The PGA of British Columbia has released its list of nominations for this year’s awards, with a local resident among the nominees for the Jock McKinnon Apprentice Professional of the Year award.
Curtis Baldwin, director of golf operations and director of golf and sales for Meadow Gardens Golf Club and Fort Langley Golf Course, says the appointment is a big deal for him.
“To have someone take the time to nominate me and get through the first ballot and win the regional award is an honor,” Baldwin said.
Although Baldwin has been in the golf industry for 18 years, 12 of which as a professional golfer, this is his first year as a member of the PGA of Canada, and he has already been nominated for a PGA award. .
Baldwin credits that rapid rise to award Candidate status to the support of the PGA professionals he works with at the Pitt Meadows and Fort Langley venues.
“The team of PGA of Canada professionals we’ve built at Meadow Gardens and Fort Langley over the past few years is an absolute pleasure to be around. They work tirelessly day in and day out, and I wouldn’t be up for the prestigious Jock McKinnon Apprentice Professional of the Year award if it wasn’t for them.
This award is the highest honor given to an apprentice professional who has not yet achieved Class “A” status, according to the PGA of BC. The three main criteria they propose for the award include demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities, demonstrating strong moral character, and being well regarded as a role model for other PGA of Columbia apprentices. British.
As a new member of the PGA of Canada, Baldwin has yet to achieve Class “A” status, which would allow him to be available for many additional award categories. But achieving that higher status is something he says is definitely on his to-do list.
One of the other Jock McKinnon Apprentice Professional of the Year nominees is also a veteran of the Pitt Meadows golf scene.
Bradley Gagnon began his career in the golf industry as a backroom attendant at Pitt Meadows Golf Club, before becoming a professional shop attendant. Earlier this year, Gagnon made the transition to become an apprentice golf professional for Radium Golf Group, where he earned a nomination alongside Baldwin.
Each of these candidates has already won their regional prize, but are now competing for the provincial prize. The winners of each award category will be announced at the 2022 PGA of BC Awards Celebration on Oct. 12 in Richmond.
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