Graduate of the Year – Vince Church Award
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.
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.
|2018||Jarrod Phillips||Newcastle Golf Club|
|2017||Daniel Hendrie||Toronto Golf Club|
|2016||Jake Needs||Bermagui Country Club|
|2016||Mitchell Gibbs||Bankstown Golf Club|
|2015||Shaun Bowden||Elanora Country Club|
|2014||Kurt Eldridge||Bermagui Country Club|
|2013||Charles Dunlop||Duntryleague Golf Club|
|2012||David Canterbury||Adelaide Shores|
|2011||Roger Chaffey||Manly Golf Club|
|2010||Adam Shields||Casino Golf Club|
|2009||David Sutherland||Gerringong Golf Club|
|2008||Chris Thompson||Maclean Golf Club|
|2007||Stuart Millar||Oatlands Golf Club|
|2006||Sean Kinsley||Yamba Golf Club|
|2005||Damien Bell||Wellington Golf Club|
|2001||Scott Carruthers||Pennant Hills Golf Club|