Cham­bers named Na­tional Coach of the Year

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - STEVEN MAH SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

Swift Cur­rent’s Jeff Cham­bers will have to make a lit­tle more room in his crowded tro­phy case for per­haps his most pres­ti­gious award to date. The Elm­wood Golf and Coun­try Club Head Pro­fes­sional was re­cently an­nounced as the re­cip­i­ent of the PGA of Canada Coach of the Year award.

“It’s pretty sur­real,” ad­mit­ted Cham­bers. “When you’re look­ing at a pro­vin­cial award you feel great about it. All of a sud­den the na­tional call comes and it’s a whole dif­fer­ent feel­ing.”

Cham­bers had ac­tu­ally been no­ti­fied a few days prior to the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment. “It was hard not to say any­thing. I had to think about how big this re­ally was. It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing.”

Cham­bers moved to Swift Cur­rent 17 years ago and has been the Head Pro at Elm­wood for the past 10 years. He said this lat­est award was a chance to rem­i­nisce about his time in Swift Cur­rent and on the golf course.

“Hav­ing the na­tional recog­ni­tion and then the so­cial me­dia blow­ing up, just to see ev­ery­body with the con­grat­u­la­tions, the lit­tle sto­ries here and there, and the mes­sages that I’ve got from past play­ers that I’ve worked with and how sin­cere they are with that, be­cause it’s per­sonal sto­ries that have im­pacted them. It re­ally hits home that wow I have a great job.”

Cham­bers has been named the pro­vin­cial Ju­nior Pro­moter of the Year seven times and pro­vin­cial Coach of the Year once. He was named the na­tional 2010 Ju­nior Pro­moter of the Year when he was the first Saskatchewan na­tional award win­ner. “It was a big deal to our province. Go­ing for­ward with the coach award, ob­vi­ously that’s a huge one for them and they just love the fact that they are re­al­iz­ing that in Saskatchewan we can do some pretty amaz­ing things too,” said Cham­bers.

Most re­cently, Cham­bers won three PGA of Saskatchewan awards in Oc­to­ber when he took home the Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment Award, the Ju­nior Pro­moter of the Year, and the Coach of the Year Award.

He has re­cently re­fo­cused some of his at­ten­tion to coach­ing through the Jeff Cham­bers Golf Academy.

“In the last cou­ple of years I’ve switched gears from just con­cen­trat­ing on get­ting them go­ing. I felt that there was a coach­ing need out there. I started with three lo­cal kids for coach­ing and a cou­ple came from Kin­der­s­ley. This last year it grew to 17 kids and 80 per­cent of them travel over two hours to see me. I knew there was a niche for coach­ing and I truly love it to help them out.”

Cham­bers is step­ping down as Head Pro­fes­sional at the Elm­wood Golf Club. Bren­nan Ru­man­cik, his as­sis­tant for the past 10 years, will be mov­ing up to the Head Pro po­si­tion.

Cham­bers said he will be do­ing more teach­ing and coach­ing out of the Academy. He is also the Tour­na­ment Di­rec­tor with the Maple Leaf Ju­nior Tour and still works with Golf Saskatchewan. He has worked with the Na­tional Maple Leaf Ju­nior tour and has coached in Scot­land three times, Aus­tralia on four oc­ca­sions, and coached in Es­to­nia and Fin­land this past year.

“Coach­ing is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than teach­ing be­cause it is con­stant con­tact. In­stead of just one les­son here, it’ reg­u­lar lessons through­out. We cover ev­ery­thing from men­tal game to tech­ni­cal. It’s tex­ting late at night with kids, it’s talk­ing to them be­fore tour­na­ments, it’s af­ter­wards. I re­ally en­joy that part. That’s were I am con­cen­trat­ing my ef­forts now in the coach­ing world.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jeff Cham­bers (right) has been named the PGA of Canada Coach of the Year.

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