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PING is a family-owned golf manufacturer, founded in 1959 in the garage of the late Karsten Solheim, a mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the aerospace and computer industries. 
Solheim and his company are credited with numerous innovations that became industry standards, including perimeter weighting, custom fitting and the use of investment casting in golf clubs. As a brand, PING is synonymous with innovation, quality and service in the world of golf and supports over 100 tour players worldwide including Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau and Canadians Brooke Henderson, Mackenzie Hughes and Corey Conners.
PING Canada is located in Oakville, Ontario and is responsible for sales, marketing, distribution and the service of all PING products in Canada.
PING Canada is a Silver-level Preferred Partner of the Association and a presenting sponsor of the PGA of BC Tournament of Champions. Click below to visit PING Canada’s website.
Nate Ollis of Cordova Bay Golf Course birdies the third playoff hole on Tuesday at Pitt Meadows Golf Club to capture the 2022 PGA of BC Championship presented by Axis Insurance.

The Victoria, BC-native fired back-to-back rounds of 2-under par 70, including a final round on Tuesday that came bogey-free to claim his first PGA of BC victory.

After the completion of 36-holes, Ollis and Seymour Creek Golf Centre’s Bryn Parry (69-71) found themselves tied at 4-under par and heading to a sudden-death playoff. Ollis claimed the William Thompson trophy and the $6,300 winner's cheque.

Parry earns $4,200 for runner-up. A win for him would have set a new modern-era record with his fifth PGA of BC Championship, a title he currently shares with Scott Minni (Life Professional). His last victory came in 2019 when this event was held at Whistler Golf Club. His other three championships came in 2000, 2008, and 2015.

Cheam Mountain Golf Course’s Nigel Sinnott was in the hunt for the majority of the final round, but an errant tee shot on the 17th hole led to a double-bogey, ultimately sinking his chances for a win. He finishes the tournament one-stroke shy of the playoff, alone in third place and cashes $3,250. Hillview Golf Course Head Professional Myles Johnson finishes in 4th place at 2-under par, earning $2,500, while three players – Luke Bogdan (Cheam Mountain Golf Course), Doug Morgan (Richmond Country Club), and Mark Kitts (Shadow Ridge Golf Club) – tied for fifth place at 1-under and take home $1,716 each.

The $35,000 championship purse was split amongst the top 50 players in a field that consisted of 99 golf professionals from all over BC.

To read the full event preview, please click below.
A final reminder that the open nominations process for the 2022 PGA of BC Awards program will close tomorrow.
Submissions may be made by members of the PGA of BC and the general public in recognition of excellence on the part of a member Golf Professional, Facility or Sales Representative.

After a submission has been received and verified, nominees will receive a nomination form which must be completed and submitted by Thursday September 1st.
Nominations are accepted for awards in the following categories:
  • Dick Munn Golf Professional of the Year
  • Fred Wood Class "A" Professional of the Year
  • Jock McKinnon Apprentice Professional of the Year
  • Cec Ferguson Executive Professional of the Year
  • Golf Facility of the Year
  • Alvie Thompson Teacher of the Year
  • Ben Colk Golf Shop of the Year
  • Jack McLaughlin Junior Golf Leader of the Year
  • Herb Paterson Sales Representative of the Year
  • Jack Westover Coach of the Year
  • Davie Black Professional Development Award

The 2022 PGA of BC Awards Celebration presented by Replay Golf Supplies & Tribal will honour this year's Regional and Provincial Recipients on Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 2022 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC. More details and ticketing information about this event will be made available in coming months. For full details on the nomination process, please click the below link.
The PGA of BC wishes the best of luck to seven BC Zone Members competing in the 2022 PGA Seniors' Championship of Canada at Connaught Golf Club in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The 54-hole event commenced earlier today and will conclude on Friday. The following BC Zone members are competing in this week (listed alphabetically):

Ron Aul (Pitt Meadows Golf Club)
Dennis Bradley (Copper Point Golf Club)
Peter Kenneford (Creston Golf Club)
Dean Kuntz (Meadow Gardens Golf Club)
Jeff Palmer (Highland Pacific Golf)
John Rushnell (Castlegar Golf Club)
James Wickstrom (Dawson Creek Golf & Country Club)

At the time of this publication, Peter Kenneford is the low PGA of BC member, posting an opening round of 1-under par 71 and currently sits in 10th place amongst a field of 43 players. The total purse of this championship is listed at $26,500, with $7,000 going to the winner.
The PGA of BC would like to inform all members that 2023 membership dues have now been issued and can be found on your PGA of Canada profile online.

