The PGA of BC has announced the recipients of three of its 2016 awards, as well as the 2016 Forestar Golf Community Leadership Bursary, and the Jim Gibson Scholarship.
This awards honour individuals in the golf community that exhibit qualities such as volunteerism, selflessness, passion and dedication to the game.
The recipients, along with the winners of 10 other PGA of BC Awards, will be recognized at the PGA of BC Awards Ceremony, Oct. 12 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, B.C.
The Forestar Golf Community Leadership Bursary recognizes an individual who demonstrates an extraordinary desire and passion to to use their abilities to make a difference in the lives of others, setting an example of “giving back” for PGA of BC members.
This year’s recipient is Clay Stothers, Class A Professional at Okanagan Golf Club.
Stothers has built the junior golf program from just a couple of dihard golfers, to nearly 50 Juniors, in addition to coordinating three high school participation programs in his region.
Stothers plans to use the bursary to assist in funding the Grow through Golf Program, an initiative that introduces the game to younger students, while maximizing older students’ ability and potential to play competitively.
The Jim Gibson Scholarship is named in honour of the late, long-time supporter of the PGA of BC who valued education in his role as a golf professional and was extremely well-versed in the game.
The recipient of this scholarship exemplifies volunteerism and demonstrates a passion for furthering their education for their community’s benefit.
The 2016 scholarship goes to Greg Pool, Class A Professional at Capilano Golf and Country Club.
Pool is an active volunteer in the PGA of BC community, serving as both the vice captain and assistants’ representative on the association’s board of directors, in addition to leading the Srixon PGA of BC Tour as commissioner.
Pool is currently completing a certificate through Cornell University focused on leadership. The scholarship funds will assist Pool with the completion of all seven courses.
Introduced in 2014, the Media Personnel of the Year Award recognizes a media member or organization that has made a significant contribution to the PGA of BC over the past year.
In 2016, this award goes to Inside Golf.
A long-time supporter of the association, Inside Golf continues to demonstrate its commitment by showcasing our members’ projects and achievements both in print and online.
The Jim Gibson Patron of the Year Award is presented each year to a person or group of people outside of the PGA of BC membership that demonstrates an exceptional contribution to the Association’s initiatives.
This year, the PGA of BC will present this award to Canucks Sports and Entertainment, which has been instrumental to the success of Canucks Junior Golf Week, a PGA of BC initiative that has introduced over 1,600 children golf over the past three years.
Providing both branding and marketing assistance for the program, including promoting the camps to thousands of their season tickets holders, the Vancouver Canucks have been imperative to the growth of the association’s junior golf initiatives.
The PGA of BC Distinguished Service Award presented by DGL Sports is awarded to a PGA of BC member who demonstrates exceptional commitment to the association by supporting and promoting its brand and initiatives.
This year, the PGA of BC will present this award to Brian Schaal, executive professional at Copper Point Golf Club.
Despite residing quite a distance away from most of the association’s events, Schaal makes a great effort to attend himself, while also encouraging his three professionals to do the same.
Schaal is also a strong advocate for the PGA of BC professional on the NGCOA board of directors, where he continually presses for the importance of owners to have a golf professional at their facilities.