Greenkeeper gets his 'ticket' at Levin course
Keen golfer Ross Codlin loves the golf course so much, he gained a job at one.
And after three years working at the Levin Golf Club, the greenkeeper has also gained an education, completing a turf management degree.
Last week Mr Codlin, of Shannon, was one of 65 local people officially recognised for completing a qualification through an ITO (industry training organisation) at Horowhenua District Council's "apprenticeship graduation" ceremony.
Mayor Brendan Duffy said it recognised the commitment and on-the-job training completed by students in a variety of trades, including resthome care, plumbing, motor industry, horticulture and hairdressing.
"It's entirely appropriate that people who achieve this type of certification be properly recognised," he said.
"Any trade is an important and viable career option and is vital for our region."
Levin Golf Club course superintendent Peter Bull said he knew as soon as he interviewed Mr Codlin for the job, that he would be an asset.
"In his time with us Ross has shown that he is more than capable in maintaining a golf course at a very high standard," said Mr Bull.
"In fact, in the 28 years I have been at the course he is one of the most reliable workers I have had the pleasure to work with."
Mr Codlin said he enjoys being outside and the 52 hectare Levin course is an ideal workplace.
"Also, you're not doing the same thing every day. There's a whole variety of jobs - spraying, mowing, tree- trimming, planting, irrigation, fertilising, machinery maintenance," he said.
"It was a bit of an eye- opener really. I've always played golf, but never actually realised how much was involved in maintaining a course."
He said another important task is course preparation for tournaments.
"Golfers are pretty fussy."