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Cathy Burton 
PGA of Canada Head Professional & Level 5 Instructor

As a competitive Amateur and as a Golf Professional, Cathy has attained numerous achievements and awards over her golfing career. Her passion for teaching, has earned admiration and respect from both her students and peers.

From the early 1980’s Cathy was playing competitive golf as member of provincial amateur teams at the National Championship before being selected as a member of Team Canada in 1986 and 1987. Her hard work culminated in a sweet victory as a member of Canada’s Commonwealth Team in New Zealand in 1987; a feat that remains unrivaled by any Canadian team since. Cathy continued to have competitive success throughout the late 80’s, winning both the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur Championships and reaching the semi-finals in the prestigious US Public Links Championship against over 1000 competitors. Her success did not go unnoticed as she was twice finalist for Manitoba Golfer of the Year and also finalist for Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year. 

Cathy’s passion for golf was not limited to playing the game as she continued to promote the sport and in particular, encourage the participation of juniors. One of her most distinguished accomplishments was her impetus in the successful establishment of the LPGA Girls Club in Manitoba in 1994 — the programs first move into Canada after a successful launch in the US, providing opportunities for young girls to be introduced to golf. To Cathy’s credit the program continues to be operational across Canada.

Cathy’s inherent ability to teach others lead her to serve as National Junior Women’s Coach for the Canadian Ladies Golf Association from 1998-2004. One of her proudest moments came in 2009 when she was recognized as the first female inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame in both the Athlete and Builder category. 

Cathy is extremely proud to be entering her 3rd year as Head Professional and her 8th year at Willow Park Golf & Country Club. Her career is her passion and she brings that devotion to Willow Park with a desire to help people learn to the love the game of golf for a lifetime. 

Sheryle Rowland
PGA of Canada Executive Professional

Sheryle started working in the golf industry in Vernon BC when she was 16 years old. At that time, she knew she had discovered her passion and immediately fell in love with the game that would change her life and forever shape her career.  

In the mid 1990’s Sheryle furthered her academic qualifications with a Golf Management Degree from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta. Sheryle joined the PGA in 1997 while working her 5-season tenure at Osoyoos Golf & Country Club in Osoyoos BC. Throughout her apprenticeship she became certified in TPI Golf and Custom Club Fitting.

Sheryle landed her first Head Professional position at the age of 30 at the Silver Springs Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta. During her time as Head Professional at Silver Springs, Sheryle won the PGA of AB Ladies Championship and was the 2005 PGA of AB Ladies Order of Merit winner. A singular highlight in Sheryle’s career might have been capturing back to back 2006 and 2007 titles in the Calgary Riley’s Best Ball Championship with her beloved friend and playing partner Gaylene Donald.

Sheryle feels most honoured for being awarded both the PGA of Alberta Head Professional of the Year, followed by the PGA of Canada Murray Tucker Golf Professional of the Year in 2013.  Criteria for both the provincial and national awards includes promotion of the sport, volunteering, PGA of AB and community involvement.  

After 16 years at Silver Springs, Sheryle accepted a prominent position as Head Professional at the Pinebrook Golf & Country Club before joining the team as Executive Professional at Willow Park Golf & Country Club. She is thrilled to assume this role and continue to build relationships of a lifetime while continuing to grow the game of golf.

Stu Chan
PGA of Canada Associate Professional

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Stu moved to Canada as a youngster and grew up in Calgary. After completing degrees History and Political Science at the University of Calgary, Stu turned his focus to golf. Early in his career he worked for extended periods at the Valley Ridge Golf Course, Country Hills Golf & Country Club and Springbank Links. During that time, Stu also spent 9 years as the Head Coach at the University of Calgary. It was here that Stu displayed his love of teaching and coaching when he guided the Ladies Golf Team to four top 5 finishes at RCGA/CIS National Championships.

Stu’s career continued as Associate Golf Professional at both Silver Springs Golf & Country Club and Pinebrook Golf & Country Club. He also accepted the position as Head Golf Professional at Lynx Ridge Golf Club in 2016. Stu has been a PGA of Canada Professional for over 20 years, and is a testament to what hard work, commitment and passion can do for career success. That skill and prowess did not go unnoticed and was recognized by the PGA of Alberta when Stu was a four-time finalist for the Associate Professional of the Year Award from 2012-2015.

Besides the pleasure Stu derives from his career, there is no greater pleasure than the love for his wife Kelly and daughter Maya. They are his life and support his unwavering desire to help golfers enjoy the game to the best of their potential. Stu brings that dedication to the game he loves, to his new role as First Associate Professional at Willow Park Golf & Country Club

Chris Nesbitt 
Assistant Golf Professional

Chris is in his second year as a member of the PGA of Canada. Originally from Cold Lake Alberta, Chris moved to Goodyear, Arizona in 2008 where his passion and love for the game began to grow. He played high school golf for the Millennium Tigers qualifying for the 5A-II State championship in consecutive years and made the all-region team his senior year. Chris Attended the Golf Management program at Camosun College in Victoria BC from 2014 to 2016. He has worked at Riverside Golf Club in Saskatoon as well as at the Victoria Golf Club in his 5 years in the golf industry.