ipswich was my home club. There's not too many of us that have represented Queensland from Ipswich."

Gemmell, who lives near the Leichhardt course, became a club member as a junior.

He said the club's players and members were financial until June 30.

"Come the end of the financial year, everyone will have to make a decision as to what they're going to do," the loyal clubman said.

"I haven't joined anywhere at the moment.

"The pennants season hasn't come up yet so I'll wait and see what happens."

The 116-year-old Ipswich Golf Club was shut down on Friday morning after rescue efforts by

P.A. Lucas and Company and members failed to save the iconic 18-hole course.

Gemmell played his last round the Saturday before.

"We knew it was getting close," Gemmell said.

"We sort of had ideas it wouldn't be too long until the administrators finally locked the doors."

Redevelopment and flood issues caused financial problems the Samford Road club was unable to recover from.

"I'm not too sure what a majority of the members are going to do," Gemmell said.

"I think quite a few are going to try to wait and see whether one of the potential buyers does buy the place."

The Ipswich Golf Club's assets, including land, buildings, catering and function facilities, are up for sale.



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