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Frances Cordaro appointed to GMA NSW State Operations Manager role

GMA, in partnership with GMA NSW, is excited to announce the appointment of part-time GMA – State Operations Manager – NSW, Frances Cordaro.
Frances officially commenced in the role on Monday, 11th June, and had the opportunity to meet with incumbent Executive Officer, Graeme Carroll, last week as part of a hand over process.
Frances comes into the role with significant experience in media and communications over the past 15 years, including in the areas of public relations, content production, program implementation and event management. For ten years Frances was an integral part of the media unit for the Australian Olympic Team at three Olympic Games and two Youth Olympic Games. She was also critical to the development of programs that inspire young Australians to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
During her tenure at the AOC, Frances drove professional relationships with a range of sporting stakeholders including media, National Sporting Organisations, government and corporate partners. She led the strategic planning, program design and implementation of Australia’s Olympic education program for primary and secondary schools, recognized as one of the top five Olympic education programs in the world.
GMA Executive Officer, Jim Cail, indicated “we’re delighted to have Frances come on board, given her strong background in sports administration and her expertise particularly in communications, program development and event management”.
GMA NSW Chair, Paul Paterson, added “Frances has a diverse set of skills to offer and use, and her engaging nature and ability to drive new initiatives will add great value to GMA NSW programs and events. Whilst she does not have a golf background, Frances is genuinely understanding of sport and membership-based associations, and we look forward to working very closely with her”.
GMA NSW and GMA would once again like to thank Graeme Carroll for his outstanding contribution to GMA NSW and the membership and wish him all the best in his retirement.
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EO’s report – CMAA Conference

Report by Jim Cail (Executive Officer, GMA)
During the first week of March, I was lucky enough to travel to San Francisco for the ‘Club Managers Association of America’ National Conference. With GMA running its first BMI Program in October this year, touching base with our American counterparts to ensure alignment between our programs was an important outcome of the trip.
Further to these discussions was the opportunity to experience firsthand the CMAA National Conference, as part of the planning process for the GMA National Conference to be held in Melbourne in October 2019. (I unfortunately hadn’t started in the role when the last GMA National Conference was held in Adelaide in 2017).
The CMAA National Conference involves over 2,000 Club Managers from the USA, with the large majority of these coming from private golf clubs. In addition to this, there are regularly 200 international delegates involved, with this year seven golf club General Managers from Australia also in attendance.
The conference itself is on a significant scale, as you could imagine, with plenary sessions and breakout sessions available on each of the five days, along with a large Golf Club Expo for corporate partners. If you are interested in seeing what the program was like, please click on the following link – https://www.cmaa.org/conference/
CMAA National Conference highlights included:

Isaac Lidsky – a former TV star turned $150m business owner, who has overcome adversity including turning blind at the age of 15. His key message was ‘what you see is based on your perception’. If your perception of an issue is negative, this may create fear. He said ‘fear will fill the void of uncertainty, and fear will create inaction”. Creating a positive perception of issues will assist with creating action and opportunity.
Steven Freund – a former GM of ‘The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation’ and now the General Manager of The Landings Club in Georgia. (This facility has six championship golf courses, 33 tennis courts, seven restaurants….you get the picture). Steven spoke about restructuring the culture of The Landings Club when he arrived. He achieved this by taking on the role of not only GM, but “Chief Cultural Officer”. His views included “the organisation will never be what the people are not” and “the gap between knowing and doing is significantly greater than the gap between ignorance and knowledge”.
Curt Cronin – a former Navy SEAL spoke about the strategy of leadership and maximising a teams’ effectiveness. He spoke about ensuring your team know you care about them as individuals with his key message around “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. He also spoke about the energy within a group, and that “energy used in conflict is lost, but energy used in alignment is maintained”.

While the content of the conference no doubt provides many learnings, the ability to network with GMs from across the world and discuss challenges and opportunities is also a great highlight. For those interested, next year’s CMAA National Conference will be held in Nashville, TN, in the last week of February 2019.
GMA will again look to incorporate the best of the CMAA conference into our next national conference, and will continue to support the outstanding work state GMA bodies undertake to support selected members attending the CMAA conference from time to time.
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New guide highlights clubs’ duty to be inclusive

