PGA of BC Member Spotlight -- Cindy Soukoroff
March 3, 2021
Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?
I initially joined the association to stay connected to the game that had given me so many opportunities through junior golf and a University scholarship. After graduating with a Physical Education Degree from UAB it presented an opportunity to combine my dream of teaching others and my passion for the game.
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
The friendships that have been formed through the years as part of the PGA of BC community are what I value the most.
At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?
My very first job in golf was back shop at the Fernie Golf and Country Club under Mike Will. I was encouraged to join the PGA of Canada by Greg Pidlaski at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club making that my first assistant professional position.
Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
This is a tough one to narrow down as so many people have contributed to my development. I am so grateful for the support and knowledge gained from working directly with Doug Robb in Fernie, Greg Pidlaski in Kelowna and Max Sherwood at St. Eugene. Brian Schaal at Copper Point Golf Course has been another great influence in my career simply leading by example. He and his staff are always involved in association and community events and he always makes time for others who reach out.
What career path led you to where you are today?
I passed my PAT and joined the PGA of Canada while working at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club for 2 years. I returned to the Fernie Golf and Country Club, where I grew up playing and competing, as an assistant for 5 years before moving to St. Eugene Golf Resort. I spent my first 10 years there as an Assistant/Class A before becoming the Head Professional prior to the 2017 season. I became a member of the PGA of BC Board in 2019 and am also part of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.
Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
Receiving the PGA of BC Professional of the year award in 2018 from my peers is one of my proudest accomplishments. I am also proud to be starting my second term on the PGA of BC Board this season and was honoured to be selected as a member of the PGA of Canada Diversity & Inclusion Task Force in 2020.
If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
I would encourage all new members to engage in association events and grow their network even if it means stepping out of their comfort zone to do so. Fellow PGA members throughout the province and country are happy to share knowledge gained through experience and are some of the best resources available.
What is your most cherished golf memory?
Having my husband as my caddie when I passed my PAT is the memory I cherish the most....and I have a lot of amazing golf memories. Our first 9 hole round at St. Eugene with our girls would be a close second though.
What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why?
Fernie Golf and Country Club still feels like "home" whenever I return and nothing beats that feeling!
What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails?
I think the greatest misconception is that the "off-season" provides down-time. It is not always understood how much planning, programming and preparation is done during those months to be able to focus on our member and guest services throughout the season.