Volunteer of the Year

Golf Victoria volunteers

The Board of Golf Victoria would once again like to recognise the contributions made to Victorian golf by hard-working and dedicated individual men and women or groups of volunteers at club, District and State level.

The majority of Victoria’s golf clubs, District Associations and Victorian Golf League Clubs are significantly assisted by volunteers who contribute their time, knowledge, skills and enthusiasm in a variety of ways.  Many volunteers have provided outstanding service over long periods of time.  Some are formally recognized within their own club or District but little recognition is given within the broader golf community or at public level. The Volunteer of the Year Awards are an opportunity to provide recognition to these “unsung heroes” of Victorian golf.

The following awards were presented at the 2016 Victorian Golf Industry Awards Night held in March 2016. A joint initiative between Golf Victoria, the PGA of Australia and Golf Management Victoria, the event was established as an annual occasion to properly recognise achievements and contributions to the sport as well as being a general celebration of Victorian golf.

2016 Awardees

  • Volunteer of the Year: Melbourne Metropolitan Area – Individual Female – Helen Brown 
  • Volunteer of the Year: Melbourne Metropolitan Area – Individual Male – Chris Collingwood  
  • Volunteer of the Year: Country Victoria/VGL – Individual Female – Nancy Parry 
  • Volunteer of the Year: Country Victoria/VGL – Individual Male – Len Prior 
  • Volunteer Group – Lonsdale Golf Club Development Taskforce 

Volunteer of the Year Outline

All clubs, Districts, Leagues and individual golf club members are encouraged to nominate individuals and/or groups who have made a significant voluntary contribution to golf at club, District, League or State level, particularly over the past twelve months.  

Areas of voluntary contribution may include, but are not limited to, involvement in the following at Club, District, League or State level:

  • Junior golf development
  • Adult participation and/or membership initiatives
  • Player development including involvement with representative teams; regional academies etc.
  • Administration/Governance including Office Bearer/Committee involvement
  • Marketing initiatives
  • Rules of Golf
  • Course Rating and Handicapping
  • Tournament Administration
  • Golf History and Research
  • General promotion of the game 

Note: With the exception of individuals receiving honorariums or reimbursements, club, District, League or Golf Victoria paid employees on either a full or part-time basis are ineligible to be nominated for any award. 


Nomination Process

A nomination form is used to gather summary information for each nominee or group. It is also requested a colour photograph be submitted with the nomination form, preferably as an electronic jpeg file. Additional information about the nominee can also be attached as required. Multiple nominations are permitted from any one club, District, League or individual. Previous unsuccessful nominations may also be given re-consideration for this year’s award.

Nominations are currently closed and will reopen for 2017 nominations at a later date.


Determination of Finalists

Following the close of nominations, a selection panel appointed by the Board of Golf Victoria will assess all submissions and determine the four finalists for each of the abovementioned categories. The finalists, together with one guest of their choice, will be invited to the 2016 Victorian Golf Industry Awards Night as guests of Golf Victoria and will also be issued with a certificate of achievement. 


  • (i) Awards Night invitation for finalists will not include accommodation or travel allowance.
  • (ii) All finalists will be advised by end of January of their invitation to attend the Awards Night.


Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners for each of the Volunteer of the Year Awards categories will be made at the annual Victorian Golf Industry Awards Night (date and venue TBC). Each winner will receive a commemorative trophy in recognition of their achievement with further recognition via feature articles on the Golf Victoria Website and within the Golf Victoria magazine.


  • (i)  All finalists (or their nominee) are requested to be present at the Awards Night. 
  • (ii) The decisions made by the selection panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All clubs, Districts and the Victorian Golf League are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for the Golf Victoria Volunteer of the Year Awards and also consider booking a table and attending the Awards Night which will be an excellent celebration of Victorian golf.

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