2017 PGA of Alberta Board Nominees

2017 PGA of Alberta Board Nominees

Trevor Goplin
Get to know the 2017 PGA of Alberta Board of Directors Nominees:

Trevor Goplin
Head Professional
Derrick G&WC (The)

Trevor joined the PGA of Canada in 1993 and has worked at several golf clubs throughout his career. His current position is Head Golf Professional at The Derrick Club in Edmonton and he has been there since 2003. Trevor has also been a Head Professional at Greywolf GC, an Associate Golf Professional at The Derrick Club, and an Assistant Golf Professional at Jasper Park Lodge GC. Trevor joined the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors in 2008 and is currently in the role of Vice President. Trevor was also the past chair of the Awards Committee and co-chair of both the Education and Membership Committee and Employment Committee. Furthermore, Trevor is the Co-Chair of the Derrick Club Golf Committee and also sits on the current Long Range Planning Committee. Trevor is also an active member in the Canadian Society of Club Managers. In 2012, Trevor was named the PGA of Alberta and PGA of Canada Club Professional of the Year. Trevor is excited to continue his term on the Board of Directors and looks forward to servicing the members of the PGA of Alberta.

Garett JenkinsonGarett Jenkinson
Head Teaching Professional
Golf Performance Canada

Garett is a graduate of the Professional Golf Management program and joined the PGA in 1994. He has worked in many areas of the golf industry including outside services management, retail, club fitting, playing professional, and teaching to name a few. He started working at Priddis Greens G&CC where he supervised the outside services for one year. He moved to the Glencoe G&CC to work under Don Price. In 2000, Garett played full time on the Canadian Tour and later was a part owner/operator at Nevada Bob’s. Currently, Garett owns and operates Golf Performance Canada with year round services such as golf fitness, coaching, and group lessons for all levels of players. In 2014, he was named Alberta Teacher of the Year. Garett is passionate about the game of golf and helping people experience the game to their fullest. He believes that playing is essential to us staying connected to the game and being able to relate to our customers. Garett has previously been on the Tournament Committee and would like to help and be involved in shaping the future of our Membership.

Greg McGarryGreg McGarry
Head Professional
Glendale G&CC

Greg moved to Alberta from his native Nova Scotia after graduating with a Commerce Degree from St. Mary’s University in Halifax in 1993. His entrance into the golf industry came the next year when he became an Assistant Professional at the Lacombe G&CC where he spent four seasons. He was also an Assistant Professional at the Glendale G&CC for four years and the Inglewood G&CC for one season. His first Head Professional role came in 2004 when he was hired back at the Lacombe G&CC. That was a short lived post however, as he returned to the Glendale to become their Head Professional in 2005 where he has remained for the past 12 seasons. Greg is very passionate about all aspects of the industry and has just completed his third term on the Board of Directors with the PGA of Alberta. He has chaired the following portfolios during that time: Media & Sponsorship, Tournaments, and currently Buying Show & Sponsorship. He believes we are entering a very important era in the industry and our Association is at the forefront.

Tahlon SweenieTahlon Sweenie
Head Professional
Jasper Park Lodge GC

Tahlon started playing golf at the age of 11 at the Stony Plain GC where he was enrolled in what was one of the best junior programs in the Province at that time. At the age of 17, Tahlon received a sponsored membership at the Edmonton Petroleum G&CC where he worked at the following season and decided that he wanted to pursue a career in golf. After enrolling in the Professional Golf Management program at Lethbridge College, Tahlon worked at the Devon GC, Cougar Creek GR, the Windermere G&CC and Hope Island GR in Queensland, Australia. He became a PGA of Canada Class A Head Professional in 2007 at the age of 22 and was hired by the Edson GC as the Head Golf Professional. Tahlon’s most recent experience is as the Head Golf Professional at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge voted by ScoreGolf Magazine as Canada’s #1 Resort and #3 Golf Course. During his 17 years in the golf industry, he has gained in-depth knowledge and progressive experience in all areas of golf operations. In addition to Tahlon’s PGM Diploma, he possesses a Professional Golf Management Certificate of Achievement. This past season, he had the privilege to sit on the Executive Board of Directors as a Co-Chair on the Promotions & Communications committee.

