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Blehr MacKinley

Blehr MacKinley

Name:  Blehr MacKinley

Date and Place of Birth:  December 24, 1977  Sydney, Nova Scotia

Current Employment (Title and Facility): Head Professional (Brightwood Golf & CC)

Current Place of Residence (Town/City): Enfield, Nova Scotia

Family (Names of Spouse/Children): Deidre George, 1 dog (Brooke), 2 Cats (Barbara Ann, Willa)

Year Began PGA Career: 2003

Year Gained PGA Class A Membership: 2005 

Why You Chose the PGA As A Career: Love the game of golf and dealing with people to make their experience an enjoyable one

Greatest Career Influence:  Family and friends

PGA Mentor(s): Lorne Jennex, Brett Burgeson, Stu Musgrave, Ted Stonehouse

Number of Years Playing Golf: 27

Where/When You Started Playing Golf: 10 years old at Seaview Golf & CC

Who Influenced You To Start Playing Golf? Hockey teammate

General Golf Industry Employment Experience (i.e. 2006-2008 Head Professional - ABC Golf Club):
1996-2002 Seaview Golf & Country Club- Shop Assistant
2002-2005 Seaview Golf & Country Club- Assistant Professional/Pro Shop Manager
2005-2007: Seaview Golf & Country Club- Associate Professional/Pro Shop Manager
2008: Rocky Crest Golf Club- Associate Professional
2009: Country Hills Golf Club- Associate Professional
2010-2011: The Lakes Golf Club- Associate Professional
2012-2015: Brightwood Golf & Country Club- Head Golf Professional

Education History (Post-Secondary):
1999-2002 PGM from Grant MacEwan College (Edmonton, Alberta)
2010-Present BBA Mount Saint Vincent University (Bedford, NS)

Certifications (i.e. First Aid, TCCP, etc.): First Aid, TCCP 1-4, CNC

Awards Received (Industry and Non-Industry Related):
2005 Tex Nobel Award Winner

PGA or Related Positions Held/Served?
2013-2014 PGA of Canada Atlantic Tournament Committee

Significant Events Hosted at Facilities While You Were Employed:
2005- Nova Scotia Mens Mid-Am
2007- Nova Scotia Mens Amateur
2008- Clublink Interclub Finals
2008- Muskoka Pro-Am
2009- Calgary Flames Foundation Tournament
2014- Nova Scotia Mens Amateur

Professional Playing and Tournament Highlights (i.e. 2012 Zone Champion):
2012- 3rd Place Zone Championship
2013- 9th Place Zone Championship
2014- 3rd Place Tour Championship

List 1-3 "Non-Golf" Hobbies:
1. Hockey- Both playing and reffing
2. Spending time with my dog and family
3. Reading, listening to music

Volunteer Activities (Past and Present, Golf and/or Non-Golf Related):
Hockey Coach- Cape Breton County Minor Hockey Atom AA Islanders (2005)
Hockey Coach- Cape Breton County Minor Hockey PeeWee AA Islanders (2007)

A Quote about Yourself, the Golf Industry, Life, the Golf Swing….Anything:  Being able to wake-up and to go to work knowing that I love to do what I want to do, is very rewarding and enjoyable.  Nothing beats this industry.

Thoughts on the Importance of Continuing Education and Your PGA Designation: Education is something that we are doing on a regular basis.  To stay up-to-date on trends, etc, is of utmost importance in our industry.  To continue education is important to me and a benefit to my employer.

Personal Preferences:

Equipment Partner/Sponsor/Affiliation: Titleist/Foot-Joy
What’s in the bag? Titleist 915D2 Driver 10.5 Stiff
                                    Titleist 915F 3Wood Stiff
                                    Titleist 915H 18* Stiff
                                     Titleist AP2 714 4-PW Project X 5.5
                                     Vokey SM5 50*, 54*, 58*
One thing that is always is in your bag: Gilbert the Gopher Headcover
Other Equipment (Ball, Shoes, Glove, etc): Pro V1x #27s, FJ SciFlex, FJ Hyperflex
Favorite PGA Player: Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Fred Couples



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