The Greenskeeping Passion

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During the winter months From the Rough will feature profiles of the people who help make our North-West golf clubs tick and our first profile is Michelle Huzzey.

NURTURING: Course superintendent Michelle Huzzey has been lovingly tending the greens of the Wynyard Golf Club for almost 18 years.
 NURTURING: Course superintendent Michelle Huzzey has been lovingly tending the greens of the Wynyard Golf Club for almost 18 years.

Greenkeeping is a predominantly male-dominated occupation in Australia and Tasmania but Michelle breaks this trend in her role as Course Superintendent at the Wynyard Golf Club. 

Huzzey had always been interested in horticulture as her father Martin Huzzey taught this subject at the Burnie TAFE College, and she completed a one-year horticultural course prior to starting a one-year traineeship with Burnie Golf Club superintendent Greg Duff.

Then followed four years as an apprentice to qualify with a Certificate IV in Turf Management after which she gained a part-time position at the Wynyard Golf Club. She later took over the permanent position and has worked at the club for nearly 18 years.

Huzzey combines her busy role on the course with being mother to a seven-year-old son and almost-four-year-old daughter.

Huzzey is the only female course superintendent in Tasmania and has generally found herself quite well accepted by both club members and other course staff. It’s the same at state meetings for superintendents and greenkeeper staff which she finds informative and helpful to her role.

Keeping the course greens in good condition is somewhat of an obsession with Michelle, despite the usual challenges of renovations, weeds and insects. As she is the only paid course staff member at Wynyard, she is most appreciative of the assistance given by a small group of trained volunteer members who also keep the course mown and maintained during her holidays.

Currently the club is looking at increased water storage and fairway irrigation which would make Michelle’s job a lot easier in the summer months when watering is managed by movable hoses and sprinklers.

Huzzey would encourage other women interested in golf course greenkeeping to try this role.

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