Last Updated on Monday, 19 December 2011 00:25
Sunday, 18 December 2011 23:44
The PGA of British Columbia announced its 2011 award winners Tuesday and among those taking home the hardware was Team Canada's Robert Ratcliffe, who claimed the organization’s Coach of the Year award.
Ratcliffe, a native of South Africa, is no stranger to accolades. His 2011 award won’t be the only piece of PGA of BC hardware on his mantle, as Ratcliffe took home Teacher of the Year honours in 2009.
After earning his British PGA qualifications in England, Ratcliffe took his game on the road and worked for five years as a touring professional on various professional tours in Europe, most notably on the European MasterCard Tour.
In 2001, Ratcliffe moved to Canada and turned his focus to teaching the game. A PGA of Canada and PGA Class "A" Professional, he was the provincial coach for the Alberta Golf Association and the University of Alberta Golf Team from 2004 to 2006 and first joined Golf Canada as an Assistant Women’s Coach in 2007.
Here is a full listing of winners and finalists.
Teacher of the Year presented by Maui Jim Sunglasses: Keri Moffat - Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club
Regional Finalists: Robert Ratcliffe (Crown Isle Golf Resort), Tara Roden (Gallagher's Canyon G&CC) & Craig Wilkinson (Castlegar GC)
Coach of the Year presented by Golf Supply House: Robert Ratcliffe - Crown Isle Golf Resort
Regional Finalists: Chris MacDonald (University of British Columbia), Dean Claggett (Two Eagles GC) & Scott McClain (Copper Point GC)
Golf Shop of the Year presented by Fletcher Leisure Group: Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
Regional Finalists: Victoria Golf Club, Black Mountain Golf Club, & Copper Point Golf Course
Junior Golf Leader of the Year presented by Rampion Enterprises Ltd. : Peter Stellato - Williams Lake Golf & Tennis Club
Regional Finalists: Dale Schienbein (Seymour G&CC), Jim Goddard (Cordova Bay GC), & Shannon Glenesk (Vernon G&CC)
Sales Representative of the Year presented by MedRay MRI: Andy Dexter - Callaway Golf Canada
Regional Finalists: Lance Antonenko (TaylorMade & adidas Golf), Grant Oben (Callaway Golf Canada), & Brent Mullin (Tournament Sports)
Golf Facility of the Year presented by Simmlands Insurance Brokers: Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
Regional Finalists: Highland Pacific Golf Course, Predator Ridge Golf Resort, & Castlegar Golf Club
Professional Development Award presented by Brandroom Creative: Brice MacDermott - Black Mountain Golf Club
Regional Finalists: James Presnail (Gleneagles GC), Keith Gibson (Long Beach GC), & Jeff Wiggins (Mountain View GC)
Apprentice of the Year presented by Cleveland Golf / Srixon Canada: Lindsay Bernakevitch - Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
Regional Finalists: Brett Standerwick (Fairwinds GC), Brad Clapp (Sunrivers GC), & Scott Shouldice (Fernie GC)
Golf Professional of the Year presented by Clarity Success Coaching: Scott Dickson - Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
Regional Finalists: Norm Jackson (Cowichan GC), Brice MacDermott (Black Mountain GC), & Randy Panton (Creston GC)
Member of the Year presented by Specialist Referral Clinic: Mark Strong - The Vancouver Golf Club
Player of the Year & Order of Merit Winner presented by Mountain Galleries : Bryn Parry - Seymour Creek Golf Centre
Order of Merit Winner (Club Professionals) presented by Club Car: Dan Swanson - Guildford Golf Club
Jim Gibson Patron of the Year Award: DSG Fleet Solutions
Recipients and finalists will be honoured on Monday March 5, 2012 at the River Rock Casino Resort, in conjunction with the 2012 PGA of BC Spring Education Seminar.
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