Our Team

Jeff Wiggins

Director of Golf / Canadian PGA Head Golf ProfessionalWiggy Profile

Bio

Born: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Age: 39

Turned Professional: 1997

Title: Director of Golf/Canadian PGA Head Professional, C.O.O.

Residence: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

I started playing golf at the age of 11. When I was 13, I started spending my entire summers at the local Golf Club playing, practicing, and eating my 3 meals a day there. It didn’t take long before I realized that french fries, hotdogs and sodas were taking toll on my paper route earnings so at age 14 I started working at the golf course as well. I started out as a backshop employee, often picking the golf balls off the driving range in the evenings, cleaning member’s golf clubs and other janitorial services. It was a great experience and after several summers I knew what I wanted to be when I was older.  Intrigued with business and complimented with a strong playing ability in the sport of golf, becoming a Golf Professional was an obvious decision. I spent 3 years in college acquiring a 3 year Business Administration Diploma with a certificate in Professional Golf Management. I turned Professional between my second and third year of college. After college I moved to B.C. and took my first job as an assistant professional at Christina Lake Golf Club. I worked for 2 seasons there before moving to Creston, B.C. where I would spend 4 years as an assistant professional. In my last season in Creston I completed my Class “A” exam and became an Associate Professional within the Canadian PGA. The next season I took an associate professional position in Prince George, B.C. where I worked for 5 more years. During my last season in Prince George, a very interesting and unique job posting came available for Mountain View Golf Club in Whitehorse. I didn’t hesitate in inquiring about the potential position, and as things turned out, I was hired to be the first Canadian PGA Head Professional for the Mountain View Golf Club in 2008, and continue to lead a great team of individuals who are passionate about the game of golf.

Career Achievements:

2007 – PGA of BC Kootenays/North Regional winner – Junior Promoter of the year Award

2011 – PGA of BC Kootenays/North Regional winner – Professional Development Award

2012 – PGA of BC Provincial Golf Professional of the Year Award Winner

2013 – PGA of BC Kootenays/North Regional winner – Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Top 100 BC Golf Professionals (professional development program)

2014 – Top 100 BC Golf Professionals (professional development program)

2015 – Top 100 BC Golf Professionals (professional development program)

Most memorable moment in Golf? Playing with Lee Trevino a few weeks before turning Professional at a Charity event in Saskatoon.

Most memorable Win? Always the first win as a Pro. It was in a mini tour event in the southern B.C. where I won on the first playoff hole. It was in 2001.

Favorite Food? I have learned in life not to be picky and never to go hungry if I can help it so any food is more than welcomed by me.

Favorite vacation destination? Scottsdale, Arizona. Always great weather and lots of sunshine. I find it a peaceful place to spend time on my golf game, eat great food and soak up the sunshine.

Favorite Professional Golfer? My favorite player of all time would be Phil Mickelson. As a fellow left hander Phil was the player I always aspired to be growing up through my teen years and I continue to support his charities and values.

Favorite Golf Course to play? Capilano Golf & Country Club, North Vancouver, B.C.

Lowest score for 18 holes? 62.

How many Hole in Ones have you had? 6, and I would trade them all in for an Albatross

Derek Wirth

CGSA Golf Course Superintendent

Bio

Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Age: 36

Title: Golf Course Superintendent

Residence: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Like most people who enter the turfgrass profession, it was the love for the game of golf that originally brought me to work.  I started golfing when I was 12 years old when I first moved to Whitehorse in 1992.  I was a junior member of Mountain View starting the next year and continued to be until I started working as part of the grounds crew in 1998. Originally, I was interested in being a Golf Pro and started attending Grant MacEwan in Edmonton, Alberta enrolled in Management Studies.  I soon realized that being a playing professional was never in the cards for myself.  I still wanted a career within the golf industry, so I finished my Professional Golf Management diploma in 2001 before immediately enrolling in Turf grass Management at Olds College the following fall.  I graduated from Olds in 2003 and took a 9 hole Superintendent position in Mayerthorpe, Alberta.  I completed 2 years there before returning to Whitehorse in 2005.  I took over as the Assistant Superintendent at Mountain View in 2006 for 3 years before finally taking over the helm of the Maintenance Department in 2009.

Most memorable moment in Golf? Walking across the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th at the Old Course in St. Andrews.

