PGA of BC Lifetime Achievement Award

From left, PGA of BC Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Stan Leonard, Jack McLaughlin and Alvie Thompson

Lifetime Achievement Award

The PGA of BC Lifetime Achievement Award is nominated by a special committee and approved by the PGA of BC Board of Directors. The award honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the PGA of BC over an extended period of time through their actions on and off the golf course. This highest level of honour is not one that is awarded every year and has only been awarded nine times in the history of PGA of BC.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients: 

2016 - Jack Westover
2014 - Alvin Thompson
2012 - Michael Parker
2011 - Jim Gibson
2010 - Dick Munn
2007 - Jack McLaughlin
2006 - Gerry Chatelain
2006 - Stan Leonard
2001 - Herb Paterson

2016 Recipient of the PGA of BC Lifetime Achievement Award - Jack Westover

Revered for his contributions to the game of golf in British Columbia as both a coach and teacher, Jack Westover received the PGA of BC Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremonial dinner on Monday night at Quilchena Golf & Country Club. 

Jack’s son, Keith, acted as master of ceremonies – guiding the room of friends, family, and golf industry peers through a celebration of Jack’s career and life. Attendees shared their memories and experiences of Jack and his impact of their lives, including touching words from former student Doug Roxburgh.

“I’ve had a wonderful life; I’ve met wonderful people… And I cannot say I would’ve done better as an engineer” said Westover. Both Jack and Keith touched on the story of how Jack entered the golf industry – failing his calculus class in the University of British Columbia’s engineering program, a friend told Jack about an opening at Marine Drive Golf Club. Within the hour, Jack had ran over to introduce himself to the Head Professional, Bill Thompson, and the rest is history.



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