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Distinguished Service Award - Barry Shannon

At the recent and very excellent Fine Turf Seminar held it Taupo it was my privilege and pleasure to be able to present the NZGCSA Distinguished Service Award to Barry Shannon from the Belmont Golf Club in Wanganui.

The award recognised Barry’s many years of dedication and service he has provided to the turf industry as a whole both as a mentor and a peer. In earlier years he was heavily involved with the local Manawatu/Wanganui Association and was awarded Life Membership of this association in recognition of his efforts. The Distinguished Service Award also recognised the many years of tireless work that Barry’s gave in his role as a NZGCSA Moderator for our education system travelling the country and ensuring that work place assessors were completing their assessments of trainees’ on-job completions to the high standard that the industry demands.

The award was made at the Monday night dinner and was warmly received by the 200 plus attendees whose ovation clearly supported our choice. Barry was very humble in his acceptance of the award. It was very fitting that we were able to present it in front of his peers, colleagues and the many friends he has made over the decades.

So well done Baz, thoroughly deserved.

Steve Hodson

NZGCSA President

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NZGCSA President’s Report - 2019

The NZGCSA AGM was held Tuesday 18 June. On the link below is the NZGCSA President Steve Hodson’s report.

NZGCSA President’s Report 2019

Environmental Pages

We have added a Environmental section to the website and these pages are now ‘live’.

You can access the pages under the 'Environmental' tab (or click here) and they are fill of tips, resources, useful links to funding and ideas to contribute, get you thinking or help get you started towards a more sustainable environment for us and future generations.

Every little bit helps and this information is a basic handy guide to the environmental needs of clubs and how to access funding and resources to be part of the change and help with your environmental journey.

The pages are not the finished article as things change with new ideas and incentives happening all the time so they will be updated often with new information, ideas and resources.

The Players Championship Volunteer Program - supported by John Deere

Expressions of interest have closed for The Players Championship Volunteer Program and those who applied will now be putting together their formal application video for stage 2 which closes Wednesday 31 July 2019. After which the chosen candidates from stage 2 will be invited to attend a formal interview for stage 3, from which one person will be selected to take part in the program.

In March 2020 one NZGCSA member and three AGCSA members will head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in the US to join the course management team at TPC Sawgrass and help prepare the famed Stadium Course for The Players Championship in what is an outstanding career development opportunity.

Selected persons will join the TPC Sawgrass maintenance team for the duration of The Players Championship, with travel, accommodation, meals and uniform all included.

Many thanks to John Deere for providing our members with this opportunity and we look forward to announcing the lucky person in due course!!!

The Players Championship Volunteer Program - information leaflet

Click here to go to The Players Championship Volunteer Program application page