PGA of BC names Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2019


JANUARY 6, 2020

RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) – The PGA of BC is proud to acknowledge its Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2019, 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, most 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 are proud to supported the Professional Development Program, which serves to acknowledge individuals working to elevate the overall profile of PGA of BC Professionals, and reward those who strive to serve the Association and golf community across the province,” said Stephen Graham, British Columbia sales representative for Sunice and Bobby Jones.

“The Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2019 are a tremendous group of individuals who share the common qualities of leadership, professionalism and dedication to their craft.”

Additionally, the PGA of BC is pleased to name Gordon Mink (Hi-Knoll Golf Centre) as the winner of the 2019 PDP Order of Merit.

Mink collected a total of 121 PDP points throughout the past year, which were seven more than the second-place finisher on the Order of Merit. Given Mink’s annual performance in the PDP, it should be no surprise to see the 65-year-old atop the standings. Mink placed third on the Order of Merit in 2018 to follow a fourth-place finish in 2017.

As in past years, Mink kept a busy and balanced schedule throughout 2019 that allowed him to accumulate a significant number of PDP points for educational pursuits, volunteerism, championship play and recognition through the PGA of BC Awards Program.

Mink’s 24 points earned through PGA of BC-administered education were the most collected by any member, while he also achieved the maximum number of points available in extracurricular education. He also padded his total by competing in three PGA of BC championship tournaments and by volunteering many hours of his time at the PGA of BC Buying Show and Awards Celebration, as well as the Vancouver GolfExpo.

Additionally, Mink was the 2019 recipient of the PGA of BC’s Dunc Sutherland Distinguished Service Award, and was also the Lower Mainland regional recipient of the Davie Black Professional Development Award.

“It is an honour to lead the Professional Development Program Order of Merit for 2019,” said Mink. “I feel privileged to be a member of this Association and believe it is important to continue learning and improving in order to promote our Association and grow the game of golf.

“The Professional Development Program is a great avenue for all members within the PGA of BC to remain committed to career growth, regardless of whether they are new to the Association or veterans within our industry.”

Cailean Hourigan (Bear Mountain Resort Community) was the only other member to eclipse the 100-point mark in 2019, collecting 114 during the season to secure a second-place finish in the Order of Merit and improve upon his 10th-place result one year ago. Jeff Wiggins (Mountain View Golf Club) earned 98 points on the year to place third, marking his first finish inside the top 10. Colin Lavers (Seymour Golf & Country Club, 94 points) and Graham Ogden (Richmond Country Club, 93 points) rounded out the top five.

CLICK HERE to view the final standings for 2019 and more information about the Professional Development Program.

Thanks in large part to the support of Sunice and Bobby Jones, a total bursary purse of nearly $5,000 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 2020. We thank them for their generous ongoing support of the program.

Congratulations to the PGA of BC’s Top 100 Professionals of 2019, listed with their facility affiliation for the past year:

Roy Abbenbroek
Seymour Golf & Country Club

Shingo Akizuki
Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club

Rob Anderson
Kelowna Golf & Country Club

Callum Ashby
Highland Pacific Golf

Norman Baufeld
GolfTEC Vancouver

Zach Belitsky
Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club

Charles Beneteau
Kelowna Golf & Country Club

Lindsay Bernakevitch
Victoria Golf Club

Mark Bicknell
Victoria Golf Club

Adam Blair
Talking Rock Golf Course

Luke Bogdan
Ledgeview Golf Club

Austin Bosquet
Hillview Golf Club

Dennis Bradley
Copper Point Golf Club

Jeff Buder
McCleery Golf Course

Colin Bykowski
Rob Houlding Golf Academy

Dylan Cheyne
Victoria Golf Club

Dean Claggett
Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy

Jesse Crowe
Salmon Arm Golf Club

Mike Cyndroski
Richmond Country Club

Lenny Cyr
Seymour Golf & Country Club

Darcy Dhillon
Acushnet Canada

Justin Fram
Royal Colwood Golf Club

Justin Ford
Bear Mountain Resort Community

Kyle German
Bald Eagle Golf Club

Jason Giesbrecht
The Golf Performance Project

Grant Gray
PGA of BC

Jennifer Greggain
Chilliwack Golf Club

Nathan Grieve
Talking Rock Golf Course

Andy Hajer
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Mike Haraguchi
Capilano Golf & Country Club

