Mannheim, 9th May 2018 – John Deere, one of the world’s leading golf course equipment suppliers, is confirmed as the latest big-name partner to commit to The Solheim Cup at Gleneagles from 9th-15th September 2019.
John Deere will be the Official Golf Course and Turf Maintenance Machinery Event Partner at Gleneagles for the 16th edition of the biennial match. The John Deere brand has a long association with professional golf having been a title sponsor on the PGA Tour, Official Supplier to the PGA Tour for 25 years, Official Supplier to the Ladies European Tour and a partner at numerous Solheim Cup events.
In addition, John Deere is also the partner of choice for Gleneagles, where the company exclusively provides golf course maintenance machinery and equipment for use across all three golf courses.
John Deere’s partnership at The 2019 Solheim Cup will include on course branding, a display of John Deere products in the Spectator Village and utilising the association and event collateral for customer promotions and incentives at dealerships worldwide.
Carlos Aragones, John Deere European turf sales & marketing manager, said: “The Solheim Cup is one of the biggest events on the 2019 sporting calendar and we are delighted to be a part of it. We are very proud of our history of collaborating with major golf events and our association with both The Solheim Cup and Gleneagles is very important to our brand. The countdown is now on and we are very much looking forward to next year’s event.”
Scotland’s Sports Minister Aileen Campbell said: “John Deere is a global company and an innovator in its field, and the partnership with The 2019 Solheim Cup is evidence of the significant international pull that both Scotland – the Home of Golf – and The Solheim Cup have in the sporting world. We look forward to working with them and our other partners to stage an outstanding event.”
Ross Hallett, IMG Executive Tournament Director, added: “As we build towards The 2019 Solheim Cup, we have been overwhelmed with interest from within the golf industry. Announcing John Deere’s support today is another important step as we work alongside VisitScotland in fulfilling their ambition of hosting the best Solheim Cup to date.”
The recently appointed European Captain and VisitScotland Ambassador, Catriona Matthew, will be looking to return the trophy to Europe in 2019 after an inspired USA team retained the trophy by 16½ to 11½ points, in front of record crowds in Iowa. Organisers are now aiming to set a new record for a European edition in 2019.
Themes of equality, innovation and experience will be threaded through all the event’s communications as The 2019 Solheim Cup aims to engage both the traditional golf audience and the wider sport fan, raising the profile of women’s golf both in Scotland and internationally.
The Scottish Government and VisitScotland have been long-time supporters of the women’s game, having partnered with the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the recently significantly enhanced Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which took place as a co-sanctioned LET and LPGA event for the first time last year.
The 2019 Solheim Cup will not only showcase the stunning assets of Scotland, the Home of Golf, but also build on the legacy of the successful 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. It will underline that Scotland is the perfect stage for major golf events as it seeks to help inspire a new generation of children to take up the game invented in their home country.
This summer the Turf Team at Le Golf National, near Paris, have the unprecedented challenge of preparing first as the home for the prestigious French Open, and then, just three months later, to be ready to host The Ryder Cup 2018 – the World’s biggest golfing event,.
It’s an incredible turf team challenge, and you can now follow their journey on a dedicated Syngenta website: www.turfteamchallenge.com
It will give a fascinating insight into the practices, the preparations and, above all, the people who are committed to the success of both events.
Updated throughout the weeks and days leading up to the events, it will catalogue the events through a series of exciting video diaries, personal blogs and articles, covering just what goes into ensuring the condition, performance and recovery of the awesome Albatros course.
The existing Le Golf National Turf Team of 40, headed by Golf Courses and Estates Manager, Alejandro Reyes and Albatros Superintendent, Lucas Pierre, will swell to a total of 80 for the French Open, with the help of greenkeepers from across France. And then it mushrooms to huge Turf Team of an incredible 180 people for The Ryder Cup – coordinating an International greenkeeping effort from across the globe.
The TurfTeamChallenge website and #turfteamchallenge twitter account will be your portal to hear about what’s going on and to learn from the experiences of everyone involved.
Alejandro Reyes said: “The excitement is already building. You can feel the anticipation in the air. Everyone involved is aware that the eyes of the world are on Le Golf National.
“Pressure? – Yes! But working with such an incredible team we are really excited that we can put on a showcase for France, for Europe, for golf as a game, and for the professionalism of greenkeepers. Where we can share that experience, the whole industry can develop and move forward.”
