Our Awards and Recipients

Graduate of the Year Award
With the rise of dedicated turf education courses in recent times, the calibre of apprentices increases from year to year, which makes this award one of the most difficult to judge. The NSWGCSA Graduate of the Year Award (Vince Church Award ) is special in that it gives an indication of where the future of the industry lies. Today’s recipients will be tomorrow’s superintendents and turf managers and will ultimately go on to play a major role in the development and direction of golf course maintenance in this country.

For the lucky apprentice, the award provides a huge boost, helping to launch their career in the best possible way.

Selection Criteria
To be eligible, students must have graduated from their studies in the previous 12 months. This award is not open to persons already holding management positions within a golf turf facility.

In deciding upon who wins national honours, the judging panel will consider the apprentice’s academic achievements, career aspirations, ambassadorial skills and how winning the award will assist the graduate in meeting their career aspirations.

All finalists will be judged by an independent panel consisting of golf course superintendents and industry specialists. The finalists will be required to give a 15-20 minute presentation and take 10 minutes of questions from the judging panel.

Award Past Recipients

Vince Church Award – Graduate of the Year

YearNameClub
2017Daniel HendrieToronto Golf Club
2016Jake NeedsBermagui Country Club
2016Mitchell GibbsBankstown Golf Club
2015Shaun BowdenElanora Country Club
2014Kurt EldridgeBermagui Country Club
2013Charles DunlopDuntryleague Golf Club
2012David CanterburyAdelaide Shores
2011Roger ChaffeyManly Golf Club
2010Adam ShieldsCasino Golf Club
2009David SutherlandGerringong Golf Club
2008Chris ThompsonMaclean Golf Club, NSW
2007Stuart MillarOatlands Golf Club
2006Sean KinsleyYamba Golf Club, NSW
2005Damien BellWellington Golf Club, NSW
2001Scott CarruthersPennant Hills Golf Club, NSW

NSW Superintendent of the Year Award

Superintendent of the Year  – Award given to Superintendent who has produced high standards of turf management over a long period. Things taken into account are career accomplishments , length of service, influence over young turf managers and service to the industry.

Nominations for this award are received from selected industry representatives and Superintendents. Winner is selected by NSWGCSA board of directors.

YearNameClub
2017Ron DuffyNorth Ryde Golf Club
2016Mark O’SullivanRoseville Golf Club
2015Richard KirkbyPennant Hills Golf Club
2014Martin BlackCastle Hill Country Club
2013Mark ParkerConcord Golf Club
2012Michael BradberyManly Golf Club
2011Norm FoordNew Brighton Golf Club

Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding achievement award – Award is given in recognition of Superintendent who has produced outstanding results, often under difficult circumstances which may include limited resources or finances.

Nominations for this award are received from selected industry representatives and Superintendents. Winner is selected by NSWGCSA board of directors.

YearNameClub
2017David ThomsonBermagui Country Club
2016Ian ElphickGunnedah Golf Club
2015Daniel MetcalfeBeverley Park Golf Club
2014Mark CrittendenCumberland Golf Club
2013Brad HuenderGerringong Golf Club

Environment Award

Environmental Award –  Award is given to Superintendent who has demonstrated excellence in environmental stewardship.

Nominations for this award are received from selected industry representatives and Superintendents. Winner is selected by NSWGCSA board of directors.

YearNameClub
2015Peter WattsMuirfield Golf Club

Service Register for Current Superintendents of the NSWGCSA 2017

Over 20 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears in Current Position
GaryDempseyNew South Wales Golf Club27

Service Register for Current Superintendents of the NSWGCSA 2017

Over 10 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears in Current Position
Daniel CookElanora Country Club10
JustinSheehanCoffs Harbour Golf Club10
JasonSeisMudgee Golf Club10
RonMelvilleEllerston Golf Club10

Service Register for Current Superintendents of the NSWGCSA 2016

Over 30 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears in Current Position
MalcolmHarrisNorthbridge Golf Club30

Over 10 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears in Current Position
Shane Herring

HerringCamden Golf Club10
Daniel
MetcalfeBeverley Park Golf Club10
TonyJohnstonCobram Barooga Golf Club
10
ChrisNealBonville Golf Resort
10
DavidNichollsGosford Golf Club
10

