US trained, Kiwi skills

Green­keeper on course to make her mark

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

Work­ing in what is typ­i­cally con­sid­ered a male dom­i­nated area has not stopped Cromwell green­keeper Ten­nille Gut­tery from tak­ing on some of the top golf course in the United States of Amer­ica. Miss Gut­tery, 22, has been work­ing as a green­keeper since 2011 af­ter spend­ing two years com­plet­ing the Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Sports Turf Man­age­ment at the Otago Polytech­nic. Sports Turf Man­age­ment pro­gramme man­ager Gary Smith said Miss Gut­tery, who grad­u­ated in 2011, was awarded the top stu­dent award af­ter com­plet­ing the course. She won the PGG Wright­son Schol­ar­ship to at­tend a Sports Turf Con­fer­ence be­fore she got an in­tern­ship to work ‘on some of United States’ ‘‘top golf cour­ses’’, Mr Smith said. Miss Gut­tery was the only fe­male in over a decade to grad­u­ate from the course and was the sec­ond fe­male to ever do so since the course at the polytech­nic had been run­ning. Dur­ing her in­tern­ship she worked at the TPC Scotts­dale course in Phoenix, Ari­zona be­fore mov­ing onto the TPC Po­tomac course in Mary­land. The two course were owned and used by pro­fes­sional golf play­ers and con­sid­ered to be some of the coun­try’s top cour­ses. It was at the Scotts­dale course where she met and worked with an­other fe­male green­keeper. ‘‘It was so cool.’’ Miss Gut­tery said. ‘‘I reckon more girls should get into it [green­keep­ing]. It’s one of the jobs that come across as be­ing male in­dus­try. I don’t know why.’’ Since re­turn­ing to New Zealand in Oc­to­ber she has spent the sum­mer work­ing at the Cromwell Golf Course. The work was slightly dif­fer­ent from in Amer­ica, where more than 30 green­keep­ers looked af­ter 18 holes com­pared to the three in Cromwell, but watch­ing the cour­ses re­de­vel­op­ment grow in was ex­cit­ing, she said. ‘‘It’s just go­ing to get big­ger and bet­ter this course,’’ she said. While not yet an avid golfer – ‘‘It’s the most frus­trat­ing game ever.’’ – Miss Gut­tery has started to play and was en­joy­ing the seeds she was help­ing sow.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627659939

Green fin­gers: Cromwell Golf Club green­keeper Ten­nille Gut­tery, 22, has been mak­ing her mark in what is con­sid­ered amale dom­i­nated in­dus­try.

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