PGA Tour announces ‘January for Jarrod’ Month to support Jarrod Lyle

PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour veteran battling third recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida — The PGA TOUR today launched a fundraising effort, ‘January for Jarrod’ to help Jarrod Lyle and his family meet the significant costs he now faces after undergoing his third bone marrow transplant for acute myeloid leukemia on December 6.

Lyle, 36, and currently a member of the Web.com Tour who has also been a PGA TOUR member on five occasions between 2007 and 2016, suffered a third leukemia recurrence in July 2017. The surgery was performed in Melbourne, Australia, about 90 minutes from his home in Torquay. There is no timetable for returning to golf, with Lyle focusing exclusively on his rehabilitation at this time.

“It’s of utmost importance for the PGA TOUR family and the golf community to come together and help Jarrod and his family both spiritually and financially during ‘January for Jarrod’ month,” said PGA TOUR EVP and Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “Jarrod would be the first player to support others in their time of need, and now it’s our turn to help he and his wife Briony and their two young children, Lusi and Jemma.”

To make a non-tax-deductible gift to the Lyle family, do so directly at www.youcaring.com/januaryforjarrod. All proceeds will go directly to the family to offset day-to-day living, family and medical expenses.

Lyle’s first brush with the disease came in 1999 at age 17, as he was confined to his bed for nine months while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. It took another 12 months before he had the energy to walk a golf course again. Several years later, Lyle went on to earn his maiden PGA TOUR card in 2007.

In his fifth season on TOUR in 2012, Lyle’s season was limited to just seven starts due to chemotherapy and rehabilitation needed for his second battle with leukemia.  Lyle made a comeback in December 2013 at the Talisker Masters in his native Australia. He then returned to the PGA TOUR at the 2016 Safeway Open, having last played on TOUR at the 2014 Wyndham Championship.

Lyle was awarded the 2015 PGA TOUR Courage Award for courage and perseverance, overcoming extraordinary adversity and making a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf. His award came with a $25,000 donation in his name to Challenge – Supporting Kids with Cancer, an Australian non-profit organization that delivers daily support to children and families living with cancer.

Lyle has five top-10 finishes in 121 career PGA TOUR starts, with a best finish of T4 at the 2012 Genesis Open. On the Web.com Tour, Lyle has two wins, both coming in 2008, a season in which he finished fourth on the season-long money list.

About the PGA Tour

The PGA TOUR is the leading global platform in professional golf, showcasing the highest expression of excellence, both on and off the course. The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, grow and protect the game of golf and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 25 countries (84 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2016, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $166 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.46 billion.

The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Golf Australia seeking National Female Participation Manager

Golf Australia is seeking a dynamic leader for a newly created role to drive the growth of female participation in golf at all levels throughout Australia and lead the implementation of “The future of women and girls in golf: 2025” strategic blueprint.

Are you someone who can change the state of play and promote greater participation in women’s sport – someone who has the nous to cause some deliberate disruption and influence with sensitivity?

For more information, visit the Sportspeople Job Market position information page for the role.

The role, which has been partly funded through the support of the R&A, will require a dynamic leader with a track record of leading and influencing sport participation growth and development or a similar role with exceptional outcomes.

To be considered for this role it would be advantageous to have experience in developing and implementing National programs; be an innovative and strategic thinker with strong project management and business acumen; exhibit outstanding communication and organisational skills; in depth knowledge of strategy development and female engagement and participation; demonstrate excellent negotiation and stakeholder management skills; competently lead and work in project teams; understand brand and consumer needs; the ability to write and deliver strategic documents; build stakeholder buy-in with ease and have an understanding of trends in golf and/or broader sport in Australia.

The role would suit a highly motivated and growth mind-set individual who has a passion for growing opportunities for female participation in sport at all levels and for all ages. Given the popularity and profile of the sport of golf, this role is clearly one of the prized sport-participation roles in Australia.

The role is hands-on with plenty of opportunity to be out and about, including at tournaments, speaking publicly, getting recognition, setting up club awareness training, creating greater pathways / opportunities / resources etc.

There is also opportunity for professional development / career advancement in this role.

