Oakcreek Golf & Turf LP is Western Canada's full-service distributor of Yamaha Golf Cars, Toro Commercial Turf Care Equipment and Toro Golf Irrigation Equipment, plus all additional related products. It proudly offers the very best quality products and professional service and support to golf courses, municipal parks, independent landscapers and private clients.
The company has been in business since 1969 and currently employs approximately 100 people throughout the year at its six locations throughout Western Canada, which include Surrey, Kelowna and Duncan in British Columbia.
Oakcreek Golf & Turf LP is a Silver-level partner of the Association and a Presenting Sponsor of the PGA of BC Club Professional Championship. Click below to visit Oakcreek Golf & Turf LP online.
Members are reminded that the third-leg of the 2022 PGA of BC Virtual Education Series featuring Jackie & Three Carpenter takes place next Wednesday at 10:00am PT.

In a session titled “Transforming Your Organization into People First!”, these Certified Club Managers (CCM) and Hospitality experts will highlight the difference between thriving and thrashing in the business world today through a People First culture. Participants will learn to discover essential best practices for creating a caring workplace and receive actionable takeaways for immediate implementation.

There are currently over 150 registered attendees and each should expect a pre-event email on Tuesday detailing login information for the session. Those not registered and interested in participating the Virtual Education Series may do so by purchasing a Series Pass granting access to all sessions for $39 (plus tax) - please click here to register.
In the first look at the 2022 PGA of BC Professional Development Program (PDP) Order of Merit presented by Sunice & Bobby Jones, Richmond Country Club's Class "A" Professional has staked out an early lead atop the standings.

Daniel Yoon has amassed 27 points to date, giving him a one-point edge over Lee J.H. Lee of Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club. Yoon has been busy with learning opportunities in the first quarter of the campaign, having participated in all PGA of BC Education opportunities to date in addition to self-submissions of extracurricular education.
Past Order of Merit winner Greg Pool (Northview Golf & Country Club) currently shares third spot at 25 points with Mike Cyndroski (Richmond Country Club) and Simon Jones (Kimberley Golf Club).
More than 200 members are already on the board with at least one PDP point for the 2022 season. Click below to view the current standings, access the link to make a requisition for PDP points and to learn more about the program. Members are reminded that all submissions made to the requisition form must be verified with supporting documentation sent to [email protected].
Members are reminded that the third-leg of the 2022 PGA of BC Education Series will continue on Tuesday March 15th at The Harvest Golf Club in Kelowna.

As a result of recent changes to provincial health and safety guidelines, this always popular education series event has been confirmed to take place in a live, in-person setting. Presenters, topics and itinerary for the event is as follows:

9:30am - Registration Opens

10:00am-11:00am - "The Upside of Down!"
Presented by Kevin MacDonald; Principal, Clarity Success Coaching Ltd.

11:00am - 12:00pm - "Coaching & Developing Today's Junior Golfers"
Presented by Conner Kozak; Apprentice Professional, The Okanagan Golf Club

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch Served

1:00pm - 2:00 pm - "Community-building through Your Academy and Professional Network"
Presented by Kyla Inaba; Apprentice Professional, Predator Ridge Resort 

*Order of speakers subject to change

The cost to attend the event is $39.00 + GST for members and $69.00 + GST for guests when referred by a Class "A" Professional. Registration deadline is Tuesday March 8th. For more details on this event or to register, please click on the below link.
Applicants are advised that the schedule of Playing Ability Tests (PATs) available in British Columbia for 2022 has been released and registration is now open.
Opportunities for applicants to demonstrate their playing ability will be available at the following dates and locations:
  • April 7 - GreenTee Golf & Country Club Langley (Pagoda Ridge)
  • June 7 - Rivershore Golf Links
  • July 14 - Arbutus Ridge Golf Club
  • September 13 - Belmont Golf Course
In addition to the above, applicants residing in the Kootenay/North region may have the opportunity to attend a PAT in the Alberta Zone, pending health & safety guidelines. 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. Please note that in order to be eligible for registration, all applicants must have "Verified Applicant" status.
Please direct any inquiries to PGA of BC Membership & Events Manager Doug Titterington at [email protected]. Those interested in applying to join the PGA of Canada may click here for more information.

Troy Kapko has left GolfTEC Coquitlam and joins GolfTEC Richmond as Head Teaching Professional

Andy Lin has left GOlfTEC Richmond 

Dean Jackson's Executive Professional application has been approved and he becomes Executive Professional at Revelstoke Golf Club

Charles Beneteau becomes Head Professional at Revelstoke Golf Club

Gordon Butt has left Northview Golf & Country Club 

Mike Kim has reinstated with the PGA of Canada and joins Riverway Golf Course as a Class "A" Professional 

Chase Forgeron has successfully completed the National Training Program and becomes a Class "A" Professional at Summerland Golf & Country Club
Demo Technician – TaylorMade Golf Canada

Food & Beverage Service Manager - Nanaimo Golf Club

Head Professional, Gleneagles Golf Course

PGA of Canada member since: 2006

At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?
I first started as an assistant professional at Grandview Golf Club / Mark O'Meara Course which was operated by Clublink in Huntsville, ON. I worked for my mentor and friend Simon Bevan

What is a common misconception that golfers make about what your job entails?
That we play professionally on TV. I find that most public views are unaware that our industry provides employment in their community and opportunities to explore different career paths from turf, business, food & beverage, management and coaching.

If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
I would find a mentor to learn from and to be able to ask questions to at any time. Someone who reflects your core values and demonstrates growth and self-awareness

Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
Recently, being awarded Golf Professional of the Year in 2021 for the Lower Mainland Region. I'm also very proud of my Class A status and becoming a Head Professional.
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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 Donald Miyazaki at [email protected].
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