Par Six Golf Media (P6R Golf) is a Vancouver-based digital agency aimed at providing social media marketing solutions to golf course and brands. P6R Golf has a deep understanding in how we communicate and seek awareness in the digital age. With that in mind, P6R creates and manages original social content that brings awareness to your brand, encourages engagement, and elevates your business.

P6R Golf’s team members are experts in the promotion of golf-industry brands, providing a full suite of digital content marketing and strategy services, including the creation and management of photo, video, social-media strategy and advertising. With an exclusive focus on the golf industry and a breadth of experience with our sport, P6R Golf has positioned itself as British Columbia’s premier agency for golf communication solutions.

Multiple PGA of BC facilities have already entrusted P6R Golf with video and photo content creation. Member Professionals may see P6R Golf staff on site at PGA of BC events and championships going forward as the agency works to develop unique content to promote the Association as a whole.

P6R Golf is a Bronze-level Preferred Partner of the PGA of BC. Click below to learn more.
The PGA of BC Board of Directors election ended Monday with three member Professionals voted in to the vacant seats being contested by 11 candidates.

Listed in alphabetical order and pictured from left, the following individuals were elected to two-year terms based upon the results of membership voting conducted Jan. 17-24:

  • Courtney Campbell-Leveck; Head Professional, Gleneagles Golf Course
  • Padraic O'Rourke; Head Professional, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club (re-elect)
  • Bruce Vermee; Head Professional, The Harvest Golf Club (re-elect)
The three successful candidates above join Lindsay Bernakevitch (Victoria Golf Club) on the cohort of incoming directors. Bernakevitch, who sought re-election, was previously acclaimed for a Board position as the only declared candidate from the Vancouver Island region, thus satisfying the quota of regional representation that was to be addressed via the election.
Congratulations to each of the Directors-Elect for being named to the board by their peers. Membership of the 2022 Board of Directors will become official and the Directors-Elect will be sworn in during the PGA of BC Annual General Meeting taking place virtually on Monday, Feb. 7 at 4:00 p.m. PST.
The PGA of BC would like to thank outgoing director Jared Siminoff (Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community) for his service and dedication to the Association throughout the duration of his two terms on the Board. Siminoff will serve out the remainder of his term on the Board of Directors until next month’s AGM.
Thank you to all members who put their names forward as candidates in this election and to all member Professionals who cast ballots to help determine their Association's elected leaders. Congratulations once more to the successful candidates. 
The PGA of Canada's 2021 National Awards will be presented during a live webcast taking place on Thursday, Jan. 27 and all are encouraged to register to attend the online festivities.

Hosted by TSN personalities Bob Weeks and Kayla Grey alongside PGA of Canada Professional Jean-Sébastien Légaré, the virtual event will open at 3:30 p.m. PST before the program officially kicks off at 4:00 p.m.

There are 10 categories in which a PGA of BC Professional is among the eligible nominees for the 2021 honours. All are welcome to view the awards presentations by pre-registering at the link below. Please join us to celebrate the best of our Association from the past season.
The PGA of BC's 2022 professional-development programming is set to continue next week with the latest installment of the Education Series.

The session will take place virtually Tuesday, Feb. 1 rather than at Victoria Golf Club as originally scheduled. Members are reminded that the program is expected to run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST.

Tuesday's event will include the following presentations, with the featured speakers scheduled to appear pictured from left:

  • "Teaching Outside the Box" by Mark Bicknell (Victoria Golf Club)
  • "Setting up a Tournament Course: Painting Between the Lines" by Doug Hastie (British Columbia Golf)
  • "Career Journey: Serving Top Clubs Around the World" by Padraic O'Rourke (The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club), moderated by Jeff Palmer (Highland Pacific Golf)

Registration will remain open until Jan. 31, priced at $19 (plus GST). Members are advised that this event is not included as part of the Virtual Education Series and requires a separate registration. Please contact Membership & Events Manager Doug Titterington at [email protected] to verify your registration status for any upcoming education gatherings.

Click below to access the event page for our next Education Series event, including more info on each presentation and a link to registration. All registered attendees will receive information on how to join the session in a pre-event email to be delivered Monday.
PGA of BC members are encouraged to register now for the Association’s 2022 Spring Education Seminar, which is set to be conducted virtually on Feb. 7-8.

The event will once again feature a variety of subject matter relevant to all members, delivered by some of the leading minds and experts in our sport and from notable figures outside the golf world. The presentations and discussions comprising this year’s seminar will cover topics that include golf instruction, leadership, career longevity, fitness and nutrition, golf-course design and more. 

The Day 1 schedule will include presentations from business mogul and Seminole Golf Club President Jimmy Dunne, acclaimed short-game guru Gareth Raflewski, a panel discussion featuring prominent hockey personalities Jarome IginlaBob Nicholson and Jim Hughson, and a session led by renowned instructor Trillium Rose.

Day 2 of the event will feature a workshop guided by fitness expert Ali Gilbert, PGA of BC Professional Dave Zibrik speaking on brand and culture, insights into the career longevity of actor Lochlyn Munro, a conversation with golf-course architect Christine Fraser and a session with esteemed instructor Andrew Rice.

Registration is open now until Feb. 4. The two-day event is priced at $99 (plus tax) for PGA of BC Professionals. Non-members may attend for $199 (plus tax) with the reference of a Class "A" member.

Click below to access the Spring Education Seminar event page, which includes registration links, an event itinerary and more information on each of our featured speakers and topics.
The PGA of BC has an opening for a self-motivated, team-oriented candidate to join the Association's administration team as Communications & Marketing Manager on a full-time basis.

