South African Greenkeeper's Association Expands
The Turfgrass Managers Association of Southern Africa (TGMASA) – previously known as the Golf Course Managers and Greenkeepers Association of Southern Africa (GCMGA) came into existence over 30 years ago because course superintendents saw a need to network and share their knowledge and experience on the maintenance and upkeep of golf courses. This has proven to be so successful that it is now being expanded to include all other sports and facilities requiring turf grass management and maintenance throughout Southern Africa.
The TGMASA was officially established on the 30th August 2012 by Four Turfgrass Associations. The Association provides information to its members, representing their interests and facilitates training at all levels. The TGMASA will provide a forum for discussion and networking among course and sports field superintendents and turfgrass managers at a national level.
TGMASA and its members strive to be recognized by the turf industry as one of the key contributors in elevating course- and sports field superintendents as professionals thereby raising the standard on all sport fields, parks and recreational grounds.
Turf grass management has now become a multi-skilled discipline. A course superintendent may be part scientist, environmentalist, horticulturist, personnel manager, instructor, meteorologist and accountant. Course superintendents and grounds men are no longer merely keepers of greens and fields, but managers of all open spaces and of budgets running into millions of Rands.
The Vision of the TGMASA is to provide a professional support structure for the Turfgrass Industry in Southern Africa. The TGMASA is committed to improve the standard of Turfgrass Managers in Southern Africa through education and professionalism. We would like to keep our members informed of the latest technology and developments in the turf industry. We shall communicate with all sporting bodies and associations in the green industry when it relates to environmental issues as well as education.