PGA of Ontario selects Alex McIntyre as President


PGA of Ontario selects Alex McIntyre as President


Tom Vanderlip and Mike Kelly named to Board of Directors



For Immediate Release

November 19th, 2014


PICKERING, ON - Essex Golf and Country Club Head Professional, Alex McIntyre is the new President of the PGA of Ontario, while Peninsula Lakes Golf Club General Manager Tom Vanderlip and Mike Kelly, Director of Sport Development for the Golf Association of Ontario, have been added as members of the association's Board of Directors.


After two years as the association's Vice-President overseeing Finance and Long Range Planning Committees and over 20 years as Director of Golf at Essex Golf & Country Club, Alex brings a wealth of experience to the President's position.  "It is a privilege to represent and serve the members in this leadership role for 2015 and 2016." 


In September, the PGA of Ontario concluded its first membership survey in 20 years.  The data will be evaluated to determine short and long term strategic planning that will set the ground work for a strengthened association. 


"What I see right now is a strong desire by many PGA members to get involved," McIntyre says.  "We will benefit from the collaboration among this diverse and tremendously talented group of professionals.  PGA members share common ground.  We are passionate about the game of golf, dedicated to providing exceptional service and we work diligently to make the game of golf a rewarding career.  We want to be the best ambassadors of the game of golf for all to experience."       


Vanderlip and Kelly named to Board of Directors  

Since arriving at Peninsula Lakes GC in July of 2003, Tom Vanderlip has remained an extremely approachable and very visible General Manager, who strives to deliver a premium golf experience in the ultra-competitive Niagara Region.  


"We don't take one round for granted, every round played here is important to us. We're also used to thinking outside the box here and if it works that's great and if it doesn't then we head back to the drawing board and try something else to make things better," says Vanderlip, who now has 25 years' experience working in the Ontario golf industry. "I just think my time has come to give back to the association. I'm one of the older guys now and I think I have some insight and ideas about the business that can help Alex and the Board move forward."


Prior to Peninsula Lakes Vanderlip was the Director of Golf at Copper Creek GC during its first season and a half of operation. He began his golf career at Tyandaga Municipal Golf Course in Burlington in 1989, followed by a short stint at Glendale G&CC and he went to Heron Point Golf Links in 1992 to help open that course before being promoted to Head Professional in 1998. In 2000, he was part of the opening team at ClubLink's King's Riding GC and from there he went to Copper Creek.


Mike Kelly, or Mr. Knickers' as he's also known around the province, has been working with the GAO since receiving his PGA of Canada Class A designation in 2006. In his role as Managing Director, Sport at the GAO Mike is primarily focused on; increasing participation in golf, improving performance in golf at all levels, developing golf coaching, overseeing GAO championships and supervising officials. Kelly is currently a member of the board for the Sports Alliance of Ontario and on the Sport Organizing Committee for the Pan Am Games to be held across the GTA next summer. Many of his initiatives in these areas have helped to elevate the GAO as a provincial sports leader.


"I believe I have experience in strategic planning that could be helpful and I would like to assist with that so the PGA of Ontario can find its niche in the golf landscape determining what we can do to make it great," says Kelly who played an integral role in the launching of the World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Angus Glen Golf Club in October. "I would really like to hit a home run here and work with the board to take the association to the next level."


Kelly was the 2008 PGA of Ontario and Canada Junior Leader of the Year winner and the 2012 PGA of Ontario and Canada Professional Development Award winner.


McIntyre replaces outgoing association President, Rob Hickson, who is now Past Present, while Vanderlip and Kelly fill in vacancies on the Board left by Mark Sharpe and Randy Taylor. The PGA of Ontario appreciates the passion and commitment these three individuals have shown for the association and thanks them for their time on the Board.


Each fall the association sends out a notice to all members indicating available positions within its Board of Directors. Fourteen applications/resumes, including one from a female member, were received in October. All applicants were asked to respond to the following questions; "What would you hope to accomplish as a Board member" and "Why are you interested in being a Board member at this time"? Candidates were then short-listed for telephone conference call interviews with the Selections Committee and the vacancies were filled.


For more information contact:

Kevin Purcell

Executive Director
PGA of Ontario

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