AN ALVA golfing fan says he's honoured after being named as the top student greenkeeper in Scotland.

Kyle McClung, 29, was presented with the Harry Diamond Award by the British and International Golf Greenkeeping Association (BIGGA) at their annual awards lunch earlier this month.

The award is open to greenkeepers in Scotland who are studying for a qualification to help them progress in their career.

Kyle works as a greenkeeper at Glenbervie Golf Club, and has completed an NC in greenkeeping at Scotland's Rural College's (SRUC's) Elmwood campus.

As part of the selection process for the award, he did a course walk at Ladybank Golf Club in Fife with course manager Colin Powrie, before sharing his ideas about the agronomy, ecology and maintenance practices employed by the greenkeeping team with members of the selection panel.

As well as receiving a personalised award trophy and having his name added to the Harry Diamond Shield, Kyle received an invitation to the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition with £250 towards the Continue to Learn programme, and a contribution towards travel expenses.

Programme leader Mike Clark, who nominated Kyle for the award, said: "Kyle fought off some really strong peers to win the award.

"He is an inspiration to all of SRUC's greenkeeping and golf students, demonstrating how the right attitude and application can lead to a successful career."

Kyle said: "It's an honour for me to receive this award and it's a nice recognition for the hard work I have put into my studies over the years.

"Thanks have to go to Mike Clark for my nomination, and indeed all of the golf course management lecturers at SRUC Elmwood, for giving me the platform to further my studies and hopefully progress within the industry."