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, and 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 30 years, and a Class “A” member for 25 years. My first 4 years were spent at Calgary Elks Club, followed by a ten year spell at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club I Calgary. I then spent 3 years as Head Professional at Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby, before moving on 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 attacking student difficulties come up through great conversations with colleagues as well. Fred Shoemaker and Extraordinary Golf is a big influence in my coaching 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 inate abilities that are inside them all, that can be brought out with the right coaching. The trick is to find a way to bring out those talents.
Humorous Moments on a Golf Course
The most hilarious moment I encountered on a golf course, occurred at Nicklaus North. My group was putting on the Par 3 12th hole, when we heard some noise over by our power cart. A bear was sitting behind the wheel, with his paws on the steering wheel, eating the cookies I had left on the seat!
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, Ricky Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Lydia Ko & Na Yeon Choi
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.