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‘Thank A Greenkeeper Day’ returns

‘Thank A Greenkeeper Day’ returns: The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) is joining other organisations across golf to offer a message of thanks to greenkeepers and sports turf professionals on Tuesday 14 September 2021.

For the second year running, BIGGA is working alongside other global greenkeeping and superintendent groups to recognise those who help golf courses enjoyable and sustainable. Thank A Greenkeeper Day will take place on 14 September and will encourage those who love golf to take a moment or two to thank their golf course’s greenkeeping team.

‘Thank A Greenkeeper Day’ returns

‘Thank A Greenkeeper Day’ returns

In 2020, the hashtag #ThankAGreenkeeper trended within the top 10 of UK topics on social media throughout the day as celebrities, professional golfers and countless others offered messages of thanks to their greenkeepers and groundsmen. Some clubs even laid on hot breakfasts or meals for their teams!

In addition to BIGGA, other groups taking part in the global event include the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA), the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA). All together the groups represent more than 31,000 golf course management professionals in 78 countries around the world.

The celebration will include a commercial that will appear on the Golf Channel and other media outlets and social media messages touting the many ways that greenkeepers benefit the game and their communities’ golfers. Golf fans are invited to join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #ThankAGreenkeeper or #ThankASuper, depending on the country’s nomenclature.

In addition, golf courses and other groups are encouraged to provide special recognition for their course manager and greenkeeping staff on 14 September.

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Associates complete 72 holes in one day

Associates complete 72 holes in one day: In November, three teams of Troon associates and two member teams completed every single hole of golf in the Troon Abu Dhabi portfolio in one day to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer & Men’s Health. To date, the team have raised AED 10,947 for the chosen charity, Friends of Cancer Patients & Shanab.

The Friends of Cancer Patients charity (FOCP) is a non-profit organization supporting cancer patients since 1999. The FOCP was founded under the directives and patronage of Her Highness Sheika Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi and is highly committed to helping cancer patients and their families get through the long and arduous journey of cancer treatment irrespective of their nationality, gender, age, religion or ethnicity.

Associates complete 72 holes in one day

Associates complete 72 holes in one day

The fifteen golfers completed rounds at the three Abu Dhabi championship venues; Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Yas Links Abu Dhabi. For the final round they played the 9-hole ‘Garden Course’ and took advantage of the floodlights at the at Abu Dhabi Golf Club to finish under darkness.

The Troon associate challengers comprised of Francisco de Lancastre David, Cluster General Manager; Clinton Southorn, Complex Director of Agronomy; Matthew Waters, Group Director of Golf; Danny Jakubowski, Group Director of Instruction; Daniel Wright, Cluster Senior Sales & Marketing Manager; James Durkin, Group Retail Manager; Barry Barnard, ADGC Tournament Coordinator; Daniel Richards, SBGC Tournament Coordinator; and Bradley Hudson, YLAD Golf Shop Associate.

Francisco de Lancastre David commented: “We’re all exceptionally grateful to take part in this charity initiative for the first time at Troon Abu Dhabi. It was a long day but I’m proud of the team supporting each other and raising vital funds for the Friends of Cancer Patients charity. Cancer is certainly something that unfortunately will have affected us all in some capacity so it means a lot to support an incredible charity like FOCP who have committed to going above and beyond to help cancer patients and their support systems.”

To support the team and donate to Friends of Cancer Patients, please click here.

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EGO battery powers gardeners through the day

EGO battery powers gardeners through the day: Representing a big step forward in gardening technology, EGO’s new 10Ah (560wh) battery (BA5600T) means gardeners can power their equipment for longer, without the need for extra batteries or urgent recharging. It even includes a power level gauge to help with planning the day’s activities. 

Featuring EGO’s pioneering 56V Arc lithium-ion technology, the new 10Ah battery is the latest and most powerful addition to a range that already includes 2.5, 5.0 and 7.5AH batteries. Offering superior run time, the new battery means that gardeners can go about their work knowing they’ll be able to power through the entire day. 

