Date: October 24, 2017
Author: Christian Puccini

SA Golf Industry Awards Night – Winners List

The achievements of the South Australian Golf Industry have been celebrated with 200 golfing representatives from around the state at the South Australian Golf Industry Awards Night held at The Playford on the evening of Saturday 21 October.

The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Ben Hook with Wayne Phillips conducting interviews with the awards winners.

Special guests of the night were His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese and The Lady Mayoress of Adelaide, Genevieve Theseira-Haese.

Other Awards Night special guests included SA Golf Hall of Fame Members, David Cherry, Bob Tuohy and Sue Tuohy representing her mother Rhonda Watson along with Golf Australia Board Member Robert Crosby, Sport SA Chair Michael Wright and CEO Jan Sutherland.

In total 17 trophies were presented as part of the SA Industry Awards Night, which covered industry specific awards from Golf SA, PGA of Australia, Golf Management Australia and the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association as well as awards for volunteer contributions to the game from both Metropolitan and Country areas.

Amongst the highlights of the Awards evening was the presentation of the Award for Service to the South Australian Golf Industry. This award was jointly presented to PGA Professional Nick McCormack & Jan Douglass who have made an outstanding contribution to golf specifically in regards to junior development.Nick and Jan received a standing ovation when accepting their award.

Full list of award recipients:

* Golf SA Junior Boy's Vardon – Jackson Kalz (Glenelg) – winners blurb

* Golf SA Women's Vardon – Jin-young Yun (The Grange) – winners blurb

* Golf SA Men's Vardon – Will Somerfield (Kooyonga) – winners blurb

* PGA Graduates – Dylan Thomas (The Vines) and Sam Hynes (Flagstaff Hill) – winners blurb

* PGA Ladbrokes Pro Am of the Year (Legends) – Victor Harbor Legends Pro-Am – winners blurb

* PGA Ladbrokes Pro Am of the Year – The Beachport Liquid Minerals Mt Gambier Pro-Am- winners blurb

* PGA Teaching Professional of the Year (Sponsored by Golf Car Solutions) – Adrian Wickstein (Glenelg) – winners blurb

* PGA Coach of the Year – Gareth Jones (Glenelg) – winners blurb

* PGA Club Professional of the Year Award (Sponsored by CCA) – Warren Mercer (The Grange) – winners blurb

* Service to the SA Golf Industry – Nick McCormack and Jan Douglass (presented by His Excellency) – winners blurb

* SAGCSA Graduate Award (Sponsored by Toro) – Matthew King (Flagstaff Hill) – winners blurb

* SAGCSA Award for Excellence in Turf Management (Sponsored by Globe) – Nathan Bennett (Royal Adelaide) – winners blurb

* MyGolf Deliverer of the Year Award (Sponsored by MiClub) – Simon MacWhirter (North Adelaide Golf Course) – winners blurb

* Country Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Programmed Property Services) – Wickham Jenkins (Clare Golf Club) – winners blurb

* Metropolitan Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies) – Jan Van de Worp (Royal Adelaide) – winners blurb

* GMA Workplace Health & Safety Award (Sponsored by The Sop Shop) – The Grange Golf Club – winners blurb

* GMA Award for Excellence in Golf Club Management (Sponsored by Schweppes) – Mark Tan (Mount Osmond) – winners blurb

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