Lee Park on course for top award

LEE Park has surprised the golfing fraternity by qualifying for the finals of the prestigious Sports Turf Research Institute’s environmental award.


The small working man’s club is bounded by a council estate in what is regarded “a very challenging” area of Liverpool.
Lee ParkBut it will take pride of place alongside Open Championship venue Carnoustie, Royal St David’s and Hankley Common in the final at Hotel du Vin, Harrogate, on January 21.
More than 300 clubs applied for the coveted awards and Bob Taylor, STRI’s Ecology and Environment consultant, commented: “The finalists were selected following a rigorous inspection of 24 UK golf clubs by STRI’s team of experts, with each entry judged on their distinct environmental accomplishments and outcomes.
“The quality of entries was again outstanding this year and it is getting harder to select the finalists because all the clubs we visited are committed to improving environmental conditions on their courses.
“It is encouraging to see from all the entries just how many clubs are now focusing on ecological and wildlife management as part of their day-to-day course management.
“All this year’s finalists have shown an excellent level of commitment and energy in delivering first class courses whilst successfully enhancing their own local environment at the same time.”
World class agronomist Alistair Beggs, STRI’s northern area manager, commented that Lee Park’s putting surfaces “are among the best, if not the best parkland greens I have seen.”
Meanwhile, Royal Birkdale’s John Kelly is up for a Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year award and Prestbury has been nominated for Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year title.
Each winner will receive a “trip of a lifetime” to Europe with the chance to visit some of the world’s leading golf facilities and sites of specific ecological interest.
The finalists were selected following a rigorous inspection of 24 UK golf clubs by STRI’s team of experts, with each entry judged on their distinct environmental accomplishments and outcomes.

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