If re-elected, he will pursue staying on the Promotions & Communications portfolio to help keep our members informed and current with what is happening within our Association.

Jeremy TannerJeremy Tanner
Head Professional
Highlands GC

A Native of High River, Alberta, Jeremy is currently the Head Professional at the Highlands GC in Edmonton. A professional since 2007, his previous employment has included the Head Professional position at Speargrass GC, and earlier to that was an Assistant at Priddis Greens G&CC for eight seasons. He was on the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board for seven years, including time as President. Jeremy contributed in leading key initiatives, including changing the bursary program to guarantee two of out of the four bursaries would be reserved for ‘seasonal’ golf professionals, and assuming guidance of the Roadmap from the Membership and Employment Committee. Furthermore, he has sat on the Education Committee since 2009 and Membership and Employment Committee since 2010. Jeremy’s other multiple volunteer endeavours have included the Peer Support Network, Consumer Show Driving Range, and Mentorship Program.

With multiple years on committees, the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board, working in both the Private and Public sector of the industry, and now being diverse to two of the biggest hubs in Alberta, Jeremy’s relevant positions will aid him in his continued enjoyment of giving back to the strongest Association in the country.

Get to know the 2017 PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board of Directors Nominees:

Kevin ChowKevin Chow
Class A Professional
Blackhawk GC

Kevin is in his eleventh year as a Golf Professional — six of which with Class A designation, and feels he has a good understanding of the golf industry and the Association, along with their merits and challenges. Kevin enjoyed his first term on the Assistants’ Board and would love to continue his role, having served as the Board’s President in 2016. During his term, the Assistants’ Board was able to create and roll out the new PGA of Alberta “Mentorship Program”, which aims to support new PGA members and ensure their growth and success in the industry. Kevin hopes to continue to represent his peers and work to further solidify what is already true: that Alberta has the best Association and Membership in Canada.

Randy HunterRandy Hunter
Class A Professional
Silver Springs G&CC

Randy is going into his ninth year as a Member of the PGA of Alberta. Throughout his career, he has spent five years as an Assistant Professional at the Carstairs GC, two more years in Carstairs as the Head Golf Professional and is now an Assistant Professional at the Silver Springs G&CC. Randy has volunteered for PGA on Wheels, PGA of Alberta Consumer Shows, competed in Association events and is now looking to make the step into the Assistants` Board of Directors to further gain more experience and give back just as much as the Association has given him.

Sam KirknessSam Kirkness
Priddis Greens G&CC

Sam is currently in his second year as an Assistant Professional at Priddis Greens G&CC and third year as a member of the PGA of Alberta.

Sam was named the 2016 PGA of Alberta Assistant Professional of the Year (CFM) and was a recipient of a PGA of Alberta Bursary in 2016. He is a member of the Calgary Golf Show Committee and the Membership and Employment Committee.

Tyler KomickTyler Komick
Class A Professional
Ranch G&CC (The)

Tyler has been a PGA of Canada member since 2008. He has played in numerous events and he believes participating in and supporting Association events is extremely important. Tyler has been an integral part of the team at The Ranch G&CC since 2015 and is currently their Assistant Golf Professional. His passion for teaching is evident; he was nominated and became a finalist for the 2016 Alberta Teaching Professional of the Year Award. Tyler has worked at many positions within the Alberta golf industry. He began his career as a pro shop assistant in 2006 at the Windermere G&CC and soon became Manager to the back shop employees. Since then, he’s been an Assistant Professional at The Quarry GC and River Ridge GC, where he earned his Class A designation in 2012, and was also the Director of Golf at the Golf Den West Edmonton. Tyler is a proud member of the PGA of Alberta and would very much like to represent his peers and to assist in the future growth and success of the Association. With his easygoing demeanor, and exceptional golf and business acumen, Tyler believes that he would make a significant contribution to the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board.

