Guest Services at The Chateau Whistler Golf Club 1997-1999 Assistant Golf Professional at The Salmon Arm Golf Club 2000 - 2005 Director of Instruction at The Salmon Arm Golf Club 2005 Head Golf Professional at The Salmon Arm Golf Club 2006-2010 Director of Golf at Talking Rock Golf at Quaaout Lodge 2011-Present
PGA of BC Professional Spotlight -- Feb. 18, 2021
Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?
I always wanted a career in hospitality and was fortunate to get a job in high school at the Chateau Whistler. I fell in love with Golf and knew that my passion for service and sports would be fulfilled as a professional.
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
The rewards are vast in our industry. I have been afforded amazing opportunities to grow my knowledge in business operations yet still be able to help a friend or guest that is struggling with their golf swing. There really is no career like it that can touch such a vast demographic of people.
At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?
I worked at the Chateau Whistler for Murray Blair, Dave Hodgson and Miles Mortensen
Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
I have had many great professionals as resources through my career, it is hard to name one. Murray Blair, Miles Mortensen and Jeff Ciecko were all instrumental in my early growth. I have been fortunate to have a vast network of professionals in our province to lean on for all aspects of advice.
What career path led you to where you are today?
I was fortunate to be named Head Professional at the Salmon Arm Golf Club early in my career. I immediatley knew that I had aspirations of becoming a General Manager. I was able to accept a role as Director of Golf at Talking Rock in 2011 and utilized my free time to obtain as much education as I could through the NGCOA, PGA of BC and CSCM. My experiences at the resort and education helped develop my knowledge to a level that allowed me to take the leap and accept my role as GM/EP
Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
My daughters first and foremost. Winning the Dick Munn Golf Proessional of the year was extremely exciting and recently being named President of the PGA of BC . All of these were goals I had set in 2010 and I am very honored to have achieved them.
If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
Create a vast network of professionals. There are some many incredibly smart people in our association. Sit and listen. The best advice I ever had was if you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room. Education is key. Always be growing your knowledge.
What is your most cherished golf memory?
Playing the PGA of Canada Team Championship in Bermuda.
What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why?
Talking Rock of course Lol. Nicklaus North has a special place in my heart. It is always in amazing condition, is a great experience and I grew up on hole 14.
What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails?
Like all of us, all i do is play golf and take the winter off lol. It's ok though, I see it as an opportunity to educate the public on the important roles we play in the business community. Get involved in your community and show what makes our Association great.