This is a big week for our industry compatriots across the pond, as the annual BIGGA (British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association) Turf Management Exhibition — otherwise known as Harrogate Week to those in the business — is off and running.
GCSAA is well represented at this week's activities. The association has a booth on the trade show floor, several staff members in attendance — including CEO Rhett Evans and senior director of member programs Carrie Riordan — along with two members of the national board of directors — president Robert M. Randquist, CGCS, and director Keith A. Ihmas, CGCS.
Carrie is helping us out at GCM with some on-the-spot coverage of all the comings and goings in Harrogate (which, in case you were wondering, is about 60 miles northeast of Manchester and about 200 miles due north of London) and sent along these photos from Tuesday's activities. More to come here on the blog throughout the week.
GCSAA's Randquist (top right), Evans (right, second from top) and Ihms (right, third from the top), along with Riordan (our intrepid photographer) met with BIGGA's chairman Andrew Mellon, CEO Jim Croxton, vice chair Tony Smith and director of membership Tracey Maddeson to discuss strategic issues impacting the profession.
The International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association presented its annual Edward Budding Award today. Pictured here, from left to right, are David Withers, president and CEO of Ransomes/ Jacobsen, the corporate partner for this award; winner Wes Danielewicz, the equipment technician for the Forest Preserve District of Dupage County in Chicago; and Chris Minton of the IGCEMA. For more on the award, visit the IGCEMA website.