On the TurfTeamChallenge website you can get to know the people behind the event. Alejandro and the team have already started posting information on some of their preparations. Other greenkeepers from the UK, Europe and the US who are heading for Paris in October explain why they are doing it, and what they aim to achieve.
You can even ask Alejandro and his team up to the minute questions at #askalejandro and get involved in the conversations yourself. Sharing your tips and thoughts might just make the difference in preparing a course to bring the Cup back to Europe.
The Albatros course at Le Golf National is the permanent home of the French Open, being held this year from 28 June to 1 July. In 2011, the course was named as the European host for The Ryder Cup 2018, to be held on 28–30 September – although the course’s turf team will have been preparing for months and the International greenkeeping team – sponsored by Syngenta – on-site for at least a week prior to the first tee-off.
Follow their progress, learn from their experiences and share in the excitement and anticipation of these incredible events in France this year.
2018 FEGGA Greenkeeper Experience Programme in Partnership with Jacobsen – Ryder Cup – Le Golf National – France
This is a wonderful opportunity for a greenkeeper to be part of golf’s most prominent golfing event, and also the third largest sporting event in the World. FEGGA, and its supporting Partners, Jacobsen and Le Golf National are able to offer this wonderful opportunity for a greenkeeper to work as part of the greenkeeping team during part of or the whole of September in the lead up and during the 2018 Ryder Cup.
You’ll be able to increase your greenkeeping skills, increase your motivation and engagement with the industry, and give your new club the benefits of your ideas and initiatives throughout the period. Then, you’ll be able to bring the best of what you’ve learnt back to your original employer – without ever having to leave! The same applies whether you are from a remote area, or a more established country or Association.
Provided you and your club are endorsed by your Home Association then look forward to the following:
• Career development
• To develop new skills & experience
• The opportunity to experience new challenges and problem-solving
• Reflection and re-evaluation of the challenges of the job position
• Refresh and reinvigorate key staff
• To become more influential
This opportunity also builds on one of the strong missions of FEGGA
“Bringing people and Organisations together”
The Greenkeeper /Superintendent being selected will have:
• All accommodation and food provided during your stay
• Will be supplied with a Ryder Cup uniform
• Travel from home to Le Golf National will be covered
All applicants are required to:
• The applicant must have at least two years of experience at their present golf club and be a member of their National Greenkeeper Association for a minimum of two years.
• They should be capable of keeping records and writing reports.
• Confirm they will conduct themselves to the highest possible standard while on site adhering to The Le Golf National rules and regulations and codes of work practices during their stay
The funding of this Greenkeeper Experience Programme has been made available by our partner Jacobsen, who have recognised this as an outstanding opportunity for Assistant Greenkeepers looking to further develop their careers.
All applications to be submitted through an official application form using the link below
Deadline for the application is 11th May 2018
Please click the link to access the application form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the Ten Greenkeepers chosen through the FEGGA Greenkeeper Experience Programme. The lucky ten will join ten members of the GCSAA in being part of the 2018 Ryder Support Team at Le Golf National, France.
This wonderful opportunity for Greenkeepers to be part of golf’s most prominent golfing event has been made possible through its supporting Partners, Capillary Concrete and Alejandro Reyes, and Le Golf National.
Martin Sternberg CEO of Capillary Concrete is a 27-year GCSAA Member and was the first certified Superintendent in Europe, whilst Alejandro Reyes, Superintendent at Le Golf National is a past Scholarship student of FEGGA, and obviously someone that FEGGA is very proud of. Both are very passionate about the turf industry and place high value in providing opportunities to Greenkeepers as they have experienced along their own career journeys.
The ten Greenkeepers, all members of FEGGA’s National Member Associations members will be working alongside fellow volunteers and Le Golf National staff members to Showcase the peak best practices in the industry in providing the ultimate in playing conditions for arguably the world’s top 24 professional golfers from Europe and the USA.
This opportunity will also combine education, networking and business relationship opportunities, which will enhance what will be a memorable experience for all attending as chosen Support Team Members.