Toro Support and Grow Grant Winners

Global leader in turf and landscape maintenance, Toro Australia, has teamed up with Golf Management Australia to bring a pre-owned Toro Triflex 3400 mower to two lucky not-for-profit golf clubs through the Toro Support & Grow Grants program.

With an estimated value of $18,000 each, the mowers will give a much-needed boost to maintaining courses and grounds as well as ensuring that staff and volunteers have the right equipment for the job.

One of the program’s recipients, Gisborne Golf Club based in Victoria, has recently introduced a volunteer brigade to help cope with the need to reduce staffing levels. These volunteers need to be trained and educated without interfering with the continuing maintenance of the greens, tees and fairways.

For General Manager Bill Papadimitriou, new machinery was vital to help achieve this.

“The introduction of a volunteer brigade has revitalised the focus to deliver a great course for members, guests and visitors on limited funding and resources,” Bill said.

“This focus can only be successful if we can maintain our greens, tees and fairways at the level required and have the equipment on hand to match.

“Winning this mower is an absolute blessing for a club like us. It’s an amazing gesture from Toro who support Course Superintendents everywhere; their support is really 24/7. Our club is just beside itself and really excited to have this opportunity.”

For the historic Gloucester Country Club, which has been in operation since the 1920s, the mower was a very timely addition.

Course Superintendent Anthony Ross says the club’s goal is to promote golf in the regional area, however the current equipment was in need of replacement and they had no means of funding it.

“Our old mower had well over 4,500 hours on it, it was ready to breakdown any day,” Anthony said.

“We’re a club run by volunteers, I’m the only full time employee, and we were in no position to buy new equipment. Winning this mower means we can present a great golf course for our members and the golfing community.

“It’s great to come in and know that the mower we now have is going to do an A1 job. Compared to our old mower where you didn’t know whether it was going to make its way around the course,” Anthony said.

Club President Bill Mansfield says the program is so important, especially to the regional golfing community.

“Gestures such as this enable our club to offer a first class golf course in a small country town,” Bill said.

“The efforts of Toro and Golf Management Australia in bringing this program to fruition should not be looked upon lightly. The impact of this program will bring closer commercial relationships as well as enhancing people’s enjoyment of the game.”

Toro’s Senior Marketing Manager – Equipment, Elise Willemsen, said the golf course industry is Toro’s oldest market and the company is proud to continue to support the golfing community through the initiative.

“Toro entered the golf equipment business in 1919 and we know the challenges many face in being able to afford new equipment to maintain their prized courses,” Elise said.

“Whilst Toro Australia offers a large range of used equipment and finance packages to the industry, we are proud to assist through this program and have no doubt this grant will benefit these two well deserving clubs for many years to come.

“We strongly believe in building long-term relationships with our customers and investing back into an industry that has been such a great supporter of us.”

Elise says Toro was overwhelmed with the positive response the Support & Grow Grants Program received and would like to thank every club that applied.

“The sheer number of applications received show just how important programs like this are to clubs all over Australia. We look forward to doing it all again next year!”

Toro is pleased to announce that the Toro Support & Grow Grants Program will be an annual offering. For further information on how Toro supports local communities, such as the Toro Giving Program, please visit www.toro.com.au

Toro Australia machinery grant

Golf clubs, do you need help maintaining your turf?

The Toro Support & Grow Grants program is now open and offers machinery grants for Australian not-for-profit golf clubs.

Toro Australia, in conjunction, with Golf Management Australia, is giving two eligible clubs the chance to win one of two pre-owned Toro Triflex 3400 mowers (estimated value of $18,000 incl. GST each).

To be eligible to win applicants must be a not-for-profit golf club with an annual turnover of less than $1.5 million and be able to supply a public balance sheet.

Clubs must have a superintendent or employed greens staff.

For more information on, and to apply, visit www.toro.com.au/grant.

Applications must be received by the 29th of September 2017.

Eastern Golf Club’s GM, Ben Telley, on “Inside the Ropes” podcast

“Inside The Ropes” is an innovative new podcast arrangement between Golf Australia, Radio RSN and the state golf associations.

