Advice and Support from Unsung Heroes
By Carol Dutton
Arthur Williams, Head Groundsman at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd, South Wales and Ian Willett, Course Manager at Thorpeness Golf Club in Suffolk were proclaimed Terrain Aeration's Unsung Heroes for 2005.
At the annual awards held during Harrogate Week, Steve Gingell, Southern Area Manager for the STRI spoke on behalf of his fellow judges Gordon Child (BIGGA) and Derek Walder (IOG) praising the winners for their selfless work with both junior members of their own green and groundstaff and those from a wider area.
"Both men maintain their sports facilities to the highest possible standard but despite the demands of the job they are never too busy to help and advise those further down the ladder," he said. "Arthur, who has been at Ynysangharad for 40 years has been a mentor to many young groundsman and will always take time out to help people on placement, including those with learning difficulties. Ian, (who took Thorpeness to win the BIGGA national environmental award) is known for always putting his staff first, and his availability to anyone seeking help or advice. Both men freely pass on their knowledge and lend their support for no personal gain or recognition."
Geraint Jenkins, Area Parks Officer for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, nominated Arthur Williams and Mrs. Charlie Damonsing, Golf Manager at Thorpeness Golf club, nominated Ian Willett.
The winners will enjoy a week's holiday in the South of France, with Terrain Aeration donating the hire of a house in Lanquedoc and sponsors Turf Professional magazine and Pitchcare donating £200 towards travelling expenses.