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Thursday 01, Oct 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has created a segment to help the turf industry stay connected.  With many events postponed due to current challenges, the opportunity to meet new and catch up with familiar friends and peers across the turf industry is limited, so we’re keeping connected and to ensure that turf managers can get to know members from other areas of the industry, other States and other countries, to help promote the professionals and the hard work put into the industry.

Today we spend 5 minutes with... Jay Infanti (CSTM), Course Superintendent  -  The Eastern Golf Club & Yering Gorge Cottages. 


2020 has been one out of the box especially in light of the global pandemic – how have your operations had to change and adapt from past years and what has been the most challenging aspect for your as a superintendent/sports turf manager?

Thankfully, we have remained full-time through this whole process.  The most challenging aspect has been engaging with the team as we are separated in to four working groups.

Best piece of advice you have received about the turf management profession and who gave it to you?

Challenge the status quo. Ben Telley, GM.

Talk about a recent or current project you have undertaken at your facility and what it means for the club.

We are about to complete our final drainage installations - >130km installed over four seasons.  This will complement our fairways topdressing and is a game-changer for the year-round presentation of the course.

Tell us one thing about yourself that your fellow turf practitioners might now know about you (eg: hobbies/achievements in sport etc).

Ex-Australian Mario-Kart champion.

What piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?

Your mentor is more important than the course you work at.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I have three kids under 5.  What is this ‘spare time’ you speak of?!


Thanks for sparing 5 minutes of your time Jay!  Spare time is hard to come by at the best of times, but with three kids under 5, we imagine it is sparse. 

Click below to read about our previous 5 minutes with...

Matt Oliver (CSTM), Grounds Manager at The Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)

Dave Cassidy (CSTM), Course Superintendent, The Cut, Western Australia