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July 2012

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4 INDUSTRY NEWS the Groundsman July 2012 Nominate now for the IOG Industry Awards Professional Awards • IOG Governing Bodies Professional Spectator Sports Ground of the Year – co-sponsored by the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club), ECB, the Football Foundation, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Premier League and the RFL (Rugby Football League) A host of sports governing bodies are again showing their support for this year's IOG Industry Awards - www.iogawards.com – the industry's only Award scheme that acknowledges the important contribution made by groundscare staff to the high standards achieved and the sustainability of British sport and best-practice groundscare. Joining the ECB as co-sponsors of the IOG Governing Bodies Professional Spectator Sports Ground of the Year Award are the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club), the Football Foundation, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Premier League and the RFL (Rugby Football League). The Awards will be announced Oscar- style at York Racecourse on Thursday December 6, following the IOG's 2012 'Ahead of the Game' Sports Turf Conference. Go online NOW at www.iogawards.com to make your easy- to-enter entries/nominations in the categories: Education Awards • IOG Sherriff Amenity Most Promising Sportsturf Student of the Year • IOG Rigby Taylor/Top Green Young Groundsman of the Year. Grass Roots Awards • IOG Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year • IOG Grass Roots Sports Ground of the Year. Multi-sport Awards • IOG Redexim Charterhouse/Kubota Best Maintained Artificial Pitch of the Year • IOG School, College, University Sports Club Grounds Team of the Year • IOG School, College, University, Sports Club Groundsman of the Year. BIGGA sets golf seminars for IOG SALTEX The British and International Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) is once again staging a day-long series of education presentations at the IOG SALTEX open space management show at Windsor. The free-to-attend BIGGA Golf Education Day on Wednesday September 5 features some of the 'greatest hits' from this year's highly successful Continue to Learn programme - presented by David Cole (Loch Lomond GC), Chris Haspell (Castle Stuart GC) and Symbio's Paul Lowe – and will be focused on the management of winter 'kill', the building and grow-in of a links course, and the difference between organic matter and thatch. David Cole, Course/Estate Manager at Loch Lomond Golf Club, will start the proceedings with 'Managing Winter Kill in West of Scotland'. In the winter of 2009/10, the Loch Lomond greens suffered from devastating winter kill, and this session will give an insight to the damage that occurred and the precautions taken in 2010/11 to prevent similar problems. Then 'From Grazing to Scottish Open Status in Five Years' will be discussed by Chris Haspell, Course Manager at Castle Stuart Golf Club. Chris will outline his experiences of building a links golf course and its grow-in. He will also describe the journey towards the Scottish Open 2011, the event, and the rain and the recovery! Paul Lowe, Symbio's Technical Sales Manager, will wrap up the proceedings with 'Organic Matter – Friend or Foe'. Measuring organic matter levels is becoming very popular, almost an industry standard procedure, and the resulting information can be invaluable to greenkeepers and groundsmen alike. However, how do we decipher between thatch and organic matter and why it is important to do so? Paul's presentation will discuss the various differences between problematic thatch and beneficial organic matter, the problems with working to a figure, the difference between drainage and percolation rates and how you can turn thatch to your advantage. BIGGA CPD credits (0.5 CPD credit) are available for each seminar. • IOG Professional Sports Ground Team of the Year • IOG Campey/Imants Professional Football Groundsman of the Year • IOG Professional Cricket Groundsman of the Year • IOG Professional Rugby Union Groundsman of the Year • IOG Professional Rugby League Groundsman of the Year • IOG Professional Horse Racing Groundsman of the Year • IOG Professional Tennis Groundsman of the Year. Additional Award categories IOG Ransomes Jacobsen Environmental Project/Innovation of the Year Award. Lifetime Achievement Award The IOG Alex R Millar DLF/Johnsons Groundsman of the Year Award. The winners of all the individual awards will be shortlisted for this Award.

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