One was surprised.
Both were worthy.
During the awards ceremony following the conclusion of the 40th Richard J. Berry Memorial at The Eastwood earlier this month, a pair of Streator golf mainstays — Ron Ramza and Greg "Jar" Pflibsen — was inducted into the Richard J. Berry Memorial Golf Hall of Fame not just for their notable accomplishments as players, but moreso their contributions to the growth of the game in Streatorland.
For Ramza, the honor was no surprise after a dedicated lifetime playing and supporting the sport.
Ramza took up golf in the early 1960s at Anderson Fields, getting his first set of clubs as a Christmas present from his parents. He joined Streator Country Club in 1978 and helped establish the Fourth of July Scramble/Calcutta with Ron Yuhas while doing behind-the-scenes work at the Streator Country Club Invitational alongside Denny Wilkinson.
His noteworthy on-the-course achievements include — seven-time trophy winner in the Streator City Tournament [now the Berry Memorial], with a top finish in his flight in 1986; B Flight champion of the Morris Invitational in 1981 and 1984; three runner-up finishes in the Toluca Invitational; three-time Streator Country Club Match Play Flight Tournament winner; and 2012 Richard J. Berry Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Ramza has served on the city's golf committee for nearly four decades, was instrumental in the formation of the Hall of Fame and still volunteers countless hours to promoting and supporting the game. He joins Jug Musovich and Rodney Leonard as the only inductees in both the RJB Memorial Golf Hall of Fame and the Streator Bowling Association Hall of Fame.
As for Pflibsen, the man affectionately known as "Jar" prepared The Eastwood course and played in the final round of the Berry Memorial just like any other year before being surprised with his induction at night's end.
Pflibsen took up the game of golf learning and caddying at Streator Country Club, playing with his father, escorted by his mother or dropped off with his brother, Kevin, whom he later played alongside on a winning Streator High team.
His family purchased Twin Creeks Golf Course south of Streator when Jar was 14, and it wasn't long until he took on a leadership role in maintaining and improving the course which continued through the 1990s and into the 2000s as Jar, his wife Nancy and sister Muff took over the business and expanded the dining room while adding features to the course, also lending a hand when needed at Anderson Fields and Streator Country Club.
The family purchased Streator Country Club in 2014, renaming it The Eastwood, and Pflibsen again dove back into the challenges of refurbishing a course and a business model alongside his beloved family with his work-first/work-hard approach.
On the course, he is a Championship Flight-level competitor. Off the course, he is one of the people who keep the game alive and vibrant in the community, passing along his vast knowledge to the next generation.