Industry News

5 Minutes With... Simone Staples

22 October 2020

With many events postponed due to current challenges, the opportunity to meet new and catch up peers across the turf industry is limited, so we’re taking 5 minutes to ensure that turf managers can get to know members from other areas of the industry.

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Aspects of Thatch

21 October 2020

There is a huge amount of research and literature on thatch, and Phil Ford puts a focus on two of the more important aspects of thatch - the effects on root growth and perched water tables.

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5 Minutes With... Bruce Davies

20 October 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has created a segment to help the turf industry stay connected. Today we spend 5 minutes with... Bruce Davies, Turf Lecturer - Canberra Institute of Technology.

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Advocacy Video Highlights the MCG’s Executive Manager for Turf, Michael Salvatore

18 October 2020

In the latest Sports Turf Manager industry advocacy video, we feature Michael Salvatore, executive manager for turf at The MCG.

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Effective Shade Management on Turfgrass

16 October 2020

Providing an adequate turf maintenance program in place, the growing environment has the greatest impact on the performance of turfgrass. To maintain healthy turf it is critical that shade is addressed to ensure adequate sunlight and air movement.

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Kew collects Claude Crockford Environment and Sustainability Award

15 October 2020

Kew Golf Club in Melbourne is the 2020 recipient of the coveted ASTMA Claude Crockford Environment and Sustainability Award, presented in conjunction with Gold Partner Syngenta.

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5 Minutes With... Cameron Hall

13 October 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association spends 5 Minutes with Cameron Hall, Superintendent at Kew Golf Club in Victoria.

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5 Minutes With... Bruce MacPhee

12 October 2020

Today, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association takes 5 minutes to talk with our very own Senior Agronomist, Bruce MacPhee.

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Satisfaction guaran-teed

09 October 2020

Anthony Mills and The Lakes Golf Club were recently bestowed the ASTMA Excellence in Golf Course Management Award, presented in conjunction with Bayer.

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The Top 10 Leadership Skills Turf Managers Need

08 October 2020

Being a Sports Turf Manager is a difficult job, and one element often noted as being a particularly challenging part of the role is leading people - and here we take a look at the results of a recent survey into the Top 10 Leadership Skills that people managers need.

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5 Minutes With... Toby Lumsden

07 October 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has created a segment to help the turf industry stay connected.

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5 Minutes With...

05 October 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association spends 5 Minutes With Luke Armstrong, Sportsground Coordinator & St Kilda FC AFLW Project Coordinator.

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5 Minutes With...

02 October 2020

Today we spend 5 Minutes With... Tony McFadyean (CSTM), Course Superintendent at Nedlands Golf Club, WA.

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5 Minutes With...

01 October 2020

Jay Infanti (CSTM), Course Superintendent at The Eastern Golf Club & Yering Gorge Cottages in Yering VIC.

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5 Minutes With...

30 September 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is creating a segment to help the turf industry stay connected. We’re looking for ways to ensure we stay connected and to ensure that turf managers can get to know members from other areas of the industry.

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5 Minutes With...

29 September 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is creating a segment to help the turf industry stay connected. We’re looking for ways to ensure we stay connected and to ensure that turf managers can get to know members from other areas of the industry.

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International Thank A Superintendent Day

23 September 2020

On 23 September 2020, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) in conjunction with other global superintendent and turf management organisations, is recognising the first international “Thank a Superintendent Day”

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Once dusty football oval turned into lush green oasis

18 September 2020

With the support of the Melbourne Football Club, the Melbourne Cricket Club and the MCG, Santa Teresa residents are transforming their once dusty football oval into a lush, green paddock.

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ASTMA Continues to build Mental Health Awareness and Support Resources

17 September 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association have worked with the Black Dog Institute to provide a range of information and resources to the turf industry and opportunities for assistance for yourself, or your team. 

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Australian PGA Championship postponed until February 2021 

16 September 2020

Following discussions with the Queensland government and key stakeholders, the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia will postpone the Australian PGA Championship to 18-21 February 2021

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International “Thank a Superintendent Day” honours golf course management teams on 23 September

10 September 2020

On 23 September 2020, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association in conjunction with other global superintendent and turf management organisations, is recognising turf professionals with the first international “Thank a Superintendent Day” encouraging all those who love golf to thank their course’s turf management professionals.

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AGIC releases slow TV feature film that promotes mental health benefits of golf

04 September 2020

The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) has released a first-of-its-kind three-hour-long slow TV production that promotes the mental health benefits of golf.

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ASTMA announces the launch of new National Awards for the Turf Industry

01 September 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is delighted to announce the addition of two new National Awards for the turf industry, acknowledging and recognising the contribution of sports turf management professionals.

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Pre-emergents 101

27 August 2020

With cool and wet conditions prevailing so far in 2020 and with it the early and prolonged emergence of Poa annua, some turf managers have noticed a lack of efficacy with their pre-emergent herbicide applications. John Neylan takes a closer look at how these important chemicals work and some of the factors that can impact their success.

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Golf Australia appoints James Sutherland as new Chief Executive.

24 August 2020

Golf Australia has appointed James Sutherland its new chief executive, commencing from 1 October after an exhaustive recruitment process had yielded several quality candidates for the position.

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TPC Perfection

20 August 2020

The Players Championship in early March became golf’s first high profile victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the PGA Tour cancelling the tournament after the opening round. For the four turf managers who were there as part of the ASTMA and John Deere sponsored TPC Volunteer Program, it was an experience they won’t likely forget.

