I began playing golf in Regina in 1978 at the age of 14. I graduated from Arizona State University in 1986 with a degree in Corporate Finance while playing for the ASU “Sun Devils” Men’s golf team between 1984 and 1986. Upon graduation in 1987 I turned Professional and worked as an Assistant Professional in Trail B.C. That summer I shot a 62 on the Birchbank course at Rossland Trail Country Club establishing a new course record. In 1988 I moved to Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. In 1992 I won the B.C. Assistants Championship held at Seymour Golf and Country Club. The following year I became the Head Golf Professional at Seymour Golf and Country Club. I have been acknowledged by the BCPGA as Junior Golf Promoter of the year in 1993 and 2001 and as Head Professional of the Year in 1998. Our Golf Shop staff was awarded the BCPGA Golf Shop of the Year Award in 2005 and again in 2009. Our staff and I were also honoured Nationally with the Canadian PGA award of Merchandiser of the Year award in 2005 for “Excellence in Golf Shop Operations”.
Jack McLaughlin, for whom I worked at Shaughnessy G&CC, made the largest impact upon me. His simple views of the mechanics of the golf swing and how one improves has stayed with me to date. Cec Ferguson, whom I also worked for taught me a great deal about the game from a competitive standpoint along with the standards a Golf Professional must adhere to.
Playing this game should be fun.
Perfect swings do not exist.
Set up fundamentals are most important, correct balance, weight transfer and rhythm are next.
Short game and putting should be practiced in a 3-1 ratio compared to working on your full swing.
For every hour you spend on the range you should spend three on the short game.
Each student is unique – take their positive points and build upon them.
There is NOT “one” way to swing the golf club.
Most common areas for an amateur to improve
Short game. Most players short games are poor at best. Their mechanics are not usually to blame but rather their lack of “feel” gets them in trouble. They would be well advised to spend more time hitting chips, pitches and putts than taking full swings. A strong short game relieves a lot of pressure from one’s full swing.
Most Memorable Moment
Shooting 70 in the final round of a 6 round qualifier to make the Arizona State Men’s Golf Team. We played 6 rounds at 6 different courses with the top 2 players from a field of 73 qualifying for the golf team. I was second – phew, just made it !!
Hockey, Carpentry, Building Renovations and Camping.
Bobby Jones – a rare blend of class and talent !!
Favourite Golf Course
Any golf course I get an opportunity to play is a treat !!
What’s in the bag ?
I am very proud to be a Taylor Made Staff Professional and use:
Taylor Made M1 9.5 degree Driver in a Graphite Design BB6 shaft in a stiff flex
Taylor Made M1 15 degree 3 wood with a Graphite Design BB7 shaft in a stiff flex
Taylor Made M1 #3 & #4 Hybrid with a regular flex
Taylor Made PSI Irons 4-AW with regular Steelfibre i95 shaft