BIGGA members selected for delegation to Orlando, Florida
The Orange County Convention Center will host the Golf Industry Show 2020
There are worse places to spend the final week in January than Orlando, Florida, and 10 BIGGA members are looking forward to soaking up some winter sun after being selected to take part in the BIGGA Delegation to the Golf Industry Show with Bernhard and Company..
The BIGGA members will represent the UK greenkeeping industry as they network with peers from around the globe and sample the education on offer after being selected to attend the largest turf management exhibition in the world, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in 2020.
While there, the delegates will benefit from fantastic networking opportunities and have access to the education seminars and workshop hosted by the American golf superintendents’ association.
Lucy Sellick is the head greenkeeper at Wenvoe Castle in Wales and the 44-year-old has become the first female BIGGA member ever to be selected for the delegation, which is sponsored by BIGGA Partner Bernhard and Company.
Lucy said: “I’m a bit overwhelmed to be honest and the first thing I did when I found out was panic about my passport and whether it was still in date!
“I’m over the moon about being selected as everyone talks about the delegation within the industry and how rewarding it is. After cutting fairways this morning while wearing 10 layers because it was only 4 degrees, the thought of going to Florida in January isn’t too bad!
“Greenkeeping has always felt like a family and then all of a sudden, 10 of you are going away on this incredible experience. I’m so grateful for the generosity of Bernhard Company who are allowing this to take place and for the support of BIGGA who organise these amazing opportunities for members.”
The BIGGA Delegation to the Golf Industry Show with Bernhard and Company is one of the leading opportunities available to members and can be truly career‑defining. There’s not just the experience of attending the show, but the delegates will also visit some of the leading golf facilities in the region and they’ll build a close camaraderie that can last for a career. They’ll also join the ranks of other BIGGA members who have taken part in the delegation, meeting up at BTME each year and even organising reunions for many years after the event.
Eyemouth head greenkeeper Keith Burgon was a delegate in 2019 and reflected upon his experience, saying: “Every part of this trip is a learning experience and I picked up so many useful tips from the other delegates that I will take back to Eyemouth.”
Tom Pattison was also a delegate in 2019 and the Blyth greenkeeper said: “It’s hard to pick out a single favourite moment from the trip as the whole thing was amazing; I could not have asked for a better group of people to spend the week with. All the delegates and the Bernhard and BIGGA staff made this trip one of the most memorable experiences of my life.”
Bernhard Director Steve Nixon said: “The BIGGA delegation is always a very exciting initiative for Bernhard Company. Each year we are hugely impressed with the calibre of applications and the candidates this year did not disappoint.
“We are pleased to give these 10 BIGGA members the opportunity of this trip and we’re confident that it will be a great step in furthering their careers.”
The BIGGA delegates are:
Andy Merry, course manager, Preston Golf Club
Callum Goodhind, deputy course manager, Prestbury
Jack Sims, course manager, Surrey Downs
Jake Boardman, deputy head greenkeeper, Roehampton
Peter Robinson, course manager, PGA National Ireland at Slieve Russell
Jonny Peacock, head greenkeeper, Rugby
David Roberts, course manager, Saddleworth
Chris Sharp, course manager, Hampstead
Lucy Sellick, head greenkeeper, Wenvoe Castle
Andrew Riley, first assistant, The Warrington