Each week, hosts Andy Maher and Mark Hayes bring you news, views and special guests from around the world, across Australia and even your local club with no noteworthy story too big or small. Join your hosts as they delve into what makes golf tick, right around the nation.

We encourage you to promote the podcast to your members.

Episode 7 features an interview with The Eastern Golf Club’s General Manager, Ben Telley, discussing issues currently impacting on golf clubs and golf club management in Australia.

For more information on the “Inside the Ropes” podcasts, visit the Golf Australia website.

ALERT: Golf industry scam

In recent months some concerning reports of brazen con artists attempting to scam various businesses seems to have become more prevalent in the hospitality industry around Australia, and golf clubs are not being spared.

Most recently a major metro club in Sydney was approach via email by a fraudulent person wanting to book a function for his 80th birthday, claiming to be old and hospitalised.

After weeks of organising with dates, menus and seating arrangements, when asked to pay a deposit for room hire, the client then asked the club to pay $3,000 for entertainment on his behalf.

This sent some red flags to management and with further review the club eventually found the scheme dubious and now wants to alert others in the industry of similar encounters.

“Initially you tend to allow a little for a person’s age and unfamiliarity with emails and EFT etc., especially as we had been dealing with this person for a few weeks,” the club GM said.

“I checked on Google and apparently it is a scam where a person pretending to be old and deaf wants you to pay someone on his behalf after he has paid you by credit card,”

“I have never received a warning about this and the scammers have obviously progressed to the hospitality industry as targets. The scam is well thought out and they are happy to take their time preparing you for the hit.”

GMA Benchmarking Report – Golf Operations

The Golf Operations department is the operating heart of most golf clubs. It is also the area of club operations where the most differences can be found in terms of structure, allocations and financial reporting.

This report therefore focuses on the operational outcomes that emanate from this department, providing some headline measures for a number of key elements within golf operations.

The report, provided by Jeff Blunden from GBAS, presents a number of immediate benchmarks for reference within your own operations, including:

  • Totals & mix of rounds played
  • Member rounds and effective cost per member round
  • Public green fee premiums
  • Golf cart revenues and utilization
  • Operations structure
  • Wage cost
  • Golf shop retail spending

It is hoped that the provision of the benchmarks within this report helps to inform you of the current results being achieved across the wider industry and cause you to reflect upon the outcomes that you are achieving at your club.

Analysis within the benchmarking tool is available on more concise member counts, subscription levels and total revenues.

CMAA Post Conference Report – Paul Paterson

Paul Paterson, CEO of Avondale Golf Club in NSW and Strategic Planning Director of Golf Management Australia, recently attended the CMAA 90th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo in Orlando, Florida.

The Conference is an annual event run by the Club Manager’s Association of America (CMAA). The CMAA is the professional Association for managers of membership clubs. CMAA has close to 6,500 members across all classifications. Manager members run more than 2,500 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs.  The objectives of the Association are to promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations.

The association is made up primarily by golf club manager’s (approx 85%) and the others are made up of Yacht/Sailing Club and City Club managers. Of the golf clubs, the majority are private member clubs. Attendees are mainly from the US and Canada; however there were representatives from world golf from over 20 countries with approximately 120 international attendees. In recent years the number of attendees from overseas has grown according to the CMAA.

Whilst the conference was very wide reaching in its topics, the following topics came across strongly during the sessions that I attended:

  • Leadership
  • Membership and Marketing
  • Social media
  • Facility Management
  • Board governance/management empowerment
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Human and Professional Resources
  • Accounting and Financial management
  • Staying relevant in the industry and keeping pace with changes in society

The CMAA conference had an extremely high level of professional speakers mixed with highly renowned Club Managers delivering the seminars.


New eMagazine

The publication of this eMagazine marks a milestone for Golf Management Australia as it enhances its engagement with members and the broader golf industry.

GMA President Stewart Fenton is thrilled to see this publication being made available and he acknowledged the wonderful support the association receives from its Corporate Partners.

“It’s great to be able to expand our communication channels. This new publication enables GMA to keep in touch with our members who are spread throughout the country. We intend to publish the eMagazine quarterly and welcome feedback from members including thoughts on what the content they would like to see.”

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