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Lonergan elected new ASTMA president

12 August 2020

At today's 2020 Annual General Meeting, Peter Lonergan was confirmed as the new president of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association, replacing Brett Balloch who has stood down after eight years on the ASTMA Board.

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Education City Golf Course Facility

11 August 2020

The Middle East has seen some significant golf facilities developed over the years, but none quite compare to Education City Golf Club in Qatar.

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Clubs announced for participation in 2020 Golf Course Sustainability Project

06 August 2020

In June, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association announced the launch of a Golf Course Sustainability Project in Australia, and a group of 25 Australian Golf Clubs have been selected to take part in the 2020 Golf Course Sustainability Project.

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Damian Hough Appointed to the Board of Australian Sports Turf Managers Association

04 August 2020

The Board of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is delighted to make a significant announcement today, with the appointment of Damian Hough, Head Curator at the Adelaide Oval, to the Board of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA).

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Update for Victorian Members - 3 August

03 August 2020

Following on from recent announcements from the Victorian Government relating to industry and business operations under the State of Disaster due to COVID-19, we can provide an update to Victorian members on the advice received this afternoon

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Essential Maintenance Statement for Sportsfields and Golf Courses during COVID-19 Restrictions

03 August 2020

The has developed industry statement outlining essential maintenance requirements for Sports Turf Managers for Golf Courses and Sportsfields & Grounds in Victoria (and other locations) during COVID-19 Restrictions.

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Advocacy Video Highlights Superintendent at Kingston Heath, Hayden Mead

03 August 2020

In the latest Sports Turf Manager industry advocacy video, we feature Hayden Mead, Superintendent at Kingston Heath, host course of the 2020/2021 Australian Open.

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Mills, The Lakes win ASTMA Excellence in Golf Course Management Award

31 July 2020

Anthony Mills, course superintendent at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, has won the 2020 ASTMA Excellence in Golf Course Management Award, presented in partnership with Silver Partner Bayer.

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Australian Open postponed for 2020

28 July 2020

The 105th edition of the Australian Open was to have been held in November, with multiple dates having been on the table.  But Brookhouse said public health considerations had been the main reason behind making the decision to postpone.

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Australian Golf Industry Council releases announcement on Golf: Benefits to the Environment

22 July 2020

Golfers have always known the courses they play on offer more than just a round of golf. They know that courses can also play a significant role in the protection and development of our environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Sports Turf Managers Certification (CSTM) Program

21 July 2020

The Sports Turf Managers Certification (CSTM) is an industry wide professional certification for turf managers, administered by the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA), the peak industry body for Sports Turf Management in Australia.

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Kew GC collects coveted Crockford Award

16 July 2020

Kew Golf Club in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs has won the 2020 ASTMA Claude Crockford Environment and Sustainability Award, presented in conjunction with ASTMA Gold Partner Syngenta.

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Association 19/20 Annual Report Available to Members

14 July 2020

The Board of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is pleased to announce the release of its Annual Report for 2019/2020 for Members.

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Launch of GEO and ASTMA Sustainability Project in Australia

06 July 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association are launching a one year project to a range of Golf Courses in Australia, in conjunction with the GEO to review and tailor the OnCourse® sustainability platform for the Australian environment.

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Killara reborn

03 July 2020

Last September, after an intensive 16-month redevelopment, Killara Golf Club in Sydney reopened its new-look course to an eager membership. Course superintendent Ryan Fury looks back at the all-consuming project, some of its many innovative aspects and the lessons learned along the way.

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First 50 Certified Sports Turf Managers Announced

03 July 2020

Interest in the Certification Program has been overwhelming, with a significant milestone passed in only three weeks. The first 50 Members have passed the Assessment, earning themselves the professional designation as Certified Sports Turf Managers.

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Graduate of the Year Winners Announced

02 July 2020

Toro Australia, a proud supporter of the Graduate of the Year Awards for over 20 years, announces the winners of the Graduate of the Year Awards for 2019/20

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Second Advocacy Video Highlights Grounds Manager at Scotch College

25 June 2020

These advocacy videos highlight the benefits of choosing Sports Turf Management as a career, the great work opportunities, and illustrates the similarities in skills, commitment and passion shared across the industry by all professional Sports Turf Managers. 

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The 2021 Players Championship Volunteer Program

18 June 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association in conjunction with John Deere Golf, are excited to announce the launch of The Players Championship (TPC) Volunteer Program for 2021.

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Release of Sports Turf Management Advocacy Videos

16 June 2020

Together with the Victorian Skills Commissioner, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has released its first advocacy initiative video on establishing and growing pathways to support sports turf management training and apprenticeships.

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ASTMA launches education Webinar Series for Sports Turf Managers

12 June 2020

Continuing its commitment to deliver professional development education and training to members, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association will be hosting a range of 45 minute live webinars with a range of local and international Turf experts

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AGCSATech geotechnical investigation

11 June 2020

During a recent geotechnical survey, AGCSATech found a significant layer of black montmorillonite clay, not far below the surface of a bowling green, which has a history of subsidence across one corner of the green.

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UTAS Stadium Kicking Goals

02 June 2020

UTAS Stadium in Launceston has long been regarded as Tasmania’s home of AFL.  It has become a primary hub for state and community football and cricket, carrying a reputation for being one of the best presented and conditioned boutique stadiums in Australia.  

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Impacts of COVID-19 on the Turf Industry

28 May 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed the world as we know it and like many industries the sports turf management profession has been hit hard. ATM takes a look at how Australian turf managers have navigated their way through a forever-changing operating environment.

