Greenkeeper support team revealed for BMW PGA Championship

By Alistair August 5, 2019 10:07 Updated

The director of golf and greenkeeping at Wentworth Club has spoken about his pride at the return of a greenkeeper support team to assist with course maintenance during the BMW PGA Championship this September.

Members of the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) will head to Wentworth for the European Tour’s flagship event, which for the 2019 season has shifted from its traditional May hosting to September.

The shift in dates has been necessitated by changes to the world golf calendar and reduced competition from other events should mean a star-studded field of players head to Virginia Water for the Rolex Tour event, taking place from 19 to 22 September.

Wentworth’s Kenny Mackay, is eager for the BIGGA volunteers to get the most out of their time as part of the team and so the group is divided between those who will undertake bunker raking duties and those who will play an active role in the preparation and maintenance of the West Course for the duration of the event.

Kenny said: “With the change in the schedule, the hosting of the BMW PGA Championship is going to be a completely new experience for the Wentworth team. The preparation of the course each morning is going to be very tight if we’re to stay ahead of the golf and so the BIGGA volunteers will prove vital as we work to achieve our aims of preparing a course fit for the European Tour’s flagship event.

“Over the last two years we’ve really evolved the support team experience, so a portion of the volunteers have the opportunity to fully integrate with the Wentworth team. If you ask the volunteers who come regularly, every year is getting better and better. We want to ensure they learn many things that they can then take back to their own club.”

BIGGA members are invited to participate in the BMW PGA Championship Volunteer Support Team as an opportunity for career development that is provided as part of their membership. July will also see a separate team of members head to Royal Portrush to assist with The Open, while teams will also attend other major events, such as the Ladies British Open and the Solheim Cup.

The preparation support team:

Adam Baldwin, Lilley Brook

Anthony Duffield, Ham Manor

Craig Woodman, Bramshaw

Daniel Evans, Maesdu Llandudno

David Ball, Thetford

Josh Dunn, Bramcote Waters

Kevin Tigg, Merrist Wood

Leigh Powell, Windlesham

Phillip Slater, West Herts

Rob Patrick, Stoneham

Sam Ewing, Crane Valley

Jonny Peacock, Rugby

David Taylor, The Bristol

Peter Meek, The Wisley

Seamus Gaughan, Migros Golf Park (Switzerland)

Tim Leat, Rich River (Australia)

Luke Lacey, Exminster

Callum Atkinson, Prestbury

Harry Misselbrook, Harewood Downs

Henry Aggar, Windlesham.

Bunker support team:

Jeff Drake, Newbury & Crookham

Oliver Kirk, unattached

Sam Amey, Basingstoke

Nathan O’Sullivan, China Fleet

Kevin Weller, Dale Hill Hotel

Iain Biggs, Chesterfield Downs

Oli Norfolk, Tylney Park

David Westwood, Kingswood

Jamie Ingerson, Rochester and Cobham

Nick Street, Crews Hill

Billy MacArthur, Temple

Craig Gibson, Essendon Country

Steven Maples, Coventry

Oliver Clark, Mill Hill

Matthew Winney, East Sussex National

Jacob Kennard, Milton Abbey School

Aaron Stead, Surrey Down

Ashley Darnley, The Bristol

Charlie Cripps, Cams Hall Estate

Sam Bethell, Chipstead

Steve Bridgeman, Woking

Steven Hirons, Kirtlington

Tony Bartram, Wentworth

Stuart Simmonds, Boundary Lakes

Robert Brown, Bognor Regis

Adam Young, The Players Club

Daniel Allsworth, Drayton Park

Nicholas Edwards, Remedy Oak

Stevie-Jon Hood, Forest of Galtres

Lewis Turner, The Dyke

Ryan Lindsay, East Sussex National

Matthew Lindsay, Highwoods

Chris Mitchell, Maidenhead

Ryan Frankish, Spalding

David Smith, Newmarket Links

Gary Nimmo, Oundle

Jordan Belong, Camberley Heath

Patrick Redmond, Woking

Stuart Fry, Old Thorns

Jakob Schur, Rudding Park

Jorge Manso, Coombe Wood

Daniel Cowley, Stanmore

Lee Williams, Phoenix

Martin Coe, China Fleet

Kevin Hensman, Rowlands Castle

Steven Morgans, Harrow School

Jack Holman, Middleton Hall

Graham Down, Harewood Downs

James Lomas, Hadley.

By Alistair August 5, 2019 10:07 Updated

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