The BIGGA Awards

 

 

BIGGA Awards 2023

The BIGGA Awards recognise that high standards of quality and dedication are vital to the success of any golf course or championship. They reward the innovation delivered by BIGGA members who are at the cutting-edge of their profession. Any BIGGA members within the UK, regardless of size, age or reputation, can enter these awards.These awards are an opportunity to showcase your team’s successes and highlight the quality of your golf course and team. The BIGGA Awards are an opportunity for you and your team to celebrate your achievements and network with other likeminded BIGGA members.

Why enter?

Here are five reasons why you should enter the BIGGA Awards:

  1. Awards are a fantastic marketing tool. Just being shortlisted can improve awareness of your golf course and the successes of your greenkeeping team.
  2. Raise your profile. Assist your career ambitions of yourself and members of your team by gaining recognition for your efforts.
  3. Demonstrate your capabilities. Show why you are a leading turf manager.
  4. Celebrate your achievements. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to reflect upon the hard work you have put into the course and celebrate as a team.
  5. Attract talent. Other ambitious greenkeepers and industry professionals will be more eager to join a successful team.

Who can enter?

BIGGA members may nominate themselves for an award. External nominees may also nominate a BIGGA member for an award. There is no restriction as to who an external nominee may be.

For group awards, greenkeeping teams may be nominated if at least one permanent member of the team is a Full BIGGA member.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter more than one category, but a separate online entry submission must be completed for each category and each entry. Remember to tailor each entry to meet the requirements for each specific category.

Nominations

Nominations: BIGGA Awards 2023

Nomination form for the BIGGA Award: Greenkeeping Project of the Year 2023

Please provide us with a brief explanation of why you believe the BIGGA member you are nominating should win a BIGGA Award.

Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:
i.    Scale of project in comparison to resources (up to 15 marks)
ii.    Challenges overcome, greenkeeping, climatic, personnel (up to 15 marks)
iii.    Innovation (up to 15 marks)
iv.    Effort (up to 15 marks)
v.    Quality (up to 5 marks)

 

Nomination form for the BIGGA Award: Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year

Please provide us with a brief explanation of why you believe the BIGGA member you are nominating should win a BIGGA Award.

Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:
i.    Scale of achievement – was it substantially better than normal? (up to 20 marks)
ii.    Challenges overcome – greenkeeping, climatic, personnel (up to 20 marks)
iii.    Innovation (up to 10 marks)
iv.    Effort – was it ‘above and beyond’ (up to 10 marks)
v.    Quality of submission (up to 5 marks)

 

Nomination form for the BIGGA Award: Outstanding Contribution of the Year

Please provide us with a brief explanation of why you believe the BIGGA member you are nominating should win a BIGGA Award.

Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:
i.    Scale of contribution (up to 15 marks)
ii.    Impact on others (up to 15 marks)
iii.    Innovation/initiative (up to 15 marks)
iv.    Effort (up to 15 marks)
v.    Quality of submission (up to 5 marks)

 

 

Nominations close on 30 November 2022 and we'll announce the finalists in December. Finalists will be invited to join us for the BIGGA Welcome Celebration at BTME 2023, where we'll announce the winner of each category.

In addition, everyone who is nominated will receive an electronic PDF certificate stating 'BIGGA Awards 2023 nominee' that can be put on display at the golf club. Nominees will also receive a CPD credit. 

Finalists will receive a framed certificate, given out at the conclusion of the BIGGA Welcome Celebration at BTME 2023. 

The Winners of the BIGGA Awards 2022 are:

Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness

The team at Loch Lomond Golf Club was awarded the Greenkeeping Project of the Year Award sponsored by Baroness. With almost 2 metres of rainfall each year, Loch Lomond is a challenging place to build a golf course. David Cole MG and his team have overseen a project that has been described as the largest golf course construction in UK golfing history. Using innovative techniques that included placing a sand cap across the entire course, the team rebuilt the entire golf course over a period of four winters.

Loch Lomond Golf Club received:

  • Full course photography session including drone footage from Carefree Golf Photography worth £1,000
  • £300 Virgin Experience Days voucher for the team to enjoy
  • BIGGA Awards 2022 trophy

Winner 2022

BIGGA Awards 2022 finalists: Loch Lomond Golf Club

Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year sponsored by Origin Amenity Solutions

The Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year Award sponsored by Origin Amenity Solutions was won by the team at Clevedon Golf Club following the hosting the Wright-Morgan Championship on the EuroPro Tour in 2021. The event was only Clevedon’s third professional event in its 130-year history but despite their relative inexperience and a modest operating budget, Course Manager Richard Ponsford and the team produced a golf course that was described by the EuroPro’s tournament director as by far the best presented venue of the year.

Clevedon Golf Club received:

  • Ecology visit from James Hutchinson including full ecology plan
  • £300 Virgin Experience Days voucher for the team to enjoy
  • BIGGA Awards 2022 trophy

Winners 2022

BIGGA Awards 2022 finalists: Clevedon Golf Club

Outstanding Contribution of the Year sponsored by Bernhard and Company

A turf educator known as the ‘grandfather of greenkeeper education’ and credited with helping establish training opportunities for those working on golf courses was recognised on the opening evening of the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME).

Dennis Mortram (right) was presented with the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award by Steven Nixon of Bernhard and Company
Dennis Mortram (right) was presented with the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award by Steven Nixon of Bernhard and Company

 

At the BIGGA Welcome Celebration with AMS Robotics, Dennis Mortram, 75, was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award sponsored by Bernhard and Company. Dennis is a former tutor at Reaseheath College in Cheshire and was one of the first to recognise that greenkeepers would require industry-specific education if they were to elevate the profession and raise standards of golf course maintenance. He also played a key role in the establishment of the Master Greenkeeper certification.

 

Dennis received:

  • £500 donation to the winner's charity of choice
  • £300 Virgin Experience Days voucher
  • BIGGA Awards 2022 Trophy

 

 

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