Greenkeeper par excellence

Published Tuesday, 1st May 2018 in Elmwood Golf news

Mike Clark, SRUC Greenkeeping lecturer and James Macbeath, Course Manager at Brora Golf Links are pictured with Alistair Morrison.
Mike Clark, SRUC Greenkeeping lecturer, Alistair Morrison and James Macbeath, Course Manager at Brora Golf Links

Alistair Morrison, Head Greenkeeper of Durness Golf Club in Caithness, recently won the BIGGA Young Greenkeeper of the Year Award 2018, which recognises up-and-coming talent in the golf industry.

Alistair completed the NC Greenkeeping course at Scotland’s Rural College’s Elmwood campus, then took up a two-year apprenticeship at Brora Golf Club.

He said: “I was very lucky and fortunate to spend a total of three years working at Brora with Head Greenkeeper James MacBeath and his team. I am very honoured and proud to win the BIGGA Young Greenkeeper of the Year Award sponsored by Textron Golf."

Alistair puts his award success down to his application to the course and the ongoing education and experience of working on the Elmwood golf course and taking that into the workplace along with the ongoing guidance from the Head Greenkeeper. 
 
Being part of a small team at Brora also ensured Alistair got hands-on experience throughout the course.

During this time he continued his development by completing additional spraying certificates and volunteering at three European Tour events, two at Kingsbarns for the Dunhill Links Championships and the other at the European Masters in Switzerland. 

Alistair added: “My job is very special to me because I now have the privilege to work at my home club. I feel this gives me an extra bit of passion and drive to succeed and to continue to develop the course. Durness is probably one of the best examples of sustainable golf you can find. It is situated in a Scottish Natural Heritage Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation site. The course is located in a truly stunning area.”

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