The PGA of British Columbia Awards are presented each fall. These honours recognize the individuals and golf facilities that are leaders in our Association, and acknowledging and honouring them helps elevate the profile of every PGA of BC member in the eyes of the consumer.
More than a dozen award recipients are named each year, with 11 of those awards dependent on peer nomination. These nominations are then considered by four regional nominating committees, which develop a list of regional recipients that are finalists for the provincial award. A Final Selection Panel, consisting of past award winners representing each region of British Columbia, then considers the regional nominees and selects the final recipients. Final recipients are also put forward as British Columbia's nominee for eligible National Awards presented by the PGA of Canada.
The 2020 PGA of BC Awards Celebration presented by Replay Golf Supplies & Tribal took place Oct. 14 via livestream broadcast; click here to watch a replay of the event. The Awards Celebration provided an opportunity to honour the best of our Association and industry from a challenging and unprecedented 2020 season.
2020 AWARD RECIPIENTS
The Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the highest honours the association can bestow on a working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA of Canada professional.
2020 Golf Professional of the Year
presented by: Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Padraic O'Rourke - The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
The highest honour the Association can bestow on a working Executive Professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA of BC Professional.
2020 Executive Professional of the Year
presented by: E-Z-GO
Bill Kelly - Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
The highest honour the Association can bestow on a working Class “A” Professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify a PGA of Canada Professional.
2020 Class "A" Professional of the Year
Presented by: Nespresso Professional
Michael Thompson - Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
The highest honour the Association can bestow on a working Apprentice Professional, whose total contributions to the game best exemplify a PGA of Canada Professional yet to achieve their Class "A" status.
2020 Apprentice Professional of the Year
Presented by: Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO
Callum Ashby - Highland Pacific Golf
The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA of BC Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of the Association. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching, special teaching programs initiated or implemented, articles published, as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.
2020 Teacher of the Year
Presented by: SuperSpeed Golf
John Randle - The Golf Performance Project
The Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award recognizes the PGA of BC Professional who champions youth golf programming and initiatives at their facility and in their community.
2020 Junior Golf Leader of the Year
Presented by 2UNDR
Bryan Boyes - Castlegar Golf Club
The Coach of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA of BC Professional who is an outstanding coach among the ranks of the Association. This award is based on a Professional’s overall performance in coaching, special coaching programs initiated or implemented, articles published, as well as outstanding golfers the Professional has coached.
2020 Coach of the Year
Presented by Steve Graham Sales
Colin Lavers - Seymour Golf & Country Club
The Golf Facility of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding facility within the province that has demonstrated innovation and leadership in providing an excellent golf experience.
2020 Golf Facility of the Year
Presented by: EFAS Safety
Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
The Golf Shop of the Year Award is designated to recognize PGA of BC Professionals and their staff who have excelled as business persons/retailers in the promotion of golf.
The Sales Representative of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding golf-industry sales representative who has demonstrated an exceptional level of partnership with PGA of BC member Professionals and facilities.
2020 Sales Representative of the Year
Presented by: Dale Carnegie Training of BC
Clay Atkinson - Mullin Agency
The Professional Development Award recognizes a PGA of BC Professional who is the model of life-long learning and continuing professional development. This award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding contributions to professional development and continuing education.
2020 Professional Development Award
Presented by: Empowered Life
Cindy Soukoroff - St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
The Patron of the Year Award recognizes a person, group of people or organization that demonstrates an exceptional contribution to the Association's initiatives.
The Distinguished Service Award is designed to honour outstanding member of the Association who displays leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.
2020 Distinguished Service Award
Presented by: DGL Sports Enterprises
Brian Schaal - Copper Point Golf Club
The Media Personnel of the Year Award honours a media member or organization that has made a significant contribution to the PGA of BC and wider golf community over the past year.
2020 Media Personnel of the Year
Jay Janower - Global BC
Determined by a committee and approved by the Board of Directors, and influenced by the Order of Merit and participation in national events and championships, the Player of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding player among the ranks of the Association. As a result of COVID-19-related disruptions to the PGA of BC's championship and regional tour schedules, as well as to the PGA of Canada's championship schedule, this award was not presented in 2020.
2020 Player of the Year
The PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary is awarded to an individual or member facility within the Association demonstrating an extraordinary desire and passion to make a significant difference in the lives of those around them, and in doing so, sets an example of “giving back” that all PGA of BC members can be proud of.
2020 PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary Recipient
In honour of the late Jim Gibson, the PGA of BC is proud to affer an Award in tribute to the commitment and dedication of the longtime Association ambassador. The award will be given annually to an individual within the PGA of BC community that best exemplifies volunteerism and demonstrates dedication to furthering their education to benefit others in a community.
2020 Jim Gibson Scholarship Recipient
The PGA of BC Lifetime Achievement Award is a special accolade bestowed to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the PGA of BC over an extended period of time through their actions on and off the golf course. This highest level of honour is not one that is awarded every year and has only been presented nine times in the history of PGA of BC.