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BIGGA postpones major industry gathering, BTME, to March 2022 in light of latest coronavirus wave

BIGGA postpones major industry gathering, BTME, to March 2022 in light of latest coronavirus wave

The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) has made the decision to postpone its major exhibition and trade show, the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME), which was due to take place in January 2022.

Taking into consideration the uncertainty regarding the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the National Board of Management of the association convened on the evening of Thursday 16 December and made the unanimous decision to delay the exhibition and associated education programme, Continue to Learn, which are held at the Harrogate Convention Centre in North Yorkshire.

The new dates for BTME 2022 will be Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 March 2022, with Continue to Learn taking place from Sunday 20 to Wednesday 23 March 2022.

BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton will take to Facebook Live at 2pm on Friday 17 December to provide further clarification regarding the decision and to answer any questions relating to the postponement. Head to the BIGGA Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/golfgreenkeepers to get involved.

Jim said: “The uncertainty regarding the Omicron wave of coronavirus has led us to engage in consultation with key stakeholders and consider contingency courses of action for our flagship event, BTME. We know all sides of the industry are keen for the show to take place and after due consideration of all options the BIGGA National Board of Management, working closely with BIGGA’s team of staff, has taken the decision to postpone BTME until March 2022.

“It is heartening to see the success of the booster vaccination programme, but we are committed to running a safe show for all attendees and with all the information available to us, we do not believe this would be possible in January 2022.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and has involved an incredible amount of logistical organisation to make a postponement possible. I am grateful to all of the key stakeholders that make BTME possible for their rapid responses to our decision, which has enabled us to confirm the postponement as early as today.

“Our thanks go to those who have supported BIGGA in this decision and we are excited to be hosting the full BTME and Continue to Learn experience in March 2022.”

Attendees who have signed up for the show will automatically be registered for the new dates. Continue to Learn bookings will also be carried over and BIGGA will be in contact with everyone who has booked a place on the education programme in the coming days to discuss arrangements further.

BIGGA acknowledges that this postponement will present challenges to many exhibitors and visitors to BTME and the team is committed to assisting all those who need support to transfer their commitments.

The BIGGA National Board of Management is the elected body of BIGGA members from across the country whose voluntary role is to provide strategic direction and ratify key decisions on behalf of the association. They are supported by a network of volunteers at all levels of BIGGA and the core BIGGA staff team.

Anyone who requires further information or assistance as to the postponement of BTME is encouraged to contact BIGGA via the following channels:

Website: www.btme.org.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 1347 833 800

Email: info@bigga.co.uk

WhatsApp: +44 (0) 7933 203 645

Twitter: @BIGGALtd

Facebook: /golfgreenkeepers

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Toro selected as partner of new R&A facility

Toro selected as partner of new R&A facility

The R&A has named The Toro Company as a founding partner and official golf course maintenance partner for its planned community golf facility at Lethamhill in Glasgow, Scotland. The development aims to make golf more accessible, appealing and inclusive for people of all ages and backgrounds by creating an open and affordable pathway into golf that helps drive the future of the sport.

At the heart of facility, The R&A is committed to showcasing the gold standard in golf course maintenance, turf care, equipment innovation and development. To that end, they have selected Toro to join them in the development and fulfilment of their mission.

As part of this role, Toro will be the exclusive supplier of all course maintenance equipment to the new facility. Development is now underway for this new family-focused venue, which is to include a nine-hole course, putting greens, short game area, adventure golf and a driving range for visitors to enjoy a wide range of golf activities, including shorter forms of the sport.In addition to providing an equipment fleet and irrigation products to the facility, Toro will have the first option to partner with The R&A on potential future developments. Toro also plans to provide a grant to be used toward the development of a greenkeeper apprenticeship, as well as for efforts that promote the global development of the game of golf.

“We are delighted to become a founding partner of this unique project,” said Peter Moeller, vice president of international at The Toro Company. “The R&A’s commitment to developing the game of golf and making it accessible to the broadest possible community is very much in line with Toro’s own mission and objectives. It is both humbling and exciting to see Toro’s equipment and irrigation solutions advance The R&A’s sustainability efforts, and we look forward to helping its team bring plans for the new facility to reality.”

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said, “Toro has a world-renowned reputation as a supplier of high-quality equipment and solutions for golf course maintenance and so was a natural choice for us in selecting a partner for the new facility. We look forward to working alongside them in the development of the new venue and providing golfers with excellent facilities so that they can fully enjoy playing the sport in a variety of formats with family and friends.”

