Shetland

Bill Johnson: 20 Years of Golf, 13 Years at Grieg

Bill Johnson, a production planner at Grieg Seafood Shetland and long-time salmon farming veteran of 34 years, speaks with us about his passion for golf and how sponsorship by Grieg Seafood has had a positive impact on the local community.

Bill has worked at Grieg Seafood Shetland for 13 years, since its inception in 2007. He’s been playing golf for a little while longer than that. He says that he went to give it a try and got hooked straight away. According to Bill, one of the appeals of the sport is the handicap system which means everyone can play together on an equal playing field regardless of age or ability. He tells us that it is very inclusive and welcoming for that very reason.

“I took up golf maybe 20 years ago, just as a member of the local club… A few years ago, someone in the committee approached me and asked if Grieg Seafood would be interested in sponsoring the Shetland Open, which is the premier competition in the isles.”

“I took up golf maybe 20 years ago, just as a member of the local club… A few years ago, someone in the committee approached me and asked if Grieg Seafood would be interested in sponsoring the Shetland Open, which is the premier competition in the isles.”

Bill Johnson, Production planner at Grieg Seafood Shetland

Grieg Seafood began sponsoring the Shetland Golf Club several years ago and over time its role as a sponsor has grown. For the past two years Grieg Seafood has been sponsoring the Shetland Open, this year the club received £750 from Grieg Seafood. The Shetland Open is the premier golf competition in the Shetland isles and was well-attended by 75 participants this year. Bill tells us that within the local golfing community it is a big deal and helps to bring participants together from all over Shetland.

“The club really can’t exist without sponsors like Grieg Seafood… Grieg has been very supportive of the wider community… I think that it’s an exceptional company!”

“It’s about being respected and acknowledged as a good company within the community.”

Bill Johnson, Production planner at Grieg Seafood Shetland

Bill chuckles that he has more enthusiasm than ability, and it is clear to see that his passion for golf and his community go hand in hand. He tells us he’s proud to work for Grieg Seafood and happy that we’ve been able to support so many local projects over the years.

“It’s about being respected and acknowledged as a good company within the community.”

We are very grateful to Bill for sharing his story with us and wish him every success for next year's Shetland Open. Grieg Seafood Shetland always seeks to support local causes and we are pleased that we have been able to support the Shetland Golf Club during these unprecedented times. You can find out more about the Shetland Golf Club here: www.shetlandgolfclub.co.uk​

(Bill Johnson (left), Grieg Seafood Shetland Production Planner presents prizes for the Shetland Golf Open 2020)