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Born in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 28, 1937, Bryan Copp excelled in the sport of golf at a very young age.

The game of golf was just beginning to grow in popularity in Western Canada following the second world war, and Bryan was one of the province’s leading stars, winning back to back provincial titles in 1955 and 1956. Those are just two of several highlights of his junior golf career, he had also won several other junior events, club events and amateur tournaments throughout his teens and into his early twenties, throughout BC and the Northwestern United States.

In 1961, Copp decided to join the Canadian PGA and become a Golf Professional, working as an Assistant Professional at the Pont Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, BC for three seasons.

In 1964 he was asked to take on the Pro-Manager position at the Green Acres GC in Vancouver, but this lasted for just one year as his career catapulted after that season when he was offered the Head Professional position at one of Edmonton’s most established golf clubs, the Edmonton Country Club. Copp took the job immediately and remained as Head Professional at the ECC from 1965 to 1982.

In 1983 when The Links at Spruce Grove opened, Bryan became Pro-Manager and remained actively involved in the operation until 1997. When its’ sister course Lewis Estates opened its doors in 1998, Bryan helped the transition along and moved over to the new club acting as Pro Manager from until 2004.

In total, among the three Edmonton Area clubs, a combined total of forty years as Head Professional/Pro Manager. Within the industry, he was a Golf Professional. Within the Association, he was a leader.

He led with his natural ability, a knack for the game that saw him compete against Canada’s best golfers including Stan Leonard, Moe Norman, Nick Weslock, George Knudson and Henry Martell. He won the 1962 BC Assistants’ Championship, the 1965 Edmonton Klondike Open and the 1966 Edmonton City Open.

He led through his contributions. Serving as a provincial Board Member in the 1960s when he moved from BC to help the PGA of Alberta establish itself as one of the country’s leading Professional Golf Associations, lending his expertise and his time to help move forward some of the Association’s many initiatives.

He led through his commitment. Devoted to growing the game everywhere and paving a path for his fellow golf professionals and Assistants to follow, Bryan took great care of the ones in whom he saw great potential, and found a way to let them grow into Golf Professionals of their own. Among the many Head Professionals who at one time worked for Bryan during their career, and who each at some point went on to become successful Head Professionals of their own are Neal Connell, Mark Beckwith, Doug Lecuyer, Gary Lecuyer, John Heelan, Pierre Beauchemin and Jerry Linquist.

And he credits everything to one of the golf industry’s greatest leaders, Leroy Goldsworthy who Bryan claims taught him ‘everything I know.’

In 2005 Bryan Copp became a Life Member of the Canadian PGA.