NZGCSA Graduate of the Year - Supported by Power Turf
The NZGCSA Graduate of the Year Award supported by PowerTurf and Jacobsen is an annual award that recognises the top graduating trainee in the country, someone that demonstrates and performs to a high standard throughout their apprenticeship period. The below outlines the running of the competition.
Selection of Candidates:
The candidates will be determined by results from Industry Excellence Award Exam.
Candidates will be near completing or have finished their training to be eligible for the award
The winning prize will be determined on a year by year basis but will involve a overseas experience in relation to golf course turf management.
GOY finals Day:
The competition on the day is made up of 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.
Past winners of NZGCSA Graduate of the Year:
2018 Stefano Godinich - Whitford Park
2016 Mark Mills - Hastings Golf Club
2015 Scott Dunkerley - Karori Golf Club
2013 Tony Wood - North Shore Golf Club
2011 Owen Williams - Waitemata Golf Club
2009 Wendy Horneman - Pakaranga Country Club
2007 James O'Malley - Millbrook Resort
2005 Ben Sheriff - Poverty Bay Golf Club
2004 Dane Hawker - Kerikeri Golf Club
2002 Glen Findlayson - Fielding Golf Club
2001 Blair Dibley - Royal Auckland Golf Club
2000 Brendan O'Hara - Manawatu Golf Club
1998 Greg Swafford - Inglewood Golf Club
1997 Jason Hunter - Remuera Golf Club
1996 Greg Hogan - Manawatu Golf Club