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Finalists named for Queensland golf awards, Golf Industry Central included!

POSTED ON February 28, 2018 @ 4:17 pm

The Queensland Golf Industry is pleased to announce the finalists for their upcoming Awards Night incorporating the PGA Trainee graduation to be held at Star Gold Coast on Tuesday 20th March 2018. Represented by the PGA of Australia (QLD/NT), Golf Queensland, Golf Course Superintendants Association of QLD and the Golf Managers Association, the QLD Golf Industry Awards Nights acknowledges the achievements the finalists have accomplished throughout 2017.

With a large number of nominations received for each award it was encouraging to see so many individuals recognised for their tireless efforts in assisting the growth and development of golf within the state of Queensland. Having all areas of the industry being represented by the governing bodies, the night is truly an evening that is dedicated to personalities that are involved in the game whether it be playing or teaching the game, managing the facilities that allow it to be experienced or those that volunteer their time and instill so much of their passion toward assisting where needed.

The finalists for their respective awards are:


Club Professional of the Year Award

  • Phillip Curd                  – Bargara Golf Club
  • David Delahunty          – Mt Warren Park Golf Club
  • Tony Di Tommaso       – Carbrook Golf Club
  • Adam Norlander          – Headland Golf Club
  • Paul Orchard               – Surfers Paradise Golf Club
  • Tim Porter                   – Victoria Park Golf Complex
  • Matthew Victorsen      – Emerald Golf Club
  • John Wright                 – Yamba Golf Club


Game Development Professional of the Year Award

  • John Collins                – Brookwater Golf Club
  • Sean Dwyer                – Victoria Park Golf Complex
  • Peter Heiniger             – Heiniger Golf
  • Ian Peters                    – Hills Golf Academy
  • Matthew Victorsen      – Emerald Golf Club
  • Atomu Watanabe        – Pelican Waters Golf Club


PGA Management Professional of the Year

  • Luke Altschwager        – Parkwood Village
  • Peter Clark                  – St Lucia Golf Club
  • Jeff Holloway              – Chinderah Golf Club
  • Declan McCollam        – Paradise Palms
  • Mark Poelstra              – Riverlakes Golf Club
  • Paul Sanders              – Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club


PGA Coach of the Year

  • Jim Barden                  – Victoria Park Golf Complex
  • Ken Berndt                  – Hills Golf Academy
  • Ben Cronk                   – Chinderah Golf Club
  • Phillip Curd                  – Bargara Golf Club
  • Grant Field                  – Grant Field Golf
  • Richard Woodhouse   – KDV Sport


Trainee of the Year Award   

  • Kylie Close                 
  • Christopher Crooks                
  • Jacki Marshall
  • Ben Pisani
  • Charles Wright   


Tournament of the Year Award

  • Cairns Classic – Paradise Palms
  • City of Brisbane Pro-Am – Victoria Park
  • Southport Pro-Am
  • Wynnum Pro Am
  • Yamba Pro-Am


Metropolitan Tournament of the Year Award

  • Maroochy River Pro Am
  • City of Brisbane Pro Am – Victoria Park
  • Southport Pro-Am
  • Wynnum Pro Am


Regional Tournament of the Year Award

  • Cairns Classic – Paradise Palms
  • Kooralbyn Valley Pro-Am
  • Murwillumbah Pro-Am
  • Ocean Shores Pro-Am
  • Rockhampton Pro-Am
  • Yamba Pro-Am


Legends Pro-Am of the Year Award

  • Australian Legends Tour Championship – Byron Bay
  • Cairns Classic
  • Noosa Legends Pro-Am
  • QLD Senior PGA Championship
  • Sunshine Coast Masters



Superintendents Achievement Award

  • Lincoln Coombes        – RACV Royal Pines
  • Glenn Gibson Smith    – Glades Golf Club
  • Col Thorsbourne         – Parkwood Golf Club


Apprentice of the Year

  • Jonah Clancy              – St Lucia Golf Club
  • Steven Lewis               – Chinderah Golf Club
  • Samuel Thomson        – Victoria Park Golf Complex


Industry Recognition Award

  • Darryl Edwards           – Burleigh Golf Club
  • Peter Lonergan           – Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club


Golf Queensland

Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Kathleen Bell               – Miriam Vale Golf Club
  • Jamie Sullivan             – Middlemount Golf Club
  • Peter Turner                – Stradbroke Island Golf Club



Club of the Year Award

  • Arundel Hills Country Club
  • Ballina Golf & Sports Club
  • Cairns Golf Club
  • City Golf Club
  • Keperra Golf Club
  • Links Hope Island
  • Parkwood Golf Club
  • Southport Golf Club
  • Victoria Park Golf Complex


Manager of the Year Award

  • Luke Altschwager        – Parkwood Golf Club
  • Nik Robinson               – Southport Golf Club
  • Paul Sanders              – Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club
  • Scott Wagstaff             – Carbrook Golf Club


Board Member of the Year Award

  • Geoff Barnes               – Ballina Golf & Sports Club
  • Carolyn McIlvenny      – McLeod Country Golf Club
  • Tony Merrell                – Ipswich Golf Club
  • Paul Rigby                   – Nudgee Golf Club


Staff Member of the Year Award

  • Belinda Dare               – Gordonvale Golf Club
  • Camille Ferrone          – Carbrook Golf Club
  • Ashlee Kachel             – Links Hope Island
  • James King                 – Gailes Golf Club
  • Tim Lynch                   – Victoria Park Golf Complex
  • Kate Ross                   – Emerald Lakes Golf Club
  • Suzanne Walker          – Twin Waters Golf Club
  • Andrew Webb             – City Golf Club


QLD Golf Industry Awards

Supplier of the Year Award

  • Acushnet
  • Clubsuper
  • Coca Cola Amatil
  • Golf Industry Central
  • MiClub
  • Schweppes
  • Toro


Junior Golf Program of the Year Award

  • Bargara Golf Club
  • Brookwater Golf Club
  • Cairns Golf Club
  • Emerald Golf Club
  • Pelican Waters Golf Club
  • Peregian Golf Course
  • Victoria Park Golf Complex


Many of the winners for other awards have already been finalised based on specific criteria and will be announced on the night.

Tickets for this prestigious evening are available either online by clicking here or contacting the PGA of Australia – QLD Office on 07 5657 6100 or

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