Jacobsen Trainee of the Year Competiton 2013
On an absolutely brilliant day at the Pakuranga Country Club, 4 of New Zealand’s up and coming turf trainees pitted themselves against each other and one last final day of exams for the right to win the Jacobsen / Power Turf Trainee of the year award. Tyler Otney (Westown Golf Club), Tony Wood (North Shore Golf Club), Luke Burton (Kauri Cliffs) & Nick Brown (Royal Wellington Golf Club) were put through their paces on the 7th of May by Ian Higgins (who replaced Steve Hodgson due to a conflict of interest with Tyler Otney), Gordon Trembath representing NZGCSA and Terry Sullivan from Power Turf New Zealand.
Mr. Sullivan commented that “ This years competition was very evenly contested and finding the overall winner proved tough for the judges, which in itself is a very positive reflection of the participants.”
Jacobsen and Power Turf New Zealand have been sponsoring the trainee of the year award now for over 17 years and this year’s winner will be rewarded with a trip to the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Sullivan went on to say “We see the sponsorship of this award as a natural fit for our company and for Jacobsen. If we aren’t supporting the next generation superintendents in providing them with enough knowledge to surpass their predecessors, then we are effectively allowing our industry to die a slow death.”
Due to a high level of consistency across all aspect of the days testing, the title of Jacobsen / Power Turf Trainee of the Year for 2013 went to Tony Wood of the North Shore Golf Club who beat out his fellow trainees. Tony will be awarded his certificate at the National Conference in Hamilton in June.
Tyler Otney, Luke Burton & Nick Brown tackle the practical section of the trainee of the year in the workshop area at the Pakuranga Country Club.
Gordon Trembath (NZGCSA), Tony Wood (Trainee of the Year – North Shore), Nick Brown (Royal Wellington Golf Club), Tyler Otney (Westown Golf Club), Luke Burton (Kauri Cliffs) and Steve Hodgson (NZGCSA) at the completion of the trainee day at Pakuranga Country Club.