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Leicester City FC chooses John Deere technology

Leicester City FC chooses John Deere technology

Based at Leicester City Football Club’s new state-of-the-art training facility in Seagrave, north Leicestershire, the club’s Sports Turf Academy aims to inspire the next generation of sports turf students by offering an elite training environment, with access to the latest technology and expertise.

The Academy is built around four distinct pillars – Education & Training, Technical Services, Tournament Support and Trials & Research – to support the development, diversification and professionalisation of the sports turf industry.

The 185-acre complex at Seagrave has 21 playing surfaces in total, including 14 full-size pitches – one indoors in the King Power Centre – and two show pitches for use in selected matches by the club’s Development Squad and Academy. There is also a 9-hole private golf course, for use by players and staff.

These are now being maintained by a new fleet of 32 John Deere sprayers, mowers, compact tractors and Gator utility vehicles supplied by local dealer Farol Ltd at Hinckley, which will also be supported by the dealership’s brand new outlet at Newark.

Machines include two GPS PrecisionSprayers based on the ProGator utility vehicle, 8000E and 2750E hybrid electric ride-on cylinder mowers, 7700A PrecisionCut cylinder and 7400A TerrainCut rotary ride-on mowers with TechControl display, a 1600T wide-area rotary mower, X950R rear-collect lawn tractor and Z997R zero-turn rotaries, 2036R and 3038R compacts, and TE electric and XUV 855 plus 855 S4 Gators.

Leicester City FC bought the first of the new environmentally friendly John Deere sprayers to be delivered to a non-golf customer in the UK, as part of the package agreement.

“The Sports Turf Academy is designed to be a hub of innovation and professional development,” says John Ledwidge, Leicester City FC’s head of sports turf & grounds. “Our aim is to be world leaders in the training and education of the current and next generation of sports turf and grounds staff, while applying that learning to live working environments. As well as creating a world-class facility at our new training ground, we aspire to be world-class in the way we operate.

“Adopting this new precision technology from John Deere will help in our aim to be as efficient and environmentally sustainable as possible in everything we do. There were many reasons for choosing the sprayer, the chief one being accuracy. It means we can apply exactly what is required without overspraying or overspending.”

The training grounds and golf course are maintained to the highest standards by 18 pitch staff, 10 garden and landscaping staff and four greenkeepers, led by John Ledwidge and senior sports turf & grounds manager Callum Allsop. There are also four staff based in the well-equipped workshop, including two apprentices, with the machinery fleet monitored by workshop manager Chris Minton and his deputy Colin Barkby using the TurfKeeper web portal.

“Knowing that we needed to make a very significant investment in new equipment, we went through a very robust, rigorous and transparent tender process,” says John. “We invited all the key players to demonstrate their latest, greatest and best machines, and the whole process ended up taking almost a year to complete – it was extremely thorough.

“Aside from the basic transaction, it was just as important for us to be able to establish a long-term relationship with the chosen supplier. It became clear after visiting John Deere’s UK HQ at Langar, where we were given a very comprehensive presentation by the company and the dealership, that their values and aspirations aligned very much with ours.

“My deputy Callum, working closely with Chris, was instrumental in bringing all the tender documentation and figures together, looking particularly at machine usability and serviceability. All the grounds and workshop staff completed feedback forms, so everyone was invested in the process and contributed to the final decision.

“The final choice was then presented to and approved by all the club’s Board of directors, including communications, finance, operations and the procurement team. All involved were impressed by the efforts and lengths that John Deere and Farol went to before the deal was signed – ultimately the decision was a very easy one for us to make.”

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Portuguesse Greenkeepers Association release a short video of their recent Congress

Portuguesse Greenkeepers Association release a short video of their recent Congress

Following a very successful APG Congress, they now have released a short video allowing us to catch a glimpse of what was a great event….Nice job APG

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XX APG Congress

XX APG Congress

 

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Driving Net Zero – Golf and Climate Action Event

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

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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14th International Turfgrass Research Conference, 10-15 July 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark

14th International Turfgrass Research Conference, 10-15 July 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark

We are pleased to announce the 14th International Turfgrass Research Conference which will take place on 10-15 July 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The overall theme of the ITRC 2022 is Development and Sustainability. The challenges for the future of the turfgrass sector are many and diverse. Climate change impacts are exceeding the worst expectations. Strong restrictions on the use of chemicals and fertilizers, and increasing pressure on natural resources (notably water, energy and land) are expected. There is an accelerating loss of ecosystem services and biodiversity in the urban landscapes. All this calls for more research and innovation for a sustainable future. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in Agenda 2030 will constitute the conference programme framework. The conference is an arena established to exchange knowledge and experiences with the best experts in this field.

