Changing of the guards

APPOINTMENT: Barossa Valley Golf Club new manager Hayley Hunt.
APPOINTMENT: Barossa Valley Golf Club new manager Hayley Hunt.

The Barossa Valley Golf Club is on track to continue its growth with the appointment of new manager Hayley Hunt.

The position came up for the first time in 15 years following the move by club professional Ian Devlin to a coaching role at the Tea Tree Gully Golf Club.

Under the guidance of the committee and Devlin, the club has gone from strength to strength and the recruitment of Hunt is seen as further boost to the club both on the course and off in a revamped managerial role.

Hunt is a former professional player who has also worked for a national golf equipment retailer while she continues to play at a high level as a pennant player for Adelaide’s Kooyonga Golf Club.

Barossa Valley club captain David Wall said Hunt brought to the club a marketing and sales edge that would complement her vast golfing knowledge to create a different dynamic to the club with the managerial role.

“Hayley has already fitted in well and her appointment is a real positive for the club,” Wall said.

“This was a real win for the club landing someone like Hayley with such vast golfing experience plus her sales and marketing experience in the golf industry which will be invaluable.

“Hayley will be working hard to building our membership, our sponsorship and to promote the club.

“She is the complete package and we’re very excited to have her coming on board.”

As a promising junior, Hunt won a golf scholarship to Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach in the United States where she studied and played golf on some of the best courses in America.

Coming back to Australia, Hunt did a PGA apprenticeship and played professional golf for ten years including appearances at the Australian Women’s Open.

“I’m now looking forward to the challenge of managing a golf club, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Hunt said.

“I want to build up the clubs membership, look after sponsors and existing members and basically keep the club ticking along.

“It’s all about getting people out on to the course and I’m hoping I’ll be able to get out there as much as possible on ladies days and regular competition days."

Hunt plays off a two handicap and likes what she has seen so far in her limited time on the course.

“It’s a great course and a credit to the greenkeepers here,” she said.

“The course is in amazing condition and it’s remarkable to think that’s all done by two full time greenkeepers and some volunteers.”

The club holds competition on Tuesday for ladies with open competitions on Thursday and Saturday.

The club is open seven days a week for green fee players.