Council employee will brush shoulders with Tiger Woods

Normanby Hall Golf Course green keeper Michael Burgin.
Normanby Hall Golf Course green keeper Michael Burgin.

Michael Burgin, green keeper at Normanby Hall Golf Course has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. He has been selected to work on one of the world’s top five golf competitions – The Players’ Championships Sawgrass, Florida in May.

Michael (pictured) will join the maintenance team for the duration of the Championship on the PGA Tour and will brush shoulders with the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Michael is one of just five selected to take part from the UK from 140 that applied. There will be 100 people working on the course from all over the world.

Michael said: “This is a fantastic opportunity, the chance of a lifetime, and I’m really excited. I will be working prior to and during the competition and will gain valuable experience – not just for myself, but the experience I’ll be able to bring to the team here at Normanby. The work I will be doing includes cutting Tees, Fairway, Greens and Rough. I will also be raking bunkers and doing many other jobs to get the course ready and set up for the event.”

Nick Lindstrom, Senior Green Keeper at Normanby Hall and Kingsway Golf Course, said: “Michael’s selection is testament to not only his own ambitions and hard work but also the work ethic and hard work put in by all members of the green keeping team at Normanby Hall Golf Course.”

Michael’s trip will take place from 1 to 12 May 2015. The tournament is 5 to 10 May.