Ian Webb Highlights 2010 Ontario PGA Award Winners

10/27/2010

(Mississauga, Ont., October 27, 2010) - Ian Webb, the Executive Professional / General Manager from Credit Valley Golf & Country Club is the 2010 Ontario PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Webb, who began his apprenticeship under Rocco D’Amelio at Bridgewater Country Club in the Niagara Peninsula, has worked at Credit Valley since 2000 as both the Head Professional and now the General Manager.

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“It’s a huge thrill for me to have my name added to a list of such decorated and celebrated Professionals,” said a humbled Webb. “I’ve looked up to a number of the past winners my whole life so it’s a huge honour to be included on the list,” added Webb, a past president of the Ontario PGA.

After ‘playing in’ in 1984 Webb continued to work at Bridgewater until 1990 when he was recruited to join the staff at St. George’s Golf & Country Club under the tutelage of Neil Verway. Although Webb was only at St. George’s for two years he learned a lot from Neil and cherishes his time spent on the hallowed grounds on one of Canada’s premier courses.

“Neil had a real passion for the game and it was contagious,” explained Webb in his acceptance speech to a crowd of industry colleagues. “Neil made everyone feel important and a part of the team and it’s something that has stuck with me,” added Webb, 45, of Fort Erie, Ontario.

Webb secured his first Head Professional position in 1993 at the Peterborough Golf & Country Club. At the ripe age of 26 Webb and his wife Helen, began a journey that has been both rewarding a memorable.

“We left Toronto with $15,000 in the bank only to be $250,000 in debt in one week later. The best part about it is we jumped in smiling,” remembers Webb.
Known for his charismatic charm and ability to get the job done, Webb is quick to share the credit with his past and current staff members.

“This award is really all about the people that have helped me throughout my career,” added Webb. “I’ve had some great staff and without  Evans Mahoney, Sarah Dombroskie (Boyce), Kevin Russell, Brian Mason, Taylor Kimura and Jon Hackett to name a few, this award couldn’t have happened for me,” reiterated Webb.




This year's Teaching Professional of the Year presented by FlightScope was awarded to Jason Helman, the Director of Instruction from Wyndance Golf Club in Uxbridge.  Teacher of the Year nominees are judged on a wide array of criteria ranging from innovative teaching techniques to instructional articles, videos or promotions.

“I’ve followed in some pretty big footsteps with all of the past winners being guys I’ve looked up to,” said Helman, 40, of Port Perry, Ontario. “I’ve really got to thank my players who have done a great job over the last few years, without them, I wouldn’t be here today,” added Helman.

Helman, who began his career as a Canadian PGA Apprentice under Mike Schurman at the Toronto Board of Trade Golf, graced the cover of ScoreGolf Magazine this past summer highlighting some of his many coaching philosophies.  A Canadian PGA Class ‘A’ member since 2008, Helman currently works with a number of male and female touring professionals including Tyler Martin of Oshawa and Seema Sadekar of Las Vegas via Stouffville.











This year's Teacher of the Year for Juniors is Ron Webb of South Muskoka Golf & Curling Club. Webb, who has been the Head Professional at South Muskoka for 37 seasons, is a retired Physical Education Teacher who taught in the Muskoka School system for 31 years.

"I am thrilled to be recognized for my work with junior golf," commented Webb, who coincidently couldn't attend the awards dinner due to previous commitments coaching his junior's in Florida.

Webb began his career as a Golf Professional in 1964 at the now defunct Kleinburg Golf Club working under his ‘mentor’ and ‘second father’ Len Diplock. Coincidently many of the juniors that participated in Webb’s successful program at South Muskoka often refer to him as a second father and mentor. Among his many accolades and still his most proudest is that of his Son Brendan and daughter Ryley. Brendan is a former Nationwide Tour Member and currently a professional golfer in Florida while Ryley is the COO of the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, SC.












Todd McGrath, the Head Professional at The Cutten Club in Guelph was named this year's Merchandiser of the Year. Merchandiser nominees are judged on criteria such as merchandising philosophy to Pro Shop layout and display techniques.

“It’s a great thrill to win this award and I am thankful we have a great team at the Cutten Club,” said McGrath. “I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to work for some of the best retailers and merchandisers and without that mentorship I don’t think I would be here today,”

McGrath and his team at The Cutten Club pride themselves in offering great customer service and maintaining great relationships. That philosophy also emphasizes catering to the specific needs of member s and guests.  McGrath believes The Cutten Club differentiates itself with personalized touches like special orders, complimentary shipping, gift wrapping, convenient return/exchange practices, accepting competitor’s gift certificates and offering a wide product mix.













Tayler Kimura, Associate Professional at Brampton Golf Club was this year's Assistant of the Year. Assistant of the Year nominees are judged on criteria such as staff management, teaching, member interaction and playing ability.

“It’s really special to win tonight, especially to win on the same night as Ian. “added Kimura who began playing golf as a junior at St. George’s. “I have a real passion for golf and I’m always striving to get better, I think this award is a testament to that and I’m thankful I was chosen this year,” added Kimura.

Kimura, who began his career as a golf professional in the U.S. worked at both Credit Valley and Owen Sound before obtaining his Class ‘A’ status in 2009 while at Brampton.  Kimura attributes his passion for the game of golf as well as having the opportunity to work with a number of esteemed Canadian PGA Head Professionals as well as Associate Professionals.
 
All Ontario PGA award winners will now but put forward as national nominees.  2009 was year another banner year for Ontario Zone members as both Sean Casey (Teacher of the Year) and Henry Brunton (Junior Leader of the Year) went on to claim national awards. Both Casey and Brunton will be recognized next month at the Canadian PGA Club Professional Championsh ip in Port St. Lucie, Florida.



















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