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Free learning opportunities for ASTMA members

21 May 2020

As a member of one of our international allied associations, GCSAA is offering you free learning opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ASTMA launches industry Certification Program for Sports Turf Managers

14 May 2020

The ASTMA has launched a professional industry Certification Program for Sports Turf Managers, recognising leading turf manages and encouraging investment in education and continual professional development

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ASTMA signs affiliation agreement with US Sports Turf Managers Association

13 May 2020

The ASTMA is thrilled to announce the signing of affiliation agreement with US-based Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), an approach to sharing resources and developing best-practice education.

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Turf students adapt to online teaching

12 May 2020

With COVID-19 affecting all areas of the sports turf management industry, TAFE colleges have also had to make significant changes to the way they deliver education to turf management students around the country.

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New-look Tour schedule as PGA date released

11 May 2020

The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia has flagged a reimagined tournament schedule that will see the tour in full swing from October and culminate with the crowning of the Order of Merit winner in March.

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Turfgrass Management & Research Papers

07 May 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has a comprehensive range of turfgrass management and research papers available on the website for turf managers to access, assisting to further industry education and knowledge.

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2020 Sports Turf Management Conference & Trade Exhibition Cancelled

01 May 2020

Following discussions with Melbourne Convention Centre management, we have been unable to achieve a suitable option to host the 2020 event, and therefore have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event

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Kiwi supers back on course as restrictions ease

23 April 2020

After being locked out of their golf courses for the best part of three weeks, New Zealand superintendents have been allowed back in after the New Zealand Government approved an exemption for essential maintenance last week.

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Turf Maintenance practices during the Covid-19 pandemic

22 April 2020

The spread of COVID-19 is having a tremendous impact on golf course maintenance across the country.

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AGCSATech kicks off ANTEP 5 Trial

19 April 2020

AGCSATech have been busy working on the establishment of a trial site for the latest round of the Australian National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (ANTEP).

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Dunheved Golf Club reopens after floods and COVID-19 closure

16 April 2020

Dunheved Golf Club in NSW has been through its fair share of trauma so far in 2020. From severe storms and flooding in early February to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the course is finally back open to members.

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From one Royal to another

15 April 2020

After seven years at RACV Royal Pines, the Australian PGA Championship is on the move in 2020. ATM editor Brett Robinson looks back at last December’s event which brought to an end a 27-year tournament run for the Gold Coast course.

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Women in Golf Charter

15 April 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is committed to supporting the Women in Golf Charter led by The R&A, and pledges to advocate the charter in the professional Turf Management industry of Australia.

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Hurricane hits Natadola Golf Club in Fiji

09 April 2020

The announcement came last week from Natadola Golf Club that the course would be temporarily closing due to government restrictions around social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It seems mother nature also had plans for the course to close. 

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The Open has been cancelled in 2020

07 April 2020

A recent announcement from the R&A: The Open in 2020 has been cancelled due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and the Championship will next be played at Royal St George’s in 2021.

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2020 Sports Turf Management Conference & Exhibition Postponed

03 April 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has received confirmation from Melbourne Convention Centre that the 2020 Sports Turf Management Conference & Exhibition will be postponed to a date yet to be finalised

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Astma, E-Par Partner To Provide Free EHS Service For Members

03 April 2020

In an exciting development this week, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association and e-par have partnered to implement a free Environment, Health and Safety) advice and assistance service to all Members

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Mental Health Support Related to COVID-19

31 March 2020

Given the state of the world right now and uncertainty around individual health and work security, addressing your mental health is important. It is not uncommon to worry especially during these trying times.

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Australian golf clubs advised to close for play

30 March 2020

Late this afternoon, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has been informed by Golf Australia that golf clubs will be asked to close for play as a result of the stage three shutdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Update for members and Australian turf industry - 30th March

30 March 2020

The team at the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association will continue to focus on providing updates and communication for the industry as we work through continually changing information, advice and requirements across each State.

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Update for members and Australian turf industry - 26th March

27 March 2020

Without doubt, the last few weeks have been a time of great uncertainty for many in the industry.  We are all concerned about what the evolving situation relating to COVID-19 means for our health, our livelihoods, roles and our communities, both in the short and long term.

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April Professional Development Seminars Update

26 March 2020

The scheduled Professional Development Program Seminars in April have been postponed following updated announcements from the Department of Health relating to suspension of non-essential gatherings

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Royal Melbourne Volunteers Hit a Home Run

25 March 2020

US superintendent Kyle Hegland is a self-proclaimed turf and golf course architecture “dork”. He was therefore a veritable kid in a candy store when he ventured to the Melbourne Sandbelt for the very first time as one of 45 course volunteers for last December’s Presidents Cup.

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Queensland Golf Courses - UPDATED 27th March

25 March 2020

There has been a series of questions raised relating to the ability for Golf Courses to function in Queensland following Government announcements and operations under Licensing restrictions.

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Proactive steps to managing your turf surfaces in the COVID-19 climate

23 March 2020

Over recent days, AGCSATech, the agronomy department of the ASTMA has received a number of enquiries regarding advice on developing low input maintenance practices for turf surfaces as staff availability continues to be unknown.

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Cape Wickham lays off staff as Tasmania closes borders

20 March 2020

Cape Wickham Golf Links on King Island, Tasmania, has become one of the first major Australian golf clubs to feel the full impact of the coronavirus crisis.

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On the Mark at Royal Melbourne

19 March 2020

To get Royal Melbourne presenting the way it did for the Presidents Cup took a monumental team effort. But there were two men in particular who played a very unique and vital role.

