BIGGA teams up with Women in Golf Awards

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BIGGA is working with the Women in Golf Awards to offer a new prize that celebrates women working within the turfcare industry.

The 2023 awards will take place at Walton Heath Golf Club, host club of the AIG Women's Open, on the evening of Tuesday, August 8, just before the women's final Major of the year tees off on the Thursday.

BIGGA Chief Operating Officer Sami Strutt said: "BIGGA is proud to support the Women in Golf Awards and we are delighted to this year introduce an award for those who have led the way for women working in turfcare - whether greenkeepers, scientists or other industry experts.

"A signatory of the Women in Golf Charter, BIGGA itself has a diverse, multi-gender workforce and is keenly aware of the vital role women play in the success of the game, from elite professionals through to those working - often literally - at a grassroots level.

"We're excited to join the organisers and others at the awards evening on 8 August for what stands to be a fantastic evening. Best of luck to everyone who is nominated!"

During last year's inaugural awards, Wenvoe Castle head greenkeeper Lucy Sellick was presented with the Trailblazer Award in recognition of her incredible achievements leading the way for female greenkeepers.

"We are incredibly excited to bring the awards to Walton Heath Golf Club during the week of the AIG Women's Open," commented Nicole Wheatley co-founder of the Women in Golf Awards.

"It's a fitting location to recognise the women, brands and places making a difference in the world of golf, alongside the very best players in the world. The awards will be a marvellous celebration of all sectors of the sport and is a fantastic opportunity for women, and men, to come together to recognise the wonderful work that goes on every day in golf."

There will be a total of ten awards presented on the night. In a change from the inaugural event, men will be invited to attend in a move designed to connect the women who are rising stars of the industry with the mostly male decision makers.

Similarly, undergraduates and women who may consider a future career in golf will be among the guests invited to attend as a way of showcasing the diverse job opportunities available in the industry.

Alex Woodward, CEO of Walton Heath Golf Club added: "Walton Heath has made a commitment to ensure that our hosting of the 2023 AIG Women's Open is greater than the four days of the championship. In our delivery of this commitment, we have instigated and supported a number of initiatives to promote and elevate the role of women working in the golf industry.

"In hosting the Women in Golf Awards this year it is the perfect addition to what has already been an incredible series of events, bringing together women from across the industry at an event which already highlights excellence in women's sport.

"We truly believe the AIG Women's Open is the perfect event for all the women in the industry to come together once a year and are excited to see the winners on the night."

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