BIGGA members to be well represented at Golf Environment Awards

BIGGA members to be well represented at Golf Environment Awards

The Sports Turf Research Institute has revealed the finalists for the 2018 Golf Environment Awards (GEA), with BIGGA members comprising all but one of the nominees.

The GEA provides the platform from which the golf industry can demonstrate environmental excellence in all its forms. This has been demonstrated by past finalists and can range from relatively simple but effective projects, to grand scale schemes.

Set up over 20 years ago, the Golf Environment Awards are highly regarded in the industry and for 2018 have been joined by The R&A as lead partner.

Golf Environment Awards judge, Sophie Vukelic, said: “This is my third year of judging the awards and it is not getting any easier choosing the finalists. We had an outstanding array of applications this year, with familiar faces and exciting newcomers to the awards. I hope you will all agree, that we have decided on some magnificent finalists, all of whom showcase the highest environmental stewardship within golf.

“I’d also like to congratulate and commend those golf clubs and individuals who didn’t quite make it to the final, you shouldn’t be disheartened. Keep on shining a good light on golf and thank you for allowing me to visit your golf courses.”

Over 25 longlisted clubs were visited earlier in the year by STRI ecology consultant and GEA judge, Sophie Vukelic, and painstakingly whittled down to 12 finalists.

Representatives from the finalists will attend the awards ceremony in January, held during the week of BTME 2018, where they will be vying for the honours of either Environmental Golf Course of the Year, Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year, Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year or the Operation Pollinator award.

This year, for the first time, all finalists will receive entry into the Foundation Award in Amenity Horticulture course, recognised by BASIS, and the lucky winners will be able to enjoy a European golf and environment trip of a lifetime to Portugal.

The Golf Environment Awards 2018 finalists are:

Operation Pollinator

Jaey Goodchild of Bowood Golf Club

Tom Freeman of Kingsdown Golf Club

Michael Halliday of Ufford Park Golf Club

John McLoughlin of Warrington Golf Club

Environmental Golf Course of the Year

Aldeburgh Golf Club

Carnoustie Golf Links

Dundonald Links

Warrington Golf Club

Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year

Jon Keepen, Cumberwell Park Golf Club

Stephen Thompson, John O'Gaunt Golf Club

Les Rae, Montrose Links

Phil Stain, Notts Golf Club

Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year

Abergele Golf Club with the project entitled 'Wild Land - Tir Gwyllt'

Minchinhampton Golf Club with the project entitled 'Connecting the Land ??“ Dead Hedging & Stumperies'

Ipswich Golf Club with the project entitled 'Heathland Restoration & Silver-Studded Blue Conservation'

La Moye Golf Club with the project entitled 'Knocking Back Succession'

The winners will be announced at the Golf Environment Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 24 January 2018, at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate. Places are available at the awards ceremony, please email for further details.

Sophie added: "STRI would like to thank all the golf clubs that entered but didn’t make the final shortlist.

"A huge thank you also goes to the sponsors who continue to support and promote the awards year-on-year, without them the awards simply would not be possible: BIGGA, The Golf Club Manager, Tillers Turf, Ransomes Jacobsen, Wiedenmann, Farmura, Syngenta."

More information is available from The Golf Environment Awards website.