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ANY uncertainty Mandy Buchanan had
about becoming the golf professional at
the Wodonga Golf Club was laid to rest
from her first day in the job.
"Of course there had been a lot of publicity
about the plans the SS&A Club had for the
future of the golf course but they have
been nothing but positive in the dealings
I have had with them," said Ms Buchanan,
who has accepted a five-year contract.
"It is unfortunate that not everything
has worked out the way the SS&A club
wanted it to but they have done a great
job in maintaining the golf course and I'm
rapt they have put their faith in me and the
future of the sport in Wodonga," she said.
The Tasmanian-born golfer took over
the professional's position in March this
year and has already put her stamp on
the operation of the pro shop. She has
also taken over administration of the club
Ms Buchanan commenced her traineeship
in 2001 at Warrnambool with Craig
Bonney and qualified as a golf professional
in 2004. Armed with her new-found
knowledge she then set out for Singapore
to further her experience.
"It was a bit of an eye-opener," Ms
Buchanan said. "The locals called it
'working the range' and you had to be
there all day every day to establish your
"It was a great experience though and it
helped me learn how to teach."
A year later she returned to her home
state to take up the reins of the golf shop
at the Riverside course. Her marriage to
Craig soon followed and the couple have
two children -- five-year-old James and
Georgie, 4. After just over four years at
Riverside the Buchanans re-located to
"I took up teaching which suited me while
the children were younger but I ended
up missing the golf industry and began
looking for a vacancy for a professional,"
Ms Buchanan said. "Both Craig and I
have been very happy since moving to
The pro shop has undergone extensive
renovations and the larger space has
resulted in a wider range of big name
brands in stock.
"I am a member of the Performance Golf
buying group which means I am more than
happy to compete on price for equipment
and accessories," Ms Buchanan said. "I
have also installed the latest technology
for swing analysis and proper club fitting.
"My focus is on providing the best in
customer service. It's not rocket science
but it is vitally important to meet the
needs of the members. If I do that they will
Another goal of Ms Buchanan's is to
increase the participation rate of women
and juniors in the game.
"I will be organising regular clinics to
encourage more women to have a go at the
sport," she said. "I will also be introducing
a 10-week junior golf program.
Other initiatives Ms Buchanan is
considering include a daylight savings
membership and weekly nine-hole
competition to cater for beginners and
those golfers who are 'time poor'.
"Of course, I am also available for one-on-
one tuition," she said.
"I have a real passion to grow the game of
golf," she concluded.
Head golf professional, Mandy Buchanan
THE SPORTING LIFE
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