Australasian Turfgrass Conference - Wellington - 25-29 June 2018
We are very pleased to advise that the dates for the combined conference in Wellington next year have been set at 25-29 June 2018 with the venue being the TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6. The two working parties are currently looking at the logistics of everything including speakers, timetables and costs. As more details are finalised the information will be updated accordingly.
We urge all our members to earmark this event for next year as it will be an opportunity for upskilling in education and knowledge, hear world class speakers speak on a range of topics both trade related and management, and to network with not only your New Zealand peers but also your Australian peers. All this here in New Zealand without the additional costs of having to fly to another country to do so.
The NZGCSA will be looking at ways to assist members in attending the conference and again once formulated members will be advised.
NZGCSA AGM - Presidents Report and End of Year Financial Accounts (2017)
The NZGCSA AGM will be held at the Southern Fine Turf Seminar on Monday 21 August at 2.45pm, all NZGCSA members are welcome to attend.
The Presidents Report and NZGCSA End of Year Financial Report are available prior to the AGM for any NZGCSA member to view.
On the link below is The President report by our NZGCSA President Steve Hodson.
To request a copy of the NZGCSA End of Year Financial accounts (2017) or last years (2016) AGM minutes please email Fiona at firstname.lastname@example.org for a pdf copy of these.
There will also be a few copies of each of these available at the AGM.
Southern Fine Turf Seminar - Dunedin 20 - 22 August 2017
Attached in the link below is the programme for the Southern Fine Turf Seminar.
The SFTS takes place in Dunedin 20 -22 August 2017 and has content for everyone with various topics, speakers, a golf tournament, dinner and field trip. Take a look and register to attend. A copy of the registration form is available on the 'Conference' page tab on the tool bar at the top of this page.
All Turf Managers and people in the industry are welcome to attend. More information is on our Conference page.
Get updates and information on the SFTS on FaceBook by following the FaceBook page 'Southern Fine Turf Seminar'
Announcement of 2017 FTMI Candidates
The process of applicants vying for this year’s FTMI selection has now been completed. As with previous years the calibre of applicants was extremely high resulting in a very close competition.
NZGCSA in conjunction with the Jacobsen are very pleased to announce the following persons who will travel to Australia next month for the FTMI training at Twin Waters;
George Flynn (Pukekohe Golf Club)
Alex Yates (Royal Wellington Golf Club)
Connor Scott (Titirangi Golf Club)
Kiel Stechman (Manawatu Golf Club)
Lance Morrin (Pakuranga Golf Club)
Congratulations to all those selected and we know the experience will help you all to grow as individuals and also as future leaders within the turf industry. The opportunity allows you to mix with your Australian counterparts and to forge relationships for the future.
My thanks also to the 2 NZGCSA board members and 1 Jacobsen International judges for their involvement with the judging process and also for the work that our Administration Officer Fiona put into collating all the information. And of course my extreme thanks to our sponsor Jacobsen who have allowed the dream to happen for the five above.
Fine Turf Seminar - Dunedin 2017
The Southern Turf Managers Association will be hosting a Fine Turf Seminar to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. This celebration is kicked off on Sunday the 20th August 2017 with a Golf Tournament at the Otago Golf Club, the oldest Golf Club in the Southern Hemisphere, followed by a Dinner in the evening.
Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd of August will be a 2 day Fine Turf Seminar at one of the few successful roofed Stadiums in the world - “Forsyth Barr Stadium”.
At this time there are 40 rooms booked at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross - to receive the discount rates for this event please use the code 7489762 when booking accommodation.
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, daytime phone number - 03 477 0752 or mobile 027 230 743
If you would like further information you can contact the Committee of the Southern Turf Managers Association below but we will update information regarding this event on the NZGCSA website as it becomes available.
John Humphries, mobile 027 555 0398.
NZGCSA Life Membership
The NZGCSA would like to announce that Peter Boyd has been presented Life Membership of the NZGCSA.
Peter has been recognised for his many years of contribution to the turf industry throughout his career, he has been involved for a number of years with the Auckland Golf Course Superintendents Association and the NZGCSA Executive.
Congratulations Peter on your achievement of NZGCSA Life Membership.
Primary ITO - Sports Turf Qualifications – Fee Increases
Please click on the below link to see announcement from the Primary ITO regarding fee changes to sports turf qualifications.
NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products
Congratulations to Andy Wood from Kauri Cliffs who is the NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award winner.
Runner up is John Spraggs from Royal Wellington Golf Club.
NZ Turf Conference and Expo 2016 - Dr. Fred Yelverton - Question and Answer Sessions
Dr Fred Yelverston is one of the main speakers at the NZ Turf Conference and Expo 27-28 June 2016 at SKYCITY.
