About SGA

About Social Golf Australia

"Through the power of community, connections and commitment, Social Golf
Australia (SGA) has become Australia's largest interactive network of golfers"

About SGA

Social Golf Australia (SGA) is a golf service provider offering official golf handicaps and golf events. SGA was a social golf club founded in 2004 that evolved into a family business run by golfers, for golfers, with a focus on friendly personal service. Our approach is to offer golfers value, flexibility and choice in a user-pays model where they can select the services that suit them from the range SGA has to offer and the customer only pays for what they need. SGA is now the biggest golfing community in Australia and we have a range of industry partners that support SGA offering great value golf services. We currently host over 120 events a year in six States through The SGA Tour event series, six annual major tournaments (from 3-7 days long) and other feature events and golf tours. Our focus on fostering a friendly and welcoming golfing community based on the values of honesty, integrity, loyalty and trust has made SGA The Home of Social Golf in Australia.

Vision

Social Golf Australia aims to build a community of active social golfers through the creation of Australia's largest golf club offering official golf handicaps and Australia’s largest network of golf events. SGA’s goal is to create an inclusive model that offers the opportunity for all golfers to access official Australian golf handicaps and participate in enjoyable amateur golf events in a fun and socially engaging way. Through a range of online platforms, we will continue to foster the communities we have created around Australia since 2004 that allow golfers to share opinions, ideas, news, course and golf equipment reviews, articles and aspirations in a vibrant, fun and energetic golfing community.

SGA Core Values

  • Be authentic and operate with honesty, reliability, kindness and integrity.
  • Have fun and foster an inclusive and enjoyable culture for customers & staff.
  • Approach business with an ethos of inquiry, learning and seeking improvement.
  • Treat customers, suppliers, golf courses, playing partners, the rules of golf and the etiquette and traditions of the game with respect and consideration.
  • Provide outstanding service, advice and representation to ensure all projects, services, events and properties are delivered with 100% commitment and dedication.
  • Build a reputation for professionalism, credibility, loyalty 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 Srixon, Cleveland Golf, Heathcote Winery, Edge Loyalty, Garmin and a range of industry partners, SGA has continued to expand the range of services we 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.

Michael David – General Manager & National Handicapper. Mick comes to SGA with a wealth of event management, sponsorship and partnership experience across a range of industries. Mick has a rich golfing pedigree being a foundation member of Bushranger Golf and he worked closely with Matthew Pitt to develop the Bushranger Cup, the event that started it all for SGA. Mick specialises in securing commercial rights and sponsorship for brands and properties that include events, venues, gaming and licencing, commercial real estate, entertainment and sport. He brings a customer-focussed approach to his role with an emphasis on relationship management, clear communication and ethical integrity that aligns closely with SGA's core values. Mick is working with SGA’s sponsors, suppliers and strategic partners to foster new relationships and add value to SGA.

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Dean Miller – Major Events Manager & VIC SGA Tour Manager. Dean took up golf in 2001 after retiring from Aussie Rules and quickly became a golf tragic who now plays off 12. He has a tourism background as a Travel Agent and he ran his own Bike Shop for many years. Dean is a very keen amateur cyclist and has a great deal of event management and competition experience. He won the Victorian SGA Tour Order of Merit in 2017 and in 2019 he took over the role as Vic SGA Tour Manager. Later that year Dean expanded his role when he hosted both the SGA Championships on the Gold Coast and the SGA Sandbelt Classic in Melbourne. His career golf highlight is getting an invitation to the legendary Bushranger Cup. Favourite golfer: Chi-Chi Rodríguez. Favourite cycling moment: ‘The Look’. Favourite golfing moment: Tiger's comeback Masters win in 2019.

Sheri Yu - Golf Tourism Manager. Sheri is a Chinese-born Australian citizen who has been residing permanently in Sydney since 2000. Before moving to Australia, Sheri had many years’ experience in hospitality management in Hainan Island & Shenzhen (golf regions in China). Sheri founded AYM Golf Tours in 2006 and has Australian qualifications in Advanced Travel & Tourism Management, Hospitality & Business Management. AYM partnered with SGA in 2019 and Sheri joined our team to develop and host golf trips tailored for SGA golfers. She knows what is required to professionally organise great value, escorted golf trips in Australia, Asia and other regions and her experience, knowledge and multi-lingual language skills are the keys to her success in golf tourism. Sheri and SGA can arrange your golf trip of a lifetime - just pack your clubs and we will do the rest!

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 - Strategy & Development. 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.
Paul_Bryce.JPG Paul Bryce was a founding member of Bushranger Golf and one of our event managers with SGA. Paul has a strong background in the sports industry with nine years' playing experience in the AFL. He has a long history of participation in community sporting organisations with playing, coaching and management experience at a number of football clubs around Australia. A passionate golfer since childhood, he bats off a single figure handicap. Paul maintains a high level of fitness and is a personal trainer and running coach with experience working with a wide range of athletes including amateur golfers. Paul's experience, good humour, interpersonal skills, golf knowledge and his background as an athlete, trainer and coach make him a great person to have on our team.


State SGA Tour Managers & Event Schedules

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NSW SGA Tour

Michael David
Matthew Pitt

mick (at) sgatour.com.au
nsw (at) sgatour.com.au

0402 488 253
0425 742 501

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VIC SGA Tour

Dean Miller

dean (at) sgatour.com.au

0416 208 281

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WA SGA Tour

Michael David

wa (at) sgatour.com.au

0402 488 253

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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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TAS SGA Tour Andrew Lowe tas (at) sgatour.com.au

0417 855 935

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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.