EGO battery powers gardeners through the day

EGO battery powers gardeners through the day

Weighing in at 3.4kg it can be used with EGO’s backpack harness for extra comfort – ideal for larger gardens or extra chores. And with no power cables to trip on or petrol to handle, it’s a safe and clean option for environmentally conscious gardeners. 

With a standard charge time of just over three hours, or 70 minutes on rapid charge, the new 10Ah battery puts optimum power and performance into the hands of gardeners and professional users. 

The EGO 10Ah battery removes the frustrations caused by running out of power before finishing the job. To help people plan more efficiently, EGO is also introducing a new power indicator gauge into all new EGO batteries. 

This new battery is compatible with all EGO power tools including the new 42cm mower as well as trimmers, blowers and chainsaws, so gardeners can tackle multiple jobs on one single charge. 

Representing the industry’s most reliable and advanced technology, the new 10Ah battery retails at £399.00. 

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Young greenkeepers day a success

Young greenkeepers day a success: The greenkeeping industry is in good hands if the first Young Greenkeepers Education Day is anything to go by.

The event earlier this year was supported by Toro and Reesink Turfcare, who were also two of the sponsors, and organised by Ryan Neale, greenkeeper at Blackwell Golf Club in his role on the BIGGA Young Greenkeeper Committee, Alex Brougham from Trentham Park Golf Club and Danny Patten from Huyton and Prescot Golf Club. It was designed to inspire and educate young greenkeepers through a series of interactive sessions, machinery, irrigation and tractor demonstrations and career development advice.

Young greenkeepers day a success

Young greenkeepers day a success

Rochelle Bedford, marketing manager at Reesink Turfcare, the sole distributor in the UK for Toro’s golf and sports fields equipment and irrigation, and TYM products, says: “The initiative of these three young greenkeepers to have come up with the idea for this and to implement it, is really inspiring and it’s a great match for our company ethos to promote and support the future of the industry.”

Ryan says: “The idea developed over a pint of Guinness after a day volunteering at last year’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush. I was with Alex and Danny talking about how great it would be if there was an exclusive event focussed entirely on content specifically for young greenkeepers. We wanted to encourage networking, improving confidence and sharing experiences to help with their own careers.”

The event, held at Blackwell Golf Club in Bromsgrove where Ryan works, was designed for greenkeepers aged between 16 and 30. Volunteering advice and personal development was provided by Ryan, a career development presentation by Alex and an inspirational chat on the 10 minutes that changed his career was led by Danny in relation to his successful application to the 2018 Young Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award. Machinery demonstrations and an irrigation display were conducted by representatives for Toro machinery, Toro irrigation and TYM tractors from Reesink Turfcare.

Ryan continues: “We all also agreed that not many of us get the chance to have a go on the latest equipment and how great it would be to give attendees the chance to see and operate the latest kit. Jon Lewis from Reesink Turfcare put a list together of the latest Toro and TYM machines available to demonstrate and the machinery station consisted of the Toro Outcross with ProCore 1298 aerator, two pedestrian mowers including the new Toro Greensmaster 1021, a Toro Greensmaster eTriFlex series ride-on mower, and two TYM tractors with various attachments. There was an irrigation display and presentation on different heads, set up and maintenance.”

Reesink’s Pete Newton, who was there on behalf of Toro irrigation, says: “The day had a bit of everything in it and worked really well. We broke down the concept of irrigation, explaining how to set valves, open sprinklers, set their arcs and manage basic irrigation problem solving, while also demonstrating some of Toro’s irrigation products.” While Scott Turner representing TYM tractors says: “It was great to meet the faces of greenkeeping for tomorrow, it represents a promising future for the industry, and we were delighted to be involved.”

Rochelle continues: “We had a range of Toro machinery and TYM tractors there for attendees to try. Giving these young greenkeepers the chance to experience these machines gives a feel for what’s possible with the right equipment and sets a benchmark for quality.”

Ryan concludes: “We are very pleased with how the day went and look forward to planning, and helping others plan, similar events in the future. We were really lucky to have not just such influential players in the industry such as Reesink and Toro, ICL and Syngenta support and sponsor us, but to have such a good turnout of young greenkeepers keen to learn and network. The combination made for an incredibly successful day.”

