Investment banker turned greenkeeper wins Ransomes Jacobsen award

An investment banker turned golf club greenkeeper has scooped this year's Ransomes Jacobsen Best Student Award.

Ian Nichols, a greenkeeper at Orsett Golf Club in Essex was presented with the award, sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen at his graduation ceremony at Myerscough College.

Nichols graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Turfgrass Science after leaving the City to pursue a new career.

He was presented with the Ransomes Jacobsen Cup for his commitment and contribution to the demanding study programme.

As well as the cup Nichols won a trip to the Jacobsen Future Turf Managers programme, held annually at Charlotte in North Carolina, where he will spend a week with recent US graduates to broaden his understanding of the global turf maintenance sector.

He said: "I am thrilled to be invited on such a programme by Ransomes Jacobsen and look forward to bringing back some new ideas to Orsett Golf Club.

"I would also like to thank the Ransomes Jacobsen organisation for their continued sponsorship of the cup and awards."

Nichols’ course tutor, Dr Andrew Owen, said Nichols had got the highest overall module grade in his year.

"Throughout his course he has consistently produced exemplary work and has been a model student. He thoroughly deserves this accolade."

Benjamin Simpkins was the winner of the Ransomes Jacobsen Turf Machinery Practical Award. Course tutor David Leach said: "Ben relished every practical challenge during his course, working hard in all types of weather and the final product was always presented to a very high standard."

Ransomes Jacobsen is a multi-industry division of global conglomerate Textron.

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