The ideal candidate will have completed relevant education (such as a degree or diploma in Communications, Marketing, Journalism or a related field) and past experience in a similar role, preferably in association or brand management. They must be organized and detail-oriented with excellent communication skills, problem-solving abilities, a positive attitude and effective self-management capabilities. Candidates must be comfortable dispensing friendly, accurate, and professional guest service.

Experience within the golf industry and/or general golf knowledge is a strong asset but not required. Most importantly, we are looking for an individual who will best fit our team dynamic and continue to grow with the Association.

Candidates must be well-versed in Microsoft Office and all social-media programs and platforms. Familiarity with writing articles and press releases in CP Style, graphic design, photography, video editing, Adobe Creative Suite programs, Constant Contact or other email-management systems, and Drupal or other web-content management systems are also considerable assets.

Click below to learn more about the position's responsibilities, compensation and benefits, as well as how to submit an application before the Jan. 31 deadline.
Members are advised that the application period for the PGA of Canada Foundation's 2021 Professional Development Bursary Program closes at the end of this week.
Each year, the foundation awards a maximum of 20 bursaries nationwide of up to $500 to support PGA of Canada Professionals who have pursued education and professional-development opportunities over the past year. All Class "A" members and Apprentices are eligible to apply. Please note that Apprentice Professionals may not put the bursary toward PGA of Canada Training Academy offerings. Five PGA of BC Professionals were among those who received bursary support from the foundation for professional-development undertakings in 2020.
Bursary applications for the 2021 intake will be accepted until Jan. 28, 2022. Click below to learn more about the initiative and to access the application form. Recipients will be selected by the end of March.
The NGCOA Canada will be conducting the Canadian GOLFEXPO nationwide from Feb. 28 to March 6 and the PGA of BC is once again calling upon member Professionals to provide content for the event's Virtual Teaching Stage.

The online event will feature five individual, regional shows, including the Western GOLFEXPO covering BC and Alberta where Virtual Teaching Stage content will be made available for thousands of anticipated attendees. All PGA of BC Professionals are invited to submit videos of lessons, tips and tricks or other golf instructional content, which will be accessible on demand for any attendees and provides an excellent avenue to promote yourself and your facility at no cost.

When considering any existing videos you may have to submit or in developing any new content to share in the Western GOLFEXPO, you are welcome to cover any topic of your choosing. Videos should be between five to 45 minutes in length, include an introduction of yourself and a title relevant to the subject matter. Videos can be delivered in English or French.

Please also observe the following for any video submissions:
  • Film in landscape orientation (horizontal)
  • Video should be continuous (one clip or several short clips edited together)
  • Ensure video stability by using a tripod or phone stand rather than handheld filming
  • Make sure video is in focus
  • Audio quality should be consistent and clear, with volume at an appropriate level

Send any questions or content you wish to share to CK Golf Solutions' Jeff Ciecko, Western GOLFEXPO Show Manager, at [email protected]. All submissions should be accompanied by a brief bio and portrait photo of yourself, as well as your contact information, to help promote you and your video.

Click below to learn more about the Canadian GOLFEXPO.
Hannah Lee's application to the PGA of Canada has been accepted and she becomes an Apprentice Professional at Northview Golf & Country Club

Michael Nedoszytko has left The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

Eaglequest Golf Centre at Coyote Creek becomes Westfield Country Club

Kyle McMurphy has left Eaglequest Golf Centre at Coquitlam and joins Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy as a Class "A" Professional (March 1)

Steven Coulthard has left the Okanagan Golf Club and joins Smithers Golf & Country Club as an Apprentice Professional

Jesse Moussa has left Glacier Greens Golf Club and joins Campbell River Golf & Country Club as a Class "A" Professional
Pro Shop Manager/Head Professional - Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club

Golf Shop Manager - McCleery Golf Course

Manager of Golf Operations - Hyde Mountain Golf Course

Assistant Golf Professional - Rivershore Golf Links

Back Shop Supervisor - Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club

Golf Shop Manager - Westfield Country Club
Class "A" Professional, Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club

PGA of Canada member since: 2008

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC? 
The rewards for being a member have been greater than I have ever anticipated. Having the words “PGA of BC” follow my name on my credentials have allowed me to gain access to the world that I couldn’t have imagined. It led me to travel the globe and work with some of the great coaches and players from the four corners of the world including Singapore, Thailand, Korea, China, England and UAE. During those years that I spent abroad, I met my wife with whom I have two beautiful children.

What career path led you to where you are today? 
Computer proficiency and my early adoption of social media, believe it or not, has been a major factor in where I am today. In the early days of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, I was quite involved in the online discussion of the golf industry. My activities were caught on by a recruitment company in England and that lead me to a coaching job in Dubai.

Who has influenced your career the most, and how? 
Craig Rencher, Head Professional at Cedar Hill Golf Course. Craig allowed me to have the freedom to pursue my international coaching ambitions while providing a stable home base that I can always come back to.

What is your most cherished golf memory? 
While on the course at the Els Club, looking back and realizing that it’s Rory McIlroy and Will Smith playing in the group behind me. Also, watching Donald Trump cold top his drive 80 yards and turning to the media to claim it was 280 down the middle.
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Nearly 50 PGA of BC members have now been featured in the weekly Professional Spotlight since the item was launched in the newsletter in early 2021. By sharing their career paths, formative experiences and cherished golf memories in their own words, these individuals have shared key pieces of advice from their time in the industry and introduced themselves to their colleagues across the province.

There are hundreds of PGA of BC members yet to be featured, and we look forward to learning more about the career journeys and experiences that make each Professional unique. If you have not yet completed the member profile questionnaire in order to be in the Professional Spotlight, please do so by clicking the link below and taking 10 minutes to enter your responses.
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