Sharon Singleton-Bruce, BSc (Hons)

Laboratory Manager & Director

Sharon has been with ETL since 1997 and now is employed as laboratory manager. She graduated from the University of Stirling in 1994 with a degree in Environmental Science. After graduating, Sharon was employed as a laboratory technician with Rufford Top-Dress Supplies in their Scottish quarry. Sharon’s main role is to manage the day-to-day running of the laboratory and is responsible for maintaining ETL’s quality management system. She is the main contact for the company and can help you determine your testing needs.


Carolyn Rutherford, BSc (Hons)

Assistant Laboratory Manager

Carolyn has been employed with ETL since 2005, after graduating with a degree in Biology from the University of Stirling. Carolyn’s role within ETL is to provide support to Sharon, by overseeing the day-to-day testing within the laboratory and assisting in production of test results and reports. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys listening to music, watching DVDs, shopping, eating-out and going to the cinema.


Lee Dawson

Laboratory Supervisor

Lee joined the team at ETL in 2007 after finishing secondary school. Lee is a keen footballer and is captain of his team. When not on the football field, he enjoys playing golf. Nicholas and Lee’s daily role is to undertake the testing of your samples and calibration of the laboratory equipment.


Nicholas Cram

Laboratory Technician

Nicholas joined ETL in 2005, after graduating from Falkirk College of Technology with an HND Applied Biological Sciences. Nicholas enjoys travelling and visiting places of interest, cycling, gardening, listening to music and has a keen interest in different modes of transport.

European Turfgrass Laboratories Ltd (ETL) provides an independent and unbiased service for the analysis of soils, sand, peat, gravel, rootzone and other materials specifically for the turfgrass and landscape industries.

Who Do We Test For?

Formed in 1996, we have been testing materials for many of the world’s leading golf clubs, football clubs, national stadiums, racecourses and other natural grass sports surfaces.
ETL’s market began in the UK and Ireland and has rapidly expanded across Europe into Africa, Middle East, Australasia and South America.
Golf course architects, agronomists, material suppliers, contractors, local authorities and government agencies use our testing services extensively during project planning and construction to ensure that all materials are conforming to their project’s specifications.

How Do We Test?

ETL is an A2LA-accredited laboratory (Geotechnical – Putting Green Materials) and only 1 out of 10 in the world on the USGA approved list of physical soil testing laboratories.
Accreditation involves a two yearly visit from an A2LA assessor to review our quality procedures and ASTM compliance. ETL’s scope of accreditation comprises of a variety of ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) methods – as listed in the “2004 USGA Recommendation for a Method of Putting Green Construction.”
Producing accurate and reliable test results as quickly as possible is essential.
ETL take part in the USGA Proficiency Testing Program – this is a quality control exercise where samples are sent to all participating laboratories for testing and the results are statistically analysed. This ensures that ETL remains one of the leading test centres for rootzone material testing.

Why Test With ETL?

Having materials testing provides an invaluable and essential took for golf course architects, agronomists, course superintendents and groundsmen in making informed decision on which materials are right for you and your projects needs.

Testing at ETL can provide data to help with:

  • Selecting materials for new construction projects
  • Identifying problems with rootzones or topdressings
  • Recommending soil nutrient levels
  • Ensuring materials are compatible
  • Choosing suitable bunker sand
  • Determining suitable construction depths for different materials
  • Ensuring irrigation water is fit for use
  • Providing accurate and independent analysis of materials gives you the comfort of knowing that Europe’s first A2LA-accredited and USGA approved laboratory
  • is working together with you and for you.

Latest News

ETL - Price Increase, effective 1st June 2015

Our prices are increasing on 1st June 2015 – please contact ETL for an up-to-date price list!

Did you know?...

ETL are 1 of only 10 USGA approved physical soil testing laboratories in the world?

ETL Global Experience

Since 1996, European Turfgrass Laboratories tested samples from a variety of projects in countries throughout the world.
See our Testimonials Page for details

A2LA Accreditation

ETL have successfully renewed our A2LA Accreditation for another two years following an on-site assessment in mid-March. The renewal has been extended to April 2017! Anyone wishing copies of our scope of accreditation or certificate should contact Sharon.

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