On Tuesday 20th March, the 2017 QLD Golf Industry Awards were held at The Star Gold Coast. With 460 guests in attendance, the evening recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals, golf clubs and industry participants over the past 12 months.
The evening brings together the golf industry in Queensland recognising the achievements of those from the PGA (QLD/NT), Golf Management Australia – Queensland Division (GMAQ), Golf Queensland and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Queensland (GCSAQ).
Each year the PGA International Golf Institute (PGA IGI) honours leading students at QLD Golf Industry Awards with the PGA IGI Excellence in Education Award.
The PGA IGI Excellence in Education Award honours the student who showcased excellence in all areas of learning with the PGA IGI across their year of study: – academics, golf achievements, attitude in class, respect of and from their peers.
Nominees for the 2017 PGA IGI Excellence in Education Award were:
• Jamie Bashforth
• Keith Lim
• Nicholas Bond
• Margarita Zakareyshvili
Following a number of all round achievements across his one year of study, Nicholas Bond was the recipient of the PGA IGI Excellence in Education Award for 2017. Bond was thankful for those who supported him during his study with the PGA IGI.
“I would like to thank my parents for allowing me to move away from my home near the Snowy Mountains and supporting me throughout my study with the PGA IGI on the Gold Coast”, said Bond.
“I am honoured to receive this award tonight and look forward to being a part of the golf industry with all of you in this room in the years to come.”
Nominees for the 2017 award joined the PGA IGI as students from Australia and around the world.
“This year we had a diverse group of nominees with graduates of PGA IGI from Australia, Singapore and Russia,” discussed Christine Straw, PGA IGI Senior Manager.
“Each year it is a difficult choice for us to select a recipient for the award, based on the calibre of nominees and their efforts throughout their study with PGA IGI.”
“All nominees should be proud of their efforts and achievements with PGA IGI. They all have bright careers ahead of them within the golf industry”, concluded Straw.
After completing his Diploma of Golf Management in 2017, Bond is now continuing his academic studies with Griffith University undertaking a Bachelor of Business majoring in Sport Management.
With another group of passionate students at PGA IGI in 2018, the PGA IGI Excellence in Education Award awaits a recipient at next year’s QLD Golf Industry Awards.