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Don Harradine Trophy this year at Bled

8.26am 11th September 2009 - People

Don Harradine (1911-1996) was a founder member of the European Society of Golf Course Architects and the first European based member of the British Association of Golf Course Architects.

One of Don Harradine’s main concerns was to provide a first class education and training for greenkeepers and ensure due recognition for their work. In 1971 Don and his wife Babette created the International Greenkeepers Association (IGA) in order to educate and enhance the profession which was and sometimes still is a poorly understood and ungrateful occupation.

The Don Harradine Memorial trophy was created to provide a yearly reminder of Don’s support for the greenkeeper‘s professional values. The golf tournament is co-organized and held under the patronage of the official greenkeeper‘s associations of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia and was specifically created for the head-greenkeepers of those four countries.

The 2009 edition will be held in Bled on 22 – 23 September

The trophy takes place on a Don Harradine course and has been played since 1999. This year the host will be the Bled Golf Course (Slovenia) and the Chairman of the Slovenian Greenkeepers Association, Gorazd Nastran.

The King’s course in Bled was opened in 1937 and was redesigned by Donald Harradine in 1972. The Yugoslav King Aleksandar Karađorđević chose Bled as his summer residence and decided to build the 18 hole golf course, which is the cradle of Slovenian golf and one of the oldest courses in this part of Europe.

The DHM Trophy has become a traditional yearly gathering of greenkeepers.

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