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Category Archives: Sport

Is your greenkeeping budget fit for the future?

Is your greenkeeping budget fit for the future?

Features, News, Sport / 23rd October 2017

by Paul Woodham, STRI Agronomy services manager   Balancing your greenkeeping maintenance budget can be tough no matter how big or small the course is. How times…

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Soil, Sand and Sod – practical workshops for golf clubs

Soil, Sand and Sod – practical workshops for golf clubs

News, Sport / 25th September 2017

Join STRI and England Golf for a series of practical workshops on making your greens perform better. The workshops, hosted by highly-experienced consultants, are perfect…

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Consistency is key on the grass of SW19

Consistency is key on the grass of SW19

Features, News, Sport / 17th July 2017

by Mark Ferguson, STRI’s Wimbledon Research Manager   Day 13 of The Championships saw Roger Federer lift the Wimbledon men’s singles title for a record…

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Getting Royal Birkdale ready for The Open

Getting Royal Birkdale ready for The Open

Features, Sport / 17th July 2017

After a wait of nine years the Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale. STRI’s Alistair Beggs, looks at the preparation that has gone into making…

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The leatherjacket and chafer fine turf threat

The leatherjacket and chafer fine turf threat

Features, Sport / 11th July 2017

By Alistair Beggs, STRI head of agronomy   Insect pests of fine turf have been problematic in the UK for many years. However, until recently controlling their…

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Shaping our sporting landscapes

Shaping our sporting landscapes

Research, Sport / 3rd July 2017

Research manager, Mark Ferguson, talks to the Independent‘s David Barnett about Wimbledon 2017, the work STRI conducts into sports turf research, and preparing the best sporting surfaces.    …

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Is there light at the end of the tunnel for stadium pitch design?

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for stadium pitch design?

Sport / 16th June 2017

As the world focuses on the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, STRI’s Head of sports surface design, Dr Richard Gibbs, examines the unique set of challenges stadium pitch…

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Can Fulham’s training pitch facelift inspire promotion glory?

Can Fulham’s training pitch facelift inspire promotion glory?

Features, Sport / 8th May 2017

As some of the biggest games in Fulham’s history loom in the form of the Championship playoffs, can technology first developed for the carpet industry help…

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STRI bolster agronomy team

STRI bolster agronomy team

News, Sport / 2nd May 2017

STRI Group has strengthened its UK regional agronomy operation with the addition of two new turfgrass consultants.     Michael Boyes joins STRI after a…

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Springtime tips for turf growth on golf courses

Springtime tips for turf growth on golf courses

Sport / 24th April 2017

by @StellaRixon STRI agronomist Stella Rixon provides a topical update on managing springtime turf growth.   Headlines Disease pressure in late summer and autumn 2016…

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AST tested Qatar World Cup pitch laid in record time

AST tested Qatar World Cup pitch laid in record time

News, Sport / 21st April 2017

A pitch specially developed in Qatar, and tested by STRI Group subsidiary Aspire Sports Turf, has been laid in record time at Khalifa International Stadium,…

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STRI on panel at ESSMA pitch management workshop

STRI on panel at ESSMA pitch management workshop

News, Sport / 5th April 2017

STRI’s head of sports surfaces, Dr Richard Gibbs, will be among the panellists at the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop in Leicester City’s King Power Stadium…

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Golfers’ grumbles series in full

Golfers’ grumbles series in full

Features, Sport / 22nd March 2017

Here’s our “Golfers’ Grumbles” series in full, we hope you enjoy reading it.     You can check out all five ‘grumbles’ parts on the…

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Green speeds extra – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part five

Green speeds extra – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part five

Features, Sport / 21st March 2017

by @striturf_paulw For the final part of our series on “Golfers’ Grumbles”, I thought I’d serve an extra helping of green speed debate, as it’s an…

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Green speeds – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part four

Green speeds – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part four

Features, Sport / 13th March 2017

by @striturf_paulw For part four of our series of “Golfers’ Grumbles”, I will be looking at the thorny issue of green speeds.     Once…

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Closures and inspections – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part three

Closures and inspections – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part three

Features, Sport / 6th March 2017

by @striturf_paulw For part three of our series of “Golfers’ Grumbles”, I will be looking at the practical issues surrounding course closures and inspections. A…