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Federal Government Support for Apprentices

19 March 2020

Apprentice Assistance - The Federal Government recently announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australians in jobs, which includes $1.3 billion to support small businesses to support the jobs apprentices and trainees

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COVID-19 Update for ASTMA members and Australian turf industry

18 March 2020

As all ASTMA members and the wider Australian sports turf management community will be aware, COVID-19 has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates. Read our latest industry update.

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Future Turf Managers' Initiative

12 March 2020

ATM congratulates the latest intake of turf managers to be accepted into the ASTMA Future Turf Managers’ Initiative, presented in partnership with Jacobsen

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Update for Members and Turf Industry on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

12 March 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has received a number of enquiries from members relating to recent announcements of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and have provided an update for the Turf Management industry.  

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Killara Golf Club staff riding for a cure

11 March 2020

Two Killara Golf Club staff are raising funds for cancer research in anticipation of the Tour de Cure ride from Newcastle to Noosa Heads from 26th March.

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Professional Development Education Seminars – Presentation Skills

06 March 2020

Continuing it’s commitment to deliver professional development education and training to members, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is delighted to host the second seminar in the Professional Development education series – Presentation Skills

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A look back at The Presidents Cup 2019

05 March 2020

Royal Melbourne Golf Club again proved why it is one of the best tournament venues in world golf when it hosted the Presidents Cup for a third time last December.

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Victoria, Sandringham host first VGCSA meeting for 2020

05 March 2020

The Victorian Golf Course Superintendents Association kicked off its 2020 meeting schedule with a visit to Victoria Golf Club and Sandringham Golf Links on Tuesday.

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A season like no other

27 February 2020

Where do you begin to describe the events of the past couple of months? After prolonged drought-like conditions, since last September bushfires have ravaged huge tracts of NSW, Victoria and South Australia, creating one of the biggest natural disasters in the country’s history.

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Business as usual for Ventrac Australia after acquisition announcement

26 February 2020

ASTMA Bronze Partner Ventrac Australia has issued a statement following the recent announcement that The Toro Company Inc. is to acquire parent company Venture Products Inc (VPI).

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Rosebud CC to host European Tour Q-School

25 February 2020

Superintendent and ASTMA member Ian Todd and his crew at Rosebud Country Club are in for a busy spring after it was announced today that the club will host a European Tour Qualifying School event this September.

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Fighting Back from Injury

20 February 2020

To say the past 24 months have challenged Jason Foster’s resilience and spirit on both a personal and professional level would be a gross understatement. In fact, there wouldn’t be many who have had to endure what Foster has been through.

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Resplendent Royal Adelaide an Open picture

14 February 2020

The 2020 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open teed off yesterday with Royal Adelaide Golf Club again wowing players and officials this week with its level of presentation and playability

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Improving your irrigation

13 February 2020

In his latest column, John Neylan focuses on irrigation management for sportsfields and asks sports turf managers whether they are making the best use of their most precious resource.

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Banks & Crew have Bonville set to Sparkle

11 February 2020

Aaron Banks is a busy man most of the time keeping the renowned Bonville Golf Resort Course in fantastic condition, but over the next couple of weeks, his life is going to get a whole lot busier.

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East coast storm damage keeps ground staff busy

11 February 2020

We have gone from one extreme to the next, from devastating fires to torrential rains ripping through the North East coast of Australia. Golf courses across New South Wales and Queensland have been inundated, some with over 400mm over four days...

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2020 Vic Open tees off at Thirteenth Beach

07 February 2020

The 2020 Vic Open got underway at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links yesterday with course superintendent Steve Hewitt leading his maintenance team for an eighth consecutive year since the tournament's arrival on the Bellarine Peninsula

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USGA and R&A publish findings from joint Distance Insights Project

05 February 2020

The USGA and R&A have published findings from their joint Distance Insights Project, providing comprehensive research and analysis on the contributors to, and long-term impacts of, hitting distance in golf.

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Townsville GC Flood Recovery

04 February 2020

All was tracking nicely for Townsville Golf Club at the start of 2019. It was the club’s 125th anniversary, five new Bob Harrison-designed holes were weeks from opening and the club’s finances were looking up for the first time in a while. Then came the floods…

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Amata Oval: Outback Oasis

30 January 2020

Sport is well known for its ability to bring people and communities together, but in a remote Aboriginal community in South Australia it’s a newly turfed oval that is helping achieve that.

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Glenelg’s biodiversity boost

28 January 2020

Monina Gilbey, biodiversity manager at Glenelg Golf Club, looks at some of the measures being implemented to help enhance and beautify the Adelaide-based club’s out of play areas.

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Certification Program - Call for Member Assistance

24 January 2020

In coming months, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is set to launch an industry Certification Program for Sports Turf Managers, and is asking for the assistance of some members to help review and trial the program prior to its launch

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All set for Sawgrass

23 January 2020

In March 2020, four superintendents – three from Australia and one from New Zealand – will be winging their way to TPC Sawgrass in Florida to be part of course preparations for golf’s unofficial ‘fifth Major’ – The Players Championship.

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New North Queensland Stadium

21 January 2020

After 25 years based at 1300Smiles Stadium in Townsville, the North Queensland Cowboys are set to move to North Queensland Stadium in 2020. Brett Robinson catches up with grounds manager Bruce Fouracre to look at the start of a new era.

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Dealing with Traumatic Times

17 January 2020

HR expert Vicki Crowe provides some advice on how to support a work colleague who may be experiencing personal difficulties following a major trauma or natural disaster.

