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GMA Podcast Interview: Mac Niven

29 September 2020

“The most important part of the job is the relationship between the board and GM.” - Mac Niven, CEO, Lakewood Country Club

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Niche Corporate Solutions expands its support for GMA

22 September 2020

We announce with great pleasure that Niche Corporate Solutions is the newest National Business Partner of GMA.

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An update from the CEO

15 September 2020

It’s quite difficult picking the mood to open an email to GMA members when we have such diverse situations that members find themselves in. Whilst in most states things are very normal with some clubs running at full capacity hosting large golf days and catering to many, club managers in the greater Melbourne region and to an extent, in regional Victoria, have been dealing with restrictions that seem to be endless.

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Club Car GMAQ Member/Pro Day held supporting CHALLENGE

10 September 2020

Keperra Country Golf Club Manager Gavin Lawrence and resident PGA pro Peter Zealley have taken out the 2020 GMAQ Club Car Manager/Pro day at Redcliffe Golf Club.

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AGIC releases slow TV feature film that promotes mental health benefits of golf

04 September 2020

The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) has released a first-of-its-kind three-hour-long slow TV production that promotes the mental health benefits of golf.

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Member & staff challenges amid a pandemic: Insights from VIC Managers

01 September 2020

Last month a Zoom webinar was conducted to give GMAQ members a chance to hear updates from a national and local perspective.

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Qld GMA Members take time to 'sharpen their saws'

26 August 2020

Queensland GMA Members were able to attend their first organised event in 9 months on 18th August, held at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane.

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James Sutherland made new Golf Australia CEO

24 August 2020

Golf Australia has appointed James Sutherland its new chief executive. Sutherland, 55, will begin his role from 1 October after an exhaustive recruitment process had yielded several quality candidates for the position.

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COVID presents opportunity for Golf

15 August 2020

As the country and indeed the world grapples with the economic, social and physical impact of COVID-19, the industry of golf is one business which has boomed during the pandemic.

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Vale: Jeff Pollock

12 August 2020

It is with great sadness that we advise that former Schweppes golf rep., Jeff Pollock, passed away this week. Jeff was integral to the early establishment of the strong relationship enjoyed between Schweppes and Golf Management Australia.

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Schweppes joins forces to improve plastic recycling in Australia

11 August 2020

Together with Pact Group Holdings and Cleanaway Waste Management, Asahi Beverages has signed and officially launched a joint venture, paving the way for construction of a new recycling facility to begin in Australia.

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Pay As You Golf a boom for Groom

10 August 2020

It takes a brave golfer to venture into the professional game. And the decision to step off that merry-go-round is probably an even tougher one to make.

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A message from the GMA Chair

03 August 2020

Yesterday, we learnt that Victorians in metropolitan Melbourne entered Stage 4 restrictions as of 6:00pm last night and that a State of Disaster has been declared in this area. As a result, golf clubs in these areas have been instructed to close until further advised.

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An update from the CEO - getting back together

31 July 2020

It’s great that in some states, GMA members are finally seeing opportunities open up to meet in person with fellow managers. It’s been a while. Just getting together can give a boost to morale and mental health.

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Australian club membership rose in 2019

24 July 2020

For the first time in 21 years, Australian golf club membership has risen in the past year. The 2019 Golf Australia Participation Report has revealed a 0.05 per cent increase, the first of its kind since 1998.

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Australia’s golf courses playing a role in our sustainable future

22 July 2020

Australian golfers have always known the courses they play on offer more than just a round of golf. They know that playing the game can not only benefit the wellbeing and social connectivity of its participants, but also the significant role that Australian golf courses play in the protection of our environment.

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An update from the CEO - there are reasons to stay positive

18 July 2020

Things are good for now in golf, or at the very least they could be a lot worse.

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QLD Golf Industry award winners announced in virtual showcase

15 July 2020

In a virtual broadcast, the winners of QLD Golf Industry Award were announced last night with Links Hope Island, Atherton Golf Club and KDV Sport amongst those who were recognised.

