CPGA News: April 2005

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BC Pros Win Top Awards
Fairview Mountain Takes Top Honours As Club Professional
In February, the CPGA announced its 2004 National Award recipients which included a strong representation of professionals across the country.

Brian McDonald, Director of Golf at the Fairview Mountain Golf Club in Oliver, is the winner of the Canadian PGA Club Professional of the Year award. Club Professional nominees are judged on a wide array of criteria ranging from business operations at their own golf club to promotion of the game and playing ability.

“To be chosen for this award with so many other fantastic nominations from across the country makes me feel extremely honoured and humbled,” stated McDonald. “I want to thank the Committee for even considering me for this recognition.” McDonald has worked at Fairview Mountain since he began his apprenticeship in 1992 under the direction of Head Professional and fellow CPGA Member Brad Burgart. “Brad got me started in the golf industry when I was 20 and I was fortunate to work with him for seven years,” stated McDonald. “In the early stages of my career, Brad taught me that the biggest success factor in the industry is customers and how important it is to create a fun and comfortable environment for everyone. I have always tried to carry forward his philosophy that ‘people are first’. Luckily, I’m in an area where the golf pros are really tight knit. We all work together, bounce ideas off each other. I have a great support group out here.”

McDonald won the 1999 BC PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year and the 2003 BC PGA Merchandiser of the Year awards. In 2004, he was named the BC PGA Head Professional of the Year and his home course won the BC PGA Golf Facility of the Year. “Winning those awards was important and exciting to me and now being recognized at a national level is very overwhelming. It is something I will always cherish.” McDonald, 33, is a native of Kitimat, BC, where his parents managed the Kitimat Golf Club. He moved to Penticton at age 16 to pursue a Junior ‘A’ hockey career. Four years later, he was convinced by Burgart to begin his apprenticeship and he became a Class ‘A’ member in 1998. After seven successful years working under Burgart, McDonald was promoted to Head Professional and has held the position for the past five years.

Each year, the Canadian PGA invites nominations from its more than 3,300 members coast-to-coast and recognizes winners in four categories - Club Professional, Teaching Professional, Merchandiser and Junior Leader.

Tom Monaghan Near Perfect Score Earns him  2004 Canadian PGA Tex Noble Award
The Canadian PGA announced  January 20th  that Tom Monaghan of Langara Golf Course was the recipient of the prestigious Tex Noble Award.
“The Tex Noble Award represents all that is good with a dedication to professional development and life long learning for Canadian PGA Professionals,” stated Gary Bernard, National Education Advisor for the Canadian PGA.  “Tom is a deserving winner with an almost perfect score.” The Tex Noble Award is presented annually to the person who earns the highest mark on the Canadian PGA accreditation exam, the final threshold in earning the coveted CPGA Class ‘A’ Professional designation. Tom completed his exam with an outstanding final mark of 99.3%.
“It is an honour to receive the 2004 Tex Noble Award,” stated Monaghan, who received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, and an Associates Degree in Golf Complex Operations Management from The Golf Academy of the South in Orlando, Florida.  “Achieving my Class "A" status gives me a great sense of accomplishment.  To be able to join the ranks of the other Class “A” Professionals I have come to know and respect over the past number of years is an honour.”
Monaghan began his apprenticeship in 2001 under Derek Thornley, Head Professional at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club in Gibsons, BC.  He followed Thornley to Richmond Country Club in Richmond, BC in 2002 and has just recently accepted the Associate Professional Position at Langara Golf Course in Vancouver, BC.  Monaghan also credits the Canadian PGA Teaching and Coaching Certification Program (TCCP) program for continuing his education and preparing him to become a qualified CPGA Class ‘A’ Professional.  “Education gives us the tools as Golf Professionals to provide the highest level of professionalism, business knowledge and golf expertise to the general public, members and guests,” adds Monaghan.
Tex Noble was a former Education Director with the Canadian PGA who was instrumental in the development and training of young golf professionals. The first Tex Noble award was given out in 1992. Monaghan receives a personalized plaque and $500 from Simmlands Insurance.  
For more information about the Canadian PGA, contact: Rima Katorji at 519.853.5450 ext. 230 or via email at rima@cpga.com www.cpga.com
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