It’s that time of year again. Time to put the clubs away (sigh) and start thinking about winter tires to keep you safe on the roads when the snow starts to fly.
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Members are reminded of the Nov. 1 deadline to complete payment of 2023 PGA of Canada membership dues to avoid late fees and suspension.

All members whose dues have not been received in full by Nov. 1, or who have not set up a payment plan in advance, will be subject to late-payment fees. Those paying their dues in full by Nov. 1 via cash, cheque or online banking will be eligible to win one of three PGA of Canada gift cards -- one valued at $1,000 and two worth $750 -- that can be redeemed for any PGA of Canada or Zone service, including tournament registrations, education and professional-development undertakings or future membership dues.

Late payments submitted by Jan. 1 will include a $125 penalty. Those who have not completed payment by Jan. 1 will be placed in the suspended category and will be subject to a reinstatement fee of up to $450 plus tax, in addition to a mandatory background check.

As well, all Professionals are reminded that dues notices are now delivered online. Click here to access your invoice; PGA of Canada website login is required.

Those unsure of their plans for 2023 are reminded that a full refund of dues can be obtained if resigning from the Association by April 1, while pro-rated refunds are available between April 2 and June 30.
The PGA of BC proudly named the provincial recipients of the Association's 2022 Award Program at the 2022 PGA of BC Awards Celebration presented by Replay Golf Supplies & Tribal. The event took place on October 12th at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC.
The following individuals and facilities were recognized as provincial award recipients during last week's festivities:

Dick Munn Golf Professional of the Year presented by Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
  • Nathan Grieve, Talking Rock Golf Course
Cec Ferguson Executive Professional of the Year presented by Fresh Golf Solutions
  • Padraic O'Rourke, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
Fred Wood Class "A" Professional of the Year presented by adidas Golf
  • Cody Bell, Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club
Jock McKinnon Apprentice Professional of the Year presented by Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO
  • Bradley Gagnon, The Springs at Radium
Jack Westover Coach of the Year presented by Maui Jim & Zeal Optics
  • Clay Stothers, The Okanagan Golf Club
Golf Facility of the Year presented by Replay Golf Supplies
  • Talking Rock Golf Course
Herb Paterson Sales Representative of the Year presented by TD Bank Group
  • Mark Lindsay, Nielsen Agencies
Ben Colk Golf Shop of the Year presented by 2UNDR
  • Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
Alvie Thompson Teacher of the Year presented by Axis Insurance
  • Nathan Leonhardt, Par-Tee Golf
Davie Black Professional Development Award presented by Dexim Golfwear
  • Cindy Soukoroff, St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

Jack McLaughlin Junior Golf Leader of the Year presented by COBRA PUMA Golf
  • Michelle McCann, Uplands Golf Club
Additionally, the six other award recipients previously announced earlier this month were acknowledged during the program, while Nathan Grieve (Talking Rock Golf Course) was introduced as the 2022 recipient of the NGCOA Canada-BC Chapter's Fore Season Golf Professional Award.

Finally, a special presentation from the ALS Society of BC revealed that the 2022 Golfathon for ALS resulted in more than $228,500 raised, brining the 17-year cumulative total to more than $2.5 million in support of ALS patient services.

Thank you to all members and other guests who participated in 2022 PGA of BC Buying Show at the Richmond Olympic Oval. 

Thanks also to those members who volunteered their time to help make the Buying Show and Awards Celebration great events: Gordon Mink, Alec Hubert, Derek Orr, Jeff Palmer, Derek Whipple, Graham Ogden, Michael Thompson, Vaughn Marshall, Courtney Campbell-Leveck, and Tyler Roope.

Additionally, we'd like to thank our members and guests who participated in education sessions held on the Foresight Sports Canada Education Stage: Chris Ward, Stephanie Wong, Trevor West, Meegan West, and Scott Kolb.

With more than 50 exhibitors and another strong turnout of attendees -- more than 125 golf facilities and retailers were represented -- the Buying Show continued its trend of year-to-year growth.

However, the Association is always looking to improve upon the event each year, and your feedback is crucial to enhancing the Buying Show and Awards Celebration experience. To help with this, all members are asked to complete a short survey to share their thoughts on the events. 

Click below to access our member survey on the Buying Show and Awards Celebration. Please note that your feedback is helpful even if you did not attend either event. Each survey respondent will receive a set of questions applicable to their attendance or non-attendance at the Buying Show and Awards Celebration. The administration team thanks you for sharing your insights on these gatherings.
ALS Society of BC Manager of Patient Services Alexandra Guerrero (pictured centre) with the help of Jan Bruce revealed that the 2022 Golfathon for ALS was another big success during the 2022 PGA of BC Awards Celebration.

Guerrero announced that $228,500 was raised through the initiative this year, bringing the 17-year cumulative total of funds raised to support ALS patients and their families to over $2.5 million.

PGA of BC Professionals will look to continue pushing that total when the Golfathon for ALS returns for a 19th consecutive year in 2023. Members interested in hosting a Golfathon for ALS at their facility next season can contact Wendy Toyer at [email protected] for more information on how to get involved. Click below to learn more about this great cause.
Zach Belitzky has resigned from the PGA of Canada

James Quilley has transferred to the National Zone

Ryan Stugis has successfully completed the National Training Academy and becomes a Class "A" Professional at GolfTEC Kelowna

Todd Tweedy has successfully completed the National Training Academy and becomes a Class "A" Professional at NK'Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course
Assistant Golf Professional - St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
Apprentice Professional, Cordova Bay Golf Course

Member Since: 2017

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
The positive impact that we can have on others in our communities. Some of the most influential people in my life have been PGA of BC members!

Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
I’d say the captaincy of the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Golf Team and my 2022 PGA of BC Championship Title

If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
Try Everything. Learn as much about the different parts of our industry as you can to find what you’re best at and most passionate about.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that doesn't involve golf?
I was scouted (very briefly) by the Vancouver Whitecaps when I was about 13. Safe to say it came to nothing in the end, but was pretty cool at the time.
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