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Operation Pollinator Award finalists announced

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The Operation Pollinator Award will be presented to the overall Winner at BTME in Harrogate as part of the Golf Environment Awards

Four of the UK's leading environmentally managed golf courses have been short listed for the Syngenta Operation Pollinator Award 2018, to be presented at BTME in January. 

The Operation Pollinator Award is judged and presented as part of the national Golf Environment Awards.

This year’s finalist clubs and their course managers are:

Bowood Golf Club

Jaey Goodchild

Kingsdown Golf Club

Tom Freeman

Ufford Park Golf Club

 Michael Halliday

Warrington Golf Club

John McCloughlin

Syngenta Operation Pollinator Manager, Caroline Carroll (below), highlighted that the Operation Pollinatior Award clearly demonstrates that it is possible and rewarding to balance managing the course to give the players the ultimate golfing experience, along with developing surrounding and out-of-play areas to provide an immense ecological resource.

“Golf courses can be a real environmental asset to any area,” she enthused.

Caroline Carroll - Operation Pollinator Project Manager

“Far from being a ‘green desert’ frequently portrayed, Operation Pollinator proves they can be proactively managed to be ecological oasis that should be championed and promoted as a positive and sustainable initiative of the golf industry,” said Caroline. 

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.

"We have decided on some magnificent finalists, all of whom showcase the highest environmental stewardship within golf," she added.

Sophie Vukelic - STRI

“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,” advocated Sophie (above).

The 2017 Operation Pollinator Award Winner, Steve Thompson of John O'Gaunt Golf Club in Bedfordshire, is short-listed finalist for Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year fior 2018.

Other Golf Environmental Awards finalists are:

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


Set up over 20 years ago, the Golf Environment Awards are highly regarded in the industry and, for 2018, have been joined by The R&A as lead partner.

"The GEA provides the platform from which the golf industry can demonstrate environmental excellence in all its forms," said Sophie.

"This has been demonstrated by past finalists and can range from relatively simple but effective projects, to grand scale schemes."