Welcome to the first edition of The Cut for 2017. The Board and staff of the AGCSA trust that all in the industry managed to steal time away with their family and enjoyed some of the festive season before returning to work. This week we take a look at the Bureau of Meteorology’s Annual Climate Statement for 2016 which was Australia’s fourth warmest year on record and the warmest globally. Enjoy the read…
...the following AGCSA and state association member superintendents who will be hosting major events in the New Year.
Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Vic (superintendent Richard Forsyth, pictured top): Royal Melbourne Senior Classic, 16-18 Jan.
The Sandhurst Club, Vic (superintendent Cory Budden, pictured second from top): Final Stage Qualifying School presented by Cobra Puma Golf, 17-20 Jan.
Yarra Yarra Golf Club, Vic (superintendent Rod Tatt, pictured second from bottom) and Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club (superintendent Glenn Stuart, pictured): The Australian Amateur Championships, 17-22 Jan.
Keysborough Golf Club, Vic (superintendent Chris Allen): Dingley Village Bendigo Bank, 19 Jan.
The Bureau of Meteorology released its Annual Climate Statement for 2016 last week. Globally it was the warmest year on record while in Australia it was the fourth-warmest year since records began in 1910 with the area-averaged mean temperature 0.87°C above the 1961–1990 average.
Maximum temperatures were 0.70°C above average, and minimum temperatures were 1.03 °C above average. Minimum temperatures were the second-warmest on record behind +1.16 °C in 1998. The 11-year mean temperature for 2006–2016 was the second-highest on record at 0.56°C above average. Only one year in the past 10 was cooler than average (2011), and seven of Australia's 10 warmest years have occurred since 2005.
Rainfall was above average for most of Australia, but below average for areas of the northern coasts between the Gascoyne in Western Australia and Townsville in Queensland, and pockets of coastal southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. Nationally-averaged rainfall was 17% above average for the year, at 544.99mm (1961–1990 average 465.2 mm). Click here to read the Annual Climate Statement for 2016 or view the summary video below. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/annual/aus/
The Bureau also released a Special Climate Statement earlier this week regarding the humidity, heavy rain and heat that hit central and southern Australia in the last week of 2016. In addition to record rainfall totals in parts of the country, well above average temperatures, particularly overnight temperatures, prevailed in southern South Australia, most of Victoria and Tasmania, and southern New South Wales. Exceptionally high humidity was also prevalent, with some areas in South Australia and Victoria experiencing levels that would be considered high even in tropical locations. Click here to read the Special Climate Statement.
The MCG will again be in the spotlight this coming weekend as it hosts the second of five One Day Internationals between Australia and Pakistan. It has already been a busy summer for wicket curator Dave Sandurski, arenas manager Tony Gordon and the crew who have prepared the hallowed turf for Sheffield Shield matches, the Boxing Day Test as well as a full complement of KFC T20 Big Bash games.
The Boxing Day Test proved to be one of the most dramatic Sandurski has witnessed during his time at the MCG. With rain causing widespread delays across the first four days, Australia pulled off a remarkable innings and 18 run win over Pakistan after a dramatic final day’s play. The Big Bash has also continued to grow in stature and while not quite reaching the heights of last year’s corresponding fixture, the New Year’s Day Melbourne derby between the Stars and Renegades attracted in excess of 70,000 spectators.
Melbourne radio station SEN interviewed Sandurski on its ‘SportsSENtral’ programme yesterday afternoon to get an insight into preparing the MCG’s 10 drop-in wickets. During the interview Sandurski talks about the Boxing Day Test, the Big Bash, wicket preparations and drop-in wickets – well worth the listen. Click here to go to the audio section on the SEN website and scroll down to David Sandurski on SportsSENtral (12/1/2017