Future Turf Managers Initiative 2018
The NZGCSA in conjunction with Jacobsen are very pleased to announce the following individuals who have been selected to take part in this year's Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) which is being held in Melbourne, Australia, 25-27 March 2018.
Andre Arthur (Kauri Cliffs)
Ben Finn (Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club)
Sam Davis (The Hills)
Yannick Webber (Cape Kidnappers)
To those selected - Congratulations!!! Not only will you benefit from the invaluable FTMI course content but you also have the chance to network and establish potential life time contacts and friendships with fellow green keepers from across the ditch.
Once again the calibre of applicants was very high and thank you to all those that applied.
Our thanks also goes to Jacobsen for their continued support of our industry and in particular the FTMI initiative.
Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition 2018
The NZGCSA along with the AGCSA welcome you and the turf industry to the Australasian Turfgrass Conference & Exhibition which is being held at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington, 25-28 June 2018. The theme of the conference is "Tipu Tahi - Growing Together".
This event is the result of a number of years of work between our two associations and will provide a fantastic opportunity for upskilling in education and knowledge, hear world class speakers speak on a range of topics and to network with not only your New Zealand peers but also your Australian peers. All this and more here in New Zealand without having to leave our shores.
Earlybird registrations are now being taken, but please note the cut off for this is 31 January 2018 so make sure you register before then to receive the discounted price.
Register on the Conference website to secure your place and be part of this inaugural event which for the first time is being held in Wellington, New Zealand.
To register and also see information on pricing, speakers and programme, accommodation, trade show plus lots more visit the Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition website which is: www.atc2018.com/atc18
We look forward to seeing you there!
NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf
With the valuable support of PGG Wrightson Turf the NZGCSA is very happy to invite applications for the 2017 NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf.
This a great opportunity for you and your golf club to be rewarded for your efforts towards making the environment a better place now and for the future. At a time when many eyes are looking at our and associated industries on the use of fertilisers and chemicals this is an awesome chance to show that we act responsible and sustainable with our practices and with the environment that surrounds us.
Don’t feel that you have to have completely achieved the package environmentally to apply. It is an on- going and evolving process and you may be part way but well into your goals to improve your course environmentally.
The winning Golf Club will receive $3500 cash prize and the winning Superintendent a cash prize of $1500 used solely for continued education/study trip for environmental stewardship both courtesy of PGG Wrightson Turf.
Applications close Friday 23rd February 2018 and the award is open to NZGCSA Class A members working on NZ golf courses. The Award is being presented and recognised at the Australasian Turfgrass Conference which is taking place in Wellington 25-29 June 2018.
See links below for Application Form and Guide
The NZGCSA is very appreciative for the support of PGG Wrightson Turf for this award.
NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products
The NZGCSA and Parkland Products are very excited and pleased to be able to announce that applications are now open for the 2017 NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products. This is the premier award and recognition of excellence within the NZ golf course management.
The award will be judged in early 2018 by 2 NZGCSA Life members culminating with the presentation of the NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award to be made at the Australasian Turfgrass Conference being held in Wellington 25-29 June 2018.
The award is open to all Class A members of the NZGCSA so get your applications filled in and returned, to be recognised for your commitment to Excellence. As well as a prize purse of $6000 for the winner Parkland are also generously giving $3000 for the runner up on the proviso that there are a minimum of 5 applicants.
Judging will have criteria focus on having consistently produced and outstanding playing surfaces, while managing relationships with staff and stakeholders in a highly professional manner. In other words, they are looking for the complete package in excellence.
So if you want to be judged amongst your peers for your efforts of excellence at your golf course we invite your application now.
Click on link below for a copy of the 2017 Application Form and Guide.
Applications need to returned by Friday 16 February 2018 to NZGCSA, 7a Lex Avenue, Green Bay, Auckland, 0604 or emailed to email@example.com
The NZGCSA is extremely grateful to Chris Todd and the team at Parkland for their continued support.
Future Turf Managers Initiative 2018
The NZGCSA would like to announce that the Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) will be held in early 2018.
Once again the FTMI will be held in conjunction with Jacobsen and the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) and will be held from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Tuesday 27 March 2018 in Melbourne, Australia!
Applications are open and will be accepted from 1 November 2017 with the closing date being Thursday 14 December 2017.
This is a awesome opportunity and NZ successful candidates will enjoy a mentoring programme with their Australian counterparts. Not only do candidates benefit from the invaluable FTMI course content but also have the chance to network and establish potential life time contacts and friendships with fellow green keepers from across the ditch.
There has always been so much positive feedback about the FTMI and the experience it offers, so don't delay, complete your application form, include a mentors supporting letter, ensure you meet the qualifying criteria and get your application to us by Thursday 14 December 2017 for a chance to attend. Good luck to all.
As always we are very pleased to have and would like to say a big thank you to the ongoing support of Jacobsen to make the FTMI happen and give our NZGCSA members the chance to attend.
Please note, in addition to the FTMI application form a supporting letter from a mentor must also be included as part of your application for the 2018 FTMI.
Information about what is involved and how to apply is on the FTMI Guide and Application form - links below.
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