Driven by passion and enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology and design, Sunice continues to advance the latest in performance outerwear, layering systems and sportswear for wherever your favorite sport or activity takes you. And like its customers, Sunice is always looking forward to next season.

Evoking their namesake, Bobby Jones products are the definition of class, using only premium-quality materials to create classic, timeless designs that exude confidence on and off the course. The Bobby Jones brand has been a mainstay in the golf industry since the 1990s and is sold in the finest private clubs, resorts and golf courses worldwide. 

Sunice and Bobby Jones are Silver-level Preferred Partners of the Association and Presenting Sponsors of the PGA of BC Professional Development Program. Visit Sunice and Bobby Jones online to learn more.
The 2022 PGA of BC Assistants' & Seniors' Championships presented by Arbor Memorial is set to kick off next week at Sandpiper Golf Course in Harrison Mills, BC.

The PGA of BC Assistants' Championship is open to all members serving in roles other than Head, Executive or Head Teaching Professional within the Association. The Full field of 72 players includes defending champion Conner Kozak (The Okanagan Golf Club - pictured left), who won his first Assistants' Championship at Kamloops Golf and Country Club last July. Kozak edged 2020 PGA of BC Champion Keith Martin (Tower Ranch Golf Club) and Zach Olson (Chilliwack Golf Club) by two-strokes on his way to victory.

Meanwhile, 36 members aged 50 and older chase Kelowna Golf & Country Club Head Professional Rob Anderson as he looks to defend his first title after claiming the Ben Colk trophy in 2021. Anderson's win in his first appearance in this championship comes by way of a five-stroke victory over fellow senior rookie Peter Kenneford of Creston Golf Club.

Full information including a listing of the fields for the Assistants' Championship and Seniors' Championship can be found on their respective event pages. Please visit the PGA of BC's home page next week for more event details, including a link to live scoring.
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The second PGA of BC Playing Ability Test of 2022 was conducted on Tuesday at Rivershore Golf Links where seven applicants took major steps towards becoming Apprentice Professionals with the PGA of Canada.

26 applicants in total battled through varying conditions at the Kamloops course and the PGA of BC would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the following applicants (listed alphabetically):

Luke Andrew Fedora (The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club)
Hyun Koo Han (Valley Golf Centre)
Nathan Hickey (Marine Drive Golf Club)
Sungsan Oh (Vancouver Golf Academy)
Austen Owen (World Beat Family Golf Centre)
Mike Ryan (Strictly Golf Vernon)
Carson Spooner
(Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club)

For more details on future PATs or information on joining the PGA of Canada, please click here.
The PGA of BC's Women's Golf Week presented by Dexim Golfwear concluded its inaugural week in celebration of women's golf in British Columbia. Inspired by dedicated PGA of BC Golf Professionals whose passion to grow the game and influence all golfers throughout the province, the online-based platform brought extra attention to the incredible people, programs, and events available throughout BC.

Throughout the week, interviews with female professionals, women's golf resources and women's golf history was posted through social media and the PGA of BC website. From female specific programs to tournaments and golf fashion, these resources were showcased through outlets using the hashtag #forewomen. The Association's new program will help further grow the game and encourage women from all backgrounds and abilities to participate and consume golf in their lives.

Thank you to the many individuals who supported this program by sharing our stories. You may find media posted through the program's webpage as well as through our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook social media channels.
The Point Grey Golf & Country Club team of Head Professional Dave Zibrik (pictured right) and amateur Jeff Dagg successfully defended their title by capturing the 2022 PGA of BC Tournament of Champions presented by PING Canada in a playoff last week at Nanaimo Golf Club.

Zibrik and Dagg made a par on three consecutive playoff holes in the alternate-shot format to outlast the team from Victoria Golf Club of Lindsay Bernakevitch and Peter Jawl. Both teams posted 18-hole scores of 4-under-par 68 in the 2-person best ball format.

Zibrik earned $1,000 for the win while Dagg was awarded the top amateur prize, a set of PING i525 irons. Bernakevitch, a two-time past champion of this event (2015, 2017), cashes $850 for their second place finish while Jawl takes home a PING G425 Max Driver. All professionals whose teams finished among the top 18 earned a piece of the $6,000 Professional purse while their respective amateurs took home a piece of the $6,500 prize table.

The PGA of BC wishes to acknowledge host Head Professional Chris Wilson and the entire team and membership at Nanaimo Golf Club for their tremendous hospitality in welcoming our Professional and amateur competitors. As well, the PGA of BC thanks PING Canada for its ongoing support of the Association through this Championship.
June is ALS Awareness month and that calls for another year of the PGA of BC's annual Golfathon for ALS presented by Pacific Blue Cross.

Now in its 17th year, PGA of BC Professionals have raised more than $2.3 million in support of the ALS Society of BC since its inception, including a record, single-year total exceeding $235,000 in 2021.

Almost 30 facilities have already registered and provided dates for this year's program, with the following facilities participating over the next week:

June 9: Arbutus Ridge Golf Course
June 9: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
June 13: Northview Golf & Country Club
June 13: Williams Lake Golf & Tennis Club
June 14: Long Beach Golf Course

It's never too late to register your facility - please contact Wendy Toyer, Executive Director at [email protected]. Please click below to view participating facilities, event dates or to make a donation.
Matt Cella has left Rob Houlding Golf Academy and joins Elite Golf Club as a Class "A" Professional

Killian Cullen has transferred from the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland and joins Point Grey Golf & Country Club as a Class "A" Professional

Kayli Melissa's application to the PGA of Canada has been approved and joins Pheasant Glen Golf Resort as an Apprentice Professional
Communications & Marketing Manager - PGA of British Columbia

Head Professional, McCleery Golf Course

Member Since: 1977

Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?
I originally wanted to be a Tour player and went through the Canadian Tour School in 1977. After having played for 2 years, I took on the job at the Mission Golf Course as the Head Professional and I quickly loved the life of a Club Pro. My income now was a steady one.

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
Going to work everyday knowing that in some way I was going to have a positive impact on someone. As Club Professionals we deal with customers who are usually in a good mood, which makes our jobs that much more enjoyable.

Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
My parents by providing me the opportunity to chase my dream of becoming a Tour Pro, and who subsequently supported my career as a Club Pro. My father instilled the importance of treating people in a way that you would want to be treated. And above all, be honest.

What career path led you to where you are today?
When I left high school in 1967, I worked as a reservation agent for CP Air. After being in an office 8 hours a day, I quickly realized that this was not for me, and I sold my car, cashed in my pension, and ventured into golf.
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Golf Awards
The PGA of BC's annual awards program includes 11 honours that are dependent upon nominations from Association members and the general public to help determine each year's Regional and Provincial Award Recipients.

An open call for award nominations will be made in early July, so all are encouraged to begin thinking on which PGA of BC Professionals and facilities are making an impact on our sport and BC's golf community as a whole. The nomination period is scheduled to close in mid-August, with Regional Award Recipients to be named in September. The 2022 PGA of BC Awards will be presented to Provincial Recipients In October.

Watch your inbox and future issues of E-News for an announcement of the award-nomination period opening next month. Click below to learn more about the PGA of BC Awards Program.
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