Fred’s accomplishments are impressive and unfortunately we are we are only able to scratch the surface on his extensive knowledge base but with this in mind the NZGCSA has asked Fred to allow extra time at the end of his speaking sessions to be able to answer further questions from delegates related to any turf management topic.
These extra Q&A sessions times will be advertised closer to the conference dates but if you do have any particular questions or topics that you would like to be covered off by Fred during these extra sessions then please email those through to Martin on email@example.com.
NZ Turf Conference and Expo 2016 - One on one Coaching Sessions with David Bancroft-Turner
Great news for NZGCSA registered delegates for 2016 NZ Turf Conference - We have secured three 40 minute confidential one-on-one coaching sessions with David Bancroft-Turner during the conference where you can discuss work related challenges with a view of working out how they can be resolved.
Please see link below to find out how you can be one of these very fortunate delegates.
A few reminders for the 2016 NZ Turf Conference:
Early bird registration closes on May 6th - get in quick to secure the best pricing.
You can register for the Conference using the following link http://www.turfconferenceandexpo.co.nz
Sunday's Golf Tournament is at The Grange Golf Club (Now called Royal Auckland Golf Club - The Grange Course. These two facilities have now merged under one management umbrella). This is open to all delegates.
Wednesday's Field Day is at Windross Farm Golf Course (new Manukau Course in Ardmore).
Stay tuned for further upcoming Golf Delegate speaker promotions.
If you have any questions please contact Martin from the organising committee on mobile 021 616 918 or email
NZ Turf Conference and Expo 2016
The New Zealand Turf Conference and Expo will be held at the SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland on the 27th and 28th of June 2016. The Turf Conference invites you to register today to be part of this two day conference filled with many networking and educational opportunities within the sports turf and recreation industry.
There is a great line up of professional speaker from around the world gracing our shores in 2016, including Professor Fred Yelverton (U.S.A), David Bancroft-Turner, BA (Hons), MIPD, Dip TM (U.K) and Clint Mattox (U.S.A) along with a NZ lineup of Andy Wood (Kauri Cliffs), Mark Hooker (Royal Auckland Golf Club), Chris Gribben (NZSTI) and Murray Beare (Educhem).
The conference program is now available to view on the NZ Turf and Conference Expo website www.turfconferenceandexpo.co.nz
Early bird registration closes 6 May 2016.
For further information and to register for the conference on line (or download a form) visit www.turfconferenceandexpo.co.nz
Future Turf Managers Initiative
Applications are now open for the 2016 FTMI which will take place immediately prior to the NZ Turf Conference in Auckland. As a result of the success of the FTMI the criteria for selection has been widened and the number of places has been increased to 8 participants.
Applicants must be NZGCSA members to apply. Superintendent nominations are restricted to those with less than 5 years Superintendent level experience or those who manage a staff of fewer than 3.
One of the aims of the FTMI is to bring people together for professional development to help them go further in the industry and build a strong network of support amongst their peers.
Applications close Friday 8 April 2016. Please see the links below for the application guide for more information and also a application form.
2015 NZGCSA Graduate of the Year
Supported by Power Turf NZ
Winner - Scott Dunkerley from Karori Golf Club
Congratulations to Scott Dunkerley the winner of this year's NZGCSA Graduate of the Year supported by PowerTurf NZ. The finals day was recently held at Titirangi Golf Club in Auckland and the competition was made up from marks carried across from the Industry Exam results, along withpractical components of Golf Course Management. The competition was very close and well done to all those who took part. As the Winner, Scott will be attending the 2016 US Golf Industry Show in San Diego - prize provided by PowerTurf NZ.
The NZGCSA and Parkland Celebrate & Support Excellence
The NZGCSA and Parkland are delighted to announce the new NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products.
“It is the highest recognition of course management expertise in the golf industry, which makes it a natural fit for Parkland,” said Managing Director Chris Todd.
“We pride ourselves on sourcing the best products worldwide and constantly strive to improve the way we help our customers meet their turf challenges. With this in mind, Parkland is delighted to celebrate outstanding industry leaders.
“Only the very best in our industry are honoured with this award.”
Past winners have included NZGCSA President Brendan Allen in 2010 and Blair Dibley, the former Superintendent of Millbrook Country Club
Parkland’s sponsorship will see the Award continuing to be presented every second year. The winners are judged by independent assessors to have consistently produced outstanding playing surfaces, while managing relationships with staff and stakeholders in a highly professional manner.
Judging is undertaken by NZGCSA Life Members, John Humphreys and Nigel Lloyd.
Nominations for the 2016 NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award will close on 29 February 2016.
NZGCSA Environment Award
Supported by PGG Wrightson Turf