Our Team

Jeff Wiggins

Director of Golf / PGA of Canada Head Golf ProfessionalWiggy Profile

Bio

Born: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Age: 40

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 Municipal 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 and gifted with advanced business skills and complimented with a strong playing ability in the sport of golf, becoming a Golf Professional was an obvious career path for me. I turned Professional when I was 19 years old, during a 3 year Business Administration Diploma & certificate in Professional Golf Management Program. Over the past 20+ years I have continued to advance my education and knowledge in business and become a leading Golf Professional in Western Canada. I have been with the Mountain View Golf Club for 11 years now and love my job, the membership, and my team(s) I have been fortunate enough to work with. Golf is a huge part of the Yukon and Whitehorse community and my career continues to evolve and challenge me, it’s truly a unique position within the PGA of Canada and a proud place to call home.

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)

2017 – 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, but PIZZA is my weakness.

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 lefty 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: 37

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 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

Vince Trama

PGA of Canada CFM Assistant Golf Professional

Bio

Born: Toronto, Ontario

Turned Professional: 2012

Title: Golf Professional

Residence: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

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 13. I grew up playing at the Anderson Park Golf club in Base Borden, Ontario. 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 York Downs, 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 had a great first season at Mountain View Golf Club. I continue to enjoy living and working in Whitehorse!

Most memorable moment in golf? Playing golf at St. Andrews, the old course, in Scotland

Most memorable win? 2017 2 Ball Best Ball event at MVGC

Favorite Food? Chicken Parmesan

Favorite Professional Golfer: Tiger Woods

Favorite Golf course to play? The Old Course at St. Andrews.

Lowest Round: 67

How many Hole in Ones? Zero, but hopefully I will get my first Ace at Mountain View Golf Club!

Travis Goulard

PGA of Canada CFM Assistant Golf Professional

Bio

Born: Calgary, Alberta

Turned Professional: 2016

Title: Golf Professional

Residence: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

I was very fortunate to be born and raised in Calgary and have a very supportive family around. Golf was always more of a part time hobby of mine. I started playing more regularly at 16 years old entering in a handful of junior tournaments with decent success for a self-taught player. I played soccer at a high level until I finished high school in 2008. I spent the next 5 years in construction living in northern Alberta where I found myself moving up in the company and doing well. That time did take away from my passion for golf and soccer which always concerned me a little bit. In the summer of 2013 my life changed in such an amazing way. I knew I wanted to make a career change and include a lot more rounds of golf so I moved to Canmore, Alberta where I worked on the grounds crew at the golf & curling club. I lived in a van down by the river and made great friends with some Kiwi’s and Aussies. My love for golf and the outdoors grew exponentially that summer and my game improved immensely. From there I moved to Edmonton to take the Professional Golf Management program at MacEwan University which led to an opportunity to move to BC and work for Adam Blair at Talking Rock Golf Resort. Watching and learning from a golf professional like that was inspiring to see how he ran the business as well as supports his family. He also played an integral role in my move to the Mountain View Golf Club. I am very much looking forward to playing a role in the community up there and maximize my opportunities in the Golf Industry.

Most memorable moment in golf? Hitting a 475 yard drive and splitting the fairway, only to have my good friend outdrive me by 30 yards!

Most memorable win? Back to Back Junior Club Championships at Hidden Valley Golf Resort. This Golf Course and the 300+ cabins that surrounded it were sadly washed away in the 2013 Bow River floods. We lost the family cottage, but not the memories :).

Favorite Food? Taco’s

Favorite Professional Golfer: Phil Mickelson & Mike Weir. Both Lefties and Masters Champions! Right now I’m enjoying watching John Rahm, he is a fierce competitor and exciting to follow.

Favorite Golf course to play? Anything Mr. Stanley Thompson has designed. Banff, Jasper and Royal Mayfair to name a few.

Lowest Round: 69

How many Hole in Ones? Zero, but hopefully mine comes the day before Vince’s