Golf skip­per our first sports star

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Finley’s Ian Armer is our in­au­gu­ral Sports Star of the Week.

When the lo­cal pain­ter isn’t paint­ing houses he’s of­ten on the golf course cap­tain­ing the Finley Golf Club pen­nant team.

He be­came pen­nant cap­tain in Septem­ber last year af­ter for­mer pen­nant cap­tain Barry Wil­son re­tired from the role.

Armer en­joyed suc­cess in his first year as skip­per, with the club claim­ing the Mid Mur­ray Four­ball Pen­nant last week, its third ti­tle in four years.

One of the key things the tal­ented golfer im­ple­mented was to bring in younger play­ers to the pen­nant squad.

‘‘We say younger, but we’re still mid­dle aged,’’ Armer said with a laugh.

Armer has adopted a more so­cial ap­proach to his cap­taincy by en­cour­ag­ing Finley’s golfers to stay around af­ter games to so­cial with the other teams.

‘‘I want play­ers that want to play ev­ery week be­cause they love it.

‘‘Most clubs have a good bunch of blokes that we en­joy hav­ing a beer and a yarn with.’’

Armer is a keen golfer with over 30 years of play­ing the sport and has an im­pres­sive hand­i­cap of three.

He said his big­gest strength is his chip­ping and ‘‘get­ting out of trou­ble’’.

‘‘I en­joy play­ing the four hours to take my mind off things.’’

Armer said he also en­joys play­ing at his lo­cal club which says is helped by the friendly at­mos­phere thanks to the vol­un­teers.

‘‘Our vol­un­teer base is sec­ond to none.

‘‘Full credit to what they do to en­sure the sur­vival of the club.’’

Out­side of golf, Armer runs his own paint­ing busi­ness Ian Armer Paint­ing and Dec­o­rat­ing.

An­other of his pas­sions is coach­ing his son’s un­der 12s cricket side.

‘‘It’s about in­tro­duc­ing them to the sport and watch­ing them de­velop.

‘‘The best part about coach­ing the younger play­ers is giv­ing them a go ev­ery week­end,’’ Armer said.

Ian Armer.

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