The shortlisted finalists for the 2020 Golf Environment Awards (GEAs) have been announced with Scottish clubs and greenkeepers represented in all categories.
Environmental Golf Course of the Year – Nairn Dunbar Golf Links
Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year – John Milne – Rothes Golf Club, Richard Mullen – Banchory Golf Club and Les Rae – Montrose Golf Club
Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year – Dundonald Links and Craignure Golf Club
Operation Pollinator – Banchory Golf Club and St Andrews Links Trust
Home Unions National Awards – Scotscraig Golf Club
The GEAs, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020, recognises golf clubs and individuals that strive to undertake environmental best practice. Past finalists’ projects have ranged from simple but effective, to grand scale schemes. Ecology consultants from STRI spent August and September visiting qualifying clubs that applied for the awards before painstakingly whittling them down to 17 finalists and five Home Unions finalists. All finalists receive free entry into the Foundation Award in Amenity Horticulture course, recognised by BASIS, and managed by STRI, as well as CPD points. The lucky winners of the GEAs will also be able to enjoy a European Golf & Environment Trip of a Lifetime to Portugal.
Carolyn Hedley, Scottish Golf Environment and Sustainability Manager, said: “Congratulations to all the Scottish finalists in the 2020 Golf Environment Awards. We are delighted that the environment, ecology and sustainability achievements of so many Scottish Greenkeepers are being recognised in these prestigious industry awards and we wish them all the best of luck at the ceremony in Harrogate in January.”
Golf Environment Awards judge, Rowan Rumball, said: “This year was exceptionally difficult, and we have had some amazing and very worthy entrants. I have seen some superb projects and many clubs are now looking beyond the confines of their own club boundaries.”
Head of Ecology at STRI, Bob Taylor, said: “I cannot believe it’s twenty five years since we first set up the Golf Environment awards. Moreover, the awards have become the leading accolade for ecological and environmental excellence within the golf industry. Many golf greenkeepers tell me the awards represent something to aspire to, they provide an opportunity to market the good works they do. For me the awards represent a growing community that all come together at the awards celebrations discussing works and passing on ideas. Anyone is welcome to attend the awards, and one thing is certain you will leave inspired by the great work clubs are doing.”
The winners will be announced at the Golf Environment Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 22h January 2020, at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate. Tickets for the awards, which includes a three-course meal and drinks, go on general sale on 14 Nov. Please email [email protected] for further details.