I have worked at Merry-Hill Golf Club since 2003, first starting as a backshop girl, and moving into the golf shop and restaurant throughout the years. Since receiving my Certified Golf Teaching Professional designation with the Canadian Golf Teachers Federation in 2015, I have been responsible for creating and leading all of the golf lesson programs. As the Head Teaching Professional, I provide specialized instruction for golfers with varying levels of experience. Each session, I touch on different aspects of golf, including driving, chipping, putting and on-course instruction. My mission statement is to bring fun back into your game, and the way we do that is by improving your enjoyment with a golf club! I focus on creating a relaxed and stress-free environment so that we can reach your goals together, then celebrate them! I promise you will walk away with more confidence, skills, and knowledge about the game of golf!
My passion and love for the game were not fully uncovered until I played competitive golf for the Women's Varsity Team at the University of Waterloo. It was there, with the help of my coaches (Carla Munch-Miranda and Chris Miranda) and teammates, that my skills and love for the game strongly developed. Competing against Universities in London, Kingston, Hamilton, Guelph, and Toronto, our team won countless gold medals and reached many personal bests. During my senior year, I competed at the Canadian University/College Golf National Championship in Victoria, BC, which was to this date, the most fun and challenging tournament I have competed in! I received three scholarships during my university golf career: a UW Athletics scholarship, an RCGA scholarship and the most unforgettable, the Christine Fisher Memorial Award.
I went to the University of Waterloo, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies (BES). I wanted to pursue my education a little bit more, so I continued with graduate studies, completing my Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) in 2013. My graduate thesis was entitled "Water use on Ontario golf courses". My research took a close look at past water use and climate conditions, as well as climate change projections, to determine what might happen in the future to the golf industry with respect to water usage. I was able to calculate an average water use for golf courses in southern Ontario - something that had never been done before. With this as a starting point, I hope the industry can be successful and sustainable in managing their water resources.
Following my university studies, I decided to pursue a teaching career in golf. I successfully completed my certification with the Canadian Golf Teachers Federation, and here we are today!
As a child, I wasn't that interested in golf. Like most kids, all I wanted to do was ride in the golf cart and play outside. Both of my parents were golfers, so it made sense that I had to learn to love the game. My dad has taught me most of what I know about the game of golf and inspires me every day in the work that I do now. I am very thankful for the support my entire family provides to me as I pursue my career in the golf industry. I would not have made it this far without you all, so thank you!
In case you're interested, here are a few fun facts about me!
1. I love to travel, cook, and stay active as much as possible. Whether it's hiking, working out in the gym, or running a half-marathon, count me in!
2. I have had a single hole-in-one at Innerkip Highlands on hole #12 in 2017. This was outrageously fun and I cannot wait to do it again!
3. I love teaching golf because there is no better feeling in the world than helping people feel better about themselves!