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Graduate Of The Year - Sponsored by Powerturf

The NZGCSA would like to announce the winner of the 2018 Graduate of The Year sponsored by Powerturf.

Congratulations to Stefano Godinich from Whitford Park Golf Club for taking out the title! Well done Stefano, a outstanding effort to prove to your peers and showcase yourself as the top trainee in the industry which is a great achievement!

The finals day was held at the end of last week at Pakuranga Golf Club with the trainees put through their paces with marks carried across from the Industry Exam results, along with practical components of golf course turf management that the judging panel feel that the finalists would be likely to encounter in the next steps of their turf management careers.

Also well done to the other finalist who took part in the GOY: William Brown (Poverty Bay Golf Club), Hayden Coutts (Otago Golf Club), Peter Roberts (Hawkes Bay Golf Club) and Brad Milne (Whitford Park Golf Club).

As always a big thanks to Powerturf for sponsoring and supporting the GOY.

Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) 2019

The NZGCSA in conjunction with Jacobsen are very pleased to announce that the Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) is to return again early next year.

The 2019 FTMI will be held in Melbourne Australia from Sunday 17 to Tuesday 19 March 2019 with an intensive 2.5 days of seminars, talks and workshops covering subjects such as;

·      Communications

·      Budgeting

·      Team management

·      CV writing and interview techniques

·      Networking

·      Career development

All travel, accommodation and transfers will be organised for the successful applicants with meals and other travel also provided over this period.

As with previous years this is a fantastic opportunity for candidates to enjoy a mentoring programme with their Australian counterparts and take away invaluable course content. As well as providing for upskilling of knowledge in important areas it also allows for networking with peers from New Zealand and Australia.

Previous years candidates have all found the initiative to be a fantastic experience enabling them to have a greater understanding of what is required with the next step up to a Superintendents role.

The FTMI has now closed and the applications are with the judging panel. We will announce the successful applicants in due course.

Once again we thank Jacobsen for this wonderful opportunity for our members to partake in. Their continued ongoing support of our industry is very much appreciated.