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Meet the finalists of the BIGGA Awards 2019

10.46am 15th January 2019 - BTME - This story was updated on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

A greenkeeper who spends his spare time supporting the homeless and another who saved the life of a golfer who suffered a heart attack on the course are among the finalists of the brand new BIGGA Awards 2019.

The BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition returns this January, with more than 5,000 turf managers, greenkeepers, golf club owners and industry decision makers expected to visit the Harrogate Convention Centre to engage with the innovative new incarnation of Europe’s premier turf management event.

One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the BIGGA Welcome Celebration sponsored by Jacobsen, where the winners of the prestigious BIGGA Awards will be revealed.

Hosted by Naga Munchetty and supported by some of the industry’s leading names, the awards recognise the year’s outstanding performances from association members.

BIGGA Chief Executive Officer Jim Croxton said: “I’m delighted that we received an excellent set of nominations from all over the country and beyond. Each of the nine finalists would be extremely worthy winners of the awards.

“Congratulations to each of the nine finalists and I look forward to seeing them all at the BIGGA Welcome Celebration in Harrogate.”

The finalists of the BIGGA Awards 2019 are:

Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year sponsored by Rigby Taylor

  • Stewart Duff and the team at Gullane Golf Club
  • Craig Earnshaw and the team at Harleyford Golf Club
  • Matthew Wharton CGCS MG and the team at Carolina Golf Club in North Carolina

Outstanding Contribution of the Year sponsored by Jacobsen

  • Jack Percival, Chipstead Golf Club for services to the homeless
  • Amanda Dorans, Dundonald Links for volunteering and conservation efforts
  • Carl Flavell, Hickleton Golf Club for lifesaving efforts on the golf course

Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness

  • Ian Brown and the team at Skipton Golf Club
  • Sean McLean and the team at Princes Golf Club
  • Stuart Imeson of Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club

BTME runs from Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 January 2019 and the expanded show will see an increase in available exhibition space of around 25% on 2018. There will be a range of new initiatives, such as Golf Course Construction Live, a New Products Area and a Member Wellbeing Area.

The BTME smartphone app is the comprehensive guide to the exhibition and is available to download now through the Apple Store and Google Play.

You can register online now for BTME or head to for more information.


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