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.

Russell Fletcher

Position: Secretary/Treasurer
Employer: St Michael’s Golf Club
Mobile: 0419 267 622
E-mail: treasurer@nswgcsa.com.au

Bio

Many moons ago Russell’s career didn’t begin in turf. That didn’t start till some years later. Way back then, his first years were at the South Sydney City Council looking after parks and gardens around Redfern Park and Ovals. Russell was in charge of a crew of gardeners after coming out of his apprenticeship. In the first 10 years from 1975 to 1985 parks and ovals were it for Russell, around the popular home of the Rabbitoh’s.

It was when he was on the council that he started doing the Landscape course at Ryde TAFE but didn’t finish as he asked to complete the Greenkeeping Certificate 3.
Russell didn’t think much of greenkeeping back then but it was another certificate and a day away from work for which he got paid, so off he went for 3 years. This was the start of the 3 year Greenkeeping course at Ryde.

Russell has fond memories of two of his teachers from back then, Frank Dempsey at a very young age and Peter Brown, who in later years he found himself working beside at The Lakes G.C. When Russell looks back at that time, Peter Brown would have to be one of those people he puts down as an influential person in his career. Russell finished Horticulture in 1978 and Greenkeeping in 1981.

It was then that he started having an interest in the turf side of things and he was fortunate that the council had under their control Moore Park G.C. Russell became Assistant Manager of the course in 1985 filling this role with no background in turf but the only person with greenkeeping qualifications on the council. He stayed here for 9 years when the ownership of the course came under Centennial Park Trust a short time after he was there. Russell’s 2IC way back then was Mal Durkin and to his credit he is still there as the manager of the course. The Trust then in a short time decided to remodel the course adding a full time driving range and completely renewing the golf course. It was the start of a fascination with shaping golf holes. He worked with an Architect then by the name of Ken McKay and his brother Ross, an ex-superintendent from Wollongong G.C. The next port of call was just down the road when Peter Brown was in charge of The Lakes G.C. He feels that with the construction he accomplished at Moore Park helped him gain the Assistants position at The Lakes. A week into the new position the club was remodelling all the greens under the watchful eye of Grant, Newton, and Spencer, but this was not the last of working with architects at The Lakes. Once the greens had been finished it was time for the tournaments. The A.N.Z, The Greg Norman Classics, British Qualifying tournament, and last but not least were the Australian Opens.

Everyone of these had a story to go with it. Russell was then fortunate to move to St Michaels G.C. 3 years ago now in his twilight years. Looking back, it is surprising where you could end up in your career. He counts himself fortunate to have worked in the industry where you meet a lot of fine people and some good friends from the industry are made.

One of the reasons Russell has taken on a role in the association is so he can gain knowledge and give something back to people in the golf industry, (it’s never too late) and now is the right time for him to do what he was reluctant to do years ago.

Mark Schroder

Position: Field Days
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

Malcolm Harris

Position: Education Portfolio
Employer: Northbridge Golf Club
Mobile: 0411 841 605
E-mail: malcom@northbridgegolfclub.com.au

Bio

Malcolm has been a Superintendent for 30 years. Over these years he has seen the NSWGCSA play an important role in supporting and developing the course maintenance industry and promoting the professionalism of Golf Course Superintendents.

Malcolm is honoured to be able to serve the associations members in his role as NSWGCSA Education Officer.

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.

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.

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