Are you ready for BIGGA's national golf championship?
Posted on Friday, 28th July 2017
This year BIGGA celebrates 30 years of hosting a national tournament for greenkeepers, and we're returning to the course where it all began.
A national golfing event for the country's greenkeepers has been held since 1923, but only came under BIGGA's authority in 1987, when the association came into being. Back then it was known as the News of the World trophy, and the venue was Verulam in St Albans.
We're marking the 30th anniversary of the BIGGA National Championship sponsored by Charterhouse and Kubota by returning to Verulam for the 2017 edition of the competition, and we want you to get involved.
Verulam is considered by many to be the home of the Ryder Cup, as it was at the club that Samuel Ryder was a member when he came up with the idea of a Transatlantic tournament.
The BIGGA National Championship sponsored by Charterhouse and Kubota will be held on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October, with £500 in vouchers up for grabs.
Last year's winner was Gary Burgess, of Grange Park. He said: "I never thought I would win. I've been coming to the BIGGA National Championship for 11 years but I've never won the big one. I had set out to just try and match the plus handicappers and although I knew I was doing well, I was absolutely bricking myself down the back nine. I guess even a blind squirrel catches a nut sometimes!"
The entry fee of £95 includes all golf fees, lunch on both days and dinner on Monday evening. Please note that there is no accommodation provided.
The main tournament for the Challenge Trophy will be played over 36 holes, medal play, with the best overall gross score producing the BIGGA National Champion, who must be a greenkeeper member. The greenkeeper player with the best nett score will be presented with the BIGGA Challenge Cup.
Head to the members section of the website to download an application pack.