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Bunkers – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part two

Bunkers – Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part two

Features, Sport / 27th February 2017

by @striturf_paulw For part two of our series of “Golfers’ Grumbles”, I will be looking at the practical issues surrounding bunkers and touching on a…

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The great Poa dispute

The great Poa dispute

Features, Sport / 24th February 2017

by @alistairbeggs (STRI head of advisory) Clenched teeth, anger, palpitations and emotional outbursts are not just the symptoms of mass hysteria, but also characteristics to be found…

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Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part one

Dealing with golfers’ grumbles – part one

Features, Sport / 20th February 2017

by @strituf_paulw Picture the scene. The greenkeeper is proudly laying turf on a newly constructed tee, when he hears the ‘banter’ of the passing golfer…

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STRI Group take root in Scotland

STRI Group take root in Scotland

News, Sport / 7th February 2017

STRI Group has opened a new Scottish office, in the heart of Glasgow, to help deliver a diverse range of sportsturf solutions to new and…

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STRI Group to enhance Auburn turf research

STRI Group to enhance Auburn turf research

News, Sport / 23rd January 2017

STRI Group has joined forces with a leading provider of turfgrass education, Auburn University, to initiate research and development programmes throughout the US sports surface…

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STRI launches Chinese business

STRI launches Chinese business

News, Sport / 13th December 2016

STRI Group has launched its new Chinese company with partners Shanghai KeHua Sports Promotional Co. and Beijing iRENA Group. The inauguration of 上海体赞草坪科技有限公司 (Shanghai Tizan…

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What makes the perfect pitch?

What makes the perfect pitch?

Features, Sport / 6th December 2016

It doesn’t matter if the players who step on to your pitch are worth £20million or less than a bag of crisps, everyone involved in…

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STRI and England Golf to hold a joint workshop at BTME 2017

STRI and England Golf to hold a joint workshop at BTME 2017

News, Sport / 22nd November 2016

STRI and England Golf  are joining forces to present a one-day workshop on golf course management at BTME 2017, which is specifically tailored to secretary/managers,…

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Time for bespoke training

Time for bespoke training

Features, Sport / 22nd November 2016

Devoting time and energy to training can be an exasperating process. Budgets are tight, travelling offsite is time consuming and your staff have different requirements….

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How to tackle the earthworm casting headache

How to tackle the earthworm casting headache

Features, Sport / 1st November 2016

One of the most problematical turf issues faced across western Europe is earthworm casting. STRI’s turfgrass agronomist Conor Nolan investigates their murky underground world for…

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Russia 2018 LOC, FIFA and STRI conduct World Cup pitch inspection

Russia 2018 LOC, FIFA and STRI conduct World Cup pitch inspection

News, Sport / 6th October 2016

Specialists from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA joined experts from STRI for an inspection of pitches which will host matches and training sessions at the 2018 FIFA…

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Regional training for groundstaff and course managers

Regional training for groundstaff and course managers

News, Sport / 2nd September 2016

STRI is running a series of regional training courses for groundstaff, course managers and turfcare professionals, throughout November and December. Venues across the North, Midlands and…

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Groundskeeper training launches in Oceania

Groundskeeper training launches in Oceania

News, Sport / 29th July 2016

Seven Cook Islands groundskeepers furthered their knowledge on how to improve and maintain natural grass pitches during a two-day quality workshop at the CIFA Complex,…

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STRI Group announces Chinese partnership

STRI Group announces Chinese partnership

News, Sport / 21st July 2016

STRI Group has taken a major step into the Chinese sports turf market after striking an agreement with Beijing iRENA Group and Shanghai KeHua Sports…

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Preparing for the Amateur

Preparing for the Amateur

Features, Sport / 10th June 2016

The Amateur Championship has been graced by some formidable golfers since it was founded in 1885.  In 2016 the links of Royal Porthcawl and Pyle…

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New course dates announced for BASIS (FSTA), FACTS & NMP training

New course dates announced for BASIS (FSTA), FACTS & NMP training

Sport / 2nd January 2016

We are pleased to advise that due to a high demand for accreditation within the turfgrass industry, STRI will be running two separate courses for…

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