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A DRIVING FORCE
on the Course
By Molly Doyle
J im McGarvey has been in the turf
industry for the last 36 years. His wife is
a chartered accountant and a nationally
ranked amateur golfer, and he has been
the head superintendent at Seymour Golf
and Country Club in North Vancouver for the
past quarter-century. With such a long, storied
career in golf course management, it comes as
no surprise that the 63-year-old was named
Canadian Golf Superintendents Association’s
(CGSA’s) 2013 Superintendent of the Year.
McGarvey graduated from Carleton
University with a bachelor of art degree
and then moved to Oregon to work at Mt.
Bachelor ski resort. After a few years on the
job, he thought it would be beneficial to also
have a career during the summer that would
complement his winter position.
Wanting to add another interest to his life,
McGarvey thought working at a golf course
during the warmer months would also make
him more valuable as an employee. Having
grown up around courses near Ottawa,
thanks to his father and grandfather’s love
of playing the game, he knew it was an
environment he was comfortable with.
So, he contacted the superintendent, Ken
Johnson, at Oregon’s Bend Golf and Country
Club, and began working as part of the
grounds crew from 1978 to 1980.
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