Inside Golf : Inside Golf February 2015
legends 62 February 2015 | www.insidegolf.com.au For Barry, the numbers add up David Newber y email@example.com COP THAT: Barry Burns has stayed the distance and does not intend to slow down. OCTOGENERIAN Barry Burns is a stayer – not a sprinter. When the 83-year-old decides to sink his teeth into an activity he loves, like playing golf or number crunching, he sticks with it. Next month, Barry, a life member of the NSW Police Golf Club, will attend his 56th consecutive Australian Police Golf Championship played across four venues on the Gold Coast (Lakelands, Arundel Hills, Glades and Palmer Gold Coast). And that’s not all. The former career policeman last year racked up 50 years as NSW Police Golf Club treasurer. That’s right, 50 years and counting. Either Barry loves crunching numbers or no-one else wants the job. Barry suggests it’s the latter. “I enjoy it and don’t think anyone else will take it on,” he said. “It’s the same with all social clubs – only a few people will put up their hand to run it.” When it comes to golf, Barry, a man with a wonderful sense of humour, rarely misses an event, but he recalls missing one in 1956 and when asked why he said: “The Olympic Games were on in Melbourne and I was running for Australia in the sprints.” Of course, he was only joking. “I was only a young constable then and couldn’t play,” he said What keeps Barry involved with the NSW Police Golf Club is the camaraderie within the club. “ That’s the best thing about the club,” said the retired detective chief inspector, who dedicated 43 years to police service. “The camaraderie, the mates you’ve worked with and now play golf with make it special. They are a good bunch of blokes. “It’s also about getting to know the community who we play golf with as well. Everyone has joined to make it a good club.” Aside from the police club, Barry has been a member of Strathfield Golf Club, or Royal Strathfield as he calls it, for the past 23 years. “I’m off a 21 handicap now, but I once played off 14,” he said. “I haven’t improved greatly over the years. “I love golf but it doesn’t love me,” he laughed. Still, Barry has had a few victories along the way including winning the C grade title at the Australian Police Golf Championship in 2006 at Alice Springs. The Australian Police Golf Championships C grade trophy has been named the Barry Burns Trophy. Barry also won the NSW Police GC club championship in 2006 and the C grade nett in 2013. He also won the 54-hole Steve Engel Perpetual Trophy in 2001 with the late Wally Cooper and was runner-up with Andy Barker in 2005, 2006-’07-’08 and 2013. “That is a special trophy,” Barry said. “Steve was a retired police inspector who donated a trophy to the club on his death. “In his Will, he left us some money and we play for the trophy every year. “Steve was my physical training inspector when I first joined the police.” Barry also has four career holes-in- one. He says the strength of his game is “chatter to put the other blokes off”. As a detective, Barry came across people from all walks- of-life. “It was a great job,” said Barry who at different times was in charge of the homicide squad, safe squad, drug squad and fraud squad. “You get to meet many people – both good and bad.” Barry says he has never seen anyone cheat at golf, but he did witness a runaway golf cart while golfing. “I watched as an unsupervised golf cart went down a hill and into a lagoon and submerged,” he said. “ The boys had parked it on the hill and were looking at their shots when the golf cart rolled straight down the hill and into the pond.” When Barry is not playing golf, which is three or four times a week, he enjoys spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids. “I also swim three days a week, but golf is a great source of entertainment,” he said. “I have met a lot of good people at the Australian Police Golf Championships and the golf clubs I’m in. It makes life worthwhile.” • THE LANDMARK NELSON BAY Reservations: (02) 4984 4633 | Freecall: 1800 200 755 | Group Consultant: (02) 4984 8963 | Fax: (02) 4984 4677 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Groups Email: email@example.com Traditional Golf Package 2 x Nights Accommodation 1 x Round of Golf at Nelson Bay From: Twin Share - $200 per person Quad Share - $150 per person Championship Golf Package 2 x Nights Accommodation 1 x Round of Golf at Nelson Bay 1 x Round of Golf at Pacific Dunes From: Twin Share - $310 per person Quad Share - $265 per person Packages are subject to availability at time of booking and exclude all long weekends, public holidays and Xmas school holidays.
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