On a global scale

Following a record-breaking number of applicants, the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and Bernhard and Company have revealed the 10 association members who have been selected to represent the best of British greenkeeping at the world’s largest gathering of sports turf professionals in Orlando, Florida next February.
Each year Bernhards invites 10 BIGGA members to attend the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America’s (GCSAA) Conference and Trade Show
With experiences designed to elevate the careers of those in attendance, the delegation is a week-long educational trip to the GCSAA Trade Show and Conference. The week features site visits to leading golf courses in the region, as well as seminars, networking events and educational demonstrations.
The members selected for the 2023 BIGGA Delegation to the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show are:

  • Alex Brougham, assistant course manager, Trentham Golf Clu
  • James Bruder, head greenkeeper, Old Course, Walton Heath Golf Club
  • Michael Budd, course manager, Shirley Park Golf Club
  • Scott Corrigan, deputy course manager, R&A Lethamhill
  • David Edmondson, head greenkeeper, Prestwick Golf Club
  • Andrew Kerr MG, course manager, Surbiton Golf Club
  • Steven Thomas, deputy head greenkeeper, Prestonfield Golf Club
  • Brian Toall, course manager, Baberton Golf Club
  • Jeremy Ward, course manager, Renishaw Park Golf Club
  • Bradley White, senior greenkeeper, Wentworth Club

The delegation has helped define the careers of some of the most ambitious names within the greenkeeping industry. BIGGA say it is known throughout the industry for building business and social relationships that last a lifetime.
Stefan Carter is head greenkeeper on the West Course at Wentworth Club. He said, “I went to San Diego in 2019 and it was a fantastic opportunity. The delegation really helped me expand my horizons and increase my network. You’re with nine other greenkeepers who you can bounce ideas off and share situations.
“At the show you experience the education and you get to look around the show, where they have technology that is unheard of in the UK. You pick up tips and techniques that you bring back home to push the boundaries of what you can achieve.”

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