Jeff Hollman, the assistant professional at the Penticton Golf and Country Club, died on Monday at the age of 48.
The PGA of B.C. said Hollman enjoyed a 25-year career as a PGA of Canada professional that saw him stationed at several courses across Western Canada. He had been at the Penticton Golf and Country Club since 2009.
The PGA of B.C. stated that Hollman was known for his work with junior golfers in the Penticton area, growing the club’s youth program to nearly 100 juniors in recent years. He was the Interior region’s nominee for the PGA of B.C.’s Coach of the Year Award in 2013, the same year he helped Penticton’s entry in the Jack McLaughlin Memorial PGA of B.C. Pro-Junior Championship to a runner-up finish.
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Hollman trained as a chef at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, before transitioning into a career as a golf professional, joining the PGA of Canada in 1992 and obtaining his Class “A” designation in 1996. He began as an assistant at Edmonton’s J.R. Golf Course, then earned his first head professional position in 1997 at Saskatchewan’s Loon Lake Golf Club. He would return to J.R. Golf Course for a four-year stint as head professional in 2000, and in 2004 moved to the Rolling Green Golf Course to serve as manager and head professional until his arrival in Penticton.
Hollman is survived by wife Martina and daughters Honor and Kathryn.
Details regarding a celebration of life will be determined in the coming days.