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Focus on Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia

February 9, 2019

Pattaya, Thailand: Renovation and sustainability will be high on the agenda at next month’s conference on Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia.

Held under the auspices of the Thai Golf Course Superintendent Association (TGCSA), the conference is part of a three-day gathering that also includes an Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) Turfgrass Management Exposition.

The conference at Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel (March 12-13) is organised by the TGCSA and the Thailand Golf Association, with support from The R&A and the Sports Authority of Thailand.

More than 250 course superintendents from around the region will descend on the Central Thai beach resort where a series of high-profile speakers will focus their attention on sustainable golf.

Following an opening address from the organisers, Wendy Cole, Manager, Sustainability at The R&A, will take to the stage with a general introduction entitled Golf Around the World.

Either side of a networking lunch will be presentations from Thai ‘Tony’ Patsakorn Tirawan, a 30-year veteran of golf course construction and maintenance around Asia who is now Course Superintendent at Singapore Island Country Club, and Brian Curley, Principal at Schmidt-Curley Golf Design.

Curley will then join a panel discussion on Renovation and Sustainability alongside The R&A’s Cole, Chris Gray, Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Singapore Island Country Club, Dr Mike Richardson, from the Department of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas, and Ralph Kepple, Course Superintendent at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club, host to 18 PGA Tour Championships.

Gray, Kepple and Richardson will all return for further final-day presentations.

For further information and to sign up as a delegate, please contact the TGCSA at