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16 May 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au IG BUSINESS Top award for WA’s Alex Monteath David Newber y email@example.com W EST Australian golfing stalwart Alex Monteath doesn’t like surprises, but he received one recently when Golf Management Australia (WA) honoured him with the WA Golf Industry Recognition Award for services to golf. “It was more of a shock than a surprise because I had no idea it was coming,” said Monteath after the WA Golf Industry gala dinner awards night wrapped up at Crown Perth. “I don’t like surprises and I’m reticent to make speeches especially after I’ve been retired for 14 years. Had I known, I would have been better prepared.” GMA director and GMAWA president Brad Dawson said the award recognised Alex Monteath’s enormous contribution to the game of golf in WA. A highly respected and popular golf industry figure, Monteath’s contribution and positive impact over many decades has helped improve and stimulate the game. Monteath entered the golf industry almost by accident after working in banking followed by a stint in hospital administration. “ Whilst I was working at a country hospital at Three Springs (300kms north of Perth) I was co-opted into positions in the local community,” he said. “I became honorary secretary of Three Springs Golf Club, which was a tiny club with about 70-80 members but no more than 100. “I did that for five years and towards the end of that time a local farmer, who was also a member at Royal Perth Golf Club, said they had lost their secretary manager. “He thought my accounting background made me the ideal candidate for the position so I applied and got the job.” Monteath managed the club for three years before moving to Lake Karrinyup Golf Club where he was secretary manager for 27 years. His GMA career includes being a member of GMAWA for 44 years, president of GMAWA for 19 years, delegate to the Federal Council for 19 years and president for four years. The 78-year-old is the No.1 Fellow Member of GMAWA and is a life member of GMA and GMAWA. In 2000, Monteath was the recipient of the Australian Sports Medal. A member at Lake Karrinyup, Alex plays golf twice a week off a 21 handicap. “I love every aspect of golf because you make so many friends,” he said. A friend of 50 years is Ted Coker, the former general manager at Royal Queensland Golf Club. “I first met Ted in 1966 and we have been great mates ever since,” Alex said. “When he and his wife Dorothy came to Perth they stayed at our house.” Monteath is on the archives committee at Lake Karrinyup Golf Club. “I’m on this committee because I probably know more about the club than anyone else,” he said. “ We are going through memorabilia as the club is preparing to write a club history.” Chairman of the awards committee and GMAWA executive member/captain Troy O’Hern (right) presents Alex Monteath with his WA Golf Industry Recognition Award. Robb new Golf NSW Participation and Programs Manager GOLF NSW last month announced the appointment of Andrew Robb to the new role of Participation and Programs Manager. Robb brings to Golf NSW a strong background in Workplace Health and Safety, Information Technology and Human Resources Information Systems after a 20-year career at Western Sydney University. He has held several administrative positions at club, district and state level in his 25-year involvement in the game. He is the current Golf NSW Men’s State Team Manager and a member of the Golf NSW Match and Rules Committee. He is a former Club Delegate for Metropolitan Zone C and a former Golf NSW Councillor. “I’m looking forward to working with clubs and districts to help them implement positive changes that will deliver increased participation in golf across all demographics,” Robb said. He is the current Club Captain at Glenmore Heritage Valley Golf Club, and when he finds the time to play, he manages to maintain a healthy plus 3 handicap.
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