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Scottish turfgrass demo day a success

Scottish turfgrass demo day a success: More than 100 greenkeepers, groundsmen and grounds maintenance contractors from across Scotland attended an amenity demonstration day at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club on 11th March, with those who braved the day’s stormy weather able to see some of the latest golf and sports pitch specific machinery and turf renovation equipment in action.

Featuring a range of machinery demonstrations from a wide selection of industry-leading suppliers, the maiden ‘Scottish Amenity Demonstration Day’ was jointly organised by Germinal GB, Allgrass Turfcare and Campey Turf Care Systems. The event was also sponsored by Cub Cadet, Seddon, Fairways GM, Fleet Line Markers and Steadfast Site Supplies and was kindly hosted by Falkirk Tryst Golf Club.

Scottish turfgrass demo day a success

Scottish turfgrass demo day a success

“Despite the weather’s best efforts to disrupt proceedings, the inaugural Scottish Amenity Demonstration Day was a great success,” explains Alan Thomson, Technical Sales Representative for Germinal in Scotland. “As a group of like-minded suppliers, we recognised that there are no amenity specific events in Scotland where greenkeepers, groundsmen and turf care professionals can talk to multiple manufacturers and suppliers in a single location.

“We therefore worked together to organise the free-to-attend event to give visitors the chance to talk freely with a range of manufacturers about the latest golf and sports-specific grass seed mixtures and to see a selection of cutting-edge turf maintenance machinery – including the latest electrical and emissions-free equipment – in action.”

John Rushforth of Allgrass Turfcare extended a special thank you to Falkirk Tryst Golf Club for hosting the event: “Head greenkeeper, Gary McCandless and his team worked miracles to ensure that, despite heavily waterlogged ground conditions and torrential rain in the days prior to the event, the majority of demonstrations were still able to go ahead.

“Unfortunately, the wet conditions did prevent some machines from operating, but the sheer number of attendees proved there’s a clear appetite for this type of event in Scotland and we are already discussing the potential for future events.”

“Feedback from the event has been extremely positive,” added Richard Heywood of Campey Turf Care. “It was genuinely very gratifying to see so many faces from within the Scottish amenity sector coming together to learn about new developments within the industry and to try out the latest amenity-specific kit. This type of event is as much about networking on a semi-social basis as it is about promoting the latest machinery, and we look forward to organising similar open days in the future.”

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Greenworks UK Earth Day event

Greenworks UK Earth Day event: Greenworks, the world’s leading garden cordless products brand, plus Cramer, with its professional cordless range, will both be showcasing their latest products and green credentials at the very first UK Earth Day event on 7th April at the Castle Bromwich Hall hotel, Birmingham.

As a sponsor of Earth Day, which is celebrated worldwide on the 22nd April, Greenworks will be launching the innovative new 48V lawnmower plus highlighting its whole range of battery-powered garden products. All are designed to be kind to the environment and easy to use.

Greenworks at UK Earth Day event

Greenworks at UK Earth Day event

Cramer will be demonstrating its 82V range designed for the most demanding users. Developed for the toughest jobs, this range offers optimal power and excellent ergonomics. Cramer’s 82V products are designed to provide professional power with no direct emissions of carbon dioxide.

Cramer’s battery-operated tools use brushless motors which require no maintenance and are lightweight. The 82V equipment delivers significant power and this optimal voltage means the battery cells do not always need to be fully powered, increasing their life expectancy. With Cramer you get full power, with green energy.

To register your attendance please contact: marketing@handydistribution.co.uk. You can also visit www.greenworkstools.eu or www.cramertools.com for more information on the range of battery products.

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Carrick Sports acquires Phil Day Sports

Carrick Sports acquires Phil Day Sports: STRI Group’s construction division, Carrick Sports, has expanded its UK operation by acquiring leading sports turf contractor Phil Day Sports Ltd (PDS).

