Professional Groundscare

March 2018

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Fertilisers The latest product news Page 21 Inside Knowledge The steep challenges facing a greenkeeping team Page 22 Jane Carley Putting the spotlight on Ride-on Mower Page 27-30 Grass Seeds & Wildfl owers The solutions for all surfaces Page 24-25 The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association has unveiled the line-up for the volunteer support team that will be heading to Carnoustie Golf Links this July as the Scottish venue hosts The Open for the eighth time. BIGGA members who gain a place on the team are given unprecedented access to the world's greatest golf event, with a greenkeeper on hand to Members of the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Young Board of Directors recently joined members of Liverpool FC's grounds team in encouraging youngsters to 'Get into Grounds' at Anfi eld Stadium. The IOG's 'Schools into Stadia' initiative introduces schoolchildren to the art of groundsmanship through a series of one-day workshops, showcasing the profession as an ideal opportunity to work in an outdoor environment within sport. Pupils from three local high schools – North Liverpool Academy, Alsop High School and Notre Dame Catholic College – were invited to Anfi eld through the club's Red Neighbours scheme. The children covered all aspects of a grounds person's role, including maintenance and use of equipment, as well as pitch construction, maintenance and match-day procedure. ICL & Syngenta have updated and strengthened their popular Ultimate Offers by announcing the addition of two new packages for 2018. Ultimate Offers are a range of tank-mixes that contain various combinations of nutrition combined with the plant growth regulator Primo Maxx II. They provide turf managers with great products through a range of extremely cost- effective packages, helping make signifi cant savings with the added bonus of earning up to 15 Turf Rewards points depending on which Ultimate Offer you choose. The launch of the two new Ultimate Offers underlines both ICL and Syngenta's position of offering the best plant nutrition and plant growth regulator. The new "Ultimate Offer Iron" provides excellent growth regulation, turf density and turf colour for use on both fi ne turf and outfi eld applications whilst Liverpool FC welcomes IOG student visitors to Anfi eld New additions to ICL and Syngenta's Ultimate Offers assist every single match that will take place throughout the championship. Each year the R&A requests BIGGA's assistance with hosting the championship, meaning BIGGA members have been on hand to witness some of the greatest moments in the history of the game, including Jordan Spieth's spectacular fi nal round at Royal Birkdale in 2017. Liverpool FC grounds staff and the IOG group, alongside a representative from Myerscough College, also provided practical advice on how to pursue a career in the industry and explained the link between groundsmanship and academic subjects such as biology, maths, geography and technology. "Ultimate Offer SeaMax" provides growth regulation, stress tolerance and improved rooting for golf greens and football pitch applications. In addition, both packages also include Syngenta XC nozzles to ensure the optimum product application is achieved. These new combinations add more choice and versatility to the range whilst delivering big savings compared to purchasing the individual products separately. The offers are available exclusively through ICL distributors. ICL Enquiry 80 The 147th Open Championship will be the eighth hosted at Carnoustie, on the course laid out by legendary course architect James Braid in 1926. Since then, Carnoustie's Championship course has been regarded as one of Britain's fi nest, and most challenging, tests of golf. The excellent Carnoustie greenkeeping team, led by the links superintendent, Sandy Reid, and the Championship course's head greenkeeper, Craig Boath, will have the course in immaculate condition for the world's fi nest players. In January, Carnoustie was named Environmental Golf Course of the Year 2018 at the Golf Environment Awards, in a ceremony hosted by the STRI and The R&A. BIGGA Enquiry 78 David Roberts, the club's grounds manager, said: "We're really pleased to be able to showcase our profession to the students and give them a real insight into what it means to be part of a grounds team." IOG Enquiry 79 BIGGA support team chosen for the 147th Open Championship READER ENQUIRY 81 L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y March 2018 The global reach of UK groundscare ENGINEERED FOR EXTREME PRODUCTIVITY ... JUST ADD TRACTOR! +44(0) 1933 65 22 35 QUALITY DEFINED, SAFETY ASSURED The BIGGA members who will be assisting the home greenkeeping team for the duration of the event: Stuart A h o , T h e t f o r d ; D a n i e l Ashelby, Wilmslow; Mark Bettell, The Rayleigh Club; John Bowers, Crail Golfing Society; Stuart Broom, Honiton; James Bruder, East Berkshire; Andrew Cussen, John O'Gaunt; Stephen Davey, Queenwood; James Dobie, Leyland; Anthony Duffield, Ham Manor; Sam Dunn, Stover; Josh Dunn, The Belfry; Glenn Dyer, Huntercombe; D a n i e l E v a n s , M a e s d u Llandudno; Sam Evans, Fulwell; Stuart Ferguson MG, Dunas Park; Joe Frampton, Pyle & Kenfi g; Dean Franks, Littlehampton; Jim Gilchrist, Harborne; Tony Gooch, Great Torrington; Richard Holmes, Crosland Heath; Dale Housden, Hollywood; Jamie Hughes, Lyme Regis; Graham Ives, Louth; Kevin Hensman, Rowlands Castle; Graeme Macdonald, Newark; G r a e m e M a i n , P o r t e r s Park; Anthony McGeough, Richmond; Michael Mead, L i t t l e h a m p t o n ; G e o r g e Mitchell, Newmacher; Grant Moran, Morton Hall; Richard Mullen, Banchory; John Murray, Golfpark Oberkirch; Finbarr O'Mahony, Kanturk; Richard Ponsford, The Bristol; Leigh Powell, Windlesham; Angus Roberts, Roxburghe; John Scurfield, Morpeth; Blair Shearer, Dunbar; Charlie Simper, Hadley Wood; Ash Smith, Meltham; Robert Smith, Pannal; Andy Unwin, Birley Wood; John Waite, Scarthingwell; Paul Walton, Sharpley Springs; Tom Workman, Minchinhampton; and Kimberley Yeldham, Royal West Norfolk.

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