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Finalist announced for QLD Golf Industry Awards – Full list

POSTED ON September 22, 2021 @ 5:56 pm

The Queensland Golf Industry is pleased to announce the finalists for their upcoming Awards Night to be held at The Star – Gold Coast on Thursday 28th October, 2021.

Represented by the PGA of Australia, Golf Australia, Golf Course Superintendents Association of QLD and Golf Management Australia, the QLD Golf Industry Awards Night acknowledges the achievements the finalists have accomplished during a time that the game has experienced unprecedented activity.

“We have had a record number of nominations in many categories this year and it is pleasing to see so many deserving individuals, golf clubs and events” said PGA State Manager Broc Greenhalgh.

“The judging period was expanded this year due to a move of the Awards Night from it’s traditional March date to it’s new home in October, and therefore award nominees were judged on their activity for the period of January 2020 to July 2021.”

Bringing the industry together

Golf Australia State Manager Luke Bates explained how the evening is a great opportunity to bring the industry together at a really important time.

“The game of golf has been extremely busy at golf facilities since the beginning of the pandemic and our focus has now turned to maintaining the momentum that the game is experiencing of which the awards night recognizes those who will play an integral part to do so,” said Bates.

Having all areas of the industry being represented by the governing bodies, the night is truly an industry wide event and as Golf Management Australia (QLD) President Aaron Muirhead explained, it’s an integral part of the golfing calendar.

“It is an opportunity, not only to look back at those who have excelled though to celebrate the health of the game,” said Muirhead.

“We are fortunate that our game was well geared to thrive over the past 18 months and after the awards were conducted virtually last year, this year’s awards night is another milestone that we are close to returning to a new normal.”

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Support of ground staff

The unsung heroes of our sport are often those that prepare our playing surfaces and for this reason recognising the golf club ground staff has become an increasingly important part of the QLD Golf Industry Awards Night. Golf Course Superintendent Association (QLD) President Paul McLean is pleased to see the support that their part of the industry has received over recent times.

“Golf courses are busier than ever and therefore to keep them in the condition we have come to expect in QLD has been tough however there have been some standouts during the last 18 months and we look forward to putting them up in lights,” said McLean.

The finalists for their respective awards (in alphabetical order) are:

MiClub Golf Club of the Year

  • Maroochy River Golf Club
  • Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort
  • Pine Rivers GC
  • Redcliffe Golf Club
  • Virginia Golf Club

Golf Club of the Year (Under 400 Members)

  • Babinda GC
  • Dalby GC
  • Maleny GC
  • North Stradbroke Island GC

Golf Supplier of the Year

  • Acushnet Golf Australia
  • adidas
  • Callaway Golf
  • Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
  • De Bortoli Wines
  • MiClub
  • Schweppes
  • SParms
  • TaylorMade Golf
  • Toro Australia
  • Under Armour

Junior Program of the Year (MyGolf Centres of the Month – QLD)

  • Atherton Golf Club
  • Burleigh Golf Club
  • Brisbane Golf Club
  • Bundaberg Golf Club
  • Cairns Golf Club
  • Carbrook Golf Club
  • Half Moon Bay Golf Club
  • KDV Sport
  • Keperra Country Golf Club
  • Kingaroy Golf Club
  • Maroochy River Golf Club
  • The Glades Driving Range
  • Townsville Golf Club
  • Victoria Park Golf Complex
  • Virginia Golf Club
  • Wynnum Golf Club

APIA Volunteer of the Year

  • Noel Dowd – Murgon GC
  • Leigh Madsen – Gailes GC
  • Jane McFarlane – Gatton Jubilee GC
  • Terry Payne – Links Hope Island GC
  • Kay Tischler – Bundaberg GC

Coach of the Year (Game Development)

  • John Collins – Brookwater GC
  • Asha Hargreaves – Brisbane GC
  • Michael Jones – Sanctuary Cove GCC
  • Mick Murnane – Bundaberg GC
  • Jay Simpson – First Swing
  • John Hempstock – Pacific GC

