At the age of 6, I was introduced to golf through caddying for my father every weekend at the Calgary Elks Club. I started playing golf at age 11, competitively at age 12. Playing out of the Willow Park Golf Club in Calgary, competitive golf became my life as I spent all my free hours through Grade School at the golf course.
I have now been a Golf Professional for 38 years, and a Class “A” member for 33 years. My first 4 years were spent at Calgary Elks Club, followed by a ten year spell at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club in Calgary. I then spent 3 years as Head Professional at Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby, before moving to Seymour in 2001.
4 Time Calgary City Junior Champion 1971 – 1974
Alberta Junior Champion 1974
2 Time Willingdon Cup Team Member; youngest ever at 17
Alberta Amateur Champion
Calgary Amateur Champion
2 Time Saskatchewan Amateur Champion
5 Time Alberta Assistant Professional Champion
BC Pro-Assistant Pro Champion with Stephen MacPherson
I have held 5 course records, including a 63 at the Wailea Gold course on Maui and a 63 at Mission Golf Club.
At the age of 55, shot 65 at Seymour Golf & Country Club.
5 Holes in Ones, including the most recent at Westwood Plateau in the Flora Aasen Pro Am on the 12th Hole. It was the 1st shot of the day in a shotgun tournament.
2013 BCPGA Senior’s Champion
I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen many of golf’s top instructors in person at various seminars, and worked with some excellent Golf Professionals. Fresh new ways of approaching student challenges come up through great conversations with colleagues as well. Gabe Hjertstedt has been a great influence on my short game strategies.
I am proud to say that I enjoy working with each student’s individual abilities and quirks, helping to mold them into the best player they can be. I believe that all students have innate abilities that are inside them all, that can be brought out with the right coaching. The challenge is to find a way to bring out those talents.
The friends and acquaintances that I have made over the years working in the golf industry have made the Golf Profession truly the perfect choice for me. My main career goal is to continue to make the game more enjoyable for all those around me, as I thrive on being part of the great game of golf.
Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Max Homa, Brooke Henderson & Lydia Ko
In Alberta – Wolf Creek, Priddis Greens, Glendale, Glencoe & Silver Springs
In BC – Salmon Arm, Storey Creek, Point Grey, The Redwoods, & Seymour
Overall – Sahalee in Washington, Calgary Golf & CC, The Marshes in Ottawa, The National in Toronto, Troon North in Phoenix, Wailea Gold On Maui, and Cascata in Las Vegas.