Member Profile

Mike Matuch

Current Golf Facility: Golf Traders - Calgary
Member Classification: Class A Professional
Education Background: Niagara College
Email Address: [email protected]
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 2023 Top 100 Program Points
 2022 Top 100 Program Points
 2021 Top 100 Program Points
 2020 Top 100 Program Points

Top 100 Program 2021

PROfile

Mike got into golf as a summer activity back home in St. Catharines, Ontario.  The more he played, the more he loved the game which led to getting a membership at Sawmill Golf Club where he played a lot with his dad and his golfing buddies.  After high school Mike enrolled in the Professional Golf Management Program at Niagara College and instantly knew the golf industry was where he belonged.  After achieving his Business Administration in Professional Golf Management and in the summer of 2006, Mike and 6 others from the program packed up their cars and headed west to do a summer internship at Kananaskis Country Golf Course. In describing his experience, Mike says “The towering Rockies, the peace and tranquility and the amazing customer service environment driven by Bob Paley along with his infectious personality showed me that I had found a new place to call home in Alberta!”  
 
In 2007, Mike passed his Playing Ability Test becoming a PGA of Canada Professional.  From Kananaskis Mike spent some time in Calgary at McKenzie Meadows, and then back to Sawmill before returning to his new “home” in Kananaskis for the 2010 - 2012 golf seasons.  With Mike’s passion to continually challenge himself both personally and within the industry he decided he wanted to advance to a Private Club.  He was fortunate to meet Wib Lamb, the Head Professional at Bearspaw Country Club and joined the team in 2013.  Mike is forever grateful to Wib, Blair Felesky and the entire Bearspaw management team for allowing him to grow and eventually take on the Head Professional role in 2016.  It was there that Mike was inspired to try out unique structures that translated to an amazing culture for employees and members.  His efforts paid off as Mike and his team won both the Provincial and National Retailer of the Year Award in 2017.  The following year, in 2018, Mike was a finalist for the Alberta Club Professional of the Year.
 
Working in environments that foster team-oriented core values have nurtured Mike’s beliefs to where they are today; to create positive experiences resulting in a great culture. 

Q. What do you enjoy most about the game and the business of golf?
Creating memorable experiences on a daily basis for both members and staff.
Q. What or who influenced you in becoming a Golf Professional?
Experience working with Bob Paley and his team at Kananaskis and Jeremy Julie at Sawmill Golf Course for always making me feel included as one of the only juniors at the club.
Q. What would you be doing if you weren’t a Golf Professional?
Phys Ed Teacher
Q. What is your favourite golf course in the world?
Pacific Dunes
Q. Who is your favourite PGA Tour player?
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy
Q. What is the first club you take out of your bag on the driving range?
PW
Q. What is the most number of holes of golf you have played in one day?
54
Q. What is your career low round and where did you shoot this score?
67 - Mount Lorette, Kananaskis Country Golf Course
Q. What significant accomplishments are you most proud of?
The Bearspaw Golf Shop team winning the 2017 PGA of Canada Pat Fletcher Retailer of the Year.
Q. What other interests, hobbies and passions can you share?
Travel, hiking, camping, skiing, tennis, any and all sports, anything outside.
Mike Matuch

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