Top student greenkeeper in Scotland named

By Alistair February 10, 2020 10:56 Updated

Kyle McClung has been named as the top student greenkeeper in Scotland, and has been awarded the Harry Diamond award.

The award is open to greenkeepers in Scotland who are studying for a qualification to help them progress in their career.

Kyle, who is a greenkeeper at Glenbervie Golf Club, completed an NC in greenkeeping at SRUC’s Elmwood campus before taking up a work placement at Turnberry Golf Resort ­­– which led to the offer of a full-time position.

He then moved to work as a greenkeeper at Gleneagles Hotel, and completed an HNC in golf course management via distance learning, graduating last July.

Gary Smith (left) from the STRI presenting Kyle with his award

As part of the selection process for the award, he did a course walk at Ladybank Golf Club in Fife with course manager Colin Powrie, before sharing his ideas about the agronomy, ecology and maintenance practices employed by the greenkeeping team with members of the selection panel.

Programme leader Mike Clark, who nominated Kyle for the award, said: “Kyle fought off some really strong peers to win the award.

“He is an inspiration to all of SRUC’s greenkeeping and golf students, demonstrating how the right attitude and application can lead to a successful career.”

Kyle said: “It is an honour for me to receive this award and it’s a nice recognition for the hard work I have put into my studies over the years.”


By Alistair February 10, 2020 10:56 Updated

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