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GMA Journal: From the Chair

Tuesday 25, Feb 2020
Cathy Neagle - GMA Chair

On behalf on the GMA board, we invite you to read the Autumn Edition of the GMA Journal.

It does not seem that long ago when we were together at the MCG for the GMA national conference, where amongst other things, it was terrific to see Billie Friedlander recognised by her peers with GMA life membership.

We were very pleased with the conference, with 95.5% of attendees responding to our survey rating the conference as excellent or good. It is a sizable cost to run the event, yet we are pleased that the nett cost came in slightly better than budget. We are working on options for 2021 and members will hear more on this shortly.

In Melbourne, the GMA board farewelled Andrew Gay and Brad Dawson with our thanks and welcomed Troy O’Hern and Mark Tan. Since that time, the board has held meetings in December and February as we plan 2020 and beyond.

Soon after the conference, Australian golf witnessed the Emirates Australian Open amongst Sydney’s bushfire haze followed by the amazing Presidents Cup in Melbourne. The intensity of the matchplay was clearly on display and it is fascinating to see its effect of elevating the performances of our three Australian participants, Adam Scott, Cameron Smith and Mark Leishman to great heights on the PGA Tour in the last two months. We hope that the recent focus on world class golf has elevated your venue’s revenue streams in recent months as well.

We spare a thought for some of our members who went through weeks of uncertainty with the devastating fire storm that spread through much of the eastern seaboard and East Gippsland. Whilst clubs survived physically, it was their peak trading period that was completely lost. Please read the article from Mollymook Golf Club’s Barry West in this edition to get an insight into the fires from a golf club manager’s perspective. Much needed rain has helped put out the fires but ironically, the extent of rain has caused its own set of issues.

GMA joined with the Australian Golf Industry Council in supporting the bushfire relief. Clubs are to be thanked for their vast amount of fundraising. GMA has a special role to play in encouraging members of our clubs to visit the areas impacted by fires, play on the courses and spend money in the towns. If there are regional golf tournaments, we can all make them known to members. 

Our new CEO, Paul Vardy, is enthusiastically leading our team of state operations managers. Paul is keen to attend as many state business meetings as possible, share news of GMA and gain feedback from members.

Our BMI program is going from strength to strength and we encourage all members to consider updating their skills by entering a week-long module.

The upcoming BMI ‘GM/CEO’ module is being held from 18th-22nd May 2020 at The Eastern Golf Club. Bookings close on 16th March 2020 so don’t delay.

Finally, your GMA board is excited to commence the next GMA strategic plan in coming months. Much was achieved in the 2015-2019 strategic plan and more is to come. Our process will seek the views of members on how GMA continues to thrive in the future.

We wish you a successful 2020.

Read the GMA Journal (Autumn 2020)