Once again five BIGGA members from Great Britain and a GCSAI member from Ireland will be enjoying the opportunity of a lifetime in May when they join the golf course maintenance team at the legendary TPC Sawgrass venue in Florida for the 2016 Players Championship – the unofficial ‘fifth major’ on the PGA Tour – courtesy of John Deere.
The greenkeepers won their place on the trip by registering their interest on the respective association websites, before making it through their regional interviews conducted by representatives from BIGGA/GCSAI and John Deere. Members of last year’s first ever UK & Ireland greenkeeping delegation described their experience as follows:
“A phenomenal 12 days unlike anything I have ever experienced before – flawless organisation and unrivalled passion and motivation,” said Joe Dormer of West Sussex Golf Club. “A life changing experience is the only way I could describe the 12 days away. I knew it was going to be special, but this has surpassed anything I expected,” said David Perdisatt of Naas Golf Club in Ireland.
The photograph shows this year’s winners with John Deere staff on the company’s stand at BTME 2016: (back row, left to right) Nick Roberts, South Essex Golf & Country Club; John Deere territory manager Nick Ashman; Graeme Davidson, Murrayfield Golf Club; Chris Sharp, Hampstead Golf Club; Lenny O’Callaghan, Westmanstown Golf Club; Pete Corrick, Remedy Oak Golf Club; and Stuart Imeson, Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club, with (front, seated left and right) John Deere Limited turf division manager Chris Meacock and managing director Antony Scott.
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