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Golf Professionals

Wayne Fairbairn
PGA of Canada Head Golf Professional and Operations Manager

Wayne grew up on the South Coast in South Africa, his love of both the game of golf and Club life started while playing at Port Shepstone Golf and Country Club. In May 1997, Wayne and his mother immigrated to Canada and settled in Saskatoon. He got his first job a couple of days later at Riverside Country Club. This became his summer base for the next 9 years, becoming an Assistant Golf Professional there in 2002. During the winter months Wayne played on a golf scholarship at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, where he obtained his BBA in Accounting while experiencing competitive college golf all over the US. Before becoming a Professional Golfer in 2002, Wayne represented the Saskatchewan Willingdon Cup team at Nationals (1998 & 1999) and was the provincial champion in 1999.

After 4 years as an Assistant Golf Professional at Riverside Country Club, Wayne moved to Calgary to join the team at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club (now The Winston) in 2006. In 2009 Wayne was named Head Golf Professional of the Club and enjoyed many outstanding years overseeing the golf operation. In 2014 he won the Pat Fletcher National Retailer of the Year award, which he credits to the relationships he built with the members of the club along with the incredible team supporting him.

In 2017 Wayne and his family, wife Jana-Lyn and son Ewan moved back to Saskatoon where Jana-Lyn became Executive Director at Riverside Country Club. Wayne was named Head Professional at The Willows Golf and Country Club, later becoming the General Manager, where he remained until the family moved back to Calgary in January 2020.

Wayne is grateful and excited for the opportunity to work with the amazing team at Willow Park Golf & Country Club to “create standing ovation experiences” for our members.

Stu Chan
PGA of Canada Associate Professional

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Stu moved to Canada as a youngster and grew up in Calgary. After completing degrees History and Political Science at the University of Calgary, Stu turned his focus to golf. Early in his career he worked for extended periods at the Valley Ridge Golf Course, Country Hills Golf & Country Club and Springbank Links. During that time, Stu also spent 9 years as the Head Coach at the University of Calgary. It was here that Stu displayed his love of teaching and coaching when he guided the Ladies Golf Team to four top 5 finishes at RCGA/CIS National Championships.

Stu’s career continued as Associate Golf Professional at both Silver Springs Golf & Country Club and Pinebrook Golf & Country Club. He also accepted the position as Head Golf Professional at Lynx Ridge Golf Club in 2016. Stu has been a PGA of Canada Professional for over 20 years, and is a testament to what hard work, commitment and passion can do for career success. That skill and prowess did not go unnoticed and was recognized by the PGA of Alberta when Stu was a four-time finalist for the Associate Professional of the Year Award from 2012-2015.

Besides the pleasure he derives from his career, Stu’s greatest support comes from his wife of 25 years, Kelly and their daughter Maya. They allow him to follow his unwavering desire to help golfers enjoy the game to the best of their potential. Stu brings that dedication to the game he loves everyday to his role as First Associate Professional at Willow Park Golf & Country Club.

Chris Nesbitt
PGA of Canada Assistant Professional

Originally from Cold Lake, Alberta, Chris grew up with a passion for several sports including hockey, football and basketball. It wasn’t until his family moved to Goodyear, Arizona when Chris, at the age of 16, took a strong interest in golf. He excelled in the sport at a rapid pace while playing high school golf for the Millennium Tigers, achieving the Most Improved Player and qualifying for the 5A-II State Championship in consecutive years. After only 2 short years Chris attained a top 5 spot and made the all-region team.  

With his love for the game, Chris decided to further his knowledge on the business side of golf by attaining a diploma in Golf Management from Camosun College in Victoria, BC. His experience prior to joining the Willow Park team includes working at both Riverside Golf Club in Saskatoon, SK and Victoria Golf Club in Victoria, BC.  

Chris joined the PGA of Alberta in 2015 and passed his Play Ability Test at Red Tail Landing with an impressive two round total of 151. Chris continues to build his credentials with coaching, fitting and education seminars.

Chris can always be found with a smile and a great attitude, whether he is directing and assisting backshop staff, running leagues & tournaments, helping with junior development programs, club fitting, or greeting you in the pro shop. As he enters his 7th season at Willow Park Golf & Country Club, Chris looks forward to continuing to grow his relationships with members and fellow employees.