STRI Group is delighted to announce that the governing bodies for amateur golf in the UK & Ireland will be supporting the Golf Environment Awards (GEAs) from this year.
The home unions – England Golf, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf and the Golfing Union of Ireland – will work alongside STRI and The R&A to bring greater credibility and recognition to one of the few prestigious awards that truly recognise golf’s environmental excellence.
The home unions will promote the GEAs to create greater environmental awareness throughout golf. They will also provide a platform to help clubs grow the game by increasing membership and supporting sustainability at the heart of their communities. Sustainable management is now widely practised within golf and can range from relatively simple but effective projects, to grand scale schemes.
Bob Taylor, head of ecology at STRI, said: “The awards recognise the achievements of individual golf clubs working to ensure best practice through all areas of sustainable management. This brings industry credibility and dismisses the long-held misconceptions that the golf industry overuses chemicals, fertiliser and water. The support of the home unions will raise the importance of the awards, enabling even greater progress to be made.”
Robert Martin of Wales Golf, said: “We are delighted to support The Golf Environment Awards and be part of the awards ceremony. We fully recognise the important part they play in the golf industry.”
Carolyn Hedley, Scottish Golf environment manager, said: “Scottish Golf is delighted to support the GEAs. It is great to see Scottish clubs and greenkeepers entering the awards this year, to showcase inspiring sustainable practices.”
STRI is indebted to lead partner, The R&A, and the sponsors – Ransomes Jacobson, Aquatrols, Syngenta, Tillers Turf and Wiedenmann for their continued support. The R&A’s involvement in the GEA Awards does not elicit its endorsement for the sponsor’s products or services.