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Bernhard supports IMG during Volvo China Open

Posted on July 01, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Jinji Lake Golf Club in Suzhou, China, recently hosted the Volvo China Open, a tournament co-sponsored by the European Tour and OneAsia Tour. Designed by Gary Player, Jinji Lake Golf Club opened in June 2006 and is fully managed by IMG. The course has already established itself among the top elite golf courses in China. The course has 27-holes, built as three distinct 9-hole courses – parkland style, wetlands and a links course.

IMG and the European tour wanted to provide a distinctive challenge for the strongest field in the tournaments 16 year history, which included the likes of Colin Montgomery, Corey Pavin, Henrik Stenson and 2009 U.S. Open Champion Y.E. Yang.

The wetlands served as the front nine and the links course served as the back nine. While the tees, fairways and greens were all maintained at the same standard, the links course was cut shorter in the rough and secondary cut to allow for ball roll towards pot bunkers and tall fescue rough.

Bernhard were on site to provide tournament support in the form of their specialist technicians Li Meng Sheng and Michael He.

Chris Gray, director of agronomy for IMG Golf Course Services said, ”We had great support from Bernhard and Company, which provided their Express Dual and Anglemaster grinders, along with their tournament support specialists, not only for the tournament but for the weeks leading up to the tournament.”

“The mower set-up is such an important task and has a direct effect on not just playability and look of the turf, but also the health of the plant.”

“Blunt reels that tear turfgrass will at the least look unsightly and most likely become highly susceptible to a disease outbreak which can be devastating given the challenging weather conditions in Asia.”

The tournament ended with a worth winner in Y.E. Yang, who justified his position as the highest ranked player in the field and a U.S. Open Champion.