PGA of BC Announces 2020 Education Series Lineup


RICHMOND, British Columbia — PGA of BC Education Series presented by Foresight Sports Canada returns in 2020 with four events across the province, once again providing the Association's membership with a wide range of professional development opportunities through the winter and spring seasons.

Featured speakers from a variety of golf-industry backgrounds and areas of expertise, including several PGA of BC members, will cover a number of topics and issues relevant to all Golf Professionals at events taking place in four of the Association’s geographical regions. The series will kick off Jan. 14 at Richmond Country Club and wrap up April 27 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

Further events are scheduled for March 3 at Victoria Golf Club and March 10 at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club.

As part of the upcoming Education Series, we are proud to have three past recipients of national awards from the PGA of Canada among our featured speakers: 2018 Professional Development Award recipient Jason Giesbrecht (The Golf Performance Project), 2013 Coach of the Year Robert Ratcliffe (Bear Mountain Resort Community) and 2018 Class "A" Professional of the Year Greg Pool (Capilano Golf & Country Club).

Other PGA of BC members presenting to their peers during the series will include Doug Hastie (British Columbia Golf), Laird White (The Golf Performance Project), Clay Stothers (The Okanagan Golf Club), Myles Johnson (Hillview Golf Club), Trevor Simkins (Bootleg Gap Golf Course) and Simon Jones (Kimberley Golf Club). 

The following presentations will be featured at each stop on the Education Series:

Richmond Country Club – Tuesday, January 14 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

  • “Introduction & Overview of World Handicap System”
    Doug Hastie; Senior Manager of Field Competitions, British Columbia Golf
  • “Fitting Top Talent: Experiences on Tour”
    Laird White; Teaching Professional, The Golf Performance Project
  • “Today's Competitive Advantage: Skills that Drive the Customer Experience”
    Lindsay Benard; Senior Corporate Trainer, Dale Carnegie Training of British Columbia

Victoria Golf Club – Tuesday, March 3 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

  • “Pathways to Long-Term Progress in Competitive Golfers”
    Robert Ratcliffe; Director of Instruction, Bear Mountain Resort Community
  • “The Top 10 Traits Every Golf Professional Should Have”
    Greg Pool; Class “A” Professional, Capilano Golf & Country Club
  • “Today's Competitive Advantage: Attitudes that Drive the Customer Experience”
    Lindsay Benard; Senior Corporate Trainer, Dale Carnegie Training of British Columbia

Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club – Tuesday, March 10 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

  • “Overcoming Obstacles to Instruction”
    Clay Stothers; Class "A" Professional, The Okanagan Golf Club
  • “Mental Fitness: Be the Boss of your Brain”
    Sian Flanagan; Founder, The Business of You
  • “Building a Junior Culture at your Club”
    Myles Johnson; Head Professional, Hillview Golf Club

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort – Monday, April 27 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

  • “Effective Tourism: Leveraging & Maximizing Available Grants”
    Trevor Simkins; Head Professional, Bootleg Gap Golf Course, &
    Simon Jones; Head Professional, Kimberley Golf Club
  • “Taking Advantage of Technology”
    Jason Giesbrecht; Head Teaching Professional, The Golf Performance Project

Click each event’s heading to learn more about each featured speaker and the content of their respective presentations. 

Registration is now open for all four events. Find the registration link on each event page or via our 2020 Schedule of Events

Members are reminded that they will earn Professional Development Program points toward their 2020 total by attending Education Series events, receiving four (4) points for participating in events located within their respective PGA of BC geographical region and six (6) for events outside their region.

Furthermore, the Association’s administration team and Education Committee is in the midst of finalizing details for the 2020 PGA of BC Spring Education Seminar, which will be held Feb. 10-11 at Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course. An announcement of this year’s speaker lineup will be announced early in the New Year.

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our educational gatherings in the months ahead.

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