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Since 1910, Members of our Club have been stewards of the land on which the game is played, the history on which it was built, and the values on which it was founded.

1910 November 11 
Foundation of The British Columbia Golf Club Ltd.

1910 November 22 
First Board of Director’s Meeting, attended by the five founding members, Philip Brooks, Ewen Robertson, Fred Furnival, James Duncan, and John Brown.

1911 June 24 
Official opening of first nine holes.

Mr. J Cowan is hired as the first Groundskeeper

1912 June 17 
The Playing Club on the premises of the British Columbia Golf Club Ltd. is named “The Vancouver Golf and Country Club”. Of the first 200 Shareholder members over 90% have Vancouver addresses.

1913, 1914, & 1916 
The Vancouver Golf and Country Club teams win the Punch Bowl Trophy and get to keep the trophy. Third hole renamed “Punch Bowl”. The Bowl later becomes part of Vancouver GC logo in 1941.

1914–1918 (World War I) 
Over 80 members enlist. Eight pay the ultimate sacrifice, including two Directors, one of whom, Harry McInnes Hepburn, was the engineer responsible for drilling the wells that have served the course so well over all these years. Angus McAlister, first Club Captain, loses arm from injuries suffered in France.

Opening of new Colonial-style Clubhouse.

May Second nine holes open for play.

Ms. Violet Henry-Anderson wins her first VGC Ladies and the Vancouver Ladies Championships. Ms. Anderson has won the Canadian Ladies Amateur in 1909 and runner up in 1910 playing out of the Royal Montreal GC.

Golf Professionals include Chas Locke (ex of “Westward Ho” and Tacoma), Tom Gallop (Hunstanton, England), Dave Craig (St. Andrews) and Jimmy Huish (Musselburgh).

Sheep farm, 1910

Four of the five founders, 1911

First Clubhouse, Teeing off on #1, 1915

PNGA Tournament held at VG&CC – the most prestigious tournament in the Pacific Northwest. At the time the largest ever registration for a golfing event, with over 500 players in several categories. The format developed then served as the template for subsequent PNGA tournaments until it eventually split into several stand-alone tournaments. Won by Davie Black (Shaughnessy). Amateur Champion was H. Chandler Egan (two-time US Open Champion and noted golf architect).

Ms. Violet Henry-Anderson wins her third VGC Ladies and her fourth Vancouver Ladies Amateur Championships

Exhibition match – Jimmy Huish (VG&CC) and Davie Black (SHG&CC) triumph over Joe Kirkwood and Vic East.

Ms. Violet Henry-Anderson wins the inaugural Vancouver Ladies City Championship and is runner-up in the PNGA Ladie Championship

BC Amateur Championship held at VG&CC for first time, in an all VG&CC final – Bob Bone defeated Jimmy Yellowlees 3 and 2 (over 36 holes). During the Championship the BC Golf Association is formed by representatives of all existing British Columbia Golf Clubs in meeting held at Coquitlam.

Cec Coville runner-up to Bon Stein (Seattle GC) in BC Amateur held at Colwood GC.

Capt. C.H. Perkins is Professional, an Englishman via Brantford, Ontario. Son Jackie shoots new amateur record of 67.

Freddy Wood is four time Club Champion. Together with Cec Coville he plays on the first two BC Willingdon Cup teams (1929 and 1931). Places second to Robert Gardner of New York in 1929 Canadian Amateur at Jasper Park GC, both Wood and Coville laying waste to the best of the Eastern golfers who had never played out west before. Turns professional, ending up at Shaughnessy 1945-1972.

Don Sutherland, with brother Hamish as assistant, arrives from Dornoch as Head Professional. A quiet man of exceptional ability, Sutherland distinguishes himself in major tournaments – BC Open Champion in 1934. In October 1935 as President of the BCPGA he partners Davey Black against Bobby Jones and Ken Black at Shaughnessy where he and his partner triumph over their opponents, playing outstanding golf. Characterized by Royal Dornoch GC historian Donald Grant as “the best golfer to come out of Dornoch”.

J.E. Hall, Club President, 1920/1921

Don Sutherland, 1929
B.C. Amateur Championship held at VG&CC again – Freddy Wood defeats Ken Black 10 and 8 (over 36 holes).

