Alan wins top greenkeeper title

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Following a year which saw a number of high profile events visit De Vere’s championship courses across the UK, greenkeeper Alan Glen from The Carrick on Loch Lomond has been recognised as the groups ‘Greenkeeper/Mechanic of the Year’.

Competing against fellow greenstaff and mechanics from De Vere venues across the UK, including Slaley Hall, Wychwood Park and Heron’s Reach, Glen’s involvement in the drainage and bunker works at The Carrick as well as his professionalism and hard work, led him to lift the prize.

Following course developments undertaken in the last 12 months The Carrick enters 2011 in its best ever condition.

“It’s an honour to have been awarded De Vere’s green keeper of the year award,” commented winner, Alan who will benefit from a complimentary visit to the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida as part of his prize.

“It has been a fantastic year for De Vere venues across the country, hosting some great tournaments, so I’m delighted that the hard work and progress at The Carrick has been recognised. "

Also short-listed for the award were mechanics Mick Robson, based at De Vere Slaley Hall and Steve Crisp from De Vere Dunston Hall.

Following nominations from all 11 De Vere venues, the three finalists were invited to the luxury Oulton Hall resort for interviews with the awarding panel including Daniel Hodson, De Vere Golf and Leisure Director, Jim Brown, De Vere Group Golf Course Manager, and Trevor Chard, from The Toro Company, which sponsors the award.

The De Vere ‘Greenkeeper / Mechanic of the Year’ is held in association with Toro and annually recognizes the leading figures from De Vere’s greens and maintenance staff who are not at management level.

Further information about De Vere’s golfing facilities can be found by logging onto www.devere.co.uk