The PGA of BC proudly named the provincial recipients of its annual honours for 2019 during the Association’s Awards Celebration presented by Replay Golf Supplies & Tribal on Wednesday evening at the River Rock Casino Resort.
Recipients were announced for the following 11 awards during the course of the evening’s festivities:
- Dick Munn Golf Professional of the Year presented by The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Dave Zibrik, Point Grey Golf & Country Club
- Cec Ferguson Executive Professional of the Year presented by E-Z-GO – Brian Schaal, Copper Point Golf Club
- Fred Wood Class “A” Professional of the Year presented by Nespresso Professional – Jared Siminoff, Point Grey Golf & Country Club
- Jock McKinnon Candidate for Membership of the Year presented by Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO – Kate Weir, Burnaby Mountain Golf Course
- Jack Westover Coach of the Year presented by Cam Clark Ford Richmond – Robert Ratcliffe, Bear Mountain Resort Community
- Golf Facility of the Year presented by EFAS Safety – Copper Point Golf Club
- Herb Paterson Sales Representative of the Year presented by Trainwest Management & Consulting – Andy Dexter, Callaway Golf
- Ben Colk Golf Shop of the Year presented by Indochino – Victoria Golf Club
- Alvie Thompson Teacher of the Year presented by SuperSpeed Golf – Mark Bicknell, Victoria Golf Club
- Davie Black Professional Development Award presented by Empowered Life – Adam Blair, Talking Rock Golf Course
- Jack McLaughlin Junior Golf Leader of the Year presented by Sundog Distributing Inc. – Conner Kozak, The Okanagan Golf Club
The recipients of the following six awards, who were previously named by the PGA of BC earlier this month, were also honoured during the event:
- Jim Gibson Patron of the Year – Odlum Brown Limited
- PGA of BC Media Personnel of the Year – The Sunday Morning Golf Show on TSN 1040 (co-hosts Fraser Mulholland, Bill Wilms, Andrew Wadden and producer Andy Cole)
- Distinguished Service Award presented by DGL Sports Enterprises – Gordon Mink, Hi-Knoll Golf Centre
- Stan Leonard Player of the Year presented by Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Clubs – Bryn Parry, Seymour Creek Golf Centre
- PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary – Myles Johnson, Hillview Golf Course
- Jim Gibson Scholarship – Jared Siminoff, Point Grey Golf & Country Club
As well, the Awards Celebration featured a special presentation from the ALS Society of British Columbia, honouring the efforts of PGA of BC Professionals who participated in this year’s Golfathon for ALS across the province. In 2019, the initiative raised $194,290, bringing the 14-year cumulative total to approximately $1.9 million raised to support individuals and families affected by ALS.
Additionally, the BC chapter of the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada’s Fore Season Golf Professional Award was presented to Highland Pacific Golf Executive Professional Jeff Palmer during the festivities.
A special presentation was also made to PGA of BC Executive Director Donald Miyazaki, who was recognized for his 10 years of service to the Association.