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 Varsity 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 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 twice and Head Professional of the Year. 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 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. Jim Mooney helped me immensely while I worked for him in Scottsdale, demonstrating the success one can achieve with respect and kindness. My good friend and fellow PGA of Canada Professional, Craig Yahiro was always there for support and encouragement as my career progressed.
- Playing this game should be fun.
- Perfect swings do not exist.
- There is NOT “one way” to swing the golf club.
- 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.
Most common areas for an amateur to improve
Short game. Most player’s 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 !!
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!!
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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 Titleist Staff Professional and use:
- Titleist TSi3 8.0 degree Driver with a Mitsubishi Tensei Blue 55 shaft
- Titleist TSi3 15 degree 3 Wood with a Mitsubishi Tensei Blue 55 shaft
- Titleist H818 19 degree Hybrid with a Mitsubishi Tensei Blue 55 shaft
- Titleist H818 23 degree Hybrid with a Mitsubishi Tensei Blue 55 shaft
- Titleist T200 Irons 5-PW with a Project X Rifle Steel shaft
- Titleist Volkey SM8 Wedges 50, 54 & 58 degree
- Scotty Cameron Studio Select Squareback 1.5 Putter