Leach collects WA Superintendent of the Year Award
Busselton Golf Club course superintendent Jonathan Leach was named the GCSAWA Superintendent of the Year at the Western Australian Golf Industry Awards held recently. Leach was one of three GCSAWA members honoured on the night for their efforts over the past 12 months. The awards night saw more than 460 people pack Perth's Crown Casino in what has become one of the highlights of the annual WA golf calendar.
Leach beat home the impressive challenges of fellow finalists Jon Carter (Wanneroo GC), Bruce Coleman (The Links Kennedy Bay), Britney Goldsworthy (Seaview GC), Nick Kinley (Hartfield CC) and Ashley Watson (Joondalup Resort) to collect the McIntosh & Son and Jacobsen-sponsored award. Leach was rewarded for the considerable improvement he has made to the Busselton course over a short period of time. He has reduced fungicide applications considerably by implementing a liquid seaweed programme which is showing very positive results on the greens.
The Toro Apprentice of the Year Award was won by Daniel Breadmore from Mosman Park Golf Club. Daniel has been at Mosman Park since August 2016 after starting his apprenticeship at Hillview Golf Course in 2012. Originally from Tasmania, he started his career at Barnbougle Dunes before moving to Perth and working as a casual at courses such as Joondalup and Gosnells before starting his apprenticeship. In 2015 in volunteered at the Emirates Australian Open. He beat home fellow finalists Mark Dickinson (Cottesloe GC) and Ben Suckling (Capel GC).
The final GCSAWA award of the evening – the Globe Environmental Award – was taken out by Cottesloe Golf Club superintendent Simon Bourne. Cottesloe has carried out major revegetation works in recent years by removing turf from tee to fairway and planting over 20,000 native grasses and plants. This has reduced the irrigated area of the course by five hectares and these areas are now incorporated into the club’s remnant management plan. Pictured top right is Daniel Breadmore with Geoff Stephens and right is Simon Bourne with Danny Hambleton.
Other awards handed out on the night included Regional Golf Course of the Year which was won by Margaret River GC (superintendent Mark Lewis), while Metropolitan Golf Club of the Year went to Wanneroo Golf Club (superintendent Jon Carter). The AGCSA congratulates all GCSAWA winners.
The first of the AGCSA/PGA seminars on mental health and leadership was held at Royal Hobart Golf Club on Tuesday. Conducted by the PGA of Australia’s HR advisor Vicki Crowe, the day-long seminar first looked at mental health and wellbeing in the workplace followed up with a second session on effective modern leadership. Among the attendees was Royal Hobart Golf Club assistant superintendent Gareth Kelly who put together a few words for The Cut:
“On Tuesday staff from Royal Hobart Golf Club attended the seminars conducted by the AGCSA and PGA. The seminars were extremely valuable and I certainly recommend others to attend the remaining sessions planned around the country.
“As part of the mental health and well-being workshop we were taken through the vital points that both employers and employees need to be aware of regarding mental health in the workplace.Communication is of major importance in how we manage ourselves and an employee with a suspected or diagnosed mental illness. Being able to effectively communicate with the employee is a critical part in helping them to remain as an effective member of your team. As managers, it was very interesting to learn of the legal obligations in relation to dismissal of an employee with a mental illness. Depending on the size of your workforce you may or will have other employees so adjustments for employees with a mental illness are a critical part of managing other employees as well.
"The second part of the day focussed on effective modern leadership. As employers we need to keep our staff engaged so that they don’t feel like they are just going through the motions and thus becoming disengaged. We learnt how to successfully address managers and board of directors which is a critical area for all course superintendents and assistants. As with the mental health component earlier in the day, communication is a key to keeping your staff feel like they are engaged in the running of the club or facility. We also looked at the personal attributes which are critical in developing yourself as an effective leader.
"Thank you to the AGCSA and PGA for conducting this seminar and especially to Vicki for an insightful forum. These events are an important path for us as managers to develop and understand our roles in the industry, not just as turf managers but in equally important areas such as HR management."
With the Tasmania leg complete, the seminars head west next week with Wembley Golf Complex hosting the Perth seminar on Tuesday 28 March. Following Perth, the remaining dates and venues are:
6 April 2017: Liverpool Golf Club, Sydney, NSW
7 April 2017: Newcastle Golf Club, Newcastle, NSW
11 April 2017: Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club, Gold Coast, Queensland
19 April 2017: The Grange Golf Club, Adelaide, SA
20 April 2017: Midlands Golf Club, North Ballarat, Victoria
27 April 2017: Huntingdale Golf Club, Melbourne, Victoria
Welcome to this edition of The Cut, the AGCSA’s enewsletter. This week we see who the winners and grinners were from the recent WA Golf Industry Awards and review the first of the AGCSA/PGA seminars which was held at Royal Hobart Golf Club on Tuesday. And a reminder to all Future Turf Managers Initiative applicants – you have until next Friday to get your submission in. Enjoy the read...