Student Greenkeeperof the Year Award
Awards Timeline1989 – 2023
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.
Mark Proctor Main Award 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.
Sami Strutt Chief Operating Officer, BIGGA
David Norton Assistant Greenkeeper East Riding Golf Club Askham Bryan College
Brian Story Main Award 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
Barry Neville Greenkeeper Whitehill Golf Centre Oaklands College
Bridie Redican (now Collins) Main Award Assistant Greenkeeper Mount Juliet Golf Club Teagasc - Botanic Garden College
Euan Grant First Assistant Effingham Golf Club Plumpton College
James Braithwaite Main Award 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
Fintan Brenna First Assistant Deputy Head Greenkeeper Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links Elmwood College
Steven Nixon Main Award 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
Sally Doherty First Assistant Brabazon Course The Belfry The Warwickshire College
Tommy Givnan Main Award Head Greenkeeper Bowring Golf Course Myerscough College
Jonathan Cleland Greenkeeper Helensburgh Golf Club GOSTA
Andrew Pledger Main Award 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
Murray Long Head Greenkeeper Coombe Hill Golf Club Merrist College
Keith Scruton Main Award 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
Alex Shore Assistant Greenkeeper Woburn Golf and Country Club Oaklands College
Alan Pierce Main Award Deputy Course Manager Ham Manor Golf Club Plumpton College
Mike Emptage Assistant Greenkeeper St Augustine's Golf Club Hadlow College
Avon Bridges Main Award 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
Mathew Wormald Greenkeeper Luffenham Heath Golf Club Brooksby College
Rhys Norville Main Award 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
Andrew Stanger Head Greenkeeper Horsforth Golf Club Askham Bryan College
Matthew Perks Main Award First Assistant Greenkeeper and Mechanic Ham Manor Golf Club Plumpton College
Thomas Flavelle Greenkeeper Lingdale Golf Club Myerscough College
Luke Turner Main Award Greenkeeper Willingdon Golf Club Plumpton College
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.
Kevin O’Neill Deputy Head Greenkeeper Muswell Hill Golf Club Oaklands College
Stephen Thorne Deputy Course Manager Rushmore Golf Club Myerscough College
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
Jimmy Heritage Main Award Deputy Course Manager Maylands Golf Club Writtle University College
Daniel Waring Young Award Ashbourne Golf Club Reaseheath College
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