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IG BUSINESS 14 August 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au High praise for dedicated super Henr y Peters firstname.lastname@example.org @hsspeters Whittlesea Golf Club’s long-time superintendent Brad tucker has received the ultimate accolade with an honorary life Membership to recognise his 25 years of service to the Victorian club. tucker - who turns 56 in October - joined Whittlesea as a part-time groundsman in 1991 before assuming the top role in 2005. “For me personally, it means everything,” tucker said. “i’ve been through a lot at the club and the club’s been through some pretty hard times and they’ve survived and i’ve been here through the whole lot of it. it’s definitely a big achievement in my working career.” “it’s an honour the club has bestowed upon him to say thank you for your work,” said club president Brian thompson. “When we said to him about being an honorary member, he was very emotional. that is nice for somebody to have that sort of attitude towards where they’re working.” thompson credits tucker with helping the club recover from the wrath of the 2009 Black saturday bushfires. “ When the fires were going through, he actually was on the course, standing in the dam,” thompson remembered. “and the police wouldn’t let anybody in, he was going up seeing if he could do something around the greens or just try to save the club.” tucker said the course took more than three months to recover from Black saturday, which was the worst fire disaster in australia’s history. “at one stage there, we thought it wouldn’t survive,” tucker said. his 26-year-old son, Dale, is now his second-in-charge and was also front and centre to the 2009 fires. “ With the help of my son, who works with me, the two of us got it up and going again.” “ the fires didn’t actually come into the golf club but it was right on our doorstep, just the sheer heat alone scorched the whole course, it was covered in debris from the surrounding hills. We had a big seven weeks of cleaning up and trying to get the greens alive again and the course back with virtually no water.” later in 2009, tucker donated his Christmas bonus to Whittlesea when its clubhouse was destroyed by an electrical fire, which spread to surrounding garden beds and the club’s putting green. “ that [fire] was due to an electrical fault, which was unfortunate, because we managed to get through the Black saturday, we kept the clubhouse intact, but lost it a few months later. We were fortunate enough to have a member in the club who rebuilt the clubhouse and i rebuilt the putting green.” But perhaps the biggest threat to Whittlesea’s survival during tucker’s time was in 1999 when salt water contaminated the golf course’s water supply and led to the loss of an estimated majority of the club’s membership. “i was second in charge then and those water bores went salty,” tucker said. “Once the salt had started, you virtually can’t stop it, so it killed a lot of our greens so we rebuilt as many as we could with the funds we had and then we managed to save the rest of them but it wiped out six or seven greens totally. in all honesty, it probably took three or four years to recover from.” “i think we had about 600 members at that stage, and we dropped down to about 250,” thompson recalled. “i myself have been a member here for about 35 years and this club was vibrant, it really was, and then that happened and other guys just went elsewhere.” thompson said the club has long since regained the vibrancy it had late last century. “if this course was in Melbourne, you’d be beating people away from the door. it’s in a valley, wind is never an issue here, there’s not two holes that even look remotely the same. The layout is fabulous.” • the asian tour and the european tour have announced a ‘strategic alliance’ which will see the two tours work together to develop professional golf in asia – from a new joint office in singapore – combining commercial and marketing resources to explore and maximise opportunities for both tours globally. For members of both tours this development will also see a significant exchange of playing opportunities. the tours will, however, retain their own separate identity in terms of brand and logo, and will still be managed by their own individual Boards. the announcement represents a new chapter in the partnership between the two tours which began in February 1999 when the first co-sanctioned tournament – the Malaysian Open – was staged at saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala lumpur. since then, there have been 95 co- sanctioned tournaments, with a further 14 events tri-sanctioned with either the sunshine tour or PGa tour of australasia. Keith Pelley, Chief executive of the european tour, said: “We have enjoyed a very strong and prosperous relationship with the asian tour over the past 17 years, and this formalises that partnership, representing an exciting new era in our association.” Kyi hla han, Commissioner of the asian tour, said: “this is a very positive step forward in our desire to further grow professional golf in asia and around the world and we believe it will also greatly enhance the careers of our membership, who have embraced this exciting development. Asian Tour, European Tour announce ‘strategic alliance’ GOLD COAST SUNSHINE COAST QUEENSTOWN, N.Z. Golf Tours INSTANT ONLINE QUOTES 24/7 HOT DEALS DISCOUNTED GREEN FEES Visit us today at: www.abovepargolf.com.au Call Michael now on 1300 798 552 or 0415 046 426 Email: email@example.com Create Your Own Dream Holiday Online! GOLD COAST SUNSHINE COAST QUEENSTOWN, N.Z. 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