Due to high demand for Carrick Sports services, the Glasgow-based business has strengthened its UK footprint by taking on Phil Day Sports’ employees, machinery, offices and existing client contracts. It will operate solely under the Carrick Sports Construction brand from January 20th 2020, working within STRI Group’s Plan-Design-Build-Operate model.

Carrick Sports acquires Phil Day Sports

The acquisition will allow Carrick Sports to operate from two regional offices in Glasgow and now Worcester, significantly expanding its reach and capabilities across the UK and overseas. Carrick Sports will continue to offer a first class, cutting-edge construction service to create playing surfaces and sports & amenity facilities of the highest standard.

Carrick Sports’ managing director, Stewart Aird, said: “We are really pleased to be welcoming the PDS team to the Carrick Sports and STRI Group. These are exciting times for Carrick Sports. We are growing our global footprint and bringing more world class services and talented people to the sports industry.”

Phil Day Sports operated for over 20 years as a sports turf contractor and specialist in the sports amenity sector. Working alongside a wide range of customers, including Premier League football clubs, county cricket teams, top class rugby and golf clubs and leading independent schools. Existing PDS clients can be assured a smooth transition to Carrick Sports, with all assets, and staff, being retained.

PDS business development manager, Toby Grace, said: “I see the acquisition as a fantastic opportunity to grow the Carrick Sports brand across the UK and beyond. We’ve secured staff jobs and plan on creating more in the future, so I’m delighted that Phil Day’s staff will become part of Carrick’s ongoing expansion strategy.”

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AMIA and Exeter City to host demo day

AMIA and Exeter City to host demo day: Agri Market Insight & Access based in Devon, are the exclusive distributors for the UK and Ireland of Selvatici Amenity Machinery.

The range of machinery offered by Italian Manufacturer Selvatici includes the Aeroking Vertical Drainage Aerators and the Sandqueen Sand Dispensers. On the 31st October 2019 AMIA, in partnership with Exeter City Football Club, are holding a Demonstration Day for the Selvatici Aeroking Aerators on the pitch at St. James Park Stadium

AMIA and Exeter City to host demo day

Exeter City FC’s Head Groundsman Clive Pring says “We have worked with AMIA for the last couple of seasons and used the machinery they have kindly leant to us as part of our partnership. It is always good to support those who support us, and we are delighted that Alan and the AMIA team can showcase their latest product with us at St. James Park”

Selvatici have been manufacturing in Italy for over 100 years near Bologna.  They have been manufacturing Professional Vertical Drainage Aerators for several decades which are now re-entering the UK and Irish markets after originally selling a number of units during the 90s and early 2000s.  Since then there have been a lot of innovations and improvements to the machines such as a new and more robust gearbox, completely renewed bodywork and a double lever for the front roller which ensures an easier lift.

The AMIA Selvatici Product Specialist Beth Williams-Nichols says “Selvatici’s range of Aeroking Vertical Drainage Aerators can be seen working at the majority of SERIE A Football Clubs in Italy due to their excellent performance and reliability’.

Selvatici manufacture 9 different models of the Aeroking Vertical Drainage Aerator ranging in sizes from a working width of 1.2m up to 2.5m with a good variety of additional extras such as self-levelling conveyors for cores when having used a hollow tine option.

Giulia Dal Fiume from Selvatici says “We are delighted to be re-entering the UK and Irish Markets as we believe our machines are a great option for groundcare professionals”

The Selvatici Aeroking 300.50 which will be demonstrated on the day features;

  • A lever-shift 3 speed gearbox
  • Front roller with water ballast for depth adjustment
  • Patented toolpath guiding system that limits the thrust on the edges of the holes
  • A working width of 1.2m
  • 2 different tine options (golf green and golf fairways)
  • Weight 510kg (approx)

As well as the Aeroking Aerators, Selvatici manufacture the professional trailed and self-propelled Sandqueen Sandspreader range. The Sandqueen Spreaders come in 4 different sizes and come with a number of attractive features and benefits.  Selvatici also manufacture Hydraulically and PTO driven Post Hole Augers.

