Golf skipper our first sports star
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.