The Cut - 22 July 2011
Welcome to this instalment of The Cut the AGCSA’s weekly email newsletter. In this edition we look at some further changes at AGCSA Board level following last week’s meeting in Melbourne. Enjoy the read...
McLean co-opted onto Board as Strachan steps down
The winds of change continue to blow through the AGCSA following the announcement at last week’s Board meeting in Melbourne that director Bryce Strachan will be stepping down. Strachan, who was elected to the Board at the 2008 Australian Turfgrass Conference in Melbourne, recently tendered his resignation as course superintendent at Pambula Merimbula Golf Club (NSW) and as such has had to also step off the board. His announcement comes just a month after the 2011 AGCSA AGM where two new directors – Darren Wilson and Tony Fogarty – were elected to replace outgoing Board members Pat Pauli and John Odell.
As a result of Strachan’s departure, RACV Royal Pines Resort (QLD) course superintendent Paul McLean (pictured at this year's Toro AGCSA Golf Championships) has been co-opted to the Board. McLean had earlier nominated as a candidate for the recent Board elections and will now serve until the 2012 AGCSA AGM which will be held at next year’s conference in Melbourne. The new-look AGCSA Board is:
President: Allan Devlin (Secret Harbour , WA)
Treasurer: Darren Wilson (Wembley Golf Complex, WA)
State Liaison: Tony Fogarty (Club Catalina Country Club, NSW)
Education and Events: Paul McLean (RACV Royal Pines Resort, QLD)
McLean has notched up 25 years as a turf manager, his career starting at Wentworth Golf Club in Orange, NSW in 1986 under the watchful eye of Pat Coyte. On completion of his apprenticeship he joined Orange City Council as a greenkeeper in the Parks and Garden Department before taking up the head greenkeeper position at Millthorpe Bowls Club. In 1995 he headed across the border to Queensland to take up the position of grow-in assistant and later foreman during construction at Lakelands Golf Club, progressing to assistant in 1998.
Leaving Lakelands in 2000 to work in the family business, two years later McLean found himself back in the industry this time as a sales representative with Simplot Pro-Line. In October 2007 he took up his current role as course superintendent at RACV Royal Pines Resort where he has successfully overseen the running of the 27-hole facility and hosted four ANZ Ladies Masters golf tournaments.
AGCSA now seeking applications for GM position
As you may have seen on the front page of the AGCSA website, the AGCSA General Manager position has now been advertised and applications are being sought. The advertisement contains a full positon description and applications close Friday 19 August. Click here to view the advertisement and to download a full position description.
Change of AGCSA direct debit banking details
The AGCSA wishes to remind those members who are paying by direct debit to please ensure that they have the correct AGCSA billing details. The AGCSA changed from NAB to Westpac late last year and while the new details are contained on membership renewal notices and invoices, many payments are still being directed to the AGCSA’s old account. While this account remains open (it will be closed in August however), the AGCSA would appreciate if members can inform their clubs of the change of details. If you have any queries please contact AGCSA accountant Philip Horsburgh on (03) 9548 8600 or email email@example.com Just to clarify, the AGCSA’s Westpac direct debit details are as follows:
BSB: 033 380
ACCOUNT: 385 360
Also, if you are paying by direct debit please ensure that you enter your name and/or AGCSA membership number as the reference. We have had a number of direct debits with just ‘AGCSA membership’ as the reference which means we cannot trace who the payment has been made by. For more details about how to pay your AGCSA membership renewal, please contact Lyndel on (03) 9548 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AGCSA Bookshop - Turf Management Safety DVD
The AGCSA has copies of the VGCSA-produced Turf Management Safety DVD for sale at $38. The brainchild of former VGCSA committee member and current Devilbend Golf Club superintendent Trevor Uren, this 15-minute DVD essentially provides a brief induction programme for any new turf management employees, welcoming them to their new workplace and taking them through the day-to-day golf course maintenance tasks and the health and safety risks associated with them. Click here to read the full review which appeared in Australian Turfgrass Management Journal. To order your copy, contact Lyndel Conway at the AGCSA office on (03) 9548 8600 or email email@example.com.
The AGCSA has recently reviewed all current book prices and in many instances significant reductions have been made. To see what books at the AGCSA currently has in stock or can order in please click here.
Grab an AGCSA polar fleece, polo shirt combo
At the recent 27th Australian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition in Adelaide, the AGCSA had a special running where members could pick up an AGCSA branded polar fleece and polo shirt for the great price of just $70 (normal retail price $81).
Both the polar fleece (navy and black colours available) and polo shirts come in a range of sizes (S-XXXL) and the polo shirt is made from Dri-Gear material which has a UPF 50+ rating. To take advantage of this great deal simply contact AGCSA membership coordinator Lyndel Conway on (03) 9548 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck to...
... the following AGCSA members who are preparing their courses for major events in the coming week.
Surfers Paradise Golf Club, QLD (superintendent Duncan Lamont): Lifestyle Asset Management Legends Pro-Am, 25 Jul.
Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club, QLD (superintendent Robin Doodson): Mercedes-Benz Sanctuary Cove Legends Pro-Am, 27-28 Jul.
If you have a major event coming up at your club, please email details to AGCSA editor Brett Robinson