The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association and ICL have revealed the five successful recipients of the third ICL Continue to Learn scholarship.
The 2018 ICL Scholars With Sami Strutt And ICL's Ed Carter
The ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship offers five BIGGA members the opportunity to attend the Continue to Learn education programme. Taking place at BTME 2019 in Harrogate, the world-leading education programme features more than 250 hours of education, making it the most influential event in the turf management calendar within the United Kingdom.
The scholarship, worth approximately £500, comprises three nights' hotel accommodation and a 15-hour education bundle.
The successful BIGGA members are:
1. Blair Shearer, assistant greenkeeper, Dunbar Golf Club
2. Dan Dooley, greenkeeper, Mount Murray Golf Club
3. David Stewart, deputy head greenkeeper, Walmley Golf Club
4. Jorge Manso, deputy head greenkeeper, Coombe Wood Golf Club
5. Andrew Brown, course manager, Boundary Lakes
Sami Strutt, BIGGA's head of member development, said: "The ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship is a great initiative, providing five BIGGA members with the chance to attend education classes that have been specifically designed with greenkeepers in mind.
"Staying in Harrogate, visiting BTME and networking with like-minded colleagues and peers is a fabulous way to ignite the passion of this great industry for the year ahead. Our thanks go to the sponsor, ICL, for enabling this desirable opportunity."
Michael Hughes was an ICL Scholar in January 2018
Michael Hughes, deputy course manager at Scotscraig, was an ICL Scholar at Continue to Learn 2018. He said: "The scholarship was priceless for me because I knew my golf club couldn't afford to send me to Continue to Learn. When you add up the cost, including a hotel for the week, what ICL and BIGGA do for anyone in my position is just priceless. Just those few days in Harrogate benefit your career immensely because you take so much away from them."
Ed Carter, UK sales and development manager for ICL, said: "We are delighted to be involved with the scholarship for the third year running. The feedback we received from previous scholars has been excellent and we hope those chosen for 2019 get as much out of it as the previous 10 did."
Continue to Learn at BTME will take place at the Harrogate Convention Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel and The Majestic Hotel from Sunday 20 to Wednesday 23 January 2019. The extensive programme will run alongside BTME, the largest indoor exhibition in Europe for the sports turf industry.
The Turf Rewards loyalty scheme from ICL and Syngenta enables BIGGA members to claim Continue to Learn education vouchers with reward points for buying products that are used on golf courses. For further information visit www.turfrewards.com
For more information about BTME and Continue to Learn, visit www.btme.org.uk