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Photo courtesy Jim McGarvey 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. 18 January 2014 CG_Jan2014.indd 18 1/6/14 2:29 PM