Date: September 12, 2012
Author: Golf Tasmania

Golf Tasmania Announces New General Manager

Golf Tasmania is pleased to announce the appointment of its new General Manager Craig French. French s professional background and Master s level qualifications in Accountancy and Business Management will assist the Board to revitalise the sport and its operations. With work experience in small public accounting practices on the North West Coast to corporate roles with Woolworths and more recently the University of Tasmania, French brings a breadth of experience to guide and lead Golf Tasmania s staff. In what is also seen as a bonus in taking on this state-wide role, French has lived and worked in each of the state’s three major regions. French currently resides in Hobart with his wife Linda and two young children (Samuel 3 and Ellen 2). Craig s initial priorities are to contemporise and realign Golf Tasmania s internal governance, policies and practices to ensure the sport can grow and clubs are supported throughout the state, said Golf Tasmania Chair Helen Langenberg. Golf, like many sports, is facing challenges in attracting and retaining participants. The increasing costs impacting on golf clubs, many of which are run on a volunteer basis, are other challenges to address if the sport is to survive and grow. As the peak body for the sport in Tasmania, Golf Tasmania with the assistance of Golf Australia is committed to providing leadership, guidance and support to its members, added Langenberg. In his first few weeks in the role, French has attended a Golf Australia workshop for state/territory chief executives/managers and a national golf development workshop to meet and network with his interstate counterparts. While French s initial focus is internal within the Golf Tasmania office, he looks forward to an opportunity to connect with the clubs and to work closely with you to support and develop Golf in Tasmania.