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November 2021

FEGGA open applications for the 2022 Education Scholarship Programme

Applications are now open for the 2022 FEGGA Education Scholarship Programme in Kristianstads, Sweden.

You can download the brochure by following this link 2022 Excellence in Greenkeeping Programme Brochure final

Please contact Dean Cleaver dean.cleaver@btinternet.com for further details and to submit your application.

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Driving Net Zero – Golf and Climate Action Event

GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf will host a special event on 11th November, coinciding with the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, highlighting the roles golf can play in climate action and exploring the pathways to net-zero emissions. The aim is to facilitate an important conversation at a key point in time – with a view to raising awareness and inspiring accelerated action over the decade ahead.

Organized and facilitated by GEO Foundation, Driving for Net Zero will be streamed virtually from Scotland’s Climate Ambition Zone in Glasgow, and brings together leading experts from United Nations agencies and other climate action bodies with representatives and examples from across the sport of golf.

Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of GEO Foundation, said: “We are excited to be able to present this event live and coinciding with COP26, as global attention is on the critical topic of climate action. The programme brings expertize and diverse perspectives from around the world, across golf, sport and beyond. The event will emphasize why we need to act, explore what we can effectively do, highlight examples of leadership underway, and introduce new support and solutions developed to accelerate the movement.”

Suzann Pettersen, the winner of 22 titles worldwide, including two majors, also plays an active role as a Sustainable Golf Champion. She added: “Golf is a global sport connected to people and landscapes around the world – affected by and affecting climate change. This event is an important and valuable opportunity to discuss how to take our responsibility and opportunity further, faster. Not just for golfers, not just for society now, but generations to come.”

The event is being supported by the Scottish Government and is part of a wider drive in sustainable golf supported by partners including The R&A, Toro, Dow, European Tour, Ladies European Tour, LPGA, Galvin Green, WM and many other international and national associations.

Attendees can register for free here

Thursday, November 11, 2021 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM GMT.

Driving for Net Zero – Golf and Climate Action (GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf)

The event will commence at 3pm GMT on Thursday 11th November, hosted by Sky Sports presenter David Garrido. Attendees will gain insights and hear examples from a diverse range of contributors from across golf and beyond, including:

  • Suzann Pettersen, professional golfer
  • The R&A
  • Golf course and club managers from around the world
  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • WM Phoenix Open
  • Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
  • IAGTO, Global Golf Tourism Organization
  • International Olympic Committee
  • European Tour, Ladies European Tour and LPGA
  • Wetlands International
  • The Gold Standard

“GEO Foundation is helping map an ambitious journey towards net-zero for golf – supported by a proper climate

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GCSAA Launches Water Use Survey

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) will seek critically needed data from superintendents regarding water use and conservation practices to support the profession and industry as part of the on-going efforts to maintain necessary golf course management resources.

To collect the data, an in-depth questionnaire will be sent electronically to superintendents at approximately 14,000 facilities. The water study is part of the third phase of GCSAA’s Golf Course Environmental Profile survey program, which will consist of three surveys that are funded by the GCSAA Foundation.

Since 2006, the data collected has enabled GCSAA to help members succeed and support the golf industry. GCSAA needs representation from across the U.S. from members, non-members and all facility types. Superintendents should look for an email from the National Golf Foundation, which is conducting the survey on behalf of the GCSAA, or find access on GCSAA’s website.

The Golf Course Environmental Profile survey program will be administered by Mark Johnson, associate director of environmental programs for GCSAA. The information will be analyzed independently by J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D. and Travis Shaddox, Ph.D. All superintendents should participate, and those who complete the surveys will receive 0.50 service points and be entered into drawings for prizes.

“We need current data to best support the Best Management Practices Initiative used to advocate for the profession and industry as well as being able to measure change and trend analysis for the future,” said GCSAA President Mark Jordan, CGCS, natural resources leader at Westfield Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio.

The results from the water use survey will be announced in 2022 and compared against numbers from the first phase in 2006 and the second phase in 2014.

“Data gathered from the previous GCEP surveys has proven invaluable during policy conversations with lawmakers and regulators,” said Chava McKeel, director of government affairs for GCSAA. “Environmental data is the backbone of all our advocacy efforts. Science and data should drive policymaking decisions affecting golf facilities.”

Other surveys will follow in 2022 with publications into 2023 on nutrient use and management practices, land use and environmental stewardship. All the topics will closely mirror the first two phases. In addition to the water survey, the nutrient survey next spring, and the property survey will launch in late summer or early fall of 2022.

For more information about the Golf Course Environmental Profile, visit www.gcsaa.org/GCEP

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