Justin Rose to present 2012 Golf Environment Awards

Ryder Cup hero Justin Rose will unveil the winners of the 2012 Golf Environment Awards at Wentworth Golf Club later this month

Ryder Cup star Justin Rose will announce the winners of STRI's 2012 Golf Environment Awards at Westworth later this month, highlighting the best environmental practice at golf courses across the UK.

Rose - who is an official ambassador of the Golf Environment Awards for the third year running - played an instrumental role in Europe's mesmerising final-day comeback at Medinah Country Club.

The 31-year-old Englishman - winner of the inaugural Turkish Airlines World Golf Final last week - is proud to support the awards, which commend both individuals and organisations on their commitment to environmentally sustainable projects.

STRI, the world's leading sports turf consultancy, administers and manages the awards, and has done for the past 15 years.

Each entry is independently judged based on what the golf course has achieved and how it has benefitted the environment. Last year, Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland won the Overall Achievement accolade.

"I'm looking forward to finding out more about this year's winning environmental projects and the leading course management professionals that are pioneering them," said Rose.

The prestigious awards are supported by a range of sponsors committed to promoting sustainability within golf clubs - Country Turf, Ransomes Jacobsen, Everris, Syngenta and BIGGA - along with media sponsors Golf Monthly and Greenkeeping.

Richard Stuttard, STRI's Environmental Consultant, said: "STRI recognised the ever-increasing spotlight on environmental issues and is proud to once again be managing these awards.

"It is imperative that environmentally sustainable courses should be at the forefront within the golf industry."

In total, 11 awards will be handed out, ranging from nature conservation management to the conservation greenkeepeing.

Winners will be revealed on www.golfenvironmentawards.com at the end of October. 

Nick Bonfield
Nick Bonfield

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x