Eric J. Wygant, CGCS, has been working on golf courses for the past 25 years. He was born and raised in a small town outside of Erie, Pa., where he got his love for golf from his father. The love for golf quickly turned to a fascination with the golf course, so he went to the Pennsylvanaia State University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in turfgrass Sscience in 1996. His early work experience was at The Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pa., where he started out after high school walking mowing greens and worked his way into an assistant position. He moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2000 where he has spent the last 18 years as the golf course superintendent at the Shannopin Country Club. In 2003 he achieved his GCSAA certification status.
Wygant became interested in beekeeping after putting in a couple wildflower plots on the golf course and with a little encouragement from some of his members. He initially put two hives on the course in 2015 and is now up to six and has turned beekeeping into a true hobby, even setting a hive up at his house with plans for a second.
When not on the golf course, Wygant enjoys time with his wife and daughters, Nina (eight) and Darby (five), playing Texas Hold’em, and Steelers football.