The 2017/2018 Kelvin Quick (KQ) Knockout

Mat Loughnane (Kew Golf Club) and Craig Skimming (13th Beach Golf Links) played the final of the Kelvin Quick Matchplay on a cool, breezy day at Barwon Heads Golf Club. 

The match was keenly contested throughout and it was Mat that drew first blood on the opening hole. This was quickly offset by a birdie on the next by Craig to square the match. Conceding 7 shots to Mat, Craig found himself one down after 4 holes, and despite a brief rally, fell back to one down on their 9th hole following a great birdie, net eagle by Mat. 

The match then changed direction with Craig playing a steady run of holes to be 3 up with 3 to play. It looked likely that Craig would close the match out on their 16th hole, however his very makeable putt to halve the hole just missed and so Mat won the hole and moved to the 17th hole where he was receiving a shot. Mat two putted from distance for a par, nett birdie and looked like taking the match down the last. It was not to be however, as Craig was fortunate to hole a lengthy downhill putt for a birdie and a half to close out the match.

It was played in great spirits from start to finish. It was Craig’s first time playing in the Kelvin Quick and Mat will aim to go one better in next year’s event. Both players were thankful to Barwon Heads for hosting the final and for GMV in managing the competition.

Congratulations Craig Skimming!

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Glorious Day at Redcliffe for GM/Staff Day

Redcliffe Golf Club GM Kerry Newsome turned on the weather for GMAQ for the GM/Staff Day on Monday 16th April.

The highlight of the morning’s proceedings was McLeod Golf Club GM Sean Kennedy’s presentation on his attendance at the CMAA Conference in San Francisco. Sean presented on some of his key takeaways from the conference including what makes the successful clubs in America successful, and insightful data on what is required to get the millennial golfer to join a private club.

Sean’s presentation was bookended by Brad Jones from Schweppes who had an exciting update on the upcoming integration of the Asahi alcohol portfolio, and Phil Laurie from MiClub who presented on the new Matchplay module and Super Six golf competition format, both of which were to be tested on Redcliffe’s fairways that afternoon.

 Delightful weather and a picture perfect Redcliffe course awaited players, and it was the in-form GMAQ Life Member Max Mason who took the chocolates (and the wine from our sponsor Amadio) with 39 points in the individual Stableford event. Mount Coolum GM Sharon Purnell was second with 36 points. Played over 6 secret holes, Bribie Island GM Steve Middleton took out the “Super 6”event with 16 points on holes 3, 5, 11, 14, 15 and 17 – 3 points better than his nearest rival. GMAQ President Aaron Muirhead was fortunate to avoid a 2 shot penalty on the 1st hole, arriving just 3 minutes before his allotted tee time!!!

The event doubled as the first round of the GMAQ Matchplay, and all four matches played were distinctly one-sided affairs:

– Sharon Purnell def. Charlie McGill 4/3

– Steve Middleton def. Richard Chamberlain 5/3

– Phil Laurie def. Sean Kennedy 4/2

– Brett Holland def. Ben Dobson 7/6 (ouch)

A big thank you goes to Kerry Newsome and her team at Redcliffe GC for a great day. The next GMAQ event is the Education Day (no golf) at Nudgee GC on Thursday 26th April, followed by the GM Invitation Day (including golf) at Carbrook GC on Tuesday 15th May.

Bookings for both events are available on the GMAQ website now.

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GMAQ Education Day – Thursday 26 April

Dear GMAQ Members,

Our first Education Day for 2018 will be held on Thursday, 26th April at Nudgee Golf Club.

Guest speakers for the day will be Richard Chamberlain from Richard Chamberlain Golf Design. Richard will be speaking on several topics, including course master planning, safety fencing and also the resurgence of mini golf around the country.

The second presenter will be Jonathan Waller from JONO Personal Hospitality Solutions. Jonathan’s presentations will be focusing on staff management, retention and communication techniques.

The final presenter for the day will be Julie George from Lighthouse Safety & Compliance. Julie will be doing her presentation on Corporate Governance. Julie has extensive experience in this field and also lectures for the Governance Institute of Australia.

