About SGA

About Social Golf Australia

"Through the power of community, connections and commitment, Social Golf
Australia aims to become Australia's largest interactive network of golfers"

Vision

Social Golf Australia aims to build a community of active social golfers through the creation of Australia's largest network of fun and engaging golf events. Working with Golf Australia, we aim to create the opportunity for social golfers to access Australian affiliate golf handicaps and participate in amateur and social golf events. Through the website, we can create a forum to share opinions, ideas, current golf news, course reviews, articles, services and affordable deals on golf equipment.

Our core values are to:

  • Create a community which gives a voice and strength in the market to our members.
  • Provide outstanding member service, advice and representation to ensure all projects, services, events and properties are delivered with 100% commitment and dedication.
  • Create connections of shared opportunities, which will benefit both our members and strategic partners.
  • Build a reputation for reliability, professionalism, credibility and trust.

History

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Social Golf Australia (SGA) is a family business run by golfers for golfers. Founded in 2008 by Matthew and Sally Pitt who own and operate Bushranger Golf (BRG), Australia's largest online social golf club. In 2008, BRG founded the the Victorian Social Golf Club Championships (VSGCC), an official State Championship supported by Golf Australia. However, as players representing BRG entered the event in the inaugural year, it was clear BRG could not be both a club represented by competitors and the event manager of the tournament, so SGA was established as a new golf event management company to run events.


In 2009, SGA acquired the Australian Social Golf Club Championships (ASGCC) that had been founded at Palm Meadows on the Gold Coast in 2005. In 2010 we established The SGA Tour event series offering official golf events in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and SE Queensland. In 2011, we founded the SGA Tour in Adelaide so we have SGA Tours in five States with events that are open to all golfers. Through our partnerships with Golf Clearance Outlet, Heathcote Winery, Edge Loyalty, Srixon, Garmin, RJ Golf Apparel and a range of industry partners, SGA has continued to expand the range of services we have to offer for golfers around Australia.
 

SGA Team Profiles

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Matthew Pitt is the founder and owner of Social Golf Australia and Bushranger Golf. He has a background as a writer, performer, manager and event coordinator in music, theatre and radio. Matt has been a correspondent for Inside Golf and Golf Business News magazines and a committee member with Heathcote Golf Club. A certified golf nut, his career highlight is scamming a game at the Old Course in St. Andrews whilst backpacking around Europe in the 90's. A 12 handicapper (in his prime), he claims he made an ace once on the 2nd at Lorne whilst practicing on his pat malone. Worst golfing memory: the Mize chip-in. Favourite golfing moment: Bobby Jones calling the penalty when his ball moved in the first round of the1925 US Open. Favourite myth: any of the Moe Norman stories.

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Robbie O’Donnell – National Operations Manager & NSW SGA Tour Manager. Robbie took up golf in 2013 after retiring from cricket and quickly became a golf tragic who now plays off a handicap of 7. An advertising and marketing executive prior to joining SGA, Robbie also has experience as a radio producer and presenter. He is central to the preparation and running of SGA’s major events and developing content for SGA Media. Robbie’s passion for golf has led him to found RJ Golf Apparel – a niche golf clothing company that provides stylish, quality golfing attire at an affordable price. His career golf highlight is jagging the first ever ace at The Bushranger Cup - on the 3rd at Cape Schanck. Favourite golfer: Adam Scott / Dustin Johnson. Favourite golfing moment: Adam Scott’s Masters win.

Richard Mitchell – Group Partnerships Manager. Richard comes to SGA with a wealth of event management, sponsorship and partnership experience across a range of industries. Richard has a great golfing pedigree with his first role in golf at Royal Canberra Golf Club and he’s had a long association with SGA having played in our 2nd ever Bushranger Golf event in 2005. Richard specialises in securing commercial rights, media rights and sponsorship for brands and properties that include events, venues, festivals across music, entertainment, sport, fashion and the arts. He is working with SGA’s partners and fostering new relationships to add more value to what SGA has to offer our partners and sponsors. To contact Richard, call 0413 257 099 or email richard(at)sgatour.com.au.

Dave Rushmore – QLD SGA Tour Manager. David is a very keen golfer playing off a low single figure handicap. In late 2007 David founded The Tour Fore Golfers with a couple of pals. They had the idea to establish an amateur golf tour played on the best courses in South East Queensland to offer golfers of all levels an affordable golfing alternative with flexibility and choice. His concept was to expand on teh soial golf club model and develop an event series that was social and friendly hosted with professional event management and service. David has travelled extensivey through golf whaving taken trips to see both The Open Championship and The Masters Tournament as well as caddyning in a range of professional tournaments for his close pal Matthew Guyatt.

