The Victorian Greenkeepers Association formally known as the VGBA, was formed in 1911 and its members were Greenkeepers from
the few inner suburban clubs
The main reason for the establishment of the association was to provide a forum to discuss the best types of grasses, diseases affecting
turf, greens construction and provide a social outlet for greenkeepers.
Over recent decades Greenkeeping has evolved, with the biggest change being in the training requirements for turf management.
Greenkeepers are required to sign on for a four year Apprenticeship.
All aspects of turf management are covered, subjects include Turfgrass Botany, Weed, Pest and Disease Management, Drainage and
Greens Construction, Irrigation Installation and Management.
At the completion of the apprenticeship, greenkeepers have the option of continuing their studies by enrolling in a Diploma course.
This three year course covers subjects studied during the Apprenticeship training but at an advanced level. The level of mathematics
and science required at this level would surprise most bowlers. This training provides Greenkeepers with the knowledge to not only cut
and roll grass, but also to maintain the health and well being of the green, and be able to implement long term plans for watering
and fertilising. Clubs with a greenkeeper trained in this way have a Professional Tradesman looking after the most important item in a
Bowling Club…. The Greens.
We have a very proud tradition that dates back to 1911.
As times are constantly changing so are we with our main aim to keep our members as up to date as we can with new products,
ideas, trials and machinery tailored to our unique industry.
With our membership scattered around the state we have recently set up a Facebook page which now allows us to comunicate with
each other not only here in Victoria but now also with fellow greenkeepers in other states.
Our association is not only for Qualified Greenkeepers but also Volunteers, Greens Directors, Bowling Clubs or those interested in the
VGA LIFE MEMBERS
Prior to Greenkeeper of the Year being awarded,
Most Improved Green was in place.
Due to lost records below is all we have.
1986 - 87
1988 - 89
1990 - 91
Greenkeeper of the Year Winners
1998 - 99
1999 - 00
2000 - 01
2001 - 02
2002 - 03
2003 - 04
2004 - 05
2005 - 06
Kangaroo Flat - Eaglehawk
2006 - 07
Princes Park - Strathmore
2007 - 08
B & B Armstrong
2008 - 09
2009 - 10
2010 - 11
2011 - 12
2012 - 13
2013 - 14
Strathmore - Maribyrnong Park
2014 - 15
2015 - 16
2016 - 17
2017 - 18
Richmond Union - Alphington - Ivanhoe