A week ago, David Cole the managing director of Toro visited the club to re unite Nick with his Student Greenkeeper Of The Year Award. The club have also been awarded a plaque for the clubhouse.
An article was written that will appear in a dozen papers and magazines across the county:
LOCAL GREENKEEPER WINS PRESTIGIOUS INDUSTRY AWARD
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club’s thirty-one-year-old Nick Machin has been crowned this year’s winner of the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award, a competition that brings together the best greenkeeping students in the UK.
To mark this accomplishment, Nick has won an eight-week all expenses paid Toro Scholarship, which includes a six-week residential turf management study course at the University of Massachusetts, a trip to the Golf Industry Show and a visit to the Toro factory in Minneapolis.
Award sponsor and UK distributor of Toro machinery, Reesink Turfcare’s managing director David Cole says: “The award is in its 29th year and we’re continually heartened by the quality of the applicants we see coming through. This is something that must be attributed to the standard of education in the industry, and Nick is the epitome of that. He was an all-round worthy winner with a good knowledge of greenkeeping.”
Nick says: “I’ve always known about the awards and wanted to compete in them. This year I felt confident in my knowledge, so when my course manager suggested putting me forwards I went for it! It felt pretty unbelievable to hear my name called out at the finals. I did a lot of work in preparation for the awards and feel proud that it paid off.”
There’s few better pay offs than a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts, which consistently ranks in the top 100 of The World’s Most Innovative Universities.
Nick says he’s looking forward to the knowledge he’ll gain there: “So far in my career I have been mainly exposed to the practical side of things, whereas in the US I will learn far more about the science behind the job. Enriching my technical knowledge is the main thing I’m looking forward to – and American food too of course!”
David says: “Nick is the first winner to result from his employer’s nomination. Up until last year, only college lecturers could nominate. As a result, Nick’s course manager
James Bledge will join Nick at the GIS show in America. We hope this will bring benefit to the club to have two of its greenkeeping team enjoy this fantastic learning and networking opportunity.”
James explains why he nominated Nick: “In this industry, we are very lucky to have great opportunities like the awards to progress and develop our careers. I knew the competition would be perfect for Nick as I really believed he had the likeability, skills and attitude to win.
“I’m immensely proud of Nick’s achievement and had no idea I’d be joining him in the US. I was lucky enough to go to the GIS in 2016 and it was one of the best weeks of my career so I’m excited to get back over there to take it all in.”
Nick says he owes a great deal to James and the team: “I’ve learnt a huge amount from the experiences of those I work with at RCP [Royal Cinque Ports], and I wouldn’t have got where I have without their help. James is always driving us forward to succeed and working at such an ambitious golf club is a great environment to learn in.”
As for the future, Nick has made plans for his return from America: “For now the aim is to complete my level three at RCP and, further down the line, work in management at a Links golf course. Winning has helped get my name out there, which I think will ultimately help me achieve this.”
James has every confidence in him: “With his love for ecology, hard-working attitude and friendly demeanor, I’m certain Nick will climb the ladder into management. I am looking forward to following his progress in whatever form it takes.”
Nick’s achievement means a lot to the club, James explains: “The greenstaff, clubhouse team and members are over the moon for Nick. We’ve been working hard over the past five years to enhance our standards in the greenkeeping team, so his win is the icing on the cake. The team is better than ever and I am hoping people will see what a great place RCP is to work. I am a big believer in education so any future employees can expect to have the same opportunities as Nick.”