Golf Victoria and Golf Australia welcome today’s release of Equal Opportunity in Golf, a practical guide to preventing unlawful discrimination and harassment in Australia’s golf clubs.
The guide, which was developed with the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission, reminds clubs they have a positive duty not to discriminate against women and minority groups.
Equal opportunity in golf is a key part of the sport’s efforts to address the under-representation of women in golf. Women make up 21% of all golf club members nationally and 23% in Victoria, which is significantly out of step with other sports and with contemporary Australian society.
The guide, which also comes in a handy ‘quick guide’ version, can help clubs understand their obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. It details their ‘positive duty’ to provide an environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, and to take ‘reasonable measures’ to eliminate these practices in their clubs and in membership policies.
Golf Victoria CEO Simon Brookhouse says the guide will help clubs to encourage people from all walks of life to participate in golf.
“Victorian golf clubs are known for their friendly environments and are often seen as the backbone of communities, especially in regional Victoria,” says Brookhouse.
“Although golfers like to think that their sport is fair and open to all, there have been examples of individuals or groups that have been excluded or prevented from participating equally.”
Brookhouse says discrimination can have adverse effects on health, confidence and performance and may result in people leaving the sport.
“Clubs that allow such behaviour risk losing members and volunteers, often resulting in a reduced income,” he says. “They also face the prospect of legal liability and financial costs.”
“I encourage clubs to work with Golf Victoria to help grow the game and to ensure it continues to be welcoming and inclusive to all members of our diverse community.”
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton congratulated Golf Victoria and Golf Australia for their work on the guide.

“Golf clubs provide a great place for the community to meet and socialise,” Ms Hilton said. “They also have a legal obligation under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 to provide equal opportunity for people to participate, regardless of their gender.
“Clubs play a key role in setting standards of behaviour. They must act as role models by ensuring that that club memberships are provided without discrimination,” she said.

Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt thanked the Commission and Golf Victoria for their work in producing such an important publication.
“We encourage all clubs to carefully review the guide and consider if their current practices are compliant,” Pitt said.
“The feedback we have had already from clubs is that it will add significantly to the golf industry’s understanding of its legal obligations regarding equal opportunity.”
Chief Executive of the R&A Martin Slumbers commended Golf Victoria and Golf Australia for taking the initiative to provide such useful guidance on discrimination and equal opportunities legislation to their member clubs.
“Golf – like all sports – has a duty to ensure that those joining clubs are treated equally and do not suffer discrimination on grounds including gender, race, religion or nationality,” he said.
“It is important for clubs to understand their responsibilities under equal opportunities legislation and ensure their policies and procedures are fully compliant.”

Golf clubs and members can download the report here, and are invited to visit the Commission’s website or call 1300 292 153 for free information and tools to prevent unlawful discrimination.

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Final Rules changes for 2019 confirmed

The R&A and the USGA have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented on 1 January 2019.
The R&A and the USGA finalised golf’s new Rules this month after an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes. Golfers can now access the official 2019 Rules of Golf by visiting RandA.org or usga.org/rules.
The process to modernise the Rules began in 2012 and was initiated to ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply for all golfers and to make the game more attractive and accessible for newcomers.
While the majority of proposed Rules remain intact in the final version, several important changes to the initial proposals and further clarification of many Rules were incorporated. The most significant adjustments made following review of the feedback received from golfers around the world include:

Dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).
Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement).
Removing the penalty for a double hit: The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 included the existing one-stroke penalty).
Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance: A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change: this is a new addition to support pace of play)

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “We are pleased to be introducing the new Rules of Golf after a collaborative and wide-ranging review process which has embraced the views of golfers, rules experts and administrators worldwide. We believe that the new Rules are more in tune with what golfers would like and are easier to understand and apply for everyone who enjoys playing this great game.”
“We’re thankful for the golfers, administrators and everyone in the game who took the time to provide us with great insight and thoughtful feedback,” said USGA Senior Director of Rules & Amateur Status, Thomas Pagel. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the new Rules ahead of their education and implementation.”

Major proposals introduced in 2017 that have been incorporated into the modernised Rules include:

Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.

Presented in digital, text-based form today, the new Rules will also now be translated into more than 30 languages and readied for final delivery via print and digital formats, including searchable Rules of Golf official apps developed by The R&A and the USGA.
Three important publications, to be distributed in September, will help players as well as officials and provide interpretation and guidance in how the Rules are applied:

The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf: An abridged, user-friendly set of the Rules with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, and diagrams. Written in the “second person,” The Player’s Edition is intended to be the primary publication for golfers.
The Rules of Golf: The full edition of the Rules will be written in the third person and include illustrations. It is intended to be a more thorough version of the revised Rules.
The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf: This “guidebook” replaces the Decisions book and will contain information to best support committees and officials. It includes interpretations on the Rules, committee procedures (available local rules and information on establishing the terms of the competition), and the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities. It is a comprehensive resource document intended as a supplementary publication.

More than 30 “how-to apply” videos and a summary of the principal changes are now available at usga.org/rules. Additional education tools will be released in September.
Players are reminded that the current edition of the Rules of Golf (2016) must be applied when playing, posting scores or competing for the remainder of 2018. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process.
As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support The R&A and the USGA’s efforts to modernise golf’s Rules. The Swiss watchmaker’s contribution to excellence in golf is based on a rich heritage stretching back more than 50 years, forged through pivotal partnerships at every level of the game, from the sport’s leading professional and amateur competitions and organisations, to players at the pinnacle of their sport worldwide.

