Date: September 20, 2017
Author: Golf Australia

AFL boys always find time for golf

Naturally, Jack Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna and Sam Fisher would all prefer to be on the MCG on the last Saturday in September.

But you can bet your bottom dollar that the Richmond champ and St Kilda stars will take a walk down any fairway they can as a consolation prize.

The AFL heroes all took time out this week to indulge their second sporting love in preparation for Golf Month this October.

And judging by the impressive swings each rolled out in filming segments for the upcoming promotion, it’s obviously not their first rodeo.

“I love golf, absolutely – it’s one of my great passions,” Tigers hero Riewoldt said.

“We don’t always have time to play a full round with other commitments, but I get to all kinds of golf facility whenever I can.

“If I can’t get to the course, I’ll hit a few balls at the range like today (or) I might go to a simulator, like X-Golf. Or I might even go and sneak in a few holes of putt-putt just to keep it all fun.”

Retiring Saints champ Montagna is so keen to improve his game now he has a bit more spare time that he’s even put off surgery to ensure he makes the most of a golfing summer ahead.

“I was meant to be getting this (right hand little) finger fused straight after I finished footy, but I don’t want to miss out on this first couple of months of golf I’ve got available,” he enthused.

“I’m going to take a few lessons and see if I can get away without it for a while … maybe do it when it gets a bit colder next winter again so there’s no time-out from the progress.”

Fisher, once a member of junior South Australian golf teams, can’t wait to be able to return more regularly to the links now his footy days are also past.

“I’m not sure if the body will let me get through (the ball) like I once did, but golf’s always been, and always going to be, special to me,” he said.

“I always look forward to a hit every summer with as many of the guys as I can, but now I’ve got a bit more spare time so hopefully I’ll try to get the game back in shape again.”