About Us

MISSION

To develop the future of golf in Nova Scotia while upholding the traditions of the game.

VISION

VALUES

OVERVIEW

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 Bolton
    President (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 Baker
    Vice President (Ashburn Golf Club)
  • Cathy Beaton
    2nd Vice President (Ashburn Golf Club)
  • Sean Stuart
    VP 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 Collins
    Director at Large (Clare Golf & Country Club)
  • Jim Ogilvie
    Director at Large (Hartlen Point Forces Golf Club)
  • Bruce Smith
    Director at Large (Ashburn Golf Club)
  • Bill MacMillan
    Director 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 Rodgers
    Director 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 Wilms
    Director 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 Digout
    Director 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 Ash
    Director at Large (Grandview Golf & Country Club)
  • Kathy Powers
    Director at Large (Bluenose GC)

IMPORTANT LINKS

2020 NSGA COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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NSGA PAST PRESIDENTS

  • Presidents
    1930-1939; 1947-2019

    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