Tony Kiers - VIC Operations Manager. Tony is a highly experienced manager having worked at Sports Education & Development Australia (SEDA) as the Partnerships and AFL Program Manager. Tony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his education roles as a PE teacher and Director of Sport. Since graduating from Deakin University with a Master of Sport Management he has worked with VicSport, the Australian Drug Foundation and SEDA. His strong work ethic and strategic approach make him a great asset to the SGA team. An avid sportsman, Tony captained Monash University Blues Football Club and competed in 11 marathons and numerous cycling events. While the first to admit his golf game has room for improvement, his endeavour, positive approach and good sportsmanship more than up for the minor deficiencies in his game.

Scott McLean is our WA SGA Tour Manager and a PGA Professional, based at Whaleback Golf Club in Perth. In his 14 years as a professional, Scott has become the driving force behind the Junior Golf Program at Whaleback. He has coached over 1,000 young golfers and currently coaches five golfers in the WA Junior squad. Favourite golfing moment: Watching close friend Greg Chalmers break-through for his first PGA Tour victory (albeit on the television!)  Worst golfing memory: no such thing!
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Andy Hewlett is the Marketing and Media Consultant for Social Golf Australia. He joins us from the UK where he has a wealth of experience in running and organising sporting and social events. Andy has advised and worked with Marketing Directors and Managers of global companies through to SME’s for over 25 years. He is passionate about sport and a keen golfer, currently playing off 18 handicap. He has captained, coached, managed and served on committees of numerous football (soccer), cricket, tennis and golf clubs and societies. While living in Melbourne in 2011 he discovered the SGA Tour events in Victoria and he has been an SGA man ever since. Andy has travelled the world including recently taking a year off to backpack around Latin America with his wife and young daughter.


State SGA Tour Managers & Event Schedules

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 NSW SGA Tour

Robbie O’Donnell

 nsw (at) sgatour.com.au

0439 144 256

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 VIC SGA Tour

 Matthew Pitt
Richard Mitchell

 vic (at) sgatour.com.au
richard (at) sgatour.com.au

0425 742 501
0413 257 099

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 WA SGA Tour

 Scott McLean

 wa (at) sgatour.com.au

0421 829 457

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 QLD SGA Tour

 Dave Rushmore

 qld (at) sgatour.com.au

0421 796 716

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 SA SGA Tour

 Andy Dealey

 sa (at) sgatour.com.au

0408 715 599

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Strategic Partners

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The bwired Group Pty Ltd is a technology company specialising in the design and implementation of innovative solutions to meet the business requirements of their clients. bwired supplies the website infrastructure for BRG and SGA, as well as internet technology, guidance, strategy and implementation.

 

www.bwired.com.au/

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The Tour Fore Golfers - an amateur golf tour played on the best courses in South East Queensland. Founded by David Rushmore, the Tour was established in late 2007 to offer golfers of all levels an affordable golfing alternative with flexibility and choice. There are no expensive membership or nomination fees -  golfers can simply pay as they play and compete for fantastic prizes on a regular basis.  

Just like on the professional golf tours, The Tour Fore Golfers keeps its players statistics, has its own Order of Merit, 'Major' competitions (in conjunction with the Majors on the PGA Tour) and regular tour events. The major events also double up as the four rounds of the Tour Club Championships. By making large group bookings, the Tour is able to secure discounted green fees for their players. Bushranger Golf is proud to be associated with David and The Tour and encourage all our members to participate in David's events.

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Pitt-Bull Media (PBM) is a copywriting consultancy owned and operated by Matthew Pitt and Sally Bull. PBM works in partnership with bwired to develop written content for websites. Our services include copywriting, proofreading and editing for radio, print and electronic media, and search engine optimisation (SEO) consulting.

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Golf Development Performance Services (GDPS) is an international golf services consultancy based in Australia. General Manager Dominic Wall has over 24 years' experience in sports management, including 16 years with the Australian Golf Union (AGU) and Golf Australia (GA), with roles as National Director of Coaching, Manager Development, Acting Executive Director and Development Manager for the Australian Coaching Council based at the Australian Institute of Sport. In 2008, Dominic assisted SGA develop the Social Golf Club Championships. In 2009, Dominic took up the position of Asia Pacific Director for the R&A.

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Nesso Consulting is a business coaching consultancy based in Melbourne that is focused on helping clients clarify and achieve their organisational goals. Nesso founder Ross Mitchell is a highly qualified and experienced business facilitator and has worked closely with Bushranger Golf and Pitt-Bull Media on several projects. Ross has supplied Social Golf Australia with specialist business coaching and consulting on business strategy and development.  

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Social Golf Australia have joined with our friends at Heathcote Winery, the best known winery in the region famous for Shiraz, to release an SGA Shiraz. Shiraz is the cornerstone of Heathcote Winery's premium wine production and in 2005, their 2003 Mail Coach Shiraz was awarded the Gold Medal in its class at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Bottles of SGA Shiraz are prizes in SGA events and are available for purchase by the case directly through SGA.