Inside Golf : Inside Golf Feb 2016
clubs 42 February 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au Buddy Club program a boon for Oberon OberOn Golf Club was a big winner last month as it welcomed a visit from their ‘big buddy club’, Oatlands Golf Club. Oatlands and Oberon were brought together through the Golf nSW buddy Club program, an initiative of Golf new South Wales to promote the game and club facilities across both venues. The program was launched earlier this year with more than 120 clubs signing up to the program during the first round of offers. To date, clubs have benefitted in many ways including the facilitation of strategic planning workshops, lending unused or under-utilised course and office equipment, and organised club visits from staff and executives. The two-day visit from Oatlands included a delegation of executive staff including Club General Manager barnaby Sumner, Director of Golf Operations, Steve Younan, Teaching Professional David ecob and Head Chef Paul Molan. During the visit, Oatlands staff passed on their knowledge of golf club management and operations, as well as coordinated activities aimed at introducing new members and engaging current members within the Oberon Club and its community. The visiting delegation from Oatlands helped coordinate a range of activities including a “Super 6s” competition, golf clinics and a 9-hole Ambrose competition. There was also a pop-up golf shop offering products that Oberon locals did not usually have regular access to. The new Oberon kitchen was in operation and there was plenty of time to share ideas and golf stories. Oatlands also donated dinnerware to be used in the newly renovated kitchen. “Oberon is the big winner out of this and we are truly grateful to be part of the initiative,” said Sean Mooney, Secretary of Oberon Golf Club. “ The bonus to the Oatlands team was a trip to our lovely town and golf club, and if they picked up one idea from us, that’s a bonus.” Oatlands General Manager barnaby Sumner regarded the buddy club as a great opportunity for his team to mentor and help develop other clubs within the industry. “We are excited to be playing our part in developing our industry and assisting those clubs that perhaps aren’t as fortunate as our own in terms of resources and member numbers,” Mr Sumner says. Golf nSW is currently calling for expressions of interest from any affiliated club that missed out on nominating for the first round of offers. More information can be obtained by calling the Golf nSW office on (02) 9505 9105 or emailing Jon Shineberg at firstname.lastname@example.org • Finchem named World Golf Foundation Chairman for 2016 TiM Finchem, PGA TOUr Commissioner, has been named World Golf Foundation (WGF) Chairman for 2016 by the board of Directors. He succeeds Pete bevacqua, CeO of the PGA of America. Finchem became Commissioner of the PGA TOUr on June 1, 1994. now entering his 26th year with the organization, he has played an integral role in strengthening the PGA TOUr’s position as one of the most successful, well- respected sports organizations in the world, and his leadership has helped foster the growth of the game, both domestically and internationally. During his tenure, the PGA TOUr has raised more than $1 billion of the $2 billion- plus raised in its history for charitable organizations. Additionally, Finchem has been instrumental in the formation of the international Federation of PGA Tours and WGF. His personal dedication to the success of The First Tee has led to the establishment of nearly 200 chapters, which have reached 6.5 million young people in the last decade. “As a caretaker and ambassador of the game, i look forward to leading the World Golf Foundation’s board as we take the game to new heights in 2016,” said Finchem. “ With the Olympics on the horizon, it is an exciting time for the industry as we introduce golf to new audiences around the world.” “ Tim has elevated golf ’s profile globally and 2016 will be even more compelling with golf ’s return to the Olympics,” said Steve Mona, CeO of WGF. “ We are in store for an historic year and Tim’s leadership of WGF brings further promise.” More: www.worldgolffoundation.org.
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