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Golf: Maylands' Jimmy Heritage up for Student Greenkeeper of the Year

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:21 22 August 2016

Last year's finalists for the greenkeeper of the year awayd (pic: BIGGA)

Last year's finalists for the greenkeeper of the year awayd (pic: BIGGA)

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Youngster nominated for national award

Jimmy Heritage, of Maylands, has qualified for the final of the student greenkeeper of the year awardJimmy Heritage, of Maylands, has qualified for the final of the student greenkeeper of the year award

A student greenkeeper from Romford has made the finals of a prestigious national competition.

Jimmy Heritage, who works at Maylands Golf Club, is a finalist in the annual Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year competition, which recognises the most talented student golf greenkeepers in the United Kingdom.

The prestigious Toro Student Greenkeeper awards are in their 28th year and once again attracted a large number of excellent nominations, with interviews taking place across the country throughout the summer.

BIGGA Head of Member Learning Stuart Green was a member of the selection panel and said: “The passion and enthusiasm of the students we interviewed never ceases to inspire me.

“The industry is blessed with great young talent that needs to be nurtured and celebrated.

“The Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award provides a fantastic opportunity to recognise these outstanding students.

“The caliber has once again been excellent, which makes our job tougher each year.”

The finalists for the senior category are: Jimmy Heritage of Maylands Golf Club; Tom Smith of Cams Hall Estate Golf Club; Matthew Brighton of Alwoodley Golf Club; Alex Brougham of The Royal Automobile Club; Andy Clark of Remedy Oak Golf Club; and David Perdisatt of Naas Golf Club.

The national final will begin on Monday 19 September at BIGGA HQ, near York, when candidates will join an industry discussion group hosted by BIGGA Chairman Les Howkins.

Tuesday sees the Toro Student Greenkeeper finalists take part in a multiple choice quiz, complete an essay question and be interviewed by a panel from Toro and BIGGA.

The Toro Young Student Greenkeeper candidates will take part in a course walk around Aldwark Manor, where BIGGA HQ is based.

Barry Beckett, senior marketing manager at The Toro Company, said: “Congratulations to all this year’s finalists.

“It is a real achievement to get this far, especially as the quality of candidates is always high.

“So to each of the finalists I would say enjoy the moment.

The annual awards are open to all student greenkeeper candidates actively working towards their qualification at the time of application.

The Toro Student Greenkeeper winner will receive an eight-week expenses paid scholarship, including a six-week residential turf management study course at the University of Massachusetts, a trip to the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida, and a visit to the Toro factory.

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