Be a part of history with The 150th Open at St Andrews

4 October 2021 Announcement

BIGGA members are being invited to join the Volunteer Support Team for the 150th Open at St Andrews.

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St Andrews Links Superintendent Sandy Reid is inviting BIGGA members to support the home team for the duration of The 150th Open

 

It’s expected to be the biggest Open Championship in history. The 150th Open will take place at St Andrews in July 2022 and you could be there.

Sandy Reid, Gordon McKie and the St Andrews Links team will have the Old Course in incredible condition as the historic venue hosts The Open for the 30th time. And you could be there too, inside the ropes and playing a role in the staging of this most historic of championships.

Sam Wood, a greenkeeper at Lingdale, had an unforgettable experience as he was selected to join the final match-up at Royal St George’s this July. It was Sam’s first time joining the volunteer support team, as it is for many team members each year. 

Sam said: “I would encourage anyone to apply for the support team as it was something I will never forget. I was walking down the 18th and the atmosphere was immense; that’s the one thing I will remember forever.”

It’s 162 years since Willie Park Snr and Old Tom Morris joined a field of just eight players for the first Open Championship at Prestwick in 1860. Since then, The Open has grown into a tremendous celebration of links golf, with a global audience of millions.

For the past 37 years The R&A has invited a team of volunteer greenkeepers to aid with the maintenance of bunkers for the duration of the championship. Beginning at St Andrews in 1984, the volunteers were first drawn from the membership of the Scottish & International Golf Greenkeepers Association and then BIGGA following its launch in 1987.

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Sam Wood attended the final match at The Open 2021

 

BIGGA’s support team will assist with the presentation of the bunkers throughout the duration of the tournament and may also be called upon at short notice to help with other duties - as happened in 2015 when The Open was delayed due to heavy rain and flooding.

The R&A’s Chief Executive, Martin Slumbers, said he expects the event to be a “momentous occasion” for golf, adding: “The 150th Open will give fans the opportunity to be part of a unique and unparalleled celebration at the birthplace of the game in St Andrews. We expect exceptional demand to be part of these celebrations.”

Full BIGGA members can apply for a place on the support team by completing the online application form ahead of the deadline on 28 January 2022. Apply using the Member Opportunities section of the BIGGA website.

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Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Communications Executive

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