Hard Work Pays Off For Apprentice Greenkeeper

Carnoustie Golf Links’ first apprentice in recent years has celebrated becoming a fully qualified greenkeeper.

Ross Crosbie spent four years as an apprentice at the course, with the executive team offering him a permanent position after being “extremely impressed” by his hard work and dedication during his tenure.

Ross grew up in Carnoustie and played golf from a young age.  Having previously taken work experience at the Links, Ross applied to become an apprentice when he left school and got the role.

Ross explained: “Ever since I was young, I’ve played golf at Carnoustie, and I know how highly Carnoustie is regarded in the industry, because golf has pretty much been my life.  So to be able to work on a Championship golf course, my home course, to me, that’s the best thing about working at Carnoustie.

“But also, I’ve had great opportunities.

“I’ve been off to America, I spent three weeks at Pinehurst.  That’s something I never, ever thought I would do.  The amount of people I’ve met, the things I’ll take with me for the rest of my life, it really is incredible.”

Kevin Stott, links superintendent at Carnoustie Golf Links, said: “From the outset, Ross has truly integrated himself into the greenkeeping team as well as the wider organisation.

“He arrives at work every day with a great attitude to learn, an enthusiastic work ethic and is also keen to pass on his knowledge and support newer apprentices.

“Since beginning his apprenticeship, Ross has show strong commitment and passion to becoming a greenkeeper, always working to the best of his ability.  He consistently looks to improve his skills with real enthusiasm and determination.

“Ross has supported the team by acting as a representative at careers days, showcasing the apprenticeship programme and now, on completion of his apprenticeship, continues to showcase his great attitude to work, passion for greenkeeping and fantastic attention to detail.  We believe he is a great ambassador for Carnoustie.”

The four-year apprenticeship works in conjunction with Elmwood College in Cupar and upon completion, The apprentice receives a Sports Turf Greenkeeping SVQ Level 2 award.  The benefits of being an apprentice at Carnoustie are many and include the chance to earn while you learn from one of the best greenkeeping teams in the world.

At a celebratory lunch hosted in The Rookery restaurant and bar, within Links House at Carnoustie Golf Links, Ross was presented with a certificate of completion of his apprenticeship from Carnoustie Golf Links and a gift from John Deere, presented by Nikki McKenzie.

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