The Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) will stage a series of four Turfgrass Management Education Seminars and Expositions in the second half of the year.
Following back-to-back events in the Philippines and Vietnam in early September, a further two gatherings will be held in China in November.
“We are pleased that the AGIF will be collaborating with the respective local golf associations to bring about these events for the benefit of the Asian golf industry,” said Richard Walne, Chairman of the AGIF’s Education Committee and Toro’s Managing Director, Australia & Asia Pacific.
The series will tee-off on September 5-6 at Manila’s Orchard Golf & Country Club, a former venue for the Johnnie Walker Classic and consistently rated as one of the finest golfing establishments in the Philippines. From there, it’s on to the acclaimed Greg Norman-designed Danang Golf Club on September 9-10.
Dates and venues for the two China legs will be announced shortly.
In addition to showcasing their products, attendees at the Turfgrass Management Education Seminars and Expositions will be able to listen to presentations from high-profile speakers, provided by the Golf Course Superintendents’ Association of America (GCSAA).
Tim Trinka, President of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, said: “Education is one of the core elements that the Federation is focusing on. I congratulate the Education Committee on putting together this series of events. The Federation is committed to developing more of these type of events for the benefit of our member companies and for the greater good of the golfing industry.”
In March, the AGIF, in partnership with the Thailand Golf Association and the Thai Golf Course Superintendents’ Association, staged a successful Turfgrass Management Exposition at Laem Chabang Country Club in Pattaya.
Featuring an array of equipment as well as product demonstrations and education, the event, which was supported by The R&A, attracted a record turnout of almost 280 speakers and delegates.
Dominic Wall, Director Asia-Paciﬁc for The R&A, said: “We were glad to see so many golf course superintendents from around Asia come together to learn about the latest tools and techniques for sustainable golf course and turfgrass management.
“The R&A deﬁnes sustainability as optimising the playing quality of the golf course, in harmony with the conservation of its natural environment, under economically sound and socially responsible management.
“That so many superintendents from around Asia attended these sessions to learn about practical ways to accomplish these objectives is extremely positive for the industry.
“We are all in the same industry and if we are able to present golf courses in a better way then that will help the game to grow.
“We’re pleased also to see the involvement of the Asian Golf Industry Federation and the active participation of many of its member companies.”
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