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Canada's most-played Junior Golf Tour

Canada's most-played Junior Golf Tour

The Road to College Golf, run exclusively by PGA Professionals

Tournament Directors

Murray Poje
Murray Poje - Executive Director

Murray Poje is the Founder and Executive Director of the MJT, and a 22-year Class "A" PGA of Canada Professional with international tour experience (PGA Tour, Canadian, Australasian and South African Tour events). He is past BC PGA Champion, PGA of BC Seniors Champion (twice), and Head Golf Professional at Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course in Tsawwassen, BC.

Garth Goodbrandson
Trent Matson - National Operations Director, MJT Alberta Tournament Director

Trent Matson is a 20+ year member of the PGA of Canada and is the Director of Instruction at Paradise Canyon GR in Lethbridge, Alberta.  He has been involved with the Alberta MJT since 2000 and recently as National Operations Director and coordinates the MJT College Recruitment Program. Trent has been recognized for his dedication to junior golf as recipient of the 2008 PGA of Alberta's Junior Leader of the Year Award.

Dave Smallwood
Dave Smallwood - MJT Ontario Tournament Director
PGA of Canada Member of 36 years and MJT Tournament Director since 2005.
Executive Professional / General Manager Galt CC.  Past Ontario Teaching Professional of the Year and Ontario PGA Merchandiser of the Year. 
Owner of the Golf Performance Center and Head Coach of the Junior Performance Team.  Have Coached over 23 National and Provincial Championship winner and have placed over 30 Junior on USA Golf Scholarships. 
Jeff Chambers
Jeff Chambers - MJT Saskatchewan Tournament Director

Jeff Chambers, Class "A" PGA of Canada Professional, formerly Saskatchewan Golf Association's High Performance Coach and Future Links Instructor, joined the MJT team of Tournament Directors in 2006 to run the Saskatchewan schedule. Career highlights include being named the 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2018 Junior Promoter of the Year for the PGA of Saskatchewan; the 2009 & 2011 Saskatchewan Head Pro Player of the Year; 2013 PGA of Sask Champion; 2012 PGA of Sask Professional of the Year; 2010 PGA of Canada Junior Leader of the Year; 2017 PGA of Sask Teacher of the Year; 2018 Coach of the Year and Professional Development Award recipient. Jeff is also a Golf Channel Swing Fix Instructor and holds the Head Professional's post at Elmwood G&CC in Swift Current.

Ed Boge
Ed Boge - MJT Manitoba Tournament Director

Ed Boge is the 2005 and 2004 Manitoba PGA Junior Leader of the Year, a 13 year PGA of Canada member, Golf Instructor, Coach to individual junior players across North America and Graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. Ed assists Garth Goodbrandson in Golf Manitoba’s developmental programs, and is the Assistant Coach of the University of Manitoba Golf Team.

Garth Goodbrandson - MJT Manitoba Tournament Director
Garth Goodbrandson is a Class A member of the PGA of Canada, Director of Player Development for Golf Manitoba and the Provincial Coach for Golf Manitoba. Garth is also the Head Coach and Co-Founder of the University of Manitoba Golf Team. Industry awards include PGA of Manitoba Junior Leader of the Year 1999 and 2000; PGA of Canada Junior Leader of the Year 1999, PGA of Manitoba Professional Development Award 2014 and was the PGA of Manitoba Coach of the Year in 2017. Garth was named Coach of the Year at the University of Manitoba in 2013 and was the Canadian University/College Male Coach of the Year in 2014. In 2016 Garth was inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame.
 
Louis Melanson
Louis Melanson - MJT Atlantic Canada Tournament Director

Louis Melanson is a 14 year member of the PGA of Canada. He runs the Louis Melanson Golf Academy at the Royal Oaks Golf Club. He was a Golf Canada coach for 6 years and Provincial Coach for NB. Louis has won the PGA Teacher of the Year in Atlantic Canada a total of seven times, including his latest in 2018. Louis was also named the PGA of Atlantic Canada's winner of the Coach of the Year.
www.louismelansongolf.com

Chris Hood - MJT British Columbia Tournament Director
Chris currently serves as the General Manager and Director of Golf at the Falls Golf Club in addition to being the Tournament Director in BC. He is a golf industry veteran having worked with high profile operators such as Golf BC and Intrawest Golf in key positions. As a PGA of Canada Executive Professional since 1992, and past President of the PGA of BC. Chris brings a solid golf industry background to the Maple Leaf Junior Tour. He looks forward to working closely with all of our Tournament Directors and Management to assist in adding to the already successful MJT.
 
Henry Brunton - MJT Ontario-GTA Tournament Director

Joining MJT in 2018 as Tournament Director for the Ontario GTA, Henry Brunton is a PGA of Canada Master Professional and the only Canadian listed among GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Teachers in America. A four-time national award recipient by the PGA, including 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Brunton served as the Canadian National Team Coach from the inception of the acclaimed program in 1999 until 2011. He has coached and developed 4 world junior champions, 2 NCAA Men’s DI champions, 16 NCAA All-Americans and a host of athletes who have graduated onto the Web.Com, PGA and LPGA Tours.

Russell MacKay - MJT Operations Manager, MJT British Columbia Assistant Tournament Director
MJT Operations Manager, is a University of Waterloo grad where he was a member of the University's Men's Golf Team. Russell worked three co-op terms with Golf Canada and then joined them full-time to work in Amateur and Professional Championships. He worked on Operations and Logistics for the RBC Canadian Open and the Canadian Pacific Women's Open from 2013 to 2016, then in March 2016, joined the PGA of British Columbia as their Membership & Events Manager. Russell has now transitioned to a national role with Canada’s #1-played Junior Golf Tour and is excited about applying the knowledge and experiences gained in many different facets of the golf industry to help the MJT continue its growth.
 