PNGA held at VG&CC – 20 year-old Eddie Hogan (a former caddy from Waverley GC) wins. Goes on to distinguished professional career in Oregon.

Club hosts BC Open. Phil Taylor (Victoria) triumphs (283) over favourite Don Sutherland (287) who, nevertheless, shoots a new course record of 65.

Marcia (“Mashie”) Moss is three times Women's Champion on BC Provincial Team – sadly, dies in 1938 at age 26.

1937 November
Colonial Clubhouse completely destroyed by fire.

Third clubhouse rises.

The women of the VG&CC, 1930s

Marcia Moss and Bobby Kennedy, mixed winners,1933

VGC Clubhouse fire, 1937
1939–1945 (World War II) 
Twenty-five members enlist. Many distinguished future members serve, including Squadron Leader Ken Matheson, Captain Larry Story, Flight Lieutenant Art Butler and Wing Commander Bill Barker.

Name change to “The Vancouver Golf Club.”

With the Club in financial distress and the loss of many members to World War II, the VGC was not able to pay Donald and Hamish Sutherland.  However, they both stayed on and fixed clubs, gave lessons and were still a fixture at the Club until the early 50’s.

New Westminster Amateur Open Stroke play tournament played on first Sunday in June – attracts high-calibre field since it is a qualifying tournament for the BC Willingdon Cup Team. 1959 Canadian Amateur Champion Johnny Johnston wins 8 times over the years. Course known as "Johnston's Alley". Trophy donated by Fred Hume, a sometime member, and the only man to have been Mayor of both New Westminster and Vancouver.

BC Amateur played at VGC – won by Percy Clogg, former VG&CC caddy of the 1930s. Percy wins again in 1949 at Quilchena GC.

H.T. Gardner, 1948

Women of VGC, 1949
Ernie Tate is hired as the Head Golf Professional

Al Nelson is Professional – distinguished record in City Amateur Match Play, BC Open, and numerous Pro-Am Tournaments. President of BCPGA on three occasions, 1964, 1965, and 1974. He is known as a great innovator, and a man of diplomacy and great charm. Designs VGC Dogwood Logo. Holds course record of 64 for three decades.

Mrs. Doug (Flo) Heritage Women's Club Champion 6 times. In 1960 founds Tee Shots along with husband as first editor. In 1985 she aced “the mousetrap” – the 20th hole.

BC Amateur won by Bob Kidd, who defeats VGC member Frank Proctor, 7 and 5.

BC Open won by Bill Mawhinney 140, Ron Willey 141.

Al Nelson, 1950s

Frank Proctor, 1953
BC Amateur – Bob Kidd repeats winning 1-up from Joe Jeroski.

VGC hosts Dogwood Invitational Tournament over Labour Day weekend.

PNGA Held at VGC – Kermit Zarley wins (later, on leading 1st round of US Open at Pebble Beach in 1972, dubbed by Bob Hope as “The golfer from the Moon!”).

1962 October 12 
Typhoon Frieda – trees on back nine fall “like matchsticks” – over 1,500 trees lost. VGC hardest hit of all golf courses by a factor of ten times. Longtime greenskeeper Manny Gueho works wonders in returning course to play.

Doug Reid on Willingdon Cup Team.

Fourth Clubhouse opens. Club hosts BC Open in 1964 and 1965. Ken Still and Al Mengert respective winners.

The annual Spring Pro-Am Tournament – now styled as the MCL Motors Classic (since 1994), but originally begun as The Fogg Motors Pro-Am (begun by the late Bill Hill and continued until 1990 by son Jim) is host to the most distinguished of BC's Professionals, partnered with Club Members in a tournament that is widely regarded as being the best perennial Pro-Am in the Province.

Manny Gueho retires after 45 years as the Greens Superintendent.

1966 & 1968 
Herb Fritz wins Empress Hotel Tournament in Victoria.

Gail (Harvey) Moore runner-up in Ladies PNGA Championship at VGC. Known as the “vichyssoise” championship, loses to Shelley Hamlin.

1960s & 1970s 
Jo Chapple Women's Club Champion 9 times.