The lucky ten are:
- Abel Marius Pascariu, Assistant Greenkeeper
Golf Club Wien and member of the Austrian Greenkeepers Association
- Jiří Lahodný, Head Greenkeeper
Prosper Golf Resort Čeladná and representing the Czech Greenkeepers Association
- Mads Andersen, Course Manager
Søllerød Golf Club and representing the Danish Greenkeepers Association
- Paul Marley, Assistant Head Greenkeeper
Estonian Golf and Country Club and representing the Estonian Greenkeepers Association
- Frank Czarnietzki, Head Greenkeeper
Golf Club Maria Bildhausen and representing the German Greenkeepers Association
- Chloe Gallagher, Assistant Greenkeeper
Gulf Harbour Country Club and representing the British & International Greenkeepers Association
- Matija Pipan, Golf Course Superintendent
Golf & Country Club Castello di Spessa and representing the Slovenian and Italian Greenkeepers Association
- Ciarán Byrne, Assistant Head Greenkeeper
Old Conna Golf Club Bray and representing the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland
- Bernardo Almeida, Head Greenkeeper
West Cliffs / Praia D´el Rey Golf Club and representing the Portuguesse Greenkeepers Association
- Hector Forcen, Golf Course Superintendent
Golf Club Payerne and representing the Swiss Greenkeepers Association
21 FEGGA member Greenkeeper Associations gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria on 20th & 21st February for the 22nd Annual FEGGA Conference. This truly global, two-day conference, included the latest initiatives from the R&A, GEO, European Golf Club Owners Association, STERF, and the GCSAA – ably supported by Kajanni and Elmwood Colleges via video links. The focus of the Conference was very clearly aimed at linking Best Practice to Business to ensure European Greenkeeping helps Golf be sustainable, environmentally responsible, and profitable.
Golf in Bulgaria was at the opening of the agenda and Yavor Atanasov (Chairman of the Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association) opened the meeting with a clear description of the growth of the game in Bulgaria, and the aims and objectives of the B.G.G.A..
FEGGA launched several initiatives aimed at the Greenkeeper members of its Associations. These included the opportunities of a place on the Ryder Cup Support Team at Le Golf National; the opportunity of a study tour for an Association; and the opportunity of taking part in the Greenkeeper Experience Programmes in several different formats. Any Association or Association member who is interested in personal development is urged to contact his home Association who will make arrangements with FEGGA.
All this alongside the development of the FEGGA Statement of Responsible Golf Course Management which is making progress on two separate fronts.
• The process of being translated into all major European Languages, assisted by Edwin Roald of Iceland. FEGGA asks that all Associations now complete a translation.
• The introduction of a “Responsible Toolbox” and also the possibility of creating a future “Pinterest Board”. This will be an area where members can place and read practical greenkeeping information, and view case studies of successful, quantified greenkeeping projects such as composting, wild flower establishment, renovation of playing surfaces etc.. The Pin Board will also be a place for Association news and events, Partner news and events, and industry developments.
FEGGA also delivered information through a webinar about a Sterf supported research project “Susphos” that they are partners of. This was presented by Trygve Aamlid, professor at the Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO). “Susphos” is focusing Sustainable phosphorus (P) fertilization on golf courses during 2017-20.
We are all working hard at trying to be more successful in how we deliver our social media, and in doing so we invited Emma Ballard from Medi8 to present her thoughts on this subject. Emma gave a real overview of the many tools that are available, and how best to use them. She also gave some very clear examples of what works and what doesn’t, and why.
In summary: Paul Worster said on behalf of the FEGGA Board that this was a major step forward for FEGGA in its stated objective of “Bringing people and Organisations together”.
The two days and nights included the FEGGA AGM where out-going Chairman Kamil Pecenka was thanked by the Czech Greenkeepers Association for his years in Office on the FEGGA Board which stretched to almost ten. This was wholly and unanimously endorsed by the Meeting. Incoming Chairman Paul Worster paid tribute to the FEGGA
Board and said that Kamil Pecenka was a giant among European Greenkeepers and had set a very high bar.
Proposals for the 2018 Board were elected by the meeting as good as unanimously; Chairman Paul Worster (UK); Vice-Chairman Joel Nunes (Portugal); established members Emmi Pietarila (Finland) and Darko Cecelja (Slovenia); Martin Nilsson (Denmark) was elected to the board; and Patron representative & advisor Erich Steiner of Steiner & Partners continued in this current position. This is a strong and representative Board which is looking forward to continuing the work of FEGGA.
Evening activities included watching a display of fire-eating and fire-dancing in the nearby Vitosha Mountains; and watching & taking part in traditional Bulgarian dance in a city restaurant following a guided tour of the city of Sofia. The Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association was thanked for assisting with the organisation of all the events, and for their extraordinary hospitality which was hugely appreciated.
