Syngenta supports Solheim volunteers
The Solheim Cup 2023 had everything you could want from a team golf event: drama, comebacks, incredible shots and a huge amount of passion from both sides.
It also had a challenging course in immaculate condition, thanks to Superintendent Ignacio, his team of turf professionals and 40 volunteer greenkeepers who were supported by Syngenta.
Hailing from all over Europe, including Bernardus Golf, the Solheim Cup’s next European host venue, in 2026, the volunteers travelled to Finca Cortesin seeking to further their knowledge and gain experience being part of a world-class golf event.
For Mihaela Grendowicz, originally from Romania and now working in Switzerland, that was not all she took from the week.
“Everyone has been amazing and I’ve met so many nice people,” she says. “It was a lot of work, and everyone should be very proud. It’s been a fantastic experience.”
Ignacio Soto, who has been at the helm of the greenkeeping operations at Finca Cortesin since 2006, says: “We were very proud to have volunteers from all over Spain and Europe.
“I’d like to thank them for the wonderful job they have done and their dedication every day with us. And thanks also to Syngenta for their support during the week.”
The course was praised throughout the week by television commentators and the players.
After practising on Tuesday, major champion Lexi Thompson described the layout as “unbelievable”. “It’s in great shape,” she said. “It feels like I’m making the first divots out there.”
Syngenta’s role as a ‘Proud Supporter’ of the Solheim Cup 2023 is part of a long-term commitment to the golf and turf industry and follows many similar initiatives such as the U.S. Women’s Open, where it supported the Women in Turf team.