Finalists Revealed for the 2022 Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards
BIGGA (British and International Golf Greenkeeping Association), manufacturer Toro and distributor Reesink Turfcare come together to celebrate the next generation of greenkeepers in The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards with the finalists being revealed.
The highly coveted awards enable greenkeeping students to drive their ambition for a successful career in the sportsturf industry.
A record number of nominees from across the UK were nominated with 12 finalists moving forwards to the grand finals in September.
For the first time, the finals of the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year will take place at Goodwood, the historic sporting venue located in West Sussex. The awards event will take place a week before the estate hosts Goodwood Revival, the famous weekend of classic racing. Goodwood is also home to the Downs Course, described by Justin Rose as a “truly inspirational” place to play golf.
September’s event will be the 33rd staging of the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards and just the sixth time the Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award, open to greenkeepers aged 21 or under, will take place. To be eligible to take part, candidates must be registered on a qualifying greenkeeping qualification and must be nominated by their course manager or college tutor.
The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists:
- Andrew Bate, Hesketh Golf Club
- Tom Bromfield, Trentham Golf Club
- James Gaskell, Ripon City Golf Club
- Abi Laker, Frilford Heath Golf Club
- Andrew Ritchie, St Andrews Links
- John Thornton, Hellidon Lakes Golf and Country Club
The Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists:
- Jake Beech, Newcastle-under-Lyme Golf Club
- Alfie Brookes, Gathurst Golf Club
- Luke Charnley, Royal Liverpool Golf Club
- Peter Pattenden, Carden Park Golf Club
- James Stratford, Broome Manor Golf Club
- Freddie Williams, Dudsbury Golf Club
The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year winner will receive enrolment in the 10-week University of Massachusetts Winter Turf School; a two-week expenses-paid placement at Adare Manor, venue of The 2027 Ryder Cup; an all-expenses paid trip to the GCSAA Conference and Show in Florida; and a visit to Toro Corporate HQ, R&D Centre and Equipment Operations in Wisconsin.
The Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year winner will receive: a two-week work placement at Vidauban Golf Club in France; a five-night trip to Continue to Learn at BTME including four days of education; and a gift voucher for Toro Training.
The runners-up and endorsers of the winners will also receive a variety of prizes.
BIGGA Learning and Development Executive Deb Burnett said: “Each year the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards gain a little more prestige, as previous finalists go on to achieve wonderful things in their careers. I’m delighted that more student greenkeepers than ever before participated in the nomination process, and all should be proud of how they performed during the regional interview stage.
“The 12 finalists are very worthy of their spot, and I can’t wait to watch them overcome the challenges we set for them at glorious Goodwood this autumn. My thanks go to Toro and Reesink Turfcare for their continued support of this wonderful initiative.”
Learn more about the finalists HERE.