Personal Drive

An enthusiastic and highly skilled Assistant Course Superintendent, my goal is to continually improve, develop and aspire to produce a golf course that both tests and delights members and new-comers alike. With a strong pedigree for attention to detail and emphasis on course presentation, my vision is for a course that challenges golfers, astounds visitors while ensuring a high standard of playability and presentation for a strong membership. 

Work Experience 

Work History

Assistant Course Superintendent

Apr 2009 - 2016
Hermitage Golf Club 

Translating the vision of the Members and the Course Superintendent into a stunningly presented 18 hole golf course, recently voted Best parkland in Leinster 2015.  My intimate knowledge of greenkeeping and agronomy, combined with my skills of people management, planning and organisation from the golf course team to members and suppliers, has been a key component to the success of one of Ireland's finest member courses.

  • Daily and weekly planning and implementation of tasks
  • Providing individual and team training
  • Senior Irrigation Technician
  • Senior Pesticide Applicator
  • Liaise with Course Superintendent for designing and implementing upcoming projects
  • Grinding and maintenance of machinery
  • Numerous course renovations: Greens rebuild, Extensive Tees upgrade program and complete Bunker reconstuction
  • Strong IT and numeracy skills

Awards

2013 Best hidden gem in Leinster (Golfers Guide)

2015 Best parkland in Leinster (Golfers Guide)

Top 100 courses in Ireland #58


Senior GreenKeeper 

Mar 1999 - Mar 2009
Luttrellstown Golf & Country Club

Specialist Spray Technician & Irrigation Technician. Solely responsible for the development, implementation and upkeep of a bespoke training system, designed to improve the course from a visual and playability standpoint.  The training program focuses on individual team members and aspects of each job to be implemented on a permanent basis.

From 2003, a complete 18 hole redevelopment was undertaken.  Phased over 3 years, the project transformed the course into a modern tournament-friendly design.  The challenge during this project was to always have 9 holes in play for the membership at a standard which Luttrellstown was reknowned for. The planning and organisation along with the communication needed to suceed during this ambitious undertaking, were areas which have helped me grow and develop vital leadership skills.

Awards

Golf Environment Europe Award G.E.E  2006 (first course in Ireland to achieve this award)

Top 100 courses  in Ireland #49 (Golf Digest 2009)


Qualification & Training

Education

Advanced Certificate in Green Keeping Level 6 FETAC

1999 - 2001
Kinsealy Research CenterLevel 6 FETAC
  • Turfgrass Maintenance Machinery
  • Turfgrass Maintenance
  • Turfgrass Science
  • Sportsturf Studies
  • Communications
  • Course Maintenance and Construction
  • Engines and Tractors

Certifications

Certifications

National Greenkeeping Certificate

Nov 2014
STRI 

Accredited with LANTRA and GTC, 17 modules intensively covering all aspects of sportsturf maintenance, science, design and health and safety

Sportsturf Mechanics

Feb 2014
ISGCM

4 day course on sportsturf machinery repair and maintenance

Grinder Training

Jan 2014
ISGCM

Intensive 2 day course which covers all aspects of grinding and abrasive wheels

PA1, PA2, PA6 Pesticide Application

Feb 2008
Coillte

Chainsaw Operations, Health and Safety Management

Jan 2007
Coilte

Trainer Skills Program

Jul 2006
Invisio

Systematic approach to training; Identification of training needs; Training plans; The Learning process; One to one and group training; Corrective coaching; Assessment of training

Memberships/Affiliations

G.C.S.A.I

Mountaineering Ireland

Additional Information

  • Full driving license                                                                                   
  • Keen golfer, play to a handicap of 10
  • Enrolling in Myerscough college BSc (Hons) Sportsturf Science and Management (Sept. 2016)

References

Available on request