Pro Shop Team
Head Golf Professional
Lindsay Bernakevitch is a PGA of Canada class A professional and has been a golf professional since 2004. He has a passion for golf; especially at member clubs where he enjoys all aspects of club life. Prior to turning pro, Lindsay enjoyed an illustrious amateur career, winning four straight Saskatchewan Amateur titles, playing on six Willingdon Cup teams and competing as a member of the Canadian Men's National Golf Team, representing Canada nine times in international competition.
Lindsay has enjoyed a successful playing, teaching and administrative career in the golf industry. Prior to coming to Victoria Golf Club, Lindsay worked at, and was affiliated with, Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club for ten years. He played for four seasons on what is now the PGA Tour of Canada and continues to be a highly ranked player in the PGA of Canada, reaching as high as 5th in 2013. He enjoys teaching and coaching all levels of golfers and has worked with everyone from tour players to raw beginners. He loves working at the Victoria Golf Club because of its rich history, its active membership, and its industry leading staff.
Director of Instruction
Arlen grew up in the Kootney region playing sports and enjoying outdoor activities, such as skiing, camping and hiking. He has been an Assistant and Associate Professional for more than ten years at the Victoria Golf Club. Arlen has now moved up the rankings to become a Director of Instruction in January 2016, which is the first ever for VGC. He specializes in long-term coaching and building individual programs that make a lasting difference, which is why his new title is so fitting.
Arlen has an educational background in Biomechanics and Kinesiology, which allows for him to best analyze movement patterns and sequences to produce effective results for all individual swings. Along with his passion for coaching, Arlen has trained in CNC (Coach of New Competitors) and CDC (Coach of Developing Competitors), which allows him to specialize in long-term coaching and elite level playing programs. With two of his main passions being Junior development and club-fitting, Arlen is a one of the most educated golf coaches in B.C. and a dedicated staff member of the Victoria Golf Club.
Mark is originally from Southampton, England where he spent the majority of his childhood. He began playing golf at 13 and quickly fell in love with the game. He represented his county at all levels, and was very active playing on the amateur circuit throughout the UK. Mark moved to Canada in 2011 and began his career as a golf professional at The Fairmont Banff Springs before moving to Silver Springs G&CC in Calgary in 2013. He is now the newest staff member at VGC starting in January 2016 as our new Associate Professional.
Mark thoroughly enjoys teaching and coaching golfers of all ages and abilities, and he looks forward to helping the Members of VGC improve their games. In his spare time, you will find Mark working on his golf game, as well as exploring his new surroundings in Victoria and Vancouver Island on his off days.
Women's Golf Program Director
A class 'A' PGA professional with over 17 years of coaching experience, Gina comes from a multi-sport background. She played competitive tennis, rugby and basketball, but enjoyed the game of golf the most leading her to a successful amateur golf career. Gina represented Ontario on several occasions and, at the collegiate level, won a gold medal at the CCAA National Championships.
A Graduate of Georgian College's Professional Golf Management Program, Gina's career has included roles such as: Head Professional, Teaching Professional and Associate Professional at a wide variety of clubs, such as: The Mad River Golf Club, Diamond in the Ruff Golf Club, Loch Lomond Golf Club (Scotland), The Ladies Golf Club of Toronto, Thornhill Golf & Country Club and with ScoreGolf's "Links for Women" golf school and "The Golf Clinic" as an instructor.
- PGA TCCP Level 4
- Trained in CNC (Coach of New Competitors)
- TPI Certified (Titleist Performance Institute)
- PGA of Canada National Evaluator for the Teaching & Coaching Certification Program
Connor has been a certified club-fitter and instructor at the Victoria Golf Club since 2012. He has been a member of the PGA of Canada for over six years and has worked in the golf industry for ten. Connor completed his Professional Golf Management Program at Camosun College and then went on to receive a Business Degree in Marketing. He competes on the Vancouver Island Professional Tour and has also competed at a high level in many other sports, including soccer and running.
