The Cut - 23 June 2017

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The cut - 23 june 2017 richardson

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Prof. Richardson impressed by Melbourne venues
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Prof. Mike Richardson (right) with Royal
Melbourne's Richard Forsyth

33rd Australian Turfgrass Conference keynote speaker Professor Mike Richardson arrived in Melbourne earlier this week and on Thursday visited a number of the city’s premier turf facilities. Accompanied by wife Lisa who has also made the journey Down Under from their home US state of Arkansas, Richardson stopped by Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

An avid tennis player, Richardson first visited Kooyong where assistant grounds manager Chris Wragg discussed maintenance operations with their impressive Legend couchgrass courts. That was followed by a visit to the MCG where Michael Salvatore provided a fantastic insight into the management of the country’s premier sporting arena. Richardson, who hails from the University of Arkansas, is currently undertaking research into the light requirements of turf and shade management and was particularly interested in the stadium’s use of SGL growth lights. The day ended with a bucket list visit to Royal Melbourne where course superintendent Richard Forsyth showed him through the impressive new $5 million maintenance facility and then around the East and West courses.

Richardson will be a prominent figure at next week’s Australian Turfgrass Conference. On Monday he will team up with leading Australian agronomist John Neylan and Avondale Golf Club superintendent David Warwick to present one of the Jacobsen-sponsored workshops titled ‘Understanding the effects of shade in high maintenance turfgrass systems’. During Tuesday’s Plenary session Richardson will join fellow international keynote Lee Strutt (Royal Automobile Club, UK) on the panel for the Turfgrass Talkback forum and later on in the week will also present on foliar fertilising of high maintenance golf courses and sportsfields.

The AGCSA wishes to sincerely thank Chris, Michael and Richard for taking the time to show Mike and Lisa around on Thursday.

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The Cut - 23 June 2017 Conference

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All in readiness for a great week at Twin Waters
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The AGCSA Board and staff look forward to welcoming all delegates to the 33rd Australian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition to be held at Novotel Twin Waters Resort starting Monday. A fantastic week is set to unfold, which for some will kick off with the 2017 Toro AGCSA Golf Championships to be held at Pelican Waters Golf Club (host superintendent Troy Muir) on Sunday. The education component begins on Monday with the two Jacobsen-sponsored workshops, before Tuesday's Plenary session kicks off the conference proper on Tuesday..

The conference registration desk will be located in the main entrance foyer of the resort and the AGCSA asks that all delegates report to the desk upon arrival to pick up their satchel and name tag for the week. The registration desk will be open at the following times (please note that on the Wednesday and Thursday the registration desk moves to outside the trade exhibition);

  • Sunday: 2pm - 4pm
  • Monday: 9am - 4pm
  • Tuesday: 8am - 4pm
  • Wednesday: 8am - 3pm
  • Thursday: 8am - 2.30pm

Here is a rundown of the major conference events/sessions/functions that will be conducted throughout the week. For the full programme, the AGCSA encourages all delegates to download the dedicated conference app through iTune and Google Play stores (search for AGCSA 2017).

2017 Toro AGCSA Golf Championships

Sunday 25 June, 12 noon shotgun start
Pelican Waters Golf Club, Caloundra
Buses depart Novotel Twin Waters Resort (NTWR) at 10.15am

Whose name will be etched on the AGCSA Golf Championship trophy after Sunday?

AGCSA Jacobsen Monday Workshops

Monday 26 June, 10am-3pm
Mudjimba Rooms, NTWR

Syngenta President’s Dinner

Monday 26 June, 6.30pm pre-dinner drinks for a 7pm start
Mudjimba Ballroom, NTWR
Dress code business formal (jacket optional)

2017 Australian Turfgrass Conference Trade Exhibition Opening

Tuesday 27 June, 4pm-5.30pm (fully registered delegates only)
Wandiny Room, NTWR

2017 AGCSA Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 28 June, 7.30am
Mudjimba Rooms, NTWR. Click here for all AGM related documents.

