The BIGGA Awards

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, 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 winners were revealed at the BIGGA Celebration sponsored by Jacobsen at BTME 2024.

Nominations for the BIGGA Awards 2025 will open following BTME 2024.

 

Meet the winners - 2024

Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Origin Amenity Solutions

This award recognises those greenkeeping teams who have undertaken a specific project, completed within the past year. However, projects can be long term and may include course construction, renovation or rebuild. They particularly award innovative thinking and commitment to the project by the home greenkeeping team.

  • Dudley Golf Club, led by Head Greenkeeper Stewart Marshall, for bringing the golf club back from the brink of closure and producing a thriving venue through a range of course improvement projects

Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year with Bernhard and Company

This award recognises that the success of any tournament depends upon the expertise and dedication of the greenkeeping team. From the lowliest club championship through to golf’s professional tours – all are only made possible due to the work of greenkeepers who go above and beyond to present the finest playing surfaces possible.

  • Walton Heath Golf Club, led by Course Manager Michael Mann, for hosting US Open Golf Championship Final Qualifying in May 2023 and the AIG Women’s Open in August 2023.

Outstanding Contribution of the Year sponsored by Jacobsen

This award is presented to a BIGGA member or members who have made an outstanding contribution above and beyond their normal working life. This can be for charity, for the betterment of the greenkeeping profession or association or generally for society. The winner of this award will be revealed at the BIGGA Welcome Celebration at BTME 2024.

  • Dean Cleaver
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Sponsorship opportunities are still available alongside these awards. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact BIGGA’s head of business development Lauren Frazer using [email protected]

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Why enter?

  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. 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 please complete a separate online entry submission for each category and each entry. Remember to tailor each entry to meet the requirements for each specific category.
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Previous winners:

Greenkeeping Project of the Year

Winner 2023

BIGGA Awards 20223 finalists: Strathaven Golf Club

 

Winner 2022

BIGGA Awards 2022 finalists: Loch Lomond Golf Club

Outstanding Contribution of the Year

Winner 2023

BIGGA Awards 2023: David Golding

 

Winner 2022

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) 2022.

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. 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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