The AGIF supported the Green Keepers Seminar organized by the Indian Golf Union (IGU), an event supported by the R&A, this past November.
Technical staff from AGIF Members, namely Bernhard, Jacobsen and Toro, participated in a series of week-long courses in Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. They conducted training sessions on golf course equipment maintenance with a focus on maintenance of reel and rotary mowers, preventative maintenance and safe operation of turfgrass equipment, and delegates were encouraged to get their hands on reel set up and how to perform maintenance checks.
More than 100 delegates from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan participated in this first ever seminar – they ranged from golf course superintendents to mechanics to club general managers and even greens committee members. 2011 was the first year of what is hoped to be a three year education endeavor. AGIF hopes to continue support for this program and information on the 2012 program will be shared with all AGIF Members in due course as the Education sub-committee looks for expertise from within the AGIF membership to support these education sessions.
Steve Wilson from Bernhard said, “It was a wonderful opportunity to support the golf industry in India with much needed education. Delivering education was the first priority, however we were also able to meet golf course managers and expand our network within India. Being a member of the AGIF opened the door to this event. I’m not aware of any other organization in Asia that could have provided such an opportunity.”
Feedback from the delegates was extremely positive too. Comments like ‘the training was delivered at just the right level for year one” and “I’m looking forward to building my knowledge with next year’s training” were received.
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