Delegates returned home motivated and inspired and FEGGA received many messages of support looking forward not only to the 2019 FEGGA Conference, but also to 2020 when FEGGA will host the International Summit as part of its Conference.
FEGGA is very proud of its partnerships, and for this Conference, want to say a big thank you to John Deere Golf, Syngenta and The Toro Company.
FEGGA closes by urging participation in its offerings and activities which range from introducing the opportunity of receiving Webinars for top-quality education, to support for Associations, to development for individual greenkeepers of member countries.
Paul Worster has the final thought – if there is one word for all of us to focus on; it is “Communication”. Expect to be hearing more from FEGGA during 2018.
This is a wonderful opportunity for greenkeepers to be part of golfs most prominent golfing event, and also the third largest sporting event in the World. FEGGA, and its supporting Partners, Capillary Concrete and Le Golf National are able to offer 10 Support Team placements which will be working to Showcase the peak best practices in the industry in providing the ultimate in playing conditions for arguably the world’s top 24 professional golfers from Europe and the USA.
This opportunity will also combine education, networking and business relationship opportunities, which will enhance what will be a memorable experience for all attending as chosen Support Team Members.
- Every Greenkeeper / Superintendent member of a FEGGA National Greenkeeper Association is invited to submit an application to qualify to attend, and to be part of this unique team of outstanding professionals for those lucky enough to be selected. (all applicants must be supported by their respected association)
- It will provide unique hands on experience at preparing and maintaining the Albatross Course at Le Golf National, both before and during the Ryder Cup Matches. This will also be combined with educational sessions, and career development clinics led by leading teachers in our industry.
- This will be 7 days of unique experience, and education. Meeting colleagues from all countries in a work/education environment, topped with the electrifying excitement of that unique live Ryder Cup experience.
This opportunity also builds on one of the strong missions of FEGGA of
“Bringing people and Organisations together”
All Greenkeepers /Superintendents being selected will have:
- All accommodation and food provided during their stay
- Will be supplied with a Ryder Cup uniform
- Will be given support of €150 for their respected travel from home to the selected airport in Paris (Europe)
All applicants are required to:
- Have a minimum of three years’ experience working as a greenkeeper and been member of their respected Association for a period of two years
- Must be able to work the period 24 -30 September 2018
- Confirm they will conduct themselves to the highest possible standard while on site adhering to The Le Golf National rules and regulations and codes of work practices during their stay
All applications to be submitted through an official application form through the link below
Following leadership from The Federation of European Golf Greenkeeper Associations, greenkeepers all over Europe have come together in a pledge for responsible and sustainable golf course management. All of FEGGA‘s 22 European national greenkeeping organizations have agreed to promote and endorse a clear, detailed and ambitious strategic vision that embraces golf‘s potential to produce multiple benefits for nature and man. Included within this collaboration were representatives of the R&A and the GEO Foundation, and the result is the FEGGA Statement of Responsible Golf Course Management.
“To put this Statement into context, many ordinary people throughout Europe in the course of their everyday lives have major concerns relating to consumption of energy & resources, and the release of particulates and emissions,” says FEGGA board member Paul Worster, himself a Golf Course Manager. “We are all familiar with the terms climate change and global warming and every industry is required to deliver a clean and non-polluting service. However, very few regular golfers would have any concept of any standards within the Golf Industry to prepare a golf course for play, each and every day. The Statement sets these out and looks for ways to improve,” Worster adds.
According to FEGGA Board Chairman, Kamil Pecenka, the purpose of the FEGGA Statement is not to rigidly dictate to every greenkeeper how to do their job. Rather, the aim is to communicate the job that is done, and the solid reasoning and environmental principles behind it. The Statement is to give guidance and direction to the greenkeeping team, and is to be regarded as a tool with which to communicate with members, visitors and owners.
The FEGGA board aims is to translate the document into all the member Associations native languages, and with six completed 2 of which are available to view below, a real positive start has been made. This will certainly allow the document to reach more people, and for them to see the commitment FEGGA is making once again to Sustainable Golf Course Management.
Another build on to the document is to make it electronically interactive, providing links to simple but important information and guidance for greenkeepers and golf clubs to help them with their own journey of sustainable management. It then becomes a real resource within the FEGGA toolbox.
FEGGA Executive Officer Dean Cleaver says that FEGGA plans to continually build on this initial statement and include case studies from successful projects and working practices. “We will not pull any punches here. As well as inspiring our people to improve environmental performance, the package needs to be a sensible, useful, practical working guide as to how to make improvements, and how to answer questions and scrutiny from those who pay for the maintenance of our courses. In short, we need to be credible and convincing and the document needs to be exactly that.”
