BTME 2018: What happened on day one?

BTME 2018: What happened on day one?

BTME 2018 laid to rest any doubts about the exhibition being the most influential event in the turf management calendar as 2,215 delegates flooded through the doors of the Harrogate Convention Centre.

More than 150 exhibitors filled four halls at the centre, while the day was capped off with the BIGGA Welcome Celebration sponsored by Textron Golf.
Here are some of the highlights of day one of BTME 2018

1. Former Wentworth head man takes on BIGGA presidency

Chris Kennedy, who oversaw 56 European Tour events during his career, was appointed BIGGA President 2018, succeeding Sid Arrowsmith MG.

2. John Deere renews partnership with Ladies European Tour

John Deere and the Ladies European Tour announced an extension to their partner agreement, ensuring the machinery manufacturer continues its role as the Tour's official supplier of course maintenance equipment.

3. The winners of the BIGGA Awards were announced at the BIGGA Welcome Celebration

Deeside Golf Club, Alistair Morrison of Durness Golf Club and The Wentworth Club all received BIGGA Awards at the BIGGA Welcome Celebration sponsored by Textron Golf.

4. Headland Amenity discussed new innovations in the light of chemical withdrawals

When the announcement came that a number of fungicides were to be banned in 2017 and 2018, it forced greenkeepers to use new measures when it comes to disease management, writes Liam Williams.

5. The Amenity Spray Operator of the Year award was presented for the first time at BTME

The prestigious title of Amenity Sprayer Operator of the Year has been won by Nathan Hume, contracts manager and ecologist for national grounds maintenance experts, SH Goss Ltd.

6. Rain Bird appointed Rigby Taylor as UK golf products distributor

Global manufacturer of irrigation product and services, Rain Bird, has announced the appointment of Rigby Taylor as its golf products distributor for the UK market.

7. Bernhard announced a new partnership with MLR

Bernhard and Company have announced a new partnership with Norwegian supplementary lighting business, MLR, promising to deliver their products to "all four corners of the globe".

8. Bayer 'Tech-Talks' are an exhibition first

The Bayer Turf Solutions Team have been running a series of 'Tech-Talks on stand A46.

9. Club Car introduced new Tempo golf cars

Club Car, a global leader in golf and utility vehicles and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has unveiled its new golf car, Tempo, at the BTME 2018.

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