VOLUNTEERS are the lifeblood of many golf clubs but too often they go unnoticed or taken for granted.
So it is great to see candidates from Holbrook RSL Golf Club, Lawrence Golf Club, Thurgoona Golf and Country Club and Barnwell Park Golf Club announced as finalists in the “Volunteer of the Year” category in the NSW Golf Industry Awards.
The finalists, Phil Spokes, Tony Chester, Michael Lane and Grant Marshall, were nominated for displaying a level of involvement in golf that is truly special.
Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW said the nominees represent the values of sport in ways that too often goes unnoticed.
“The work of our wonderful volunteers is often unheralded,” Fraser said. “They all deserve our acknowledgment for their selfless contribution to our great game.
Phil Spokes from Holbrook was nominated for the prolific dedication he makes to the game, generously dedicating himself to fundraising and education of others involved in the sport, ensuring his club will retain members and grow.
Tony Chester has volunteered at Lawrence Golf Cub for over 20 years. Over this time, he has donated more than 400 trees and plants to the golf course. Despite approaching the age of 80, Tony is still spending up to three days a week on the course or whenever he is required.
Michael Lane has been a tireless worker for his club, Thurgoona, and district, the Murray River DGA for some years. Last November, he was responsible for coordinating the contribution of almost 100 volunteers at the inaugural NSW Senior Open.
Grant Marshall of Barnwell Park has been the Co-ordinator for the clubs junior program for several years. He ensures the club’s nine-hole junior competition on Saturdays run smoothly, and encourages all participants, regardless of ability, to enjoy the sport.
The winner of the Volunteer of the Year will be announced at the NSW Golf Industry Awards night on Monday, 22 October, at Curzon Hall, Marsfield.
Tickets to the night are now on sale and cost $140.00 each or $1300 for a table of ten.