Shock as golf course ecologist Antony Wainwright dies aged 42
One of the UK’s leading golf course ecologists, Antony Wainwright, has died at the age of just 42, the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) has announced.
He leaves behind a wife and children.
Antony was the STRI’s ‘conservation greenkeeper of the year’ in 2011 while at Turton Golf Club due to his work in delivering an environmental management plan at the club.
He then left Turton and joined the STRI where he, among other things, contributed articles for this publication, such as this one on amazing migratory birds that are found on UK golf courses one or two days a year.
A statement from the STRI read: ‘It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Antony Wainwright. Antony had been working with us for less than a year and during that time had made a great contribution to the golf industry through his knowledge and enthusiasm for the world of ecology.
‘He was a kind and gentle person and held in high regard with all who came into contact with him, from both within STRI and our clients. He will be missed by us and our heartfelt condolences and sympathies go out to his family, wife and children.’
Everyone at Golf Club Management and Greenkeeping magazines would like to express their shock at his passing, and we extend our condolences to his family.