IoG Scotsturf to run seminar day

The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) will be staging a day-long programme of seminars at this year's IOG Scotsturf show at the Royal Highland Centre on 2-3 November.

IoG Scotsturf - image: IoG
IoG Scotsturf - image: IoG

Focusing on research, technique and experience, the BIGGA seminars on golf greenkeeping are being presented by:

Grant Frogley, deputy course manager, gWest;
Allan Patterson, course manager of the Castle Course at St Andrews Links Trust;
Cale Bigelow, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University -

The schedule of presentations includes updates on pesticides, arboriculture, health and safety, recruitment and training.

In addition, the hundreds of products on display will appeal to a wide range of turf and groundscare professionals, as well as local authority decision-makers and arboriculturists.

The two-day event – which is co-located with Road Expo – also includes live product/machinery demonstrations and award ceremonies for Innovative and New Products and for the Scottish Groundsman of the Year and presentations to the land-based colleges.

And to commemorate this year’s 40th anniversary event, exhibitors will also be presenting special displays of ‘older’ equipment to mark the occasion.

Free seminar programmes at IOG Scotsturf

The BIGGA seminar programme, on Wednesday 2 November, is:

11.00–12.00: USGA Golf Green Construction, What You Need to Know, presented by Grant Frogley, Deputy Course Manager at gWest. Why build a USGA golf green? This session will include the things to consider before, during and after construction; the construction method and how to manage and monitor performance.

12.15–13.15: The Evolution of the Castle Course, presented by Allan Patterson, Course Manager at the Castle Course, St Andrews Links Trust. Since the Castle Course opened in June 2008, a number of alterations have been made to enhance the golfing experience. This session will look at the work that has been undertaken and the maintenance practices being used to ensure the continuing improvement of the turf quality.

13.30–14.30:Putting Green Broth: Managing Water, Firmness and Growth, presented by Cale Bigelow, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University. Cale has undertaken research on localised dry spot and hydrophobic soil conditions on closely cut cool season grasses that are grown on sand-based rootzones.  With this research in mind, Cale will discuss the outcomes as well as looking at plant growth regulators and their effects on water use.

The IOG Scotsturf Turf Matters seminar programme is:

Wednesday November 2

10.30 & 14.00 What’s Happening with Pesticide Approval?; and the new legislation for the Application of Pesticides on Hard Surfaces and Sporting Ground Implications.

Presented by Kenneth Liddell, Bayer 

Wednesday November 2

10.30 & 14.00 Forestry professionals: understanding the legal implications for local authority/land owners; what are the requirements for assessing risks?; completing the necessary documentation.

Presented by Paul Hanson, Arboretum Int/Arboriculture Association

Thursday November 3

10.30 & 14.00 Understanding the implementation of/changes to legislation, including WBV Regulations and Musculoskeletal Legislation.

Presented by Kenneth Hill, HSE Solutions

Thursday November 3

10.30 & 14.00 Working together to improve the competence and quality of work. Covering a wide range of recruitment and training issues.

Presented by Ian Lacy, IOG Head of Professional Services.


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