Education at Core of AGIF, GCSAA Alliance

July 29, 2014

Singapore (July 29): The Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) have agreed to a partnership that shares educational resources designed to raise the profile and standard of turfgrass maintenance in the Asian region.

As part of this strategic alliance agreement, the GCSAA will provide educational content to AGIF workshops, seminars and field days.

The AGIF will begin deploying these GCSAA resources in the coming months with a series of four turfgrass management education seminars and expositions across the region.

Rhett Evans

Rhett Evans

GCSAA speakers will keynote educational programming at the first two events, set for Manila’s Orchard Golf and Country Club in the Philippines (September 5-6) and Vietnam’s Danang Golf Club (September 9-10). Two more events are scheduled to be held in China, in November.

“The GCSAA is committed to educating course managers, wherever they are,” said Rhett Evans, Chief Executive Officer of the association. “The AGIF is committed to growing the game in Asia and can work effectively across national borders. It’s clear that better education and reliable agronomic information improves the professional standing of individual superintendents and furthers the industry.”

The GCSAA was founded in 1926, and today serves some 18,000 members in more than 70 countries worldwide. The AGIF was formed and incorporated in August 2009 to support research, education and grow-the-game initiatives in the Asian marketplace.

Tim Trinka

Tim Trinka

“Education is one of the core elements of the Federation and we look forward to working with GCSAA on a long-term basis in Asia,” said Tim Trinka, President of the Singapore-based AGIF. “Through our collaborative efforts, I am convinced that we can make a difference in offering quality education to superintendents in the region.

“We are committed to developing more programmes for the benefit of our member companies, superintendents across the region, and for the greater good of the golfing industry.”

Earlier this year, the AGIF joined with the Thailand Golf Association and the Thai Golf Course Superintendents Association for an education session that attracted nearly 300 speaker and delegates.

Richard Walne, Chairman of the AGIF’s Education Committee and Toro’s Managing Director, Australia & Asia Pacific, said: “We are pleased that the AGIF will be collaborating with the GCSAA and the respective local golf associations to bring about these events for the benefit of the Asian golf industry.”

About GCSAA and the EIFG

GCSAA is a leading golf organisation and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas, the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter and visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organisation of the GCSAA, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programmes and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit www.eifg.org

About the Asian Golf Industry Federation

With a group of stakeholders committed to help develop and lead the growth of the Asian golf industry, the Asian Golf Industry Federation was formed and incorporated in August 2009 with objectives to support research, education and grow-the-game initiatives in the unique Asian marketplace. The not-for-profit regional organisation represents leaders in the Asian golf industry, including golf course and club suppliers, professional support services, golf course architects, golf real estate and development companies.

*For further information about the AGIF, please contact Spencer Robinson, Chief Communications Officer, at spencer.robinson@agif.asia or visit www.agif.asia