Top award for England championship greenkeeping team

Burnham Beeches greenkeepers

A greenkeeping team, which took on the worst the weather could throw at them during an England Golf championship, has won a top award from the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).

Burnham Beeches Golf Club’s Lee Bishop and his team were named as winners of the Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year Award, sponsored by GBR Technology.

During the English senior women’s open stroke play championship, the weather ranged from hot sunshine to thunder, lightning and torrential downpours which flooded the Buckinghamshire course.

The greenkeeping team’s reaction to the conditions proved a winner at the awards ceremony at BTME 2017 in Harrogate, the largest turf management exhibition in Europe.

BIGGA Chief Executive Jim Croxton said: “This is an unheralded venue, with a small team who overcame substantial weather problems.

“Despite this, the golf course was in fantastic condition and England Golf, who hosted the event, said that if they could take that greenkeeping team around the country with them, they would do.”

The Burnham Beeches greenkeeping team is pictured (top) during the championship and in action after a downpour, below (images © Leaderboard Photography. Bottom, Lee Bishop, centre, with members of his team at the Awards..