Published Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 in Study at SRUC news
Dr Paul Miller, Lecturer in Greenkeeping and Golf Course Management at SRUC's Elmwood campus, has just returned from the first ever African R&A Greenkeeping Workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya.
He caught up with former students and joined over 120 delegates from across Africa representing golf clubs in Kenya, Burundi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Working alongside The R&A on the two day event were local R&A Scholars. Each year, since 2004, The R&A has identified the most deserving students enrolled in turf management higher education to receive scholarships. Beyond the direct financial assistance, candidates also gain access to a number of exclusive opportunities for networking and continued professional development which helps their employment opportunities.
SRUC’s Elmwood campus, based at Cupar in Fife, is one of two UK education providers The R&A work with. Former Elmwood Student and R&A Scholar Derek Daly, Director of Education at the Silver Lakes Academy in South Africa contributed to the sessions, using equipment like the stimp meter to measure the green speed. Because he was preparing his course for the Nedbank Challenge another Scholar and former Elmwood student Neville Wenhold, currently the Superintendent at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa, was unable to attend the workshop. However he provided an outstanding video showing the preparations for the up and coming tournament.
Dr Paul Miller was delighted to be able to represent SRUC at the event, where he made a presentation and a proposal for providing green keeping education in the region at entry level.
“We really hope to gain a foot hold and deliver on-the-ground training in East Africa. The possibility of delivering greenkeeping education in this region is very exciting. The City of Nairobi and the surrounding areas are just fascinating,” he commented. “SRUC Elmwood has also been looking at the possibility of offering Golf Course Management qualifications in Africa using our Distance Learning expertise and the event resulted in a number of enquiries.”
The workshop was organised by Wendy Cole, R&A Greenkeeping Machinery Co-ordinator with theory sessions and practical machinery demonstrations by technicians from Ransomes Jacobsen, Redexim and SISIS. The machinery programme donates machinery to golf courses across the world where resources are scarce, particularly in South America and Asia where greenkeeping infrastructure doesn’t currently exist.
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Photo caption: Former Elmwood student and R&A Scholar Derek Daly, Director of Education at the Silver Lakes Academy in South Africa. He is demonstrating how a stimp meter can measure the green speed.
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