Rough start, but we’re just getting started

By |  July 8, 2013

I’ve had a crazy 24 hours.

I arrived in Philly Sunday night about 40 minutes late. My flight to Manchester was in 50 minutes. I could make that, right?

Then we sat stuck on the runway for over an hour. AWFUL!

I missed my flight to Manchester. I decided to sprint all the way from C terminal to A terminal to catch the last flight to London Heathrow. And that’s when my journey just got started.

I made it to London unscathed, but missed yet another connection, this one to Manchester. The British Airlines agent told me they didn’t book me enough time to make it… They allocated 30 minutes when I needed 90 minutes.

But I caught the next flight to Manchester…

But I did miss the golf course tour I was scheduled to take on Monday morning. And my suitcase is still in Philadelphia. So I’ll be rocking the same Torrey Pines shirt for two days in a row. I’m sure I’ll smell like a champion tomorrow morning. Forgive me, England.

Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda for tomorrow. Sounds pretty cool:

Pitch Focus Event at Leeds Headingly.

Pitch Focus will take place on Tuesday 9th July at Headingley Stadium, Leeds, and is the ideal opportunity to meet some of the UK and Ireland’s leading turf managers from the Premiership football, Championship football, Rugby football league, colleges, universities, and schools.

The event will be predominantly outdoors, and will take place on the newly constructed rugby pitch at Headingley Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos. The format on the day will consist of 6 stations for presentations and demonstrations which will run on a rotation basis throughout the day, with the 70 guests split into 6 groups. Each station will run for approximately 30 minutes, and there will be plenty of opportunity for further questions and discussions throughout the event.

When the day¹s presentations come to a close the event moves next door to the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club where all guests are encouraged to stay on to enjoy an evening of cricket between Yorkshire CCC and Leicestershire Foxes. This aspect of the event offers an excellent opportunity to network with stadia managers across the UK in a relaxed environment, and discuss further the day¹s presentations and demonstrations.

Event summary:

· Attendees ­ x 70 leading UK and Ireland Grounsdmen, by invitation only
· Interactive, innovative event showcasing the latest research and techniques
· 6 x stations ­ 30 minute slots (rotations x 6 groups of x 12 maximum)
· Refreshments/lunch
· T20 cricket, including buffet dinner and OPEN BAR (my caps) · Overnight accommodation

So though it’s off to a rough start, my 2013 England trip is looking up very soon.


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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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