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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, which will take place Aug. 24-25 at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community. Click below to access Axis Insurance Group's website.
The field is filling up fast for the 2020 TaylorMade & adidas Golf PGA of BC Championship presented by Axis Insurance Group , which is set for Aug. 24-25 at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community.

The event is now nearing capacity, with a number of past champions registered to play, including defending champion Bryn Parry (Seymour Creek Golf Centre), Lindsay Bernakevitch (Victoria Golf Club), Philip Jonas (Philip Jonas Golf Academy), John Shin (Northview Golf & Country Club), Brad Clapp (Cultus Lake Golf Club), Mike Haraguchi (Capilano Golf & Country Club) and Kevin Stinson (Cheam Mountain Golf Course). Members are reminded that priority entry is given to those working full-time in the golf industry and those who have been members of the PGA of Canada in good standing for at least six months.

Those requiring accommodations for the event are advised that the Association's room block at the resort will be released to the public as of Monday, July 20, so making arrangements as soon as possible is recommended. Booking a practice round at your earliest opportunity is also recommended, as tee times will be opened up to Crown Isle members within 30 days of the event. Please contact Michelle McKiel at (250) 703-5061 for assistance with both accommodations and practice rounds.

Early registration rates are in effect until Aug. 3, while general registration will be open until Aug. 14. Click below to access the tournament page, including full event information, preferred accommodation details and a list of confirmed competitors.
Lee J.H. Lee (GolfTEC Richmond) continues to top the PGA of BC Professional Development Program Order of Merit presented by Sunice & Bobby Jones , though his lead has shrunk slightly since the last update to the standings.

Lee's 56 points left him 19 points ahead of all other colleagues when the Order of Merit was last revised, but today's update now places him 13 points ahead of second-place Nathan Grieve . Talking Rock Golf Course's Head Professional holds 43 points on the year, adding to his total through recent tournament play. Doug Morgan (Richmond Country Club) currently ranks third with 37 points.

Rounding out the top five, Steve Liddicoat (University Golf Club) is in fourth place with 32 points, while Greg Pool (Northview Golf & Country Club) and Jeff Liddle (Talking Rock Golf Course) share fifth place on 31 points each. Please note that the updated standings have included all eligible tournaments to date, but have not yet factored in Golfathon for ALS participation.

Click below to view the updated standings, learn more about the PDP or make a submission for points. Members are reminded that all submissions require supporting documentation to be emailed to .
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Jim Gibson Scholarship and PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary.

The Jim Gibson Scholarship is 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. The 2019 recipient was Jared Siminoff (Point Grey Golf & Country Club) to pursue extracurricular education on the topic of advanced statistics in golf.

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. The 2019 recipient was Myles Johnson (Hillview Golf Course) to support his club's junior-golf programming and initiatives.

Both awards are in the amount of $1,000. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 11.

Click below to learn more about the two awards and access their respective application forms.
Members and member facilities are encouraged to join us for the Jack McLaughlin Memorial Junior Golf Challenge presented by COBRA PUMA Golf , which will run July 20-26 as a special event in lieu of the Pro-Junior Championship.

For nearly 30 years, the PGA of BC has celebrated the legacy of Jack McLaughlin and his significant contributions to junior golf through the Pro-Junior Championship, which sadly cannot go ahead this year. In addition to honouring McLaughlin, the Pro-Junior has represented inclusiveness in competition, with a format that allows girls and boys of all ages and ability levels to participate and contribute to their teams’ success in the event, while providing junior golfers with an opportunity to play alongside a Golf Professional.

As such, we hope to preserve the qualities of this event via the Jack McLaughlin Memorial Junior Golf Challenge. From July 20-26, junior golfers will be challenged to complete a 9- or 18-hole round under mock tournament conditions at their home course and submit their scorecard to their PGA of BC Professional. Players who do not have an active Golf Canada handicap can have one assigned; more information will be delivered to registering facilities. Net scores relative to par for each participant will be added to province-wide leaderboards to recognize the top performances recorded throughout the week.

If possible, PGA of BC Professionals are encouraged to take time out of their busy schedules to accompany participating juniors on course, assist with rulings during play and to cheer them on! There is no cost or entry fee for junior competitors, aside from any green fees that may apply at their respective facilities, and all participants will be eligible for post-event prizing through either their event performance or by random draw.

Click below for full event information; PGA of BC Professionals can declare their facility's intent to participate by accessing registration using the link below.

The PGA of BC thanks COBRA PUMA Golf for its support of the Jack McLaughlin Memorial Junior Golf Challenge in the absence of a 2020 Pro-Junior Championship.
Five of 10 participants were successful in achieving their target score during Tuesday's PGA of BC Playing Ability Test held at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort's Riverside Course.

As all participants were men aged 49 and younger, the pass score for all participants was set at 79, calculated by adding nine strokes to the course rating.

Congratulations to the following individuals who met their target scores during Tuesday's PAT, listed alphabetically:
  • Daniel Feuz - Golden Golf Club
  • Brett Greenman - Mount Paul Golf Course
  • Min Kang - Ledgeview Golf & Country Club
  • Ty Li - Par-Tee Golf
  • Kaydon Sissett - Eaglequest Golf Centre at Coquitlam

Each of the successful applicants has taken an important step toward obtaining membership within the PGA of Canada.

The PGA of BC would like to thank host Head Professional Jeremy Johnson and Lance Barber (The Springs at Radium) for their assistance in administering this test.

Click below to access final results and for more information on the Sept. 3 PAT scheduled for Meadow Gardens Golf Club, which now has an active waitlist.
The Kootenay Pro Tour's return to action this week at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino saw one of the tightest finishes in recent memory, with a four-way playoff needed to decide the winner and four more players finishing one shot back of the lead.

Jeff Wiggins (pictured) birdied the first playoff hole to take down the victory, which was worth $550. Wiggins had earlier made birdie at the 18th hole for a 3-over-par 75 that put him in the playoff alongside Dennis Bradley (Copper Point Golf Club), Harold Simkins (Life Professional) and Jamie Curiston (Wildstone Golf Course). Each of the three runners-up pocketed $315.

Meanwhile, the Interior PGA Tour stopped at Tobiano Golf Course on Monday, with Lionel Taylor (Gallagher's Canyon Golf Club) topping the field of 25 competitors. Taylor's 2-under-par 70 was enough for a one-stroke victory, and he earned $500 for the triumph. Sitting one back was Dave Munn (Shuswap National), who banked $240 with his 71, while third place and $200 belonged to Jake Pilon (Gallagher's Canyon Golf Club) after an even-par 72.
John Shin's family is now a foursome after the birth of his first daughter last week.

Shin (Northview Golf & Country Club) and wife Jariya welcomed Jessica Yoona Darin Shin to the world on July 7 at 8:40 a.m. Jessica weighed in at 6 lbs., 13 oz. and is a younger sister to Joshua, who was born the day after Shin's 2017 PGA of BC Championship victory.

The PGA of BC extends its congratulations to the Shin family!
Paul Dashkewytch has joined The Springs at Radium as a Class "A" Professional

Yi Liu 's application to the PGA of Canada has been accepted and she becomes an Apprentice Professional at Furry Creek Golf & Country Club
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Do you have an open position at your golf facility or organization that you would like to advertise through the PGA of BC? Any golf-industry job can be submitted for inclusion on the PGA of BC Career Opportunities board.

Posted opportunities are visible only to PGA of BC members in good standing, but those submitted will also be forwarded to the PGA of Canada to be included on the national job board. Click below to review the PGA of BC's Job Posting Guidelines prior to making your submission.
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