NSWGCSA Committee Members

Please see details below for our NSWGCSA directors contact details 2015 – 2018.

David Sommerville

Position: Vice President, Newsletter and Social Media
Employer: Bankstown Golf Club
Mobile: 0404 039 077
E-mail: davidsomerville@bankstowngolf.com.au

Bio

David has been in the industry for 25 years. David started his apprenticeship at Bankstown Golf Club which he worked his way to 3IC before leaving in 2000.

David then took on a Superintendents role at RAE Golf Club which was situated in the Holsworthy Army Barracks.

In 2006 he returned to Bankstown Golf Club to fill the role of Operations Manager/ 2IC. In 2008 David accepted a position at ANZ Stadium as the grounds Operation Manager. David fulfilled this role up to August 2010.

August 2010 David became the Superintendent of Bankstown Golf Club, this is a position that he still holds.

This is David’s first year on the NSWGCSA Board, a role in which he hopes he can contribute in maintaining a strong association.

David Stone

Position: Secretary/Treasurer
Employer: Bayview Golf Club
Mobile: 0449 121 881
E-mail: david@bayviewgolfclub.com.au

Bio

David is looking forward to serving the members at the NSWGCSA as a director and giving back to the industry in which he is employed.

Mark Schroder

Position: Education Portfolio
Employer: Liverpool Golf Club
Mobile: 0401 095 083
E-mail: mark@liverpoolgolf.com.au

Bio

Marital status/Children: Married, 1 Daughter
Nickname: Schrodes
Employment History: 38 years in Golf/Turf Management
Liverpool G.C. – (2010-Current) – Superintendent
Woodburn-Evans Head G.C. – (2007-2010) – Superintendent
Churchill Park G.C. (Vic) – (2006-2007) – Superintendent
Waverley G.C. (Vic) – (1997-2006) – Superintendent
Liverpool G.C. – (1990-1992-2IC/1992-1997) – Superintendent
Cabramatta G.C. – (1987-1990) – 3IC Greenkeeper
Brisbane G.C. (Qld) – (1985-1986) – Greenkeeper
Goondiwindi G.C. (Qld) – (1982-1985) – Superintendent
Tenterfield G.C. – (1978-1982) – Apprentice Greenkeeper
Education: Diploma of Turf Management – Ryde TAFE (Distinctions 1995-1997)
Favourite Golf Course: NSW Golf Club
Hobbies: Golf/Music-Singing/Radio Announcing-DJ

Ian ‘Chop’ Elphick

Position: Director
Employer: Gunnedah Golf Club
Mobile: 0458 422 202
E-mail: gunnedahgolfclub@bigpond.com

Bio

Chop is honoured to be able to serve the associations members in his role as NSWGCSA Director.

Nathan Bradbury

Position: President, Magazine Editor and Social Media
Employer: Eastlakes Golf Club
Mobile: 0418 215 407
E-mail: super@eastlakegolfclub.com.au

Bio

Superintendent Eastlake Golf Club – Oct 2011-Current Assistant Superintendent
Eastlake Golf Club – Aug 2010-Oct 2011 Assistant Superintendent
Bowral Golf Club – Jan 2009-Aug 2010 Greenkeeper
The Australian Golf Club – Nov 2007-Jan 2009 Internship
Kinloch Golf Club Virginia USA – 2007-Nov 2007 Apprentice Greenkeeper
Bowral Country Club 3 years
Bankstown Golf Club 1 year

Leon Hennessy

Position: Advertising/Sponsorship
Employer: Cromer Golf Club
Mobile: 0422 699 717
E-mail: super@cromergolfclub.com.au

Bio

Leon has been in the golf course industry for 24 years and is currently in his fourth year as Superintendent at Cromer Golf Club. He began his career as an Apprentice Greenkeeper at Elanora Country Club.

In 2002 he become the Assistant Superintendent at Long Reef Golf Club. While at Long Reef he helped develop strategies to enhance and protect ESA areas (Environmentally Sensitive Areas). As a result the Club was the recipient of the 2006 Claude Crockford Environmental Award.

Moving back to Elanora Country Club as Assistant Superintendent in 2007. Where he enjoyed managing a large and diverse team. Leon believes that the long-term success of Cromer Golf Club is linked to developing and maintaining a course structure that provides a unique and enjoyable playing experience for members and guests while maintaining and enhancing environmental sustainability.

Mark Spraggs

Position: Committee
Employer: Forster Tuncurry Golf Club
Mobile: 0427 842 523
E-mail:  tuncurry@ftgc.com.au

Bio

Tuncurry Golf Course – June 2019 – Present – superintendent

Club Taree – 2013 – 2019 – superintendent

Forster Tuncurry Golf – 2012 – Assistant

Elanora Country Club – 2009 – 2012 – greenkeeper into foreman/3ic

Sea Island – Seaside course, GA – Ohio intern 2008-2009

Pine Valley, NJ – 2007-2008 Ohio Intern

Kinloch, NZ – 2005 – 2007 – construction/grow in – Greenkeeper

Hutt Golf Club, NZ – 2002 – 2005 – Apprentice Greenkeeper

Level 4 & 5 diploma – Ryde Tafe 2017-2018

New Zealander chasing warmer weather than in NZ, 2 kids – Aaron (8), Ellie (6)

Alison Jones

Position: Association Administration Officer
Employer: NSWGCSA
Mobile: 0412 516 428
Address: PO Box 595, Matraville NSW 2036
E-mail: admin@nswgcsa.com.au

Bio

Married to Darren Jones with two children Ben 13 and Matilda (Tilly) 11 and a mad English Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Buddy 3.

Alison is a qualified trainer (with not much experience) a genealogist and a bookkeeper who has worked in administration and bookkeeping her entire life. Alison has worked in a lot of different industries, with the major ones being, Fashion, Hospitality, Registered Training Organisations and Sports Administration.

Alison has been working for herself for the past 15 nearly 16 years and have had between 13-25 clients during that time. All of these clients are in varying industries. She has been working for the NSWGCSA for 12 years and her role has varied quite a lot from only doing the bookkeeping to now doing the administration and bookkeeping.

Alison really enjoys her time working for the Association as it provides her with a lot of variety to her working week.

Pat Wilson

Position: Committee
Employer: Pambula Merimbula Golf Club
Mobile:  0410 547 667
E-mail: course.super@merimbulagolf.com.au

Bio

Pat has been in the industry for 20 years, starting with his apprenticeship at Pambula-Merimbula GC in 1999. After completing his apprenticeship he worked in the US for 18 months, apart of the Ohio state program. His placements were at Tiburon GC, Naples Fl for the Shark shootout and Robert Trent Jones GC, Gainesville Va for the 2005 Presidents cup. He then travelled to the UK and worked at Coombe Hill GC and The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquette Club (Wimbledon)

After returning home was 2IC at Tura Beach GC and then onto Superintendent at Pambula Merimbula GC  (2011 – present)

Pat enjoys all sports and the great outdoors, whilst spending time with his young family Milla(6) & Hendrix(3).

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