NAME | Matthew Weaver
TITLE | Senior Technical Services Advisor/Intelligro, a Suncor Business
HOMETOWN | Pittsburgh
What’s a day in the life for you in your job? I’m usually either in my home office, or on the road traveling and meeting with distributors or turf managers.
What should golf course superintendents know about your organization that they don’t already know? I’m happy to say that CIVITAS is now operating under a new brand called Intelligro. Intelligro focuses on creating smarter growth for a better world and supports our goal of making innovative products that not only work but provide resourceful growth.
When you’re gone from the golf industry, how do you want to be remembered? I want to be remembered as someone who was truthful, helped people and protected the environment for future generations to come.
If you were born 100 years ago, what would you do for a living? Golf course superintendent.
Who is your hero? Any child that faces a terminal illness is my hero. You hear those stories on the news, and I always think that those kids are stronger than anyone I know.
What’s the best thing about the golf industry? I love talking about turfgrass, and being surrounded by others who appreciate that.
What’s the worst thing about the golf industry? The worst thing is the expectations from golfers for superintendents to provide conditions that far exceed the resources they have.
What golf course can’t you wait to get on and why? A great part of my job is that I get to visit numerous world-class clubs, but one I haven’t been to and would love to get on is Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska. It sounds like the most unlikely and remote place to go play golf, and I really like links-style courses.
Describe golf course superintendents in one word? Resourceful.
Who would you rather play golf with –– Arnie or Jack? Why? I’m from Pittsburgh so there is only one answer — Arnie.
If you were a super hero, who would you be and why? Superman. It would make traveling so much easier.
What do you like to do away from your job? I like spending time with my wife and daughter, especially if I happen to have a fishing pole in my hands.
What is your all-time favorite song? That’s tough, I have so many from all genres of music but I do have a favorite album: Uncle Tupelo’s “Anodyne.”
What’s your favorite movie and why? “Star Wars.” I guess I’m just an old-school sci-fi geek.
Speaking of movies, who’s your favorite character from “Caddyshack” and why? Lou Loomis – the caddie master. I started in the golf business as a caddy at the age of 12. I had a lot of great memories and think the experience taught me so much, and it turned into a lifelong career.
He was prophetic with this quote from the movie: “I’m going to put it right on the line. There’s been a lot of complaints already. Fooling around on the course, bad language and poor caddying. If you guys want to get fired, if you want to be replaced by golf carts, just keep it up.”
I feel the loss of caddy programs across the country is one of the biggest losses for the future of the game.