Jakarta, Indonesia: Two weeks before hosting the Asian Games golf competitions, Jakarta’s Pondok Indah Golf Gallery staged the latest Asian Golf Industry Federation-organised Club Management Mini Summit.
Held in collaboration with the Golf Course Managers Association of Indonesia (GCMAI), female participation in golf was the main topic of discussion.
Budi Kosasih, President of the GCMAI and General Manager at Pondok Indah Golf Course, said: “We were pleased to work with the AGIF on this Club Management Mini Summit. Coming less than a fortnight before Pondok Indah hosts the Asian Games golf competitions this was especially poignant as the attention of the golfing world has been fixed on Indonesia.”
On the agenda at the Mini Summit were a morning session on Golf Operations for Managers, presented by Chris Gray, Head of Golf Course Maintenance at the Singapore Island Country Club, and an afternoon session on Building Female and Youth Participation, presented by Mick McLaughlin, Head of Ornamental, Syngenta.
Both sessions were followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session featuring the presenters and leading officials from the GCMAI at which the state of the Indonesian golf industry was discussed.
Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We were delighted to see that both Chris’ and Mick’s presentations were well received and generated a vigorous discussion among the more than 40 attendees.”
The Club Management Mini Summit followed on directly from the 2018 ASPGI (Asosiasi Superintendent Padang Golf Indonesia) Turf Management Seminar and Field Day at Palm Hill Golf Club.
Lynge said: “Over the course of the past two years we have staged a number of very successful Club Management Mini Summits around the region.
“We owe thanks to Pak Budi and his team for mobilising the golf industry to attend. They were keen to engage and discuss their future, which is why we run these programmes. We look forward to running more of these Mini Summits in the future and launching the Club Management Certification education programmes in Indonesia in 2019.”
The ASPGI Turf Management Seminar was the fourth event in the AGIF series of Turfgrass Management Seminars and Field Days in 2018.
March saw the staging of the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition in Pattaya, Thailand.
The Philippine Golf Course Management Conference took place at The Orchard Golf and Country Club at the start of May and was followed by the Vietnam Turfgrass Management Seminar at the Song Be Golf Resort.
Following on from Indonesia, at least two further events are planned for 2018.
Hanoi, Vietnam: Le Hoang Phuong, a respected figure in golf in Vietnam, has been appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Asian Golf Industry Federation.