The PGA of BC is proud to acknowledge its Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2018

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he Professional Development Program (PDP) is an annual Order of Merit designed to recognize PGA of BC members who make outstanding contributions to the Association, their communities, the province’s golf industry and, mostly importantly, themselves. Through participation in continuing education, competitions, the PGA of BC Awards Program, annual Buying Show and various forms of volunteerism, the PDP provides an equal avenue to showcase strengths of the diverse membership.
“Sunice and Bobby Jones proudly support the Professional Development Program, as we feel it is important to acknowledge individuals working to elevate the overall profile of PGA of BC Professionals and who are actively involved in service to the Association,” said Stephen Graham, British Columbia sales representative for Sunice and Bobby Jones.
“The Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2018 are once again an impressive group of individuals demonstrating key qualities such as leadership, professionalism and dedication to their craft.”
Additionally, the PGA of BC is pleased to name Matthew Palsenbarg (The Tour LAB @ Northview) the winner of the 2018 PDP Order of Merit.
Palsenbarg collected a record total of 137 PDP points throughout 2018, which were 21 more than any other PGA of BC Professional over the course of the year. The 37-year-old has come close to topping the PDP Order of Merit in the past – finishing second in 2013 and third in 2016 – but a busy year for the Head Teaching Professional on a number of fronts helped him maintain a significant lead for most of the 2018 season.
Palsenbarg developed and presented the results of a membership-wide survey on the golf-instruction industry in the province, and continued his pursuit of extensive continued education beyond the Association’s own offerings. He was the Lower Mainland’s regional recipient for the PGA of BC Coach of the Year and Professional Development awards, and was also presented with the PGA of BC Dunc Sutherland Distinguished Service Award. As well, Palsenbarg earned nearly the maximum amount of points available for tournament participation at the regional, zone and national levels, earning some impressive results along the way: a win at the PGA of BC Tournament of Champions and runner-up results at the PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada and the PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship among them.
“Leading the Professional Development Program Order of Merit for 2018 is a great honour and an achievement I am proud to realize,” said Palsenbarg. “It’s my belief that Golf Professionals have a responsibility to continue learning and evolving to better serve their patrons, students and the golf community as a whole. The Professional Development Program is a great initiative that encourages my colleagues and I to remain committed to career growth.
“Hats off to all PGA of BC Professionals for their ongoing efforts to expand their knowledge and hone their skills to benefit our sport.”
Talking Rock Golf Course Head Professional Adam Blair earned 116 points on the year, edging Hi-Knoll Golf Centre Head Teaching Professional Gordon Mink for second place in the PDP standings by a single point. Blair’s finish represents his third consecutive year in the Order of Merit’s top three, while Mink improved upon his fourth-place standing from 2017. Bill Kelly (Glacier Greens Golf Club, 106 points) and Brian Schaal (Copper Point Golf Club, 105 points) rounded out the top five.
Click here to view the final standings for 2018, or find more information about the Professional Development Program by clicking here.
Thanks in large part to the support of Sunice and Bobby Jones, a total bursary purse of $6,400 will be divided among those finishing among the top 10, providing financial opportunity to pursue further professional development and education. The PGA of BC is pleased to announce that Sunice and Bobby Jones have committed to continuing as presenting sponsor of the Professional Development Program in 2019.
