More than a dozen award recipients are named each year, with 11 of those awards dependent on peer nomination. These nominations are then considered by four regional nominating committees, which determine Regional Award Recipients in each category that are also put forward as finalists for the provincial award.
A Final Selection Panel, consisting of past award winners representing each region of British Columbia, then considers the nominees from each region and selects the Provincial Award Recipients. If eligible, provincial recipients are also put forward as British Columbia's nominee for corresponding National Awards presented by the PGA of Canada.
Each of the PGA of BC's awards and most recent recipients are listed below. Click on any award heading for award criteria and to view lists of past Provincial and Regional Award Recipients.
The 2023 PGA of BC Awards Celebration presented by Tribal took place Oct. 25 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC. The Awards Celebration provided an opportunity to honour the best of our Association and industry.
2023 AWARD RECIPIENTS
The Golf Professional of the Year Award is one of the highest honours the association can bestow on a working club professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA of Canada professional.
2023 Golf Professional of the Year
presented by Jancor Agencies
Lindsay Bernakevitch - Victoria Golf Club
The highest honour the Association can bestow on a working Executive Professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the complete PGA of BC Professional.
2023 Executive Professional of the Year
presented by Fresh Golf Solutions
Brian McDonald - Fairview Mountain Golf Club
The highest honour the Association can bestow on a working Class “A” Professional whose total contributions to the game best exemplify a PGA of Canada Professional.
The highest honour the Association can bestow on a working Apprentice Professional, whose total contributions to the game best exemplify a PGA of Canada Professional yet to achieve their Class "A" status.
The Teacher of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA of BC Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of the Association. This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching, special teaching programs initiated or implemented, articles published, as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.
The Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award recognizes the PGA of BC Professional who champions youth golf programming and initiatives at their facility and in their community.
2023 Junior Golf Leader of the Year
Presented by COBRA PUMA Golf
Tyler Roope - Langley Golf Academy
The Coach of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA of BC Professional who is an outstanding coach among the ranks of the Association. This award is based on a Professional’s overall performance in coaching, special coaching programs initiated or implemented, articles published, as well as outstanding golfers the Professional has coached.
2023 Coach of the Year
Presented by Foresight Sports Canada
Keri Moffat - Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club
The Golf Facility of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding facility within the province that has demonstrated innovation and leadership in providing an excellent golf experience.
2023 Golf Facility of the Year
Presented by Ship Sticks
Point Grey Golf & Country Club
The Golf Shop of the Year Award is designated to recognize PGA of BC Professionals and their staff who have excelled as business persons/retailers in the promotion of golf.
The Sales Representative of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding golf-industry sales representative who has demonstrated an exceptional level of partnership with PGA of BC member Professionals and facilities.
2023 Sales Representative of the Year
Presented by Tagmarshal
Jon Kadin - Nielsen Agencies
The Professional Development Award recognizes a PGA of BC Professional who is the model of life-long learning and continuing professional development. This award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding contributions to professional development and continuing education.
2023 Professional Development Award
Presented by Sunice & Bobby Jones
Callum Ashby - Highland Pacific Golf
The Patron of the Year Award recognizes a person, group of people or organization that demonstrates an exceptional contribution to the Association's initiatives.
2023 Jim Gibson Patron of the Year
Wendy Toyer - ALS Society of BC/PROJECT HOPE
The Distinguished Service Award is designed to honour outstanding member of the Association who displays leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.
2023 Distinguished Service Award
Presented by Kiwis Golf Cart Rentals
Jared Siminoff - Haus of Golf
The Media Personnel of the Year Award honours a media member or organization that has made a significant contribution to the PGA of BC and wider golf community over the past year.
Determined by a committee and approved by the Board of Directors, and influenced by the Order of Merit and participation in national events and championships, the Player of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding player among the ranks of the Association. .
2023 Player of the Year
Presented by Kal Tire
Kevin Stinson - Cheam Mountain Golf Course
The PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary is awarded to an individual or member facility within the Association demonstrating an extraordinary desire and passion to make a significant difference in the lives of those around them, and in doing so, sets an example of “giving back” that all PGA of BC members can be proud of.
2023 PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary Recipient
Brady Stead - Ledgeview Golf Club
In honour of the late Jim Gibson, the PGA of BC is proud to affer an Award in tribute to the commitment and dedication of the longtime Association ambassador. The award will be given annually to an individual within the PGA of BC community that best exemplifies volunteerism and demonstrates dedication to furthering their education to benefit others in a community.
2023 Jim Gibson Scholarship Recipient
Vince Trama - Osoyoos Golf Club
The Jeff Ciecko Fore Season Golf Professional Award, presented by the NGCOA Canada – British Columbia Chapter, recognizes an individual who is involved in all aspects of the growth, the development, the planning and goodwill of both the business and the game of golf within the province.
Tom Doull - Morgan Creek Golf Course
The PGA of BC Lifetime Achievement Award is a special accolade bestowed to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the PGA of BC over an extended period of time through their actions on and off the golf course. This highest level of honour is not one that is awarded every year and has only been presented nine times in the history of PGA of BC.
Lifetime Achievement Award recipients:
2016 - Jack Westover
2014 - Alvin Thompson (pictured above)
2012 - Michael Parker
2011 - Jim Gibson
2010 - Dick Munn
2007 - Jack McLaughlin
2006 - Gerry Chatelain
2006 - Stan Leonard
2001 - Herb Paterson