STRI has announced the finalists for the 2018 Golf Environment Awards (GEA), recognising golf clubs and individuals that strive to undertake environmental best practice.
The GEA provides the platform from which the golf industry can demonstrate environmental excellence in all its forms, as demonstrated by past finalists. This can range from relatively simple, but effective, projects to grand scale schemes. Set up over 20 years ago by STRI, the Golf Environment Awards are highly regarded in the industry and for 2018 have been joined by The R&A as lead partner.
More than 25 clubs which applied for the awards were visited earlier in the year by STRI ecology consultant and GEA judge, Sophie Vukelic. This number was then whittled down to 12 finalists. Representatives from the finalists will attend the awards ceremony in January where they will be vying for the honours of either Environmental Golf Course of the Year, Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year, Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year or the Operation Pollinator award.
This year, for the first time, all finalists will receive entry into the Foundation Award in Amenity Horticulture course, recognised by BASIS, and the winners will enjoy a European Golf & Environment Trip of a Lifetime to Portugal.
The Golf Environment Awards 2018 finalists are:
Environmental Golf Course of the Year
Aldeburgh Golf Club
Carnoustie Golf Links
Warrington Golf Club
Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year
Jon Keepen - Cumberwell Park Golf Club
Stephen Thompson - John O'Gaunt Golf Club
Les Rae - Montrose Links
Phil Stain - Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell)
Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year
Abergele Golf Club - Wild Land (Tir Gwyllt)
Minchinhampton Golf Club - Connecting the Land, Dead Hedging and Stumperies
Ipswich Golf Club - Heathland Restoration and Silver-Studded Blue Conservation
La Moye Golf Club - Knocking Back Succession
Bowood Golf Club
Kingsdown Golf Club
Ufford Park Golf Club
Warrington Golf Club
The winners will be announced at the Golf Environment Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 24th January 2018, at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate.
Further details about The Golf Environment Awards can be found here.