Toro Australia is pleased to announce the winners of the Graduate of the Year Awards for this year.
The judging panel had its work cut out with all candidates being of high calibre and they should all certainly be proud of their achievements to date in the industry and in their education.
With the rise of dedicated turf education courses in recent times, the calibre of graduates increases from year to year, which makes this award one of the most difficult to judge. The Australian Sports Turf Managers Graduate of the Year Award is special in that it gives an indication of where the future of the industry lies. These graduates are forging careers, and in many ways are regarded as the future of Sports Turf Management - ultimately going on to play a major role in the development and direction of turf management and maintenance in this country.
Following a tremendously difficult judging process, and much discussion, the 2019 Golf Graduate of the Year is Angus Beasley from Gunnedah Golf Club in New South Wales.
For the lucky Graduate of the Year winner, Angus, the award provides a huge boost, helping to launch and develop his career in the best possible way. With Toro on board as Award sponsor for 15 years (since 2004), a lucrative education package also goes the way of the winner.
For Angus, a short-term labouring position at Gunnedah Golf Club in 2016 gave Beasley his first taste of Sports Turf Management. Enjoying the work and realising there was much more to managing turf than just cutting grass, Beasley took on an apprenticeship that the club subsequently offered him. Beasley completed his studies through Kurri Kurri TAFE in 2019 and from March 2020 has been employed as Head Greenkeeper with Shape-On-It which contract manages Scone Golf Course.
Beasley enjoys meeting people from Australia and overseas who are also committed to the production of quality turf surfaces and enjoys the multidisciplinary, technical, practical and outdoors nature of the job. Among the highlights to date for Beasley include volunteering at the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club and the 2018 Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club.
Looking ahead, Beasley hopes to continue in his current role and further develop his management skills in both turf and administration, and he is also hoping to complete a Diploma or Bachelor degree in Sports Turf Management.
The Sportsfield Graduate of the Year for 2019 is Matt Wolfe, from the City of Albany, in Western Australia.
Now a groundsman with the City of Albany, Wolfe has embarked on his own career, having started his sports turf management apprenticeship in 2017 and completing his studies through South Metropolitan TAFE.
As well as being able to work outdoors and gaining satisfaction from seeing the finished product, the greatest thing about the industry according to Wolfe is the people. Whether it’s at his workplace, TAFE or at industry days, the range of people he gets to meet makes it one of the most enjoyable industries to be a part of.
During his time at the City of Albany, Wolfe has helped prepare Centennial Oval for two WAFL games as well as preparing the pitches and ovals for the Southern Smash cricket competition
Toro Australia has been a proud supporter of the ASTMA Golf Graduate and Sportsfield Graduate of the Year award for over 20 years; proud to continue supporting the future of our industry.
Read more information on this years winners, and all State Finalists for the Graduate of the Year Awards here