Colin Lavers

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PGA of BC Professional Spotlight -- Sept. 29, 2021

Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional? 
Originally, because of my love of golf and my business background. Thought it would be a good pathway to becoming a Head Professional. After I got into it, I discovered my passion for coaching.

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC? 
Helping ahtletes get better and reach for their dreams.

At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional? 
Seymour. Dale Schienbein

Who has influenced your career the most, and how? 
Big turning point influencer was Jason Glass as he pushed me move out of the pro shop and become a full-time coach. From there a multitude of coaches: Matt Cella, Jennifer Greggain likely the most as we've worked together for years with BC Golf.

What career path led you to where you are today? 
Once in the industry I discovered a passion for coaching...especially juniors.

Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of? 
PGA of BC Coach of the Year. Athletes playing their best golf and achieving their goals.

If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be? 
Think outside the box. While respecting traditions, we need to keep looking at ways to make golf more accessible and relatable in order to grow it.

What is your most cherished golf memory? 
Most recent is spending a week in St Andrews playing and coaching.

What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why? 
A bit of a homer but I think Seymour is up least most under rated. I've had several people tell me when they've had the chance to play it that it reminds them of Augusta with the rolling hills and elevation change.

What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails? 
That all I do is teach and play golf. There is a lot more planning and admin work behind the scenes that no one sees.

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