London, England: Former course manager Glenn Kirby has been appointed to the position of Technical Manager for Syngenta’s Turf & Landscape business in the United Kingdom.
Kirby brings 25 years’ experience of practical turf management skills from both downland and parkland environments, along with experience from both corporate and members’ golf clubs.
He has held the Course Manager’s role at Hockley Golf Club in Hampshire and, prior to that, as Head Greenkeeper on the Heritage Course at The London Club in Kent.
He has also been through the Ohio State University programme in the US, including championship preparation at the Oak Hill Country Club, along with a wide range of other tournament experience.
Throughout his career to date, Kirby’s commitment has been to deliver great playing surfaces, alongside an environmentally sustainable and economically viable business.
He said: “The ethos has been to use innovation to achieve results, and to get the most out of the available budget.
“Syngenta has been at the forefront of helping me to achieve that on the golf course. This exciting new role gives me the opportunity to support more greenkeepers and to help the industry to adapt to the changing picture of products, pressures and integrating technical innovation on a wider scale.”
Kirby will be working alongside Syngenta UK Business Manager, Daniel Lightfoot, to give an unrivalled understanding of issues facing the UK turf industry, and together utilising the company’s immense R&D capability to develop practical solutions for an effective Integrated Turf Management approach.
A renowned champion of the Syngenta Operation Pollinator initiative and an advocate of improving the accuracy spray application techniques on his own course, Kirby will be looking to use his Technical Manager role to enhance the industry’s position and to further develop young greenkeepers’ skills in these areas.
Lightfoot said: “The new Syngenta role of a Technical Manager dedicated to the UK continues the company’s commitment and investment in the turf industry. Glenn will have an important role to launch several new products and science-based innovations over the coming months and years, including a programme to provide information and support for their best use and to achieve the optimum results in practice.”
The Syngenta Turf & Landscape Technical Manager role covers the company’s range of products and services for all golf and sports turf surfaces, landscape management, professional horticulture and professional pest management.