The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and Premium Partner ICL have revealed the 5 participants of the 8th ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship.
The ICL Continue to Learn Scholars for 2024 accurately represents the diverse greenkeeping industry and how anyone can make a great career for themselves by grasping the opportunities made available via BIGGA membership.
The five successful BIGGA members have been invited to attend Continue to Learn at the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, in January 2024.
Continue to Learn is considered the largest learning experience for those in sports turf management outside the United States.
The ICL Continue to Learn Scholars for 2024 are:
- Chris Hale, deputy course manager, Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club;
- Sam Norman, assistant greenkeeper, Abbey Hill Golf Club;
- Kate Stillwell, course superintendent, West London Golf Centre;
- Jason Norwood, greenkeeper, Reay Golf Club;
- Jamie Caswell, Blue Course supervisor, Frilford Heath Golf Club
To earn an ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship, BIGGA members must demonstrate a commitment to developing their own professional abilities by engaging with BIGGA’s Continuing Professional Development scheme.
Whether through in-person learning, reading the association’s monthly journal, Greenkeeper International, or by accessing resources on the association’s website, BIGGA members can enjoy thousands of learning opportunities, all aimed at improving their professional abilities.
Jason Norwood – shown in the picture above – has previously enjoyed success with BIGGA, having been crowned the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year in 2019 and participating in The Open Volunteer Support Team and the Future Turf Managers Initiative.
The Reay greenkeeper said:
“Living in the far north of Scotland, there is a lack of educational events that you would find in other areas of the UK.
Being a lone greenkeeper, this proves challenging to get the time away from maintaining the golf course without it impacting the rest of the working week. The ICL Scholarship will enable me to access the best educational event in the greenkeeping calendar.”