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GM Marcus Sullivan goes full circle

GM Marcus Sullivan goes full circle

WHEN Marcus Sullivan started as a golf shop assistant at Arundel Hills Country Club 20 years ago, not even he could imagine he would return one day as the club’s general manager. It’s been almost a year since Sullivan parked himself behind the GM’s desk and in that time he has overseen a number of […]

Tour Talk: Open season in NSW

Tour Talk: Open season in NSW

My next run of events started with two weeks in Sydney. I had the NSW Open and Australian Open so I decided to drive down from the Gold Coast. The NSW Open was at Stonecutters Ridge—only 5 minutes from my sister’s house! It’s always great to get down to catch up with Joanne, Mark and […]

Meet Byron Bay GM Wendy Perry

Meet Byron Bay GM Wendy Perry

Wendy Perry has a lot on her plate as general manager of Byron Bay Golf Club, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Ms Perry, who has been at the helm at Byron Bay Golf Club for two years following a four-year stint as administration manager, has the club industry running through her veins. […]

Eccentric Moe Norman one of the best

Eccentric Moe Norman one of the best

LONG John Daly is arguably the most colourful golfer playing the game today, but when it comes to eccentricity he’s a rank amateur compared to the late Murray Irwin “Moe” Norman. Norman was an eccentric Canadian golfer, who, like Daly, wore mismatched outfits and played fast – sometimes never stopping to line up putts. Australian golf […]

Grinding out a hard-fought win

Grinding out a hard-fought win

I mentioned at the end of my last article that the forced break that I had may have been good for my golf. Well I made my comeback at the Maryborough Pro Am and I can tell you, it didn’t feel like the break helped me. It’s amazing, I have played this game for 30 […]

A quick-nine with: AFL star Nick Dal Santo

A quick-nine with: AFL star Nick Dal Santo

Widely respected for his maturity, passion and exceptional skills on the field, three-time AFL Grand Final player Nick Dal Santo is also quietly known off the field for a different set of skills—namely, driving, pitching and putting. A friendly, honest and outgoing individual, the current North Melbourne Kangaroos midfielder loves his golf. Bitten by the ‘golf […]

US conference inspires Aussie GMs

US conference inspires Aussie GMs

ELEVEN Golf Management Australia (GMA) general managers attended the Club Managers’ Association of America’s 89th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo in San Diego, California and returned home inspired and loaded with new ideas. The were: Aaron Muirhead (Nudgee Golf Club), Scott Wagstaff (Carbrook Golf Club), Barnaby Sumner (Oatlands Golf Club), Michael […]

GM Mark Whiting answers the call

GM Mark Whiting answers the call

BALLINA Golf and Sports Club general manager Mark Whiting was halfway through an interview with Inside Golf when he excused himself to answer a telephone ringing in the background. Soon he returned to apologise for his short absence. “The office manager had to take her dog to the vet so while I’m talking to you […]

Steffensen sprints into golf

Steffensen sprints into golf

From a Commonwealth Games gold medal to Olympic and World Championship medals, former sprinter John Steffensen’s competitive streak can now be sparked just as easily by a monthly medal. A decade on from his captivating gold-medal winning run in the 400 metres at Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games, the 33-year-old is happily retired from track and field […]

Meet globetrotting GM Mark Holland

Meet globetrotting  GM Mark Holland

IN the mid-1980s, Mark Holland quit professional tennis to start a career that has led to managing some of the best golf clubs and resorts around the world. For the past 30 years, he has plied his management skills in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi and Kuwait), Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Macau, Fiji and Australia where […]

A Quick-9 with: Ian Edwards, founder of MGI

A Quick-9 with:  Ian Edwards, founder of MGI

Tell us briefly about the history of MGI. I started the business in September, 1993 from home. What motivated me was necessity, as I had two children in school and needed to earn a good income to provide for them. The electric buggy business was small in Australia and historically, retailers did not stock electric […]

John Senden a ‘team man’

John Senden a ‘team man’

GOLF is not a team sport, but if you want to be a successful player you need to surround yourself with a team, says two-time US PGA Tour winner John Senden. The former Australian Open champion told Inside Golf he was able to reach the highest level (US PGA Tour) because he surrounded himself with […]

