London, England: Ahead of his forthcoming presentation in Vietnam, Foley United’s Greg Turner was the centre of attention at a Reel Science and Optimum Cut Technology seminar in England.
Turner, Global Sales Manager with grinder manufacturer Foley United, will be one of the featured speakers at next week’s Turfgrass Management Education Seminar at BRG Legend Hill Golf Resort (April 27-28).
At The Grove Golf Club, Turner, with support from Arjen Spek, Foley’s European Manager, delivered a seminar which is designed for course managers, head greenkeepers and technicians and centres on providing critical knowledge, backed up with technical studies and verified data on grinding research at the highest level.
The event was organised by ProSport UK Ltd Managing Director Ian Robson and Regional BIGGA Committee Member Adam McColl, Course Superintendent at Gerrards Cross Golf Club. Phil Chiverton, Course Superintendent at The Grove, acted as host.
Turner told attendees: “Investment in cutting equipment ranges from £15,000 to in excess of £40,000 so we look at evaluating the grinding practices that will protect your investment and provide optimum returns.
“We evaluate the best grinding techniques for new grass strains and how minor changes in workshop grinding practices can have a direct impact on your machinery and agronomic investment decisions.”
The Reel Science and Optimum Cut Technology seminar is approved for BIGGA CPDs and GCSAA CEUs. Foley United, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, has conducted these accredited training sessions worldwide.
The Grove was the first club in the United Kingdom to have the top-of-the-range Foley 653 fully automatic reel grinder and the 673 bed-knife grinder.
Both were installed in time for last October’s British Masters and provided the seminar attendees with an excellent opportunity to see the latest technology in action. Jonathan Taylor, Head Greenkeeper, was on hand while Head Mechanic Neil Corley and Assistant Chris Sudeka put the machines through their paces.
Reaction to the seminar from attendees was enthusiastic across the board. Sam Evans, representing Fullwell Golf Club, said: “We have been given a different perspective on grinding, particularly in relation to increasing the longevity of staying on cut. It was impressive. I can really relate what I have seen and heard to our own practices and can see some definite benefits.”
McColl said: “It was a fantastic day at a brilliant venue and the seminar delivered factual content with scientific data to back it up. I have always been a fan of relief grinding. The facts, as they have been presented, confirm that to be the right choice. I thank all those who attended and Greg Turner in particular for taking time to travel to the UK to deliver an excellent seminar.”
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