Congratulations to the PGA of BC’s Top 100 Professionals of 2018, listed below with facility affiliations from the past year:
Shingo Akizuki
Mayfair Lakes G&CC
Norman Baufeld
GolfTEC Vancouver
Lindsay Bernakevitch
Victoria GC
Dennis Bradley
Copper Point GC
Conor Carnall
St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
Jeff Dinn
Fairwinds GC
Justin Ford
Bear Mountain Resort Community
Jason Giesbrecht
Royal Colwood GC
Nathan Grieve
Talking Rock GC
Leila Harman
Morgan Creek Golf Course
Cailean Hourigan
Bear Mountain Resort Community
Myles Johnson
Spallumcheen G&CC
Jason Jurimae
Gallagher’s Canyon G&CC
Mark Kitts
Shadow Ridge GC
Dean Kuntz
The Vancouver GC
Colin Lavers
Seymour G&CC
Danny Long
Tsawwassen Springs GC
Vaughn Marshall
Shaughnessy G&CC
Luke McKenzie
Eaglequest GC at Coquitlam
Doug Morgan
Richmond CC
Graham Ogden
Richmond CC
Alan Palmer
Shaughnessy G&CC
Bryn Parry
Point Grey G&CC
Lee Ranger
The Okanagan GC
Cory Renfrew
University of British Columbia
Dale Schienbein
Seymour G&CC
John Shin
The Tour LAB @ Northview
Matt Steinbach
Simon Fraser University
Kevin Stinson
Cheam Mountain GC
Cindy Soukoroff
St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
Michael Thompson
Shaughnessy G&CC
Kate Weir
Burnaby Mountain GC
Arlen Wocknitz
Victoria GC
Jayme Young
Arbutus Ridge GC
Lee Alarie
Gallagher’s Canyon G&CC
Zach Belitsky
Shaughnessy G&CC
Mark Bicknell
Victoria GC
Arthur Brown
Arbutus Ridge GC
Jesse Crowe
Salmon Arm GC
Cory Draper
Capilano G&CC
Justin Fram
Victoria GC
Grant Gray
PGA of British Columbia
Tyrel Griffith
Black Mountain GC
Mike Heenan
The Vancouver GC
Alec Hubert
Kamloops G&CC
Philip Jonas
Philip Jonas Golf Academy
Jonathan Kadin
Nielsen Agencies
Scott Kolb
Victoria GC
Patrick Lago
Westwood Plateau Golf Academy
Steve Liddicoat
University GC
Brice MacDermott
Kamloops G&CC
Scott McClain
Copper Point GC
Chris Medford
St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino
David Munn
Talking Rock GC
Padraic O’Rourke
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler GC
Jeff Palmer
Highland Pacific Golf
Greg Pool
Capilano G&CC
Jordan Ray
unaffiliated
Jordan Rourke
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler GC
Drew Scollon
Point Grey G&CC
Jared Siminoff
Point Grey G&CC
Jamie Stevens
Kelowna G&CC
Harris Stoneman
Talking Rock GC
Rob Tadey
Fairview Mountain GC
Oliver Tubb
University GC
Tim Wilson
Shaughnessy G&CC
Stephanie Wong
Point Grey G&CC
Ashley Zibrik
Shaughnessy G&CC
Rob Anderson
Kelowna G&CC
Andrew Bentley
Kamloops G&CC
Adam Blair
Talking Rock GC
Jeff Buder
McCleery GC
Mike Cyndroski
Richmond CC
Tom Flockhart
McCleery GC
Andy Garcia
Tsawwassen Springs GC
Jennifer Greggain
Chilliwack GC
Andy Hajer
Arbutus Ridge GC
Gina Hosie
Victoria GC
Jeremy Johnson
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Simon Jones
Kimberley GC
Bill Kelly
Glacier Greens GC
Conner Kozak
The Okanagan GC
Russ Latimer
Black Mountain GC
Mark Lindsay
Nielsen Agencies
Clark MacPherson
Point Grey G&CC
Brian McDonald
Fairview Mountain GC
Gordon Mink
Hi-Knoll Golf Centre
Daniel Naismith
The Tour LAB @ Northview
Derek Orr
Victoria GC
Matthew Palsenbarg
The Tour LAB @ Northview
James Presnail
Shadow Ridge GC
Warren Reeves
Highland Pacific Golf
Brian Schaal
Copper Point GC
Chad Scott
The Rise GC
Randy Smith
The Vancouver GC
Branden Stewart
PGA of British Columbia
Mark Strong
Richmond CC
Mark Thirtle
Capilano G&CC
Michael Van Horne
The Rise GC
Brian Wise
Glacier Greens GC
Daniel Yoon
Richmond CC
Dave Zibrik
Point Grey G&CC
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