Mike Heenan
The Vancouver Golf Club

Cailean Hourigan
Bear Mountain Resort Community

Alec Hubert
Kamloops Golf & Country Club

Rich Ingle
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Jeremy Johnson
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Myles Johnson
Hillview Golf Club

Philip Jonas
Philip Jonas Golf Academy

Nicole Jordan
GolfBC

Jon Kadin
Nielsen Agencies

Kat Kennedy
Point Grey Golf & Country Club

Mark Kitts
Shadow Ridge Golf Club

Scott Kolb
Victoria Golf Club

Conner Kozak
The Okanagan Golf Club

Dean Kuntz
The Vancouver Golf Club

Mason Lafrance
Fraserview Golf Course

Patrick Lago
Lago Golf Academy

Russ Latimer
Black Mountain Golf Club

Colin Lavers
Seymour Golf & Country Club

Steve Liddicoat
University Golf Club

Mark Lindsay
Nielsen Agencies

Brad Liptrot
Olympic View Golf Club

Ryan Mackenzie
Unaffiliated

Clark MacPherson
Point Grey Golf & Country Club

Steven MacPherson
Storey Creek Golf Club

Vaughn Marshall
Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club

Scott McClain
Copper Point Golf Club

Brian McDonald
Fairview Mountain Golf Club

Chris Medford
St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

Gordon Mink
Hi-Knoll Golf Centre

Tom Monaghan
Fraserview Golf Course

Dale Moore
Copper Point Golf Club

Jonnie Motomochi
Morgan Creek Golf Course

Doug Morgan
Richmond Country Club

Dave Munn
Shuswap National

Graham Ogden
Richmond Country Club

Nate Ollis
Cordova Bay Golf Club

Padraic O’Rourke
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

Derek Orr
Victoria Golf Club

Jeff Palmer
Highland Pacific Golf

Matt Palsenbarg
The Tour LAB @ Northview

Larry Park
Seymour Creek Golf Centre

Bryn Parry
Seymour Creek Golf Centre

Greg Pool
Capilano Golf & Country Club

Lee Ranger
The Okanagan Golf Club

Connor Rosenlund
Seymour Golf & Country Club

Brian Schaal
Copper Point Golf Club

Dale Schienbein
Seymour Golf & Country Club

Drew Scollon
Point Grey Golf & Country Club

Chad Scott
The Rise Golf Course

John Shin
The Tour LAB @ Northview

Jared Siminoff
Point Grey Golf & Country Club

Cindy Soukoroff
St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

Matthew Steger
Tsawwassen Springs

Matthew Steinbach
Simon Fraser University

Kevin Stinson
Cheam Mountain Golf Course

Harris Stoneman
Talking Rock Golf Course

Mark Strong
Richmond Country Club

Rob Tadey
Fairview Mountain Golf Club

Michael Thompson
Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club

Michael Van Horne
The Rise Golf Course

John Vu
Quilchena Golf & Country Club

Michelle Waters
Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club

Evan Webber
Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community

Kate Weir
Burnaby Mountain Golf Course

Derek Whipple
Acushnet Canada

Jeff Wiggins
Mountain View Golf Club

Brian Wise
Glacier Greens Golf Course

Arlen Wocknitz
Victoria Golf Club

Robbie Woods
Richmond Country Club

Christine Wong
Premier Royal Golf Academy

Stephanie Wong
Point Grey Golf & Country Club

Dan Yoon
Richmond Country Club

Jayme Young
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Sam Young
Victoria Golf Club

Ashley Zibrik
Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club

Dave Zibrik
Point Grey Golf & Country Club

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