Ryan was born and raised on PEI, and believes his fortunate 27-year golf career is the result of being in the right place at the right time. He worked his way from the back shop at the Brudenell River Golf Course at the age of 15, to his key role at both Brudenell and Crowbush golf courses today. As a result, he's experienced in just about every job there is at a golf course, and can tell the tales that go with them.
Where do you live in PEI?
The eastern end of PEI in a small town called Montague.
What is your favourite thing about life in PEI?
The pace of life. I've travelled enough to know that there's no place like PEI. The winters may be long, but they make us appreciate the amazing summers even more.
What is something people wouldn't know if they're not from the island?
The quality, variety and sheer number - 32! - of courses on PEI. The layouts vary, with links golf, seaside golf and parkland golf designed by such notable architects as Stanley Thompson, Thomas McBroom, and Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry.
What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
I love golf. It’s a crazy sport: you can be playing the worst round ever, but hit one good shot and you want to come back for more. People of all abilities can play the same course and compete against one another - that’s unique in sport.
If you had to choose one spot on the island to take someone who has never been here, where would it be?
Overlooking the golf courses at Brudenell or Crowbush clubhouse decks as the sun goes down is tough to beat.
Any fun facts about yourself or the Island that you think people should know?
I had the opportunity to caddie for Jack Nicklaus while he played in a match against Tom Watson. The most memorable part was the compete level Mr. Nicklaus had the day of the event. He was there to win, and you knew it from the moment he started to warm up. Awesome to watch.