Golf course superintendents, the forgotten heroes of many golfing operations, will step into the spotlight at the sixth edition of the Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS).
To be held concurrently with the region’s premier golf business gathering atBrunei’s Empire Hotel and Country Club from December 11-13, the Campus on the Greens will provide a unique platform for the men and women who tend to the courses on which we play.
This will be a three-day session that will be planned by superintendents, programmed by superintendents and exclusively attended by superintendents.
It will be a true cutting-edge event that will bring superintendents in the region face to face with the opportunities, challenges and problems that they encounter in conducting their work. It will also endeavour to provide them with effective solutions.
The format will be based on half-day workshop sessions and half-day field sessions at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Empire course.
This way, the attending supers will be able to see and experience at first-hand how a golf course is set up for a major international tournament – the Royal Trophy match play clash between Team Asia and Team Europe that will take place from 14-16 December.
As well as attending the session, the superintendents will also be given the opportunity to volunteer as helpers for the staging of the Royal Trophy which features Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal andJapan’s Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki as the respective team captains.
On a related note, a special steering committee, led by James Prusa, will be working on the staging of an international turf grass symposium during theSummit.
Tentatively, the theme for this session is “Towards Survival: Controlling Costs and Creating New Revenue Streams Through the Effective Management of Intellectual Property Rights in the Golf Industry”.
Meanwhile, the website for the 2012 Summitis now operational. All the latest news and views related to the various events as well as registration details can be found at www.golfconference.org
The website boasts a brand new look and is a very user friendly facility, designed to assist international delegates to find out everything they need to know about theSummit.
TheSummitpromises to be a major knowledge event on golf with Scotsman Colin Montgomerie already confirmed as one of the keynote speakers.
The oil-rich state ofBruneiis following in the footsteps ofSingapore, Shenzhen,Kuala Lumpur,Bangkokand Pattaya by playing host to theSummit.
Mike Sebastian, Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Golf Group, the owner and producer of APGS, said: “Unlike previous years, APGS 2012 will focus on specific areas where golf is being most challenged with a view to finding innovative ways of meeting these challenges effectively and growing the game throughout the region.”
Bob Moore, ASGCA, Principal, JMP Golf Design Group, Costello Hollinger Moore, said: “The APGS has been a trail-blazer for golf in this region and we expect this year’sSummitto continue in this fine tradition.”
Sebastian added: “In the coming weeks, we will be announcing the names of key speakers and presenters at APGS 2012 and we also expect to announce the full programme by end May.”
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