Continue to Learn Conference 2022 - Wednesday

Main Auditorium & Queens Suite - Harrogate Convention Centre
9:00AM - 5:00PM, 26 Jan 2022

Day 3 of a 3 Day Continue to Learn Conference at BTME 2022

What got me here, might not get me there…

Managers often head to Continue to Learn at BTME seeking to improve their technical knowledge but, more often than not, come away feeling that it was one of the management skills that they learned that gave them the best return on their time.

This session will discuss developing beyond “Level 3 leadership” skills, breaking the glass ceiling and understanding what the next level of leadership requires. Based on first hand experience, working with course managers, this session promises to be thought provoking and a must for anyone looking to develop their career.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Different levels of leadership we have all witnessed in our careers
  • Identify those at your club who demonstrate the different levels of leadership
  • The steps required to boldly climb the ladder to become the leader you want to be
  • Developing your skill set to fulfil your potential

Presented by: Kevin Fish, Owner, Contemporary Club Leadership

Taking on the business of golf – the Stanedge Golf Club story

After suffering a shoulder injury and retiring from the Ladies European Tour, PGA Professional Fame Tate made the life changing decision to buy Stanedge Golf Club in Derbyshire in 2019, with the aim to transform the course and turn the club into a friendly venue at the heart of her local community.

Investing in a major course upgrade to improve playing conditions, a pandemic, lockdown and staffing challenges was certainly not in the plan. This session will take you on what became a journey into the unknown with everything at stake.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Golf course renovation
  • Changing perceptions
  • Strength and resilience

Presented by: Fame Tate, Director and Owner, Stanedge Golf Club

Commissioning, building or designing ‑ running a safe project

In our industry, a largely misunderstood set of regulations, known as CDM15 exist. They run alongside other regulations and exist with a very clear purpose. This session will provide a good understanding of exactly what your role is in running a safe project.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The role of the client
  • The role of the designer or principle designer
  • The role of the contractor or principle contractor
  • The role of the HSE

Presented by: John Ross, Safety Consultant and Trainer, Compliant Grounds

Leatherjacket management for the United Kingdom: what works and what is rubbish?

Nematodes? Molasses? Sheeting? Acelepryn? Chemical restrictions in the United Kingdom have left many greenkeepers struggling to manage leatherjackets and seeking alternative management practices. This session will discuss the trials and research being conducted at Penn State University into cultural, biological and chemical control of the leatherjacket species Tipula paludosa and T. oleracea that are currently plaguing northern Europe.

Learning Outcomes:

  • An overview of leatherjacket species and lifecycles as they relate to damage progression and control options
  • How changing environmental conditions impact insect abundance and susceptibility to controls
  • Cultural management: the impact of moisture management on survival; topdressing and core cultivation and sheeting
  • Biological control: various biological control products (bacteria, fungi, entomopathogenic nematodes) available to turfgrass managers in the UK and strategies for improving successful implementation
  • Chemical control with Acelepryn: understand the mode of action, timing of the application, post‑application care, residual activity and efficacy by species
  • How to conduct your own monitoring and research trials

Presented by: Dr Ben McGraw, Associate Professor, Turfgrass Science, Penn State University

Creating Ingrebourne Links Country Club

This session will tell the story of converting 370 acres of land overlooking Canary Wharf London and the QE2 Bridge in Kent to a links style golf course and country club.

Taking over 10 years to construct and shape significant tonnage of inert fill, the majority of which came from the Crossrail tunnelling project, Ingrebourne Links was a bold vision that turned relative wasteland on the outskirts of Rainham into a 27-hole course, health and fitness venue, 9 hole mini‑links par 3 and a 30-bay floodlit driving range.

