Staff and students from Elmwood College were involved in assisting with the setting up of the Kingsbarns Golf Course for the recent Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The tournament is played over three links courses – St Andrews, The Old Course, Carnoustie, The Championship Course and Kingsbarns.
Ten students supported by two lecturers Stuart Mackie and Alan Clark were involved in the preparation of Carnoustie and Kingsbarns courses.
The students prepared the fairways at Carnoustie and met with Course Manager John Philp and Head Greenkeeper Sandy Reid, who gave them and insight into how a course is prepared for a major championship.
At Kingsbarns under the supervision of Head Greenkeeper Innes Knight, the students were charged with the preparation and maintenance of the practise area, as well as cutting tees, fairways and raking bunkers.
Student Lukas Boettcher said, “The Dunhill Championship was a great opportunity for me to experience golf course presentation on such a high level. I was happy to be part of this event.”
Stuart Mackie, Greenkeeping lecturer explained the importance of the event for the students saying, “The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working at a major golfing event and the experience they have gained is invaluable, they demonstrated the attitude and professionalism that is required to succeed at a high level in the industry”.
Anke Perplies (Germany), Ajay Malhotra(India), Kelvin Budd(Scotland), Calum Smith (Scotland), Mike Boyle(Scotland),Colin Mason(Scotland), Lukas Boettcher (Germany), Brett Hochstein(USA), John Galloway(Scotland)