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Launch of Golf Course Sustainability Project in Australia

06 July 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association and Golf Australia, supported by The R&A, are launching the Sustainability Project to a range of Golf Courses in Australia, in conjunction with the GEO Foundation to review and tailor the OnCourse® sustainability and support platform for the Australian environment.

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Always Looking Forward - Barb Kelly: 30 Years at Chirnside Park

01 July 2020

With over 30 years of outstanding contribution to both the Chirnside Park County Club and to the golf club management industry, it’s time we salute Barbara Kelly! Frances Cordaro and Paul Vardy explain why.

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David Burton announces departure from NSW Golf Club

26 June 2020

GMA Life member, and long term GM at NSW Golf Club, David Burton, has announced his departure from the club after 24 years of dedicated service.

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An update from the CEO

23 May 2020

As COVID-19 State and Territory restrictions are easing, GMA members have been busy adjusting operations and communicating the changes.

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Club Support Update for Australian Clubs & Facilities – Webinar Series

20 May 2020

Golf Australia and Golf Management Australia are pleased to announce the first set of webinars as part of Golf Australia’s Club & Facility Support offering.

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An update from the CEO

07 May 2020

Golf clubs sit across many industries. The Coronavirus has brought this into focus.

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Nexus Golf Insurance

07 May 2020

Nexus Golf Insurance (NGI) has been a proud supporter of GMA for a number of years. Throughout this time, NGI staff have enjoyed a great friendship and camaraderie with all members of the Association, many of whom are now valued NGI clients.

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An update from the CEO

17 April 2020

Hands up who’s enjoying the Coronavirus? Me neither, but we must get through it as best we can.

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Updated Golf Australia COVID-19 position

17 April 2020

Golf Australia’s focus during the COVID-19 pandemic will always be the wellbeing of the broader community.

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Scholarships of up to $5,000 for current and aspiring female leaders

16 April 2020

Scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women working in the sports sector to help support their participation in a range of online career building leadership development programs.

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HOSTPLUS: A Message from the CEO

14 April 2020

During these uncertain times, I want to reassure you that we are actively monitoring and managing these unprecedented circumstances to ensure that our members’ hard-earned retirement savings continue to be well managed and in good hands.

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$5 billion warning on turf management

31 March 2020

Australia's peak turf management body has warned of multi-billion dollar damage to the nation's sporting assets should staff be locked out of work because of Covid-19.

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St Andrews Links Assistant Supers internship offers a unique and amazing experience

27 February 2020

Winning the Toro-St Andrews Links Assistant Superintendents internship was a very rewarding experience for Jacob Burridge from Victoria Golf Club in Cheltenham (Vic) and Adam Fry, from Kooyonga Golf Club in Lockleys (SA).

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Andrew Gay hands over reins in SA

26 February 2020

Long serving GMASA chair, Andrew Gay, has handed over the reins of the organisation to a new generation following the SA Annual General Meeting held at The Grange Golf Club on Friday, 21st February 2020.

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2019/20 Bushfire Crisis: The Impact on Mollymook Golf Club

26 February 2020

The recent bushfire crisis in Australia has been horrific, with lives and many houses lost, including along the south coast of NSW. Mollymook Golf Club's Barry West takes us through a general timeline of what occurred at their club during this traumatic period.

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GMA Journal: From the Chair

25 February 2020

We are pleased to advise that the Autumn 2020 edition of the GMA Journal has just been released and is now available to view online.

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Latest from the CEO

25 February 2020

GMA passed an important milestone on 1st January 2020. It marked the first anniversary of the service agreements with each GMA state.

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2020 CMAA World Conference: CEO Reports Back

25 February 2020

Attending a CMAA World Conference is a great learning and networking experience for GMA members. GMA Chief Executive Officer, Paul Vardy, provides us with some insights upon his return from the 2020 event.

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Stephen Pitt Announces Resignation as CEO of Golf Australia

18 February 2020

Golf Australia today announced that Stephen Pitt has resigned as Chief Executive Officer after 11 years in the role and will step down from the organisation later this year.

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Hawks Nest raises thousands for bushfire appeal

18 February 2020

The people of Hawks Nest and beyond have rallied behind their local Golf Club and raised over $40,000 for those affected by the bushfires.

