US trained, Kiwi skills
Greenkeeper on course to make her mark
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.
Green fingers: Cromwell Golf Club greenkeeper Tennille Guttery, 22, has been making her mark in what is considered amale dominated industry.