RECAP: Education Series Event #4

Kimberley Golf Club Head Professional Simon Jones speaks to attendees at Monday's PGA of BC Education Series event at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

APRIL 24, 2017

FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS, BC (PGA of British Columbia) - PGA of British Columbia Golf Professionals once again demonstrated their commitment to ongoing professional development when the Association’s Education Series stopped in the Kootenays Region this week.

Golf Professionals representing a majority of PGA of BC facilities from the region attended Monday's workshops at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, taking in two engaging presentations from local experts. The strong turnout continued to show the strength, popularity and value of the PGA of BC Education Series for members to learn about an array of important industry matters from experts in their field.

Monday’s speakers covered two dynamic topics that left attendees with valuable knowledge and feeling motivated for a great season ahead. Opening the seminar was Kimberley Golf Club Head Golf Professional Simon Jones, who presented on a topic titled "Grow the Game, Grow the Bottom Line." Jones shared his success stories on an array of programs that delivered effective results throughout his career in the golf industry, stemming from his roots in the United Kingdom and eventually in Calgary.

Concluding the seminar was a dynamic and interactive presentation from a Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor local to the region, Tamela Hart. Throughout her demonstration, Hart engaged the crowd in feeling the benefits of proper movement and conveyed four key fundamental principles of fitness and yoga in improving mobility in golf, through a topic titled "Movement and How it Positively Impacts Your Golf Game."

As with most Education Series presentations, videos of each topic will be available for view for members through the Association’s channels – please click here to view our archive. Videos from recent events will be uploaded in the near future.

Upon completion of the Education Series event, most attendees participated in the season-opening event on the Kootenays Pro Tour, hosted on Fairmont Hot Springs’ Riverside Golf Course. Cold and gusty conditions did not deter more than 20 participants from competing, which eventually saw Trevor Simkins from Bootleg Gap Golf win the event after an impressive 1-under-par 70, good enough for a two-shot victory over Doug Schneider and the first place cheque of $550. Schneider took home $400 for his efforts.

The PGA of BC would also like to thank both speakers for their time and efforts in sharing their knowledge, as well as all attendees, many of which traveled several hours to attend the events. Finally, special thanks to Peter Smith (Executive Professional), Jeremy Johnson (Head Professional) and the team at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for their generous hospitality in hosting the events.

This event concludes a very successful PGA of BC Education Series for the Spring of 2017. The Association’s education platform will resume again in the fall at the 2017 PGA of BC Buying Show, where education presentations will take place on the Foresight Sports Canada Education Stage. The Buying Show will run Oct. 11-12 at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC. Speakers, topics and final details are in the process of being solidified.