Bridgwater College student narrowly misses out on US study tour

A Bridgwater College student was just one ‘stroke’ away from victory in the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award 2010, a prestigious contest that could have earned him a fully-funded, six week scholarship to the University of Massachusetts, a tour of the Toro factory and a trip to the Golf Industry Show in Florida.

Seb Cavilla, aged 26 and from Chippenham in Wiltshire, has just completed a Golf Course and Sports Turf Management programme at the College. He was selected as one of two runners up and wins an expenses paid trip to Harrogate Week in January 2011 where he will enjoy a week of golfing workshops, seminars and exhibitions. Seb and his fellow student, Tom Hayward, both made it through to the final eight, having been subjected to rigorous testing at regional level to assess their knowledge of all aspects of greenkeeping and turf care. On reaching the final, they then had to complete a one day written task, a 45 minute interview and attend a formal dinner.

Section Leader for Sports Turf and Horticulture, Mark Wallington, praised the pair, saying,

“It is a tribute to Seb and Tom, and to the high quality teaching and training that they receive, that they have both reached the final. To even get this far is a huge accolade — the prize is truly awe-inspiring and will certainly add greatly to the CV of the winning student.”

Sami Collins from BIGGA said of Seb after the final,

“Sebastian performed well during his final interview and produced a good, well-presented golf course report. The calibre of finalists was extremely high and Sebastian represented Bridgwater College's Cannington Centre in a very professional manner. I am sure that he gained a great deal from the experience and I think he will have made some lifelong friends.”