On a big stage, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January, several Canadians were recognized by the PGA of Canada for their wonderful achievements.
Named George Knudson Teacher of the Year, Matt Robinson (Director of Instruction and Program Development at Rideau View Golf Club, in Manotick, near Ottawa) was asked how he reacted when he found out he was receiving a major award: “I had huge anxiety initally. It’s one of those things if you have any insecurity at all, you’re thinking, ‘There have to be other people that could have qualified for this award.’ After that sort of wave goes past, you realize it’s a huge honour.”
Kevin Haime, who operates the Kevin Haime Golf Centre in Ottawa, was another of those honoured – named National Junior Leader of the Year. The work Haime and his wife Lisa have done for young players in the Ottawa area is exceptional.
“We’ve been helping kids, working with kids, promoting kids and doing everything we can in that realm for the last 30 years in the golf business,” said Haime. “You never think about wanting it, but when they tell you you’re getting an award, it feels nice.”
Other winners: Andrew Steep (Southwood Golf and Country Club, Murray Tucker Golf Professional of the Year); Sean Murray (Bearspaw Country Club, Moe Norman Candidate for Membership of the Year); Sean Thompson (Calgary Golf and Country Club, Stan Leonard Class A Professional of the Year); Mike Matuch (Bearspaw Country Club, Pat Fletcher Retailer of the Year); Jason Schneider (Wildwood Golf Course, Professional Development Award); Paul Horton (Heritage Pointe Golf Academy, Coach of the Year) and Pierre-Alexandre Bedard (Club de Golf Cap Rouge, Mike Weir Player of the Year).
Sam Young and James Collins were both inducted into the PGA of Canada Hall of Fame.