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Golf Business News: Greenkeepers to benefit from TPC Sawgrass experience 

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The British and Irish Greenkeepers travelling to TPC Sawgrass to volunteer at The Players Championship in March met at John Deere’s BTME stand as they prepare for the experience of a lifetime.

The seven-strong squad was selected to take part in the annual programme organised by John DeereThe Association of Turfgrass Professionals Ireland and the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association, (BIGGA), are partners.

At the tournament in Florida they will get the unique opportunity to work alongside greenkeepers from around the world, gaining invaluable experience of elite championship agronomy as they prepare the course for the world’s best golfers.

The 2024 BIGGA volunteers include Aidan Wright, (Camberley Golf Club), Adam Brackley, (La Grand Mare Hotel), Colin Hopper, (Elsham Golf Club), Ian Kirwan, (Chorlton-cum Harddy Golf Club), David Feeney (Prestwick Golf Club), Adam Champion, (Bearspaw Golf Club in Canada). The ATPI’s chosen representative is Lorcan Finnegan (Malahide Golf Club).

At the BTME event in Harrogate the volunteers from Britain and Ireland met each other for the first time and spoke with John Deere’s golf and turf experts about what to expect from trip.

Chris Meacock, John Deere’s Division Sales Manager for Golf and Turf, said: “The TPC Sawgrass experience is just a few weeks away so the excitement is building among the group.

“Professional development of greenkeepers is fundamental to both the individual and to the golf courses they will work on during their careers. There can be fewer better ways to test their skills and learn from others than by being part of The Players championship.”

Volunteer David Feeny, who is the Deputy Course Manager at Prestwick Golf Club, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity which I can’t wait to take part in.”

Lorcan Finnegan, who is a greenkeeper and mechanic at Malahide Golf Club in Dublin, said: “To have won a place on this programme feels like a dream. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve done and learnt as a greenkeeper so far, but TPC Sawgrass is going to be on a different level.” 

Applications for the John Deere TPC Sawgrass Volunteer Programme 2025 will be available soon on the BIGGA website.

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