Myerscough College held their presentation of awards ceremonies over two days on Thursday 16th July and Friday 17th July.
The ceremonies see many students presented with outstanding achievement awards, rewarding their efforts over the duration of the course. This year saw nine Sportsturf students given awards as the top students on their courses.
From the BSc (Hons) Turfgrass Science Degree, John Dempsey, from Co Kildare, Ireland, won the Martyn Jones First Prize Award and Michael Taylor, from Bexhill-on-sea, East Sussex, won the BSSS Supported Soil Science Award. From the FdSc Sportsturf Degree, Matthew Byers, from Co Dublin, Ireland, won the Ernest Jones First Prize Award, Terry Wharton, from Warrington, won the Ransomes Jacobson Turfmech Cup and Paul Woodham, from Birmingham, won the Barenburg Turf Award. From the National Diploma in Sportsturf, Craig Harrison, from Burnley, won the Rufford Top Dress Cup Academic Award and Fabian Towers, from Chorley, Lancashire, won the TORO Turf Machinery Practical Award. From the National Certificate in Sports and Amenity Turf Maintenance, Adam Rowberry, from Blackpool, won the Institute of Groundsmanship Cup for the Most Improved Student and Paul Fisher, from Bolton, won the Ransomes Jacobsen Turf Machinery Best Student Award.
The awards recognise the exceptional dedication and commitment that they have put into their studies.
John Dempsey will continue to manage the Curragh Golf Course in Co Kildare as well as undertake a Masters Degree in Plant Science. Michael Taylor has recently been offered a job at The Wisley Golf Club in Ripley, Surrey. Matthew Byers hopes to progress on to a Masters Degree in Golf Course Architecture. Terry Wharton will continue as Head Greenkeeper at Haydock Park Golf Club. Paul Woodham will progress on to the next level of study at Myerscough College while Craig Harrison will work at Loch Lomond Golf Club over the summer before beginning his Foundation Degree at Myerscough in September. Adam Rowberry and Paul Fisher are both now looking for a job within the Sportsturf Industry, ideally as football groundsmen.
Congratulations from everyone at Myerscough College, and best wishes for the future.