The temperature may be dropping, but the golf industry isn’t stopping.
T’is the season for awards to be handed out by various associations, celebrating lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions in 2011. Below are recent recipients of the hardware in their respective associations and specialties, along with some other autumn news.
Jim Gibson recently recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the PGA of British Columbia. That award has only been handed out only six times, including Gibson, in the history of the association. Gibson was president of the BCPGA for three years and was made an honourary lifetime governor. For more on Gibson, click here.
Kim Valleau of Calgary Elks Lodge Golf Club, Mitch Walz of Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Stuart Williamson of the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club and Luke Workman of the Pinebrook Golf and Country Club are the 2011 recipients of the PGA of Alberta Apprentice Bursary … The PGA of Manitoba recently presented its 2011 awards. The winners include Dean North, Carman Golf Club (Callaway Player of the Year), Shane Dick, Pine Ridge Golf Club (Golf Professional of the Year), Brian Dagg, Pine Ridge Golf Club (Assistant of the Year), Tom Kinsman, Southwood Golf and Country Club (Teacher of the Year), Dustin Wilson, Whitewater Golf Club (Junior Leader of the Year), Wade Nybakken, Niakwa Country Club (Retailer of the Year).
The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association recently named Ken Wright of Devil’s Pulpit in Caledon, Ont., its Superintendent of the Year. Other recipients at its Fall Field Day include Travis Olson of the Kamloops Golf and Country Club in Kamloops, B.C. (CGSA/Toro Future Superintendent Award), Raymond Savard of the Southwood Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg (John B. Steel Award), Kendra Bishop, daughter of Ted Bishop of the Rolling Meadows Golf Club , and Wendel Brooks, son of Marc Brooks of the Stone Tree Golf and Fitness Club (President’s Scholarship Award).
Audubon International is accepting nominations for the Ronald C. Dodson Golf and Environment Leadership Award, which is given to an individual or group involved with a golf course, project or other effort connected to the game for exhibiting leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability. Nominations must be received by Nov. 15. For more information, click here … The Golf Business Canada Conference and Trade Show will be held Nov. 17-19 in Lake Louise, Alta. … Top 10 in the PGA of Canada rankings include Brian McCann, Danny King, Brett Burgeson, Bryn Parry, Ken Tarling, Dave Levesque, Mike Belbin, Dean North, Vincent Dumouchel and Kyle German, respectively … Renowned European mind coach Karl Morris will lead the final seminar of his Canadian visit tonight at Lionhead Golf and Country Club in Mississauga, Ont., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, click here.