More information about the congress can be found at the congress website: https://itrc2022.org/

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Campey Turf Care Systems Excited to Welcome Attendees to Saltex 2021

Campey Turf Care Systems Excited to Welcome Attendees to Saltex 2021

After a year away from the Birmingham NEC, Campey Turf Care Systems is excited to welcome show attendees onto stand H082 at Saltex 2021.

The two-day indoor exhibition on November 3rd and 4th signifies an important milestone on the road to normality and is an excellent opportunity for the Campey team to catch up with old and new customers.

Speaking about the upcoming show, Campey Turf Care Systems Managing Director Julia Campey said: “The return of an indoor show has been a long time coming, and we are all looking forward to seeing everyone in person to talk about the latest machinery, turf maintenance techniques and industry news.

“It’s been a difficult time for everyone, and whilst things seem to be reaching some normality, this is one of the most significant milestones in our industry because we’ve been without an indoor show for so long.

“We’re excited to have the Campey range of machinery on display, including the new Campey Pedestrian AeraSeeder, which will be on show for the first time at Saltex.”

The brand-new Campey Pedestrian AeraSeeder will be exhibited along with popular machines from Air2G2, Imants, Koro by Imants, Vredo and Dakota. The pedestrian overseeder is an exciting addition to Campey’s range, with it specifically added to tackle hard to reach areas that larger machines can’t access.

Smaller areas such as ornamental gardens, cemetery plots, golf greens, goalmouths, and other bare areas are easily accessible for the machine, which is only 83cm wide. It provides simple yet accurate overseeding, with a 60cm seeding area and a multi-spiked roller that produces approximately 800 perforations per square yard, effectively saturating the top surface with a network of holes.

This network, combined with the brush and smooth packing roller systems and stainless-steel seed apertures, offers the highest percentage of grass seed germination.

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Rungsted Golf Klub, Denmark – Course Manager

Rungsted Golf Klub, Denmark – Course Manager

Rungsted Golf Klub, designed by Charles MacKenzie (brother of Dr Alistair MacKenzie) is one of the oldest and best golf clubs’ in Denmark.  Situated to the North of Copenhagen in mature parkland, the course has hosted many National & International tournaments including the SAS Invitational with players among others Tiger Woods, Thomas Bjørn and Colin Montgomery

The Club now invites applications for the position of Course Manager to manage the day to day running of the Golf Course and surrounds. Presenting and maintaining the Club’s golf course to the highest standards, offering a fair but challenging test of golf for the benefit of the members, guests, and visitors whilst ensuring a joined up and ‘one team’ approach.

 Principal Responsibilities:

  • Carrying out the day-to-day operation of the Greenkeeping department in line with the guidelines.
  • Leading the team in delivering the golf course and surrounds to a high standard with consistent and well-maintained playing surface.
  • Financial management – proposing annual budgets and managing / forecasting accurate expenditure.
  • Continued development / evolution of the course to modern standards.
  • Achieving effective working relationships with the leadership team
  • Processes and Policies – ensuring the compliance with the relevant legislation and Club policy documents.

The Candidate:

  • Proven ability to manage a Green Keeping Team effectively, demonstrating a high level of understanding of all relevant policies and procedures to follow.
  • You will hold a minimum qualification of level 3 HNC (or equivalent) in an appropriate technical subject in turf science or equivalent.
  • A high level of knowledge and application of health and safety, employment, environment and other legislation relevant to golf clubs.
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills, with a proven track record of a customer focussed approach that positively impacts working relationships across wide ranging groups.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and public holidays.
  • Strong leadership and people management skills that result in a motivated and high performing team of employees.
  • Sound business acumen, financial literacy and good IT skills.
  • Understanding of the GEO Certification process would be desirable.
  • Ideally, you are a single handicap golfer.

 Remuneration:

An attractive salary package commensurate with experience and in line with BIGGA / FEGGA guidelines is on offer. There is no Club accommodation with the role.

Application Process:

 To apply candidates should email a letter highlighting their motivation for the role and relevant experience, an up-to-date CV, details of your current remuneration and notice period and ability to relocate if necessary.

Contact: Bruce Jamieson at Timberlake Golf –

E: bruce.jamieson@btconnect.comMob: 07768 874845

Application deadline: Friday 12th July 2021

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