Thaxted Park claims Schweppes Trophy

The host Club pairing of Adam Hays and newly appointed professional, Cody Sherratt, from Thaxted Park Golf Club, claimed victory in the Schweppes Trophy event on Friday 18th November.

The annual four-ball event pairs Club Managers with their Club Professionals.  This year’s event was held in wet testing conditions.

The Mt Osmond pair of Mark Tan and Ian Prichard out did Peter Kennedy and Ben Traeger from Mt Barker Hahndorf on a count back for the minor placings.

Thank you to Thaxted Park staff, Schweppes Tim Colling & Darren Baynes from the PGA for their hospitality and support on the day.

Final Results

Thaxted Park Golf Club – Adam Hays & Cody Sherratt – 41pts

Mt Osmond Golf Club – Mark Tan & Ian Pritchard – 39pts c/b

Mt Barker Hahndorf Golf Club – Peter Kennedy & Ben Traeger – 39pts

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Mark Tan wins back-to-back SA Golf Industry Awards

Mark Tan has, for the second consecutive year, been awarded the Excellence in Golf Club Management award presented at the SA Golf Industry Awards night gala dinner at the Playford Hotel on Saturday night.

The Award criteria takes into account many factors of activities and responsibilities of a Golf Club Manager. These include the knowledge and understanding of the needs of the Club and their general involvement within the Golf industry.  Candidates for the Excellence in Golf Club Management award are nominated by their Captain and /or President and then interviewed by our selection panel, this year being Jeff Zadow from Innovision Consulting.

In presenting this year’s award, GMASA President, Andrew Gay, stated “this year’s winner has been the General Manager at his club for the past 7 years and has been instrumental in ensuring the sustainability and success of the Club during this time. In the face of challenging financial times, this year, under his guidance, the staff have worked together to improve member service levels through an innovative Food and Beverage offering; updated the Locker Rooms; established a Turf Nursery; rebuilt the first three holes of the course; and achieved member retention greater than 92% for the third successive year.”

He went on to say that “The winner has established a warm and customer focused culture amongst his team and along the way has managed to complete his studies in an MBA. A very deserving winner of the 2017 Excellence in Golf Management Award.”

The Grange Golf Club was presented with the Workplace Health and Safety award, with General Manager Barry Linke collecting the award on the Club’s behalf.

Among other things, Gay said “The Award winning Club has recently undertaken a full review of its WHS policies and practices and put in place a plan to further improve staff awareness and focus on workplace health and safety. The Club has an excellent workplace safety record and uses regular WHS meetings and updates of staff to ensure safety in the workplace. The Club is compliant in all areas and is in the process of updating to an on-line WHS program to further improve efficiency and ensure best-practice. The winning club is to be congratulated on its efforts to ensure the safety of its staff and patrons and is a worthy recipient of the WHS Award for 2017.”

For all the results from the SA Golf Industry Awards night, visit the Golf SA website.

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Nudgee wins John Deere Teams Qualifying event

The Nudgee Golf Club team is off to New Zealand in October winning Chesterfield Australia’s qualifying event for the John Deere Teams Championship at The Brisbane Golf Club on Monday. The team led by their General Manager Aaron Muirhead fired an amazing score of 58.8 which was 13.2 under after their handicap adjustment in the 3 ball elimination scramble format. 

John Deere’s Rene Lubbers who presented the team with their prize noted that scores for the event usually win in the low 60’s so a score of 58.8 was a remarkable score in the format. 

The team will contest the Trans Tasman final from the 11 – 13 October representing the South East Queensland area at Gulf Habour staying in Auckland. 

The Winning Team from Nudgee

GMAQ would like to thank Chesterfield Australia’s Noel Mackey and Ryan Mulcaster for their support of this event. We would also like to acknowledge John Deere Australia’s Rene Lubbers and Harry Chow for their support. 


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Host manager Mick Smith and Superintendent Nick Kinley provided a fantastic venue for the 2017 Management Challenge.

Held in conjunction with the Challenge was the Alex Monteath Trophy for the best combined score by a club manager and professional. Brian Close and Matt Wolfe from the WA Club put together 68 points to take out this prestigious event. Life Member Alex Monteath was on hand to present his trophy – and for his trouble he was rewarded with a Toro hand mower (valued at $1000) when his name came out in the lucky draw.

Thank you to Mick and his team at Hartfield CC for ensuring a great day was had by all.



The final of the 2016 GMAWA Matchplay Championship was contested at the Albany GC links on the Monday after the state conference. The combatants were GMAWA Captain Troy O’Hern and Clarke Osborne from the Point Walter golf facility. In a tight contest that when all the way to the 18th hole, Clarke outlasted Troy to claim victory. Congratulations to Clarke.

The biennial GMAWA Championship for the Billie Friedlander Trophy was contested concurrently with the Matchplay final. In difficult conditions with an icy wind blowing directly from the Antarctic, the scores weren’t particularly high. However president Brad Dawson handled the conditions better than the rest to be crowned champion for the second time. Congratulations Brad. The NAGA was fiercely contested at the other end of the field and it was agreed that James Wilkinson wouldn’t be revealed as the winner!

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Host manager Ian Redmond provided an excellent  venue and his staff and club members made everyone feel very welcome.

Guest speakers included Gary Thomas from Golf WA, Karen Giles from Clubs WA and Tanya  Barrett from Safety Alert who spoke on managing risk. The keynote speaker was Jamie Dwyer from Australia’s Rio Olympics hockey team. He gave an excellent presentation on what it was like to be an elite sportsman and how he handled the pressure it placed on his personal life. James Wilkinson and Grant Shortland-Jones presented a review of the GMANZ Conference in Wellington and Shorty’s description of his experience at the Tara Iti Golf Club demonstrated how first class customer service could create a lasting impression on members and visitors.

GMAWA are indebted to Ian and the Albany Golf Club for making the conference such a memorable experience.

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