BIGGA gets a new VP from the Chipping Sodbury Golf Club

By: September 12, 2023

John Keenaghan, the head greenkeeper at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club in Gloucestershire, has been appointed vice president of the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).

John Keenaghan new VP BIGGA

He will become president of the association ahead of the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) in January 2024, succeeding Shirley Golf Club’s course manager Andy Smith.

John began his career at Filton Golf Club in Bristol and has worked at various venues in the area, including The Kendleshire, The Players, and The Manor House. In 2002, he joined Chipping Sodbury, becoming head greenkeeper in 2006.

Throughout his career, John has volunteered at various events including as part of The Open Volunteer Support Team. He also served on BIGGA’s South West & South Wales Region board and was the region’s representative on the BIGGA National Board.

As vice president and president, John will act as an ambassador for the association, representing BIGGA at various events throughout the year. He will also be part of the Board of Management and utilize his experience to guide the board in their decision-making.

John will continue in his role at Chipping Sodbury throughout his terms as vice president and president, representing the club on an international scale.

John Keenaghan at the BTME 2017

BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton said

“In his 30 years within greenkeeping, John has shown an unwavering commitment to supporting the activities of BIGGA and his fellow members, particularly in the South West & South Wales Region, and so I’m delighted that he has accepted the invitation to be vice president of the association, becoming president in January 2024.”