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Golf goes to aid bushfire victims

14 January 2020

Australian golf is pitching in to help the victims of the country’s bushfire crisis with a central point for donations set up by the Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC).

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Hogg wins 2019 Ken Lyons Trophy

10 December 2019

Richard Hogg won the Ken Lyons Trophy last week at Shelley Beach Golf Club on the Central Coast, playing against State Teammate David Lulham from Wyong Golf Club.

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MC accepts JB Ferrier Cup

07 November 2019

​​​​​​​It was a warm and windy day at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club for the 2019 GMA NSW Championships and the closing event of the year.

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Billie Friedlander bestowed with GMA Life Membership

24 October 2019

Golf Management Australia recently bestowed a Life Membership on Billie Friedlander, acknowledging her outstanding career and commitment to the game of golf and club management in Australia.

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Swisse Wellness Founder delivers sound leadership advice

23 October 2019

Former Swisse Wellness CEO, Radek Sali, delivered an insightful and entertaining presentation to delegates at the recent 2019 GMA National Conference at the MCG.

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Digital Technology in the Golf Club

23 October 2019

Golf Australia's Senior Manager of Marketing & Digital, Greg Oakford, used the recent GMA National Conference to highlight to delegates the importance of communication in the digital realm to golf clubs.

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Ellam and Harrison awarded Fellow

22 October 2019

Every two years the GMA NSW Board recognises an individual with the Fellow Award. This award is given to an individual who has been a member of GMA for at least 10 years and has shown exemplary commitment in the service and achievements of the organisation as well as their Club.

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Archer and Rutzou win at Golf Industry Awards

22 October 2019

The General Manager of Dubbo Golf Club, Rod Archer, has won the GMA NSW Manager of the Year Award, while Tina Rutzou of Elanora Country Club has won the Team Member of the Year at the second annual Golf Industry Awards night.

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Southern's Brad Robb clean sweeps GMA golf championships

21 October 2019

Southern Golf Club General Manager, Brad Robb, has completed a remarkable clean sweep of the 2019 GMA National Conference golf championships, winning both the Ted Coker Championship Cup and Leon Thompson Memorial Trophy.

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NSW lights up MCG

16 October 2019

Team NSW has lit up the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground and beaten the Victorians in their own state at the biennial GMA National Conference Golf Day held at the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club on Monday 7th October 2019.

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Royal Adelaide wins 2019 Schweppes Trophy

30 September 2019

Congratulations to Andrew Gay and Chris Crocker from the Royal Adelaide Golf Club, winners of the 2019 GMA Schweppes Trophy held at Blackwood Golf Club on Friday, 20th September 2019.

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Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

25 September 2019

The Board of Golf Management Australia (GMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Vardy to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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Royal Sydney to Implement New Championship Course Plan

19 September 2019

The Royal Sydney Golf Club is pleased to announce that it will soon move to implement its Championship Course redevelopment plans, following an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Club last night at which members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the project.

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MiClub & GMA sign new 2-year agreement

03 September 2019

Golf Management Australia is delighted to announce a new 2-year agreement with one of our long term partners, MiClub.

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Local knowledge secures win at QLD Schweppes Manager/Pro Day

26 August 2019

Event host, and GMA Member, Steve Middleton, and resident PGA Pro, Brayden Campbell, take out the 2019 Schweppes Manager/Pro day at Bribie Island Golf Club.

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Golf Australia: Newbold takes GA reins

19 August 2019

Andrew Newbold has taken the reins as Chairman of Golf Australia from the highly regarded John Hopkins, who has stepped down from the role.

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Glory for Weigand and Massey Park at The Australian

16 August 2019

On a glorious sunny winter’s day, a field of 115 golfers gathered in Sydney for the privilege of playing on one of the country’s most exclusive courses.

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Participation Report: More golf, fewer members

16 August 2019

People are playing more golf, but there are not as many club members in Australia, according to the recently released 2018 national golf club participation report.

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Walkinshaw Sports and GMA announce new partnership

16 July 2019

Golf Management Australia is delighted to announce the signing of a two-year partnership between Walkinshaw Sports and GMA.

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