Short game helps long golf­ing ca­reer

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Kenji Sato

Justin Speirani picked up his first golf club when he was 15 and has been ob­sessed with the game ever since.

He prides him­self on his strong short game, which gave him the com­pet­i­tive edge needed to launch his pro­fes­sional golf­ing ca­reer back in 1990.

‘‘I’ve cer­tainly been lucky to have a good short game and a good put­ter. It makes it a lit­tle bit eas­ier to drive the ball straighter these days,’’ he said.

Speirani has worked as the di­rec­tor of golf at the Co­bram Ba­rooga golf club for the past 15 years, where he has hosted tour­na­ments and en­cour­ages com­mu­nity mem­bers to share his love of the game.

‘‘The club is prob­a­bly the ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion for Co­bram and Ba­rooga,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s an en­joy­able place to work and has two great golf cour­ses.’’

The club has 36 holes and two cham­pi­onship stan­dard golf cour­ses on which reg­u­lar tour­na­ments are held.

The club’s most pop­u­lar course is known to lo­cals as ‘the old golf course’, but Speirani said there was a spe­cial place in his heart for the less pop­u­lar west golf course.

‘‘I think the west course is the most un­der­val­ued golf course in the col­lec­tion of cour­ses on the Mur­ray,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a longer golf course with wider fair­ways and it’s the type of course I pre­fer to play. There’s no weak holes out there — it’s just a re­ally good golf course.’’

The old golf course is slightly shorter, nar­rower, with smaller greens and nar­rower fair­ways, but is the higher rated and more iconic of the two cour­ses.

‘‘It’s more well known be­cause it’s the orig­i­nal course. It’s al­ways known as ‘the’ old golf course. You go to Co­bram to play ‘the’ old golf course.

‘‘They’re both beau­ti­ful cour­ses and I love work­ing here.’’

Golf di­rec­tor: Co­bram Ba­rooga Golf Club’s Justin Speirani.

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