PGA of BC Professional Spotlight -- July 20, 2022
Facility or Affiliation
Black Mountain Golf Club.
Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?
I followed in my father's footsteps. I have been around the game of golf since I could walk. I love the game and I enjoy being at work with others that have a passion for the game. It has to be the best industry workplace environments.
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
Being able to connect people and watch their passion for the game of golf grow at all ages. We have a great group of professionals in BC that do so much for the game.
At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?
My first job was at Kelowna Golf & Country Club in 2000 working for Greg Pidlaski.
Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
Jon Kadin and Russ Latimer are the two biggest influencers thus far in my career. I worked for Jon at Gallagher's Canyon and learned what kind of professional I wanted to be. His attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism day in and out are still what I hold myself accountable to. Russ Latimer provided opportunities for me to evolve. I became a professional working for Russ. His analytical thinking, intelligence and belief in his team is remarkable.
What career path led you to where you are today?
My career has always been in golf. My background is in retail and customer service spending years working at SportChek / Nevada Bobs. I enjoy the retail aspect but realized doing it 100% of the time was not for me. I enjoy the variety of tasks that make up my job and the evolving challenges that come with it.
Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
2014 PGA of BC Pro / Assistant Champion. 2015 PGA of BC Jock McKinnon Apprentice of the Year Recipient. 2018 PGA of BC Facility of the Year. 2014 Tim Hortons Brier Silver Medalist. 2013 Olympic Trials Silver Medalist. 9 - Time BC Provincial Champion.
If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
Continue to grow and figure out what you want to accomplish in this industry (teacher, management, playing). There so many great people to learn from, you have to seek their knowledge.
What is your most cherished golf memory?
Growing up playing golf with my dad in the evenings after he finished his workday.
What is your favourite golf course in British Columbia, and why?
Grey Wolf! That is a mountain course and the layout is great. Very unique.
What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails?
That the job is simple and all we do is play golf.
What is an interesting fact about yourself that doesn't involve golf?
I have competed at the highest levels in the sport of curling.