RECAP: Great Discussions at Victoria Education Series stop

Paul Robertson demonstrates Victoria Golf Club's drone technology during Tuesday's PGA of BC Education Series presented by Foresight Sports Canada event. Inset, from left, Colin Lavers (Seymour Golf & Country Club), Mac McLeod (Royal Colwood Golf Club) and Jennifer Greggain (Chilliwack Golf Club) also delivered excellent presentations at the gathering. 

FEBRUARY 26, 2019

VICTORIA, BC (PGA of British Columbia) – Golf Professionals from across Vancouver Island and beyond who gathered Tuesday at Victoria Golf Club were treated to three outstanding presentations in the latest stop on the PGA of BC Education Series presented by Foresight Sports Canada.

Though Tuesday’s lineup had a heavy instructional focus, the program started off with a look at the newer technologies Victoria Golf Club’s links team has implemented. Superintendent Paul Robertson took attendees out to the practice green and 18th hole to introduce them to Tina, the club’s robotic green mower, and the drone his crew uses to monitor on-course conditions. Following that, the group headed back into the clubhouse to hear how the innovative machinery has made an impact and resulted in cost savings for the club.

Next up was local Professional Mac McLeod (Royal Colwood Golf Club), a past recipient of the PGA of BC’s Alvie Thompson Teacher of the Year Award, to discuss gear effect and off-centre hits, stimulating great discussion on the variables impacting ball flight.

Closing out the program were Lower Mainland-based PGA of BC members Colin Lavers (Seymour Golf & Country Club) and Jennifer Greggain (Chilliwack Golf Club), who relayed info on how to set up the most effective practice sessions for students. Their engaging talk divided attendees up into groups to formulate practice plans using the GRIP (Goals, Review/Reflect, Input, Plan) feedback method before discussing their approaches with the entire audience. 

The PGA of BC would like to thank the entire staff at Victoria Golf Club, including host Executive Professional Scott Kolb and Head Professional Lindsay Bernakevitch, for once again providing an excellent venue for this event.

The Association would also like to acknowledge presenting sponsor Foresight Sports Canada for their ongoing support of the Education Series, and PGA of BC Professional and local Foresight rep Jason Giesbrecht for demonstrating some of the company’s launch-monitor technology for attendees following Tuesday’s event.

The series resumes next week in Kelowna, with three more informative presentations scheduled for Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club on March 5. The deadline to register is Thursday, Feb. 28 – please click here to view all event information and to register.