Student-run golf tourney celebrates 15 years with more to come at Camosun
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The fundraising drive of Camosun golf students scores $3,000+ for college's scholarship coffers.
April showers didn't rain on anyone's golf game or the celebratory mood at last month's 15-year anniversary of Camosun College's Golf Management program.
Each year, as part of their Tournament and Event Management class, first-year golf management students organize and run a charity tournament. This year’s tournament, held at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf course, was particularly special as it marked the 15-year anniversary of Camosun’s two-year Golf Management program.
Current and future students benefit when golfers tee off
The April 2 tournament gave current golf students the opportunity to meet graduates of the 15-year program. Plus the friendly and competitive game of golf resulted in a fundraising win for future Camosun College students!
Selecting and working with a charity or non-profit organization is part of the tournament experience for the students. This year, the students decided that Camosun College Foundation would be the beneficiary of the fundraising tournament.
Troy Dunning is the program chair of the Golf Management program. "The students raised more than $3,000 for the Foundation," says Dunning."The money will be used for scholarships for new applicants and returning students."
"This fall, the Golf Management program plans to build on its 15 years of educational and community successes," says Dunning. "Our graduates continue to be sought after by the golf industry. Over ninety-two percent have full-time employment within six months after graduating."
Grads travel the distance
A number of the 70 golfers at the April 2 charity tournament were Camosun golf management alum. Doug Goubault and Dan Warwaruk both traveled to Victoria to support the program's 15th anniversary and see old friends.
After graduating in 2000, Goubault worked at the golf course at Chateau Whistler before heading back to school to finish a commerce degree at Royal Roads University. In 2006, he became the first Director of Golf Operations at the newly-opened El Camaleón Golf Course at the Mayakoba Fairmont resort. In 2007, El Camaleón made history by becoming the first golf course to host an official PGA TOUR event in Mexico and the first official PGA TOUR event ever held outside of the United States or Canada.
Goubault is now the Director of Golf at prestigious Predator Ridge Golf Course in the Okanagan.
Warwaruk graduated in 2001 and went on to work at Eagle Ranch in Invermere, BC and at the Chateau Whistler golf course. He is now head pro at Highwood Golf and Country Club, just south of Calgary, Alberta. "This was my first time back to Victoria in a decade and I enjoyed catching up with former classmates," says Warwaruk. "Plus this was the first time I got to golf this year! There was snow on the ground when I left Alberta!"
Stories stretch from a rough start to a 15-year-long game
Craig Rencher, head professional at Cedar Hill Golf Course, and Don Lindsay, a retired faculty member, both attended the April 2 tournament organized by Camosun students. Rencher and Lindsay started the Golf Management program in 1996. "This is the little program that almost wasn't," says Rencher. "The program was created to fill an industry need, and yet Don and I were looking at no resources, no faculty, no budget and not even a golf course at first. I was a golf pro at Arbutus Ridge golf course at the time. We arranged a winter membership at Arbutus Ridge, hired dedicated faculty and grew from there!"
Jordan Ray teaches the Tournament and Event Management course, is the head pro at Bear Mountain, and is a 1999 program alum. "The students did an exemplary job of fundraising and organizing the April 2 tournament," says Ray. "I'm always impressed by how well they take business and golf operation skills learned in the classroom and apply them to an event of this size. Here's to 15 years and counting!"
Camosun College’s two-year Golf Management diploma program emphasizes management and marketing. It’s the only program in British Columbia fully accredited and endorsed by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association (CPGA).
Golf Management is hosting a program information evening Thursday, May 12 6:30-7:30pm at the Interurban campus – Centre for Business and Access building, Room 250. Call 250-370-4168 for more information.
Last updated: May 11, 2011 9:29 am