Meet the team

We share a common passion to improve playability, sustainability and economic efficiency in the golf course industry by embracing the latest research, technological advances, fresh thinking and a “can do attitude”.

John Clarkin

Passionate about Golf from a young age, John realised that he would never beat the professionals, yet still wanted to dedicate his life to the game.

After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, USA in 1994, he developed Powerscourt Golf Club in Ireland.

In 1997 he founded Turfgrass® and is now entering his fifth decade in the industry! His Golf Development Company specialises in taking golf courses and projects to the next level, by delivering value and expertise. Turfgrass® have consulted on over 250 courses across the globe and are fortunate to have worked alongside the best in the business on some world class projects.

With his constant travel around the world, John has developed a vast network of industry friends. If he is not behind a podium speaking at a conference, on a potential site or a golf course, he can be spotted in France with his family enjoying his passion of food and wine!

Julian Mooney

Julian was introduced to the game of golf by his father at a young age and subsequently to the principles of Turf management. This ignited his interest in the field of agronomy and shaped his studies in the numerous areas of Turfgrass Management and Science in both Europe and the US, at The Ohio State University.

Alongside managing Turfgrass’s agronomic portfolio throughout Europe and emerging markets, Julian is the principal figure for tournament preparation in advance of numerous golf championships including European staging’s of The Solheim Cup.

With a diverse list of clients, countries and events, no two days are ever the same for Julian, something that he relishes. He is often on the road or on a plane, and he stays “grounded” by running wherever and whenever he can, training for marathons and he stays focused with coffee! So passionate is he about his coffee, he even trained to be a barista!

Sarah Skelton

With over 20 years’ experience in business management, Sarah runs our “engine room” and is at the heart of Turfgrass® operations. She is literally a born leader and organiser. As the eldest in a large family, she automatically took on the role of “chief organiser” and since then relishes making sure everyone and everything is streamlined, efficient and on time! All massively important skills when managing the Turfgrass® team, who are constantly on the road and in the sky, as well as supervising all business operations for this busy international business.

Sarah loves to travel, and she especially loves to share this wanderlust and discover new places with her two young daughters.

Trevor Norris

Trevor has both a love of the land and golf in his blood. With a farming background and as a skilled youth golfer, he combined his upbringing and his passion into his career. He pursued his studies in Golf Course Management and then gained experience in numerous five-star golf courses across the Great Britain and Ireland before joining the Agronomic team at Turfgrass®.

Trevor consults on numerous courses throughout northern and southern Europe as well as many of our clients across Ireland. When he is at home, he continues to enjoy the outdoor life; golfing, cycling and water sports. However, he most enjoys cultivating his garden with his son, nurturing and teaching the next generation his knowledge and skills.

Jonathan (JP) Pendry

Jonathan had no choice but to follow a career in golf, seeing as he is lives at “the Home of Golf” in St Andrews! He began his journey in the business in 1999 gaining his degree in Turfgrass Science, and developed his practical experience at some of the most iconic golf resorts in Scotland, as well as working at countless prestigious International and European Tour events. He then dedicated over 15 years to delivering numerous prominent multimillion Euro projects in agronomy, maintenance and construction across the globe. Now using his global reputation, knowledge and experience, he works with Turfgrass® supporting the delivery of agronomy services to a number of prestigious, world-class facilities.

When he is back in “the Home of Golf”, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife Victoria and his two grown up children. He loves cycling, food and drink and is a keen year-round coastal swimmer.

Craig Hanney

Craig was introduced to grass and the world of greenkeeping at a very young age by his father at a local bowling club, who explained what the greenkeeper was doing to the grass and why. His career in the world of Turf management began as an apprentice on tennis and bowls and then onto golf courses across the globe.

Craig has lived and worked in 8 countries and as a result is proficient in project management and agronomy in numerous different climates! He has led and managed many different challenging and high-profile projects for Turfgrass®, both in Northern and Southern Europe and in the Middle East.

Craig is very passionate about what he does and loves the golf course industry, which he considers a family. When he does find time to unwind, he likes to do so by road biking and spending time with his wife and son.

Veronica Dagge

Veronica is part of the Turfgras® Headquarters team, managing both accounts and administration. Her dedication to detail and analytical mind stem from her legal studies and subsequent roles as a legal secretary for various Law Firms.

She realised that she had a skill for account management and transitioned into this area by studying to be an account technician. Veronica’s background in both the legal and accounting domain, coupled with her conscientiousness, ensures that that all our accounting processes, budget planning and financial transactions are carefully recorded and importantly on target.

When Veronica steps away from the world of numbers, she turn to baking to relax and switch off, alongside minding her children.