Welcome to this edition of The Cut, the AGCSA’s e-newsletter. This week we look back on the SAGCSA meeting held at The Grange Golf Club and more player announcements for this November’s World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath. Enjoy the read…
The South Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (SAGCSA) held one of its biggest gatherings of the year at The Grange Golf Club on Tuesday. Around 106 members and industry representatives gathered for the education day at the 2016 Australian Women’s Open host venue to hear from a variety of presenters and view machinery demonstrations.
Among the presenters were Jyri Kaapro (Bayer), recently appointed Living Turf technical and marketing director Henk Smith, Paul Spencer (GTS), Daniel Burdette (3Tier), Brett Morris (Globe), Jim Brennan (Applied Agronomics), Teferi Belayneh (Omnia) and Dan Docherty (Syngenta). Machinery demonstrations came courtesy of Toro, Jacobsen/Turf Equipment SA, John Deere/Metropolitan Machinery, Ventrac and Graden.
“We haven’t held a day like this for a couple of years and overall it was a very successful event with a lot of interesting and informative presentations,” says SAGCSA treasurer and host superintendent Richard James. “The SAGCSA thanks all their sponsors for presenting on the day and all the clubs for allowing their staff the time to attend.”
... the following AGCSA and state superintendent association members who are holding major events in the coming week:
City Golf Club, Toowoomba, Qld (superintendent John Halter, pictured top): CMBM Facility Services City Legends Pro-Am, 29 Aug.
Southport Golf Club, Qld (superintendent Stuart Moore, pictured second from top): Southport Pro-Am, 29 Aug.
Riverlakes Golf and Country Club, Qld (superintendent Jason Lavender): Riverlakes Pro-Am, 31 Aug.
The Grange Golf Club, SA (superintendent Richard James, pictured second from bottom) and Kooyonga Golf Club, SA (superintendent Steven Newell, pictured bottom): The Grange & Kooyonga Senior Open Amateur, 1-2 Sep.
Tournament officials this week announced that six-time international tournament champion and recent US Olympian Rickie Fowler has replaced Bubba Watson as the top player to represent the United States at the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club (host superintendent Hayden Mead) on 23-27 November.
Fowler quickly chose six-time PGA Tour champion Jimmy Walker, who won his first career major championship at the US PGA Championship this year, to be his partner in the two-man team competition.Watson had expressed his desire to play on the U.S. Team for some time and while he was excited to represent his country and play in Australia, he ultimately changed his mind due to scheduling and personal reasons. Fowler and Walker will both be playing in the World Cup of Golf for the first time.
“Coming off the amazing experience that I had at the Olympics, it’s great to have the chance to put on the red, white and blue again and play for the United States in the World Cup of Golf,” Fowler said. “Jimmy is not only one of my favourite guys out here on tour, but he is clearly one of the most talented players as well. I think we’ll make a fantastic team and our strengths will work well together. I’ve heard great things about Kingston Heath and can’t wait to get to Australia.”
The top players from the 28 qualifying countries committed to the event on August 16 and have until today (26 August) to officially choose their playing partners. Already, the field for the World Cup of Golf in 2016 has a number of golf’s biggest names joining Fowler and Walker including defending champions Jason Day and Adam Scott, England’s Danny Willett and Lee Westwood and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.