About Us

 

Dave & Jane

Dave & Jane

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 in Sydney Australia

Laura Byrne Paquet in Sydney Australia

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

Tim Cotroneo

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

John Mooshie

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 wakullaman@centurylink.net.

Ron Montesano

Ronald S. Montesano

Ronald S. Montesano is a Buffalo-based golf writer and photographer. His work appears regularly on golfwrx.com and his home site, buffalogolfer.com. Follow him on Twitter @buffalogolfer

Paul Knowles

Paul Knowles

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.

David Theoret

David Theoret aka “The Golfin’ Guy

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.