Three Applicants meet Playing Ability Test Standard

From left, Highland Pacific Golf's Callum Ashby, The Rise Golf Course's Steven Coulthard and GolfTEC Vancouver's Nicasio Amoranto achieved their 36-hole qualifying scores during the PGA of BC Spring Playing Ability Test on Tuesday and Wednesday at Kings Links by the Sea. 

MARCH 28, 2018

DELTA, BC (PGA of British Columbia) -- The PGA of British Columbia concluded its Spring Playing Ability Test (PAT) today at Kings Links by the Sea, where three Applicants attained a major qualification toward their candidacy with the PGA of Canada.

Mother Nature presented the field with a wide-range of weather over the course of the past two days that tested a variety of course management and shot-making abilities, but even the elements could not prevent Steven Coulthard (The Rise Golf Course), Callum Ashby (Highland Pacific Golf) and Nicasio Amoranto (GolfTEC Vancouver) from meeting the two-day target score of 163 or lower.

The target score to meet the Association’s entry requirements for Candidate for Membership (CFM) standard is calculated as twice the course rating plus 20 strokes.

The Class “A” standard is twice the course rating plus 15 strokes, which is calculated at 158 at Kings Links. With their scores, Coulthard (77, 73- 150) Ashby (81, 74- 155) and Amoranto (78, 79- 157) all met the Class “A” target and have completed their playing ability requirements in full. Had they carded scores only to CFM standard, they would be required to meet the higher standard from eligible events within their five years of candidacy.

“I was impressed with the quality of some of the scores, particularly yesterday after a very wet and windy start to the event,” said Russell MacKay, PGA of BC Membership & Events Manager. “Attaining your playing ability standard is the biggest hurdle in joining the PGA of Canada. We look forward to working with them as they begin their pathway in becoming successful Golf Professionals."

Those who did not meet their target score at this event will have other PAT opportunities throughout the course of the season. Every Applicant is permitted to attempt up to five (5) in each year of their application.

The PGA of Canada is accepting applications for prospective members working in the golf industry until June 1, 2018. For full information and to register today, please click here.

The 2018 PGA of British Columbia Playing Ability Test Schedule can be viewed by clicking here.


For more information, please contact: 

Eric MacKenzie
Communications & Marketing Manager, PGA of BC
(604) 303-6766