Doug’s a demon for getting things done

Life member Doug Stokes (88) on the mower at Mosman Park Golf Club.
Life member Doug Stokes (88) on the mower at Mosman Park Golf Club.

‘If someone’s busy and they need some help, I’ll help,’ Stokes said.

He spent four hours mowing fairways last Monday.

Doug, the former co-owner of Stokes and Rank Automotive on Hay Street, Subiaco, took up golf at the club after an invitation from friends in 1982.

He was club president in 1989-90, captain 1993-95, gained life membership in 1999 and currently plays with a 36 handicap after reaching 18 strokes.

‘I like the open air when playing golf and the challenge because you’re the one trying to do something by putting that ball in that hole and no one is fighting you like in other sports,’ Stokes said.

Club professional Tony Howell has been at the club for 16 years and said Doug had never refused a request for work including course construction and maintenance, while course superintendent Neil Jones said that without Doug’s assistance the task of maintaining the course would be much more difficult.