From The Vault: Second Time A Round

Second Time A Round
by Jeffrey Reed, Ontario Golf Magazine Fall 2007

Graham Shouldice. Photo: Jeffrey Reed.

Most retirees leave their workplace behind for good, but not Graham Shouldice. On December 31, the 61-year-old London, Ontario resident is retiring after a half-century of golf course employment – the past 34 years as superintendent at Highland Country Club. With his summers free, Shouldice plans to spend a lot more time golfing. A former caddie and member of the grounds crew at London Hunt and Country Club, Shouldice graduated from London’s University of Western Ontario and became a physical education teacher. Yet he still cut grass at London Hunt during weekends.

“By then, I decided I loved golf much more than teaching,” said Shouldice, who left teaching and was hired as assistant superintendent at Highland in 1972, before jumping to his current position a year later. Shouldice’s wife, Linda, has been a member of Highland’s grounds crew for 14 years, and she too is retiring at year’s end. The family currently occupies a home resting in Highland’s grounds, next to the fourth tee, and all three children – Lori, Larin and Scott – have spent time working at their parents’ side.

Besides his desire to play more golf, Graham says increasing activity at the club also helped him make the decision to hang up his superintendent’s hat. “The demands of members have driven budgets higher and higher, but that’s what members want,” he said. But Shouldice says he’ll miss seeing the usual suspects at Highland on a daily basis. “They’ve been good to me and my family,” he says. “They’ve included our family as members and we’ve met a whole bunch of friends.”

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