It was a special day on June 5, 2023, at the Lynbrook Golf Club in celebration of 35+ years for Owen Morhart as a dedicated and valued employee and ground’s keeper.
His story is historical. He started when the Lynbrook only had sand greens. In 1987, the Lynbrook had 325 members and at that time, they were the only 18-hole golf course in Saskatchewan that still had sand greens.
In 1990, Owen was part of the crew to develop the back 9 holes from sand to grass greens. That fall, Owen and a crew of guys started on the front 9 and finished in the spring of 1991.
In the fall of 1998, Owen and crew worked with Echo Valley Irrigation on the front 9 installing a water system and in the spring of 1999, the back 9 watering system was up and running, too.
A devastating moment for Owen happened when one of his employees sprayed a chemical that kills weeks and everything else onto the greens instead of a watering agent in August of 2005. Inadvertently, the greens turned brown. Through advice from many around the world as to how to correct the situation, Owen worked to get the grounds almost back to normal by the following year.
In the fall of 1999, the original golf clubhouse was torn down for the construction of a new clubhouse. In the spring of 2000, the new clubhouse was up and ready for business as a pro-shop, club storage and restaurant, all under one roof. Owen was around to salvage the old clubhouse and turn it into a storage shed for random maintenance items. Unfortunately, an electrical fire destroyed the shed in September of 2015. Thankfully, now Owen has a new heated shop with an office and cement floor.
Through it all, Owen says there is nothing in this world that he loves more than ‘playing golf with ‘the boys’ and family.’ He’s played on courses from California to South Carolina, but his favourite course is the Lynie. It has been his home for 35+ years.
On Saturday, June 3rd, the Lynbrook Golf Club celebrated Owen’s milestone and his 55th birthday by hosting a golf tournament and rounding the evening out with Karaoke, visiting and lots of fun. We all found out that Owen’s 2nd love next to golf is singing…and he enjoyed singing his heart out!
Thanks to Lynbrook Golf Club for supplying all of the Lynbrook-related historical information in their Lynbrook Enquirer dated June 5, 2023.
Congratulations Owen on your milestone. The staff and club members appreciate everything you have done for them in making the course a wonderful place to golf!