Wednesday, 28th September, 2016

Promoting Responsible Turf Management

Story published at 15:07, Friday, March 11th, 2016


The FEGGA Board: (from left) Kamil Pecenka (Czech Republic – Vice-Chairman), Olafur Agustsson (Iceland - Chairman), Erich Steiner (Patron Representative), Dean Cleaver (Executive Officer), Joel Nunes (Portugal - Board Member), Paul Worster (UK - Board member), and Darko Cecelja (Slovenia - Board Member)

The FEGGA Board: (from left) Kamil Pecenka (Czech Republic – Vice-Chairman), Olafur Agustsson (Iceland – Chairman), Erich Steiner (Patron Representative), Dean Cleaver (Executive Officer), Joel Nunes (Portugal – Board Member), Paul Worster (UK – Board member), and Darko Cecelja (Slovenia – Board Member)

The AGM of FEGGA (Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations) was held at the conclusion of the Federation’s 20th Annual Conference which took place at Zandvoort in The Netherlands.

The Conference, celebrating 20 years of promoting Responsible Turf Management across European Golf, was held with the support of five patrons: Baroness, Jacobsen, John Deere, Syngenta and Toro and welcomed guest speakers including Steve Isaac (R&A), Erich Steiner (Steiner & Partner), Stefan Nilsson from STERF (Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation), and Patrick Walker with Stephen Gabauer of GEO (Golf Environment Organisation.

The host country was strongly represented by delegates from ‘Green Deal Golf’ – an alliance between the Dutch Federation (NGF), the Greenkeepers (NGA) and the Course Owners (NVG) that supports the reduction of pesticide use.

Also present were Rhett Evans, CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents of America Association along with new GCSAA Chairman, the appropriately named Peter Grass.

The GCSAA was elected as an Affiliated class-2 member of FEGGA, which the Board hopes will further the links between these two organisations. With 21 Member Associations in Europe and 1 in South Africa, FEGGA is the most far-reaching and influential organisation representing Golf Greenkeepers in the world.

At the AGM – Joel Nunes from Portugal was re-elected for a term of two years, and Paul Worster of the UK was re-elected for a further term of one year. The full Board membership is pictured above.

FEGGA www.fegga.org

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