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Parry is picture perfect

Wrexham man ‘over the moon’ to win BIGGA photography competition

By Andrew Ward

A spectacular image of a greenkeeper preparing  his course at a North Wales golf club has claimed first prize in the prestigious British International  Golf Greenkeepers’ Association (BIGGA) Photographic Competition.

Wrexham Golf Club’s acting deputy head greenkeeper,  John Parry, used his photographic eye to capture the winning image, which you can see on the left. Parry was announced as the winner of the competition in Greenkeeper International, a monthly magazine received by all BIGGA  members.

What’s more, his keen eye has won him a brand new Apple Watch, which he says he’s delighted about.  

“I’m over the moon to have won,” said Parry There were a lot of really good pictures entered into the competition, so I actually can’t believe it.”

The photograph was taken on a Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone and shows a silhouetted greenkeeper installing a hole on Wrexham’s sixth green at dawn one morning. “It was a beautiful morning and I was out there with my boss at the time, changing holes,” added Parry. “I took hundreds of photos that morning and I saw him on the sixth hole with the sunrise behind. He didn’t know I was taking the photo so it was very natural.

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“I’m absolutely over the moon to have won and I can’t wait to defend my title in next year’s competition.”

Almost 250 BIGGA members took part in the online vote to help determine the competition winner.

Karl Hansell, editor of Greenkeeper International, said: “We’d like to thank every BIGGA member who took part in the online voting. The calibre of entries was so high that we were really struggling to pick a favourite, so we couldn’t have done it without you.

“Congratulations to John for his victory, which speaks a thousand words and more about the hard work and dedication of greenkeepers.”

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