Local pro earns another prestigious PGA of BC award
The PGA of BC has announced that Copper Point Golf Club’s Executive Professional Brian Schaal is the 2020 recipient of the Dunc Sutherland Distinguished Service Award.
The honour is awarded to a PGA of BC member who demonstrates exceptional commitment to the Association by supporting and promoting the association’s brand, events and initiatives.
“Schaal is one of the most respected members of the association both provincially and nationally, evidenced by his selection as the PGA of Canada’s Dick Munn Executive Professional of the Year Award in 2019, in addition to receiving the PGA of BC’s corresponding provincial honour,” the PGA of BC outlined.
“Under his leadership as General Manager, Copper Point Golf Club was also chosen by PGA of BC members in 2019 as the province’s Golf Facility of the Year, due in large part to the club’s extensive community involvement. Year after year, Copper Point’s entire professional staff places among the PGA of BC’s Top 100 Golf Professionals at Schaal’s encouragement, illustrating the importance he places on professional development and Association involvement.”
Schaal is a regular fixture at all PGA of BC events and championships, often travelling significant distance from the East Kootenay to participate in tournaments and seminars. He also serves as President of the National Golf Course Owners’ Association Canada-BC Chapter Advisory Board.
“During a 2020 season that posed unprecedented challenges to the golf industry, Schaal’s advocacy in that role on behalf of golf facilities and professionals played an important role in ensuring the sport could continue to serve the golfing public safely and with minimal disruption amid COVID-19. Schaal becomes the first-ever two-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, having also been selected for the honour in 2016,” PGA of BC said.
The PGA of BC’s awards are designed to recognize leaders in the golf community exhibiting qualities such as volunteerism, selflessness, passion, and dedication to the game.
Schaal and the recipients of 11 other Association awards will be recognized during the 2020 PGA of BC Awards Celebration on Oct. 14.