PGA of BC names Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2018


JANUARY 8, 2019

RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) – The PGA of BC is proud to acknowledge its Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2018, as determined by the Association’s Professional Development Program presented by Sunice and Bobby Jones.

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is an annual Order of Merit designed to recognize PGA of BC members who make outstanding contributions to the Association, their communities, the province’s golf industry and, mostly importantly, themselves. Through participation in continuing education, competitions, the PGA of BC Awards Program, annual Buying Show and various forms of volunteerism, the PDP provides an equal avenue to showcase strengths of the diverse membership.

“Sunice and Bobby Jones proudly support the Professional Development Program, as we feel it is important to acknowledge individuals working to elevate the overall profile of PGA of BC Professionals and who are actively involved in service to the Association,” said Stephen Graham, British Columbia sales representative for Sunice and Bobby Jones.

“The Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2018 are once again an impressive group of individuals demonstrating key qualities such as leadership, professionalism and dedication to their craft.”

Additionally, the PGA of BC is pleased to name Matthew Palsenbarg (The Tour LAB @ Northview) the winner of the 2018 PDP Order of Merit.

Palsenbarg collected a record total of 137 PDP points throughout 2018, which were 21 more than any other PGA of BC Professional over the course of the year. The 37-year-old has come close to topping the PDP Order of Merit in the past – finishing second in 2013 and third in 2016 – but a busy year for the Head Teaching Professional on a number of fronts helped him maintain a significant lead for most of the 2018 season.

Palsenbarg developed and presented the results of a membership-wide survey on the golf-instruction industry in the province, and continued his pursuit of extensive continued education beyond the Association’s own offerings. He was the Lower Mainland’s regional recipient for the PGA of BC Coach of the Year and Professional Development awards, and was also presented with the PGA of BC Dunc Sutherland Distinguished Service Award. As well, Palsenbarg earned nearly the maximum amount of points available for tournament participation at the regional, zone and national levels, earning some impressive results along the way: a win at the PGA of BC Tournament of Champions and runner-up results at the PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada and the PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship among them.

“Leading the Professional Development Program Order of Merit for 2018 is a great honour and an achievement I am proud to realize,” said Palsenbarg. “It’s my belief that Golf Professionals have a responsibility to continue learning and evolving to better serve their patrons, students and the golf community as a whole. The Professional Development Program is a great initiative that encourages my colleagues and I to remain committed to career growth.

“Hats off to all PGA of BC Professionals for their ongoing efforts to expand their knowledge and hone their skills to benefit our sport.”

Talking Rock Golf Course Head Professional Adam Blair earned 116 points on the year, edging Hi-Knoll Golf Centre Head Teaching Professional Gordon Mink for second place in the PDP standings by a single point. Blair’s finish represents his third consecutive year in the Order of Merit’s top three, while Mink improved upon his fourth-place standing from 2017. Bill Kelly (Glacier Greens Golf Club, 106 points) and Brian Schaal (Copper Point Golf Club, 105 points) rounded out the top five.

Click here to view the final standings for 2018, or find more information about the Professional Development Program by clicking here.

Thanks in large part to the support of Sunice and Bobby Jones, a total bursary purse of $6,400 will be divided among those finishing among the top 10, providing financial opportunity to pursue further professional development and education. The PGA of BC is pleased to announce that Sunice and Bobby Jones have committed to continuing as presenting sponsor of the Professional Development Program in 2019.

“We look forward to recognizing the best of the Association through the Professional Development Program once more in the year ahead,” said Sunice President Derek Faith. “We are proud to align our brands with an initiative encouraging PGA of BC members to strive for excellence and to better serve their communities.”

Congratulations to the PGA of BC’s Top 100 Professionals of 2018:

Shingo Akizuki Lee Alarie Rob Anderson
Norman Baufeld Zach Belitsky Andrew Bentley
Lindsay Bernakevitch Mark Bicknell Adam Blair
Dennis Bradley Arthur Brown Jeff Buder
Conor Carnall Jesse Crowe Mike Cyndroski
Jeff Dinn Cory Draper Tom Flockhart
Justin Ford Justin Fram Andy Garcia
Jason Giesbrecht Grant Gray Jennifer Greggain
Nathan Grieve Tyrel Griffith Andy Hajer
Leila Harman Mike Heenan Gina Hosie
Cailean Hourigan Alec Hubert Jeremy Johnson
Myles Johnson Philip Jonas Simon Jones
Jason Jurimae Jonathan Kadin Bill Kelly
Mark Kitts Scott Kolb Conner Kozak
Dean Kuntz Patrick Lago Russ Latimer
Colin Lavers Steve Liddicoat Mark Lindsay
Danny Long Brice MacDermott Clark MacPherson
Vaughn Marshall Scott McClain Brian McDonald
Luke McKenzie Chris Medford Gordon Mink
Doug Morgan David Munn Daniel Naismith
Graham Ogden Padraic O'Rourke Derek Orr
Alan Palmer Jeff Palmer Matthew Palsenbarg
Bryn Parry Greg Pool James Presnail
Lee Ranger Jordan Ray Warren Reeves
Cory Renfrew Jordan Rourke Brian Schaal
Dale Schienbein Drew Scollon Chad Scott
John Shin Jared Siminoff Randy Smith
Matt Steinbach Jamie Stevens Branden Stewart
Kevin Stinson Harris Stoneman Mark Strong
Cindy Soukoroff Rob Tadey Mark Thirtle
Michael Thompson Oliver Tubb Michael Van Horne
Kate Weir Tim Wilson Brian Wise
Arlen Wocknitz Stephanie Wong Daniel Yoon
Jayme Young Ashley Zibrik Dave Zibrik

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ABOUT PGA of BRITISH COLUMBIA

The PGA of BC is an association of highly skilled and dedicated golf professionals who promote, play, develop and advance the game and business of golf for the benefit of its members and the people of British Columbia. Our members teach and administer golf while providing strong leadership in the community through charity events and volunteering. Dynamic and savvy, PGA of BC professionals are available at more than 200 golf facilities - a vital resource to the future of the game in Canada's golf capital.

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Eric MacKenzie
Communications & Marketing Manager, PGA of BC
(604) 303-6766
eric@pgabc.org