Again, I would strongly encourage all members to attend these days, as I’m sure everyone will gain some valuable knowledge and ideas to take back to their respective clubs.


Jason Looker

GMAQ Education

Schedule for the 26th April as follows:

9.30am   –           Arrival & Networking

10.00am –           Richard Chamberlain (RCGD) – Course Master Planning, Mini Golf, Safety Fencing

11.00am –           Morning Tea

11.20am –           Jonathan Waller (JONO Personal Hospitality Solutions) – Staff Management and Communication Techniques

12.10pm –           Lunch

12.40pm –           Jonathan Waller (JONO Personal Hospitality Solutions) – Staff Retention

1.15pm   –           Short Break

1.30pm   –           Julie George (Lighthouse Safety & Compliance) – Corporate Governance

2.30pm   –           Day concludes


GMAQ Members and Senior Staff             Free

Non-members                                                  $40.00

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2018 GMAQ Executive Day survives the rain at Sanctuary Cove

The 2018 GMAQ Executive Day was held at the fantastic facility of Sanctuary Cove – The Pines on Tuesday 6 March and although the weather made life a little uncomfortable for all concerned on the day, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the 76 players that turned up to play. Facing rain in the morning after many days of rain preceding the event the course was understandably wet underfoot but the forecast of rain for the rest of the day had the day in doubt for many. 

Rather than make an executive decision on how to proceed, GMAQ Captain elected to let democracy take its course and asked the golfers present what they would like to do. The majority had come to play golf and the rain was not going to get in their way. So without any further delay, they all headed out onto The Pines knowing full well that the afternoon was going to be a wet one. 

That said the golf course was presented beautifully as the teams battled it out for the EC Coker Shield. 

The final results saw the Ballina team of Mark Whiting (CEO), Jennifer Ellenbroek, Geoff Barnes and Paul Wilson take out the days major event with 76 points. 

The winning team from Ballina receive the EC Coker Shield from Ted Coker. 

Taking out the daily Four-Ball event was new member Brett Lawton and sponsor Jamie Gianneas with 46 points. 

The GMAQ would like to thank the Sanctuary Cove Team led by Executive General Manager – Paul Sanders and Superintendent Paul McLean and their teams for the wonderful event and the chance to play on one of Australia’s finest facilities. 

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Chesterman secures hat trick

A brilliant score of 41 points in challenging hot, humid conditions on the East Course at Grange Golf Club secured Matt Chesterman’s hat trick in the GMA SA NSW Salver.

Ben Kavenagh secured second place with 35 points and Mark Tan won a 3 way countback on 33 points to take out third place.

We have a feeling the match committee will be reviewing the conditions of entry as obviously the home course advantage is greatly assisting in Matt’s continual success in this much coveted event……..

A great day of golf, camaraderie and networking was enjoyed by all and we greatly appreciate the support of Grange Golf Club for allowing us to play the event on their East Course.

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Adam Groom joins Pay as you Golf

Adam’s background has been in the golfing industry for over 20 years. He has been an elite amateur and for the past 14 years a touring professional, playing mainly on the European and Asian Tours. He has now retired from globetrotting the world and settled

Adam Groom

back in Sydney.

Adam will be in touch with clubs soon to talk more about Australia’s leading Golf Membership Funding Company.

Adam says there are a number of the benefits for using Pay as you Golf at your club –

Club Benefits

·         There is no cost to the club to offer Pay as you Golf to members.  The club is paid the full membership up front giving greater scope for capital purchases and investment opportunities,

·         The club doesn’t need to waste valuable resources on a collection process, chasing up payments and making special arrangements when difficulties arise;

·         Administration work for the club is reduced; and,

·         There is increased member retention and new member acquisition.

 Member Benefits

·         Club members can spread their membership fees over a period of 4 to 10 months;

·         The member can choose the number of instalments they want and has a choice of fortnightly or monthly repayments;

·         The member can choose to pay their instalments by credit card or direct debit;

·         Members can choose to apply online or speak to one of our friendly team who will be happy to assist them;

·         No invasive credit assessment process.

