Master Greenkeeper 82: Anthony Williams CGCS

16 June 2021 Feature Article

In June 2021, Anthony Williams CGCS of TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas became the 82nd BIGGA member to achieve the Master Greenkeeper certification.

Anthony accepting the presidency of the North Texas chapter of the GCSAA

 

I helped pay for my turf degree by teaching Martial Arts for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, from 1982-85. I am a 9th degree black belt and was once on the cover of Bayer Golf Advantage Magazine in full dress karate uniform, executing a high kick with the caption ‘Getting a kick out of environmentalism’. I have won over 100 tournaments in traditional martial arts and archery.

 

I have met many celebrities on the course and I gave Adam Levine from Maroon 5 a ride to the first tee so he could get nine holes in before a concert. He was grateful, asking great questions about the course, and played well.

I have been a part of five televised golf championship events. Between 1986 and 89 I was part of the team for the LPGA Nestle World Championships at Stouffer PineIsle Resort and the 2017 PGA AT&T Byron Nelson Classic at TPC Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

LPGA World Championship 1989 (Anthony is third from the left)

 

I am currently serving as president of the North Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association and I was president of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association in 2011 – 10 years and 1,550km apart.

Just before the pandemic I took up hiking, beginning with the 2020 GCSAA/Syngenta Health in Action 5k at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida. Then I completed many virtual events after the shutdown, including the Texas Distance Challenge (1,310.1km) from El Paso to Texarkana. In 2021, I am doing the Conquerors Challenge virtual walk across the UK from Land’s End to John O’Groats (1,742.9km) in celebration of my BIGGA membership and Master Greenkeeper status. I am on my fourth pair of shoes and have lost 3.5stones (50 pounds). I look forward to actually walking in England in January!

Congratulations Anthony on becoming Master Greenkeeper number 82! More information about the Master Greenkeeper Certificate is available here.

Author

Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Communications Executive

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