NZGCSA President’s Report - 2019

As you know the NZGCSA AGM is being held on Tuesday 18 June. On the link below is the NZGCSA President Steve Hodson’s report for you to view if you wish ahead of the AGM.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

NZGCSA President’s Report 2019

Environmental Pages

We have added Environment 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.


As previously advised, the NZGCSA AGM will take place during the Fine Turf Seminar in Taupo.

A reminder to those who wish to attend that this will take place on Tuesday 18 June at 8.00 am (yes nice and early again!) at the Great Lake Centre in Taupo.

A copy of the NZGCSA end of year financial accounts will be available before hand if you would like a copy by emailing

The Players Championship Volunteer Program - supported by John Deere

The NZGCSA is excited to announce a one in a life time opportunity for one of our NZGCSA members!

With thanks to John Deere and also in conjunction with the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA),  The Players Championship (TPC) Volunteer Program has been launched - which in March 2020 will see one NZGCSA member and three AGCSA members 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.

To apply you must be a NZGCSA member (for the last 12 months or longer) and the application process involves 3 stages.

Stage one: Register your interest.

Stage two:  Formal application.

Stage three: Interview.

The deadline for registering your interest (Stage 1) is Friday 31 May 2019, with all videos to be received by the NZGCSA (Stage 2) by Wednesday 31 July 2019.

For more information and the nitty gritty, have good read of the attached leaflet in the link below which outlines the application process, what is involved and included with this awesome opportunity and if you would like to be part of the John Deere TPC Volunteer Program in 2020 then fill in the stage one application online form directly here on the nzgcsa website which can be found on ‘The Players Championship Volunteer Program’ page under 'Awards' or click the link below to be taken directly to the application page.

Good Luck and get your application started for this once in a life time experience.

Many thanks to John Deere for providing our members with this opportunity!!!

The Players Chamionship Volunteer Program - information leaflet

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

Fine Turf Seminar 2019

The Central North Island Turf Managers Association (CNITMA) in conjunction with the Sports Turf Association NZ (STANZ) is hosting the 2019 Fine Turf Seminar which is being held in Taupo on 16-18 June 2019 at the Great Lake Centre.

This promises to be a information filled event along with the anticipated golf tournament on the Sunday and CNITMA dinner on the Monday night.

Registrations have now closed for the FTS but keep an eye on our facebook page and website for any updates and also on the Central North Island Turf Managers Association facebook page, you can also follow them to keep up with any information and happenings for the FTS.

Below is Seminar Program Information.

FTS 2019 Program

FIY - For any STANZ people below is a link to a copy of the FTS program -STANZ stream.

FTS 2019 Program - STANZ stream

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 also 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.

The 2018 NZGCSA 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.

NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products

The NZGCSA is pleased to announce that John Spraggs - Royal Wellington Golf Club is the winner of the NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products.

This is New Zealand's premier golf course management award.  John was presented with the award at the Presidents Dinner on Monday night during the Australasian Turfgrass Conference for his commitment to Excellence.  This achievement was recognised and celebrated in front of over 340 New Zealand and Australian turf industry peers. 

Congratulations John! Well done! A thoroughly deserved award to honor your commitment to Excellence and the turf industry. 

The NZGCSA is very appreciative for the support of Parkland Products for this award.


NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf

The NZGCSA is pleased to announce that Spencer Cooper - Remuera Golf  Club is the winner of the NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf.

Spencer was presented with this award at the Presidents Dinner on Monday night during the Australasian Turfgrass Conference and it was a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate his achievement in front of New Zealand and Australian peers.

Congratulations Spencer!  Well done! A deserved award for your commitment to making the environment a better place for now and the future.

The NZGCSA is very appreciative for the support of PGG Wrightson Turf for this award.