I was pleased to see the passing of the PACE program because I think in the long run, it’s going to be very beneficial for the Canadian PGA and its zones.
It’s like anything else that’s new. There will be some detractors and there will be some people who are a little standoffish about it, but in the long run, it’s the right idea and it’s the right timing for such a program.
From what I understand, every zone board had an opportunity to look at PACE and the changes that were made to it before it was passed at the Canadian PGA annual general meeting in Moncton last week.
We had a chance to look at it at our buying show in Penticton. It was an open forum and there were lots of questions that were answered quite well.
The people who are going to ask the questions are the ones who are have the most issues and concerns about the program. The questions were being asked by people who, I think, weren’t up to date on the changes that were made from the first time PACE was proposed.
Those questions were good because they allowed for some pretty good answers that showed how changes have been made, so those information sessions definitely helped. Our zone was very good about getting the word out to our members about those changes.
I think PACE will help with out membership numbers and it will allow more people to stay in the association, especially once they get their Class A. Having a strong membership makes it a stronger association.
PACE will not only help golf professionals with more employment opportunities, but the education side of it will help them prepare for a wider variety of duties these days.
In my own case, this will be my fourth year as general manager at Point Roberts, although it wasn’t originally planned that way.
Our last general manager ended up leaving and, for awhile, we were a rudderless ship. We didn’t have anyone to replace him and a lot of his responsibilities fell to me for about six months.
They didn’t say I had to do the job, but you see that certain things need to be done, so you just do them. My owner sat down with me and said you’re doing the job anyway, so why don’t we continue on that way?
PACE wasn’t around at the time, but some of the education modules that are going to come out of it would have helped. I’ve learned a lot from the PGA of America education program and I’ll be interested to see if it’s similar to what comes out as part of PACE.
We’ll talk a little bit more about that in next week’s blog.