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Golf Scholarships Set to Tee up Careers in the Bellarine

The Victorian Government is teeing up more scholarships that promote a wide range of job opportunities for Victorians in the golf industry.

Member for the Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced that home grown talents Matthew Rogers and Lisa Zahra from the Lonsdale Golf Club were successful recipients of a Victorian Government Golf Scholarship Program grant aimed at helping Victorians kickstart careers in one of Victoria’s most popular sports.

The scholarship boost will help 36 year old Matthew Rogers and 34 year old Lisa Zahra attend the Golf Management Australia Conference.

Since 2021, the program has provided 26 future golf industry stars with grants of up to $7,500 in the categories of golf administration, player support, horticulture and design. Importantly, 15 of the 26 scholarships awarded have gone to women, providing a launchpad for more women to take on leadership roles within the sport and recreation sector.

The program reflects the Victorian Government’s major commitment to health and wellbeing, economic activity and local jobs, diversity and inclusion across the sport and recreation sector.

Golf in Victoria contributes $883 million to the state’s economy and supports 6,900 jobs. With the support of the Golf Scholarship Program we’re hoping to drive those numbers up so even more Victorians can see the benefits of a career in the golf industry.

The Golf Scholarship Program is one of a suite of programs which includes the Together More Active Program, Sporting Club Grants Program, Change Our Game Scholarships and the Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program, investing in participation, vocational training and support for Victoria’s community sport and recreation sector.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“The Golf Scholarship Program is getting on with supporting the Bellarine’s young people in the golf industry, providing more opportunities for people to embark on worthwhile and rewarding careers.”

“These scholarships not only provide a great pathway for young stars into golf industry careers but provide an opportunity for local community clubs to retain staff and promote their young, talented players to maximise their talents.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence

“The Government is committed to creating career pathways and breaking down barriers for all Victorians to reach their potential through sports like golf.”

“Congratulations to these up-and-coming golf industry stars on securing this once in a lifetime scholarship grant opportunity and all the best on your future careers in this exciting industry.”