ONE of the greenkeepers at Cumberwell Park Golf Club outside Bradford on Avon has been shortlisted for a top golf environment award.

Jon Keepen, Head of Conservation and First Assistant at Cumberwell Park, has been shortlisted for the STRI Golf Environment Award for ‘Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year’, organised by the Sports Turf Research Institute based in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

The STRI Golf Environment Awards recognise, reward and promote outstanding individuals and golf courses, no matter how big or small, for the time and effort they have put into protecting and preserving their unique surroundings.

A spokesperson said: “Golf courses around the world are seeing tangible results from introducing environmentally sustainable management projects across their golf courses.

“These projects are achieving an increase in habitat varieties, improving playing experiences for golfers and providing a positive contribution to wildlife!

“With the ever-increasing spotlight on environmental matters, it is fundamentally important for golf courses worldwide to assess what they can do to achieve environmental sustainability protect while continuing to maximise the enjoyment of golf.”

Matthew James, the Cumberwell Park Course Manager, said: “This is fantastic news for Jon and the club as it recognises all his efforts towards our conservation work at Cumberwell Park.”

The pair will attend the STRI Golf Environment Awards dinner at the Bigga Turf Management Exhibition in Harrogate from January 21-24 to find out which of the three finalists will win.

To watch a short video of Jon at work, go to