I commemorate the life one of Maitland's greatest ever sporting sons, Barrie Baker, who passed away on 6 March aged 82. Barrie was known throughout Maitland and Australia as one of the foremost amateur golfers of his generation.

Between 1954 and 1960, Barrie won the Maitland Golf Club A-Grade Club Championship 7 times consecutively, and also picked up the Hunter River District A-Grade Championship in 1957 and 1959. His success continued when in 1964 he won both the Australian and NSW Amateur Championships. Barrie was afforded the opportunity to represent his country at the 1964 World Amateur Golf Championship in Rome, Italy, helping guide Australia to a 5th place finish.

Later in life his love and passion for golf was ever-present, becoming the 1997 Australian Senior Men's Amateur Golf Champion, and maintaining a handicap of 7 at the age of 80.

His contribution to the game saw Barrie inducted into the Maitland Hall of Fame in 2017. Barrie has left a legacy of outstanding sporting achievement, and stands as a role model for future generations. Vale Barrie.