Gail Harvey Moore, 6x Canadian Champion, 15x VGC Women’s Champion

Al Nelson, 1960s
Jo Chapple and Herb Fritz win Women's' and Men's Trophies at the Totem Trophy, Jasper Park. Herb Fritz repeats in 1971.

Doug Reid wins BCPGA Tournament.

Manny Gueho, Honourary Life Member and former Grounds Superintendent, sadly passes away.

After major re-design of many holes, especially #17 and #18, course hosts BC Open again. Terry Small wins.

Lynn Cooke wins the B.C. Junior Girls Championship

Joe Limoli wins the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship

BC Amateur – Bob Mitchell 287, Cec Ferguson 290.

Joe Limoli wins the B.C. Junior Boys Championship

VGC hosts Sandy McLeod Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament in memory of young Scottish Professional, Sandy McLeod, who was an assistant at Point Grey Golf Club, dying at an early age of cancer. In 1992 Ray Dodson (Head Professional 1989–2001) receives Commemorative 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal for his part in organizing the tournaments which contributed over $300,000 to Charities over the tournament's lifespan.

Lynn Cooke wins BC Women's Amateur at VGC. Two years later she loses in the final to Lisa Young at Shaughnessy.

PNGA Junior Tournament held at VGC. A Young Fred Couples is in the field. Todd Erwin defeats Kirk Triplett in the final

Map of VGC, 1970s
Lynn Cooke wins Women's PNGA title at Uplands GC in Victoria.

Gary Puder on Willingdon Cup Team, repeats in 1987.

Former VGC and City of Vancouver Women's Junior Champion, Janine Lee Getty places 11th in the Women's Canadian Amateur, ahead of Gail Moore, Dawn Coe, Patty Grant and Lynn Cooke.

RCGA Canadian Junior Championship at VGC – winner Brent Franklin.

Senior PGA DuMaurier Classic – winner Peter Thompson.

Fumi Limoli is BC Women's Senior Champion.

Gary Puder wins BC Amateur Championship at Rivershore GC, Kamloops – at age 49 is oldest winner.

LPGA DuMaurier Classic – winner Sally Little.

Al Nelson retires as Head Golf Professional after 35 years. Ray Dodson is promoted to the new position.

VGC tokens

BC Open – Brandt Jobe 203, S. Chapman 206. Future Open Champion Todd Hamilton is in the field.

LPGA DuMaurier Classic – winner Nancy Scranton.

Installation of new Irrigation system; development of 3 million gallon reservoir, making Club completely independent of city water; new turf care centre built, incorporating state-of the-art machinery.

Gary Puder wins the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship

Herb Fritz inducted into PNGA Hall of Fame:
  • Canadian Senior Amateur Champion (over 65) 1988
  • PNGA Men’s Master-40 Amateur Finalist 1977
  • PNGA Senior Men's Amateur Runner-Up 1981 & 1983
  • BC Senior Men's Amateur Champion 1986 and 1988
  • RCGA Governor 1978–1979
  • PNGA President 1983–1985
  • BCGA President 1978–1979
  • PCGA Trustee 1985–1992

Gary Puder wins his 10th Men’s Club Championship. He also is the runner-up in the RCGA Canadian Senior Championship at Victoria GC, finishing one stroke behind winner George Strokes.

Gail Harvey Moore inducted into RCGA Hall of Fame:
  • 1969 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Runner-Up
  • 1966 World Amateur Team Member (Runner-up finish)
  • 1968 World Amateur Team Member
  • 1970 World Amateur Team Member
  • 1979 Commonwealth Team Member (Winning Team)
  • 1967 Commonwealth Team Member
  • 1971 Commonwealth Team Member
  • 1958 Canadian Junior Girl’s Champion
  • 1959 Canadian Junior Girl’s Champion
  • 1960 Canadian Junior Girl’s Champion
  • 1970 Canadian Ladies’ Amateur Champion
  • 1963 Canadian Ladies’ Amateur Runner-up
  • 1964 Canadian Ladies’ Closed Champion
  • 1965 Canadian Ladies’ Closed Champion
  • 1963 Canadian Ladies’ Closed Runner-up
  • 1968 Canadian Ladies’ Closed Runner-up
  • 1970 British Columbia Ladies’ Championship
  • 1962 Quebec Ladies’ Championship
  • 1960 Ontario Junior Ladies
  • 1959 Ontario Ladies’ Amateur
  • 1958 Ontario Junior Team
  • 1959–1966 Ontario Inter-Provincial Team Member
  • 1968–1972, 1977-1980, 1982, 1983, 1991 British Columbia Inter-provincial Team Member

