At a ceremony held on March 19, British Columbia Golf presented their 2011 Distinguished Service Awards to Kathy Mears and Robert Mullock in honor of their significant contributions to amateur golf at the club, zone and provincial level in British Columbia.
Kathy Mears is a dedicated volunteer and champion of women’s golf in British Columbia.
In 1969, Kathy became the Head Professional at the Williams Lake (BC) Golf and Tennis Club before moving to the Nelson (BC) Club where, in 1973, she became the first female CPGA club professional.
In 1978, she regained her amateur status and went on to win the Ladies Simon Fraser Open in Prince George five times and was a runner-up on five other occasions. Kathy is also a 12-time Ladies Club Champion at Prince George Golf & Curling Club, where she is a member.
Kathy has served a term on the Board of Directors at the Prince George club, and her dedication and pride in the club has never been in question.
Kathy was an active member of the British Columbia Ladies Golf Association (BCLGA) and became a British Columbia Golf (BCGA) Director for Zone 8 when the BCLGA and BCGA amalgamated in 2004. She was Chair of the Women’s Committee until this past year when she retired from the British Columbia Golf Board.
From 2004 to 2006, Kathy was the Chair for the Ladies Simon Fraser Golf Tournament, which is the only stroke play tournament for women in Zone 8, as well as the zone qualifier for both the BC Women’s and Senior Women’s Amateurs. The tournament was in danger of being dissolved when she stepped in and volunteered to take on the task of chairing the event. Kathy’s dedication to the female golfers in Zone 8 ensured this competitive opportunity was not lost and they are indebted to her for this act of volunteerism.
In 2005 Kathy was inducted into the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame for her lifetime achievements in the game of golf.
Robert (Bob) Mullock joined the Pitt Meadows (BC) Golf Club in 1978 and, in addition to serving a term on the Board of Directors, he has been called upon many times to assist with high level board issues. Bob has never let the club down and has applied significant energy to all of his tasks. In addition, he has been an active volunteer for major club events.
Bob became a Director of British Columbia Golf (BCGA) in 1994 where he served as Vice-President of Finance before becoming President from 1998-2000. While President, Bob was the primary architect of the Player Development Trust Fund (PDTF) and still continues to sit on the PDTF Board.
From 2002 to 2007 Bob represented BC as an RCGA (Golf Canada) Governor where he served on the Finance and Governance committees. Today he continues to assist Golf Canada with their tournaments. In 2010 Bob was the recipient of the RCGA Distinguished Service Award.
(Thanks to British Columbia Golf for providing this information. Visit www.britishcolumbiagolf.org for more information.)ƒ