January 13, 2014, RICHMOND, B.C. (ISN) – In a battle that came down to a matter of a single point, Dave Zibrik of Seymour Creek Golf Centre is crowned the 2013 PGA of BC Professional Development Program (PDP) Champion. Zibrik narrowly edged out runner-up Matthew Palsenbarg of Northview Golf & Country Club and finished 2013 with an impressive 102 points. For his efforts, the Port Moody native earns the $2,000 first place cheque.
Zibrik is one of only three members who earned points in all nine sub-categories throughout the year, which included participation in Education, Tournaments, Trade Show, Awards, Industry memberships and Volunteerism. Furthermore, Zibrik earned additional points by showcasing a presentation to the public at the Vancouver Golf & Travel Show and being the Lower Mainland recipient of the Golf Professional of the Year Award.
“I am extremely proud to receive this honour. This title was a goal I set for myself when the program was announced and is something that means a great deal to me” said Zibrik. “I am extremely excited to get started on the 2014 PDP and hope the membership embraces the importance of the program as it allows us to showcase the accomplishments and skills of PGA of BC
members to the public” he adds.
Palsenbarg led the PDP standings for a majority of the season after a year filled with volunteerism and a tremendous amount of education, which saw him travel to Florida for the World Golf Fitness Summit and Ontario to be involved with the Coach of Developing Competitor program. He also showed dedication by presenting to the public at the Vancouver Golf & Travel Show, as well as sharing his knowledge with his peers at the 2013 PGA of BC Education Series. Palsenbarg was also the 2013 recipient of the Jim Gibson Scholarship and cashes $1,500 for a very respectable second place finish.
Rounding out the top six is James Presnail of Gleneagles Golf Course (98), Derek Thornley of The Golf Institute at Fraserview (96), Jesse Crowe of Armstrong, BC (89), and Rob Anderson of Kelowna Golf & Country Club (89).
The $6,000 total purse divided amongst the top six finishers provides these individuals with opportunities of further funding for education and represents a fraction of the costs they have invested in themselves to attain their respective positions.
The 2014 PGA of BC Professional Development Program kicks off on January 20th at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, BC with the PGA of BC Education Series.