Dylan Smallwood​ - MJT Ontario Assistant Tournament Director

Born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario Dylan grew up in the Golf Industry. Dylan played in the Maple Leaf Junior Tour events during his junior years.  He then attended St Clair College in Windsor, Ontario for the Professional Golf Management Program.  Dylan coordinates up to 25 junior golf camps annually as the Director of Golf North Junior Camp Program.  Dylan became a PGA of Canada Professional in 2015 and continues to run all Golf North Camps as well as work as a PGA of Canada Teaching Professional at Westmount Golf and Country Club.
 

John Deneer - MJT Alberta Assistant Tournament Director

John is a PGA of Canada Class A Teaching Professional and the Director of Instruction at Bearspaw Country Club in Calgary, Alberta.  Along with teaching and coordinating all instructional programs at Bearspaw, John is also the Bearspaw Junior Development Coordinator, lead instructor at Grand Clam Golf Academy, lead coach with the Alberta Golf Association Boys' Development Program and is the founder and lead coach at Junior Development Golf.  Regarding awards and nominations, John was the 2015 Junior Leader of the Year presented by the PGA of Alberta and has been a 5 time nominee for that award along with a 2 time nominee for the PGA of Alberta, Coach of the Year. 

Past Directors

Neil Bidewell
MJT Director, British Columbia
Neil Bidewell is a 17 year member of the CPGA. After winning the BC High School Golf Championships in 1993 Neil went on to study at Purdue University as well as the Universite Science Humaine in Strasbourg, France. Neil is currently the Class A Head Professional at King's Links by the Sea Golf Club and is the volunteer coach of the Delta Special Olympics Golf Team. Neil is also the Event Coordinator for the MJT Ford Go Golf! Junior Clinics across B.C., a free program for kids of all ages to be a part of the game of golf!
 
Mike Skimson
MJT Director, Ontario
A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Mike Skimson has been a PGA of Canada Professional for 18 years and is currently the Head Teaching Professional at the Golf Performance Center @ Whistle Bear Golf Course in Cambridge, Ontario. As Tournament Director in Ontario, Mike provides the Ontario participants with a first class tournament experience. Mike is also the Advanced Competitor Coach for the Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team. Prior to his time at the Golf Performance Center, Mike was an Assistant Professional at Galt CC for 8 years.
 
Tom Bissegger
MJT Director, Quebec
Tom Bissegger is a 25 year member of the Canadian PGA, Class A and Professional/Manager of Golf Rive Sud in St-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec (near Montreal). Tom has been operating junior golf programs (summer and winter) for 200 juniors at Rive Sud for 18 years. In 1986 he founded and currently co-owns the Cegep de St-Hyacinthe Winter Golf Academy, and is also a junior program coach at Richelieu Valley Golf Club. In addition, Tom continues to enjoy actively competing on the Quebec PGA tour.
 
Pat DeCoste

Pat DeCoste is a 13 year member of the CPGA and Class “A” Director of Golf at The Links at Penn Hills. Pat was also named the 2004 CPGA Nova Scotia Player of the Year, 2007 Club Professional of the Year award for CPGA Atlantic and is a member of the CPGA Atlantic Board of Directors.

Vince Liu

MJT Director, British Columbia
Vince Liu is a CPGA Professional with an MBA from Missouri State University. He graduated from San Diego Golf Academy with Honours, and is RCGA Level 3 Rules certified, as well as Titleist TPI Level 2 certified. Vince, who was a founding member of McDonald’s Restaurants in Taiwan and Human Resources Director of Johnson & Johnson, Taiwan, has been in the golf business for more than 11 years.

Robert Ratcliffe

MJT Director, Alberta
Robert Ratcliffe has Canadian & British PGA Class ‘A’ Memberships, is the Assistant National Coach - Team Canada Women’s Team, 2009 BCPGA Teacher of the Year, Provincial Coach - Alberta Golf Association 2004-2006, past Director of Instruction Crown Isle Resort and RedTail Landing Golf Academy, RCGA Regional Coach for Alberta 2005-2006, Head Coach - University of Alberta Men’s Team 2003-2006, and Touring Professional (PGA MasterCard Tour) 1997-2000.

Derek Ingram

MJT Founding Director, Manitoba
Derek Ingram was the founding director of the MJT in Manitoba and headed up the program there for several years before being named Head Coach of the Women’s National Amateur Golf Team as a full-time posting. Derek is a 18-year veteran of the Canadian PGA. He was named Canadian PGA Teacher of the Year in both 2003 and 2007, in addition to being named Manitoba PGA Player of the Year in 2002. Derek is also a record five time winner of the Manitoba PGA Teacher of the Year, two time winner of the Manitoba PGA Junior Teacher of the Year and has been rated by the National Post as one of the Top 10 Teachers in Canada.

Dean Spriddle

MJT Founding Director, Alberta/Saskatchewan
Dean Spriddle was the founding director of the MJT in Alberta/Saskatchewan and headed up the program there for several years before becoming a full time RCGA National Women's Team and Junior Girls Team Coach in 2006. Dean was also the 2002 Canadian Professional Golfers' Association Teacher of the Year and past President of the Alberta PGA.