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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.
The PGA of BC would like to congratulate seven recipients of the 2021 Professional Development Bursaries. Seven out of the twenty recipients of the bursary are BC zone members.

Congratulations to: Alex Ludeman (Burnaby Mountain Golf Club), Kyla Inaba (Predator Ridge Golf Resort), Nathan Leonhardt (Par-Tee Golf), Brian Hann (Cordova Bay Golf Club), Johnny Nguyen (Eaglequest Golf Centre Coquitlam), Keri Moffat (Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club), Derek Thornley (Fraserview Golf Academy).

"With so many golfers investing more time into the sport, I have been so thankful that I have put the time in to invest in my education. The ability to help a newly motivated golfer quickly improve has brought me so much satisfaction to my job." - Alex Ludeman, Burnaby Mountain Golf Club

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

The PGA of Canada Foundation Bursary Program was developed to assist, encourage and promote the attainment of professional development and part-time education opportunities to enhance the skills and abilities of PGA of Canada Members and Apprentices.

Click below to view the PGA of Canada's article.
The PGA of Canada has recently announced NCCP Instructor for Beginner Golfers workshops taking place in British Columbia. Three provincial workshops will take place and Apprentice Professionals are reminded that this required course must be completed within their first full year of membership in order to avoid being placed in the inactive category. Available sessions in BC for 2022 are as follows:

April 4-6
Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club – Richmond, BC
Facilitated by Doug Hastie

May 17-19
Riverway Golf Course – Burnaby, BC
Facilitated by Michael Vanderwolf

September 21-23
The Okanagan Golf Club – Kelowna, BC
Facilitated by Michael Vanderwolf

The cost to attend the three-day seminar is $500+GST. Please click below for full workshop schedule and details on how to register.
Regional tours affiliated with the PGA of BC have posted their tournament schedules for the 2022 season. Each regional tour will host five events which are eligible to collect points for the PGA of BC Order of Merit (OOM) and Professional Development Program (PDP).

As a reminder the Order of Merit standings do not directly determine the Player of the Year, but rather a recommendation by the Captain's Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The OOM will be heavily influential in the selection process, in addition to the consideration of other events, such as national events and championships.

The regional tours strive to create a social, yet competitive tournament atmosphere for PGA of BC Members.

For a full list of 2022 Order of Merit-eligible Regional Tour events, please visit the Affiliated Regional Tours page by clicking below.
The final Virtual Education Series wraps up tomorrow covering important career insights on employment in the industry.

PGA of Canada Employment Manager, Jeff Fry and GGA Partner, Michael Gregory will be touching on points from 5 differentiating factors that will make yourself more appealing in a competitive search environment to strategies for facilities to attract and retain great people.

The presentation will also go over the employment department at the PGA of Canada including, services offered to PGA of Canada members and employers, employment legislation and the Compensation & Benefits information and how to use it.

If you have already registered, an event link has been sent to your email. For those still interested, the event is still open for registration.

Click below to see full details of this event.
The PGA of BC would like to congratulate Chilliwack Golf Club's Zach Olson who topped the pack Monday at the G&G Tour's first event of the season at Capilano Golf & Country Club. Zach won the event with a phenomenal round of 6 under par(64) and took home $850.

Dakota Chase (Capilano G&CC) was runner-up in the event with a score of 68 at his home course. The event had a total purse of $5,200 with a field of 60 players.
Branden Stewart has joined Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club as a Class "A" Professional

Zach Belitsky has left Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club

Martin Boland has transferred to the Alberta Zone

Kinley Helland has left Eagle Ranch Golf Resort and joins Cranbrook Golf Club as an Apprentice Professional

Jason Brindley has transferred from the Alberta Zone and joins Golden Golf Club as a Class "A" Professional

Nathan Barendregt has transferred from the Alberta Zone and joins the Okanagan Golf Club as an Apprentice Professional
Golf Shop Manager - McCleery Golf Course

Head Golf Professional - Eaglecrest Golf Club

Golf Teaching Professional - McCleery Golf Course

Apprentice Professional, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
PGA of Canada member since: 2019
Why did you become a PGA of Canada Professional?
My main drive in becoming a PGA of Canada Professional is to have the chance to positively impact a persons life through the lessons that golf offers.

Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
Sean Richardson was instrumental in my process in becoming a professional. Many of his lessons and words will stick with me for life. I'll always be grateful I had a chance to learn from him.

If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
Try to learn something from everyone you encounter. Every professional has strengths and weaknesses, but there is something to be gained by trying to learn from everyone.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that doesn't involve golf?
I love endurance training. Last fall I completed two Ironman 70.3 races, and am currently preparing to run the Vancouver Marathon with the goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
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The PGA of BC will be conducting its first Playing Ability Test (PAT) of 2022 next Thursday at GreenTee Country Club (Pagoda Ridge) in Langley, BC.

Introduced in 2021, prospective members require one letter of recommendation from a Class “A” Professional in addition to a reference letter of employment as part of the application process. Members requested to provide a letter confirming employment should include information such as job title, start date, and estimated work hours for the calendar year. Please note that should an Applicant be employed by a Class “A” Professional, one letter containing both should be provided by the employing member.

For more information to become an Applicant, please click here or contact Membership & Events Manager Doug Titterington at

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