2022 Education Series #2

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
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Please note this event will no longer be held at Victoria Golf Club and will take place exclusively online. 

Registration Fee:

PGA OF BC Members: $19.00 + GST
NON-Members: $49.00* + GST *Please note that all Guests must be sponsored by a Class "A" PGA of BC Member in order to attend.

Registration Deadline:

January 31, 2022

Available PDP Points:

4 Points 

Dress Code:

Golf Casual

(all times PST & approximate)

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: "Teaching Outside the Box" 
Mark Bicknell; Class "A" Professional, Victoria Golf Club

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: "Setting Up a Tournament Course: Painting Between the Lines"
Doug Hastie; Class "A" Professional, British Columbia Golf

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: "Career Journey: Serving Top Clubs Around the World"
Padraic O'Rourke; Head Professional, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

**Order of speakers subject to change


MARK BICKNELL, Class "A" Professional, Victoria Golf Club

Topic: "Teaching Outside the Box"

Mark Bicknell will explore creative methods in golf instruction that lead to increased service levels and revenue streams through coaching.

About Mark Bicknell:

Mark Bicknell is originally from Southampton, England where he spent the majority of his childhood. He began playing the game of golf at age 13 and quickly fell in love with the game. He represented his county at all levels and was very active playing on the amateur circuit throughout the UK. Mark moved to Canada in 2011 and began his career as a golf professional at The Fairmont Banff Springs. He spent two fantastic years in Banff before moving to Silver Springs G&CC, Calgary in 2013 to further his professional career. Following three years at Silver Springs, he decided to move to the Victoria GC in 2016 to join an industry-leading team and continue his career in warmer climates.

Mark has become a lead instructor at Victoria Golf Club during his 4 years at the club and strives to instruct and develop all levels of golfers from juniors to elite players. Mark has shown great success over the past four seasons at VGC with his students which were capped off this year by having two juniors finish in the top 5 of The US Kids World Junior Championship at Pinehurst and a student win the Men's BC Provincial Amateur Championship. He was selected as the PGA of BC's 2019 recipient of the Alvie Thompson Teacher of the Year Award. 


DOUG HASTIE; Class "A" Professional, British Columbia Golf

Topic: "Setting Up a Tournament Course: Painting Between the Lines"

This session will go over best practices for setting up a golf course for tournament play, including marking the course, pin positions, yardages for different skill levels and writing a Notice to Players. All questions will be welcomed!

About Doug Hastie

Doug is the Senior Manager of Field Operations for British Columbia Golf. His main function is conducting the Provincial Amateur Championships for BC, which takes him around the province setting up and running the events.

In 2002 Doug took a “side job” as a facilitator for the PGA of Canada’s Teaching and Certification Program. He continues to facilitate Instructor Beginner and Instructor Intermediate seminars for the PGA and enjoys the challenge of presenting to his peers.


Padraic O'Rourke; Head Professional, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

Topic: "Career Journey: Serving Top Clubs Around the World"

A past recipient of the PGA of BC’s Dick Munn Golf Professional of the Year Award and the Association's reigning Club Professional Champion, Padraic O’Rourke served at some of the world’s most acclaimed courses in multiple countries prior to his arrival in British Columbia. In this session, O’Rourke will trace his career path from being an Assistant Professional at Black Bush Golf Club in his native Ireland to his current role as Director of Golf at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, detail how his varied experiences have shaped his professional trajectory and share insights for those seeking or considering career opportunities abroad.

About Padraic O'Rourke

Padraic O'Rourke is entering his 10th season at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club. His 20 years of experience as Golf Professional have included stops at prestigious facilities such as Ballybunion Golf Club and Pine Valley Golf Club and time working in St. Vincent and The Grenadines. He was selected as the PGA of BC's Dick Munn Golf Professional of the Year in 2020. 

  1. Mark Bicknell, Victoria Golf Club
  2. Doug Hastie, British Columbia Golf
  3. Padraic O'Rourke, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
  4. Andrew Hajer, Arbutus Ridge Golf Club
  5. Jayme Young, Arbutus Ridge Golf Club 
  6. Callum Ashby, HIghland Pacific Golf
  7. Ryan Tofani, Chilliwack Golf Club
  8. Simon Hassel, Highland Pacific Golf
  9. Axle Riley, Ardmore Golf Course
  10. Wes Driessen, Sandpiper Golf Club
  11. Derek Orr, Iron & Wood Golf Simulators
  12. Chris Wilson, Nanaimo Golf Club 
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