Student Greenkeeperof the Year Award

Awards Timeline1989 – 2019

The highlight of the student greenkeeper's year, the Awards have provided young professionals with the opportunity to expand their experience by meeting and competing with the best since 1989.

1989
1989
Mark Proctor Head Greenkeeper Portal Golf Club Reaseheath College

Since the introduction of the Young Award three years ago, my admiration for the dedication and passion young students have for their career choice just keeps on growing.

Stuart GreenHead of Member Learning, BIGGA

1990
1990
David Norton Assistant Greenkeeper East Riding Golf Club Askham Bryan College
1991
1991
Brian Story Course Manager Silloth on Solway Golf Club Elmwood College

Over the past three decades the greenkeeping industry has taken huge strides forward and greenkeeper education has been at the heart of that. Competition always brings out the best in people and a quick glance at the winners roster shows that the award has been a veritable ‘who’s who’ of greenkeeping with so many winners and finalists going on to stellar careers.

Jim CroxtonChief Executive Officer, BIGGA

1992
1992
Barry Neville Greenkeeper Whitehill Golf Centre Oaklands College
1993
1993
Bridie Redican (now Collins) Assistant Greenkeeper Mount Juliet Golf Club Teagasc - Botanic Garden College
1994
1994
Euan Grant First Assistant Effingham Golf Club Plumpton College
1995
1995
James Braithwaite First Assistant Hallgarth Golf and Country Club Askham Bryan College

Previous candidates and winners have gone on to achieve great things and I’ve been immensely privileged to be involved with the Awards since 1993. It’s humbling to look back over the years and to remember the talent and drive that all of the candidates displayed.

Sami StruttHead of Member Development, BIGGA

1996
1996
Fintan Brenna First Assistant Deputy Head Greenkeeper Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links Elmwood College
1997
1997
Steven Nixon Greenkeeper Wortley Golf Club Askham Bryan College

Many of the winners and runners up have continued on in the industry to become leaders in the golf business.  The educational standards of the students has improved year on year since the inception of this award.

Bruce JamiesonGolf Course Consultant, representing The Toro Company

1998
1998
Sally Doherty First Assistant Brabazon Course The Belfry The Warwickshire College
1999
1999
Tommy Givnan Head Greenkeeper Bowring Golf Course Myerscough College
2000
2000
Jonathan Cleland Greenkeeper Helensburgh Golf Club GOSTA
2001
2001
Andrew Pledger Assistant Greenkeeper Hertfordshire Golf Club Oaklands College

The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards have stood the test of time and are still as relevant today, after 30 years, in a world now filled with sponsored awards.

David ColeManaging Director, Reesink

2002
2002
Murray Long Head Greenkeeper Coombe Hill Golf Club Merrist College
2003
2003
Keith Scruton Head Greenkeeper Colne Golf Club Myerscough College

I cannot emphasise enough how much I recommend any greenkeeping students to apply for the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year award and experience the trip I’ve just returned from.

Luke Turner2013 winner

2004
2004
Alex Shore Assistant Greenkeeper Woburn Golf and Country Club Oaklands College
2005
2005
Alan Pierce Deputy Course Manager Ham Manor Golf Club Plumpton College
2006
2006
Mike Emptage Assistant Greenkeeper St Augustine's Golf Club Hadlow College
2007
2007
Avon Bridges Head Greenkeeper Luton Hoo Park Golf Club Oaklands College

This is a great opportunity to further your education and career, and to meet like-minded people.

Thomas Flavelle2012 winner

2008
2008
Mathew Wormald Greenkeeper Luffenham Heath Golf Club Brooksby College
2009
2009
Rhys Norville Assistant Greenkeeper Newport Golf Club Coleg Gwent

That just leaves me to say that winning the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year award has not only given me the chance to hugely expand my technical knowledge but to also land the job of my dreams.

Matthew Perks2011 winner

2010
2010
Andrew Stanger Head Greenkeeper Horsforth Golf Club Askham Bryan College
2011
2011
Matthew Perks First Assistant Greenkeeper and Mechanic Ham Manor Golf Club Plumpton College
2012
2012
Thomas Flavelle Greenkeeper Lingdale Golf Club Myerscough College
2013
2013
Luke Turner Greenkeeper Willingdon Golf Club Plumpton College
2014
2014
25th Anniversary Event A celebration of the 650 student greenkeepers who have taken part in the Awards, plus the 25 winners, organisers, judges, colleges and sponsors.
2014
2014
Kevin O’Neill Deputy Head Greenkeeper Muswell Hill Golf Club Oaklands College
2015
2015
Stephen Thorne Deputy Course Manager Rushmore Golf Club Myerscough College
2016
2016
Young Award introduced

When they announced my name to say I had won, it was just the best feeling in the world.

Danny Patten2018 Young Award winner

2016
2016
Jimmy Heritage Deputy Course Manager Maylands Golf Club Writtle University College
2016
2016
Daniel Waring Young Award Ashbourne Golf Club Reaseheath College
2017
2017
Nominations opened up to include employers as well as lecturers

The winners’ success is testament to the excellent support they receive from their employers, who we are delighted to be able to recognise with an all-expenses paid trip abroad.

David ColeReesink Managing Director

2017
2017
Nicholas Machin Greenkeeper Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club Plumpton College
2017
2017
Angus Roberts Young Award Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course Lever Training
2018
2018
Daniel Ashelby Greenkeeper The Wilmslow Golf Club Myerscough College
2018
2018
Danny Patten Young Award Lee Park Golf Club Myerscough College

The highlight of the student greenkeeper's year, the Awards have provided young professionals with the opportunity to expand their experience by meeting and competing with the best since 1989.

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