To name a couple of examples, he adds: “We automatically sort our domestic rubbish these days, so why would the golf club be any different? Why would the club not want to take the trouble? The document aims to identify the easiest ways to achieve this, and the ways to inspire your customers to want to be a part.
Drinking water supplies are not only coming under pressure, but drinking water carries a high amount of embedded energy, e.g. that energy which is required to pump it from source to a treatment plant, process it for human consumption, and then pipe it to the user. Why would we be literally splashing this crucial resource all over our golf course? The Statement prompts the direct need to secure some other supply such as groundwater. Will this cost a fortune, or will it actually save money? Speaking from a UK perspective, drinking water supplied via a water-meter can cost around one pound per cubic metre. Borehole water costs 2 pence for the same amount. Therefore the borehole installation pays for itself in a very short time.
Keeping it local and keeping it simple also saves money. Large companies learned this some time ago. Golf can pick up this example and run with it. The FEGGA statement covers all these points and more. We encourage greenkeepers and clubs to come on board with us to make this great game even better,” says FEGGA’s Paul Worster in conclusion.
Read FEGGA’s Statement of Responsible Golf Course Management here:
On 16th and 17th of November 2017 the Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association celebrated its 10th anniversary. The event was remarkable for the industry with a two days conference. It was held in Central Hotel Sofia. There were 42 people participating which is a great success for our Association.
The afternoon on 16th we had the honour to listen to our main sponsor’s presentation – Andrew Brown and Teodor Denchev (Toro Company) and Simon Taylor (ICL Company). It was great that these two companies were with us from the very beginning and I can easily say that the partnership through the years became a great privilege for both sides.
For the rest of the day the members had the opportunity to meet Campey Turf Care Systems presented by Ian Pogson. That really made the audience impressed and engaged. The final speech for the day was given by Edgardo Ticozzi introducing his company (Universe Manure Company SRL). The guests saw very broad spectrum of products.
A gala dinner was set in a Bulgarian restaurant for all participants in the next day of FEGGA Roadshow conference. The discussions and the enthusiastic conversations were endless.
FEGGA Development Roadshow was held on the next day. This event was organised in partnership with R&A. It is the third one in our country for the last 4 years. It proves the close relationship between BGGA and FEGGA. FEGGA supported our industry not only through educations but also made an input in interexchange programs and visits to football clubs in UK recently. We are very proud how the Association is growing and we have a clear vision for moving forward.
The Roadshow had a great success as usual. The main focus was the Integrated Pest Management. The members had the opportunity to listen to Anne Mette Dahl Jensen, cand. Scient. Ph.D.,Senior advisor – Turfgrass – University of Copenhagen and Giovanni Nava – Superintendent – Riviera Golf Club, Italy. They both inspired our guests with their knowledge and experience. Wendy Cole (Sustainability at R&A) and Paul Miller (SRUC Elmwood College) made short presentation of the available educations and benefits of them.
The members had the opportunity to meet, speak and listen two person with the highest reputation in greenkeepers industry – Dean Cleaver (Executive Officer – FEGG) and Kamil Pecenka (Chairman – FEGGA). As part of the FEGGA Roadshow the seminar included short presentations of two of our golf courses “St. Sofia Golf Club” by Ventsilav Nikov (superintendent) and “Black Sea Rama Golf Club” by Stanimir Angelov (superintendent). ] The members really came out enriched with knowledge and “out of the box” thinking after this event. The discussions and interactions during and after the conference prove its success. The feedback from the people for these two days was very positive and encouraging. The right way of development and progress in the Association showed the hard work behind the scene.
The Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association is proud what we as an Organization achieved through the years. BGGA showed progress by declaring to be the teaching body for the turf industry in Bulgaria. The support of FEGGA (not only for the Roadshow) and the partnership with other Associations, golf clubs and football pitches prove how things will go forward for the BGGA. As the chairman of the Association I can confirm that no matter that we are small, we are growing strong. Our members became a turf family and I am glad to say we are more than ever one team.
Yavor Atanasov – Chairman
Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association – http://www.bgga.info/
These BIGGA members have been selected to take part in the Future Turf Managers Initiative 2018, made possible by Jacobsen, a Textron Golf brand
The Future Turf Managers Initiative 2018, made possible by Jacobsen, a Textron Golf brand, will take place at the company’s HQ in Ipswich from 6-8 March 2018.
