The STA (WA) is currently the principal organiser for the annual WA Turf Industry Graduate Awards night. A gala dinner and graduation ceremony for the graduating turf apprentices and students from the Challenger Institute of Technology, Murdoch. This event has been proudly co-sponsored by the Sports Turf Association (WA), the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Western Australia (GCSAWA) and the WA Bowling Greenkeepers Association (WABGA) as well as numerous local turf industry businesses annually since 1982. Recently the Turf Growers Association of WA (TGAWA) has also accepted the role as a major supporter in the place of the WABGA.
The four major awards presented are:
- the Best Student Technical & Further Education – Turf Management presented as the CH Bailey & Son perpetual Shield, sponsored by Baileys Fertilisers
- the Best Student in Certificate of Trade Studies – Turf Management presented as the Bayer Shield sponsored by Bayer Cropscience.
- the Best Bowling Green Apprentice presented as The Murray James Memorial Trophy, previously sponsored by the Western Australian Bowling Greenkeepers Association and now by the Turf Growers Association of Western Australia.
- the Lecturers Choice Award. This recipient of this award is selected according to criteria set by the TAFE lecturers. Most commonly for those students they believe has demonstarted considerable improvement and intention for improvement. This award is sponsored by Lawn Doctor Turf Farms.
Pictured above are the recipients of the 2015 WA Turf Industry Awards.
(left) Jayden Pickering from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder was the recipient for the CH BAILEY & SONS PERPETUAL SHIELD.
(centre) Matthew Kempton from Collier Park GC received the Lecturers Award
(right) Michael Giamboi from Meadow Springs CC was presented with the BAYER Shield.
A copy of the WA Turf Industry Graduate Awards Application form can be downloaded here.