PGA of Canada Head Professional & Level 5 Instructor
As a competitive Amateur and as a Golf Professional, Cathy has attained numerous achievements and awards over her golfing career. Her passion for teaching, has earned admiration and respect from both her students and peers.
From the early 1980’s Cathy was playing competitive golf as member of provincial amateur teams at the National Championship before being selected as a member of Team Canada in 1986 and 1987. Her hard work culminated in a sweet victory as a member of Canada’s Commonwealth Team in New Zealand in 1987; a feat that remains unrivaled by any Canadian team since. Cathy continued to have competitive success throughout the late 80’s, winning both the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur Championships and reaching the semi-finals in the prestigious US Public Links Championship against over 1000 competitors. Her success did not go unnoticed as she was twice finalist for Manitoba Golfer of the Year and also finalist for Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year.
Cathy’s passion for golf was not limited to playing the game as she continued to promote the sport and in particular, encourage the participation of juniors. One of her most distinguished accomplishments was her impetus in the successful establishment of the LPGA Girls Club in Manitoba in 1994 — the programs first move into Canada after a successful launch in the US, providing opportunities for young girls to be introduced to golf. To Cathy’s credit the program continues to be operational across Canada.
Cathy’s inherent ability to teach others lead her to serve as National Junior Women’s Coach for the Canadian Ladies Golf Association from 1998-2004. One of her proudest moments came in 2009 when she was recognized as the first female inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame in both the Athlete and Builder category.
Cathy is extremely proud to be entering her 3rd year as Head Professional and her 8th year at Willow Park Golf & Country Club. Her career is her passion and she brings that devotion to Willow Park with a desire to help people learn to the love the game of golf for a lifetime.
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 Stu derives from his career, there is no greater pleasure than the love for his wife Kelly and daughter Maya. They are his life and support his unwavering desire to help golfers enjoy the game to the best of their potential. Stu brings that dedication to the game he loves, to his new role as First Associate Professional at Willow Park Golf & Country Club
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 assisting backshop staff, running leagues & tournaments, helping with junior development programs, club fitting, or greeting you in the pro shop. As he enters his 5th season at Willow Park Golf & Country Club, Chris looks forward to continuing to grow his relationships with members and fellow employees.