The Axis Insurance Group was formed in 2017 through a brand amalgamation of several BC-based insurance brokerages with roots tracing to 1928. The experience of its combined 150 team members is uniquely positioned to serve Canada with risk-management and insurance services.

Contact Axis to find out what coverage is available to be customized for your facility, whether its protecting your commercial property, insuring a tournament's hole-in-one contest and everything in between. By partnering with the largest insurance companies in Canada, Axis Insurance Group has access to the best coverage solutions on the market. Consider them for your personal needs as well, including for auto, travel, homeowner or tenant insurance and more.

Axis Insurance Group is a Gold-level Preferred Partner of the Association and the presenting sponsor of the PGA of BC Championship. Click below to access Axis Insurance Group's website.
Members are reminded that the PGA of BC's 2021 Education Series presented by Foresight Sports Canada will resume next week with another member-led presentation.

John Randle (The Golf Performance Project, pictured), the PGA of BC's current and three-time Alvie Thompson Teacher of the Year, will host a workshop focused on understanding and working with players' squaring mechanisms at 1 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 4.

Click here for more information and a registration link for next Thursday's session, or view all remaining workshops and registration information via the PGA of BC’s Schedule of Events page. Registered participants will receive information on joining the session the day prior to the event.

Member registration for individual sessions is priced at $10 (plus GST) each. The Education Series Pass is now available at the reduced price of $40 (plus GST), a member-exclusive offer granting access to all four remaining sessions with a single registration. Non-members are welcome to attend any workshop of the series, with a reference from a Class “A” Professional, for $20 (plus GST).

Please note that registration fees do not include recorded sessions posted to the Education Series Archive. Registration for all individual sessions closes at 12:00 p.m. PT the day prior.

The PGA of BC also thanks Jeff Palmer (Highland Pacific Golf) for administering an engaging discussion Tuesday on values-based leadership to continue the 2021 Education Series. Recorded presentations are being made available to rent via the Education Series Archive as they are completed.

We look forward to seeing you online again next week.
The PGA of British Columbia Board of Directors is seeking member Professionals interested in volunteering their time to serve on one of the Association's advisory committees.
These committees allow for greater engagement with the membership at large and provide the board with a wider array of input to consider on a number of fronts for the Association and its various initiatives, programs, planning and more.
Those considering serving on a committee are asked to contact Executive Director Donald Miyazaki at to indicate their interest. Please declare which areas or initiatives of the PGA of BC you wish to contribute or have input when submitting your name for committee consideration.
PGA of BC members are reminded that the British Columbia GOLFEXPO Online will be conducted virtually this weekend, running Friday through Sunday.

The event will be free for attendees to participate. A number of PGA of BC facilities and Preferred Partners will have virtual booths established for the GOLFEXPO.

As in past years, the PGA of BC will have a presence at the event with instructional content for attendees. Member-submitted video tips from Travis Busch (Pheasant Glen Golf Resort), Jordan Fletcher (The Redwoods Golf Club), Ann Holmes (Prince George Golf & Curling Club), Rob Boyle (Cedar Hill Golf Course) and more will be available for all attendees to view via the PGA of BC's booth.

Click below for more event information and access to the GOLFEXPO Online show floor.
Applicants are advised that the schedule of Playing Ability Tests (PATs) available in British Columbia for 2021 has been released.

Opportunities for applicants to demonstrate their playing ability will be available at the following dates and locations:

  • April 7 - Ledgeview Golf Club
  • June 9 - Rivershore Golf Links
  • June 21 - Arbutus Ridge Golf Club
  • July 13 - Fairmont Hot Springs Resort - Riverside Course
  • Sept. 7 - Belmont Golf Course

Click below to access the PAT schedule via the PGA of Canada website, including registration details and target-score information for each gender and age group.

Spaces at each PAT are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so applicants are encouraged to reserve their spot at their earliest opportunity.

Please direct any inquiries to PGA of BC Membership & Events Manager Doug Titterington at Those interested in applying to join the PGA of Canada may click here for more information. More details on the application process for 2021 will be released in the coming weeks.
The PGA of BC is pleased to share that Apprentice Professional Jennifer Woods (Sunnydale Golf Club) and partner Josh Clare celebrated the birth of their first child, a baby girl, last week.

Ava Himari Clare arrived at 8:48 a.m. on Feb. 19 at Comox Valley General Hospital, weighing in at 6 lbs., 14 oz.

The PGA of BC extends its congratulations to the happy family!
Mark Forrest has joined Beban Park Golf Centre as a Class "A" Professional

Cole Hendry has left The Springs at Radium and transferred to the Alberta Zone

Maurice Rajotte has joined Black Mountain Golf Club as a Teaching Professional

Brad Kennell becomes Head Professional at Salmon Arm Golf Club

Albert (Abe) Buckle has left Mountain View Golf Club and transferred to the Saskatchewan Zone
Apprentice/Assistant Golf Professional - Creston Golf Club

Assistant Golf Professional - Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club

Assistant Golf Professional - Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course
Class "A" Professional; Senior Manager of Field Operations, British Columbia Golf

PGA of Canada member since: 1990

Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
Ben Kern, my first pro at The National Golf Club of Canada. He taught me so much about the business and about people. He was a pro's pro and got me involved in all aspects of the game and industry. He never did anything halfway, and was always looking for ways to improve the customer experience.

What career path led you to where you are today? 
I have worked in many areas of the golf business from Head Professional to full-time teaching to General Manager. My current position is so different than working at a club, but it has been a great change and challenge for me and I really enjoy it.

Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
Becoming Certified in Coach Developing Competitors within the NCCP was a lot of work. Winning the Teacher of the Year for the PGA of BC was a great honour. But I am most proud of seeing people I have worked with move up and succeed in what they do.

What is your most cherished golf memory?
Qualifying for the U.S. Amateur in 1990
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Do you have items that are still in good working condition at your facility that you are planning to replace for the season ahead? Or are you looking for gently-used items that can be re-purposed at your club? Don't forget that the PGA of BC offers classified listings as a complimentary service to members wishing to post want-ads and items for sale.
Members are welcome to place classified advertisements in our weekly newsletter for up to two consecutive weeks, but listings can remain on the Association's dedicated classifieds web page for longer periods. This page is restricted to members only, so website login will be required.
To place a classified listing in E-News and on the website, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Eric MacKenzie at Click below to see existing classified listings on our website. 
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