Lyme Regis green staff member to experience major golf work at Carnoustie in the United States
PUBLISHED: 08:27 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:27 08 May 2019
Jamie Hughes has been an active and enthusiastic member of the Lyme Regis golf club green staff team for 10 years, writes Richard Jackman.
At last year's Open, played at Carnoustie, Jamie found out about the opportunity of helping out at PGA competitions.
Along with over 200 others Jamie sent off his application listing qualifications, experience, volunteer work history and details of what this experience could do for him.
After four weeks he found out that he was one of 10 people from all over the UK who will be going to the second major championship of the golfing year at Bethpage Black golf course in Farmingdale, New York.
This is a huge event giving him a fantastic opportunity to see how these prestigious golf courses set up for the biggest events on the tour.
He sets off on the Saturday before the competition, spending a week out there.
Details of the exact work are not known beforehand but the work will involve two daily shifts, running from 3am to 7pm and 5pm to 9pm.
Accommodation has been provided at a local university, not far from the golf course where the volunteers will be fed and watered for the duration.
For Jamie this is one of the incredible experiences within his industry that is too good to pass up.
He says: "I feel not only will it be a fantastic experience for me as a golf fan, but it will also open my eyes to how these types of course set up for such events.
"I'm sure I will learn many new tips and methods that I can bring back to Lyme Regis golf club and use in the future.
"These trips allow me to meet a whole range of different green keepers that one day I can call on for advice, or maybe give it, on certain aspects of our ever changing industry.
"I would personally like to thank everyone involved at Lyme Regis golf club for being so supportive along the way during this process and helping out where they can, especially to my colleagues who will be covering my work while I am away. I really appreciate everything, so thank you."