Russian Standard Vodka is the world's No. 1 Russian premium vodka, manufactured in a place where vodka is a national treasure shared with family and friends for the special moments in life. 

Every bottle of Russian Standard Vodka is lovingly created, distilled and bottled in the company's state-of-the-art distillery in St. Petersburg. Russian Standard is crafted with only the finest Russian ingredients, using the principles for vodka established in 1894 by famed Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev for Russia's czars.

The PGA of BC is pleased to advise that Russian Standard Vodka will continue as a Bronze-level Preferred Partner of the Association through the 2020 season. Learn more about the company's family of premium spirits at Russian Standard's website by clicking below, or contact Kye Melchert, Provincial Manager for British Columbia, at .
Members are reminded that Friday is the final day to register for the 2020 PGA of BC Spring Education Seminar, taking place Feb. 10-11 at Tsawwassen Springs.

The Association's signature professional-development event will once again feature a variety of informative presentations of value to all Golf Professionals.

Jeff Smith , PGA Tour coach and founder of online instruction platform Course Kings, will open the seminar, while  Will Robins , an award-winning PGA Professional and developer of the RGX coach-training program, will close out the schedule on Day 2. As well, the Association is proud to be welcoming Global Golf Advisors director  George Pinches  and longtime auto-industry executive and business coach  Glen Daman  of 10th Degree Consulting Inc. as presenters for the PGA of BC’s signature professional-development event.

The schedule for the two-day event will be as follows:

9:45 a.m. - Introductory remarks: Donald Miyazaki; Executive Director, PGA of BC
10:00 a.m. –  Jeff Smith ; Tour Coach & Instructor, TPC Summerlin; Founder, Course Kings
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m. – Jeff Smith (continued)
2:00 p.m. -  George Pinches ; Director, Global Golf Advisors
4:30 p.m. – PGA of British Columbia Annual General Meeting

8:30 a.m. –  Glen Daman ; Owner, 10th Degree Consulting Inc.
11:30 a.m. - Lunch
12:15 p.m. -  Will Robins , PGA; CEO, Robins Golf Logistix (RGX)
3:00 p.m. - Closing remarks; Donald Miyazaki

Click below to view the event page and view more information about each speaker and their respective topics.

The registration fee for PGA of BC members is $129 (plus GST), while non-members can attend for $199 (plus GST) with a reference from a Class “A” member. Lunch service for both days of the event is included in the registration fee. Registration will close Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. PT click here to sign up  or find the registration link on the event info page.
The PGA of BC is pleased to present the results of the Association’s 2020 Board of Directors election.

Listed in alphabetical order, the following candidates have been elected to two-year terms based upon the results of membership voting conducted Jan. 20-27:
  • Lindsay Bernakevitch; Head Professional, Victoria Golf Club
  • Padraic O’Rourke; Head Professional, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
  • Jared Siminoff; Class “A” Professional, Point Grey Golf & Country Club (re-elect)
  • Bruce Vermee; Head Professional, The Harvest Golf Club

Congratulations to each of the Directors-Elect for being named to the board by their peers. Membership of the 2020 Board of Directors will become official during the PGA of BC Annual General Meeting taking place Monday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course.

Due to an existing vacancy on the board and Siminoff’s re-election, only two directors will be departing the board at this time. The PGA of BC would like to thank outgoing directors  Steve Liddicoat  (University Golf Club, three-year tenure) and  Jordan Ray  (two years) for their service and dedication to the Association. Liddicoat and Ray will serve out the remainder of their terms on the Board of Directors until next month’s AGM.

Thank you to all members who voted in this year’s election and congratulations once more to this year’s successful candidates.
The Vancouver GolfExpo will generously offer complimentary admission to PGA of BC members when the event returns to the PNE on Feb. 8-9. 

Show your PGA of Canada digital membership card upon arrival to receive free entry for yourself and a guest. Juniors aged 17 and under are also welcome to attend at no cost. 

PGA of BC Professionals will once again have presence at the show, conducting lesson demonstrations for the public on the Expo's seminar stage at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb. 8, and at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 9. Thank you to all members who have volunteered their time to represent us at the event.
Notice: Members are advised that a PGA of BC Professional has reported the theft of a launch monitor from their Victoria home last week.

The missing unit is a Foresight Sports GC2 in its original hard carrying case. Members and facilities are encouraged to exercise caution if approached with any private-sale offers on this particular model.

Anyone with reason to believe they may have been offered the stolen unit for sale or otherwise encountered it is asked to contact the PGA of BC administration office to provide that information to the victim.
The PGA of BC is excited to announce that two longtime members started off the new decade by tying the knot in Hawaii.

Head Professionals Troy Peverley (Swan-E-Set Bay Country Club) and Tracy Matthews (Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club) were married Dec. 31 at Sands of Kahana Resort in Lahaina on Maui. The day's festivities included a family putting tournament and wedding dinner at The Plantation House at Kapalua. The Peverleys also enjoyed a honeymoon that took them to five Hawaiian islands, two PGA Tour events and golf at Hoakalei Country Club and The King Kamehameha Golf Club.

The PGA of BC extends its congratulations and wishes all the best to the newlyweds!
The Association is also proud to share the news that PGA of BC President Jon Kadin (Nielsen Agencies) and wife Jill recently celebrated the birth of their first child.

Kai Nels Kadin was born Jan. 13 in Kelowna, weighing in at 7 lbs. The entire Kadin family is doing well and settling in at home. Jon apologizes in advance for his delayed responses to correspondence as he catches up on some sleep.

Please join us in congratulating the Kadin family on their new addition!
Michael Nedoszytko has left Nicklaus North Golf Course and goes to The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club as an Apprentice Professional

Randy Rook has left Cranbrook Golf Club and transfers to the Alberta Zone
Event Coordinator - Golden Eagle Golf Club

Assistant Pro Shop Manager - Guildford Golf & Country Club
The PGA of BC administration team provides photo portraits in front of our Association-branded backdrop as a complimentary service to our Golf Professionals. 

These photos are ideal for use on your club website, social media channels and personal profiles. The Association also keeps these images on file for use in PGA of BC marketing and communications when needed. Apprentice Professional and new PGA of BC Membership & Events Manager Doug Titterington is pictured here to provide an example of the resulting image.

We will once again be taking portraits at the Spring Education Seminar and encourage all attendees to have their photo taken, or to update a past photo. If you had your portrait taken at a past PGA of BC event and wish to obtain your copy, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Eric MacKenzie at .
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