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Steve Tuckett joins AGCSATech agronomy team

16 January 2020

Due to continued growth in its analytical and consultancy services, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Tuckett to the AGCSATech agronomy team.

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Pavlinovich takes on Vines super role

14 January 2020

The 36-hole Vines Resort and Country Club on the outskirts of Perth, WA has appointed Brad Pavlinovich as its new course superintendent.

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Elite Lawn Tennis Courts

14 January 2020

Swan Hill Lawn Tennis club curator Dan Gardner also got the chance to get an inside the ropes look at preparations for this year’s Wimbledon Grand Slam.

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Golf goes to aid bushfire victims

14 January 2020

Australian golf is pitching in to help the victims of the country’s bushfire crisis.

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Royal Queensland GC to host 2020 Australian PGA Championship

13 January 2020

After seven years at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, the Australian PGA Championship is heading to Royal Queensland Golf Club for the next three years.

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Agronomic leadership opportunities at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

10 January 2020

With 6 months to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the International Golf Federation (IGF) in conjunction with the ASTMA are inviting experienced Turf Managers to be part of the historic Olympic Games by leading Course Management crews

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Support for those affected by the Australian Bushfires

08 January 2020

To support the fundraising and recovery efforts, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association will be making a donation on behalf of all Members of $500 to each State and Territory to support the relevant Rural or Country Fire Services, totalling $4000. 

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Turfgrass Experience Abroad

07 January 2020

Five years ago Todd Darrington was mowing centre verges down the main street of Leeton, NSW.  Over the past six months he has helped prepare some of the world’s most hallowed sporting surfaces, among them Wimbledon and Lords. 

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The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association launch Scholarship Program

18 December 2019

As part of our continued focus on education, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is pleased to announce it has partnered with the R&A to launch The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship to Sports Turf Management students in Australia in 2020.

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Release of Association 2019 - 2023 Strategic Plan

13 December 2019

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association, announces the release of the 2019 - 2023 Strategic Plan to members

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Volunteers arrive at RMGC to bolster Presidents Cup course crew

09 December 2019

The Presidents Cup is nearly upon us with Royal Melbourne set to be in the international spotlight all this week. Director of courses Richard Forsyth updates the ASTMA on preparations and lead-in week.

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Smoke haze, ash all part of Australian Open challenges

07 December 2019

It has been a challenging week not only for the golfers but the tournament crew as The Australian Golf Club hosts its fourth Emirates Australian Open in six years.

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Peninsula Kingswood's remnant revival

05 December 2019

While the playing surfaces of the new Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club are a level above, as Kate Torgersen writes it’s the out of play areas where some of the most significant transformations have taken place.

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Built for the Big Stage

05 December 2019

Debate rages over golf-course rankings, but there’s no denying The Australian Golf Club has few challengers for the mantle of No.1 tournament venue in the country.

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Peninsula Kingswood Design and Architecture

28 November 2019

Mike Cocking, OCCM lead architect for the Peninsula Kingswood redevelopment, looks at some of the key design elements that have transformed the North and South courses and pu them in the conversation as among some of the best on the Melbourne Sandbelt.

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Challenges of a Tropical Weather Golf Course

27 November 2019

Managing turf surfaces in Far North Queensland is a far cry from the northern suburbs of Sydney. Just ask Cairns Golf Club superintendent Tim Hoskinson…

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The Team Behind Peninsula Kingswood

24 November 2019

Undertaking a project, the size of the Peninsula Kingswood redevelopment has only been achievable through having a dedicated team that has collectively bought into the vision of delivering two elite level golf courses.

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2019 President’s Cup Course Update

21 November 2019

Royal Melbourne East Course superintendent Craig Anthony provides the latest update on preparations and tournament build as the Presidents Cup looms large on the horizon.

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2019 Emirates Australian Open Course Update No.8

21 November 2019

With just two weeks left until the opening round of the 2019 Emirates Australian Open, The Australian Golf Club's 3IC Mat Soles continues to take us behind the scenes as preparations ramp up.

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Peninsula Kingswood by the Numbers

18 November 2019

What was initially a project to improve playing conditions, upgrade an antiquated irrigation system and essentially complete a masterplan the club started 12 years earlier, turned into perhaps the biggest golf course redevelopment project in Australia's history.

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Science behind the surfaces

15 November 2019

ATM expert columnist John Neylan, who played a key role as an agronomic consultant for the Peninsula Kingswood redevelopment, outlines the lengthy and detailed research and investigation that went into ensuring the new greens provide an optimum playing surface.

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2019 Emirates Australian Open Course Update No.7

14 November 2019

The tournament grandstands and corporate marquees have started to go up around The Australian Golf Club, with the Emirates Australian Open now just three weeks away.

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Forsyth features on Inside the Ropes podcast

14 November 2019

The latest edition of Golf Australia’s ‘Inside the Ropes’ podcast dropped yesterday and features Royal Melbourne Golf Club director of courses Richard Forsyth discussing preparations for the 2019 Presidents Cup.

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Vale William Maurice ‘Maurie’ Menhennet

13 November 2019

Maurie Menhennet, founder of Mentay Steel Fab Construction which manufactures Mentay cricket pitch rollers, died last Saturday aged 79. He will be farewelled next Monday (18 November).

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Daymond, Burridge honoured at SA awards

13 November 2019

Rowan Daymond (Excellence in Turf Management) and Thomas Burridge (Graduate of the Year) were recognised by the SAGCSA at the recent South Australian Golf Industry Awards.

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Attending GIS or BIGGA Turf Management events in 2020?

