Stephanie Vanderpas

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Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?
I first found my passion in growing the game when I started volunteering for Junior Camps when I was a teenager. I decided to turn professional so I can share my love for the game.
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
The association is dedicated to education. During COVID when we were unable to meet as a group, the PGA of BC were dedicated to ensure that we continued our education with virtual sessions.
At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?
I first started working at Musqueam about 10 years ago, then throughout university worked at BC Golf as an intern in the summers running the CN Future Links program. In 2017 I turned professional and started working at Point Grey Golf & Country club lead by Dave Zibrik, and I am still there today.
Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
Dave Zibrik, he took me in when I was very new to the industry, recognized that I was passionate about junior programming and allowed me to grow within my role at Point Grey.
What career path led you to where you are today?
Prior to working at Point Grey, I worked as an intern at BC Golf for a few summers while a university student at UBC. There I coordinated junior programs at community centers where I found that teaching Juniors was something that I really enjoyed.
Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being recognized as the PGA of BC Junior Leader of the year in 2021.
If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
Step out of your comfort zone and get involved. Play tournaments, attend education seminars and get to know the members of the association. Never stop learning, there are so many resources out there.
What is your most cherished golf memory?
Winning the NAIA Women’s Golf Championship with the UBC team in 2012.
What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why?
Sandpiper- I love the tree lines and being by the water.
What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails?
A common misconception is that we get to play lots of golf. I wish!
What is an interesting fact about yourself that doesn't involve golf?
I love being outdoors amongst the mountains and travelling. If I am not on the golf course, I’m most likely hiking or on another adventure.

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