Date: October 20, 2014
Author: Christian Puccini / Golf SA



The achievements of the South Australian Golf Industry have been celebrated by around 200 golfing representatives from around the state at the South Australian Golf Industry Awards Night held at the Adelaide Oval on the evening of Saturday 18 October.

The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Ben Hook who is also the current Men’s Captain at Mt Osmond Golf Club.

Amongst the highlights of the Awards evening was the induction of one new member to the South Australian Golf Hall of Fame.

Voted by representatives of the four organising bodies, Golf SA, PGA of Australia, Golf Management Australia and the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association, the new inductee to the South Australian Golf Hall of Fame was Bob Stevens.

Bob joins fellow inductees: Bay HC McDonald, Peter Howard, Pauline Sanderson, Dr David Cherry, Rhonda Watson OAM, Murray Crafter, John Crosby OAM, Jane Crafter and Bob Tuohy.

In total 21 trophies were presented as part of the SA Industry Awards Night, which covered industry specific awards from the GMA, PGA and SAGCSA, as well as awards for volunteer contributions to the game from both Metropolitan and Country areas.

Special guests of the night was Ladies European Tour Player and Member of Royal Adelaide and The Grange Golf Club – Stephanie Na. Interviewed on stage by the MC, Na gave the audience a great insight into her life, firstly as Australia’s top Amateur in 2007/08 then as a tour professional. (view a short clip here)

The full list of award recipients is:

* SA Golf Hall of Fame – Bob Stevens
* Golf SA Junior Boy's Vardon – Ben Tucker (The Grange)
* Golf SA Women's Vardon – Jenny Lee (Glenelg) view here pre recorded thank you speech
* Golf SA Men's Vardon – Heath Riches (Kooyonga) view here pre recorded thank you speech
* SAGCSA Graduate Award (Sponsored by Toro) – Luke Merchant (The Vines of Reynella)
* SAGCSA Award for Excellence in Turf Management (Sponsored by Globe) – Tim Warren (Adelaide Shores)
* SAGCSA Distinguished Service Award (Sponsored by SAGCSA) – Kym Traeger (Berri)
* GMA Award for Excellence in Golf Club Management (Sponsored by MiClub) – Denise Henly (Flagstaff Hill)
* GMA Workplace Health & Safety Award (Sponsored by Monit) – Mount Osmond Golf Club.
* Service to the SA Golf Industry (Sponsored by Innovision) – Raelene Collings (Mt Osmond)
* Metropolitan Female Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Schweppes) – Jenny Butcher (Mt Osmond)
* Country Female Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies) – Gloria Potter *Gawler & Barossa Valley)
* Metropolitan Male Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Programmed Property Services) – Geoffrey Kelly (Flagstaff Hill)
* Country Male Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Golf Car Solutions) – Michael Krieger (Port Broughton)
* PGA Trainee Graduate – Sarah Douglass-Norris (Links Lady Bay)
* PGA Southern Trainee Champion – Brad Moules (Royal Adelaide)
* PGA Pro Am of the Year (Legends) – Audi Solitaire Legends Pro Am at Kooyonga Golf Club
* PGA Pro Am of the Year – Flagstaff Hill Dave Potter Honda Pro-Am
* PGA Teaching Professional of the Year – Daniel Blackwell (Royal Adelaide)
* PGA Professional of the Year (Sponsored by Coca Cola) – Ian Pritchard (Mount Osmond)
* PGA Life Membership – Peter Ormsby (Adelaide Shores)

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