12 November 2019

Are you attending any international Golf and Turf Management shows in 2020? The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association can assist with providing information on the range of networking and VIP events in addition to registration access

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Pure Peninsula Kingswood

11 November 2019

In September 2013, Peninsula CGC and Kingswood GC became the first private golf clubs in Australia to merge. Across a series of five main articles and numerous breakouts, ATM takes an in-depth look behind the $12 million course redevelopment.

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Tiger Woods makes himself captain's pick for Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December

08 November 2019

Tiger Woods has named himself as one of four "captain's picks" for the United States team set to take on an international side at the President's Cup, taking place in Melbourne in December.

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2019 Presidents Cup – RMGC Course Updates

06 November 2019

The Presidents Cup returns to Royal Melbourne Golf Club in the second week of December. Starting from this week we will carry regular course updates as the crew, headed by director of courses Richard Forsyth, fine-tune their preparations.

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2019 Emirates Australian Open Course Update No.6

05 November 2019

The Australian Golf Club's 3IC Mat Soles continues his regular updates as he and the crew gear up to hosting the 2019 Emirates Australian Open from 5-8 December.

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Yallourn Golf Club host to Gippsland Super 6 Tournament

04 November 2019

Last August, the PGA of Australia announced that Yallourn Golf Club will play host to the inaugural Gippsland Super 6 tournament in late 2019. It has prompted a flurry of work at the small Victorian regional course which is home to course superintendent Mark Burton.

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Tuncurry course on the fire front line

01 November 2019

It has been a nervous past week for ASTMA member and course superintendent Mark Spraggs, with bushfires coming to within a couple of hundred metres of Tuncurry Golf Course on the NSW mid-North Coast.

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Importance of balance

31 October 2019

The role of a Sports Turf Manager can be all-encompassing at times. Lee Strutt, course manager at The Royal Automobile Club in the UK and past presenter at the Australian Turfgrass Conference, looks at the importance of balance in our lives to achieve success.

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Spring Carnival Preparation

31 October 2019

The hallowed turf of Flemington is set to come alive again as Melbourne readies to host Spring Carnival Week from 5 November. It is the equivalent of Grand Final week for Victoria Racing Club’s senior racecourse manager Liam O’Keeffe.

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Glyph-ysteria?

30 October 2019

ATM’s resident turf and scientific expert Peter McMaugh looks at the recent fallout surrounding the herbicide glyphosate and the need for real understanding of the basic science behind the product to form a balanced assessment.

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NSWGCSA honours its finest

29 October 2019

Course superintendents Anthony Mills (The Lakes GC) and Pat Wilson (Pambula Merimbula GC) topped the NSWGCSA winners' list at last week's NSW Golf Industry Awards.

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2019 Emirates Australian Open - Course Update No.5

28 October 2019

As 3IC Mat Soles reports, things are ticking over nicely at The Australian Golf Club with the 2019 Emirates Australian Open now just a little over five weeks away.

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Sports Industry Environmental Impact

24 October 2019

ATM environmental columnist Kate Torgersen looks back on the recent Sports Environment Alliance Summit in Melbourne.

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A Look at Cricket Wicket Soils

22 October 2019

Gary Beehag looks at some of the new cricket wicket soils that have hit the marketplace in recent times and writes of the importance of knowing their source and physical-chemical qualities before curators decide to use them.

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Sustainable Sportsfields

18 October 2019

Sustainability has been a buzzword throughout the turf industry for a while now. But as ATM expert columnist John Neylan writes, when it comes to improving the sustainability of sportsfields, it requires a substantial change in mind set and work practices to achieve.

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Wetting Agents

17 October 2019

Following on from last edition’s look at wetting agents, ATM canvasses Australian superintendents and turf managers on their wetting agent programmes

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Compliance: The Cost of Injury

16 October 2019

Compliance expert Terry Muir asks when was the last time you went to your manager with an idea that would save money, jobs, lives and limbs?

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Riversdale Golf Club Hybrid Landscape

15 October 2019

Riversdale Golf Club’s Dominic Bowd kicks off an ongoing series of articles on the work being achieved by golf club horticultural staff by looking at the ongoing management of Riversdale’s hybrid landscape.

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Contractor or Employee?

14 October 2019

Workplace relations legal expert Paul O’Halloran looks at the important difference between being classified an employee or an independent contractor.

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Doing it Yourself

11 October 2019

Enhancing native areas on your golf course doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise writes ATM environmental expert Kate Torgersen.

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2019 Golf Club Salary and Wages Report Released

11 October 2019

With salaries and wages a key component of the operation of any Golf facility, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has today released the 2019 issue of the Golf Club Salary and Wages Report

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Australian Sports Turf Managers Association launches Professional Skills Development Program

09 October 2019

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is launching an industry leading series of education seminars focusing on Professional Development for Sports Turf Managers, with the first sessions commencing in November 2019.

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Victoria Golf Club reconstruction

08 October 2019

Course manager Steven Newell looks back on the extensive reconstruction works undertaken at Victoria Golf Club between July 2018 and February 2019 which has seen some of the Melbourne sandbelt’s oldest greens reinstated to their former glory.

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Expansion on the horizon for Cape Wickham?

01 October 2019

A second golf course could be built on the northern shores of King Island as part of an expansion by new owners of Cape Wickham Links, looking to land it owns north of the historic Cape Wickham lighthouse for the potential project.

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Royal Sydney redevelopment gets green light

20 September 2019

The Royal Sydney Golf Club has announced that it will soon move to implement its Championship Course redevelopment plans, following an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday evening where members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the project.