Most memorable moment in Turf? My time working at St. Andrews was amazing but it was easily trumped when I was given an opportunity to help prepare for the 2006 Open Championship (British Open) at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.  I spent over a month renovating bunkers while I stayed with the Superintendent and his family in the house located on the course.  I have never learned so much in such a short period of time.

Favorite Food? 1 inch thick T-bone steak, cooked rare with my secret spices.

Favorite vacation destination? New Zealand without question, its Vancouver Island on steroids and they love their golf too!

Favorite Professional Golfer? Phil Mickelson even though he’s is a lefty.  I love his short game imagination coupled with the ability to execute.

Favorite Golf Course to play? Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Ponoka, Alberta

Lowest score for 18 holes? 73

Scott Shepherd

Canadian PGA Associate Golf Professional/Director of Instruction

Bio

Born: London, Ontario

Turned Professional: 2003

Age: 39

After turning professional in 2003, Scott has since achieved Class “A” status and Level V certification as an instructor with the Professional Golfers Association of Canada. Scott is a graduate of the Business Administration – Professional Golf Management program at Georgian College in Ontario, and is continuing his education by working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Kwantlen University in British Columbia. A very competitive player, Scott comes to Mountain View Golf Club after spending the last 16 years in the Greater Vancouver Area. He has many years of teaching and golf industry experience from public, private and resort facilities, including Westmount G&CC in Ontario; Point Grey G&CC, Richmond CC, Beach Grove GC in British Columbia; and Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. A very patient and easy-going personality allows Scott to create a friendly and relaxing learning environment. His philosophy is to keep things simple yet challenging, to set realistic goals and enjoy the rewards of achieving them. In addition to traditional instruction, sessions with Scott also include advice on mental preparation, practice routines and consistency. Scott is adept to accommodate private sessions, couples or groups with students of all ages and abilities.

Most memorable moment in Golf? Scoring a hole in one in a Pro-Am event. To do that with my great amateur partners is something they still talk about to this day.

Most memorable Win? August 2015. It was a Club Pro event at Riverway GC in Burnaby, BC. I slept through my alarm and barely made it to the course on time, but managed to shoot 66 and win by one shot.

Favorite Food? A thick NY Steak cooked medium rare or……….anything with bacon!

Favorite vacation destination? Las Vegas or any tropical destination

Favorite Professional Golfer? Geoff Ogilvy

Favorite Golf Course to play? Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia; Royal Westmoreland G&CC in Barbados; and Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles

Lowest score for 18 holes? 63

How many Hole in Ones have you had? 4

Vince Trama

Canadian PGA CFM Assistant Golf Professional

Bio

Born: Toronto, Ontario

Turned Professional: 2012

Title: Golf Professional

Residence: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

I enjoyed playing all sports growing up. I spent my summers on a golf course and a soccer pitch and my winters playing hockey. I started playing golf when I was 8 years old and began playing competitively when I was 12. I was a sponsored junior member from age 12-17 at the Anderson Golf club in Base Borden Ontario (9 hole club that doesn’t exist anymore) and I would spend all day at the club whenever my parents let me. After playing a lot of junior golf and for my High School golf team, I attended and graduated from Durham College in Sports Administration. After College I started working in Minor Hockey and at the Granite Golf Club, it was at the Granite club where I decided I would become a Golf Professional. After turning pro I ran the Junior Development Program at Granite for 2 more seasons before accepting a position at the York Downs Golf and Country Club. After the York Downs property sale went through, I accepted a position at Tsawwassen Springs Golf club in B.C. and at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour. After a great season at Tsawwassen Springs and organizing tournaments all around the province for MJT, I took a great opportunity from Jeff Wiggins to join the Mountain View Golf Club. I am excited the opportunity of living and working in Whitehorse!

 

Most memorable moment in golf? Watching Tiger win the 2000 Canadian Open at Glenn Abby. I was 10 years old and wanted to play tournament golf after.

Most memorable win? First Junior club championship. Finally won it when I was 16.

Favorite Food? Anything with chicken

Favorite Professional Golfer: Started playing golf because of Tiger Woods

Favorite Golf course to play? Loved playing the 9 hole track I grew up on (Anderson Golf Club) but it is closed now. The best golf course I’ve played is the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Lowest Round: 67

How many Hole in Ones? Zero. Too many hole outs but hopefully will get my first Ace at Mountain View Golf Club!