By Mike Jiggens
May 22, 2018 – The future of Canada’s professional turf and grounds maintenance industry is in good hands. From coast to coast, several bright, young superstars have been making a difference in the industry, paving the way for the next wave of up-and-coming professionals. This week, we profile the first (in alphabetical order) of our Top 10 Under 40 roster of selected recipients: Wade Borthwick.
Wade Borthwick, 39, equipment technician, Uplands Golf Club, Victoria, B.C.
Borthwick made an immediate impact at Uplands upon his arrival four years ago. Equipment failures were happening less often, repair costs were down, and the quality of cut on mowers had vastly improved. His knowledge of equipment is shared with students at a Victoria community college where he teaches equipment maintenance part-time.
Additionally, he helps organize and host an equipment technician program in Victoria in conjunction with the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, and regular contributes articles to the CGSA’s GreenMaster publication. Borthwick is a frequent speaker at CGSA, Alberta Property Managers and Washington State Superintendent Association conferences, and holds numerous round-table meetings in Victoria to improve networking opportunities for equipment technicians.
Borthwick stepped in to help a neighbouring golf course that was without a mechanic for three months, even though he was employed at Uplands, and has helped other clubs without the right resources to sharpen and maintain their equipment.
He stays current with his education through the University of Minnesota and has developed his own software program that keeps track of maintenance costs and scheduling. In 2016, he was recognized by the CGSA as its equipment technician of the year.
A husband and father, Borthwick regularly helps with school field trips with his two young children.