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.

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.

Blair Drew

Laboratory Technician

Blair joined ETL in 2017 after finishing secondary school. Blair is a keen footballer and when he is not playing, he referees games in his spare time. Blair’s daily duties and responsibilities include testing samples and the routine calibration of laboratory equipment

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

An R&A appointment for European Turfgrass Laboratories (ETL)

ETL, a Labosport Group company in Central Scotland, are proud to announce that they are now the official testing laboratory for The R&A, supporting testing for all Professional & Amateur event venues.  Sharon Singleton-Bruce, Managing Director of ETL says “this is an amazing opportunity for the laboratory, and we are looking forward to working with The R&A’s agronomists, Alistair Beggs, Richard Windows and Adam Newton.” 

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Relating Greens Organic Matter (LOI) to the Age of Golf Greens

This, our second article aims to investigate the relationship between the amount of organic matter in greens and the age of the greens. We hope this helps provide added perspective for managing your greens and provides an insight for members within your clubs.

The management of organic matter is one of the more complex maintenance and renovation tasks for Course Managers around the world, due to its immediate conflict to presenting smooth and fast putting surfaces.

European Turfgrass Laboratories (ETL) annually tests organic matter at 20mm segments for hundreds of golf courses all over the world, from over thousands of individual greens, from a variety of venues including courses with push-up greens, links style and USGA-type golf greens of all ages. This data helps Course Managers communicate better with their stakeholders and make more informed decisions. Read more

Relating Greens Organic Matter (LOI) to the Amounts of Sand Applied

The management of organic matter is one of the more complex maintenance and renovation tasks for Course Managers around the world, due to its immediate conflict presenting smooth and fast putting surfaces.

European Turfgrass Laboratories (ETL) tests organic matter at 20mm segments for hundreds of golf courses annually, from over thousands of individual greens from local authority low budget courses to the world best championship courses. This data helps Course Manager communicate better with its stakeholders and make more informed decisions. Read more…

Organic Matter Testing #3

In this, our third article on organic matter, agronomist, Charles Henderson will cover the complex subject of its reduction. Organic matter, in general, is on the increase. Therefore, this makes the reduction of organic matter in greens, relevant to over 90% of us who are involved in managing golf (and bowling) greens, an extremely important subject. Read More.

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