Paris, France: Syngenta will work with Le Golf National to sponsor the international volunteer greenkeeping team at September’s Ryder Cup – and share their exciting experiences and insights with greenkeepers worldwide.
According to Course Manager Alejandro Reyes, the golf course maintenance operation for Ryder Cup week will involve around 180 people.
“Approximately 140 of these team members will be volunteers. They will be coming from all around Europe, the United States and even from the Middle East,” he said.
“The volunteers and Le Golf National staff members will work hand-in-hand in order to provide a golf course of the best possible quality.
“Le Golf National is the proud host of this prestigious event and we look forward to presenting the golf course at its highest standard to 24 of the world’s greatest players.”
As part of the Le Golf National sponsorship, Syngenta will be supporting five United Kingdom greenkeepers working with the club’s team, and bringing regular live news of their exploits, through social media and Greencast TV channel.
Rod Burke, Syngenta’s European Turf Manager, said the club’s Albatros Course is recognised as one of the top championship courses in Europe. Its design has sought to combine a traditional feel of the links, along with modern golf course features.
“Alejandro and the greenkeeping team have created an exceptional facility for the prestigious competitions it hosts throughout the year, as well as golfers who get to play the resort venue’s three courses 365 days a year.
“There’s a lot to learn from their experiences and approach to golf course management and tournament preparation. It will be incredibly exciting to be part of that and to view it all through greenkeepers’ eyes,” he added.
The club anticipates that the Ryder Cup will have a television audience of more than 500 million viewers worldwide, while roughly 65,000 supporters will be on-site each day of the event.
“This will truly be a once in a lifetime experience for all involved,” said Reyes. “As the golf course superintendent, I take great pride in being able to share this event with greenkeepers around the world.”
Le Golf National was the brainchild of the French Golf Federation, to develop the country’s own golf course complex as a resource to promote the golf industry and a showpiece for national events. The plan was launched in the autumn of 1985 and inaugurated just five years later.
The first Open de France was played on its new ‘home course’ – The Albatros – in June 1991, with the completion of the second 18-hole Eagle Course and the nine-hole Birdie in the following months. In 2011 came the announcement that Le Golf National would be the host for the Ryder Cup 2018.
Syngenta is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.