2019 Golf Environment Awards finalists announced

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The finalists for the 2019 Golf Environment Awards (GEAs), recognising golf clubs and individuals that strive to undertake environmental best practice, have been announced.

Orchids at Minchinhampton Golf Club

Over 30 longlisted clubs were visited earlier in the year and painstakingly whittled down to 17 finalists, including one club from Switzerland.

Four finalists have been named in three GEA categories - Conservation Greenkeeper of Year, Outstanding Environmental Project and Operation Pollinator. However, such was the competition in the Environmental Golf Course of Year category the shortlist has been increased to five finalists.

Representatives from the finalists will attend the glittering awards ceremony on 23 January at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate, during BTME week.

Golf Environment Awards judge, Rowan Rumball, said: "This is my first year managing the GEAs, and it has been a fantastic, but challenging, experience. It has been humbling and such a privilege to see first-hand all the good work golf clubs are striving to achieve.

"The range of projects has been massively diverse, and the scale is inspiring. Golf is truly leading the way when it comes to ecological and environmental commitment."

The GEA provides the platform from which the golf industry can demonstrate environmental excellence in all its forms. This has been demonstrated by past finalists and can range from relatively simple but effective projects, to grand scale schemes.

All finalists receive free entry into the Foundation Award in Amenity Horticulture course, recognised by BASIS, as well as CPD points, and the lucky winners will be able to enjoy a European Golf & Environment Trip of a Lifetime to Portugal.

Left: Ipswich Golf Club - nominated in two categories. Right Notts Golf Club

The Golf Environment Awards 2019 finalists are:

Environmental Golf Course of the Year

Aldeburgh Golf Club

Ipswich Golf Club

Minchinhampton Golf Club

Warrington Golf Club

St Andrews Links

Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year

Les Rae - Montrose Golf Links

Phil Stain - Notts Golf Club

Mark Broughton - Aldeburgh Golf Club

Neil Sherman - Ipswich Golf Club

Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year

Wylihof Golf Club

Cotswold Hills Golf Club

Hallamshire Golf Club

Woking Golf Club

Operation Pollinator

Wylihof Golf Club

Banchory Golf Club

Wigan Golf Club

Corhampton Golf Club

The winners will be announced at the Golf Environment Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 23h January 2019, at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate. Tickets for the awards, which includes a three-course meal and drinks, go on general sale on 16 Nov. Please email enquiries@strigroup.com for further details.

A huge thank you also goes to Golf Environment Award partners and sponsors who continue to support and promote the awards year-on-year, without them the awards simply would not be possible.

The R&A, BIGGA, The Golf Club Manager, Tillers Turf, Ransomes Jacobsen, Wiedenmann, Aquatrols, Syngenta

For further details about The Golf Environment Awards please visit https://golfenvironmentawards.com/