Elsham Golf Club greenkeeper keen to learn on Solheim Cup duty

Colin Hopper is to be part of the greenkeepers team at this summer's Solheim Cup. EMN-190418-162821002
Colin Hopper is to be part of the greenkeepers team at this summer's Solheim Cup. EMN-190418-162821002

Elsham Golf Club head greenkeeper Colin Hopper is looking forward to getting up close to his second European-USA clash later this year.

Colin has been invited to join the greens team working at the Solheim Cup in September which takes place at the world-famous Gleneagles Golf Club, in Scotland. Last year Colin was on the team which helped stage the Ryder Cup in France, as well as at the French Open.

Colin sees it all as another great opportunity to learn more about tournament golf set-up, other greenkeeping skills and bring some ideas back to Elsham where former British Open winner and Ryder Cup captain Tony Jacklin was a member in his halcyon days of the 1970s. 

Zane Paxman, also on the greenkeeping staff at Elsham, is to take Colin’s place on the French Open support team at Le Golf National in October.

The Solheim Cup is the pinnacle of women’s golf, with the best golfers from Europe and the United States going head-to-head, watched by millions around the world.

Colin said: “It will be another great experience; it will be such a major event.

“Here at Elsham we don’t have all the resources that they have at Gleneagles, but obviously we hope that from being there we can bring at least a little bit of what they do as we seek to reach their standards back here, and so everyone benefits including the club.

“I am really looking forward to it.”