Flexible payment plans will once again be offered to all Professionals, with several options existing for re-occurring payments. These range from three to eight monthly installments that may begin as late as October of this year. Payment plans must be established by Oct. 24, or full payment of dues must be completed by Nov. 1, otherwise late-fee penalties will apply.
Members completing the three-month payment plan option or those paying dues in full before the deadline will be eligible to win one of three PGA of Canada gift cards. These can be used toward any PGA of Canada or zone service, such as registration fees for professional-development events, championships or even future membership dues.
Please direct any dues-related inquiries to PGA of Canada Operations Coordinator, Jacob Savage at
The PGA of British Columbia and others within Canada’s golf community are mourning the passing of long-time PGA of BC member and Teaching Professional, Norm Jarvis.

Jarvis passed away peacefully on August 7th in Surrey, BC after more than 40 years spent as a member of the PGA of Canada. He was 70.

Originally born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Jarvis was well-known for his warm heart in addition to a career built around his exceptional skills on the golf course. Included in his list of accomplishments are titles at the 1984 PGA of BC Championship, 1988 Canadian Club Professional Championship, and 2010 & 2018 PGA of BC Seniors’ Championships. Early in his career as a PGA of Canada member, Jarvis also found himself competing on a variety of tours throughout North America.

Jarvis and his wife of 40+ years, Diane, had been living in Surrey, BC where Jarvis taught at several nearby facilities over the course of his career. Included with these were Sunshine Woods Golf Course, Nico Wynd Golf Course, Delta Golf Centre, and Eaglequest Golf Centre at Coyote Creek. He leaves behind his sons Chris and Matthew, and daughter, Danielle in addition to four granddaughters, Mila Jarvis, Celine Savioz, Tess Savioz, and Jolene Jarvis. He is also survived by his mother, Eileen, and brothers Kevin, Rory, Greg, John, and sisters Randi and Andree.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Last week, the PGA of Canada released their Fall 2022 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) workshop schedule, with three events taking place in BC beginning this September.

The NCCP program certifies coaches and instructors who have demonstrated their ability to apply critically important competencies to coaching and instruction situations relevant to the stage of athletes they coach. This means that coaches must not only know about coaching, but be able to demonstrate their ability to apply this knowledge in the coaching and instruction situation.

Please note the following workshops scheduled to take place in BC this fall:

NCCP Instructor for Beginner Golfers:
September 21-23: The Okanagan Golf Club (Kelowna)
October 4-6: Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club (Richmond)

NCCP Coach of New Competitors:
October 18-19: Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club (Richmond)

Apprentice Professionals are reminded that NCCP Instructor for Beginner Golfers is a required course that must be completed within their first full year of membership in order to avoid being placed in the inactive category.
Morgan Creek Golf Course is selling 69 new Magna Charge Batteries. These batteries were purchased for our 2014 Club Car Precedent Carts to help keep the fleet going while waiting for a new fleet.

Batteries are packed on a skid and ready to pick up.
$245 each, taxes included. Please contact Tom Doull at or call direct at 604-542-5320.
Philip Kitsch has left Pitt Meadows Golf Club and joins Meadow Gardens Golf Club as a Class "A" Professional

Brett Webster has resigned from the PGA of Canada
No new career opportunities this week
Head Teaching Professional, GolfTEC Richmond

Member Since: 2008

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
The relationships that are built, both professionally and socially. Through teaching, tournament play, and social play, golf provides the opportunity to build friendships that can last a lifetime.

At which golf facility did you first begin working within the industry, and who was the PGA Professional?
Broadmoor Golf Club, in Sherwood park, Alberta. The Executive professional is Trent Wright, Neil Leslie was the Head professional at the time. I have worked at a number of different facilities across the country, starting in Alberta, moving back to my hometown of Winnipeg, MB and then on to BC. It has been a fun ride!

Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
Winning the 2017 PGA of Manitoba Championship. I love to teach golf, but the thrill of competition is something that drives me.

If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
There are so many different opportunities that we have as PGA members, never be afraid to try something new.
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The PGA of BC is looking to solidify its future tournament calendar as we head into the fall and winter months. Typically, the Association makes an effort to host championships in various regions on a rotational basis. The PGA of BC also tries to host Championships annually on similar dates to ensure consistency and for ease of planning. To view our past and current championship schedules including dates, please click here.

If you would like to put your facility forward as a host for a future event, please contact Membership & Events Manager Doug Titterington at
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