FEBRUARY 7, 2017
RICHMOND, B.C. (PGA of British Columbia) – A snowstorm didn’t deter more than 30 PGA of British Columbia members and guests from braving treacherous road conditions across Vancouver Island to attend the second leg of the Association's 2017 Education Series at Victoria Golf Club on Tuesday.
The event featured a great mix of the PGA of BC's diverse membership, from prospective Applicants, to newly joined Candidates for Memberships, all the way up to General Managers of highly regarded facilities, all of whom shared the appetite to learn from within their own membership.
Arlen Wocknitz (Teaching Professional) of Victoria Golf Club opened the event by sharing his ideas and on the successful launch of the Victoria Golf Academy, in a presentation titled "Building a Sustainable Instruction Business." Throughout his presentation, Wocknitz detailed the various initiatives that were implemented for the success of the program, as well as the marketing strategies he used to grow the junior membership at Canada’s oldest golf club.
Following Wocknitz was Jordan Ray, Head Professional of Bear Mountain Golf Resort, who shared insightful stories and data on how Bear Mountain Golf Resorts prepared hosting the PGA TOUR Champions’ Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. A highlight of Ray’s in-depth presentation was the touching, community-driven efforts that took place at the facility, with staff, members and volunteers coming together to put on a very successful event.
Closing out the day's talks was former PGA of British Columbia Teacher of the Year Award Recipient John Randle of Morningstar Golf Club. Randle enlightened the crowd on his career path as well as the various philosophies on where to start on improving a student’s swing.
The PGA of BC would like to thank today's volunteer speakers for sharing their knowledge with their peers, as well as Executive Professional Scott Kolb and the rest of the Victoria Golf Club team for their hospitality in hosting the event.
The next event on the PGA of British Columbia education calendar takes place Feb. 20-21 at Tsawwassen’s Beach Grove Golf Club for the Association’s flagship event, the Spring Education Seminar presented by Honma Golf. Registration for the event closes Feb. 14. For more information and to register today, please click here.