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Jason Hnatiw

Current Golf Facility: Windermere G&CC
Member Classification: Head Professional
Email Address: [email protected]
Phone Number: 780-716-0312 (Alternate)
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For Jason, golf was never a decision, it just happened.  Growing up in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, he and his brother and friends took their 5 irons and hit balls up and down the field near his home.  A broken window later, they realized that it was time to move to the golf course.  At age 10, he got his first membership at the Lloydminster Golf & Country Club and began golfing almost every day.  It was the hole in one that he scored on the 4th hole that hooked him.  Jason never took any formal instruction except a few tips from the Head Professional, Peter Cushner.  At age 14, Jason began working in the backshop for Peter. For the next 3 years he worked at the club, developing a love for the golf business, making his career path an easy choice.While working in Lloydminster, Jason also started building his golfing career.  He played in many local and provincial golf tournaments that built his competitive spirit.  At age 15, he finished fourth at the Saskatchewan Provincial Junior Golf Tournament and earned a spot on the Saskatchewan Junior Golf Team.  The following years included a 2nd place finish in the 16 & under category and a 5th place finish at Provincials in 1999.   In his first year at college, he competed in the ACAC provincial golf tournament.  He won the event and helped his team win the overall team portion.  Jason continues to compete as a Golf Professional in the PGA of Alberta Assistants golf tour.In 1999, Jason enrolled in the Professional Golf Management program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton.  He applied for a position at the Edmonton Country Club and in the spring of 2000 he was working under Head Professional Gary Ward (2001 PGA of Alberta Club Professional of the Year).  "It didn’t take me long to realize that everything I needed to know about being a Golf Professional could be learned from observing how Gary Ward conducted himself and I am very thankful for the opportunities that he has provided," said Jason.  That same summer Jason became an Apprentice Golf Professional, successfully completing the Playing Ability Test (PAT).  After completing the Apprentice Training Program, Jason became a Class "A" member of the Canadian PGA in 2006.It didn’t take Jason long to begin teaching golf and shortly after completing the PAT, he conducted junior golf clinics, adult clinics, indoor winter swing classes, and individual lessons.  "I thrive on the excitement that my students show when I help them with their golf swing.  Their eye’s light up!  It is the most rewarding part of my job," said Jason.For the past 3 years, Jason has sat on the Assistants Board of Directors for the PGA of Alberta, where he has been involved with the Tournaments Committee.  He has also been involved with the Edmonton Consumer Show for the past 6 years, volunteering his time to help with the Clubs for Kids, the Presentation Stage, the Golf Lesson’s area, and the Driving Range. In 2006, Jason was awarded the PGA of Alberta Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, and honour awarded to him and voted on by his industry peers.

Jason Hnatiw

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