Larry Fragomeni has been a continual member of the Barmera Golf Club since about 1975. He can remember when there were only two greens on the course and recalls when the others were planted in 1975 and 1976.
He loves golf and often is seen on the practice fairway. If not there, he is playing a couple of times a week. Wednesday is his day. Teeing off around 9am with his mates is something Larry really looks forward to.
Larry does heaps around the course. Mowing is one task but laying the foundations and pipes for the dual watering system on some fairways was a big job Larry took part in.
Larry has had two holes in one. You can see the record of one on our board. The other was only seen by his partner on the 11th during a practice round.
With 41 points recently, his 19 handicap might be in jeopardy.
The club thanks Larry for his work around the course and wishes him well over this season
Well, we’re well into the winter season, even though it’s still autumn, and the cool weather is creeping in, including the odd dust storm, but still no rain to really speak of. Despite this, the course is looking great.
The Carter Quality Meat Trophy finished off the last month, 31st March, but hadn’t been played when the last report was submitted, so congratulations to John Dawes for winning that Par comp with +1. He actually came second but a visitor, C. Grundel, won the day with +3. As he was a visitor, he’s ineligible to win the main prize, so when he returns, he’ll be presented with some pro v balls and a Barmera Golf Cap. Steve Morrell and Tyson Swanbury came next, square with the card.
A small field played on the Easter Monday holiday-Stroke. Matt Starkey won the day with a net 71 and Jordan Wright second with net 73. This was for a club trophy.
The next Saturday, 7th April, was a Stableford round for the Dennis Hodgson trophywhich was taken out by Tyson Swanbury with 40 points. R. Formiatti, E.V. Hensbergen & P. Keane followed with 38 points.
Saturday 14th April was the next monthly medal round playing for the Carpet Cleaning Man Trophy in a stroke comp. Unfortunately, the numbers were down due to the high winds, however, 28 players braved the weather and had a crack. A Grade saw Tyson Swanbury win with net 73, followed by Kym Sampson net 74. In the B Grade, Dave Hastwell won with a net 68. The wind must have corrected slices. Second for B’s was David Agg & Ian Girdler with net 73. All this said, Dave Hastwell’s score earned him the privilege cup until the next monthly medal day, so, hopefully you’ll all shout a refill of the cup for Dave before the next cup round. The Legend of the Month for March was also presented, even though the recipient wasn’t here for it, and that went to Peter Fisher for the outstanding, 47 Stableford point win on the 17th April. Thanks to Riverland Skips () for supplying $20 club vouchers for the Legend of the Month for this year. Today was also the 1st qualifying round for the Brian Frost Handicap Match play. In your program, you may have noticed there was to be a Scotland v Germany challenge as well. Unfortunately, this did not take place as it was decided because there was so much going on around the club, we’ll have the challenge later in the year. As I have said previously, it’ll give you all time to decide whether you wish to be a tongue rolling, skirt wearing Scot, or an inventive, reliable, vee haf vays of making you talk, German.
Saturday 21st was the 2 person Ambrose day, sponsored by Ken & Craig Moore. It was a nice change and a bit of fun than the regular Saturday comps. This was won by the unlikely dynamic duo of Chris McLoughlin and Matt Starkey with 61.25 points. Second was Twisty Martin & Michael Eisner with 64.50. Thanks again to the Moories for sponsoring the day.
Saturday 28th April was the Coca Cola Amatil Trophy day-Stableford. It was also the 2ndround of the Morrell Clan Shield. 36 players took the fairways and the outstanding score of the day went to Steve (I think I can win my own shield) Morrell with 41 points. The next best went to Tyson Swanbury on 38 points. Surprisingly, no par 3 birdies for the day, but Tyson did have a few on some others.
The hole in one remains on $1000.
A big thanks again to all those sponsors for the month. Without them we’d only be winning boring Barmera dollars, although they have proved to be quite useful on the bar. I urge any winners to please thank the sponsors and urge all our members to please support the businesses that support our club.
Kicking off the month of May on Saturday 5th, is the Pump Doctor Trophy aka Rob Formiatti-Stableford.
