First names revealed for TPC Sawgrass trip

First names revealed for TPC Sawgrass trip

The BIGGA members selected to help out at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in May next year are confirmed.

Each year, the John Deere TPC Sawgrass Volunteer Programme invites a full member from each of BIGGA’s five regions to join the team for golf’s ‘fifth major’.

For the first time ever, an International member will also join the BIGGA delegation, who will join the tournament support team for the duration of the event.

The successful BIGGA members who have been selected to join the programme are:

Scottish Region - Paul Armour, Course Manager at Dunbar GC

South West and South Wales Region - Jamie Blake, Head Greenkeeper at Broadway GC

Central England Region - Nicholas Thorley, Greenkeeper at Little Aston GC

South East Region - Antony Kirwan, Deputy Course Manager at Aldeburgh GC

Northern Region - Joe Barnes, Greenkeeper at Royal Lytham and St Annes G C

International - Craig Cameron, Golf Club St Leon Rot

The championship takes place at the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida course from 8-13 May 2018, and the six BIGGA members will receive travel, accommodation, food and uniform as they join the team at the legendary venue for the entire duration of the competition, courtesy of BIGGA Partner John Deere.

In addition, John Deere also invites one member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland to join the experience.

The Players Championship is made possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of a volunteer force of over 2,200 people. These volunteers are assigned to one of four divisions ??“ player services, spectator services, volunteer services and facilities.

Ever since it was first held in 1974, The Players Championship has been considered one of the PGA Tour’s most coveted titles. With its iconic 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass provides one of the most recognizable settings in golf and will make for an unforgettable experience for the BIGGA members selected to join the programme.

If they’re lucky, the greenkeepers will even get the opportunity to attempt to hit the 17th hole’s famous island green.

Each of the members underwent a rigorous application process, consisting of an online application, submission of a short video and an interview with BIGGA and John Deere representatives.