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Ottawa-Born/Westport-Raised Pro Wins National Award

Westport native Jason Helman wins the 2010 CPGA Teacher of the Year Award
Westport native Jason Helman wins the 2010 CPGA Teacher of the Year Award (Photo: Ontario PGA)

He may hang his hat at the Wyndance Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario these days but make no mistake, Jason Helman is a proud Westport, Ontario boy.

Helman, the Director of Instruction at the Clublink-owned Wyndance since it opened, has even more reason to be proud this week as he was publicly announced as the 2010 Canadian PGA Teacher of The Year on Wednesday, February 16th.

Helman, now 41 and living in Port Perry, says “eighteen years of hard work” went into the award but that he is still learning everyday.

“It was truly an honour to receive the Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year award back in October but being recognized as a National award winner for Canadian PGA Teacher of the Year as one of the best in the country is an extremely proud moment,” said Helman. ”

As a teen Helman was a notable left winger for the Junior B Westport Rideaus from 1985-1990 but cut his golfing teeth at the Evergreen Golf Club in Westport, working both inside and on the turf care crew, and he would return to work in the area at the Rideau Lakes Golf Course in 1993 after he made a couple golf-related jaunts outside of Canada.

After spotting an ad for a golf school in Golf Digest, Helman set his sights on a career in the golf industry and graduated from the Orlando Campus of the San Diego Golf Academy.  He then took those acquired skills and headed to Leipzig, Germany where he had been hired as an instructor for a series of European Academies being developed by a Swiss company.  After an eye-opening year he returned to Canada where he joined the Canadian PGA.

Jason set his goals in March of 2010 (and posted it on his Facebook so he would see it everyday), one of them was to attain the Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year Award which he received in October, then only a few months later, learned that he was also to be awarded the Canadian PGA Teacher of the Year.

“I’m very thankful to have received this award and would like to thank those people that have provided support and encouragement along the way including my parents Bill and Grace, Charlie King, Scott Reid (Callaway), Dustin Kerr-Taylor, ClubLink Corp., friends and colleagues,” said Helman.  The big award winner also wanted to add a few other people to that list including juniors, members and tour players he has worked with over the years along with Michael Schurman, Bernie Starchuk, Matt Yustin, Phil, Rankin, Paul Harris, Jamie Al-Jbouri, Brad Turner and the late Conrad Rehling.

Jason’s teaching philosophy is based primarily on biomechanics or efficient body motion and proper sequence, based on a student’s assessment of their physical and athletic abilities. Jason has worked with players on the Canadian (Tyler Martin), Nationwide (Bryn Parry, Keith Nolan)and Duramed Futures Tours (Alana Johnson, Stacey Bieber) along with National Calibre Amateurs.

Jason says he has even more goals to achieve as a golf professional.  He would love to one day be working with two or three players on the PGA Tour, be part of the Olympic Golf Coaching Team, and he also has plans for a Instruction book.

Jason has had a well-rounded career in golf as a caddie, coach, player, and in numerous positions at various golf clubs, including the Mandarin Golf Club and the Board of Trade Golf Club.  He earned his CPGA Class “A” membership in 2008.

Jason has been featured in SCORE Golf Magazine on numerous occasions along with Golf Pops, a Korean Golf Newspaper, ClubLink Life Magazine, GolfScene Magazine, and several other local newspapers and websites.

For more on Jason visit his website at www.jasonhelmangolf.com.  He can be reached at jhelman@clublink.ca.  You can also seek him out on Facebook (JasonHelmanGolf) and Twitter (@jasonhelmangolf).

There is also an interview with Jason on Ontario PGA TV, done after winning the provincial Teacher of the Year award that you may want to watch.  You can see it here.

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