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Stay tuned to find out which of these finalists will be the 2014 MVT!

Finalist No. 1
Bill Claytor
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Dublin, Ohio

A dedication to continual improvement and a work ethic that assistant superintendent Matt Powell calls "second to none" are among the myriad reasons that Powell nominated Claytor for the 2014 Most Valuable Technician Award. “In my 10 years in this industry, I have never met anyone better at his job than Bill Claytor,” Powell wrote. A diverse background in a number of fields outside of golf created the foundation for Claytor’s career in golf, a career that has been marked by innovation. He designed a custom snowplow for use on Muirfield Village’s tractors during the winter and also created a hand aerifier that has been affectionately named the “Claytor-aetor” by members of the maintenance staff. A stickler for organization and cleanliness in the maintenance facility, Claytor is also well known for his dedication to mentoring, both with his assistant technicians and interns who make their way through Muirfield Village. Those efforts include in-depth education on mower adjustments, welding, engine building and the electrical systems of golf course equipment. “He also brings a great sense of humor to the staff, which everyone appreciates,” Powell says.

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Finalist No. 2
Joe Stefanick
Seven Lakes Golf and Tennis Community
Fort Myers, Fla.

It hasn't taken Stefanick long to make an impact on not only the golf course maintenance staff, but virtually the entire operation at Seven Lakes. In less than two years on the job, he's overhauled the organization of the maintenance facility, instituted a rigorous schedule for preventative maintenance and provided quality equipment repair for a department that oversees 18 holes of golf, 80 acres of common turf area and 1,096 residential units. J.R. Irwin, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Seven Lakes, says, "(Joe) literally performs the work of two or three people on a daily basis." In addition to greens mowers and utility vehicles, Stefanick also is responsible for maintaining a pair of large passenger busses, a backhoe, a forklift, three pickup trucks and four tractors. Stefanick brought an impressive résumé with him when he joined Seven Lakes, including stints at such well-known golf facilities as Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples. In his time away from the course, Stefanick maintains a master marine captain license and gives his time to the National Wounded Warriors Project.

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Finalist No. 3
Raymond Hooker
Interlachen Country Club
Winter Park, Fla.

Four years in the U.S. Navy as a machinist set Raymond Hooker on his career path, and 24 years after starting at Interlachen Country Club, he is now a fixture around the club and key cog in the course's golf course maintenance operations. "I have been very fortunate to have Raymond as my head technician for all of these years," says Stuart Leventhal, CGCS at Interlachen. "One of my least concerns every day is the equipment. I just know it will be operating properly." A former vice president of the Central Florida Turf Equipment Service Technicians Association (TESTA), Hooker has gained education from numerous sources throughout his career. He's constructed a wide variety of equipment on his own, from a double bunker rake to unique equipment trailers and more. And outside the maintenance facility, he played an active role in helping Interlachen earn Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status. He's also seen several former assistant equipment technicians take on head technician jobs of their own at courses all around the state of Florida.

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