Founder - EnvoyGolf
Mark is one of two founding directors of Ellington Savage, www.ellingtonsavage.com.au, an international search firm established in 1993.
Playing golf for more years than he cares to remember he is a member of one of the worlds top ranked courses, New South Wales Golf Club at La Perouse. For over 30 years he has been lucky to enjoy the course and its spectacular views most weekends.
This interest in golf and membership at New South Wales Golf Club led to his applying his broader recruitment industry experience within the golf industry recruiting the then titled Green Keeper in 1989.
Since then, he has been involved in every senior appointment at New South Wales Golf Club; three General Managers, three Golf Managers/Director of Golf, Head Professional, a couple of Head Chefs, F&B Manager, Finance Manager/Assistant General Manager and after 29 years the current Course Superintendent.
Through that work Mark was referred into other clubs and has had the privilege of recruiting some of the most senior roles of many great clubs in Sydney; The Australian, Manly, Bonnie Doon and Royal Sydney. Most of this work has involved tapping into, and recruiting out of offshore markets in North America, the UK, Europe, South Africa and Asia.
This international involvement parallels the work involved in the core Ellington Savage practice, which has sourced talent out of international markets for some of Australia's highest profile organisations in a range of sectors.
It is this exposure to the international golfing industry which led to solving specific golf industry resourcing issues from a global, cross border perspective.
Associate - EnvoyGolf
Cameron has grown up around golf and has developed both a passion for the industry and a strong network of connections throughout the industry worldwide.
An accomplished low handicap golfer, whilst still in school he was part of the Scotland development squad and played in many international golf tournaments within Europe and as far afield as South Africa.
Graduating in golf management in July 2019, during the summer months Cameron worked on golf courses as a greenkeeper. Included in these are The Castle Course (part of the prestigious St Andrews Links Trust collection of courses, Royal Bled in Slovenia and The Lakes, Sydney, to further his career within the industry.
During his studies he was awarded an R&A Scholarship which gave him the opportunity to be a part of a behind the scenes tour at The Open Championship at Carnoustie. Added to this he was awarded a Continuing Professional Development Award from the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association in January 2020.
These awards and his experience working as a greenkeeper provide him with an excellent grasp of what Superintendents are looking for in their crew members and the requirements and benefits of the role of greenkeeper, for both experienced and new to role candidates. Through his connections back in Europe and South Africa, Cameron is well placed to access the market of young greenkeepers in these locations
Associate - EnvoyGolf
Carl is uniquely qualified to work with EnvoyGolf. He was one of the participants in the pilot programme in the 2019/2020 season, coming to Australia from Sweden to work at Avondale Golf Club. After working there over the summer, he decided to stay on and in October this season he started with EnvoyGolf.
Carl comes from a golfing family. He grew up in a town in the south of Sweden called Vastervik, where amongst other business interests his family own the local golf course.
From an early age he was playing golf and at 11 was playing to a handicap of 10. At 13 he started working on the family golf course and did so every season up until when he moved to Australia. Through this time he worked in all different areas of the operation and developed a strong interest in furthering his knowledge and experience in the golf industry. He also qualified through the Swedish Greenkeepers Association.
From his experience working on golf courses in Sweden and here, he has a 'hands on' understanding of both what Superintendents are looking for in their staff and the role of the greenkeeper. He also provides EnvoyGolf with a multi lingual capability and a strong connection back into the market of young greenkeepers in the Nordics.
In October 2019, EnvoyGolf's first international greens staff arrived in Sydney, starting their adventure and bringing to life the concept of EnvoyGolf. After that first placement, EnvoyGolf brought in 16 more greens staff from Sweden and Norway to work at 11 clubs across three states. Thanks to the Superintendents and all those involved at Avondale, Cape Wickham Links, Ellerston, Killara, Mona Vale, New South Wales, Royal Queensland, Strathfield, Terrey Hills, The Australian and Twin Creeks Golf Clubs. Without their support and confidence in the concept of EnvoyGolf, this pilot would not have become a reality.
Of course, without the young greens staff out of Sweden and Norway, willing to embrace the adventure it would not have been possible either. And this was only achieved with the strong support of the Swedish Greenkeepers Association and their CEO Goran Tyrsing.
As our photo gallery and testimonials suggest, our first season has been a success. EnvoyGolf has proven that the need for additional crew members on Australian golf courses over the summer growing season can in part be solved by bringing in young and experienced greens staff from Scandinavia, professionals who are keen to be working and living here while their courses back home are closed for winter. Through the experience of this first season, we have also learnt a great deal about where and how we can improve the experience for both golf clubs and greens staff.
The plan for the 2020-2021 season was to prepare for the recruitment and arrival of our international greens staff hoping that Covid-19 related constraints on international travel will have relaxed sufficiently to allow us to operate. Many clubs, including the ones involved this year, had already expressed their interest in participating in our second season, and our first year's participants are enthusiastic proponents of the experience to colleagues back home.
However, unless something dramatically improves quickly, the cross border element will not be proceeding this year unfortunately.
We would also of course like to thank all the guys and one girl who not only ventured to the other side of the world to learn new work and life skills, but who also built strong connections with their Australian employers, colleagues and us at EnvoyGolf. What a delight they were to deal with!
While most participants were closer to 20 than 25, they impressed us with their maturity, calmness and sense of humour which they maintained in the face of the challenges posed by working in a different country and conditions, this year's terrible bush fire season and the impact of Covid-19.
Ultimately, it is these individuals, along with the Superintendents and golf clubs who were so supportive of the concept, that motivates us to keep the cross border element alive. It just might need to be in the 2021-2022 season.
'Last year I employed two guys out of Sweden, and they were the best two summer interns we have ever had.'
'Access to a supply of experienced greens staff I don't have to track down will save me a lot of time. And these are people who are here to work and enjoy a Sydney Summer.'
Course Superintendent, The Australian Golf Club
'The recruitment process was easy and efficient. I selected one Swedish greenkeeper, who arrives promptly every day, ready to work with a positive attitude and solid skill set.
Currently, the golfing industry is thin on staff and being able to secure a summer casual is extremely beneficial for Strathfield Golf Club. I wouldn’t hesitate to do the same again for next summer.'
Course Superintendent, Strathfield Golf Club
'EnvoyGolf are pioneering the solution to a problem faced by most golf clubs in Australia - a shortage of seasonal course staff during the summer growing season. Congratulations to Mark and his team for facilitating this solution to a gap in our labour needs and making it an easy process.'
General Manager, New South Wales Golf Club
'Thanks to EnvoyGolf I had an amazing experience working on King Island at Cape Wickham Golf Links. The EnvoyGolf team was really helpful with everything. This is highly recommended if you want to work as a greenskeeper in Australia. Lots of thanks to Mark and Anni!'
Season 2019-2020 Envoy,
Cape Wickham Golf Links