R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship a first for Callum

GREENKEEPING STUDENT RI Farm
RIGHT: Jason Podris, College Advisory Group and Head Greenkeeper at Fortwilliam GC, Wendy Coles R&A; Callum Burnside, R&A Scholar and Paul Mooney head of Horticulture, CAFRE.

THE College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) student Callum Burnside from Carrickfergus is the first Northern Ireland student to be awarded an R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship.

The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme was established in 2004 to help boost the careers of those undertaking higher level greenkeeping and sportsturf qualifications. CAFRE

is the newest addition to the approved educational establishments participating in the programme, joining Scotland’s Rural College (Elmwood Campus) and Myerscough College in England.

Currently undertaking a two-year Foundation Degree in Horticulture (Sportsturf) at Greenmount Campus, Callum joins more than over 320 scholars worldwide across 30 different countries. Callum was previously awarded the Golf Union of Ireland cadetship in 2017. This involved mastering greenkeeping skills and achieving a work-based Level 2 Diploma in Greenkeeping while undertaking duties at the Greenmount’s Greenkeeping and Golfing Academy.

Wendy Cole, Manager of Sus-tainability at the R&A, said: “Our rigorous application and interview process ensures that only the best candidates are chosen to be R&A Greenkeeping Scholars. Callum de-

monstrated his passion and com-mitment to the sportsturf industry admirably and I am delighted that he is our first Greenkeeping Scholar from CAFRE and indeed Northern Ireland. We hope to further develop our links with CAFRE moving forward and hopefully we will see more scholars being appointed.”

Paul Mooney, Head of Horticulture at Greenmount, added: “With just months before The Open returns to Royal Portrush in July there has never been a better time to consider a career in greenkeeping. It truly is a very special career and one that offers great scope for personal development and worldwide travel.”

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