Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 BIGGA event draws a (bigger) crowd The British and International Golf Greenkeepers As- sociation's (BIGGA) annual conference and trade show — the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition — enjoyed a bump in attendance at its 2017 version, Jan. 17-19 at the Harrogate International Centre (HIC) in England. BIGGA says 4,460 individual visitors made their way through the doors throughout the three-day event. That number is a 10 percent increase from the 4,046 visitors who attended BTME in 2016. The 145 exhibitors who spanned the HIC's four halls were a major part of the en - tire European festival of turf management, which also in- cluded GolfBIC, the Golf Business & Industry Convention, and BIGGA's Continue to Learn education program. The average number of visits per attendee was 1.46, meaning almost half the delegates stayed for more than one day. A highlight of the week was the Welcome Celebration, hosted in the HIC's Royal Hall by BBC broadcaster Naga Munchetty and featuring entertainment by comedian Ian Moore. Outstanding achievement in golf course manage - ment was recognized at the celebration as well, as BIGGA crowned three award winners: • The winner of the Championship Greenkeeping Per - formance of the Year, sponsored by GBR Technology, was Lee Bishop and the team at Burnham Beeches Golf Club. • The winner of the BIGGA Young Greenkeeper of the Year, sponsored by Jacobsen, was David Stewart, The For much more information, including recommended species and varieties for your region, see "100 Plants to Feed the Bees" from the Xerces Society, as well as the Xerces Society website, www.xerces.org. The flowers of a pollinator-pleasing plant can come in any pigment. Here, a spectrum of native wildflowers that can supply shelter and/or sustenance to honey bees, native bees, butterflies, moths and more. P la nt t h e R a i nb ow Aster (Symphyotrichum spp.) Blazing star (Liatris spp.) Ironweed (Vernonia spp.) Lupine (Lupinus spp.) Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) Prairie clover (Dalea spp.) Beebalm (Monarda spp.) Lobelia (Lobelia spp.) Penstemon (Penstemon spp.) Aster (Symphyotrichum spp.) Lupine (Lupinus spp.) Spiderwort (Tradescantia spp.) Wild indigo (Baptisia spp.) Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) Rocky mountain bee plant (Cleome spp.) Wild geranium (Geranium spp.) Blanketflower (Gaillardia spp.) California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.) Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.) Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.) Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) Sneezeweed (Helenium spp.) Sunflower (Helianthus spp.) deputy head greenkeeper at Walmley Golf Club. • The winner of the BIGGA Greenkeeping Achievement of the Year, sponsored by Rigby Taylor, was David Langheim, MG, and the team at Wimbledon Park Golf Club. The cornerstone of BTME is the Continue to Learn ed - ucation program, which this year featured 240 hours of education. Those interested in taking part as an educator at Continue to Learn at BTME 2018 can submit proposals online at http://goo.gl/CJgZxi . A 'Super' experience Sean McLaughlin didn't catch passes or make tackles during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, but he was there on the sidelines. A senior at California State Polytechnic University, Po - mona, McLaughlin was chosen as the winner of The Toro Co.'s Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program and spent the week leading up to the Super Bowl helping with field preparations alongside NFL field director Ed Mangan and sports turf legend George Toma. McLaughlin's duties included everything from turf - grass maintenance (including natural grass practice fields at Rice University and the University of Houston) to logo painting to media day and halftime arrangements. He also had the pleasure of watching his favorite team play. "I've been a big New England Patriots fan for the past 13 years, so I was excited when they won the AFC Cham - pionship," says McLaughlin, a student member of GCSAA.

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