20 May 2024 | Industry news | Professional golf | Amateur golf | Clubs and Facilities | Australian Open | Vic Open |

National Volunteer Week: 30,000 volunteers in golf

by Patrick Taylor

A volunteer walker-scorer on the 18th at the ISPS HANDA Australian Open.

Today marks the first day of National Volunteer Week, and Golf Australia, the PGA of Australia and the WPGA of Australasia would like to say "Three Cheers for Volunteers!".

Like many sports, volunteers are at the heart of golf. From ball spotters, to first tee starters, to the board members who make Australian clubs tick, golf could not be enjoyed without the crucial role volunteers play.

Across the summer of golf in Australia, 1600 volunteers made sure that the Australian touring professionals and elite amateurs had a well-run tournament at each and every stop around the country.

Also assisting at professional and elite amateur events were more than 50 Tournament Support Officials, helping with refereeing, registration, course setup, and more.

At clubs across Australia, there are 1732 registered Community Instructors, dedicated to helping more Australians play more golf, and almost 14,000 board members facilitating welcoming and inclusive golf facilities.

Golf Australia's Head of Workforce Engagement, Claudia Marazita, thanked Australian volunteers for their contributions on and off the course to help make Australian golf even bigger and is excited for the relationships that have been built going forward.

"To have a total number of volunteers in Australian golf that exceeds 30,000 is both extremely reassuring and exciting," she said.

"Without volunteers, our events, tournaments, and day-to-day golf at grassroots level would simply not be possible, so thank you to everyone who has made their contribution to our game.

“Volunteers are the backbone of Australian golf, and the success and growth of our sport would not be possible without their passion and dedication.

"Introduction of online volunteer management system Rosterfy has allowed us to streamline our volunteer process, and has helped us build an ongoing relationship with those who wish to continue volunteering into the future.

“We are committed to ensuring that every volunteer feels appreciated, recognised and supported by the industry in the process of working towards our vision that those wanting to volunteer choose golf.

"We cannot say thank you enough, so again, three cheers for volunteers!"

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