To develop the future of golf in Nova Scotia while upholding the traditions of the game.
The Nova Scotia Golf Association (NSGA) is the governing body of golf in Nova Scotia. Representing approximately 12,000 members and 58 facilities across the province. Recognized by Sport Nova Scotia as the Provincial Sport Organization, the NSGA’s mission is to develop the future of golf in Nova Scotia while upholding the traditions of the game.
The NSGA conducts multiple sport development programs and services for its members and member facilities, including grassroots to high performance programming; rules, handicapping and course rating training and implementation; as well as 12 provincial championships annually.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David BoltonPresident (Ken-Wo Golf Club)
David (Dave) Bolton, of Ken-Wo Golf Club, has been elected as the 66th president of the Nova Scotia Golf Association (“NSGA”) for the 2021 season. The election took place on Wednesday, April 28th at the NSGA’s virtual Annual General Meeting.
Dave is an experienced leader with an extensive career in the Royal Canadian Air Force and NATO. He is skilled in Government, Business, Strategic and Operational Planning. Having spent many years working in Nova Scotia, Dave, and his wife Debbie, retired in 2016 to Wolfville to be close to their five children and grandchildren.
Dave has been an active member of Ken-Wo Golf Club since 2011 and currently sits on the club’s Board. Over the past four years, Dave has volunteered with the NSGA chairing the NSGA Rules Committee, the NSGA Handicap and Course Rating Committee, and sits on the National Handicap and Course Rating Committee. He has worked many Provincial and National tournaments as a Referee starting in 2014, and became a Course Rating Team Leader in 2019.
“I am excited to be elected the President and look forward to guiding an amazing and dedicated group of volunteers and staff as we prepare the Association for the next decade,” remarks Bolton.
“Covid-19 continues to present its challenges to the golf industry and we remain focused on safety. As Covid restrictions allow we will move from our current cautious approach to reengagement and elevating services to our members and member facilities.”
Geoff BakerVice President (Ashburn Golf Club)
Cathy Beaton2nd Vice President (Ashburn Golf Club)
Sean StuartVP of Finance (Ashburn Golf Club)Stuart graduated from STFX with a major in Accounting, and a minor in Psychology, and has been working at WBLI/MNP since his graduation in 2012. During his university career, he volunteered with Big Brother & Big Sisters, and from 2015 to 2018 he volunteered with the Halifax Boys & Girls Club as a member of their finance committee.
Sean is a member of Ashburn Golf Club in Halifax N.S, and is an active competitor during the summer months, and is no stranger to the NSGA. In 2019 Sean won the NSGA Men’s 4-Ball and the MCT Men’s MID-Amateur in 2016 and 2019. Over the years, he has represented Nova Scotia at numerous National Championships, including the 2019 Canadian Men’s Amateur at Glen Arbour, N.S.
Rob CollinsDirector at Large (Clare Golf & Country Club)
Jim OgilvieDirector at Large (Hartlen Point Forces Golf Club)
Bruce SmithDirector at Large (Ashburn Golf Club)
Bill MacMillanDirector at Large (Hartlen Point Forces Golf Club)
For the past 32 years, Mr. Bill MacMillan has been a prominent member of the Nova Scotia Golf Association (NSGA). Working tirelessly as a Referee, Course Rater, and board member at the Provincial and National levels.
Since 1985, Mr. MacMillan has been a part of the NSGA Executive Committee, working as an Assistant on rules, handicap, and as the course rating chairman. A position that he continues to fulfill to this day. In 1995 he became the first elected Vice-President of the NSGA and served in this role until 1996 when he was elected President of the NSGA.
As President, with the assistance of past Executive Director Murray Purcell, they were establishing the NSGA Player of the Year points system and founding the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Golf Tournament. A tournament for high school students to compete at the provincial level.
In 2013 he was appointed NSGA Tournament Director until 2018 and in 2019 served as the chair of the NSGA Tournament committee and is a member of the Handicap and Course rating committee.
During his 35 years with the NSGA, Mr. MacMillan rated over 2400 holes in seven provinces and two states. He has also been a Referee at over 270 provincial and national championships, and 475 rounds of golf.
Mr. MacMillan’s involvement with golf is not only limited to the provincial level. For over 15 years, he has held numerous positions with Golf Canada. In 2003 Mr. MacMillan was nominated by Alvin Sinclair as a Governor with Golf Canada (formerly the RCGA). He served as a governor for a decade until 2013. From 2005 to 2009 he was the Chairman of the Golf Canada Handicap and Course Rating Committees. From 2009 to the present, MacMillan serves as a Committee member for Golf Canada.
Also, we’d like to note his work with his home club of Hartlen Point Forces Golf Club. For the past 21 years, Mr. MacMillan has served on the Executive Committee. Seventeen of those as rules and handicap chairs.
Mr. Macmillan lives in Eastern Passage and is retired from the Geological Survey of Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography where he was employed from 1972 to 2010.
Kent RodgersDirector at Large (Brightwood Golf & Country Club)Kent is an active member at the Brightwood Golf & Country Club in Dartmouth, N.S. where he was director of many portfolios, and also served as Club President from 2005 to 2007. Over the years, Kent also volunteered with various local Volleyball, Hockey, and Curling clubs in the Dartmouth area.Kent is a graduate of Dalhousie University, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce. Rodgers is a managing partner at Casey Rodgers Chisholm Penny Duggan LLP practising in the area of Real Estate, Corporate/Commercial Law, Probate & Estates.Currently, Kent serves on the Golf Canada Audit and Risk Committee, and is a Nationally Certified Golf Referee. During the summer months he volunteers his time officiating both Provincial and National competitions.
Karla WilmsDirector at Large (River Hills Golf & Country Club)
Karla is a member of River Hills Golf and Country Club in Clyde River, NS, and is active both as a volunteer and a competitor. She has served on numerous volunteer committees from Ladies Division President to Tournament Director.
Over the past 25 years, she has worked for the Nova Scotia Community College and is currently the Academic Chair and Site Manager for the Shelburne Campus. She has served on numerous community boards including the Community Business Development Corporation, Barrington and Shelburne Chamber of Commerce, and the Nova Scotia Stick Curling Association. Karla has a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia and a Bachelor of Education from Dalhousie.
Karla has won the River Hills Club Championship a record 32 times and has represented Nova Scotia three times as a member of the Women’s Amateur Team.
Alix DigoutDirector at Large (NSPPC)
Born and raised in Halifax, Alix is an Associate Lawyer within MDW Law’s personal injury law practice; A ten-lawyer firm run by an all-female partnership in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
After graduating from Saint Mary’s in 2010 with a B.A, Alix moved to London, England to complete her Law Degree. Where she used her time abroad to gain a global perspective and to interact with individuals from all walks of life.
Outside of the office Alix is a massive sports fan and grew up playing competitive soccer and curling. She has now turned her sights on “perfecting” her golf game. Despite being a lifelong golf fan and avid viewer, Alix only began her golfing journey within the last five years (still humbly learning the game, but with enthusiasm).
Duan AshDirector at Large (Grandview Golf & Country Club)
Kathy PowersDirector at Large (Bluenose GC)
Financial Statements2017 – 2020
BylawsEffective April 28th, 2020
2020 NSGA COMMITTEE MEMBERS
NSGA PAST PRESIDENTS
1930 – Frank Leslie Lewis, Truro GC
1931 – Col. S.S. Wetmore, Gorsebrook GC
1932 – Otto Herbert Foshay, Ken-Wo GC
1933 – George Edgar Graham, Ken-wo GC
1934 – Col. Alfred Nagle Jones,
1935 – Dr. Harry Osborne Harding, Yarmouth GC
1936 – Thomas Edward Grindon Lynch, Digby GC
1937 – Col. Charles Hugh LePailleur Jones, Liverpool GC
1938 – Major David Herbert Williams, Ashburn GC
1939-1945 – Operations suspended (WW2)
1946-1947 – George Staples Moffat, Ashburn GC
1948 – Joseph Dennis Collins, Amherst GC
1949-1951 – William Tennant Kellock, Lingan GC
1951-1953 – Professor Harold G. “Babe” Beazley, Brightwood GC
1953-1955 – Judge Robert Faulkner MacLellan, Truro GC
1955-1957 – Gerald Patrick “Brud” McKenna, Brightwood GC
1957-1959 – Wally Knock, Bluenose GC
1959-1960 – Edwin Harvey “Eddie” Crowell, Ashburn GC
1960-1962 – Dennis Sutherland, Lingan GC
1962-1963 – Robert Johnson Harvey, Brightwood GC
1963-1965 – M. Ron Morehouse, Ken-Wo GC
1965-1967 – J. Doane Hallett, Ashburn GC
1967-1969 – Harold E. “Casey” Power, Truro GC
1969-1971 – Charles R. “Chuck” Mitchell, Ashburn GC
1971-1972 – Peter Hope, Brightwood GC
1973 – Al Fox, Bluenose GC
1974 – Donald “Piper” MacMillan, Lingan GC
1975 – Merrill Rawding , Liverpool GC
1976 – Owen Ritcey, Brightwood GC
1977 – Gordon Tidman, Paragon GC
1978 – Cliff Lowrey, Lingan GC
1978-1980 – Bob Wong, Abercrombie GC
1980-1981 – C.D. “Bucky” Snow, Digby GC
1981-1982 – Warman Castle, Northumberalnd GC
1982-1983 – Clyde Weldin, Truro GC
1983-1984 – Ken MacDonald, Lingan GC
1984-1985 – Hugh F. Urquhart, Eden GC
1985-1986 – Dennis MacDonald, Brightwood GC
1986-1987– Dr. Julius Comeau, Clare GC
1987-1988 – Jim Brown, Bridgewater GC
1988-1989 – Jack Coffin, Oakfield GC
1989-1990 – Robert “Toomey” MacPherson, Lingan GC
1990-1991 – David Reid, Paragon GC
1991-1992 – Brian Gordon, Northumberalnd GC
1992-1993 – Austin Stiles, Bridgewater GC
1993-1994 – Tom McCarthy, Ashburn GC
1994-1995 – Alvin Sinclair, Abercrombie GC
1995-1996 – W.C. “Bill” MacMillan, Hartlen Point GC
1996-1997 – Garth Leighton, Avon Valley, GC
1997-1998 – Robert Zinck, Greenwood GC
1998-1999 – Fred Kenney, Paragon GC
1999-2000 – Dwight Jones, Amherst GC
2000-2001 – Binney Leslie, River Oaks GC
2001-2002 – Roland Deveau, Clare GC
2002-2004 – David Henderson, Abercrombie GC*
- The NSGA/NSLGA approved a merger of the two Associations at Ken-Wo GC, on Sunday, 5 December , 2004, to take effect mid-night, 31 December 2004. Bill 143, An Act to Dissolve the Ladies Golf Association of Nova Scotia and to Repeal Chapter 128 of the Acts of 1973, The Ladies Golf Association of Nova Scotia Act was passed by the Legislature on October 18, 2004.
- The first President of the amalgamated bodies was
2004-2006 – John McLeod, Grandview GC
2006-2008 – Sue Rait, Fox Hollow GC
2008-2010 – Peter Cooke, Avon Valley GC
2010-2012 – Doug McEwan, 14 Wing CFB Greenwood
2012-2013 – Val Gillis, Mountain Golf CC
2013-2014 – John Horton, Ken-Wo CC
2014-2015 – Shirley d’Entremont, West Pubnico GC 2016
2015-2016 – Ernest Muise, Clare GC
2016-2018 – Garry Beattie, Ashburn GC
2018-2020 – David Acker, Ken Wo GC
2020-2021 – Wendy Sentner, NSPPC