EIGCA golf course architect and PGA Master Professional Alan Walker, together with Ben Adams, former CM at The London Club and now Ingrebourne Links course manager tell the fascinating story of the construction journey and maintaining the finished course to a high standard.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The construction journey
  • Maintenance of the course
  • Achieving and maintaining high standards

Presented by: Ben Adams, Course Manager, Ingrebourne Links Country Club and Alan Walker, Golf Course Architect

Pythium patch: a newly discovered disease of Poa annua putting greens

In 2005 a new disease of annual meadowgrass putting greens was first identified in the north‑eastern United States. Subsequent outbreaks in the USA led to a formal investigation and identification of the causal agents. Although the disease has not yet been reported outside the USA, susceptible species and climatic conditions exist in Europe that could ultimately lead to the spread of the disease.

This session will introduce the signs and symptoms of the disease as well as management options available for its control.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Signs and symptoms of the disease
  • Optimum conditions
  • Management options for control

Presented by: Dr John Kaminski, Professor & Associate Department Head of the Department of Plant Science, Penn State University

Less is more when you talk about clip rate

This session will provide an understanding of cutting unit aggression, clip rate and ‘actual’ height of cut which, when set correctly, can have a dramatic improvement in the definition and trueness of your surfaces.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Awareness of simple procedures to improve definition
  • Suggestions for extending intervals between sharpening
  • Enhanced technician communication skills
  • Awareness of different cutting unit specification

Presented by: Tom Stidder, TCS Turf Equip LTD

Golf Course 2030 ‑ ITM for parkland greens

Introducing the guide and how to produce better parkland greens whilst reducing your environmental footprint. Featuring performance measurement data.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Introduction to GC2030
  • Learn how to use the resource and support material
  • Information to support sustainable mangement
  • Latest research

Presented by: Paul Woodham, General Manager of Agronomy, STRI Group

Conservation on the golf course

This session will discuss conservation projects that have taken place at John O’Gaunt Golf Club and the wildlife that has been recorded. It will showcase some of the equipment that is used to record the wildlife and will look at the water features and the benefits they can bring for wildlife.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Conservation projects and habitat management
  • Data recording
  • Benefits of water features on the course
  • Communication to members and the local community

Presented by: Stephen Thompson, Greenkeeper, John O’Gaunt Golf Club

Golf Course 2030 ‑ Water management

The R&A Golf Course 2030 Water Security project was commissioned by The R&A to assess and advise on the future of water management for the UK golf sector. The project aimed to offer practical advice for those in the greenkeeping sector. This ranges from short term advice on water reduction and best practice, through to long term water sourcing strategies. This will include large scale water harvesting, use of greywater, treated sewage effluent and sustainable borehole use. This session will summarise the main conclusions of the project, offer a number of potential water strategies for practitioners and present key influential case studies to inspire future change in the industry.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Sustainable water management
  • Future golf irrigation strategies
  • R&A GC2030 Water Security Project Update
  • Case studies of sustainable water management
  • Tips for water reduction

Presented by: Dr Tom Young, Environment Systems Manager, STRI Group


Life in the transition zone

With our climate changing markedly over the last 15 years, this session will present a synopsis on the challenges we will face, the agronomic consequences of those challenges and the strategies we need to implement for the future in order to meet those challenges.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How the current climate in the UK compares to the transition zone in the US
  • Why our climate is changing and the potential for increased heat and rainfall
  • Agronomic consequences of climate change for the UK & Irish turfgrass industry
  • Strategies to implement to mitigate the effects of climate extremes - what we can change and what our industry needs to change

Presented by: Mark Hunt


Championship agronomy 2021 ‑ our learnings

The Continue to Learn Conference will conclude with a relaxed and interesting chat show style session discussing The Open, held at Royal St Georges in 2021. Hosted by The R&A Agronomy team and joined by Course Manager Paul Larsen this session promises to give you an inside look at one of the world’s greatest golf tournaments. Offering an insight into the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the modern emphasis on sustainable greenkeeping,

The R&A Agronomy team will reveal how they work, the preparation and data collection processes involved with championship preparation, the interactions with the host greenkeeping team and an idea of modern requirements for the delivery of golf’s greatest championship.

Presented by: Alistair Beggs, Head of Agronomy; Richard Windows, Agronomy Manager; Adam Newton, Senior Agronomist, R&A and Paul Larsen, Course Manager, Royal St Georges Golf Club


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