Queensland golf industry capped off an exceptional year at the 2015 QGI Awards on the Gold Coast last night honouring the state’s best.
The evening recognised the achievements of those from the Queensland Division of the PGA of Australia, Golf Managers Association Queensland (GMAQ), Golf Queensland as well as the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Queensland (GCSAQ).
With 25 awards presented, it was a strong representation of the positive direction of the Queensland golf industry.
Golf Queensland presented five awards, including Carbrook Golf Club's Bill Colman for Volunteer of the Year, Charles Pilon for Junior Male Amateur Golfer of the Year, Karis Davidson for Junior Female Amateur Golfer of the Year, Anthony Quayle for Male Amateur Golfer of the Year and Rebecca Kay for Female Amateur Golfer of the Year, presented by Club Super.
Other notable winners including Richard Woodhouse winning the coveted PGA Teaching Professional of the Year. Junior Golf Program of the year was awarded to Emerald Lakes Golf Academy with Headland named as Club of the Year.
Charles Pilon – 2015 Golf Queensland Junior Male Amateur Golfer of the Year
Charles’ consistency in 2015 ensured for a rewarding year.
He is currently enjoying the number one ranking on Golf Australia’s Australian Boys ranking after two wins and numerous top 5 finishes within the last year.
The Hills student has had a stellar last few months including taking out the Gary Player Junior Classic for the second consecutive year, with several runner-up places at the Men’s Foursomes with team mate Steven Cox, Queensland Boys Amateur, Qld Men’s Stroke Play and Greg Norman Junior Masters.
Karis Davidson – 2015 Golf Queensland Junior Female Amateur Golfer of the Year
Karis Davidson enjoyed a very successful 2015, finishing as the second ranked player on the Australian Girls Ranking System with her numerous wins currently holding her the number one spot.
As a result of her continuous effort and determination, Karis was victorious at the Queensland Women’s Strokeplay back in October taking out the women’s title.
Another highlight was representing Australia as part of the World Junior Team in Canada in September, and this was followed by a second place finish at the Australian Junior.
She was a strong member of the Queensland Girls Junior Team, helping the State to be crowned runner up champions in the Australian Girls’ Interstate Team Matches.
Anthony Quayle – 2015 Golf Queensland Male Amateur Golfer of the Year
Anthony enjoyed an exceptional 2015, consistently finishing with top results.
In February he took out the Tasmanian Open to start his successful year. Anthony then went on to have a successful streak during his American campaign with the Queensland Academy of Sport team including winning the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship in California.
Anthony represented Australia at the Argentine Amateur in November making the semi-finals, and several events in the US including South eastern Amateur and Greystone Invitational were he finished runner-up.
He won the Keperra Bowl in September taking out his first Queensland state championship title. Anthony was a member of the 2015 QAS program and the Queensland Men’s State Team.
Rebecca Kay – 2015 Golf Queensland Female Amateur Golfer of the Year presented by Club Super
In 2015 Rebecca Kay excelled in both junior and open company, consistently achieving excellent results at just 17-years-old.
The Gold Coast ‘golfaholic’ has been elevated to Golf Australia’s national squad after representing Australia internationally on several occasions including the Australian World Junior Team in Canada and Australian Queen Sirikit Cup Team in Hong Kong. Rebecca formed part of the Australian Astor Trophy team which claimed victory at The Grange in South Australia.
Rebecca’s most outstanding accomplishment was qualifying for the 2015 Ladies’ Masters, and astonishing the field to finish in sixth place, taking out the title of the leading amateur. Rebecca also had a number of top 10 results including semi-finalist Australian Amateur, runner-up finish at Lake Macquarie Amateur, 3rd in the Jack Newton State Champs and 3rd in the Women’s interstate series.
Rebecca was a member of both the Queensland Women’s and Girls’ State Teams, and is a part of the Queensland Academy of Sport Program.
Bill Colman – 2015 Golf Queensland Volunteer of the Year
Bill Colman has volunteered an enormous amount of his time, energy and passion into significantly improving the course, club, and livelihood of Carbrook Golf Club during his 10 years as a member, specifically within the last five years where he has almost been like a full-time worker.
Bill has taken on various projects throughout his time, with his level of commitment evident in the improved quality of the course today.
Some of Bill’s notable accomplishments include building and construction of new tees, countless days reshaping several aspects of the course, complete reshaping and rebuilding of fairway bunkers that span hundreds of metres, and renovation of dredging systems which were greatly affected during the floods.
Golf Queensland is delighted Bill was nominated for the award. Golf Queensland sees volunteers as the backbone to the ongoing development of clubs and the sport within Queensland with volunteers like Bill setting a fantastic example.
Photo Credit Bill: Captum Imago Photography
Well done to other finalists Virginia Irwin for Teaching Professional of the Year and Lee Harington for Game Development Professional of the Year.
Footnote: The Awards are based on National & State Selection Teams as well as International, National and State Event Results.