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R&A Greenkeeping Machinery Workshop in Zambia

Successful event focuses on machinery operation and maintenance.

24th November 2016
Managing for healthy grass,Optimising machinery,Managing personnel
Experts demonstrate R&A donated machinery to enthusiastic delegates.  
Over 40 delegates from 11 different golf courses across Zambia converged on Chainama Hills Golf Club in Lusaka on 15 November to attend an R&A Greenkeeping Machinery Workshop, supported by the Zambia Golf Union.  Wendy Cole, Sustainability Co-ordinator at The R&A welcomed Course Managers, Greenkeepers and mechanics who all benefitted from the expertise provided by The R&A and machinery suppliers Dennis Sisis and Ransomes Jacobsen.

The workshop was designed to provide key messages with respect to the maintenance practices undertaken with machinery donated to clubs in this part of Africa through the R&A Greenkeeping Machinery Programme, and to the care of that machinery.  Since its inception in 2004 this Programme has assisted over 180 clubs in 40 countries.  Machinery demonstrations for course management practices such as mowing, scarification and aeration were given by Nigel Church from Ransomes Jacobsen and Andy Walker from Dennis Sisis.

Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) President, Jason Kazilimani said “We had a national Greenkeepers workshop at Chainama Hills Golf Club where The R&A, the mother-body of golf in the world, trained 12 clubs on how to use machinery.  Seven of these clubs were given equipment.  We believe this will go a long way in improving golf in the country.”  ZGU Vice-President (South), Chris Mulenga said “The equipment will help keep most clubs in top condition”.

The workshop concluded with the presentation of donated equipment to Chainama Hills, Chilanga, Kabwe, Maamba, Mkushi, Mpika and Ndola.   A pedestrian scarifier and a pedestrian aerator were also donated to the Zambia Golf Union for use by clubs across the country.