7th Dec, 2016

Jubilant Jack scoops prestigious greenkeeper honour

Liam Moakes 25th Jan, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THERE was delight at Broadway Golf Club when one of their newest members of staff was crowned winner of the prestigious British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association Young Greenkeeper of the Year award.

At the tender age of 20, Jack Groves joined the greenkeepers team at Broadway just two years ago and has since become a valued member of the team, culminating in this fine accolade.

Along with head greenkeeper Jamie Blake, he travelled to Harrogate having been shortlisted with three others from qualifying rounds across the UK.

Groves had no idea what to expect as the awards were kept top secret, but he knew he had done all he could to give his opponents a tough contest.

Since joining the greens staff, a reorganisation of team numbers has taken place which has meant Jack has had to take on significantly more responsibility.

Illustrating a gritty determination and commitment, he showed a willingness beyond all expectations as he embarked upon an intensive training programme to fast track his technical and practical knowledge to the required levels.

Groves is extremely proud of his award as recognition of all his hard work and now looks forward to getting back to work to the job he loves in caring for the stunning course at Broadway.

Club captain Barry Cubitt said: “We are all thrilled Jack’s hard work has been recognised with this impressive accolade.

“Our members know by playing the course that the greenkeeping team at Broadway do an exceptional job and this award for Jack brings international recognition of that.”

MEANWHILE, Broadway’s ladies continued to thoroughly enjoy their golf in the Silent Partners competition.

Although it was an icy start and the match was played on winter greens, the morning’s weather turned out to be wonderful as players took to the course not knowing who their scores would be paired with until they were back in the clubhouse.

With an excellent joint score of 32, the clear winners were Judith Noyce and Debbie Donoghue. Rita Smith and Fran Andrew made their way into second place with 28, leaving Pat Righton and Margaret Tucker to take third spot on countback.

BROADWAY’S men were out at the weekend in their quest for a place in the Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic.

Their first round match was at home against tough opposition from Evesham Golf Club.

With the course playing superbly and the weather set fair, Broadway’s team of Justin Loram, Warren McDivitt, president Richard Rouse, Bill Sollis and club captain Cubitt were each anxious to get out and do battle in their singles matchplay games.

Played in excellent spirit, all embraced the challenge and matches were close as the Broadway squad took full advantage of their home turf and strode in with a resounding 4-1 victory to their name.

Pleased with their result, the team are now eager to learn news of their second round draw which they will receive in early February.