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Youngsters learning opportunity from Jack Newton

18th Apr 2014
Grow the Game

Young aspiring golfers were lucky enough to this week receive coaching from former golf champion Jack Newton when he came to Forbes for a two-day golf camp. About 50 kids ranging in ages from five to 16 attended the camp, as well as participating in a junior tournament on Sunday, receiving valuable tips and lessons from the great Australian golfer and other top coaches.
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Crest Link expands international footprint with PGA partnership

17th Apr 2014
Industry News - Australia/New Zealand

One of the leading golf apparel brands, Crest Link is extending upon its international golf footprint through a new partnership with the PGA of Australia. Confirmed today as the PGA’s official apparel partner for a three year term, Crest Link is set to embark on a number of exciting initiatives to leverage its partnership with the PGA and grow its marketing platform outside the Asia and the Middle East regions.
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Golf event tots up $2m in Govt aid

17th Apr 2014
Industry News - Australia/New Zealand

Michael Hill-hosted NZ Open pro am wants $1.5m for next tournament despite missing targets for three years. A golf tournament hosted by Sir Michael Hill at his private course near Queenstown has received more than $2 million from the taxpayer over the past three years despite consistently failing to meet performance targets attached to the funding. This year's New Zealand Open pro am - which featured wealthy business people and celebrities such as former Australian cricket captains Ricky Ponting and Allan Border playing alongside professional golfers and business heavyweights at Queenstown courses The Hills and Millbrook - received $900,000 from the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF). Michael Hill-hosted NZ Open pro am wants $1.5m for next tournament despite missing targets for three years.
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NZ Golfer landed dream Augusta job for US Masters

17th Apr 2014
General Interest

Sara Jasmat reckons she is still in golfing heaven after spending two weeks at the famed Augusta National course in Georgia. The Hobsonville Point resident worked from the media centre at the US Masters, the year's first golf major. She got to meet golfing giants and hosted All Black player Dan Carter who watched the prestigious event while on his sabbatical from rugby.
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Former AIS Head Golf Coach Heads - AGIF/R&A Collaboration

17th Apr 2014
Industry News - Asia/India

Yangon, Myanmar (April 17): A collaboration between the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) and The R&A to grow the game in Myanmar has been hailed a success. Funded by the AGIF and The R&A, acclaimed instructor Mark Holland has made three trips to Myanmar over the past 18 months to coach the national team and develop a training programme for local instructors.
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SEEKING: General Manager - (West Australia)

16th Apr 2014
Industry News - Australia/New Zealand

Araluen Golf Resort is seeking suitable candidates for the position of General Manager. Established in 1994, Araluen is recognised as one of the most stunning and unique golf courses in West Australia. The facility is located in the hinterlands of Perth and is a demanding course with dramatic elevation changes, natural streams and an abundance of wildlife.The location is locally known as the Enchanted Valley, and features amazing views over Perth and Fremantle.
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Illawarra Ridge Golf Resort lands in the rough

16th Apr 2014
Golf Course Development News

The controversial Illawarra Ridge Golf Resort development faces a bleak future as one of its owners battles in the Supreme Court to keep possession of the Maddens Plains property. In a decision handed down on April 4, Justice Geoffrey Bellew dismissed an application by owner Christopher Brian Birch to stay the execution of a writ of possession on the 56-hectare Princes Highway property.
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Prestigious PGA tournaments to be played at Riverside Oaks

16th Apr 2014
Industry News - Australia/New Zealand

The PGA of Australia and the PGA Tour of Australasia are pleased to announce thRiverside Oaks Golf Resort will host three prestigious tournaments in 2014 including the NSW PGA Championship. After a year hiatus the NSW PGA Championship will make a return to the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule and will be played at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort from 4-7 December.
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$250,000 upgrade to Mackay GC Clubhouse

16th Apr 2014
Golf Course Development News

MACKAY Golf Club has gained the backing of its members to update its clubhouse. "It's time for the old girl to have a facelift," president Sue Rowlinson said following a special meeting which voted in favour of the move, with only one opposing vote.
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SEEKING: Golf Operations/Food and Beverage Attendant

16th Apr 2014
Industry News - Australia/New Zealand

The Dunes Golf Links The Dunes Golf Links is Victoria’s Premier Public Access Golf facility, which contains 27 holes along with a 300 meter driving range and clubhouse which is open for lunch daily.
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Recreational Services Akarana Open: Round One Abandoned due to flooding

16th Apr 2014
Industry News - Australia/New Zealand

As a result of the tail end of Cyclone Ita, Round One of the Recreational Services Akarana Open on the Charles Tour has been abandoned and the tournament will be reduced to a 54 hole event. The course is currently unplayable with heavy flooding on the majority of the greens. In addition to that, due to the 120km per hour winds a number of trees have fallen on the course and the fairways, bunkers and greens are littered with a large volume of debris.
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COBRA PUMA getting the job done 4 years on

16th Apr 2014
Industry News- International

“It’s a knife fight out there,” Bob Philion, President of COBRA PUMA GOLF remarked, “but I like our knife.” It soon will be four years since Cobra was acquired from the Acushnet Company for $88.9 million and as the saying goes, times flies when you’re having fun. The industry headwinds might suggest there has been little fun in golf, yet COBRA PUMA GOLF hasn’t let it dampen its plans. “We introduced the F word to the game four years ago, FUN,” said Philion. “The company was positioned to be game enjoyment.”In its early days, Philion was focused on the acquisition and integration phase.
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