Elmwood College’s Golf Course, Operations Manager, Andrew Mellon, has recently been appointed to the post of British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) Chairman 2011.
Andrew travelled to the BIGGA Annual General Meeting, part of the Harrogate Golf Week, to accept the position. He was in great demand throughout the 'Week' and also hosted an exhibitor meeting on the last morning of the show.
Andrew said, "I felt the Board should interact directly with our Exhibitors and hear at first hand their concerns and ideas for the way forward. My fellow board members and I took away some very useful comments, which we intend to digest and incorporate all that we can for 2012."
He continued, "Being a member of BIGGA is worth it's weight in gold because of the resources that are available to the members. I’d like to see golfing organisations getting more support and sharing good practice. We need to continue to develop our alliances and collaboration with other bodies within the industry so we can work together for the mutual benefit of the clubs and businesses we work for. One thing I have learned in the time I have been involved, is the growing respect amongst other industry professionals for the position of the Greenkeeper. They recognise that we have a very important part to play as part of the team which supports this great Industry."
BIGGA was created in 1987 from an amalgamation of the British Golf Greenkeepers Association, The English and International Golf Greenkeepers Association and The Scottish and International Golf Greenkeepers Association, forming a membership of 1,200 people.
Today BIGGA boasts over 6,000 members including golf greenkeepers, associate members and student members. In June 2009 the Association was opened up to allow full membership to all sports turf professionals.
BIGGA is dedicated to the continuing professional development of its members, and strives through education and training for standards of excellence in golf course management throughout the greenkeeping profession.
Elmwood College Principal, Jim Crooks said, “Elmwood continues to enjoy a special place in the Golf Industry in the UK and it is a matter of real pride that the origin of this goodwill is in our commitment to the quality of the playing surface for the game. The industry is a close-knit community of enthusiastic professionals – not just in the performance of the game but the condition and playability of the courses. Andrew demonstrates his own love of the game by his daily work at Elmwood Golf Course and we are proud of his efforts and his team but the work with BIGGA brings us ever closer to the game and the industry of golf and it is exciting to see Andrew play such a key role. We wish him every success in the role and we will be supporting him throughout the year as he undertakes his duties.”