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McQueen takes superintendent reigns at St. George’s


December 21, 2016
By Mike Jiggens

St. George’s Golf & Country Club, a perennial Canadian top 10-ranked golf course, has a new superintendent to bring in the 2017 season. Ian McQueen, who has been superintendent at the nearby Islington Golf Club since 2012, takes over the reigns at St. George’s on Jan. 30.

“Since I started in the golf industry, it has been a dream of mine to work at Canada’s top private club,” said McQueen, who has 17 years of experience in golf course management at both the private and public levels. “I am honoured and excited for the opportunity to be part of such a historic club.”

McQueen began his career with Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland and further developed his skills as superintendent at The Club at Bond Head and as assistant superintendent at Magna Golf Club. As superintendent at St. George’s Golf and Country Club, he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of managing more than 165 acres of land and maintaining the club’s International Audubon certification.

“We are very excited to be acquiring Ian McQueen as our new superintendent,” said David Imrie, chairman of the board. “Coming from a neighbouring Stanley Thompson property that has faced similar challenges in recent years, such as the flash flooding of 2013, and complete greens rebuild in 2014, his proven successes make us confident that he is the right fit for the club. He understands the implications of the weather we experience in our micro-climate and is focused on providing our members with exceptional playing conditions.”

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Chief operating office, Jason Clarke said he is also looking forward to McQueen joining the team.

“Ian brings with him a proven track record of exceptional course conditioning, an understanding of project management, having grown over 80 new bentgrass greens, strategic planning and a member-centric focus to his operational practices and procedures,” he said. “As we look to the future of golf at St. George’s, I’m confident Ian will help us to improve our already celebrated course and preserve Stanley Thompson’s legacy.”