Due to their valiant efforts beyond the call of normal duty, Head Greenkeeper at Perranporth Golf Club in Cornwall, Bill Mitchell, and Head Groundsman at York Racecourse Adrian Kay, received the coveted Terrain Aeration Unsung Heroes award at the recently held BTME Harrogate Week.
Richard Whyman Course Manager at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club nominated Bill for his efforts in getting the club recognised as a true links course and a benchmark for other clubs in the local area.
Bill has over forty five years in greenkeeping and is extremely passionate about educating young people in greenkeeping, helping the Duchy land based College assess trainees in his own time, often providing books for free.
Stephen Fell of Lindum Turf nominated Adrian for his efforts in keeping York Racecourse open during appalling weather in 2008 and overseeing major works on the course draining system..
Speaking on behalf of fellow judges Derek Walder of the IOG and Billy McMillan of BIGGA, the STRI’s Steve Gingell praised Adrian for his attempts to keep the course open in the run-up to Ebor four day event meeting. Working till 3.00am to rid the course of water.
Steve said: “In the event the meeting had to be cancelled, but despite the course’s situation on the York flood plain all other race meetings had gone ahead due to Adrian’s efforts,”.
The two unsung heroes received holiday vouchers and framed certificates from Terrain Aeration and cheques for £200 each presented by sponsors Pitchcare and The English Golf Union.