Ian Knowler with the 2019 Canterbury Golf – The Elmwood Trading Co Volunteer of the Year Award

Keeping greens pristine#

by Ann van Engelen

Ian Knowler has received the 2019 Canterbury Golf — The Elmwood Trading Co Volunteer of the Year Award for his continual dedication to the Weedons Country Club.

“We have a number of hard-working volunteers helping out in many different ways, and we value their contribution immensely,” says club manager Jan Rushton.

“The club has an 18 hole irrigated golf course, and we have one full-time employee and rely heavily on our volunteers. They help Forde Hanson to keep the golf course well maintained for our members and visitors.

“Ian started casually when we lost our apprentice greenkeeper at the end of 2017 and has effectively stepped up to a full-time assistant whenever he is available. He volunteers on average 40 hours a week and has worked solidly over the past year to help maintain and improve the golf course.”

Ian says he would like to see more people volunteer to the community.

“I get personal satisfaction from helping and did not expect this award at all. I have time, and I like to see the course kept beautiful. It is good to help others; it gives you a sense of pride.”

The club has purchased a greens roller, and this has made a significant difference to the speed and quality of the greens.

“Our machinery is used to maintain the golf course, the Weedons Domain and the Weedons Primary School grounds and we are pleased to support our local community in this way,” says Jan.

“Every Saturday, in the spring, summer and autumn, Ian mows the greens, tee-blocks, fairways and the rough as required early in the morning before competition starts to ensure the players have pristine grounds. He is also an active helper at our working bees and helps out on the social, fundraising and course sub-committees.

“Ian loves golf and somehow still finds time to play and represent our club in the Brownie Cup and Patterson Cup interclub competitions.”