Connor has a passion for coaching and understands the physical, technical and mental requirements to reach your highest potential on the course. He also has a strong passion for club-fitting and strives to ensure that all of his students have the optimal 14 clubs in their bag, as well as the tips on how to use them properly.
Whether you're looking for a major transformation, a small adjustment or just interested in new technology, Connor will work with all levels to help set realistic and achievable goals to help you improve, simplify and enjoy the game of golf.
Assistant Professional & Outside Service Manager
Originally from Saskatchewan, Terrance started playing golf when he was 13 and knew instantly that he wanted to become a golf professional. Currently enrolled at Camosun College, he played collegiate golf for the Camosun Chargers in 2009 where they finished fifth at Nationals. He became a member of the PGA of Canada in 2012 and has been in the golf industry since 2006.
Terrance currently plays on the Vancouver Island Professional Tour and is looking for his first professional win this season. He is eager to finish off his teaching and coaching certification and hopefully begin to teach here at Victoria Golf Club in the near future. For now, he is enjoying playing golf during staff golf days with the rest of the Pro Shop team.
Justin's passion for the game of golf started at a young age. At the age of only 2, he was holding a golf club and trying to figure out how to grip it properly for the best swing. Justin grew up playing competitive Junior golf throughout Alberta and the Okanagan, and with this strong interest for golf he decided to turn it into a career.
Justin has three years of teaching experience and has been a staff member at the Victoria Golf Club since early 2015. He is looking forward to putting in the time and working his way up the ladder. At the golf course, Justin's main focus is working with Juniors to grow the game of golf. Outside of golf, his other passion is snowboarding as he thoroughly enjoys individual sports where you are in charge of pushing yourself further. He says, "although perfection cannot be achieved, you can always progress and amaze yourself with what you are capable of doing if you focus."
General Manager and PGA Professional
Scott's golf career has come full circle. Beginning at VGC in 1986, he started his career collecting range balls and working the back shop with former Head Professional, Mike Parker. He was promoted to Assistant Professional in 1992 and, after six years (and having obtained his Associate Professional status), he departed for a new challenge at Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club in the Okanagan.
Scott was the Golf Shop Manager at Gallagher's Canyon for five years and created the Gallagher's Canyon Golf Academy. Advancing up GolfBC's ranks, Scott returned to the island in late 2002 as Manager of Arbutus Ridge Golf Club where he founded the GBC Golf Academy. Then in early 2006, Scott moved to Ontario to become the first Head Professional at Raven at Lora Bay, where he helped create the Raven Golf Academy. Later that year, Scott was honoured to return home as General Manager of the Victoria Golf Club.
Head Professional Emeritus
Mike started as an Assistant Professional with Paul Trapp in 1969 and assumed the position of Head Professional in 1984 when Paul retired. Mike completed a great run as Head Professional on December 31st, 2013, after 44 years at the Club and 30 years as its Head Professional.
Mike served as President of the PGA of BC in 1984 and 1985, and he was named Club Professional of the year in 1986. Mike has also served on the Advisory Board of the Professional Golf Management Program at Camosun College since its inception, in 1998.
Mike has helped shape the careers of many who have moved on to become leaders in the industry including 10 of which became Head Professionals.
In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the PGA of BC. In his role of HP Emeritus, Mike continues to assist the Club in a variety of ways using his vast knowledge of the Club's history and his experiences with VGC to help guide the Club going forward.
Pro Shop Retail Buyer & Merchandiser
Heidi joined the VGC team in 2007, but moved in to the Pro Shop in 2010. She quickly adapted to her new environment and took over purchasing all clothing inventory in 2012 as our Retail Buyer. Her friendly face and great personality is welcome in any room, and Members love talking and shopping with Heidi. Stop by the Pro Shop for a new outfit for on and off the course - Heidi will help you every step of the way!
In her spare time, she loves hanging out around Oak Bay with her two beautiful nieces, and also getting out to golf whenever she has a chance.