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Former superintendent David Gourlay posthumously inducted into Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

Gourlay was founding member of CGSA

October 18, 2022  By Turf & Rec

The late David Gourlay, former superintendent at the Thornhill Golf Club, has been posthumously inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.

A native of Scotland, he joined the Royal Air Force in 1940 and underwent part of his training in Canada. After immigrating to Canada in 1948, he began a career in golf at the Kapuskasing Golf Club. Later, he became superintendent at the Summit Golf Club before joining the Thornhill Club in 1963.

During his years as a golf superintendent, Gourlay served as president of the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association in 1968 and was a founding member of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, serving as its president in 1973.

Joining Bob Heron, Jim Wyllie and Sid Puddicombe, the quartet launched the Canadian Turfgrass Conference and Show, and Gourlay and Heron managed GreenMaster – the CGSA’s official publication – from 1973 to 1981.


Gourlay earned awards from the CGSA, OGSA and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and made several speaking engagements at industry events over the years.


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