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Dave Boehmer is Canada’s sports turf manager of the year

Mike Jiggens for Turf
and Rec
, reports that 11 years ago, the thought of being named Canada’s
sports turf manager of the year would likely have been the furthest thing from
Dave Boehmer’s mind. At that point in his career, he was working in the golf
industry as assistant superintendent at Milton, Ont.’s Glencairn Golf Club.

But as fate would have it – at a stage in his life when he
was starting to look at potential superintendent positions – the City of Guelph
was looking to fill the newly created position of sports field operator.
Already a resident of the city, he applied for the position and was offered the
job.

Over the past 11 years, Boehmer has since climbed the ladder
to become lead hand of sports fields and winter maintenance, beginning his
third season in that capacity, and oversees three city sports field operators.
He said he wasn’t aware he had been named sports turf manager of the year until
he attended April’s spring industry forum and annual general meeting of Sports
Turf Canada at Toronto’s BMO Field.

Boehmer was nominated for the honor by Ian Ferguson, program
manager of turf and sports fields for the City of Guelph, and believes the nod
may have come as a result of his relations with his staff.

“I think in his mind, one of my biggest strengths is dealing with the staff,” Boehmer said. “It’s been a combination over the years of him witnessing how I deal with staff and the fact that we can actually take on more and different projects now.” Read it all here