Jane and Dave Finn have been in the golf business for more almost 30 years when we started Golfinn International Inc., publishers of Par Excellence, Canada’s first mail-order and e-commerce golf catalog company. In 2006, Dave co-founded travelinggolfer.net, an online library of golf travel-related stories with more than 60,000 subscribers to its monthly newsletter. Dave is a member of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada, Golf Travel Writers of America, International Golf Travel Writers and the Travel Media Association of Canada and has won three national awards for his photography. In 2011, Dave co-hosted ten live on-air radio interviews on “Golf in Canada” for GolfAZRadio and is currently the Canadian Correspondent for The Top 100 Golf Courses of the World. We have traveled to over 30 countries including the United States, Mexico, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. Our articles and photographs have been published in a number of publications like Doctor’s Review, Travel Life Magazine, Canadian Golf Magazine, Travelife.ca, Golf Oklahoma Magazine and Buffalo Golfer.
Laura Byrne Paquet is a contributing writer. Her first encounter with the written word was not promising since her birth announcement appeared in the newspaper classifieds under the heading “Livestock for Sale.” Despite that, she became a writer. She’s covered destinations around the world for more than 80 magazines and newspapers, and has written or co-authored 12 books. A member of the Travel Media Association of Canada and the Society of American Travel Writers, she edits two blogs: OttawaRoadTrips.com, focusing on day trips, weekend getaways and longer escapes from Canada’s capital; and FacingTheStreet.com, looking at ways travellers can live like locals.
Tim Cotroneo is a freelance writer from Lino Lakes, MN with a passion for golf and a future Caribbean zip code. Read more of his stories at www.traveldreamsmagazine.com
John Mooshie, a freelance writer from Wakulla Springs, Florida writes on a broad range of golf and travel related subjects for various newspapers, magazines, and e-zines. Formerly an ad agency owner and billboard copywriter, he switched careers, co-designed an 18 hole golf course, and now writes reviews on both golf course resorts and interesting travel destinations. He is currently conducting research to write a biography of amateur golfing great E. Harvie Ward and enjoys discovering and writing about individuals and businesses that fly below the radar. John can be reached at email@example.com.
Paul Knowles is a golf and travel writer from New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. He writes for a variety of publications and websites, as well as his own www.joyoftravel.ca and www.golfguy.ca websites. Paul also edits a business magazine (Exchange Magazine) and writes lyrics for a number of composers. He is Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Travel Media Association of Canada.
The Golfin’ Guy aka David (or Dave, but never Davey) Theoret grew up in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, where it was naturally assumed he would play hockey. Beginning at the age of 3 and continuing into his late 30’s, he did just that. However, after one too many pucks to the head, he realized that golf was a lot easier on the body and took the game up. Whoever said hockey players were slow?
Since that time, golf has become his passion – just ask Belinda. From 2003 until 2009, David ran the sales and marketing department of TravelGolf Media and took his team to over $1M in annual advertising revenue. While at TravelGolf, an editor told him he had a flair for writing and the lightbulb went on. He started writing articles about anything golf related: courses, resorts, shoes, apparel, equipment and training aids and sending them to websites and magazines. At first, his articles were picked up by a few golf websites and magazines, but the number steadily grew – enough that he could call it a career.
Most days he’s on a course somewhere, either working or playing. Actually to him playing IS work. Occasionally you’ll find him on the practice range reinforcing bad habits. David plays to a 12 handicap – unless there is money involved in which case it goes considerably higher. He currently resides in Lakeland, FL with his wife Belinda and their two “kids”, Molly and Louie.
About Mike Johnny
Mildly addicted to the game of golf. Fiercely loyal. A planner, a dreamer, reflective and a proud and passionate Canadian. A father. A fiancé. A tree planter. A Trent University graduate. A dog owner. Falling in love with my putter after many failed relationships. A scratch golfer stuck in a 10 handicap body. Love, love, love golf value. Fade on a good day. One ace. A golf writer/blogger focused on public golf in Canada. Chipping away at my own Bucket List of Canadian golf courses. Check out more of my writing at 36aday.net
The totally obsessed golf and travel writer Edward Kiersh became addicted to the game back in his baseball days as a teenager in Brooklyn close to the Verrazano Bridge. A “good field, no hit” centerfielder on his high school team, he’d (foolishly) stand on a fairway at Dyker Beach GC and shag balls for the pro. Even if this was a bit crazy, this testing the edge did have its rewards: Lessons.
From then on Kiersh was hooked. Played in the New York area, Illinois, the Colorado Rockies—and went on to become a 10-handicap, along with writing for such publications as Golf Digest, The Robb Report, SPIN Magazine, and Cigar Aficionado where he wrote about resorts and golf course designers. He also wrote a golf feature for the New York Times Sunday Magazine section, and a best selling baseball book, Where Have You Gone, Vince DiMaggio?
A few years ago he was befriended by a pro at the K Club outside Dublin, learned the joys the joys of positive thinking on the course, and yes, spotted a rainbow while playing the iconic Royal County Down south of Belfast. Ever since then he’s convinced, “I am hitting the ball better and further than 20 years ago. I am more obsessed than ever.”