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Greenkeeper Award Nominations Double

Greenkeeper Award Nominations Double: The number of entries into Toro’s Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award last year increased with over double the amount from employer nominations.

This is a fact attributed to commitment to career learning from golf club employers, course managers and head greenkeepers, says David Cole from award sponsor Reesink Turfcare.

Greenkeeper Award Nominations Double

“These results were hugely pleasing to us. It demonstrates the faith employers have in the abilities of their students. We’re aware that without those who nominate their greenkeepers we wouldn’t find the talent we do, hence why we applaud those who let us know about their bright and shining stars.”

Proving the point in 2018 was course manager Steve Oultram from The Wilmslow Golf Club who nominated Daniel Ashelby winner of the Student Award and course manager Jon McMullen from Lee Park Golf Club who nominated winner Danny Patten for the Young Student Award.

Steve is heading to the Golf Industry Show in San Diego in February as part of his prize for nominating Daniel, while Jon has won a trip to Vidauban Golf Club in the South of France, one of the most exclusive European golf clubs there is, for nominating Danny.

Steve views the all-expenses paid trip to San Diego for nominating Daniel in his bid to win the coveted trophy as a great opportunity to bring home to Wilmslow first-hand knowledge on the latest products and services to benefit the golf industry.

He says: “I’m really excited about my trip to the Golf Industry Show, it’s going to be really beneficial to network with some of the industry’s leading people in golf and learn about what we may expect to see in the UK, and at The Wilmslow Golf Club, in the near future.”

Meanwhile, as only the third winner of the Young Award, Danny Patten has cemented his position as one of the very best young greenkeepers in the country, and Jon is excited to have the chance to visit Danny at Vidauban Golf Club.

He says: “Vidauban is known as one of the finest golf courses in the world and it’s a very exclusive club, so to see it myself, and to hear about Danny’s time there, is something I wouldn’t miss. It’s going to be amazing to experience the course and the way it’s run; it’s an example of excellence, so taking in as much as I can while I’m there is going to be a top priority.”

David Cole, managing director of Reesink Turfcare who was first involved in the awards in 1993, says: “We are very proud of the status the Student Award holds within the industry and the opportunity it has provided for career advancement over the years. The fact that employers are showing they do too by nominating their talented greenkeepers is a promising sign for the future of the industry.

“It’s important to remember that it’s not just the students who benefit from winning, their nominators do also. Not only do they receive an all-expenses paid trip abroad, but we mustn’t forget that the winners’ success is testament to the excellent support they receive from their employers, who we are delighted to be able to recognise.”

Both employers and lecturers can make nominations. Visit reesinkturfcare.co.uk/sgoty to find out how to make a nomination into the 2019 awards.

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Nominations Open For IOG Awards

Nominations Open For IOG Awards: Nominations are now open for the 2018 Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards, with 21 categories of entry recognising the passion, dedication and challenges faced by grounds staff in both grassroots and professional sports at clubs of every size and from all areas of the UK.

This year’s awards – the 10th in the series and being held on October 31 at the Hilton Metropole hotel at the Birmingham NEC, on the evening of the first day of SALTEX – includes the introduction of new awards and enhancements to existing categories.

Nominations Open For IOG Awards

To celebrate the anniversary, the IOG is planning some exciting changes to the awards event which has continually grown in status for acknowledging the achievements of volunteer and professional grounds teams, as well as community clubs and national stadia.

Commenting, IOG chief executive Geoff Webb says: “We are planning some exciting developments for the awards presentations to mark the 10th anniversary. We have added new categories and enhanced the entry criteria – opening up the awards to more potential winners from all sectors of society – at all levels of the sporting spectrum.

“The awards continue to provide the only national stage for the achievements of everyone involved in groundscare across all levels of sport – whether professional teams at stadia or, indeed, the lone volunteer groundsman at a small village club.

“Importantly, applications to every category are encouraged from Scotland, Ireland and Wales, as well as England.”

He adds: “These are the only awards for groundsmen that are judged by groundsmen, and we are lucky to have a dedicated group of volunteer judges with a range of backgrounds that encompass the diversity of the industry and profession today.

“Please take the time to nominate as you must know many deserving candidates and great examples of sports turf management at every level.”

The 2018 IOG Industry Award categories are:

  •  IOG Toro Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year
  • IOG Rigby Taylor/Top Green Young Grounds Person of the Year
  • IOG Redexim Charterhouse/AMS Volunteer Sports Grounds Person/Team of the Year
  • IOG National Governing Bodies’ Community Sports Club Grounds Team/Individual of the Year
  • IOG Public Sector Sports Grounds Team of the Year
  • IOG Bowling Greenkeeper/Team of the Year
  • IOG Best Managed Artificial Surface Award
  • IOG Ransomes Environmental and Ecology Strategy Award
  • IOG National Governing Bodies’ Professional Multi- Sports Ground/Facility
  • IOG Headland Amenity Professional Cricket Grounds Team of the Year
  • IOG Professional Tennis Courts Grounds Team/Individual of the Year
  • IOG John Deere Professional Horse Racing Grounds Team of the Year
  • IOG Professional Rugby Football League Grounds Team of the Year
  • IOG Kubota Professional Rugby Football Union Grounds Team of the Year
  • IOG SISGrass Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year – for English Leagues 1 & 2, National League, National League North/South, Scottish Championship & Leagues 1 & 2, Ireland & Wales Professional Leagues
  • IOG SGL Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year – for the Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premier League
  • IOG University/College Grounds Team of the Year
  • IOG Growth Products Independent School Grounds Team of the Year
  • IOG International Ambassador of the Year
  • The IOG Ransomes/DLF Johnsons Alex R Millar Award – to the person chosen as the outstanding winner across all award categories
  • IOG GrassMaster Solutions Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement Award.

To make nominations, visit www.iog.org/awards where you can also find full details of entry criteria for each award.

For information on how to sponsor an award, please contact Karen Maxwell on 0908 552 987 or email: kmaxwell@iog.org

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Groundsman Award Nominations

Groundsman Award Nominations: Cambridgeshire FA are looking for nominations for this season’s Groundsman of the Year award.

Member clubs at Step 7 and below are invited to nominate their grounds people who give up hours of their time to provide the best pitches possible, often using very few resources. This competition is a great way for these volunteers to get recognition for their time and efforts on a local and national level whilst also having the opportunity to meet and talk with the professional groundsmen who conduct the judging.

Groundsman Award Nominations

The first ranked Cambridgeshire club groundsman will go forward to the national judging stage and undergo independent adjudication.

To nominate your groundsman please compete and return the form (click here to download) to Joanne Bull, Facilities and Participation Manager, by email: joanne.bull@cambridgeshirefa.com

Postal nominations:

Cambridgeshire FA
Bridge Road
CB24 9PH

The closing date for nominations is Thursday 22nd February 2018.

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