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GBC Golf Academy Instructor Lori Randle wins BC PGA Teacher of the Year Award

1st November, 2006
Penticton, BC - GBC Golf Academy – at Olympic View Golf Club - Lead Instructor, Lori Randle, has won the prestigious 2006 BC PGA Teacher of the Year award. The British Columbia Professional Golf Association awards dinner was held in Penticton on October 11th, 2006 where the announcement was made. The award is voted by a group of fellow golf professionals, making it an especially large honor.

"I am so happy to have been recognized by my peers. While helping golfers improve is my biggest reward, it is very gratifying to receive this award", said an excited Lori Randle after learning about her win. Long been recognized within the golf industry and by her students as an excellent instructor, this award helps signify Lori's arrival at the top of her profession.

The award process started with island professionals nominating teachers they felt were deserving of consideration for the award. An island selection committee sifted through the numerous nominations and put Lori forward for consideration for the provincial award. At that point, nominees from the four geographical regions of BC all submitted a resume of teaching accomplishments and a provincial committee of past award winners voted on the eventual winner. At the BCPGA awards dinner on October 11 Lori was announced as the winner for 2006.

"Lori has been my "right-hand person" since 2003 when we moved to Olympic View to help launch the GBC Golf Academy", offered John Randle, her husband and Director of Instruction at the Olympic View. "The academy could never have reached its position as an industry leader without Lori's expertise and energy", says John. Lori has built up Ladies Night at Olympic View from 20 people in 2003 to 144 in 2006, runs the numerous and thriving ladies lesson programs, donates over 75 hours of golf instruction each year to charity, uses cutting edge equipment and trains the junior instructors at the GBC Academy. The GBC Golf Academy now has two BCPGA Teachers of the Year on staff with Lori Randle in 2006 and John Randle having won the award in 2002. In four short years, the GBC Golf Academy as risen to the top of the BC golf instruction scene, with 7 instructors whom have completed the turnkey GBC Golf Academy Certification Program and golf school programs that draw visitors from around the globe.

Olympic View Golf Club is owned and operated by the GolfBC Group. “The GolfBC Group is extremely proud of Lori’s accomplishment and what she brings to the team every day. GolfBC continues to commit to growing the game of golf, and the GBC Golf Academy is one of the largest driving forces” says Jason Lowe, Regional Sales Manager – Arbutus Ridge and Olympic View. Olympic View Golf Club boasts the magnificence of the Olympic Mountains, the roar of two spectacular waterfalls, and the tranquility associated with twelve lakes. Olympic View Golf Club is located on Southern Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. www.golfbc.com

Other recent awards are: 2006 Company of the Year – Westshore Chamber of Commerce, 2005 Best Professional Services – Westshore Chamber of Commerce and #1 Practice Facility in BC, #3 Best Green Fee Value in British Columbia – 2005 Pacific Golf Magazine. Tourism Vancouver Island is one of six regional destination marketing organizations in British Columbia that administers co-operative marketing and advertising projects for its stakeholders throughout the region. To access information about Tourism Vancouver Island and marketing initiatives, please visit www.vancouverisland.travel.

Media Contact: Jason Lowe, Regional Sales Manager
GolfBC Vancouver Island
Phone: 250-474-3673 (ext. 243)
jlowe@GolfBC.com