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Tournament Directors

Murray Poje
Murray Poje

Murray Poje is the Founder and Executive Director of the MJT, and a 22-year Class "A" CPGA 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
Garth Goodbrandson

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 Manitoba PGA Junior Leader of the Year 1999 and 2000, Manitoba PGA Professional Development Award 2014 and Canadian PGA Junior Leader of the Year 1999. 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.

Dave Smallwood
Dave Smallwood

Dave Smallwood is also the National Player Development Director for the MJT. He is in his 32nd year as a member of the PGA of Canada. Dave is the Director of Instruction at both  the Golf Performance Center at Old Corkscrew GC (Ft Myers, Florida) and the Golf Performance Center at Whistle Bear GC (Cambridge, Ontario) where he is Head Coach of the Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team.  Dave has played on Provincial Teams for Ontario at all levels, junior, Assistant Professional and also Club Professional and has been honored with the Ontario PGA Merchandiser of the Year and the Ontario PGA Teaching Professional of the Year.  Dave also has a Golf TV show on Rogers Cable TV as well as weekly Golf Tips on CTV.

Trent Matson
Trent Matson

Trent Matson is a 24 year member of the CPGA, has played professionally in Canada and the United States. Trent is the Director of Instruction at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort in Lethbridge, Alberta, is the former Head Golf Coach for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (Men's and Women's Programs), and has been involved with the Alberta MJT for fifteen seasons, as Tournament Director Alberta, and lately as National Tournament Operations Manager. 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.

Jeff Chambers
Jeff Chambers

Jeff Chambers, Class "A" CPGA 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 Junior Promotor of the Year for CPGA of Saskatchewan and 2009 and 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 and Golf Channel Swing Fix Instructor.

Jeff also holds the Head Professional's post at Elmwood G&CC in Swift Current.

Ed Boge
Ed Boge

Ed Boge is the 2005 and 2004 Manitoba PGA Junior Leader of the Year, a 13 year Canadian PGA 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.

Mike Skimson
Mike Skimson

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.

Neil Bidewell
Neil Bidewell

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!

Louis Melanson
Louis Melanson

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 an RCGA coach for 6 years and Provincial Coach for NB. Louis has won the PGA Teacher of the Year in Atlantic Canada a total of six times. www.louismelansongolf.com

Chris Hood
Chris Hood comes to the Maple Leaf Junior Tour after a successful career at many top golf facilities throughout the Lower Mainland. Chris most recently served as the General Manager and Director of Golf at Tsawwassen Springs. He is a golf industry veteran having worked with high profile operators such as Golf BC and Intrawest Golf in key positions. As a CPGA 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. He looks forward to meeting the Juniors and the Parents at the many tournaments and clinics we will be conducting in 2017.
   
 
 

Past Directors

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.