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teven Lloyd first got into the industry through his granddad and his uncle. “Whilst at school I did work experience at Leominster Golf Club in Herefordshire. This then turned into a summer and school holidays job. When I left school in 1995, I was given a position at the club as apprentice assistant greenkeeper; I spent twenty-two months at the club until I decided to move on as there was no education forthcoming other than just working.”


“I moved to Burghill Valley Golf Course in 1997 as an apprentice, and here I was able to gain my qualification, which I did at Elmwood College in Scotland on block release twice a year - two weeks in spring and three weeks in autumn. In a four-year period, I gained my NVQ Level 2 and 3 in sports turf, and I also have my spraying


certificates PA1, 2 and 3 whilst working my way up the ranks to Deputy Head; a position I held for eighteen months. Things weren’t working out, so the club had a rejig and I was given the position of Course Manager - at twenty-one years old! I worked in that role for fourteen years before taking the position here at The Worcestershire in October 2014.”


Steven’s granddad was the man who inspired him to get to the position he is in today. “Sadly, he died two years ago, but he was the one who got me into it, even when I left to go and do other things it was still always a matter of pop up and see Grandad, have a cup tea and discuss the job.” The Worcestershire is an 18-hole Par71, 6450 yard parkland course; Steven tells me more. “The course sits at the foot of the Malvern Hills, so it’s very picturesque with


I will tend to go heavy on maintenance in early spring and again through the autumn period. I don’t do a lot through the summer period


PC August/September 2019


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