2017 Australian Turfgrass Conference Trade Exhibition

Wednesday 28 June (9am-5pm) and Thursday 29 June (9am-2pm)
Wandiny Room, NTWR. Free entry.
If you are attending the trade show only you will need to fill out a registration form to gain entry.

Toro Reception

Wednesday 28 June, 5pm
Aqua Bar, NTWR

Simplot Partners Farewell Bash

Thursday 29 June, 6pm-8pm
Lily’s on the Lagoon, NTWR

See you at Twin Waters!

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The Cut - 23 June 2017 Open

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The Australian seeking 2017 Aust Open volunteers
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The 2017 Emirates Australian Open returns to The Australian Golf Club in Sydney from 23-26 November and as with past tournaments the club is seeking greenkeeping volunteers for the week. Course superintendent and AGCSA member Phil Beal has already put the call out but is seeking a further 10 to take the number of volunteers up to around 30.

All volunteers must be available from 7am Saturday 18 November until midday Sunday 26 November. During the week of the Open, greenkeeper volunteers will receive the following benefits:

  • Australian Open tournament uniform
  • All meals while on site
  • Discounted accommodation, close to the course

If you are interested in taking up this fantastic opportunity, click here to fill in the application form on The Australian Golf Club website.

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The Cut - 23 June 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...

  • Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club, NSW (superintendent Justin Doyle): Acushnet Open Match, 26 Jun.
  • Bargara Golf Club, Qld (superintendent Kevin Bunyan): Queensland Boys' & Girls' Amateur Championships, 27-30 Jun.
  • West Lakes Golf Club, SA (superintendent Stu Gillespie, pictured above): PGA Professionals Championship of South Australia, 29 Jun.

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 - 23 June 2017 Graduates

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Big weekend ahead for AGCSA/STA Graduate finalists
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Tomorrow will see the judging of the 2017 AGCSA and STA Australia Graduate of the Year Awards, both presented in partnership with Toro Australia, ahead of next week’s Australian Turfgrass Conference. The graduates will converge on Brisbane for the day where they will be asked to give a presentation to an independent judging panel before being asked a series of questions. The winners of each award will be announced during the awards presentation ceremony held during the Syngenta President’s Dinner on Monday. The AGCSA and STA extend their congratulations and best wishes to the following state finalists:

STA Australia Graduate of the Year Award (finalists pictured below from left)

  • Michael Cody (Bomaderry Bowling Club, ACT)
  • Liam Tormey (Proturf Australia, NSW)
  • Bridget Patterson (SA Cricket Association)
  • James Di Saia (Cricket Tasmania)
  • Joseph Bolton (Wodonga & District Turf Club, Vic)
  • Jason Kirkwood (West Coast Turf, WA)

AGCSA Graduate of the Year Award (finalists pictured below from left)

  • Lachlan Weston (Howeston Golf Club, Qld)
  • Daniel Breadmore (Mosman Park Golf Club, WA)
  • Jake Needs (Bermagui Country Club, NSW)
  • Matt King (Flagstaff Hill Golf & Country Club, SA)
  • Brad Palmer (Llanherne Golf Club, Tas)
  • Joel Manson (Anglesea GC, Vic)

The Cut - 23 July 2017 Intro

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Welcome to this edition of The Cut, the AGCSA’s e-newsletter. We are now just a few sleeps away from the start of the 33rd Australian Turfgrass Conference! This week we relay a few last minute conference reminders and look at keynote presenter Professor Mike Richardson’s visit to a number of Melbourne’s premier turf facilities this week. Enjoy the read and see you at Twin Waters…

Please note that the AGCSA office will be closed for the duration of the Australian Turfgrass Conference and will reopen again at 8am Monday 3 July. Please refrain from sending samples to AGCSATech during this time. If you require AGCSATech services during this time please contact Bruce Macphee on 0409 183 710, however, he will be out of the office until Friday 7 July. Also, there will be no edition of The Cut next week. The next edition will be 7 July.

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