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GOLF Getting Personal


Steve Lloyd - a family man who dreams of playing for Spurs


Who are you? Steve Lloyd - Course Manager at The Worcestershire Golf Club.


Family status. Married to Amanda with ten-year-old twin boys Callum and Ethan.


Who’s your hero and why? Tiger Woods because, despite everything, I think he works harder than anyone else.


What would you change about yourself? Play better golf and not be losing my hair.


What’s your guilty pleasure? Doing nothing in the sun whilst on holiday.


If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? Augusta National.


What’s the best part of your job? Looking back at what has been achieved in the day or week.


… and the worst? Managing expectations.


Do you have a lifetime ambition? To design and build my own course.


Favourite record, and why? Oasis, Wonderwall. It was released the year I left school and started greenkeeping.


Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? My wife because we don’t get to do it very often these days.


If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Buy a plot of land and build the family home we really want.


Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Tiger Woods, Gazza and Mike Tyson.


If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Harry Kane ... just so that I can play football for Spurs.


Do you have any bad habits? Using my phone too much.


20 PC August/September 2019


... or any good ones? I’ll happily help anyone if I can.


Do you go to bed worrying about the next day’s workload? No definitely not. I go to bed and fall asleep really quickly, then deal with tomorrow when I get up.


What are you reading at the moment? Not really into reading, but I do read articles online.


What’s the best advice you have ever been given? Don’t ask anyone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.


What’s your favourite smell? Freshly cut grass.


What do you do in your spare time? Play golf, help coach the boys football team and chill out.


What’s the daftest work- related question you have ever been asked? Why do we need an irrigation system when it rains a lot in the UK.


What’s your favourite piece of kit? Smithco turf iron.


What three words would you use to describe yourself? Hard-working, helpful and determined.


What talent would you like to have? To play the guitar.


What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? For the UK to govern itself.


there are maintenance holes everywhere, which is disruptive to the play of the ball, so I like to keep that to a minimum.” During spring maintenance this year, we ran over one way with the Graden scarifier, followed by the Charterhouse Verti-Drain going down to eleven inches. We spread the sand, brushed in, then followed up with Toro ProCore with half inch tines at two-inch centres. We then spread more sand and brushed in. Over the week, we applied fifty tonnes of sand to the greens. In autumn, we will carry out the same process, but use the Graden in two directions. Through the summer season, we will do two or three light topdressings. We have a


Poa/Bent sward which is quite tight, so trying to get sand in there in the summer can be a pain in the rear.”


When Steven first arrived at the club, the thatch levels in the greens were at 50mm, which was an issue. “Over the last four years, we have hollow tined nine times using half inch diameter tines at inch and half spacings, which has removed a lot of material. This, along with using the Graden scarifier and adding around 120 tonnes a season of sand, has brought that down to around 25mm. Alongside this, we have installed new drainage into six of the greens, lifted the turf, trenched out and put drainage lines in.”


Leaf blowing


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