Troy MillsTroy Mills
Class A Professional
Jasper Park Lodge GC

Troy Mills has been a proud member of the PGA of Canada since 2006, a PGA of Alberta member since 2009, and a Class A member since 2013. Troy is looking to run on the Assistants’ Board in order to give back to the game and Association since it has given him so much over the years. Over the past thirteen years, Troy has had the opportunity to work at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge GC and St. George’s G&CC in Toronto. Troy is a highly self-motivated and energetic individual, with a willingness to continue learning and growing our great game, and how the association directly impacts this. He looks forward to exceeding the expectations of the Assistants’ Board and appreciates the opportunity.

Sean MurraySean Murray
Bearspaw CC

Sean Murray, will be going into his fourth full season with the PGA of Canada. Sean is currently working at Bearspaw CC as their Assistant Professional. Sean has completed his diploma in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. In 2015, Sean transferred from Manitoba looking to further his career here in Alberta. During his first season with the PGA of Alberta, Sean participated in multiple tournaments and volunteered with PGA on Wheels. During the Awards Show, Sean was honored to receive a PGA of Alberta Bursary which was instantly used to further his education. Sean looks forward to continuing to be apart of the best zone in Canada.

Doug ReppDoug Repp
Class A Professional
Blue Devil GC

Doug is currently entering his 17th season as a member of the PGA of Canada and his eleventh season as a Class A member. Over the past 16 years, he has been fortunate to be part of an industry that allows him to be able to do something every day that he truly loves and enjoys. For the last three seasons he was able to attend the NGCOA annual meetings, where he has been able to learn from a wide variety of other professionals and club managers. In 2013, he moved to his current position and joined the team at Blue Devil GC. He has also been placed in a position to help create and maintain inventory controls, and work on budgets for the year. He also assists in the organization and running of tournaments and all members events, as well as the staffing and training of the golf operations team. This past off season, Doug has been given the position of PGC Director of Leagues and Events. With this position, Doug will begin the creation of a new PGC event calendar for the upcoming 2017 season that will feature events for all levels of amateur golfers. With these experiences and at this point in his career, he is looking to give back to the Association that has given him so much.

Sean ThompsonSean Thompson
Class A Professional
Calgary G&CC

Since joining the PGA of Alberta in 2012, Sean has attempted to be as active as possible within our Association. His main contributions to date have been on the Educational Committee (2013 -2017), taking a primary role in the creation and delivery of the “Career Planning for Assistants’ and Aspiring Head Professionals” PD Series (2014) in Calgary/Edmonton. He has also had roles within the Tournament Committee and the Membership and Employment Committee. Upon being elected to the Assistants’ Board in 2015, he has progressed into the role of Vice President and has taken a leadership role in initiatives such as The Mentorship Program involving CFM’s within our province. Sean regularly competes at PGA of Alberta events on top of his voluntary work which resulted in finishing among the top 3 points recipients for the Professional Development Order of Merit – recognising the members most engaged with Association programs. Having experienced the training and infrastructure within the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, he feels that he could provide a different perspective on a number of issues that affect Alberta Assistants’. Sean would like to thank you for your consideration.

Kyle WintersKyle Winters
The Quarry GC

Kyle is an Assistant Professional at The Quarry GC in Edmonton and has been in the golf industry for eight years. While perusing a career in the golf industry for a number of years, Kyle took a big step forward in the summer of 2016 when he became a carded professional. One of the main reasons why he applied to be on the Assistants’ Board is because he wants to gain valuable knowledge from a crowd of professionals that are looking to better our industry. Working hard and getting results is a goal of Kyle’s and he aspires to be one of those professionals that help to make a difference. Although Kyle doesn’t have any Board experience, he is more than willing to learn and apply his skills to the Assistants’ Board.