The Cut - 24 February 2017 PGA

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AGCSA, PGA roving seminars – Save the date!

The AGCSA is excited to announce that in the coming weeks it will be teaming up with the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Australia to conduct a series of one-day seminars around the country. These seminars will focus on mental health and well-being in the workplace and effective modern leadership and be presented by PGA HR advisor Vicki Crowe. Click here for a rundown on the seminar content.

The collaboration between the PGA and the AGCSA in the area of continuing education is seen as a major step forward in the relationship between the two respective membership associations and is an extension of the collaborative effort in the area of employment relations services. Each of the seminars forms an official component of the PGA’s Accreditation and Continuing Education (ACE) Program for their members.

Final venues, fees and registration details will be available next week in both The Cut and on the AGCSA website, but for now the AGCSA encourages members to save the following dates:

  • 21 March: Hobart, Tas
  • 23 March: Canberra, ACT
  • 28 March: Perth, WA
  • 6 April: Sydney Metro, NSW
  • 7 April: Newcastle, NSW
  • 11 April: Sanctuary Cove, Qld
  • 19 April: Adelaide, SA
  • 20 April: Regional Victoria
  • 27 April: Sandhurst, Vic

The Cut - 24 February 2017 Good luck

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Good luck to...

...the following AGCSA and state association member superintendents who are hosting major events in the coming week.

  • Kooringal Golf Club, Vic (superintendent Tay Wilson): Kooringal Pro-Am, 27 Feb.
  • Pymble Golf Club, NSW (superintendent Robert Neufeld): Pymble Legends Pro-Am, 1 Mar.
  • Killara Golf Club, NSW (superintendent Ryan Fury): David Mercer Seniors Classic, 2 Mar.
  • Tasmania Golf Club, Tas (superintendent Danny Gilligan, pictured top): Raine & Horne Tasmania Golf Club Pro-Am, 3 Mar.
  • Gisborne Golf Club, Vic (superintendent Andrew Wright, pictured bottom): 2017 AAMI Gisborne Golf Club, 3 Mar.

If you have a major event coming up at your club and would like it mentioned in The Cut, or have recently held a major tournament, then please email details and photos to AGCSA editor Brett Robinson.

The Cut - 24 February 2017 BOM

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BOM Special Climate Statements on extreme weather

The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday issued two Special Climate Statements regarding the exceptional heat experienced in southeast Australia in early 2017 and the heavy rains and flooding in Western Australia. Both statements reinforce the brutal conditions some superintendents and turf managers have had to endure in what has been one of the toughest and most unpredictable summers in recent memory.

Click here to download the Special Climate Statement 60 – Heavy rainfall and flooding in southwest Western Australia and Special Climate Statement 61 – Exceptional heat in southeast Australia in early 2017.

The BOM has also issued its monthly and seasonal Climate Outlooks for March to May 2017 this week. Key points in the outlooks include below-average rainfall likely over the southern two-thirds of Australia, with days and nights likely to be warmer than average across most of Australia. Click here to view the separate temperature and rainfall outlooks for this period or view the video below.

The Cut - 24 February 2017 ATM 19.1

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Australian Turfgrass Management Journal – Vol 19.1

The latest edition of Australian Turfgrass Management Journal – Volume 19.1 – is out now. Kingston Heath Golf Club, host of the 2016 ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf last November, graces the front cover and ATM editor Brett Robinson looks back on the event with course superintendent Hayden Mead. Elsewhere in this edition…

  • ATM reviews the successful hosting of the 2016 Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club (host superintendent Steve Marsden) and catches up with renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse about the club’s impending redevelopment.
  • HG Turf’s Erik Kinlon writes about the recent resurfacing of Westpac Stadium in Wellington, NZ
  • Melbourne turf manager Matthew Oliver looks back at his six month contract in charge of PNG’s National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
  • ATM looks at the importance of master planning to future-proof your facility.
  • The regional profile travels a few hours north of Melbourne to catch up with Shepparton Golf Club superintendent Bill Daunt and his crew.

ATM editor Brett Robinson is always on the lookout for interesting stories, profiles, news items and trade news to include in ATM. Contact him on 0434 144 779 or email If you are interested in advertising in an upcoming edition of Australian Turfgrass Management Journal, contact AGCSA CEO Craig Wood on (03) 9548 8600 or email Click here to view the online ATM archive.

The Cut - 24 February 2017 Intro


Welcome to this edition of The Cut, the AGCSA’s enewsletter. In this edition we put the call out to support Mudgee Golf Club superintendent Jason Seis who last week was diagnosed with lymphoma. We also check out the latest edition of Australian Turfgrass Management Journal and flag some roving seminars coming up which the AGCSA will be running in conjunction with the PGA of Australia. Enjoy the read…

The Cut - 24 February 2017 ATT

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Trade News: Bingham takes on Toro national role

AGCSA Platinum Partner Toro Australia has this week announced the promotion of Laurence Bingham (pictured) to the role of national director of sales and marketing. Toro Australia’s managing director, Richard Walne, says Bingham was the perfect candidate for the newly created position and will help drive a consistent approach across all sales and marketing functions.

“Laurence’s passion and personable approach have made him a successful leader and influencer at Toro Australia for the past 17 years,” says Walne. “As an employer, it’s rewarding to witness employees like Laurence embrace the opportunities presented to them and successfully advance their career through the company. He has played an integral role across the business as Consumer Equipment business manager, managing the Pope Garden Business and holding various managerial positions within our irrigation division.”

In his new role, Bingham will be responsible for overseeing all sales, service and marketing functions across Australia’s Toro and Pope brands. He is also a member of the executive management team in Australia.

The Cut - 24 February 2017 FTMI

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2017 AGCSA FTMI programme proving popular

As mentioned in recent editions of The Cut, the AGCSA, in conjunction with Gold Partner Jacobsen, is excited to again offer the Future Turf Managers' Initiative (FTMI) in 2017. Applications are now open for the FTMI Class of 2017 and to date we have received a great response which is very encouraging. Applications can be made through the AGCSA website (see below) and candidates have until Friday 31 March to get theirs in.

The 2017 FTIM will be held on 29-30 June 2017 during the 33rd Australian Turfgrass Conference at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast. The FTMI is open to course superintendents with a maximum staff of three (including superintendent), assistant superintendents and long-term groundstaff.

The AGCSA wishes to remind all potential applicants that as there are limited places available on the programme, your answers to the questions contained in the registration form are extremely important. There are a couple of pages of questions which are mandatory to answer, so providing as much detail as possible will ensure your application has a stronger chance of being selected. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Following the application cut off date, they will be reviewed by a panel from the AGCSA and Jacobsen, with the successful candidates notified by mid-April. Good luck! The registration form and more information on the FTMI are available though the AGCSA website here.

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