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PGA of BC PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
2UNDR
The vision of 2UNDR was simple. Inspired by the kangaroo pouch, 2UNDR set out to create a high-performance men’s athletic underwear with the versatility of everyday use. Using the most advanced construction techniques and materials, 2UNDR separates your equipment from your body to reduce unwanted skin-on-skin contact. With more support than a standard brief and improved airflow to keep you cool, 2UNDR products provide the best fit, comfort and style a man could ever need.
 
2UNDR was designed in Vancouver but is worn everywhere. Brand ambassadors include PGA Tour stars Rickie Fowler and Matt Every, plus many other major- and action-sport athletes throughout North America.
 
Part of the Rampion Enterprises Ltd. brand family, 2UNDR is a Bronze-level Preferred Partner of the Association and presenting sponsor of the PGA of BC’s Golf Shop of the Year Award. Click below to learn more.
REGISTRATION FOR 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS OPEN
The PGA of British Columbia has announced that registration for all eight Championships are open. The first event of the 2022 tournament calendar is less than two months away.

This year’s schedule will see the Association host stops in Pitt Meadows, Harrison Mills, Nanaimo, Victoria, Courtenay, Blind Bay and Oliver, where over 500 registrants are set to compete in a variety of tournament formats.

If a tournament has reached capacity, a waitlist will be posted in place of the registration link. We urge, if you are interested in participating in the tournament, that putting your name on the waitlist will give you chance to play as cancellations can happen.

Members are reminded that at the time of registration, all participants must abide by the 2022 PGA of BC Tournament Manual. Click below to view the schedule and registration.
PGA OF BC HONOURED WITH EXCEPTIONAL FUNDRAISING AWARD
On Tuesday evening, the PGA of BC’s Golfathon for ALS was recognized with the 2021 ALS Society of BC’s Exceptional Fundraising – Corporate Partner Award.

The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in fundraising programs. The PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS is recognized for 16 years of support of patient service programs provided the ALS Society of BC.

Since the inception of this annual event, 240,569 holes have been played which included 17 hole-in-ones. The grand total raised is over $2,336,300. Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS fund crucial support services for ALS patients, their families and caregivers provided by the ALS Society of BC.

For full details on this release, please click below.
PGA OF CANADA 2021 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BURSARY RECIPIENTS
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 Course

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.
NCCP INSTRUCTOR FOR BEGINNER GOLFERS WORKSHOPS IN BC
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.
2022 PGA OF BC ORDER OF MERIT-ELIGIBLE EVENT SCHEDULE RELEASED
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.
CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Bryn Parry (Seymour Creek Golf Centre) for his win on Monday at Point Grey Golf and Country Club. Parry shot 5-under par (67), including a hole-in-one on the par 3 13th.

Tied for second were Padraic O'Rourke (Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club) and Michael Caan (Riverway Golf Course), each finishing the round at 2-under par (70) .

The G&G Tour Point Grey G&CC event was a major on the tour's schedule with a total purse of $7,445.
Off the golf course, congratulation also goes to the PGA of BC's 2021 Jock McKinnon Apprentice Professional of the Year Award recipient, Matt Gillett (Fairmont Hot Springs Resort) and partner Brittany on the birth of their daughter. Maia Shay Gillett and was born 7lbs 14oz on March 22nd at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook.

The PGA of BC wishes the Gillett family the best in these exciting times!
MEMBERS ON THE MOVE
April Stubbs goes from Head Professional to Teaching Professional at Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy

Steve Phillips has left Eaglecrest Golf Club and joins Cedar Hill Golf Course as Head Professional

Craig Rencher has left Cedar Hill Golf Club and his application for Life Professional Designation has been approved by the PGA of Canada

Bradley Gagnon's application to the PGA of Canada has been approved and he becomes an Apprentice Professional at Pitt Meadows Golf Club

John Rushnell has transferred from the Alberta Zone and joins Castlegar Golf Club as a Class "A" Professional

Adam Blair has left Talking Rock Golf Course and joins Vernon Golf & Country Club as Executive Professional

Clayton Dunn has reinstated with the PGA of Canada and joins Predator Ridge Golf Resort as an Apprentice Professional

Jordan Relling has reinstated with the PGA of Canada and joins Tobiano Golf Course as an Apprentice Professional

Jennifer Woods has returned from her Leave of Absence and goes to Sunnydale Golf & Country Club as an Apprentice Professional

Joe Schuster has left Meadow Gardens Golf Club and joins Fort Langley Golf Course as an Apprentice Professional

Ian Davison has left Meadow Gardens Golf Club
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Assistant/Associate Professional - Pitt Meadows Golf Club

Teaching Professional - GOLFTEC Coquitlam

Teaching Professional - GOLFTEC Vancouver Terminal Ave.

Teaching Professional - GOLFTEC Richmond

PGA of BC PROFESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT -- JOSH HORSTHUIS
Apprentice Professional, The Harvest Golf Club
 
PGA of Canada member since: 2016
 
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of the PGA of BC?
Connecting, collaborating and being supported by so many other fantastic pro's all over the province.

Who has influenced your career the most, and how?
Paul Whittingham, Paul took me on fresh out of University and very green in the golf industry. He was committed to developing me as a professional and taught me the ins and outs of all aspects of the business. Whether it was day to day operations, tournaments, running junior camps or teaching adults he was there and ready to help. Paul has developed an incredible culture at the Cranbrook Golf Club. If I can ever run a club half as well as him I'll be doing alright!

Which significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being named the Interior Region's Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year is definitely the highlight of my career so far!

If you had to share one piece of advice with a new member of our Association, what would it be?
Get a mentor and network as much as possible. You never know when the next great opportunity is just one conversation away. You can learn a ton from someone whos been in your shoes in the past.
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FACT OF THE WEEK
The week of The Masters is always a great time to reflect on how two PGA of BC Lifetime Achievement Award recipients -- Stan Leonard (left) and Alvie Thompson -- made their mark by playing in the storied tournament at Augusta National.

No Canadian had as much sustained success at The Masters as Leonard. The longtime Head Professional at Marine Drive Golf Club and a former PGA of BC president, Leonard was once a perennial contender at The Masters. In the seven tournaments held between 1955 and 1961, Leonard finished among the top 25 every year, notching four top-10 finishes. That included back-to-back T4 results in 1958 and 1959, sharing the 54-hole lead with Arnold Palmer the latter year, when Art Wall, Jr. birdied five of the final six holes to claim the title.

Leonard would exact some revenge on Wall, Jr. the following year by defeating him in a playoff to win the 1960 Western Open, the last of his three PGA Tour victories. The Vancouver native made his 12th and final Masters appearance in 1965. The PGA of BC's Player of the Year Award is named in Leonard's honour.

Thompson, meanwhile, joined Leonard in the field at the 1963 Masters. Although Jack Nicklaus won the first of his six Masters titles that year, Thompson's 13 birdies on the week were two more than the Golden Bear made during the tournament. Thompson carded a final round 1-under 71 to finish in a tie for 28th place. The PGA of BC's Teacher of the Year Award is named in memory of Thompson, himself a former Head Professional at Marine Drive Golf Club.
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