Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?
I've always wanted a career in something that I am passionate about. Golf is exactly that.
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
The most rewarding thing for me is seeing the progression in my students and creating new golfers out of younger generations along with helping friends, public golfers and members enjoy the game to the best of their ability.
At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?
I began working at Seymour G&CC 11 years ago. I started in the backshop working my way from the bottom up the ladder to a professional position. I have been fortunate to learn from a great stable of professionals that we have here, including: Roy Abbenbroek, Lenny Cyr, Andrew Ripley, Colin Lavers; and our Head Professional Dale Schienbein.
Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
My career has been influenced most by our Head Pro, Dale Schienbein. I have learned so much from him in all facets of the industry. To name a few: masterful customer service, the meticulous organization that is required in this industry, the anticipation and planning required for success and a lead by example leadership style.
What career path led you to where you are today?
The path I've taken in my career has kept me where I want to be--close to home, friends and family. Through my 20's I was fortunate to be able to work for Seymour in the summers and travel abroad in the winters. Seeing different cultures and how life is lived in other places provided me a tremendous sense of appreciation for where I am from. That, along with the great team and facility at Seymour, allowed me to build my career into where I am today.
Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
My most significant accomplishments are still ahead of me. To this date what I am most proud of is my relationship with my wife of 5 years, Kelly Everett.
If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
Be a sponge, pay attention to the details and believe in yourself. Don't compare yourself to others, but rather who you were yesterday.
What is your most cherished golf memory?
I have two: the first time I broke par at Gallaghers Canyon with a score of 70 along with the greatest golf shot I've ever hit--holing out from nearly 280 yards on the 6th hole at Seymour.
What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why?
My favorite golf course is Tobiano in Kamloops BC. In my eyes it is a true test of all facets of the game. You're battling the course, which is a beast, the elements and ultimately yourself.
What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails?
I think a common misconception is how much is actually going on behind the scenes. The planning and constant work that is required to take care of all of our equipment, inventory and events is very extensive.
What is an interesting fact about yourself that doesn't involve golf?
One of my greatest passions is helping others. Whether it be through my coaching, training of our younger staff or just in the general sense of life. If we all support and push each other to be the best version of ourselves there is no limit to what we can achieve.