CPGA 2005 Awards

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The first Woman Professional has won Top Club Pro Kudos. Tiffany Gordon, Executive Professional at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club in DeWinton, AB, is the winner of the Canadian PGA Club Professional of the Year award.  Gordon is the first woman ever to be awarded the CPGA’s highest honour for its members. Gordon joined the Cottonwood team back in 1990, becoming an apprentice the following year and has worked relentlessly from an Assistant to her present role today, as Executive Professional, reporting directly to her golf club owner, Lyle P. Edwards. Gordon grew up on a golf course at Highwood G&CC in High River, AB, where her father was the club manager.  After a successful junior golf career, rather than choosing the playing route, Gordon followed the career path of becoming a professional.

“To be the first woman to receive this award proves how our industry is dramatically growing and that the opportunities for women to do well in the industry are available,” stated Gordon.  “But at the end of the day, I’m doing a job that I truly love.”

An active member of the Alberta PGA Board of Directors since 2003, Gordon will run again for a second term this year.  Her philanthropic contributions include involvement with the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary and Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.  She also organized the “Longest Day of Golf” for the 9/11 tragedy, raising $10,000 for the Red Cross and followed up with $15,000 more by organizing a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser.

The other western Canadian to win was Dale Schienbein of Seymour Golf and Country Club for Merchandiser of the Year.

“This award is as much for me as it is for my staff,” stated Schienbein, who credits his team at Seymour for the win.  “I am completely flattered by this award but my staff deserves to be recognized for this honour.  Their support, ideas and hard work have made this award possible.  I couldn’t be happier than to share it with them.”

Growing up in Regina, Schienbein went to school at Arizona State University and began working in the summers for his longtime mentor and friend, Cec Ferguson (now in Vernon, BC), who was a big influence on Schienbein early on in his career. “Cec took me under his wing and really developed my passion for the golf profession,” added Schienbein, a member of the Association since 1987.  “He is one of the reasons why I got into the business.”

In addition to the National award, Schienbein has been honoured by the BC Zone on several occasions, winning the  Junior Promoter of the Year (1993, 2001), the Head Professional of the Year (1998) and the 2005 Golf Shop Of The Year.

The other winners were:

Teaching Professional of the Year
Mark Evershed from the Peterborough Indoor Golf School

Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of Year
Paul Sherratt. Sheratt’s career began as an Apprentice in 1974 under Past President Thomas Mann at Royal Ottawa Golf Club, before moving to his current post, Director of Golf, in 1980, Rideau View G&CC, in Manotick, ON.

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