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

Thursday 10, Sep 2020


Global Initiative to show appreciation for Course Management teams


Golfers asked to show their support on social media using #ThankASuper


Melbourne, Aus. (9 Sept 2020) – As a healthy outdoor activity that can adhere to social distancing requirements, golf has seen a worldwide resurgence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

In addition to the ASTMA, other groupscordinating the global event include the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA), The Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA) and many others. All together the groups represent more than 31,000 golf course management professionals in 78 countries around the world.



The celebration on 23 September will include a “Thank You” video that will appear on the Golf Channel and other media outlets, and social media messages touting the many ways that superintendents and their teams make the game more enjoyable, diverse and sustainable. Clubs, members and others are encouraged to join in the conversation on social media using the hashtags “#ThankASuper” or “#ThankAGreenkeeper” depending on their country’s nomenclature. 

“Course management teams work hard each and every day to prepare and manage the outstanding playing conditions that Australian courses are renowned for,” says Mark Unwin, chief executive of the ASTMA.

“Faced with a range of challenges due to the pandemic, these turf professionals have played a key role in developing and maintaining the safety protocols that allow golfers to engage in their favourite activity while adhering to regulations and restrictions.”

As courses reopened after the early months of COVID-19 restrictions, the demand for golf was clear. In Australia, early indications are that rounds in June and July were up as much as 30 per cent over the same time period last year, around 20 per cent up in the United States and in the United Kingdom July rounds were up 40 per cent over last year.

In addition to dealing with new regulations, course management teams continually strive to keep playing surfaces healthy and beautiful with environmental stewardship as a primary focus. Thanks to the efforts of many superintendents, their teams of turf managers and the broader golf industry, courses are using less water, engaging in incredible biodiversity activities, employing sustainable management practices and developing green corridors allowing natural wildlife habitats to be incorporated into the environment of courses. 

“Golf has been a refuge for many during the past few months, so we are taking a day to recognise the hard-working teams, the men and women who work behind the scenes to make the golf course an ideal opportunity for healthy activity right now,” says Unwin. “We are proud to join with our fellow associations around the world by encouraging those who love golf and appreciate the work superintendents and their teams do to send a message, to reach out on social media and #ThankASuper.”

To learn more about the ASTMA and the role sports turf managers play in the enjoyment and sustainability of the game, visit 

About Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASMTA)

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) is a not-for-profit industry association formed in 1981 (as the Australian Golf Course Superintendents' Association) and has evolved into the largest industry association in Australia for professional sports turf managers. With over 1,500 members across 22 countries, the ASTMA is committed to the ongoing education, development and support of all professionals involved in turf management.  

As the peak industry body for sports turf management in Australia, the association represents members across all areas of the industry, including golf courses, sportsfields and grounds, racetracks, lawn tennis, councils, turf equipment technicians and other related fields.  As the industry association responsible for professional sports turf managers, the association supports members through education, facilitating industry awards, advocacy, and research and development into professional and environmentally sustainable turf management. 

The ASTMA works to improve the knowledge, welfare and professional standards of its members and other industry professionals as well as the production of quality of facilities for sport and recreation in Australia, and strives to ensure that these constant improvements in professional sports turf management standards are achieved in a safe, responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. 

For more information on the international campaign, or to find out how to get involved, contact the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association - Phone: 03 9548 8600 or