Record-breaking Jay Ar’s inspiration

By Robert Muir

Jay Ar Martin’s effort for his record-breaking 11th A Grade Club Champion title in both champion and handicap champion titles was inspired by his wife Joy.

“Joy said, ‘you can never win a handicap event’,” he explained. “As Baxter (Droop) was playing so well I had to work hard on my game and fortunately enough I posted a pretty good score.”

That ‘pretty good score’ back in June was also a record club champion score, with rounds of 69, 64, 73 and 69 for a 13-under-par total of 275, winning by a record 26 shots.   

Martin, who turned 35-years-of-age last Saturday, was formally declared the 2019 champion to a standing ovation at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s Christmas Party/Presentation Night last Sunday.

In 2018, he drew level with Gary Page on 10 club champion titles. Now he holds the title outright.

“I was fortunate enough to score really well with an eight-under second round (on the Lake Course),” Martin said.

Jay Ar knows golf courses so well, having served his groundskeeper apprenticeship at YMGCR from 2005 to 2010, later working at Black Bull Golf Club and currently as the second-in-charge at Wangaratta Golf Club.

He thanked his family for the support he receives and wished everyone a safe, happy festive season.

“To have someone who has won eleven club championships at the ripe old age of 35 is just such an outstanding achievement,” men’s captain Peter Warner said.

“At 55, how many will he have won! Jay Ar’s a wonderful supporter of our club over many years. One thing that has impressed me is that he brings his family every year to our big night.

“Not a lot of people would know this but he gives freely of his time and makes himself available to have a hit and give tips to younger players like Ben Casley and Oliver Ridley.”