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Shaun Gerring wins place on US Future Turf Managers' Program

03 Feb 2016

Shaun Gerring, Assistant Superintendent at Green Acres Golf Club, situated on the banks of the Yarra River in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, has been nominated as the top performing student on Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Sports Turf Management. As a result of this achievement, he has been awarded a place on Jacobsen’s Future Turf Managers’ program, to be held in May 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Shaun began his career at Albert Park Golf Club as an apprentice greenkeeper in 2004. Albert Park Golf Club is situated just 2km from Melbourne’s busy commercial business district, adjacent to the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. He joined the Green Acres greenkeeping team in 2008.

Jacobsen, the manufacturer of golf course maintenance equipment with plants in the USA and UK, has a three-year agreement with Melbourne Polytechnic to provide new equipment for use on the five golf courses managed by the Institute.

Included in the agreement is an annual scholarship for the college’s top performing student to travel to America and take part in Jacobsen’s Future Turf Managers’ Programme (FTM). This programme sees similar top performing students from major US colleges being invited to Jacobsen’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina for a week-long training, mentoring and networking event.

Mike Foskett, Regional Sales Manager at Jacobsen commented, “Shaun is very conscientious with an excellent work ethic. He is determined to excel in his chosen career and is committed to continued professional development to ensure that he has all the skills ready for the day he becomes a Superintendent. He’s a worthy candidate for the Future Turf Managers’ programme and will do Melbourne Polytechnic, his club and the region proud.”

In 2014, Ben Matthews was the inaugural Melbourne Polytechnic participant in Jacobsen's Future Turf Managers' Programme.

Read about the experience of the 2015 winner, Jarryd Graham, on the Turfmate website.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1477061509e.cin1477061509hcety1477061509lopen1477061509ruobl1477061509em@ai1477061509dem1477061509

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.