Did your team rise to the occasion?
The BIGGA Awards are back and we're on the lookout for greenkeeping teams who did incredible things to host a championship at their venue this year.
Golf events returned with a bang throughout 2021 and there have been some absolutely stunning championships taking place - from club competitions to amateur events, all the way up to The Open at Royal St George's.
Championships are often the highlight of the year for a greenkeeping team and each year BIGGA recognises those incredible achievements by inviting nominations for the Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year Award sponsored by Origin Amenity Solutions.
This year there are some incredible prizes up for grabs for the winners of the awards. The team that is awarded Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year will receive an ecology visit from James Hutchinson, including a full ecology plan. They will also receive a £300 Virgin Experience Days voucher, which will allow the team to either put their feet up and relax or enjoy a thrilling day out - there's a massive selection of options. The winner will also receive a BIGGA Awards 2022 trophy, to be displayed in the club in recognition of their incredible efforts.
In 2020 the Parkstone Golf Club team, led by Grant Peters, won the award following their hosting of the Ladies' European Amateur Championship in July 2019.
Speaking at the time, Grant explained what made his team's achievement so special: "Our guys basically worked the whole of July without getting a day off, but the condition of the course was just right. We enjoyed a dry June and, the Friday before the championship started, we had an inch of rain that kept us going through the week. By the end of the championship, the course was playing firm and true.
"It was the biggest ever event in Dorset and it was really well supported, which was commented on by the organisers. This award is the icing on the cake."
Also nominated in the same category was the Gleneagles team for hosting The 2019 Solheim Cup and the Ipswich Golf Club team for hosting the English Ladies' Open Amateur Championship.
At the BIGGA Welcome Celebration, to be held on 25 January 2022 on the opening night of BTME, we'll also be handing out other prizes, including the Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness and the Championship Performance of the Year sponsored by Origin Amenity Solutions.
You can find out more about these awards and nominate greenkeeping teams who you believe deserve special recognition by heading to the BIGGA Awards page of our website.
Nominations close on 30 November and we'll announce the finalists in December. Finalists will be invited to join us for the BIGGA Welcome Celebration at BTME, where we'll announce the winners in each category.
BIGGA members can invite themselves or their team, while anyone else may also nominate someone for an award. The only requirement is that the nominee be an active BIGGA member.
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