Gillies Parmentier is currently working a as Greenkeeper / Sustainability Manager at Rinkven golf club in Belgium. This is a great opportunity for Gillies to advance his knowledge and experience in the early stages of his career. Besides this main goal, this scholarship will provide him with a range of other sustainability projects, these include the installation of PV panels, the development of a circular water use plan, carbon footprint reduction and wastewater management.

Luis Miguel Bustamante has recently been studying on the programme Master of Greenkeeping in the University of Malaga (EADE). This followed a change of career from studying law. Luis was working as a Caddy Master at the Real Club De Golf De las Palmas. During that time, he became interested in greenkeeping and was given the opportunity to work on the golf course, this led to him going to University to study greenkeeping. Real Club De Golf De las Palmas have now given him time away to come on the FEGGA programme as they feel it will enhance his future greenkeeping career.

Rocio Alvear has just recently completed her greenkeeper qualification in Spain, through an internship that she was offered. She is now wanted to build on this qualification through further development of her practical skills. The FEGGA scholarship will fit perfectly in building on her recent experiences, with her career development mixing practical and theory at one of Europe’s leading golf destinations.

Drazen Surbek was employed as a seasonal greenkeeper last year at Kristianstad’s and through this was able to see first-hand the experience that our 2022 students were having. This was certainly something that he wanted to pursue and applied as soon as the opportunity arose. He now has more greenkeeper experience working at numerous clubs during the winter period and ready to know make the most of this career changing opportunity.

Nils Nilsson is the first Swedish Greenkeeper to take up a place on the programme, which is great to see. Nils comes with good greenkeeper experience and there is no doubt that this will fully enhance this experience to the next level and leading to many career possibilities in the future.

Kristian Kouhia is already an experienced greenkeeper coming from Finland. Hi was encouraged to apply for the Scholarship programme by Mikko Hallo, a student on the programme last year from Finland. Kristian has recently been working aa a Greenkeeper at Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort, in Ireland. This opportunity will build further on his development and enable him to take major career steps following this next six months on the FEGGA programme.