AMIA are also the exclusive UK and Ireland distributors of the GL&D range of professional woodchippers.  The range includes Trailed Woodchippers which feature a unique Turntable design to allow for easy use without having to get into difficult positions.  There are also 3pt linkage models to suit all requirements as well as a range of Self Propelled Woodchippers which feature 2 engines with the first engine being to drive the machine and the second one to power the actual Woodchipper.

For more information about the Selvatici range and AMIA go to www.agrimarketia.com email beth@agrimarketia.com or call 01363 82928

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STRI Group Announce Open Day

STRI Group Announce Open Day: STRI Group has announced that its annual research open days will take place on 25 and 26 September 2019.

The event, which takes place at STRI’s UK research and development facility in Bingley, West Yorkshire, offers an opportunity for sport facility managers, owners, groundstaff and greenkeepers to learn about and discuss the development of the latest products and technology for the sportsturf industry.

STRI Group Announce Open Day

Dr Christian Spring, research operations manager, said: “STRI Research Days are an excellent way to gain insight into the latest developments and thinking on tackling current and future turf management issues.

“STRI Research Days offer turf managers a unique opportunity to network with, not only fellow turf managers, but to view and discuss the latest developments in turf maintenance with turfgrass scientists and industry professionals. This is reflected in feedback from previous events, where those attending have valued learning about what is new and upcoming in our industry and to have an opportunity to discuss these ideas.”

Delegates will be taken on a tour around a range of live research stations by an STRI staff member. At each station, there will be a joint presentation on the research being undertaken delivered by a member of STRI’s research team and representatives from the sponsor company. There will be time at the end of each presentation for delegates to ask questions.

STRI Research 2019 attendees can look forward to a freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and refreshments at no additional cost, as well catching up with fellow sport industry professionals. A limited number of discounted rooms are available and will be provided on a first come, first-serve basis.

Places are filling up quickly so if you would like to book a place for 2019 please email enquiries@strigroup.com, call +44 (0) 1274 565131 or tweet @striturf and indicate which day you would like to attend.

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Engcon Host Big Dig Day

Engcon Host Big Dig Day: Engcon, the world’s leading supplier of tiltrotators, welcomed excavator operators from across the UK to its first Big Dig Day of 2019.

The event, which took place at Northamptonshire’s Wicksteed Park on the 26th and 27th of April and attracted nearly 100 visitors and their families, gave owner operators the chance to get hands-on experience with Engcon’s market-leading range of tiltrotators and hydraulic attachments.

Engcon Host Big Dig Day

The full-suite of Engcon’s products were available to test throughout the day, fitted to some of the world’s leading excavator brands, ranging in size from under 2 to over 20 tonnes. What’s more, Engcon’s team of technical experts were on hand across both days to answer any questions attendees may have had regarding the innovative product range.

One such attendee was Tom Law, operating contracts manager for Lynch Plant Hire. Speaking of the weekend, he said: “It was great to be able to attend this year’s Big Dig Day. Being able to use a machine and get a feel for the tiltrotators was really useful in seeing how versatile the products are.”

Robert Hunt, Engcon UK’s managing director, added: “It was fantastic to welcome so many excavator owners and operators, and their families, to Wicksteed Park over the weekend. While the British tiltrotator market may still be in its relative infancy, it’s clear there is a real appetite from across the UK sector to learn more about this innovative way of digging.

“We know from our experience that you need to drive a tiltrotator to fully understand the versatility and efficiency they bring to everyday digging. Watching one at a show or on YouTube is no substitute for sitting in the seat for half an hour and trying it for yourself. Being able to do this in an unpressurised environment where there is plenty of expertise on hand to answer questions – whether it’s Engcon sales or technical staff or one of our many users who were present with their machines is invaluable.”

Engcon’s full product range including tilties for diggers from 1 to 33 tonnes, hitches, hydraulic connectivity in the form of the company’s retrofittable EC-Oil system and a massive range of buckets, attachments and hydraulic tools will be on show at the forthcoming Plantworx exhibition in mid-June. There will be a significant number of new products and services on offer, with new cassette-mounted tools and show-stopping installations on active display throughout the show.

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