PGA of BC Professional Spotlight -- Jan. 6, 2022
Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?
I kind of fell in to it. I started working at a club when I was 16 with the goal of buying car but fell in love with the industry. I proceeded to go to Golf Management school and haven't left the industry.
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
Seeing juniors grow in to not only skilled golfers but great young men and women through the junior programs we built is extremely rewarding. The lifelong friendships I've made through the industry are special to me as well.
At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?
I started working at the Vancouver Golf Club with Randy Smith as the Head Professional. We had a lot of great years, topped off by being part of two Canadian Women's Opens and multiple Bandon Dunes trips.
Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
I've been lucky to lean on a lot of people in the industry. Of course, Randy Smith was the golf professional I worked with the longest. He allowed me to really understand and manage the business side of the industry, which has become a passion of mine. As a junior, seeing the class of Gerry Chatelain is something I greatly respected from a young age. Lastly, my passion and respect for the game clearly came from my father.
What career path led you to where you are today?
Understanding the business side of the industry and member service led me to where I am today. Having a strong understanding of budgeting, purchasing, inventory management, and selling have greatly assisted in career advancement.
Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
That's hard to say. I'm just proud to participate in all aspects of being a PGA of Canada professional.
If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
This is a tough question, as everyone's goals within the industry might be different, however I'd suggest that everyone try all aspects of being a golf professional and develop their niche to become favorably unique. Hopefully, golf professionals should be continually learning and building on their skill set.
What is your most cherished golf memory?
I have lots but I am lucky to have built some of my closest friends through the junior program we grew up in. We all used to play 36 holes a day and now struggle to get together a couple of times a year but every time it's like no time has passed.
What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why?
Capilano. The course is beautiful and a different challenge each time. We had the PGA of BC Championship there in 2017 and it was the most fun I've had playing tournament golf. The course was perfect. The 19th hole is also amazing...
What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails?
Besides the obvious one of not golfing as much as you'd like, the sheer volume of paper pushing and spreadsheets could be a surprise.
What is an interesting fact about yourself that doesn't involve golf?
I have a French Bulldog, Norman, who has chewed every pair of shoes and remote left out.