Greenkeeper in prime spot for view of Aussie event
Wanaka man Logan Galloway will be as close to the action as anyone during this week's Australian Masters tournament at Kingston Heath.
Galloway, 27, is completing his first year on the greenkeeping staff at the Melbourne sandbelt course, which is rated the second best in Australia and ranked 27th in the world.
"It's a classic sort of course; just a really nice place," Galloway said.
"A bunkering architect came out here from England and designed the bunkers, which are unique to anywhere in the world."
Galloway grew up in Wanaka and spent five years as a shepherd in the area before studying a sports turf management course at Otago Polytechnic's Cromwell campus.
After returning from a six-month trip overseas with his girlfriend and finding no work in Wanaka, he opted to head to Melbourne, having visited there during his two-year course.
"Kingston Heath was the one that stood out to me when we came over so I made contact with the boss here and he basically said to me: when can you start," Galloway said.
"I was really lucky with the timing. There was a job going and I fitted the criteria."
Galloway has worked at the Wanaka Golf Course and as a volunteer at The Hills during the 2009 New Zealand Open.
At Kingston Heath he is one of 19 greenkeepers employed during the busy summer, doing everything from hand-watering the greens to maintaining machinery.
"Everything is just at a higher level over here," Galloway said.
"The expectations are higher and things are maintained at a higher level."
The Australian Masters begins today, featuring headline acts including Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell and defending champion Ian Poulter.