The PGA of British Columbia has named Jack Westover to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Westover becomes only the ninth recipient of the award, the Association’s highest honour.
Westover joined the PGA of Canada in 1957, apprenticing under Bill Thompson and Len Collett at Marine Drive Golf Club until the mid-1960’s.
While at Marine Drive, Westover began coaching and developed a friendship with a then 13-year-old, who later became one of the most decorated amateur golfers in Canadian history.
Doug Roxburgh went on to win four Canadian Amateurs and 13 B.C. Amateurs.
Throughout his early years, Westover quickly realized that watching the success of his students’ improvement gave him the passion to be a coach and teacher, which outweighed his desire to become a club’s head professional.
He took a contract to operate Grandview Driving Range in Burnaby, which paved the path for the rest of his career. He would later become the first golf professional hired as coach of the Simon Fraser University varsity golf team.
Westover coached a variety of students who had gone on to win LPGA, PGA Tour, national and provincial championships. He was also instrumental on the PGA of BC board of directors as junior development chairman throughout the 1970s.
He also coached the Burnaby Night School golf program in the gymnasium at Moscrop Junior High School. Between him and his son, Keith, the duo ran the program for 50 years (1959-2009).
Westover was also instrumental in the execution of the PGA of BC’s Junior Golf College, a week-long golf camp operated at Meadowlands Golf and Country Club in Chilliwack, from the late 1960s to late 1970s.
A special evening to honour Jack Westover will take place on Monday, Sept. 26, at Quilchena Golf & Country Club in Richmond.
To purchase tickets for the event, click here. Deadline to purchase tickets is September 19th.