May 3, 2023
Accent Inns is a family-owned, BC hotel chain with heart! There are Accent Inns located in Victoria, Burnaby, Kelowna, Kamloops and in Richmond at the Vancouver Airport. You will feel instantly at home at Accent Inns with their family-vibe plus they don’t take themselves too seriously, you will appreciate their humour sprinkled throughout your experience. Who couldn’t use a laugh right now?!
Stay at Accent Inns when traveling to PGA of BC championships and events, as well as for business and personal accommodations. Members are eligible for discounted stays for any purpose; visit the Member Benefits & Corporate Discounts page for full details (login required).

Accent Inns is a Bronze-level Preferred Partner of the Association. Click here to learn more or reserve a room today!
The power of PGA professionals is on full display each year through the Golfathon for ALS. Bill Kelly, who served as the 38th President of the PGA of BC, has been a core part of the initiative since its early stages. Kelly’s commitment to the Golfathon and those living with ALS will always serve as a cherished memory for him and his family who hold a special connection to the event.

In 2005, Scott Fraser was working as Head Professional at Glacier Greens Golf Club. After learning that two of his employees were suffering from a terrible disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Fraser was spurred into action, laying the foundation for the annual PGA of BC Golfathon For ALS. ALS is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are typically able to move at will. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow and eventually breathe.

Fraser, now working as a real estate agent, said the two employees, older gentlemen who worked on the driving range and as a course marshal, were diagnosed with the disease within a month of each other. One day, one of the men asked Fraser if he could place a box on the counter to collect spare coins to fundraise for those living with ALS. Fraser wanted to do more to help.

“I said, ‘You know what? Why don’t you meet me in the clubhouse for a coffee and let’s maybe talk about something different.’ So, I sat down with him, and I said, ‘Why don’t I do a Golfathon to raise awareness and help the public see the toll of this disease?’ I lent my time and body out to golf for those that can’t, and that first year I played 288 holes.”

Fraser was joined on the Golfathon in its second year by his friend and successor as Head Professional at Glacier Greens, Bill Kelly.

When Kelly’s wife began experiencing contractions the day before the Golfathon, Kelly was torn. Their midwife arrived and noticed that the baby’s heart was slowing during contractions. They rushed to the hospital, and doctors determined that an emergency C-section was needed. Fortunately, everything worked out.

“Baby Adelaide was born, Mom was in recovery, and all was well. After the C-section my incredible wife gave me the go-ahead to participate in the Golfathon the next day. After sleeping on the hospital floor, it was an early wake up call and off to Crown Isle to participate in the 2007 Golfathon with the Crown Isle and Glacier Greens teams playing together,” said Kelly. “After a long day it was back to the hospital where Mom and baby were doing well. I will never forget that day and can't thank my wife enough for her incredible support while she was in the hospital.”

To read the full story, please visit our website or click here.

To donate to or register as a host facility for the 2023 Golfathon for ALS, please visit
Applications are now being accepted for the PGA of Canada’s Ian Webb Scholarships.

In early 2019, Ian Webb—a nearly 30-year proud PGA of Canada member—was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Webb started at Credit Valley in 2000 as the Director of Golf and in 2008 he was promoted to the role of General Manager/Chief Operating Officer. His love for Credit Valley and its people ran deep, as many considered him to be a patriarch of the club. The Canadian (and worldwide) golf community rallied in support of Ian, who was regarded as one of the best people in the business.

In an effort to promote and foster ongoing education for PGA of Canada Members and Apprentices, the Webby Fund— in support of the PGA of Canada Foundation— will offer scholarship funding of varying amounts to qualified and selected applicants who are engaged in continuing their education through full-time studies. These scholarships are also open to any Sons/Daughters, Grandchildren or Spouses of PGA of Canada Members to help further academic achievements. Last year, Simon Fraser University's Chloe Tran was among the scholarship recipients.

Applications are judged by a three-member independent panel and awarded based on academic achievement and contributions to the community.

The annual deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 30, 2023, and the Evaluation Forms must be received by July 11, 2023. For a copy of the 2023 PGA of Canada Foundation Scholarship Application, click here.

For further information, please contact Wayne MacPhee at [email protected] or 1(800)782-5764 ext. 222.
The Association is seeking volunteers to serve on a range of PGA of BC committees.

Committees help increase involvement with the membership at large and address specific areas of development for the PGA of BC. Volunteering on these committees serves as a great opportunity to engage with the Association and its members.

Anyone interested in joining a committee is encouraged to reach out to Interim Executive Director Jared Siminoff at [email protected] for more information.
The Westland Insurance Interior PGA Tour played a match play event at Kelowna's Black Mountain Golf Club April 24. The tour returns to Tower Ranch Golf Club on May 15.

The Kootenay Pro Tour kicked off its 2023 season April 24 at Riverside Golf Course at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Their next event occurs May 8 at the Cranbrook Golf Club.

The Lower Mainland G&G Tour hosted their most recent tournament April 24 at Kings Links. The next tournament takes place May 8 at Chilliwack Golf Club.

The Vancouver Island Club Pro Tour heads to Olympic View Golf Club May 9 for a Pro-Pro 6-6-6 tournament.

Make sure to read the Regional Tour Roundup every week to stay up-to-date with the achievements of our members and to never miss any information!
Are you looking to contact a BC sales representative for a specific manufacturer or product line? Don't forget that you can always access this information on the PGA of BC website using our Industry Guide. 

The most recent update to the Industry Guide was completed following the Association's 2022 Buying Show. Click here to access the electronic version of the Industry Guide, or navigate to it manually at under the "Resources" tab at any time. 
No website login is required to view the publication, so feel free to share the guide with other non-member industry contacts. The PGA of BC administration team updates the online guide throughout the year; suppliers may contact Programs Manager Dan Czerwenka at [email protected] to request changes to their listing at any time.
Nathan Grieve has left Talking Rock Golf Course

Rick Thompson has joined MaraHills Golf Resort as a Class "A" Professional

For all Members on the Move information, please click HERE.
For all job opportunities listed on the PGA of BC website, please click HERE (Log-in required).

For all job opportunities listed on the PGA of Canada website, please click HERE.
May 29
2023 Championship season opens with
TOC at Gallagher's Canyon Golf Club

May 30 - June 6

June 19 - 20
at Chilliwack Golf Club

July 3-4
at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
Jared Siminoff
Interim Executive Director
Doug Titterington
Membership & Events Manager
Dan Czerwenka
Programs Manager
Graham Abraham
Communications & Marketing Manager
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