Running any event successfully the day after Christmas Day, Boxing Day, would be a challenge for a variety of reasons.

But that is not the case with the Bridgestone Classic Boxing Day tournament held at the Barmera Golf Club.

From humble beginnings in 1996 it has stood the test of time so that in 2014 it attracted 88 players. It has developed into a traditional get together for friends and families in particular.

One of the instigators of the annual event Glenn Millard of Bridgestone, Barmera, won the title with Paul Cummings in 1999 and 2002 but another involved at the start Terry Fisher and his sons Sam and Ben have done better.

Sam and Ben won in 2003, 2007, 2012 and 2013. They finished third in 2014.

Terry and Sam were successful in 2001 and 2006.

The winners of the competition in 2014 were Tyson Swanbury and Doug Johns by a narrow 0.25 of a point from Ashley and Jason Kassulke, winners in 2000. There are reports the Kassulke boys missed some golden opportunities to steal the show in the closing holes.

Amongst those to play in 2014 were obviously St Kilda footballer Sam Fisher and from West Adelaide Jono Beech, Lachy Jennings, Ben Fisher, Chris Bonney and David Hankin.

Also in the field were football legend and the most successful Barmera Monash coach Barry “Buff” Tyrrell and his sons Luke and Mark.

When asked how he performed in the competition Buff`s reply was “I did not win the ‘NAGA’ award”.

 

 

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