PGA of BC Professional Spotlight -- Nov. 17, 2021
Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?
Love of the game of golf.
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
Working among industry professionals, sales reps who all love the game and the business.
At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?
First facility working in golf operations was Chateau Whistler Golf Club and the Head Professional was Dave Hodgson. We had fun everyday and learned the importance of service, product and experience. It wasnt work, it was play.
Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
Jeff Ciecko provided a challenging work environment that taught me and others the importance of learning all aspects of the golf business. The more you know about all the responsibilities within an operation, the better prepared you are in a managment role.
What career path led you to where you are today?
Leaving my previous facilty was a challenge but the door opened for me and Morgan Creek Golf Course has been my home since 2006. No regrets, everything in the past has led you to today.
Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being part of the team that won the 2001 PGA of BC Facility of the year (Salmon Arm Golf Club) as well as in 2008 at Morgan Creek Golf Course.
If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
Always find a better way of doing things, this challenge will keep you interested and help your business build and grow. Listen to customers and find ways to implement great ideas.
What is your most cherished golf memory?
Passing the Playing Ability Test in 1999 with my dad as caddie.
What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why?
Capilano Golf and Country Club, Chateau Whistler, Talking Rock and Morgan Creek Golf Course. Can't pick just one.
What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails?
All I do is play golf. I still love the game but 20 rounds a year is a high estimate for me.