Kevin Dugas Inducted into the PGA Atlantic Hall of Fame
Kevin Dugas has been playing golf for as long as he can remember and has been a member of PGA of Canada Atlantic since 1985. Introduced to the sport by his mother, who was the Club House Manager, after school, Dugas would head to the club and play golf. As a child, he looked up to Professional Lee Trevino and would study his swing to become a better golfer. “I would watch him play and analyze what he was doing to make changes to my game,” said Dugas. Dugas began his professional career at Truro Golf Club.
With a professional record of over 200 event wins, Dugas’s most memorable wins were at the Canadian Assistants Championships, where he won in 1987 and 1992. To Dugas, all of his PGA Atlantic event wins are near to him as well. “I have always golfed because I enjoy it. When going to events, I do not go to win. I just want to have fun,” said Dugas. While being a PGA Professional, he also takes away the rewarding feeling of teaching. “Seeing a beginner who has never touched a club and seeing the progress within the hour lesson is nothing but rewarding.”
When asked what being inducted into the PGA of Canada Atlantic Hall of Fame meant to him, Dugas spoke of the honour that it is to him to be recognized for what he has achieved this far in his career and life. Dugas has achieved two Canadian Assistants Championships, placed third in the PGA of America Assistants Championship, has won 16 PGA Atlantic Zone Championships, as well as several PGA Atlantic Assistants and Senior Championships. Dugas has also held many course records within Canada and the United States.
When asked about advice he would give new golfers getting into the sport, he says, “go see a PGA Professional, have patience, and leave the phone at home,” Dugas stated that it is important to educate yourself about the sport of golf. To those looking to become a PGA Professional, “now is the time to do it. It is a good time to get into the business with the increased interest in the sport.”
“Kevin has been the premier player in our association for over 30 years. Very accomplished but always humble. He clearly deserves recognition as an inductee in the PGA Atlantic Hall of Fame. Welcome to the Hall,” said PGA Atlantic Executive Director Lindon Garron. Congratulations Kevin, on your accomplishments and induction into the PGA Atlantic Hall of Fame.
1992 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada (Cottonwood Golf & CC, Calgary, AB)
1987 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada (Horseshoe Valley Resort, Barrie, ONT)
Since turning professional in 1985, Kevin has won 16 PGA of Canada Atlantic Zone Championships: 1985-1987, 1990, 1995-1998, 2000, 2002-2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013.
Other Notable Results:
1992 PGA of America Assistant Professional Championship – T3 (PGA West - Jack Nicklaus Private, La Quinta, CA, USA) – Kevin’s final round 67 was the low round of the day for all competitors in the event.
1988 PGA of America Assistant Professional Championship – T17 (Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, MA, USA)
2007 PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada – T5 (PGA Golf Club, Ryder Course, Port St. Lucie, FL, USA)
2004 PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada – 3rd (PGA Golf Club - North, Port St. Lucie, FL, USA)
2003 PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada – 2nd (L'Ile de Montreal - South, Montreal, QC)
2001 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada – 7th (Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club, Orillia, ONT)
1999 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada – 7th (Whitevale Golf Club, Whitevale, ONT)
1981 Canadian Junior Boys Championship (St. George’s Golf & CC, Islington, ONT) – He captured the event on the second sudden death playoff hole on St. George’s, which is considered by many as the finest golf course in Canada and consistently ranked among the best 100 courses in the world. Kevin’s drives during the event were compared by club members as matching anything that Jack Nicklaus and other pros hit when Canadian Opens were held at St. George’s.
1981 Atlantic Junior International Golf Championship – Kevin captured the Intermediate Division (ages 15-17) by 15 strokes. He was 2nd by one stroke for the overall championship. The event was held at Ashburn Golf Club and Brightwood Golf Club, featuring elite junior golfers from Eastern Canada, the Northeastern United States and Bermuda.
1984 Nova Scotia Men’s Amateur Championship (Truro Golf Club, NS)
1982 Nova Scotia Junior Boys Championship (Oakfield Golf & CC, Wellington, NS) – Kevin was the first golfer to post a sub-par total in the history of the championship.
1980 Nova Scotia Juvenile Championship (16 and under) (Paragon Golf Club, Kingston, NS)
1978 Nova Scotia Midget Championship (14 and under) (Seaview Golf Club, North Sydney, NS)
2 NS Willingdon Cup Men’s Teams (1982 and 1984)
4 NS Junior Boys Teams (1979 to 1982)
Other notable results:
1984 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship - T13 (Sunningdale CC, London, ONT)
1982 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship - T8 (Kanawaki Golf Club, Caughnawaga, QC)
1982 Canadian Junior Boys Championship – 4th (Club de Golf Beauce, St. Marie de Beauce, QC)
1980 and 1981 Nova Scotia Junior Boys Championship – runner up both years
Kevin played in prestigious international junior events such as the 1981 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship (Biltmore Golf Club, Coral Gables, Florida) and, as noted above, the 1981 Atlantic Junior International Golf Championship.
Kevin has also held several course records in Canada and the USA.