Awards Program

The PGA of British Columbia's Golf Awards, honouring the best of the Association, have gained considerable exposure in the province's golf marketplace. The awards not only recognize the leaders in our Association, but acknowledging and honouring them helps elevate the profile of every PGA of BC member in the eyes of the consumer.

Up to 18 awards are presented at the annual PGA of BC Awards Celebration taking place each October, with 10 of those awards dependent on peer nomination. These nominations are then considered by four regional nominating committees, which develop a list of regional winners. A Final Selection Panel, consisting of past winners of the Golf Awards representing each region of British Columbia, then considers the regional recipients and selects the final award recipient. Final recipients are also put forward as British Columbia's nominee for eligible National Awards presented by the PGA of Canada.

2016 AWARD WINNERS

In a special ceremony on October 12, 2016 at the River Rock Casino Resort, the PGA of BC honoured excellence and leadership within the association with the 2016 PGA of BC Awards.

Dick Munn Golf Professional of the Year 

The Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the highest honours the association can bestow on a working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA of Canada professional.

2016 Golf Professional of the Year
presented by: Cutter & Buck
Alan Palmer *Archived photo from 2015

 

 

 

Fred Wood Class "A" Professional of the Year Award

The highest honour the Association can bestow on a working Class “A” Professional at a golf course whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the PGA of Canada Class “A” Professional.

2016 Class "A" Professional of the Year
Presented by: Levelwear
Ashley Zibrik

 

 

 

Jock McKinnon Candidate for Membership of the Year Award

The highest honour the Association can bestow on a working Candidate for Membership, whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the PGA of Canada Candidate for Membership. This award embraces a wide range of services executed by the club professional.

2016 Candidate for Membership of the Year
Presented by: Cleveland Golf / Srixon Canada
Brian Wise

 

 

 

Alvie Thompson Teacher of the Year Award

The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA of BC Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of the Association. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching, special teaching programs initiated or implemented, articles published, as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.

2016 Teacher of the Year
Presented by: Flightscope
Brodie Carle

 

 

 

Jack McLaughlin Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award

The Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award recognizes the PGA of BC professional who is a leader in junior golf, and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth.

2016 Junior Golf Leader of the Year
Presented by: O'Neill Golf
Chris Lutes

 

 

 

Jack Westover Coach of the Year Award

The Coach of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA of BC professional who is an outstanding coach among the ranks of the Association. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in coaching, special coaching programs initiated or implemented, articles published, as well as outstanding golfers the professional has coached.

2016 Coach of the Year
Presented by: Innovative Fitness
Matt Palsenbarg

 

 

 

Golf Facility of the Year Award

The Golf Facility of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding golf facility within the province that has demonstrated innovation and leadership in providing an excellent golf experience.

2016 Golf Facility of the Year
Presented by: Mezzo Interactive Inc.
Victoria Golf Club

 

 

 

Golf Shop of the Year Award

The Golf Shop of the Year Award is designated to recognize PGA of BC Professionals who have excelled as business persons/retailers in the promotion of golf.

2016 Golf Shop of the Year
Presented by: Forestar Golf Sales Ltd.
Predator Ridge Golf Resort

 

 

 

Herb Paterson Sales Representative of the Year Award

The Sales Representative of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding golf industry sales representative who has demonstrated an exceptional level of partnership with PGA of BC member professionals and facilities.

2016 Sales Representative of the Year
Presented by: Trainwest Management & Consulting
Deanna Ruby (G & G Golf Company)

 

 

 

Davie Black Professional Development Award

The Professional Development Award recognizes the PGA of BC professional who is the model of life-long learning and continuing professional development. This award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional development and continuing education.

2016 Professional Development Award
Presented by: The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
Jeff Palmer
 
 
 

 

Jim Gibson Patron of the Year Award

The Patron of the Year Award recognizes a person or group of people outside the PGA of BC membership that demonstrates an exceptional contribution to the Association's initiatives.

2016 Jim Gibson Patron of the Year
Canucks Sports & Entertainment
 

 

 

 

Dunc Sutherland Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is designed to honour outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including: integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.

2016 Distinguished Service Award
Presented by: DGL Sports
Brian Schaal

 

 

 

Arv Olson Media Personnel of the Year Award

Beginning in 2014, the Media Personnel of the Year Award honours a media member or organization that has made a significant contribution to the PGA of BC and wider golf community over the past year.

2016 Media Personnel of the Year
Inside Golf
 

 

 

 

Stan Leonard Player of the Year Award

Determined by a committee and approved by the Board of Directors, as well as influenced by the Order of Merit and participation in national events and championships, the Player of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding player among the ranks of the Association.

2016 Player of the Year
Presented by: One Under Golf Vancouver
Gordy Scutt

 

 

 

Forestar Golf Community Leadership Bursary

Developed in partnership with Forestar Golf Sales Ltd., the Bursary is awarded to an individual who demonstrates an extraordinary desire and passion to use their unique gifts and abilities in order to make a significant difference in the lives of those around him/her, and in doing so, sets an example of “giving back” that all PGA of BC members can be proud to be associated with.

2016 Forestar Golf Community Leadership Bursary Recipient
Clay Stothers
 

 

 

 

Jim Gibson Scholarship

Awarded to an individual of the PGA of BC community that best exemplifies volunteerism, and continues to show dedication in furthering their education to benefit others in a community.

2016 Jim Gibson Scholarship Recipient
Greg Pool