To learn more about Pay as you Golf and how your Club can sign up. email Adam at or visit our website 

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Metro West wins Zone Challenge

The three Metro zones were separated  by only one point with the best three scores from Metro West returned by Massey Park’s Tony Rosillo (30), Cumberland’s Andrew Laplain (30) and Muirfield’s Cameron Harvey (33) for a total of 93 points. 

They won on a count back from Metro South made up of The Coast’s Kieran Semple (30) and Nora Nagy (31) and Cronulla’s Derryn Weigand (32).

Metro North’s side of Ben Russell (Long Reef – 32), Andy Hugill (Mona Vale – 31) and Anthony Dignan (Long Reef – 29) were one point back.

The best member single score for the day was Ben Russell (32) with runner-up Andy Hugill (31) while Best Guest score was Ross Fleming (Mona Vale – 36) followed by Bronson Garlick (Garlos Pies – 34).

Nearest the pins were won by Cameron Adam (MPower Golf) and Noel Robertson (Roseville GC).

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BMI courses announced

GMA, in partnership with Golf Australia, has announced confirmation of two BMI courses scheduled for later this year. 

The course dates will be as follows:

  • Melbourne – 15th to 19th October 2018
  • Sydney – 22nd to 26th October 2018

Over 40 members have expressed interest in attending the courses, however confirmation that both courses will proceed will be based upon final registrations, so those who may be interstate, please do not book flights yet.  Simply block out the dates in your diary pending final advice. 

Registrations for the BMI will open in April, with indicative costs being around $1,900 (ex. GST) per person, which will include all meals and course costs.  (Travel and accommodation, if required, will be additional, with non-GMA member registration rates being higher). 

Additional information around the BMI will be communicated in coming months, however if you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email National GMA EO, Jim Cail at

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Maroochy River hosts opening event

Well 2018 is off to a bang with 32 members and supporters attending the first GMAQ event for 2018. Held at the beautiful and only 2 1/12 years old facility at Marrochy River hosted by GM Charlie McGill, the group was able to enjoy the outstanding facilities, as well as the Graham Marsh designed golf course.

The day began with a presentation on getting Financially fit from GMAQ Partner Club Super. A presentation that was well received and delivered by Brenda Gormley.

The group then heard from brand new GMA National Executive Officer Jim Cail who provided an insight into the vision of creating a more unified model for the organisation, a concept that was well received by the Queensland members and has the support of the GMAQ Executive.

Jim noted that no model had yet been formed but after his fact finding mission over the initial few months, this would be developed and he would then seek feedback from the various States and members to ensure that the proposed model is something that will work and will be better than what we currently have.

After the presentations the members then enjoyed lunch and headed out onto the golf course to enjoy the relatively new yet impressive course. It was noted that the Club had experienced 200mm over the previous week, however apart from carts on paths and a couple of damp areas the course presented beautifully showed the incredible drainage on the site.

Overall winners Gavin Lawrence, Jason Bradley presented with their Amadio Wine by Allan Spadijer (Amadio Wines)

Winning the Four-Ball Multiplier for the day was Gavin Lawrence (Keperra) and brand new member Jason Bradley (Wynnum). Max Mason played well in the individual event (in conjunction) to win with 41 points.

All results are available on the member portal booking page. 

GMAQ members are now excited about their next event at the exclusive Sanctuary Cove – The Pines where Executive General Manager Paul Sanders will host the GMAQ Executive Day. Each GM is invited to bring 3 Bopard Members to the event which will no doubt be an outstanding day at one of the country’s finest facilities.

GMAQ Schedule 2018

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KQ Knockout Update 2017/18

Mat Loughnane continues to display great form by knocking out the favoured Gregg Chapple in his quarter final match and Haydn Thompson has beaten Josh Hall 2/1 with Haydn and Mat to now play each other to decide who plays in the final. On the other side of the draw Craig Skimming received a walkover from Ben Davey and he will play the winner of the match between Peter Busch and Chris Anderson. See the draw as it currently stands. Kelvin-Quick-Draw-2017-18-Rnd-2B

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