With over 35 years service as head-greenkeeper at Westport Golf Club, John Garavan retires this week and can look back on a job well done. He leaves his position, secure in the knowledge that he has played a major role in securing the reputation of the Championship course in Carrowholly, as the premier parkland golf destination, 'west of the Shannon.'
One can only imagine how his job has changed over the years. Back in 1974 when John received the reigns from Charles Cannon, Gary Player won the Masters and the Open, Trevino took the PGA Championship and Hale Irwin collected the first of his three US Open titles in the 'Massacre at Winged Foot,' with a score of +7.
Following each of those Championships, John would go to work the following week knowing that there would be no mention of how well Augusta looked or wouldn't it be great if Westport could have bunkers like Royal Lytham and St Anne's.
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