Sheryle Rowland is heading home to British Columbia to take the director of golf position at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna, but she takes with her fond memories of Silver Springs Golf and Country Club in Calgary, where she has spent the past 16 years, 10 as head professional.
Rowland, who grew up in Vernon, B.C., looks forward to working with general manager Peter Hopley at a 27-hole facility with a renowned teaching facility.
“Gallagher’s Canyon is a fantastic facility and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to go out there, but the hardest thing is certainly leaving the relationships,” she said.
“The (Silver Springs) membership has been extremely supportive. They had a pro before me who had been here for 13 years, was well liked, and when he moved on, they gave me an opportunity,” added Rowland.
“Ten years later, I’m still going strong. They’ve really helped me grow as a golf professional and as a person,” said Rowland, who won the 2013 Murray Tucker Award as the PGA of Canada’s Golf Professional of the Year.
“I always say I couldn’t have done it without the tenure I’ve had at Silver Springs and all the committees I’ve been a part of – the people here have taught me so much and they’ve been so supportive,” she said.
“Since my announcement went out (Wednesday), I haven’t been able to keep up with the phone calls, text messages and e-mails,” said Rowland, adding that the support she received was not limited to Silver Springs.
The same held true for the PGA of Alberta.
“They’ve been unbelievable for me in my growth as a golf professional and it’s been people like Tiffany Gordon, Ron Laugher out at Priddis, Clive Grant,” she said.
“This association is pretty special,” said Rowland.