Two more greenkeepers have successfully completed the three arduous stages of the prestigious Master Greenkeeper Scheme to become the 47th and 48th to achieve the award.
To attain Master Greenkeeper status greenkeepers have to accumulate credits, for education and training plus experience. They then have to pass a rigorous inspection of their golf course before studying to pass the very testing two-part examination.
Master Greenkeepers can be found all over of the world but the two latest come from Wales and France.
Darren Anderson, from Abergele GC, is a third generation greenkeeper who worked his way through the ranks at Abergele to become Head Greenkeeper in 2002. He joined the Master Greenkeeper scheme in 2003 and completed the Course Inspection stage in March 2007 and passed the exam the following month.
Steve Okula, from Golf de Joyenval, in France, began his career in the USA in 1972 and became Assistant Superintendent at Lakewood Country Club in Maryland. Since then he has also worked in South Africa, Turkey, Portugal and Spain before moving to Spain. He joined the scheme in 2000, passed his Course Inspection in April last year and passed the exam in October.
"We congratulate Darren and Steve on their achievement in becoming Master Greenkeepers, a mark of excellence which is highly regarded throughout the world of greenkeeping," said Sami Collins, BIGGA's Head of Learning and Development.
For further information contact Scott MacCallum, BIGGA's Communication Manager Tel: 01347 833800