On Wednesday night in Penticton we attended the annual PGA of B.C. Awards dinner. It is the 14th year of the awards and the first year held in the new (not fully finished) South Okanagan Events Centre. It is going to be a fantastic venue and great addition to the Penticton Convention Centre. The dinner was well organized, the meal was great and the service solid as well. It was a nice change from the Penticton Lakeside Resort, Convention Centre and Casino which had not lived up to expectations with the dinner the past couple of years.
It was great to see our friend Keith Gibson of the Longbeach Golf Course in Tofino win the Head Professional of the year award. He has been at Longbeach for 9 years and has made tremendous improvements to all aspects of the facility from golf to camping as well as to the surrounding community by becoming involved with charitable organizations. A well deserved win!
Congratulations also to other winners including:
ASSISTANT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR – MARK STRONG, Richmond Country Club, Richmond
PGA of BC FACILITY OF THE YEAR – MORGAN CREEK GOLF COURSE, Surrey, BC – Head Professional: Wayne Vollmer
GOLF SHOP OF THE YEAR – COWICHAN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, Duncan, BC – Head Professional: Norm Jackson
TEACHER OF THE YEAR – ROB ANDERSON, Director of Instruction, Rob Anderson’s Golf Academy @ The Harvest Golf Club, Kelowna
BCJUNIOR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR – MUNCIE BOOTH, Director of Golf (Head Professional), Langara Golf Course & McCleery Golf Courses, Vancouver
BCSALES REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR – JOHN BEDDIS, Acushnet Canada, Inc (FootJoy)
PATRON OF THE YEAR – CALLAWAY GOLF CANADA
PLAYER OF THE YEAR – BRYN PARRY, Apprentice Professional, Seymour Creek Golf Centre, North Vancouver, BC