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Willow Park Golf & Country Club Head Professional
Cathy Burton
, CPGA Level 5 Instructor, CPGA Class A Professional
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 her admiration and respect from both her students and peers. After 5 years as an Associate professional at Willow Park Golf & Country Club, Cathy has earned the position of the Club’s Head Professional in 2016.

Accomplishments:
In 1994, Cathy was a leading force behind the establishment of the LPGA Girl’s Club in Manitoba — the program’s first move into Canada after a successful launch in the US. As the fore-runner of the Future Links Girls’ Club — which provides opportunities for young girls to get into golf — the program is still operational across Canada. 

Cathy served as National Junior Women’s Coach for the Canadian Ladies Golf Association from 1998 - 2004. In 2009, Cathy was the first female to be inducted in both the Athlete and Builder category of the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame.

Cathy won the Manitoba Women’s Amateur Championship and was a finalist for Manitoba Golfer of the Year in both 1984 and 1986. In 1986, she was also a finalist for Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year. 

in 1986, Cathy won the Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur Championship, and also she reached the semi-finals in the US Public Links Championship, a competition which attracted 1,085 entries. 

Cathy played on provincial amateur teams at the National Championship for six straight years from 1982 to 1987. She was a Team Canada member in 1986 and 1987 and was a member of Canada's Commonwealth team, which won the Championship in 1987 in New Zealand. No Canadian team has won the Commonwealth Championship since. 

Professional Experience:
Head Professional, River Spirit Golf Club, Calgary. 2004 - 2011 
Associate Professional, Cottonwood Golf & Country Club, Dewinton. 2002 - 2003
Teaching Professional, Harvest Hills Golf Course, Calgary. 2004

Professional Futures Tour. 1988 - 1990
LPGA Teaching Division Member. 1992 - 1996

Apprentice Professional, St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg. 1991 - 1994
Teaching Professional, Southwood Golf and Country Club, Winnipeg. 1995 - 1996
Pro and Manager, Short Game Golf Training Centre, Winnipeg. 1997
Associate Professional, St. Charles Country Club, Winnipeg. 1998 - 2001

Cathy’s passion is to help people learn to love the game of golf for a lifetime. 


Assistant Golf Professional
Chris Nesbitt 

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.


Associate Golf Professional
David G. Tanton