0 Getting Personal with James Harrison

James Harrison - I don't know what he has against chickens?

Who are you? James Harrison, Course Manager at Redditch Golf Club.

Family status. Married for three years - together nearly ten. One beautiful little girl; Maggie (just over eighteen months old).

Who's your hero and why? My dad, the biggest family man who supported me through everything I've been through; both good and bad. He will never know how thankful I am!

What's been the highlight of your grounds career so far? Being offered the opportunity to be Course Manager at Redditch Golf Club and has proven that hard work and determination really pays off.

If your younger self saw you now, what would he think? What a legend!

What job would you love, other than your own? I had full intentions of following in my Gramps footsteps in going into the Police Force when I was in college.

What is your favourite film? Any film with Rowan Atkinson in ... What a guy he is!

What scares you? Sitting on the side of a fairway waiting for a golfer to play their shot.

What would your autobiography be called… and who would play you in the film? 'I made it' - Rowan Atkinson.

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? Christmas time, a few years ago. I needed to grab one last present for my girlfriend (now wife). I knew she wanted pyjamas, and what better place to visit other than Primark. The plan was quick and easy; in, grab pj's, pay and home..! It went according to the plan except when I was on my way down the aisle towards 'till 8' an old lady pushed her wheelie bag straight into my path. I ended up on the floor face down in front of thirtyish people.

What would you cast into Room 101? Chickens! I don't eat chicken!

Which historical time and place would you most like to visit? WW1 - it would be amazing to witness.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? My mom, nan and grandad - I'd do anything to be able to make this happen.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? Keep smiling and good things are only just round the corner.

What's your favourite piece of trivia? Bubble wrap was first invented to be a 3D wallpaper.

What's your favourite smell? A bonfire.

Which three albums would you take to a desert island? Michael Jackson, Maroon 5 and Scouting For Girls.

What's the daftest work-related question you have ever been asked? I always wondered how you filled the old hole in (when changing the holes).

What's your favourite piece of kit? Hand mowers - I LOVE the finish they give.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Hardworking, fair and a good listener.

What is the single most useful thing you could tell a 16-year-old greenkeeper? If you are unsure, ask.

What talent would you like to have? To be able to read music and play the piano.


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