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2020 Future Turf Managers’ Initiative Launched

15 September 2019

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2020 Future Turf Managers’ Initiative (FTMI), presented in conjunction with Gold Partner Jacobsen

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Revised Sports Turf Management Qualifications endorsed by ASIC

12 September 2019

At the recent August meeting of the Australian Industry and Skills Commission (AISC) , the revised Sports Turf Management Qualifications were fully endorsed as part of the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management Training Package.

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Australian Sports Turf Managers Association 2019 Environmental Seminars

11 September 2019

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association will be hosting a series of Environmental & Vegetation Management education seminars throughout Australia, covering environmental stewardship at Turf facilities

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AGCSA undertakes a Re-brand

05 September 2019

In a recent announcement to members and Trade Partners, the AGCSA announced it would be re-branding, to align itself to be more representative of it's membership base, and its position as the industry peak-body for Turf Management in Australia.  

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Moir to become BIGGA president in 2021

04 September 2019

Former St Andrews Links Trust director of greenkeeping Gordon Moir has accepted the nomination to become BIGGA vice president next year, with a view to becoming president in 2021.

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2018 National Golf Club Participation Report Released

19 August 2019

People are playing more golf, but there are not as many club members in Australia. The 2018 national golf club participation report, released today, has revealed a continuation of the trend of players not formally joining clubs to play their golf.

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Taking the Next Step

08 August 2019

The AGCSA spoke with Turfgrass specialist, John Neylan who has over 30 years experience in Turf Management about what may be needed for aspiring Turf Professionals to make it in the modern age

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An Holistic Approach to Construction

06 August 2019

In recent months AGCSATech has been involved with consulting, designing and overseeing a number of construction projects - here, we take a look at some key points for Sports Turf Managers when approaching construction.

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AGCSA Restructures Membership

04 August 2019

Last week, a letter was sent out to all AGCSA members regarding a recent review of the association’s membership structure, and a revised and simpler membership structure will be available for AGCSA membership from August 2019.

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Stadium Golf set to return to Adelaide Oval

21 July 2019

Adelaide Oval and head curator Damian Hough, are once again partnering with Australian Golf Digest to hold a second Stadium Golf event after its highly successful launch last year.

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Royal Portrush's Welcome Open Return

19 July 2019

Two young Australian greenkeepers are getting a front row seat this week to the Open Championships . It is the first time that The Open has been played in Northern Ireland since 1951, with Royal Portrush links playing host.

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Thomson joins AGCSA Board

12 July 2019

Long-serving Bermagui Country Club course superintendent David Thomson was elected to the AGCSA Board at the 2019 AGCSA Annual General Meeting held during the Brisbane conference.

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AGCSA and epar launch Verification of Competency training

12 July 2019

The AGCSA and epar have combined under the Golf Environment and Safety Compliance Initiative to offer training for members and other Turf Managers on Verification of Competency education

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Lonergan Awarded Life Membership

10 July 2019

The Turf Industry Awards Dinner held at the 2019 Turf Management conference was highlighted by the awarding of AGCSA life membership to current AGCSA Board member and past president Peter Lonergan

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2019 Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference Wraps Up

05 July 2019

Well, the 2019 Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition is done and dusted and what a week everyone had in Brisbane – great presentations, great networking and, of course, a great professional development opportunity.

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Syngenta Launches "Protect Your Turf" Campaign

01 July 2019

Syngenta Launches "Protect Your Turf" Campaign designed to portray those professionals as the unsung heroes, doing their job from dawn until dusk with dedication and passion. It's more than passionate about protecting their turf, it’s an obsession

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Yelverton to join Conference speakers in Brisbane

13 June 2019

The AGCSA is delighted to announce the addition of Fred Yelverton, Professor of Crop Science, North Carolina State University (USA) to the line-up for the upcoming 2019 Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition in Brisbane from 24-28 June

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Peninsula Kingswood officially open

28 May 2019

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday officially opened a new jewel in Melbourne’s Sandbelt, the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club.

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Arm End receives final approval

24 May 2019

After 10 years, the Arm End project near Hobart, has finally received the last of its required approvals. The 116 hectare public access golf course project is now in start-up mode, with construction planned to commence by late spring.

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Research focus at 2019 Turf Conference

21 May 2019

The 2019 Turf Conference in Brisbane will present a significant focus on Environmental Management, and include presentations to delegates on a range of recent local and international Turf research

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Checking Employee Engagement

11 May 2019

Often the chatter after speaking at industry workshops or conferences turns to how to attract and retain employees. We asked ATM and PGA HR expert Vicki Crowe to look at the importance of employee engagement and how to measure it.

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AGCSA and State Associations sign Affiliated Chapter Agreement

10 May 2019

The Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association and all State Golf Course Superintendents Associations have announced the completion of an historic Affiliated Chapter Agreement, deepening the collaboration and cooperation between associations

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Understanding the Importance of Oxygen in Turf

08 May 2019

We asked newly anointed Order of Australia recipient and ATM columnist Peter McMaugh to discuss the importance of oxygen in Turf, and his thoughts on the development of some new technology which could change the face of turf management in a big way.

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Updated Turf Management Templates

07 May 2019

As s service to members, the AGCSA provides HR and Management guides and policy templates to assist in improving the management practices of Turf facilities, Superintendents and Sports Turf Management professionals.

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New Speakers Announced for 2019 Turf Conference

06 May 2019

The AGCSA is delighted to announce the addition of 3 leading speakers to it's superb line-up for the upcoming 2019 Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition to be held in Brisbane from 24-28 June.

