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EIGCA 2021 Annual General Meeting means change at the top

2.28pm 27th October 2021 - People

The European Institute of Golf Course Architects EIGCA held its Annual General Meeting in Cardiff, Wales on Wednesday 13th October 2021 and elected a new President and Vice-President to lead the Institute. Australian-born (now based in the UK) Tim Lobb MEIGCA was elected President, and Caspar Grauballe MEIGCA from Denmark was elected as Vice-President.

On being elected as President, Tim Lobb MEIGCA says: “I will use my term as EIGCA President, and the platform this provides, to drive ahead with the message that the design of a course is fundamental to safeguarding the future of golf. We need to stress how the design of courses helps promote the game of golf, for all.”

After his term as President ended in Cardiff, Christoph Staedler stood down from Council and USA-based Kari Haug MEIGCA was elected to fill the resulting vacancy. Kari is EIGCA’s Equality Advisor and is the first female to be elected as a member of the EIGCA Council. The membership of EIGCA’s Council therefore consists of:

·       Tim Lobb MEIGCA (President)

·       Caspar Grauballe MEIGCA (Vice-President)

·       Niall Glen MEIGCA

·       Kari Haug MEIGCA

·       Gary Johnston MEIGCA

·       Paul Kimber MEIGCA

·       Christian Lundin MEIGCA

·       Gareth Williams MEIGCA

EIGCA membership stands at 101, with members based in 25 countries. Since the AGM in 2020, EIGCA has gained two new members (from two countries), 10 have upgraded to full membership (from eight countries), and three new Candidates for Membership (from three countries):

New members (MEIGCA):

1.     Pierre Fulke (Sweden)

2.     Graeme Webster (UK)

Upgraded to member (MEIGCA):

1.     Jakub Cervenka (Czech Republic)

2.     Virginia Costa (Italy)

3.     Kari Haug (USA)

4.     Jari Koivusalo (Finland)

5.     Brian Noble (UK)

6.     Matt Osborne (Dubai)

7.     Rubèn Palacios Setvalls (Spain)

8.     Philip Spogard (Denmark)

9.     Johnny Stenegärd (Dubai)

10.  Lassi Pekka Tilander (Finland)

New Candidates for Membership (CfM):

1.     Michael Harradine (Dubai)

2.     Tom Kelly (UK)

3.     Oliver Tubb (Canada)

The European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) represents Europe’s most qualified golf course architects. Members have shown through their skill, experience and training that they are able to design and oversee the construction of golf courses to the highest standards. EIGCA works to enhance the status of the golf course design profession, increase the opportunities for members to practice throughout the world and educate future golf course architects.

Kari Haug MEIGCA
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