The aim of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to young people aged between 20 and 29 years who have completed an apprenticeship in “Greenkeeping”.

Each year a student is selected from one of the States or Territories of Australia, this is done in rotation from year to year.

With the assistance of The Ohio State University, the awardee is enrolled as an International Student in the Agricultural and the Horticultural Intern program at the University. This combines theoretical studies at the University with some nine months of paid practical work at some of America’s finest golf courses.

In recent times however, because of the high standard of our Australian academic level in Turf Grass study, our awardees are assessed on arrival by the Ohio State University and most now spend their full year gaining practical experience working at top courses in the USA.

The Ohio Program arranges the placement, visa, insurance, housing and working conditions. Most of the courses where students are placed are in the top 100 in America.

The program offers interns experience in PGA event course preparation, construction, irrigation, chemical spraying, overseeding and all maintenance practices performed at a golf course that has an annual budget in excess of one million dollars.

Interns in most cases are living and working with other interns from all over the world. Courses are offered for full time study at the Ohio State University and an annual weekend workshop is held where the best turf lecturers from around America visit.

At the present time the scholarship is worth $5,000 and goes towards paying the travel expenses etc of the awardee.

For further information about the program contact can be made with – Mr. Michael O’Keeffe at The Ohio International Agricultural & Horticultural Program by email to or visit the website at

2015 Launceston Slide Presentation JHMS.pdf (2.1mb)


The author would like to thank The Fellowship of Golfing Rotarians, Ohio State University’s Mike O’Keeffe, the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association and TAFE for their assistance.

Honour Board

YearRecipientHome ClubStateUS of A ClubWhere Are They NowMore Details
1992Andrew HeslinEmerald CC, Emerald, VICMuirfield VillageJubilee GC, Wangaratta, VicMore details
1994Steven JohnsonQLDShoal Creek GC, Birmingham, AlabamaThe Wave, Muscat, Oman
1995Steven HarrisTAS
1996Marcus HartupVIC
1996Shannon MurphyVIC
1997Ryan MulchasterACT
1997Adrian RobertsSA
1998Chris GoopyQLD
1999Mark SnooksTASLaunceston Golf Club, Tasmania
2000Paul CameronWillunga Golf clubSAKingsmill, Virginia
2001Sarah KerrQLD
2002Dan CookPambula-Merimbula Golf Club, Merimbula, NSW.NSWKingsmill, VirginiaElanora G C, Sydney, NSWMore details
2003Sam McEachernVIC
2003Carl McPhersonVIC
2004Ben ButtonTAS
2005Haydn ReidFlafstaff Hill Golf ClubSAKingsmill, Virginia
2005Luke PartridgeMt Osmond Golf Club. Sponsored by Rotary Club of AdelaideSAOakmont Country Club, PennsylvaniaMore details
2008Brett StaffordQLD
2008Luke MortimerVIC
2009Matthew StylesNSW
2011Jack SimsQueens Park GC, Highton, VicVICBreakers West, Palm Beach, Florida
2011Alistaire MarshJoondalup C C, Perth, WAWALos Angeles CC, California
2012Simon ReesEynesbury GC, Eynesbury, VicVICCongressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland; TPC Sottsdale, Arizona; Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire, UKTrump National Golf Club, Bedminster, New Jersey,More details
2012Ben BaldersonToowoombaQLDSea Island GC, Saint Simons Island, Georgia More details
2013Nathan TurnerHamilton Island & National GCVICKirtland CC, Willoughby, Ohio; Mediterra Golf Club, Naples, Florida; Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland;Sanctuary Lakes GC, VictoriaMore details
2014Sam DonnellanMowbray Golf Club, LauncestonTASTrump National Doral, Miami, Florida
2015Kurt EldridgeBermagui Country ClubNSWRobert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville, Virginia.
2015Simon WinzarLakelands Golf Club, Merrimac, Queensland QLDPlainfield Country Club, Edison, New Jersey
2016Marlon JohnsonNew South Wales Golf ClubNSWOakmont Country Club
2016Mitchell DriverNew South Wales Golf ClubNSWCongressional Country Club
2017Angus VosRoyal Freemantle Golf CLubWACongressional Country Club
2017Keagan MeadBallarat Golf ClubVICCongressional Country Club


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