Aimed at up and coming greenkeepers who want to make the leap to Course Manager, FTMI focuses on personal and professional development. The FTMI programme utilises the expertise of leading Course Managers, dynamic trainers and industry experts to mentor and educate the next generation of industry leaders.
The successful candidates for the “FTMI Class of 2018” are:
Michael Budd, Westerham Golf Club
Darren Burton, Royal Cinque Ports
Seb Cavilla, Chippenham Golf Club
Shaun Cunningham, Mortonhall Golf Club
Lyle Davidson, The Carrick
Matthew Gallagher, Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club
Callum Goodhind, Prestbury Golf Club
Graham Hastie, Stoneham Golf Club
Nathan Jones, Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Mitchell Jordan, Lingdale Golf Club
Andrew McIntee, Royal Troon Golf Club
Scott McTaggart, Ralston Golf Club
Jon Methven, St Andrews Links Trust
Chris Mullett, The Belfry
Scott Parnell, Saffron Walden Golf Club
Dean Reed, Queenwood Golf Club
John Reid, The Duke’s, St Andrews
Nick Roberts, Hendon Golf Club
Timothy Lewis Sethi, Golfpark Zurichsee
Steve Thorne, Rushmore Golf Club
Karen Proctor, Director Global Marketing at Textron Golf, said: “This will be the sixth year that we will be welcome 20 selected BIGGA Members to take part in the Future Turf Managers Initiative.
“It’s a valuable personal and career development opportunity that we offer and we very much look forward to welcoming the Class of 2018 to our UK headquarters in Ipswich.”
Sami Strutt, Head of Member Development at BIGGA said: “We saw an increase of almost 40% in the number of applications received for FTMI 2018. Every year the selection process gets more difficult due to high quality applicants.
“The 20 successful candidates can expect to be challenged and pushed out of their comfort zone by the trainers, mentors and the Textron Golf and BIGGA teams, but they will definitely learn a lot and make some lifelong friends along the way.”
Daniel Grant (left) was presented with his award, which included gift vouchers to the value of £300 for golf equipment at Swedish golf store Dormy, at Tomelilla Golf Club by John Deere International’s Swedish territory manager Peter Lundgren. (Photograph supplied by the Swedish Greenkeepers Association/SGA magazine Greenbladet.)
Swedish greenkeeper Daniel Grant is the 2017 winner of SRUC Elmwood’s annual John Deere HNC Student of the Year Award, sponsored by John Deere and Scottish turf dealer Double A. Daniel was selected for his outstanding commitment and attitude to his programme of studies at HNC Golf Course Management level during the 2016/2017 academic year.
Daniel, aged 27, works at Tomelilla Golf Club in Skåne, near his home town of Ystad, which has an 18-hole main course, a nine-hole short course and Footgolf. Although born and working in Sweden, Daniel has a Scottish pedigree – his father John is the golf professional at PGA Sweden National at Bara near Malmo, having moved from Scotland to Sweden in 1987 to work at Ystad Golf Club.
The HNC course at SRUC’s Elmwood campus in Cupar, Fife, was recommended by PGA Sweden National course manager Barry Crawford – another Scot, who gained the same qualification there, among others – when Daniel was working for him as a seasonal greenkeeper.
“The course was a fantastic experience,” said Daniel. “I really was not expecting to receive this award, so it was a very pleasant surprise, especially as I never planned to be a greenkeeper! It came into focus when I need a full-time job after Swedish National Service. I really enjoyed my seasonal work at PGA Sweden National and Ystad Golf Club, and after the army I decided this was what I wanted to do full-time. I’m very happy being a greenkeeper, and want to progress as far as I can.”
The course covers many different areas such as ecology, soil science, irrigation, drainage, design and construction, the history and development of golf and much more. For Daniel’s year it finished with a graded unit where the students had to present a management plan for Auchterderran Golf Course, near Kirkcaldy in Fife.
“Although Daniel brought several years’ experience and very evident practical abilities to the course, it was his engagement with learning and the desire to develop his knowledge and learn even more that shone through in all his work,” said his SRUC Elmwood course tutor Stuart Mackie.
“His attention to detail and the depth of his analysis allowed him to present assignments that provided the required evidence and fully engaged the reader in understanding his conclusions. His nomination was very well deserved for the work he put into every subject.”