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Derek Wirth

CGSA Golf Course Superintendent

Bio

Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Title: Golf Course Superintendent

Residence: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Like most people who enter the turfgrass profession, it was the love for the game of golf that originally brought me to work.  I started golfing when I was 12 years old when I first moved to Whitehorse in 1992.  I was a junior member of Mountain View starting the next year and continued to be until I started working as part of the grounds crew in 1998. Originally, I was interested in being a Golf Pro and started attending Grant MacEwan in Edmonton, Alberta enrolled in Management Studies.  I soon realized that being a playing professional was never in the cards for myself.  I still wanted a career within the golf industry, so I finished my Professional Golf Management diploma in 2001 before immediately enrolling in Turf grass Management at Olds College the following fall.  I graduated from Olds in 2003 and took a 9 hole Superintendent position in Mayerthorpe, Alberta.  I completed 2 years there before returning to Whitehorse in 2005.  I took over as the Assistant Superintendent at Mountain View in 2006 for 3 years before finally taking over the helm of the Maintenance Department in 2009.

Most memorable moment in Golf? Walking across the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th at the Old Course in St. Andrews.

Most memorable moment in Turf? My time working at St. Andrews was amazing but it was easily trumped when I was given an opportunity to help prepare for the 2006 Open Championship (British Open) at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.  I spent over a month renovating bunkers while I stayed with the Superintendent and his family in the house located on the course.  I have never learned so much in such a short period of time.

Favorite Food? Wild red meat cooked medium rare surrounded by a fresh caprese salad

Favorite vacation destination? I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to so many beautiful places, touched all 7 continents and visited or 30 countries. As I try not to visit the same place twice, each new adventure seems to out do the last.

Favorite Professional Golfer? Phil Mickelson even though he is a lefty.  I love his short game imagination coupled with the ability to execute.

Favorite Golf Course to play? The Back 9 at Dinosaur Trail in Drumheller, AB. I have a love for unique golf experiences equally as much as my passion for links and Championship designs.

Lowest score for 18 holes? 73