Dongguan, China: Water quality and irrigation issue – two things that golfers take for granted but can’t play the game without – will dominate the education agenda at the 2014 Turf Science Academy, the indoor/outdoor seminar programme at next month’s Asia Golf Show.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), golf’s foremost facilitator of course-management education worldwide, will direct the agronomic education programme, alongside the Golf Course Builders Association of America and the Asian Golf Industry Federation, on behalf of show organizer Reed Guanghe Exhibitions.
The Turf Science Academy is a hybrid event for course management professionals, combining indoor seminar programmes with on-course, outdoor demonstrations of equipment and agronomic technique.
This year’s host is the Mission Hills Resort in Dongguan. The event is scheduled for December 3-4, allowing participants to also attend the Asia Golf Show, held at the nearby Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre.
“The format of the Turf Science Academy is relatively new, but it’s quickly proven extremely popular with course professionals in China,” said Rhett Evans, Chief Executive Officer of the GCSAA.
“There is no replacement for traditional classroom seminars that explore important agronomic issues and research. But we have learned that putting that education in context, on the golf course itself, cements for attendees the practical application of knowledge and understanding.”
The schedule of events on December 3 illustrates this duality. Attendees will be divided into two groups. In the morning, one group will be treated to an array of seminars, including ‘Irrigation Practices’, ‘Irrigation Control Systems’, ‘The Golf Course Water Crisis and Countermeasures in Northern China’, and ‘The Co-operative Roles of Turf Care and Caddie Departments’.
A decorated team of researchers and industry professionals will lead these sessions. They include:
*Andy Johnston, General Manager and Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, and President at Signature Design Services
*Su Derong, PhD, professor at Beijing Forestry University and Secretary General of the China Golf Association’s Course Committee
*Jeff Stamper, Director and lead consultant, Asia Pacific, for Prevost Stamper Irrigation
*Wu Kexiang, PhD, Professor at Jinan University and Director of the school’s Golf and Sports Leisure Industry Research CentrE
*Kim Young-mi, President of South Korea’s SSEDU Golf Service Education Institute, and President of Kim Young-mi Golf Service Consulting
At the same time, the other group will participate in hands-on demonstration sessions conducted by a collection of leading golf industry vendors, including Jacobsen, Bernhard, Rain Bird, Syngenta, John Deere, Lasco, Leemco, Paige Electric, Biofan, Longer, Sino-Green, LVYING, Shibaura, Clubank, Newsmart, Parsett, Co-wise, UTAI and Dongfeng.
After lunch, the two groups switch places.
Day two of the Turf Science Academy is entirely devoted to further outdoor, hands-on demonstration and technique sessions.
The programme wraps up by 1 pm so that attendees can travel back to Shenzhen for opening-day festivities at the Asia Golf Show.
The 2014 Turf Science Academy – which will earn attendees .7 education points toward GCSAA certification – will be the last such event paired with the Asia Golf Show.
To register, contact [email protected] or visit the Asia Golf Show website.
Reed is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.