A reminder to all that the Barmera Open is about six weeks away, and I encourage you all to bring a friend or two to enjoy a weekend on our fabulous course.
Members at Work.
My most consistent theme is that we will only continue to improve is if we the members do the work. We now have a solid roster of fairway mowers. Steve Brown, Tommy Tucker, Paul Keane, Dave Babbage, Joffa Rosbergen and John Dawes all take turns in mowing the fairways and presenting our course at its best each week.
Terry Fisher has undertaken to trim trees so that the rough cutter fits under them. Twisty Martin removed the first lot of debris last week. We intend to do a fair bit of this type of work in the coming weeks and will be looking for YOUR help.
A huge thankyou to David Agg for his job on the cement path in front of the clubhouse. Dave had to clean the path and then add a coat of primer and two coats of sealant. An important job well done.
Our History is Important
David Ormsby played a very significant role in Riverland golf. Although based in Renmark he undoubtedly was the Riverland’s golf professional. David was an exceptional golf coach who had the capacity to coach each person as an individual, working with what they had. He greatly enjoyed all of the time he spent” teaching” golf. He was overly generous with both his time and his golf deals. Many of us would buy equipment from his shop on his day off so that we paid somewhere near a full price. He never charged a junior for a golf lesson saying that if the youngster became a golfer some club some-where would reap the benefit.
When we had to redesign our sixteenth hole due to insurance problems he was only too pleased to help. He designed the hole as a “risk and reward” hole. The hole is designed so that it can be played with minimum risk by hitting a straight shot of about 170 metres and then a full shot to a big green. It can also be attacked with a driver, but if you are not extremely accurate you will be punished!
The next time you play the sixteenth give ORMS a thought!
While on the topic of history our A’grade Pennant team (Tyson Swanbury, Sasha Pietrolaj, Rod Bedford, Will Swinstead, Doug Johns, Twisty Martin and Jordan Wright are undefeated after three rounds. It would be great if they could make it four pennants in a row.
The B and C grade sides are both still strong chances for finals action. It was only two seasons ago Barmera won all three pennants.
Along with our regular summer comps, starting on the 20th October, will be a Friday twilight comp every second week until March.
It’s a nine-hole comp with a twist. Each fortnight a different nine will be played, the list will be up shortly. It will also be advertised in the local paper for all comers. Tee off is between 3.30 pm to 6 pm. Cost is at this stage $5 entry with $3 going back to the club and the pool of $2 from each player going to the winner of the day. There will a sausage sizzle at the end of the days play.
At the end of the program in March, there will be a top ten shoot out for the top ten scorers over the twilight season. A minimum 4 rounds must be played to qualify. You earn points each round if you finish in the top ten on the day and your best scores in 4 games will be added together for your final score at the end of the season. Play as many times as you like over the season. They are all individual rounds, except the first round is a two-man ambrose where you both can earn up to 10 points for a win. The scoring is stableford off your handicap.. Dougie Johns and Tyre Power in Renmark are promoting and supporting this event for us and putting up a small prize at the end.
Look forward to seeing you out there!
Our 2017 Spring Classic was a terrific weekend. The day was sponsored by Laser Electrical & Plumbing, Aussie Party Hire, Barmera Country Club and CUB, along with former players tony Ellis and Dale McPherson.
Over 90 players competed in the Stableford Saturday and Stroke Sunday events. As is our tradition the top six players in the stroke round then competed in the four hole Barmera Country ClubSKINS. This year the successful players were Daniel Gilmore (Murray Bridge), Tyson Swanbury (Barmera), Ian McHugh (Berri), Kevin Martin (Barmera), Greg Shields (Renmark) and Colin Hyde (Renmark Veteran).
The SKINS were of a high standard with local Twisty Martin winning two skins and Murray Bridge golfer Daniel “Happy” Gilmore winning two skins each.
The Spring Classic is the weekend’s main event and it is won by the person with the best net score. This year Pieter Rosbergen, visiting from WA managed a net 66 and was crowned overall winner.
The ladies event was won by Simone Bedford.
Others to do well were: