STONE TREE GOLF ACADEMY
Bill Stewart - PGA of Canada, Director of Golf
Bill has been a Member of the PGA of Canada since 1979. He graduated from Junior Golf Program at the Islington Golf Club in Toronto and the University of Waterloo Golf Team and was PGA of Canada Assistant Professional under Bob Ure at the Donalda Club in Toronto and under Kevin Hunter at the Henderson Lake Golf Club in Lethbridge, Alberta.
As a Director of Golf, Bill has served at the Lethbridge Country Club, Lethbridge, Alberta; Waterloo Golf Academy, Waterloo, Ontario; and the Fredericton Golf and Curling Club, Fredericton, New Brunswick. As Head Teaching Professional, he has served with the City of Kitchener Doon Valley and Rockway as well as Golf Town Brampton and Waterloo.
Bill has had the privilege of serving his PGA Association and Golf Canada in the following capacities;
- Chairman of the Advisory Committee to Future Links – a joint initiative of Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada
- Future Links Advisory Committee for 9 years as one of the 4 national PGA of Canada Representatives
- Participated on PGA of Canada Technical Committee writing the Manual for Future Links Leader Program – the Level 1 instruction manual on Golf for Sport Canada
- Captain of Golf Canada’s National Junior Team vs. Ireland in Ryder Cup type matches – Hamilton Golf & Country Club
- Alberta Representative on the PGA of Canada National Teaching Committee
- Alberta Representative on the PGA of Canada National Junior Committee
- Board of Directors PGA of Alberta
- Volunteer Golf Ontario
- Teacher of the Year Junior Golfers for PGA of Ontario
- Successfully nominated Jack McLaughlin to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame – inducted 2013, Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club
- Created the George Knudson Awards for the 10 top Junior Boys on the Future Links Order of Merit
- Created the Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year Award for the PGA of Canada
Bill believes in individual learning. The best teacher of the game of golf is the golf course. By knowing the individual – guiding with some fundamentals, coaching through the difficulties – the student is further ahead, fulfilled and motivated by learning their game themselves. Technology and Teaching Methods are important tools - getting the student to work through their own games. Less teaching – more learning and playing golf takes students to their potential with satisfaction.
Andy O'Leary - PGA of Canada, Class A Teaching Professional
Andy has been a Member of the PGA of Canada for eleven years. He began working at Stone Tree over fifteen years ago and has worked in several areas of the golf course operations. Andy spent four years in a management position, most recently as Head Golf Professional and Golf Shop Manager. Andy is now working outside the golf industry but remains a member of the PGA of Canada and continues to contribute through his love of the game by staying actively involved as a Teaching Professional at the Stone Tree Golf Academy.
Andy graduated from Niagara College in 2009 with a Business Administration Diploma in Professional Golf Management and continues to educate himself on the business of golf.
Andy is a welcomed and well-known face to all who frequent Stone Tree. His history has allowed him to build relationships with many within the Owen Sound community and he continues to enhance his positive reputation.
Andy builds a relationship with his students to create a form of trust. He believes in individual learning – providing fundamentals and guidance to allow the student to make corrections independently – through repetition. Using technology to provide opportunity for all types of learners, whether it be visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinesthetic. Whatever it takes to help the student reach their full potential.
Mike Blackburn - PGA of Canada, Class A Teaching Professional
Mike began his golf career at the Owen Sound Golf and Country Club as a junior golf member. A grass roots start as a back shop employee shaped Mike’s respect and passion for the game as well as the industry. His passion for the game did not come into play until age 14 when the game grew on him. Confused on whether to take the road to become a teacher or a golf professional, Mike’s passion for the game and for teaching lead him to choose a career in golf to achieve the best of both worlds.
Mike completed his Business Administration – Professional Golf Management Program at Niagara College and PGA of Canada Play Ability test at the Cambridge Golf Club in 2009 while working at Owen Sound. Most recently, Mike worked as the Head Professional of the Saugeen Golf Club in Saugeen Shores, and before that was titled Associate Professional for three seasons. Prior to Saugeen, Mike worked in the private industry at the Brampton Golf Club., Mike worked under the supervision of Golf Professional Emerson Mahoney. Before his time at Brampton, Mike worked for Emerson's younger brother Evans who now resides at the Do Son Seaside Golf Resortin Hai Phong City, Vietnam. In 2012 Mike was nominated PGA of Ontario Assistant Golf Professional of the year, which he ended up top 3.
Mike is a very proud Husband, to wife Melissa and a proud father to son, Avery and daughter Rileigh. With a young and growing family Mike decided to exit the Club Professional role and find a more suitable career that would gain more family time. With a strong passion for teaching and growing the game of golf, Mike will return to Stone Tree’s golf academy for his second season as a teaching professional.