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Proving A Point

04 May 2019

The AGCSA caught up with environmental expert Kate Torgersen on her recent visit to Queenstown, NZ and her catch up with Jack’s Point superintendent and AGCSA Member Simon Forshaw, to discuss the course’s recent international environmental accolade.

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AGIC launches “Pitch In” Community Campaign

02 May 2019

With the federal election well and truly underway, the AGIC have launched a campaign entitled Pitch In: Grow Community Golf featuring priority ‘shovel ready’ development projects calling for government support

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Problem Patch - ERI diseases in Australia

30 April 2019

Turfgrass disease expert Dr Percy Wong outlines some of the new ERI diseases present in Australia, the fungal pathogens that cause them and possible strategies to manage them in various turf situations.

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AGCSA announces “Thank A Superintendent Week

11 April 2019

The Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) is encouraging all Members, Administrators and those who love golf, to thank their Course Superintendent and teams during “Thank a Superintendent Week” from May 13th to 20th.

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Brisbane Golf Club to host 2019 AGCSA Golf Championship

05 April 2019

The AGCSA is excited to announce that The Brisbane Golf Club will play host to the 2019 Toro AGCSA Golf Championship ahead of the Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference, and the AGCSA is looking forward to hosting its premier golf event there on Sunday 23 June.

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Volunteers Sought for 2019 Australian Open

04 April 2019

In what is set to be an incredible few weeks of golf in Australia, The Australian Golf Club in Sydney is gearing up to host the 104th Emirates Australian Open this December and is putting the call out for course volunteers

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TPC Sawgrass Volunteer Program Announcement

20 March 2019

The AGCSA and John Deere are delighted to announce the launch of The Players Championship (TPC) Volunteer Program, giving 3 Members the chance to join the Course Management team at TPC Sawgrass for the 2020 The Players Championship.

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2020 AGCSA Conference Partnership Announcement

05 March 2019

The Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (AGCSA) and Golf Business Forum are delighted to announce a new partnership that will deliver Australia’s largest ever Sports Turf Management and Golf Business Conference in Melbourne, June 2020.

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Conference Attendance Resource Kit

26 February 2019

The Turfgrass Conference & Trade Exhibition is the premier event in which Sports Turf Managers come together to network, share best practices and develop strategies for improving their facilities.

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Manuka Stages Ultimate Test

17 February 2019

In one of the biggest summers of cricket in Canberra, Manuka Oval geared up to host its first ever international Test match. Curator Brad van Dam takes us through his preparations for this auspicious event.

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Tournament Test

16 February 2019

Tournaments are great for showcasing the art of preparing elite turf playing surfaces, but they can be hard on Vegetation and out of play areas writes environmental expert Kate Torgersen.

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Research into Thatch-mat Development

13 February 2019

Turf experts Gary Beehag and Peter McMaugh AM look at their recent research project investigating thatch-mat and root architecture beneath new bentgrass putting greens.

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A Dry Argument

12 February 2019

With drought affecting large parts of the country at present, expert Agronomist John Neylan looks at the importance of reviewing Water Management plans

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Contractor Management

11 February 2019

ATM’s compliance expert Terry Muir examines the important considerations Superintendents and Turf Managers need to be aware of when they engage contractors at their facility and the EHS responsibilities of the respective parties.

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Sportsturf Management Education Review

07 February 2019

The National Turf Education Working Group (NTEWG) provide an update on the current review taking place of the industry’s Sportsturf Management training package.

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Bee Proactive

05 February 2019

This time of year is when we see an increase in bee activity. ATM’s environmental expert Kate Torgersen looks at what options can be done to reduce the risk to golfers, how important bees are and the role that golf courses can play to help their survival.

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2019 Turfgrass Conference Registration Opens

04 February 2019

Registrations for the 2019 Turfgrass Conference are now open.  This year, the Conference will be held in Brisbane from June 24th to 27th, at the Brisbane Conference & Exhibition Centre

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Stadium Golf tees off at Adelaide Oval

02 February 2019

Adelaide Oval may have just hosted the first Test in the current International Series between Australia and India, but in the lead-up to the match it entertained an altogether very different event. From 29 October to 4 November, the famed arena was transformed into a nine-hole golf course as part of a week-long golfing spectacle organised by Australian Golf Digest and Adelaide Oval.

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Registration open for AGCSA Turf Education Seminars

19 January 2019

The AGCSA is hosting a total of seven seminars in major centres around the country throughout March and April 2019 as part of its approach to deliver education opportunities for its members and those in the wider turf industry. Registration for the upcoming series of 2019 AGCSA Turf Education Seminars is now open.

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Indooroopilly gives zoysia green light

17 January 2019

After successful projects to install zoysia grass into its green collars and bunker surrounds, Indooroopilly Golf Club Superintendent Charlie Giffard takes the AGCSA through the implementation and challenging next step of growing in its first zoysia green

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Workplace Culture

15 January 2019

With the topic of creating a good culture a challenge in almost every workplace, the AGCSA asked HR expert Vicki Crowe from the PGA, to take us through the issue of workplace bullying and what to do if it rears its ugly head at your facility.

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Soil Moisture Probes

13 December 2018

Soil moisture monitoring using portable probes has become commonplace over the past few years. This has added an extra level of precision in understanding the relationship between soil moisture content, turf health and playing surface quality.

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Guaranteeing Quality Turf

12 December 2018

One of Australia’s foremost agronomic experts, Peter McMaugh takes a look at the new certification scheme for turf producers called ‘TurfCert’ and what it means for Turf Managers in guaranteeing the quality paid for

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