Published Wednesday, 1st October 2014 in Study at SRUC news
SRUC student Kevin Laidlaw, studying HNC Golf Course Management at the Elmwood Campus in Fife, has said he has the College to thank for his recent experience working at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Kevin, 33, from Kirkcaldy, was part of a huge team who supported the prestigious event this year, and he got the opportunity due to his National Certificate in Greenkeeping which he was awarded last year by SRUC.
Kevin said that the opportunity would never have arisen if it hadn’t been for the College. He says: “Once I completed the NC Greenkeeping course it gave me the perfect opportunity to get the perfect seasonal job. I can work in Scotland, I can work in England, Ireland, Europe. I can work all over the world.”
Despite the opportunities for international travel, Kevin began his career working at the King and Queen course at Gleneagles over the summer. Three weeks before the start of the Ryder Cup Kevin and over 100 colleagues and volunteers started preparing the PGA course.
Tasks included cutting tees and greens, raking bunkers and repairing divot holes. The preparation and care of the greens continued right into the three day event with four crews starting work at 4.45am until the start of play, and returning at 5.00pm for a further three hours.
During their time off staff had the use of a large marquee where meals were supplied throughout the day, pool tables were provided and a large television screen was linked up to the Ryder Cup action. Kevin was also lucky enough to meet football legends Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit.
It was the first time Kevin had ever been involved in such a huge golfing event. He says: “It was crazy, it was amazing. The whole build up and event was surreal. It was so exciting and I am never going to forget it. It was such a great atmosphere.”
Kevin is still working at Gleneagles when he is not studying, and is now involved in preparing the course for the inevitable onslaught of visitors from all over the world.
While he is currently enjoying his studies in golf course management he is also planning for the longer term. “I have my eye on the Open which is being held in St Andrews next year and hopefully I’ll be involved in the next Ryder Cup in France in 2018!”
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