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R&A Greenkeeping Scholar’s success

Latvian graduate wins SRUC Elmwood award.

20th May 2016
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Peteris Sadovskis (left) receives his award certificate from Sandy Armit of local John Deere dealer The Double A Trading Company.  
R&A Greenkeeping Scholar, Peteris Sadovskis has won this year’s John Deere sponsored SRUC Elmwood HNC Student of the Year Award. 

Peteris, originally from Latvia, was judged the college’s best over HNC Golf Course Management student for 2016.  He began studying at SRUC Elmwood for a National Certificate in Greenkeeping in 2014 and won Best Practical Student in 2015.  

In 2015 Peteris was awarded an R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship.  The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme has been in operation since 2004 and has supported over 200 students from 21 different countries enrolled in professional turf management education programmes at either Myerscough College or the SRUC Elmwood Campus.  Investing in the next generation of golf course management professionals is an important component of The R&A’s work to promote the sustainable development and management of golf facilities worldwide.  With many past scholars now holding senior positions at golf courses around the globe, the calibre of supported students has proven testimony to the ongoing success of the programme.

“Throughout his studies Peteris has been keen, motivated and thrown himself into the industry with great passion and a desire to learn as much as he can, and put this into practice,” said course tutor Stuart Mackie. “He has proved to be a conscientious and approachable student with a very professional outlook, and has maintained a very high standard of work. I have no doubt Peteris will continue to progress within the industry.”

Peteris relocated from Latvia to live in Scotland with his family in 2011 and having secured seasonal work at St Andrews Links, decided to pursue a career in greenkeeping, while also taking English lessons to improve his prospects.  He is currently working as a seasonal greenkeeper at the New and Jubilee Courses at St Andrews, and has applied for the HND Golf Course Management course at SRUC Elmwood, starting in September.

“I was really surprised but very happy to win the Student of the Year award,” he says. “I love greenkeeping and I don’t intend to rest on my achievements. Now I would like to get as much experience as possible, and with my native languages I believe there should be good prospects for my career, maybe even developing golf courses in different countries including Russia and the Baltic states.”

As an added benefit to The R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme Scholars are offered the opportunity to voluntarily assist the greenkeeping teams at various European Tour events.  This year Peteris will represent The R&A at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and the Alstom de France at Le Golf National, which will greatly enhance his greenkeeping experience.