6 BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF | MAY 2019 by Brad Ziemer DOUG HASTIE HAS ALWAYS BEEN OPEN TO A NEW CHALLENGE. He has the resume to prove it. Hastie’s career in the golf industry began when he was 13 years old and started working in the back shop of The National Golf Club of Canada in Woodbridge, Ont. A dozen years later, at age 25, he had worked his way to head professional at The National, a course many consider to be perhaps the best in Canada. There have been many golf-related adventures since then for the 51-year-old Hastie, who is about to begin another one as the new manager of field operations/tournament director with British Columbia Golf. “I have had an interesting career, I guess you could put it that way,” Hastie says with a chuckle. “My career has kind of been all over the place, but since The National, teaching has usually been a big part of it. In a few instances I have been in the manager’s chair as well.” After leaving The National at age 26, Hastie headed west to British Columbia, where he has made several stops, including stints at Westwood Plateau and Musqueam in Metro Vancouver. He helped start Point Roberts Golf Course in Washington before moving to Victoria, where he worked at Highland Pacific, Cordova Bay and Bear Mountain. He’s also coached golf teams at the University of B.C. and Camosun College on Vancouver Island. So yes, his resume is more than a few lines long. Hastie is excited about his new gig and likes to think he can bring a new perspective to the job. “I think l can look at it from both sides,” he says. “I have obviously run tournaments before at the club level and have obviously played in a lot of events and I hope I can bring the players’ viewpoint to the events as much as I can. “I have been a golf pro for 25 years now and the new challenge and a new viewpoint in things really excited me. I have always had a lot of respect for BC Golf and what they do. This is a way to get involved.” Hastie’s new job makes him responsible for planning British Columbia Golf’s championship tournament schedule and serving as tournament director at most of the events. He succeeds the highly respected Susan White, who performed the same job for more than 12 years. “British Columbia Golf has a history of attracting talented and committed employees and that tradition will continue as Doug joins our staff,” says Kris Jonasson, chief executive officer of British Columbia Golf. “Doug is passionate about golf, and his wealth of experience in many different aspects of the business will be immensely beneficial to the organization. Competitive golf in British Columbia could not be in better hands.” Hastie will remain based in Victoria in his new job, which will allow him to continue to do some teaching. He says one of his top priorities is to make all of the British Columbia Golf events the best they can possibly be. “I think if people would get in there and play in one they would be like, ‘wow, this is really different than my normal club event. This is run well and I feel special.’ That is my goal, that everyone who plays in an event feels special and they are part of something big. And we want to have the best fields we can at our events.” Hastie has a special interest in junior golf and thinks the decision to hold this summer’s provincial junior boys’ and junior girls’ championships at the same venue is a good one. “Even if it reduces the junior boys’ field a bit, I think the girls will feel more like they are part of a major championship with a full field there,” he says. Hastie also wants to encourage BC’s best junior players to play in their provincial championships. “Your provincial tournament should be the highlight of your schedule. I think we have to somehow promote that not just to the kids but to their families. This is your provincial championship, it has a lot of history to it and is a big thing. Your schedule needs to revolve around it.” Contact Doug at doug@britishcolumbiagolf. org or 604.279.2580, ext. 203. ON THE TEE AT BC GOLF Doug Hastie joins staff as Sr. Manager of Field Operations