We chat with: David Scott, Deputy General Manager at Riverside Oaks

We chat with: David Scott, Deputy General Manager at Riverside Oaks

DAVID Scott is a shining example of the emerging new age of PGA golf club professionals in the Australian golf industry. Scott, the Deputy General Manager of Riverside Oaks – one of Australia’s biggest and leading golf resort-residential-playing complexes—is a graduate of the PGA’s International Golf Institute and the follow-on PGA club Traineeship. In less […]

GM Roger Morris at Magenta

GM Roger Morris at Magenta

HE’S held a number of interesting jobs in his working life, but Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club general manager Roger Morris reckons his current position is right up there with the rest of them. Morris started his career working in international hotels before landing key positions at The Australian Golf Club and Castle Hill Country […]

A wee bit of Scotland at Flinders GC

A wee bit of Scotland at Flinders GC

After more than a decade working as a golf professional at Flinders Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula, Scotsman Gavin Coyle has revealed it’s the club’s similarities to his homeland that have sustained his passion for both the job and the seaside links course. Coyle, who hails from Gourock Golf Club on Scotland’s west coast, […]

A woman’s touch at Castle Hill

A woman’s touch at Castle Hill

WHEN Melissa Ellis took on the general manager’s role at Castle Hill Country Club two years ago, a few bold members gave her the moniker “non-golfing sheila” but it didn’t take long for the sobriquet to wear off. “I came from a non-golfing background so when I first started here that’s what they called me, […]

Golf farewells legend Jack Harris

Golf farewells legend Jack Harris

IT’S hard to know where to start when writing about the passing of Melbourne’s legendary teaching professional Jack Harris. John Bruce “Jack” Harris, who died recently aged 91, was an amazing man. A quiet achiever, Jack’s golf story began as a 10-year-old at Kingston Heath Golf Club. Born in 1922, he went to Kingston Heath […]

Nolan optimistic throughout cancer battle

Nolan optimistic throughout cancer battle

Victorian professional golfer Peter Nolan is optimistic about returning to full health since being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in April. Nolan, who competed on the PGA Tour of Australasia between 2007 and 2012, was preparing to undergo his tenth chemotherapy treatment at the time of writing and said he has already seen his condition improve. […]

Moylan drives his way to Mesquite

Moylan drives his way to Mesquite

Australia’s Brendan Moylan will tee it up with the world’s longest hitters this month in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships, held in Mesquite, Nevada. Having competed in the Australian Finals of the RE/MAX Long Drive Tournament in May, Moylan qualified for the Mesquite event via eye-popping drives like his early-round  321m blast, which could […]

Aussie pro revs up golf in Indonesia

Aussie pro revs up golf in Indonesia

TO his Indonesian golf students and their parents, Australian teaching professional Tony Blacker is a diamond in the rough. For the past eight years, the former Brisbane club pro has taught golf in Indonesia and now calls Jakarta home. It’s where Blacker, the head coach at the Aserra Golf Academy at the Senayan Golf Driving […]

Aussie veterans ‘Soldier On’ in Scotland

Aussie veterans ‘Soldier On’ in Scotland

An Australian group of wounded war veterans are proving that golf can be their means for positive reintegration into the community. With the help of national charity Soldier On, a small band of Aussie veterans made the pilgrimage to the home of golf, St Andrews, in Scotland for a global veterans charity event in July […]

Whatever happened to … Ian Hepburn

Whatever happened to … Ian Hepburn

REMEMBER Ian Hepburn? Most probably will as he spent close to 20 years working in management positions at club level and with golf’s governing bodies – Golf Queensland and the PGA (Queensland). Between 1989-’95, Ian was the trainee and then assistant manager at Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane before joining the Queensland Golf Union (Golf […]

PGA Member Profile – Gavin Campbell

PGA Member Profile – Gavin Campbell

Ramsay McMaster Education Scholarship winner Gavin Campbell knows the benefits of hard work – and the joyous feeling of helping his clients achieve their best.   At 15 years of age, well past what might be considered the ‘industry norm’, Gavin Campbell quite literally stumbled into golf for the first time. “Like most kids back […]

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