Southern Pines endorses, employs and supports the Professional Golfers Association of Canada
We feel that one of the most important parts of our entire operation is that we embrace PGA Golf Professionals as an intricate part of the overall team here at Southern Pines. Our belief is that being in the golf business means more than having a golf course or a driving range and that the real driving factor of the entire sport or industry is the Golf Pro and the things they bring to our business as the true professionals in the game we all love - GOLF.
What Is A Golf Professional?
The great majority of professional golfers (at least 95%) make their living from teaching the game, running golf clubs and courses, and dealing in golf equipment. In American English, the term golf pro refers to individuals involved in the service of other golfers. The senior professional golfer at a golf club is usually referred to as the club professional, but at a large golf club or resort with several courses, his job title is likely to be Director of Golf. If he or she has assistants who are registered professional golfers, they are known as assistant professionals. A golfer who concentrates wholly or nearly so on giving golf lessons is a teaching professional, golf instructor or golf coach. Most of these people will enter a few tournaments against their peers each year, and occasionally they may qualify to play in important tournaments with the other group of professional golfers mentioned below. Many club and teaching professionals working in the golf industry started as caddies or a general interest in the game, finding employment at golf courses and eventually moving on to certifications in their chosen profession. These programs include independent institutions and universities, and those that eventually lead to a Class A golf professional certification.
A much smaller but higher profile group of professional golfers earn a living from playing in golf tournaments or aspire to do so. Their income comes from prize money and endorsements. These individuals are referred to as tournament pros, tour professionals, or in American English as pro golfers.
Doug Millar, PGA Class A
Born in Montreal and moving to Ontario before his 2nd birthday Doug started his passion for golf at the early age of 7. Doug spent his summers playing junior golf and baseball and the winters curling. Doug attended the first Arnold Palmer Golf Academy in Stratton Mountain Vermont where he set the amateur course record of 69 at age 15 and was voted “best swing” Doug attended the University of Western Ontario graduating in 1977 with a Bachelor of Physical Education. Doug entered the PGA in
1975 and achieved Head Pro status in 1981. Doug has studied under some of the best – Dr. Bob Winters – Fred Griffin – Dr. Bob Rotella – Jimmy Ballard and Butch Harmon to name a few. Doug is a certified Club Fitter and a TaylorMade Fit Center fitter. Doug continually educates himself by attending PGA of America and PGA of Canada seminars and workshops.
Jeff Bentley, PGA Class A
Growing up in Simcoe, Jeff started playing golf at the early age of 8. Jeff also achieved Junior C status playing on the Simcoe IBA Junior Hockey Team. Jeff achieved Head Pro status in 1983 and was Head Professional at Brantford Golf & Country club for 17 years. Jeff has worked with notable golfers such as LPGA player Alena Sharp and PGA Tour Player David Hearn, as well as teaching two Provincial Amateur Champions and two Canadian Amateur Champions. Jeff and his wife Molly, their children and grandchildren still reside in the Simcoe\Brantford area.
Gord Head, PGA Class A
Gord developed his desire to teach golf while he was completing his Master's Degree in Engineering at McMaster University, and in 2001 joined the teaching staff at Southern Pines as a member of the Canadian PGA. He is an enthusiastic instructor that strives to see his students improve, yet his relaxed approach helps students enjoy golf while learning valuable skills. Gord draws on his kinesiology and engineering backgrounds to help students utilize their body to their fullest potential, and tailors his teaching method to address the particular swing style for every student.