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13 August 2018

Hadlow Student is Finalist in Toro Greenkeeper of the Year Award

By Philip Orrell

Greenkeeper - Will Curran WEB

We're delighted to announce that one of our students has been named as a finalist in the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award 2018.

Will Curran, 28, has been employed at Hever Castle Golf Club since May 2016. He joined the golf course as temporary summer staff before starting a Level 2 greenkeeping apprenticeship in May 2017. The apprenticeship sees him learning under the guidance of golf course Head Greenkeeper Rob Peers.

Will’s course tutor Anthony Stockwell nominated him for the Greenkeeper of the Year Award and, following the application, he was named a regional finalist before undergoing a rigorous interview to be named one of six finalists.

The national final, which takes place on the 17th and 18th September, will see Will having to take part in another interview, an essay-based question and a questionnaire before a winner is chosen.

He explains what reaching the final means to him: “Before I did this job, I was a police officer. It’s nice to have come somewhere new, started afresh and achieved something that I would not have dreamed possible. To get to the final is a real achievement.”

“I love being outside and I really enjoy doing the job I am doing.”

Will was also presented with the College's Apprenticeship Ambassador award in July.

For the full list of finalists, visit: https://www.bigga.org.uk/news-listing/revealing-the-toro-student-awards-finalists.html