The Cut - 19 May 2017

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The Cut - 19 May 2017 Intro

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Welcome to this edition of The Cut, the AGCSA’s e-newsletter. We are now just a little over five weeks away from returning to Twin Waters for the 33rd Australian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition - if you haven't registered then do so now! This week we look at the 2017 Toro AGCSA Golf Championships and Simplot Partners Farewell Bash which bookend conference week. Enjoy the read…

The Cut - 19 May 2017 Bash

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Unwind at the Simplot Partners Farewell Bash
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While the AGCSA Golf Championships officially kick off the week on the Sunshine Coast, the Simplot Partners Farewell Bash will conclude the 33rd Australian Turfgrass Conference. It is the second year that AGCSA Bronze Partner Simplot Partners has teamed with the AGCSA to sponsor the night, which will be held at ‘Lily’s on the Lagoon’ from 6pm-8pm on Thursday 29 June.

The Farewell Bash provides a perfect environment for conference delegates and trade exhibition reps to unwind after a long week and revisit some of the highlights and plan ahead for the 2018 conference which will be held in New Zealand. The Farewell Bash is included in the cost of a full conference registration but additional tickets can be purchased for $88. Click here to register online or download a conference registration brochure.

The Cut - 19 May 2017 Pelican

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Pelican Waters set to host first AGCSA golf champs
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The 2017 Toro AGCSA Golf Championships will venture to Pelican Waters Golf Club ahead of this year’s 33rd Australian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition. Course superintendent Troy Muir and his crew are looking forward to welcoming their industry colleagues on Sunday 25 June, with the famed Toro Red Jacket going up for grabs from 12 noon.

Pelican Waters is situated just south of Caloundra and is a Greg Norman Golf Course Design layout that opened in the early 2000s. It currently ranks inside the top 60 in Australia and according to Australian Golf Digest’s 2017 course rankings list (which placed it at 58) “Pelican Waters boasts two of the best short par fours built in the modern era – the 2nd and the 13th are not only memorable but are worth the playing for the cost of the green fee alone”.

Moruya Golf Club superintendent Brent Hull (pictured) triumphed in the fading light at Barwon Heads Golf Club to claim the 2016 title and his second Toro Red Jacket. He will return to defend his title at Pelican Waters but will face some stiff competition from perennial contenders such as last year’s runner-up Brett Woodward (Armidale GC), 2015 champion Chris Burgess (Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort) and AGCSA president Brett Balloch (Anglesea GC). Single figure markers David Hobday (South West Rocks), Damien Murrell (Easts Leisure & Golf), Matt McLeod (Cobram Barooga GC) and Andrew Maggs (Maryborough GC) will also be in the mix.

More than 80 have registered for the golf to date but there are more spots available so make sure you register now to guarantee a slot (please note the golf is an optional extra and not included in the conference registration – cost is $130). For those who have registered, buses will depart Novotel Twin Waters Resort at 10.15am on Sunday 25 June (PLEASE NOTE THIS TIME DIFFERS FROM THAT PUBLISHED IN THE DELEGATE REGISTRATION BROCHURE). Toro’s Golf Presentation Dinner will follow at the conclusion of the golf with the buses due to return around 8pm. For those making their own way to the course, please ensure you are there no later than 11.30 to collect your Toro golf pack and be ready for the 12 noon shotgun start.

A full profile on Pelican Waters and Troy Muir will appear in the upcoming 33rd Australian Turfgrass Conference edition (Volume 19.3) of Australian Turfgrass Management Journal. Click here to register online or download a conference registration brochure.

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The Cut - 19 May 2017 Good luck

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

  • Kalgoorlie Golf Club, WA (superintendent Patrick Casey): TX Civil & Logistics WA PGA Championship, 18-21 May.
  • Kwinana Golf Club, WA (superintendent Peter Fleming, pictured): Kwinana Pro-Am, 23 May.
  • Mandurah Country Club, WA (superintendent Neil Graham, pictured), Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club (superintendent Greg Simmonds) and The Cut Golf Club (superintendent Nick Price, pictured): Steelscene 2017 Peel Pro-Am, 24-26 May.
  • North Ryde Golf Club, NSW (superintendent Ron Duffy): NSW/ACT Ladies & Legends Foursomes, 25 May.
  • Royal Hobart Golf Club, Tas (superintendent Steve Lewis, pictured): PGA Professionals Championship of Tasmania, 26 May.

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 - 19 May 2017 John Deere

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Trade news: John Deere team champs on now
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AGCSA Silver Partner John Deere is again conducting its popular Trans-Tasman Team Championships with regional qualifying rounds now underway. John Deere Golf dealers around Australia and New Zealand are conducting qualifying events from now until August with Vanderfield recently conducting the first at Middle Ridge Golf Club in Toowoomba.

It is the 15th anniversary of the popular teams event, with this year’s final set to be played at Gulf Harbour Golf Course in New Zealand on 11 and 12 October. The competition is open to teams from all golf clubs and nominations can be made at all John Deere Golf dealers. Teams are required to comprise of three players holding the position of either course superintendent or approved maintenance staff, club manager and a member of the club committee (e.g.: captain, greens chairperson). Upcoming qualifying rounds include:

  • 29 May: Cooroy Golf Club, Qld (Vanderfield Machinery)
  • 29 May: Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Vic (Glenmac Sales)
  • 7 August: Moss Vale Golf Club, NSW (Agriquip Machinery Co)
  • 14 August: Windsor Golf Club, NSW (Farm & Turf Equipment)
  • 18 August: Haupai Golf Club, NZ (AGrowQuip Machinery)
  • Perth, WA: (venue and date to be confirmed)

For more information and to nominate your team for the John Deere Trans-Tasman Team Championships, contact your John Deere Golf dealer.

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