Inside Golf Manager of the Year

  • Mitch Bligh – Townsville GC
  • Mark Brady – Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort
  • Geoff Kuehner – Brisbane GC
  • Kerry Newsome – Redcliffe GC
  • Chris Richards – Yeppoon GC
  • Tracey-Lea Tiley – Links Hope Island

Coach of the Year

  • Dominic Azzopardi – Peregian GC
  • Grant Field – Pelican Waters GC
  • Michael Jones – Sanctuary Cove GCC
  • Ji McBryde – KDV Sport
  • David Nable – Coolangatta Tweed Heads GC
  • Richard Woodhouse – KDV Sport

Club Professional of the Year

  • Chris Adnams – Redcliffe GC
  • Brent Barlow – Gailes GC
  • Tony Di Tommaso – Carbrook GC
  • Anthony Newey – Victoria Park GC
  • John Victorsen JNR – Wantima CC
  • Peter Zealley – Keperra CGC

Management Professional of the Year

  • Luke Altschwager – Parkwood VIllage
  • Mitchell Bligh – Townsville GC
  • Tim Porter – Victoria Park GC
  • Scott Wagstaff – Carbrook GC
  • Andrew Webb – City GC
  • Dale Williamson – Pelican Waters GC

Golf Club Staff Member of the Year

  • Warren Austin – Gailes Golf Club
  • Todd Brown – Parkwood Village
  • Nathalie Fagerberg – Links Hope Island
  • Keiron Judges – Links Hope Island
  • Aaron Scanlan – Brookwater GC
  • Sutthichai Sukplang – Tally Valley Golf Club

Golf Club Board Member of the Year

  • Kathleen Griffith – Hervey Bay GC
  • Joey Lyttle – Wolston Park GC
  • Peter Winfield – Cairns GC
  • Greg Warden – Goondiwindi GC

Tournament of the Year

  • Elgin Valley Beerwah Legends Pro-Am
  • Maroochy River Legends Pro-Am
  • Hutchinson Builders Redcliffe Pro-Am
  • Royal Queensland Legends Pro-Am
  • Coca-Cola City of Brisbane Pro-Am (Victoria Park GC)
  • Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro-Am

Superintendents Achievement Award

  • Stuart Campbell – Maroochy River GC
  • Danny Foote – Links Hope Island
  • Stewart Poole – Gailes GC

Metropolitan Tournament of the Year

  • Belle Property Bulimba Pro-Am
  • Maroochy River Pro-Am
  • Hutchinson Builders Redcliffe Pro-Am
  • Coca-Cola City of Brisbane Pro-Am (Victoria Park GC)
  • Breakas Beach Resort Vanuatu Virginia Pro-Am
  • TruHealth Solutions Windaroo Lakes Pro-Am

Regional Tournament of the Year

  • Downer Blackwater Pro-Am
  • Manuplex Emu Park Pro-Am
  • Kooralbyn Valley Pro-Am
  • Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro-Am
  • Pacific GWM – Haval Tin Can Bay Pro-Am
  • Oaky Creek Coal Tieri Pro-Am

PGA Legends Tournament of the Year

  • Eligin Valley Beerwah Legends Pro-Am
  • Brisbane Legends Pro-Am
  • Maroochy River Legends Pro-Am
  • Rowes Bay Legends Pro-Am
  • Royal Queensland Legends Pro-Am
  • Tropical Auto Group Yeppoon Legends Pro-Am

Golf Course Turf Apprentice of the Year

  • Nick McClymont – Headland GC
  • Jesse McGilvray – Palmer Colonial

PGA IGI Excellence in Golf Education Award

  • Sean Bradfield
  • Shannon Coad
  • Le Zhang

Additional awards presented at the QLD Golf Industry Awards Night that don’t attract finalists include:

  • Services to Golf Award
  • Male Amateur Golfer of the Year
  • Female Amateur Golfer of the Year
  • Junior Female Amateur Golfer of the Year
  • Junior Male Amateur Golfer of the Year


To book your tickets or for further details about the QLD Golf Industry Awards Night, please visit or alternatively contact the PGA (QLD/NT) Office on 07 5657 6100 or via email

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