Service Register for Current Superintendents of the NSWGCSA 2015

Over 30 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears in Current Position
MarkBirdKew Country Club34

Over 20 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears in Current Position
MarkParkerConcord Golf Club27
DaveMcGlynnNil23
EuanDiverThredbo Alpine Golf Course22
MarkCritterdenCumberland Country Golf Club22

Over 10 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears in Current Position
BradHuenderGerringong Golf Club12
ChrisReganWorrigee Golf Club12
MatthewMcLeodTocumwal Golf Club11
ShaneDawsonGungahlin Lakes Golf Club11
AndrewBanningShelly Beach Golf Club11
SimonLawranceGibraltar Golf Club11
DavidBuchananBelmont Golf Club10
StevenJacobsenCarnarvon Golf Club10
LorenWoodKillara Golf Club10
TonyOrfordShoalhaven Heads Golf Club10
ShaunProbertRyde-Parramatta Golf Club10

Service Register for Current Superintendents of the NSWGCSA 2014

Over 30 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
MarkO’SullivanRoseville Golf Club3030

Over 20 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
MalDurkinCentennial Park & Moore Park Trust2020
RichardKirkbyPennant Hills Golf Club2020
DavidWarwickAvalon Golf Club2020

Service Register for Current Superintendents of the NSWGCSA 2013

Over 30 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
GavinStewardBeresford Golf Club3030

Over 10 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
StuartHallAsquith Golf Club1010
AnthonyToogoodThe Commercial Club Albury1010

Service Register for Current Superintendents of the NSWGCSA 2012

Over 10 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
StevenHarrisThe Vintage Golf Club1010

Service Register for Current Superintendents of the NSWGCSA 2011

Over 30 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
TonyWebsterShoalhaven Ex Servicemen’s Club
3030

Over 20 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
MarkClissoldMangrove Mountain Memorial Club2020

Over 10 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
DarrenJonesSt Michael’s Golf Club1010
DavidThomsonBermagui Country Club1010

Service Register for Current Superintendents of the NSWGCSA 2011

Over 30 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
JohnSimpsonCamden Valley Golf Resort4737
RobertBoydBlackheath Golf Club2933
JohnMarsdenWoolooware Golf Club3333
JohnOdellRoyal Sydney Golf Club2231

Over 20 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
GavinStewartBeresford Golf Club2727
TonyFogartyCatalina Country Club3226
MarkO’SullivanRoseville Golf Club3026
RonDuffyNorth Ryde Golf Club29.525
MalcolmHarrisNorth Bridge Golf Club2724
GaryDempseyNew South Wales Golf Club2123
AllanHorrocksDubbo Golf Club2222
BryceStrachanPambula-Merimbula Golf Club1022
MichaelBradberyManly Golf Club1221
JimHopkinsCastlecove Country Club2421
DavidScaifeBonnie Doon Golf Club821
AndrewSmithYamba Golf & Country Club2221
MartynBlackCastle Hill Country Club2120
JohnDuncanJamberoo Golf Club2020

Over 10 years

Given NameSurnameOrganisationYears At ClubYears in Current Position
NormFoordNew Brighton Golf Club3218
TonyLawsonWagga Wagga Country Club1818
StephenLordingFederal Golf Club2218
SteveBainVikings Capital Golf Club2016
MalDurkinCentennial Park and Moore Park Trust2016
RichardKirkbyPennant Hills Golf Club1616
DavidWarwickAvondale Golf Club1416
CraigWrightCabramatta Golf Club316
MarkCrittendenCumberland Country Club17.515
RodneyWaiteEasts Leisure and Golf Club1914
MichaelWaringRoyal Canberra Golf Club1514
CraigMolloyShortland Waters Golf Club412
TrevorRidgeSawtell Golf Club1212
RichardHootonKangaroo Valley Golf & Country Resort11.511.5
RobertBarnesKogarah Golf Club1511
PeterLonerganCoolangatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club1111
PaulWattsTerrey Hills Par 3 Golf Course1111
AndrewHeskettRoyal Canberra Golf Club1610
AndrewHugillMona Vale Golf Club710
SimonLawranceMount Broughton Golf & Country Club1010

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