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2018 Golf Environment Awards finalists announced

STRI is delighted to announce 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. This has been demonstrated by past finalists and 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.

Over 25 longlisted clubs were visited earlier in the year by STRI ecology consultant and GEA judge, Sophie Vukelic, and painstakingly 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 lucky winners will be able to enjoy a European Golf & Environment Trip of a Lifetime to Portugal.

Golf Environment Awards judge, Sophie Vukelic, said: “This is my third year of judging the awards and it is not getting any easier choosing the finalists. We had an outstanding array of applications this year, with familiar faces and exciting newcomers to the awards. I hope you will all agree, that we have decided on some magnificent finalists, all of whom showcase the highest environmental stewardship within golf.

“I’d also like to congratulate and commend those golf clubs and individuals who didn’t quite make it to the final, you shouldn’t be disheartened – keep on shining a good light on golf and thank you for allowing me to visit your golf courses.”

The Golf Environment Awards 2018 finalists are:

Operation Pollinator

Bowood Golf Club            Jaey Goodchild

Kingsdown Golf Club       Tom Freeman

Ufford Park Golf Club      Michael Halliday

Warrington Golf Club      John McCloughlin

Environmental Golf Course of the Year

Aldeburgh Golf Club

Carnoustie Golf Links     

Dundonald Links

Warrington Golf Club     

Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year

Cumberwell Park Golf Club           Jon Keepen

John O'Gaunt Golf Club                 Stephen Thompson

Montrose Links                              Les Rae

Notts Golf Club                              Phil Stain

Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year

Abergele Golf Club                       Wild Land - Tir Gwyllt

Minchinhampton Golf Club         Connecting the Land – Dead Hedging & Stumperies

Ipswich Golf Club                         Heathland Restoration & Silver-Studded Blue Conservation

La Moye                                        Knocking Back Succession

The winners will be announced at the Golf Environment Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 24h January 2018, at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate.

Places are available at the awards ceremony, please email for further details.

STRI would like to thank all the golf clubs that entered but didn’t make the final shortlist.

A huge thank you also goes to the sponsors who continue to support and promote the awards year-on-year, without them the awards simply would not be possible.

BIGGA, The Golf Club Manager, Tillers TurfRansomes JacobsenWiedenmannFarmuraSyngenta

For further details about The Golf Environment Awards please visit

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