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Australian Golf Environment Initiative

The Australian Golf Environment Initiative (AGEI) generates funds through commissions from the sale of the EMS e-par® and also receives donations and grants from golf clubs, organisations and trade groups involved in the golf maintenance industry. 

All funds are directed to the AGEI for the express purpose of funding research projects, education programmes and study bursaries related to managing the golf course environment. The purpose of the AGEI is to use science and education to develop and promote golf via the management, protection, and enhancement of the environment.

Meeting of AGEI Advisory Board

The AGEI has its own Advisory Board which will meet twice a year with its principle activities being;

  • To determine research priorities
  • To assess all project proposals for potential funding
  • To review project progress and reports
  • Review funding avenues

The inaugural advisory board meeting took place on 21 May 2008 at Royal Sydney Golf Club with the following industry representatives in attendance;

Chairman: John Odell (GCS, Royal Sydney GC and AGCSA board member)
Paul Hinton (GM, Royal Sydney GC and GMA board member
David Warwick (GCS, Avondale GC)
David Worrad (Living Turf)
John Neylan (GM, AGCSATech, Environment and Education)
With apologies from:
Anthony Cashmore (Society of Australian Course Golf Architects)

From the meeting the following research priorities were determined:

  1. Identify and compile the available literature related to golf courses and the environment. The literature review is to identify where there is critical information lacking and to provide a guide for future research activities. Through the AGEI we have contracted Horticulture Australia Ltd to undertake this.
  2. Quantify the carbon foot print of a range of golf courses (e.g. heavily treed to links style) and to develop a check list. Identify key factors to reduce carbon foot print.
  3. Undertake a web-based survey of golf courses to determine the contribution golf courses make to vegetation other than turf (indigenous and introduced).fauna habitats (species identification) and wetlands

AGEI Principal Partners

The AGEI is proudly supported by principal partners Bayer Environmental Science and who have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to improving industry environmental management practices by making significant contributions to the foundation.

“Bayer Environmental Science is proud to be the inaugural principal partner of the Australian Golf Environment Initiative,” says BES business development manager Justin McBeath. “Bayer is committed to sustainable development and we are engaged in a number of global environmental initiatives to achieve this.”

“Being involved with the Australian Golf Environment Initiative is yet another way of fulfilling our vision of ‘Protecting Tomorrow… Today’ and we look forward to being able to further enhance and promote the environmental benefits of golf.

One of the turf industry’s most innovative and progressive companies, Toro Australia has also committed its support to the foundation. “The golf industry is an important part of our business and the relationship we have with superintendents is key to this,” says Cameron Russell, Manager Commercial Business Unit for Toro Australia.

“By supporting the Australian Golf Environment Initiative Toro Australia hopes to help golf course superintendents achieve their environmental management goals to ensure a more sustainable future not only for the golf course maintenance industry but for the game of golf in general.

“The environment is a huge issue for any business at present and it makes sense to invest in environmental programmes. We look forward to working with the AGCSA, the foundation and Australian superintendents in the marketplace to help promote the game of golf as an environmentally friendly sport and one that the public associate with excellence in environmental management.”

The AGEF is indebted to principal partners Bayer Environmental Science, Toro Australia and e-par