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Greenkeeping scholars savour Singapore Open

• Students from The R&A’s Greenkeeping Scholars programme got chance to work at SMBC Singapore Open.

• Scholars prepared course at Sentosa Golf Club during the The Open Qualifying Series event.

• The R&A has invested £770,000 in the Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme since 2004.

A group of students from The R&A’s Greenkeeping Scholars programme rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s leading golfers at the recent SMBC Singapore Open.

Aaron Whitfield, Graeme Davidson, Greg Holden and Shane Buckley took up supervisor roles at the Asian Tour event, which is part of The Open Qualifying Series and Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng and Phachara Khongwatmai, Korea’s Younghan Song, and South Africa’s Jbe Kruger secured their places in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale in July.

 

Course preparation for world’s top golfers

The scholars gained invaluable experience of working on course preparation at Sentosa Golf Club during the tournament which featured players of the calibre of Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els as well as Marksaeng who went on to lift the trophy.

The R&A has supported greenkeeping scholars since 2004, investing £770,000 in the programme to date.

Students studying higher level greenkeeping qualifications at SRUC Elmwood in Fife and Myerscough College in Preston are eligible to seek support through The R&A programme.

Aaron downs tools to interview his colleague Graeme about their experience in Singapore.
Aaron downs tools to interview his colleague Graeme about their experience in Singapore.

Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme

Steve Isaac, Director – Sustainability, said, “The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme provides financial assistance but also gives Scholars opportunities to work at tournaments across the world gaining valuable experience.

“All four of the scholars viewed the trip to Singapore opportunity as a tremendous opportunity to develop their understanding of high level tournament preparation in very different climactic conditions to what they are used to. This experience will be of great benefit to them.”

Andy Johnson, Course Manager at Sentosa Golf Club added, “They were a great group of guys who were very hardworking and handled themselves with great professional integrity. It was a pleasure to host them.”

For more information about a career in greenkeeping or The R&A’s Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme contact For more information about a career in greenkeeping or The R&A’s Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme contact gkscholars@randa.org  

The R&A Greenkeeping Scholars with the claret Jug and SMBC Singapore Open trophy.
The R&A Greenkeeping Scholars with the claret Jug and SMBC Singapore Open trophy.