Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 12.18 Rich Gagnon has brought new meaning to the term "photo finish." Long before Gagnon became a superintendent, he was in - fatuated with photography. Still is. His infatuation started around 1984, when Gagnon — then a high school hockey player in Peabody, Mass. — purchased a 35 mm Canon AE-1 Program for $232 with money he received from his confirmation. Gagnon sneaked his prized possession into historic Boston Garden for a hockey game between the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers, who were led by future legend Wayne Gretzky. Of course, Gagnon wanted to snap some images of "The Great One." He achieved it by leaving his seat to find a spot rink- side, where credentialed photographers shot pictures through small holes in the plexiglass. His effort didn't last long before an usher escorted him away. "I was constantly getting booted out from where I didn't be - long for trying to take pictures," says Gagnon, a 24-year GCSAA Class A member who oversees Meadow Brook Golf Club in Reading, Mass. No need for Gagnon to worry about getting the heave-ho anymore. Nowadays, he projects the image of a well-decorated and respected photographer. Gagnon certainly has numerous examples of his published work — and in extremely familiar places. Sports Illustrated has used three of his images in its printed edition, the first being a shot of then-Boston University Picture this Photo by Michael Ivins

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