More information here

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Final Rules changes for 2019 confirmed

The R&A and the USGA have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented on 1 January 2019.
The R&A and the USGA finalised golf’s new Rules this month after an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes. Golfers can now access the official 2019 Rules of Golf by visiting RandA.org or usga.org/rules.
The process to modernise the Rules began in 2012 and was initiated to ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply for all golfers and to make the game more attractive and accessible for newcomers.
While the majority of proposed Rules remain intact in the final version, several important changes to the initial proposals and further clarification of many Rules were incorporated. The most significant adjustments made following review of the feedback received from golfers around the world include:

Dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).
Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement).
Removing the penalty for a double hit: The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 included the existing one-stroke penalty).
Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance: A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change: this is a new addition to support pace of play)

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “We are pleased to be introducing the new Rules of Golf after a collaborative and wide-ranging review process which has embraced the views of golfers, rules experts and administrators worldwide. We believe that the new Rules are more in tune with what golfers would like and are easier to understand and apply for everyone who enjoys playing this great game.”
“We’re thankful for the golfers, administrators and everyone in the game who took the time to provide us with great insight and thoughtful feedback,” said USGA Senior Director of Rules & Amateur Status, Thomas Pagel. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the new Rules ahead of their education and implementation.”

Major proposals introduced in 2017 that have been incorporated into the modernised Rules include:

Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.

Presented in digital, text-based form today, the new Rules will also now be translated into more than 30 languages and readied for final delivery via print and digital formats, including searchable Rules of Golf official apps developed by The R&A and the USGA.
Three important publications, to be distributed in September, will help players as well as officials and provide interpretation and guidance in how the Rules are applied:

The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf: An abridged, user-friendly set of the Rules with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, and diagrams. Written in the “second person,” The Player’s Edition is intended to be the primary publication for golfers.
The Rules of Golf: The full edition of the Rules will be written in the third person and include illustrations. It is intended to be a more thorough version of the revised Rules.
The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf: This “guidebook” replaces the Decisions book and will contain information to best support committees and officials. It includes interpretations on the Rules, committee procedures (available local rules and information on establishing the terms of the competition), and the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities. It is a comprehensive resource document intended as a supplementary publication.

More than 30 “how-to apply” videos and a summary of the principal changes are now available at usga.org/rules. Additional education tools will be released in September.
Players are reminded that the current edition of the Rules of Golf (2016) must be applied when playing, posting scores or competing for the remainder of 2018. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process.
As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support The R&A and the USGA’s efforts to modernise golf’s Rules. The Swiss watchmaker’s contribution to excellence in golf is based on a rich heritage stretching back more than 50 years, forged through pivotal partnerships at every level of the game, from the sport’s leading professional and amateur competitions and organisations, to players at the pinnacle of their sport worldwide.

More information here

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BMI Update

GMA, in partnership with Golf Australia, is pleased to announce the confirmation of two BMI courses scheduled for this year. The course dates will be as follows:

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

We have now had over 40 members expressing interest in attending these 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. Given it is a week-long activity, we are advising of the dates as early as possible to allow you to block out these weeks in your diary.
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 Jim Cail at eo@gma.org.au.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Changes at GMA Board level

Stewart Fenton has formally announced his resignation as President of Golf Management Australia (GMA), with Royal Adelaide Golf Club’s Andrew Gay appointed by the GMA Board to replace Stewart in this important role.
After almost 20 years in the golf industry and nine years at the club, Fenton has proclaimed his departure from Huntingdale Golf Club and subsequently the golf industry after accepting the role of CEO at Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club (RSYLTC).
“Whilst I am extremely sad to be leaving the golf industry, RSYLTC presents an amazing opportunity for me, which I am really excited about with some big plans for the future,” he said.
“Andrew is the current SA President and has been on the GMA Board for many years and will do an outstanding job as President.”

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Board of GMA for their support over my past two years as President. We are indeed fortunate to have such a wonderful group of people that are so committed to serving the membership of GMA for the benefit of golf,” Fenton added.

With extensive industry knowledge, commencing as general manager at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club in 2007, Andrew Gay said he is excited to take on the role as GMA President.

“I look forward to working with GMA Directors to ensure delivery of the board’s strategic initiatives for the betterment of golf club management and the industry in general. The GMA Board are appreciative of the work and commitment shown by Stewart during his time on the board and wish him every success in his new role.”

The President is appointed by directors at the AGM which will be held during the GMA National Conference in Adelaide October 8-12.
Replacing Fenton on the GMA Board will be Golf Management Victoria President and Green Acres Golf Club General Manager, Peter Busch.
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