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Myerscough apprentice recognised in Student Greenkeeper of the Year

Friday 8 September

A Myerscough College apprentice has been recognised for the quality of his work in the annual Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year awards.

Ryan Fiander Landscape (1)

The event celebrates the best student greenkeepers in the country, with Myerscough boasting five finalists this year in total.

Ryan Fiander from Myerscough College secured the runner up position at an event earlier this week at Carden Park in Cheshire.

Ryan works at Lees Hall Golf Club in Sheffield, where he is Deputy Course Manager, while completing his Level 3 Advanced Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Standard.

Each year the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards enable BIGGA, the UK’s only membership association for golf greenkeepers, to partner with turf maintenance equipment manufacturer Toro and distributor Reesink UK and celebrate the next generation of talented and dedicated greenkeepers.

Ryan said: ‘’I came into greenkeeping around six years ago with no previous experience. In the years since I have gained my chainsaw, spraying and first aid certificates, as well as my Level 2 at distinction grade. These helped me to move through the ranks at my golf club to my current role as deputy head greenkeeper.

‘’I've loved where greenkeeping has taken me so far, from the lows of winter weather to the highs of working at The Open at Royal St George's. I wish to continue with my learning and networking and eventually want to become a head greenkeeper or course manager upon completion of my Level 3 training.’’

Joe Garner, assistant greenkeeper at Wentworth Club, Shawn McBride, assistant greenkeeper at Hillside, Sam Norman, apprentice at Abbey Hill Golf Club and Caleb Overhill, apprentice at High Post Golf Club were also nominated in the student and young student categories.