Matt Makinson wins the BC Junior Boys Championship

George Yen wins the BCGA Zone 4 Senior Men’s Championship

Matt Makinson wins the BCGA Zone 4 Junior Boys Championship

CPGA Seniors Open – Ken Girard ( London, Ont.) 144, Bob Panasik (Windsor, Ont.) 145

LPGA du Maurier Classic at VGC, 1991
1998, 2000, & 2001 
Matt Makinson Club Champion – 2001 wins B.C. Amateur at Royal Colwood.

Rhea Lees is Women’s Club Champion. Repeats in 2005.

Gary Puder wins the BC Men’s Mid-Amateur and his second BC Senior Men’s Championship (Gary’s remarkable career includes wins in all three of the BC Men’s categories, three BC Willingdon Cup Teams and his 10 VGC Club Championships, plus being runner up 8 times is unprecedented by any past member)

Gary Puder wins the BCGA Zone 4 Senior Men’s Championship 4 times

Randall Smith is hired as Head Golf Professional after Ray Dodson retires.

Major renovation and expansion of the 1964 clubhouse, including new locker rooms and lounges

Jarad Boddy is Men’s Club Champion.

Scott Rodgers, Assistant Pro (67, 67 – 134) wins BCPGA Assistant Trophy.

Redesigned state-of-the-art driving range/practice facility opened.

Dave Kennedy is promoted to Greens Superintendent when Darren Holt resigns to take a posting at Belvedere G& CC in P.E.I.

Gail (Harvey) Moore inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame and BC Golf House Hall of Fame.

John Gallacher wins the BC Master 40 Championship

VGC wins BC Champion of Champions tournament.

Zach McDougall wins the BC Junior Boys Championship

John Gallacher wins the BC Senior Men’s Championship

Yani Tseng turns Pro and wins her first professional tournament, the CN Canadian Women's Tour Event, at VGC. The following year, she is the LPGA Rookie of the Year.

Brian Alexander wins the BCGA Zone 4 Senior Men’s Championship

Adam Cornelson wins his first Men's Club Championship with a record score of 197 (-19) from the Blue/White Combo Tees (Blue at that time was the "Tips")

Adam Cornelson wins the BCGA Zone 4 Men’s Amateur Championship and wins the VGC Men’s Club Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010


Adam Cornelson finishes second in the B.C. Amateur and qualifies for the Willingdon Cup Team

The Vancouver Golf Club celebrates 100 years with a grand themed Centennial party complete with vintage automobiles and costumes as well as a published VGC Centennial Book.

Long time Member, Mickey Hayashi sets a record at the BC Summer Games by winning his seventh Gold Medal for golf

Adam Cornelson graduates Q School to the Canadian MacKenzie Professional Tour

A Ram Choi wins the Ladies' Club Championship with a record score of 221 (+2)

Ron Petersen wins the 2011 BC Men’s Super Senior and the 2011 and 2012 WSGA Men’s Super Senior Championships

VGC hosts the CN Canadian Women’s Open won by amateur Lydia Ko, 15 years old, shortly after winning the US Amateur

Rhea Lees wins her 9th Ladies’ Club Championship to tie her with Flo Heritage; only Gail Harvey Moore (15) has won more

Paul Batchelor wins the BCGA Zone 4 Senior Men’s Championship

Kevin Vigna wins the PNGA Junior Boy's Championship by defeating fellow VGC Member Lucas Gatto in match play

Ron Petersen wins the BCGA Zone 4 Senior Men’s Championship

Jaya Rampuri wins the Ladies’ Club Championship and at 14 years of age becomes the youngest winner in history at VGC

Michael Belle wins the BCGA Zone 4 Men’s Amateur Championship

John Gallacher wins the BCGA Zone 4 Senior Men’s Championship

The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open returns for a fourth time and is won again by Lydia Ko, now an accomplished Professional

John Gallacher wins his second BC Senior Men’s Championship at Swan e Set GC defeating Doug Roxburgh by four shots

