An apprentice greenkeeper at Minto Golf Club has been named the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association Student of the Year.
Daniel Murdoch attends Elmwood College in Fife for three weeks a year on an SVQ Level 2 course and for the rest of the year undertakes practical work at Minto, under the supervision of head greenkeeper Paul Cranston, where he completes assessments based on his practical work and theory course.
To mark Daniel’s achievement, John Craig, Minto Golf Club’s Greens Convenor, presented him with a club sweater prior to the recent Club Championship trophy presentation.
Daniel says he enjoys all aspects of his work as a greenkeeper, although there are some areas, such as spraying, from which he is debarred until he is qualified.
“Paul has played a huge part in guiding me through my apprenticeship,” said Daniel.
“I really enjoy working in the open air thanks to the experience gained working on my uncle’s farm.”
Before taking up his apprenticeship at Minto, Daniel spent one day a week working on the course at St Boswells, where he is Junior Captain this year.
His golfing prowess matches his green-keeping skills and Daniel recently won the St Boswells Junior Open with a net score of 58 and has just won the Minto Junior Division A championship by a convincing margin.
Daniel’s ambition is to work as a volunteer at major golf championships and if the determination he has shown so far is anything to go by, he will surely achieve this goal.