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Final Cut: Three Decades of Dedication

With 33 years of service, Sylvain Nadon has worked hand-in-hand with members of Club de Golf de Rosemère’s longstanding turf maintenance crew, including Daniel Labelle, who has been with the club for 23 years, and Jean Lacasse, who has nine years of service. Photo courtesy Club de Golf de Rosemère

By Jason Cramp

Sylvain Nadon is as dedicated as they come. He has been the sole equipment technician at Club de Golf de Rosemère in Rosemère, Que., for more than 30 years. Since starting his career at 17, he has worked for five different superintendents and has earned the reputation as the club’s ‘super mechanic,’ helping to keep all of the equipment in tip-top shape to ensure the course stays in pristine condition for its members. He is the proverbial jack of all trades as he also handles snow removal on the greens in the spring and operates the club’s heavy equipment.

Daniel Read, the current superintendent at Club de Golf de Rosemère, describes Sylvain as their most loyal and valued employee and says the word ‘No’ does not come easily to him.

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Destined For Greatness

Photo courtesy J. Paul Robertson

By Blair Adams

Canadian golf course architect Jeff Mingay may not have the same name recognition as Alister MacKenzie, Donald Ross or the legendary Stanley Thompson, but give him time. He just turned 40 this year.

Born and raised in Windsor, Ont., Mingay’s passion, some might even say, obsession, for his chosen career has helped him carve a niche in a profession that demands excellence and shuns mediocrity.

His star has certainly been on the rise, having worked on high-profile projects such as Cabot Links (ranked as one of the best courses in the world by Golf and Golf Digest magazines), Sagebush Golf and Sporting Club, The Derrick Club, and most recently, the Victoria Golf Club.

Canadian Groundskeeper sat down with the up-and-coming architect to discuss his passion for design, his proudest achievements thus far, and what it is like to be away from your family 200 days a year.

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Training Is The Best Reward

In the high season, one of our jobs is to examine the mowers to ensure they are doing what they are supposed to. We are looking for quality of cut issues. Since appearance is everything, this is very important; mowers are the number-one job. Photo courtesy Warren Wybenga

By Molly Doyle

In 1990, Warren Wybenga answered a job ad for the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club to work on the grounds crew. Since then, he has completed a small engine apprenticeship to become an equipment technician and worked at two golf clubs before settling down at Donalda Club in Toronto. He has never looked back. Wynbenga did not think he would love his job so much; now, he gets to provide training to his own apprentices, which he is quickly finding very rewarding and has become a favourite part of what he does.

The 43-year-old sat down with Canadian Groundskeeper to explain he is not quite ready for retirement, but when the day comes, he hopes to still be at Donalda.

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For the Love of the Game

Photo courtesy Deanna Dougan

By Molly Doyle

A little more than two decades ago, a love of turf and playing golf made Deanna Dougan’s decision to become a superintendent an easy one. During that time, she has helped design and create the additional nine holes at River Valley Golf and Country Club in St. Mary’s, Ont., and even had llamas as caddies on the course. She loves her job so much that she quit her own lawn care business to get back to maintaining the greens, where she also tries to get in a round or two of golf every week on her own course so she can ensure the members are playing in the best condition possible. The 48-year-old Dougan sat down with Canadian Groundskeeper to serve notice she has no immediate plans to retire, and River Valley will be her home away from home for years to come.

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Going the Distance

Photo courtesy Doug Meyer

By Blair Adams

When he’s not on the golf course he has meticulously maintained for over a decade, superintendent Doug Meyer can be found playing hockey or enjoying a round of golf with the boys. But when you have been involved in sport and the local community as much as Meyer, the ‘boys’ just so happen to be some of the biggest names in professional hockey—Patrick Roy, Guy Lafleur, and P.K. Subban, to name a few.

However, Meyer takes hanging out with some of the Montreal Canadiens’ elite all in stride; his commitment to excellence and his job remain at the fore of most everything he does, which is what you would expect from an individual who has devoted nearly 40 years of his life to the golf course maintenance profession.

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