Former Wentworth head man takes on BIGGA presidency

Former Wentworth head man takes on BIGGA presidency

The former courses and estates manager at The Wentworth Club, who worked closely with Ernie Els during the four-time Major winner’s renovation of the West Course, has been announced as President of BIGGA for 2018.

Chris Kennedy, who retired from his role at Wentworth in 2012, succeeded Sid Arrowsmith MG as BIGGA President and was appointed at the BIGGA AGM, held on Tuesday 23 January at the Harrogate Convention Centre during BTME 2018.

Chris said: "I would like to thank Sid for all his hard work over the past two years, as Vice President and then president of BIGGA. I have enjoyed being able to spend time with him over the past year and he's one of the great characters of the greenkeeping industry. It's been a real privilege and I am looking forward to taking on this role and representing this fantastic association as best as I am able."

In a greenkeeping career spanning more than half a century, Chris secured one of the most coveted jobs in golf when he joined Wentworth in February 1990.

Chris began his career at Cowglen, before moving to Haggs Castle, where he spent 20 years. During his time there he oversaw the 1972 reconstruction of the course under the direction of Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss, which led to his being chosen by Wentworth, where the South Course was being constructed.

During his time at Wentworth, Chris oversaw 56 European Tour events. He retired from the courses and estates managers role at Wentworth in May 2012 following his final tournament, the BMW PGA Championship, won by Luke Donald, and with his good friend Ernie Els coming in seventh.

Former BIGGA President Sid Arrowsmith MG said: The main joy of the year has simply been meeting fellow greenkeepers, discussing their issues and their problems and the way they're going to go about solving them. That's been the most enjoyable part. I would have to give BIGGA a big round of applause for the work they're doing. They've been working in the background making sure we're equipped with education and training in order to take on the big responsibilities we're tasked with in this job.

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