Local Golf Notes

Golf loses a treasure with death of Frick

bspear@thestate.comFebruary 24, 2013 

Bobby Foster and Marianne Frick would sit together at luncheons and discuss the operations of their respective tournaments, his the Midlands Chevy Dealers Columbia City Men’s Championship and hers the Sonic Columbia Women’s City Golf Championship.

They would share ideas on how to increase the fields, make the experience more enjoyable for competitors and look for ways to increase participation in the game. They would ponder what worked, what didn’t and what new possibilities might be.

Eventually, Foster said, they would get around to talking “about how we both were going to bow out of volunteer work for golf, all the while knowing we would keep doing it until we could do it no more.” He paused, then added, “Sadly, that time came much too soon for Marianne.”

The golf community, both locally and statewide, lost one of its treasures with the death of Marianne Frick earlier this month.

She served in a myriad of capacities from club to state level, and friends voiced a common theme, “She got things done.” And she got things done, they said, with her magnetic personality.

Tudy Clark, who succeeded Frick at the helm of the city women’s tournament, called her “the kind of friend people wanted.” Echoed Lydia Clary: “Marianne was everybody’s best friend.” Forest Lake Club professional John Winterhalter said, “Everyone wanted to play in her group.” And this from Foster: “She could make friends with a post.”

Friends marveled at her organizational skills, and perhaps her enduring golf legacy will be her bolstering the city women’s tournament during her long tenure. “She made jobs fun,” said Barbara Irons, whose company sponsors the event.

Clark noted Frick’s distinctive voice and said a call from the tournament chair meant “you knew you were going to be involved. She would say, ‘You’re going to love this’ before she told you her plans for you.”

Marianne stories abound. Barbara Irons can tell about the meeting to make golf-cart cover seats for the city tournament that required a do-over thanks to “too much conversation and a little too much wine.” Clark added, “There are just too many Marianne stories to tell.”

Through all her life, she remained a teacher, her chosen profession for 28 years.

“She loved golf and the opportunity to compete and to show what golf can teach young people about life,” Lynn Holmes said.

A volunteer with the Salvation Army, Frick served dinner once a month for the organization, and Lydia Clary talked about how she connected with some who might be homeless or just down on their luck.

“She would greet them with a big smile, look them in the eye and carry on a conversation,” Clary said. “Her approach told them that she cared.”

She cared, and they cared about her, and Clary said Thursday’s round of golf just wasn’t the same with Marianne Frick missing.

But, Tudy Clark said, her contributions never will be forgotten.

“She did so many positive things,” Clark said. “Marianne was one of the special people.”

Chip shots

The South Carolina Golf Association’s 2013 major tournament schedule begins Saturday and Sunday with the Partners Championship that will be played at Spring Valley Country Club and the Members Club’s Woodcreek course. ... The Sonic Columbia Women’s city tourney will be played June 4-6 at Columbia Country Club. ... The South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation’s Columbia Golf Ball, which benefits junior golf, will be held April 11 at the State Fairgrounds. Call (803) 732-9311 for tickets and sponsor information. ... The CGA will conduct a rules of golf seminar at Woodlands Country Club on March 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register at www.carolinasgolf.org.

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