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Sad News

It is with sorrow that I announce of a tragic accident to two of our own in Auckland last Saturday morning.

A crash at Meadowbank between a bus and a car, in which the two green keepers were travelling, resulted in the death of Jarryd Davidson who was just 24 years old. His passenger and work mate Josh Presland was also badly injured and remains in hospital in a serious condition.

Both Jarryd and Josh were employed at Remuera Golf Club under Superintendent and NZGCSA board member Spencer Cooper. I have been in touch with Spencer to offer him and his team our sympathies and our support from the whole of the turf industry and he was very appreciative of that support. They are a close knit team and are feeling the loss very much as both men were an integral part of the crew at Remuera Golf Club.

Our sympathies go out to the family of Jarryd and for them to know that we share your heartfelt loss at this very difficult time.

To Josh we wish you a successful recovery from your injuries and a full integration back to work down the track.

Steve Hodson

NZGCSA President

Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) 2019

Firstly thank you to all those who applied for the 2019 Future Turf Managers Initiative, the standard was very high which made for a close and tough task for each of the judges.

The NZGCSA is pleased to announce and congratulates the following individuals who have been selected to take part in this year's Future Turf Managers Initiative which is being held in Melbourne, Australia, 17-19 March 2019 in conjunction with the AGCSA.

Ben Simons (Cape Kidnappers)

Callum Cameron (Remuera Golf Club)

Harry Middleton (Tauranga Golf Club)

Phil Marra (Shandon Golf Club)

We know you four will do a great job representing the NZGCSA and that you will get a lot out of the FTMI as those who have attended in previous years before you have. The FTMI is also awesome chance to establish potential life time contacts and friendships with fellow green keepers from across the ditch as well as extend your knowledge with the mentoring program, seminars, talks and workshops which make up part of the FTMI.

Big thanks to Jacobsen for this wonderful opportunity for our members to partake in. Their continued ongoing support of our industry and in particular the FTMI is very much appreciated.

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.