John Gallacher wins his third BCGA Zone 4 "Senior Golfer of the Year"

Tricia Rachfall wins her fourth Ladies Club Championship tying her with Jenny McCranor in all time wins, behind Flo Heritage (7), Jo Chapple and Rhea Lees (9) and Gail Harvey Moore (15)

Brian Graham wins the BCGA Zone 4 Senior Men’s Championship    

Adam Cornelson wins the Bayview Place DC Payable Open on the Canadian PGA Tour and finishes 5th in the Order of Merit gaining him status on the PGA Tour. (Adam has won three professional events in North America, competed on the Canadian and Latino America Tours and won three VGC Men’s Club Championships as well as the BCGA Zone 4 Men’s Amateur)

Long time Member, John Buchanan, celebrates 50 years coaching the Simon Fraser University Soccer and Golf Teams. He is named an Honorary Member of the Club.

John Gallacher wins the 2016 Golf Canada Canadian Super Senior and the 2017 PNGA Super Senior Championships and the 2017 Washington State Super Senior Championship

Jarod Boddy wins his fifth Men’s Club Championship to move into 3rd place in all time wins behind Gary Puder (10) and Frank Proctor (7)

A major addition to our short game practice area was completed with a new chipping green and a bunker practice green

A major expansion renovation to our downstairs “Ko’s Deli” was opened for business in March, providing a friendly and bright family atmosphere with new menu items generated by brand new cooking appliances to expand our variety of fresh food available to Members. Upgrades were also completed for the Men’s and Ladies’ Lounges with new carpets, furniture, TV’s and trophy cases

Kyle Bradbury is promoted to Greens Superintendent after Dave Kennedy retires due to health issues

Bryan Killins wins his 5th Men’s Club Championship to tie Jarod Boddy for the 3rd most wins in the Club’s history

The BC Senior Team (Doug Roxburgh, John Gallacher, Al Jensen) win the Interprovincial Team Event at the Golf Canada Canadian Senior Championships in Bathurst

Michael Belle ties for 6th in th PGA Mackenzie Tour Qualifying to obtain his Card to compete on the 2019 Professional Tour

Major project to convert all course bunkers to the "Better Billy Bunker" system, with new Tour quality sand, completed in May

Jaya Rampuri, four time VGC Ladies Champion, becomes the first Simon Fraser Golf Team member to play in the NCAA Div. 2 National Individual Championships at the PGA National Golf Club and finishes in a tie for 7th

Jarod Boddy wins his 6th Men's Club Championship, to move him to third place all-time, behind Gary Puder (10) and Frank Proctor (7)

Paul Batchelor wins his 6th Men's Senior Championship, to move him to second place all-time, behind Gary Puder (8)

Randy Smith, Roy Dodson, and Al Nelson

Lydia Ko, winner of the CP Women's Open, 2015
VGC celebrates 110 years of history and tradition.

VGC welcomes Sean Thompson, PGA, as our new Director of Golf as long time Head Golf Professional, Randall Smith, retires. Smith served VGC for 19 years and is awarded an Honourary Life Membership.

The COVID-19 virus spreads around the world causing complete facility closure. The golf course (only) opened after 34 days and the Clubhouse partially opened after 39 days.

A. J. Ewart shoots a final round 66 for third place at the 118th B.C. Men’s Amateur in Kelowna and is the first VGC Member to be named to the prestigious Willingdon Cup Team since Adam Cornelson in 2010.

Brian Alexander won his fourth Senior Men’s and second Super Senior Club Championship with a score of 71, 72, 76 - 219. Newcomer Mike Marino was the runner up at 221.

Grace Killins wins the Ladies’ and Junior Girls’ Club Championship by 11 shots over four time Ladies’ Champion, Tricia Rachfall. Grace shot 76, 77, 78 - 231. Bryan Killins and Grace become the first father/daughter winners of the Men's and Ladies' Championships at VGC.
A.J. Ewart wins the Men’s Club Championship by 8 shots over Brent Heasman. His 67, 70, 71 - 208 is the lowest winning score since the event began playing from the Black Tees (“Tips”).
The 3rd wave of COVID-19 hits B.C. as the first dose of vaccinations occur. The Clubhouse is closed to indoor dining and meetings/events for another five weeks in April/May. Fortunately, patio dining and take-out service was not interrupted. The golf course remained open.

