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Former Myerscough student is master greenkeeper

PETE Newton, a former Myerscough College student and course manager at County Durham club Rockliffe Hall, is the 66th BIGGA member to achieve Master Greenkeeper status.

He supervised the construction at the County Durham resort, one of the longest in Europe, which only opened seven years ago and has played a key role in its meteoric rise to prominence.

The championship course, which measures 7,879 yards from the back tees, has hosted the PGA English Senior Open and many other events.

Newton began his career as a trainee at Rochdale Golf Club in 1997 while studying a HND in Turf Science and Golf Course at Myerscough.

He then had spells at the Marriott facilities at Forest of Arden and Worsley Park, gaining vital tournament experience at the English Open and the British Masters, before moving on to a deputy head greenkeeper role on the Brabazon Course at The Belfry.

In 2008 he joined Rockliffe as head greenkeeper, and was named course manager last October. He heads a team of nine greenkeepers and a mechanic plus four seasonal greenkeepers and four members of staff from the estate.

BIGGA’s Master Greenkeeper scheme, launched in 1991, is the ultimate qualification.