An unprecedented heat dome (lasting five days) resulted in 100-year record temperatures in British Columbia. We recorded 41.7 degrees at VGC on Monday, June 28th. Only 17 golfers braved the afternoon heat that day and the granite tee blocks burned the grass underneath them.

Jordan Allaire wins the Men’s Club Championship over Tom Kenny in a playoff. Both shot a three day total 223 (+7), with Allaire sinking a birdie to win the title on the first playoff hole. Allaire won the Junior Boy’s Championship three times (2018, 2019, and 2021) and was the runner up in 2018 for the Men’s title. John Gallacher beat out Brian Alexander by two strokes for the Senior Men's Championship title. 

Grace Killins wins the Ladies’ Club Championship for the second year in a row with a three day total score of 232 (+13). Tricia Rachfall and Kate Baek split the runners-up title. Rachfall claims the Senior Ladies' Championship with a 156 and Meera Minhas takes the Junior Girls’ title with a 243.

A.J. Ewart shoots four rounds in the 60’s to finish second in the Golf Canada Canadian Men's Amateur Golf Champtions at the Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ontatio. A.J.’s runner up placing is the best finish by a VGC Member in the Club’s 111 years!

The second “Pineapple Express atmospheric river” dumps over 179mm of rain in 72 hours closing the golf course for two full days in November. Earlier in the month, a major storm closed the course for 48 hours. Over 350 mm fell in the first 15 days of November.

A.J. Ewart named to Team Canada at the World Amateur Team competing in Paris for the prestigious Eisenhower Trophy. Johnny Travale and Garrett Rank join A.J. on the team

A.J. Ewart shoots 71 & 64 as co-medalist at the US Amateur qualifier at The Home Course, Washington. He is the first VGC Member to qualify for a US Amateur. At Ridgewood CC in New Jersey, A.J. plays well but misses the 64 man match play cut by three shots. The field was 310 competitors. 

Adam Tindle wins the Men’s Club Championship title in the first playoff against Sing Lieu, shooting 228 over the course of 3 days. Adam also claimed the title of Junior Boys Champion. John Gallacher held onto his title of Senior Men's Champion with a score of 223.

Meera Minhas wins her first Women’s Club Championship title and holds onto her Junior Girls Championship title with a score of 224 over the 3 days. Tricia Rachfall claims the Senior Women's Championship for the third year in a row with a 2 day total of 162.

Past VGC President and Honorary Life Member, Gary Puder, passes away at the age of 84 after a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. The Men's Club Championship Trophy is named after him and he holds the all-time winning record of 10 Club Championships.

New General Manager, Brad Pinnell joins VGC from TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, Point Grey G & CC and Edmonton CC.

AJ Ewart receives a sponsor’s exemption to the RBC Canadian Open PGA Tour stop at St. George’s Golf & C.C. in Toronto. Ewart shoots 73, 72 and while he misses the cut, he wins the top amateur award.

A.J. Ewart wins the NCAA Div II Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award and receives it from Jack himself after the final round of the Memorial PGA Tour stop in Columbus, Ohio. He replicates Adam Svensson’s (PGA Tour player) accomplishments at Barry University, Florida. Ewart is the first VGC Member to ever win the award.

A.J. Ewart is named to Canada’s World Amateur Golf Championship Team in Paris, France. He joins Johnny Travale and Garrett Rank for a tied 17th finish out of 71 teams. A.J.'s score counted all three rounds and he tied for 40th in the individual competition.

A.J. Ewart graduates from Barry University, Florida, with a school record 14 victories in Div 2 competition. He turned Pro and obtains his PGA Canada Tour card at the Crowne Isle GC spring qualifier.

Our 2022 Women's Club Champion, Meera Minhas, finishes T4 in the BC Ladies Amateur Championship at Arbutus Ridge GC. This is the highest finish by a VGC Woman, in the Amateur, since Lynn Cooke was runner up in 1980.

Long time VGC Head Golf Professional, Al Nelson (1954-1989), passes away at the age of 92.

VGC implements COVID safety measures

Randy Smith and Dean K

Paul Bachelor, Outstanding Contribution Award