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Managing Partner for Canada

Ryan Tracy

About Ryan

Ryan is a 20+ year PGA of Canada Professional that has acquired a vast amount of experience, from entrepreneur to Professor, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer over that time.

In June 2020 while clubs across the world were coping with the early onset of Covid-19, Ryan founded Club Study, a social forum that connects Private Club Managers across North America. Club Study brings Club and Golf Managers together by encouraging questions from the industry that, when answered, create large pools of data that aid in everyone's daily decision making. This collaborative approach, combined with curiosity, community and continuous improvement are what Ryan values most and everything that 59club embodies.

Ryan has managed golf clubs in two different Canadian provinces and in 2015 led Miramichi Golf & Country Club to the Club of the Year (Small Club Category) designation with the Club Managers Association of Canada. He was awarded with Professional of the Year in 2017 by MYPIE, a local entrepreneurship organization, as well as being named the Atlantic PGA Professional of the Year in the same year.

Ryan's experience also includes operating an executive golf business venture taking corporate clients to a President's Cup, US Open and PGA Championship followed by teaching in the PGM and Business Programs at Durham College. Volunteering and giving back have been an important endeavours for Ryan, spending time on PGA of Canada Zone and CMAC Branch committees as well as Rotary and other community groups.

Ryan has a diploma in Professional Golf Management and a certificate in Adult Education while also studying Business with Athabasca University.

Director of Operations

Paddy Kelly

About Paddy

Paddy has been a PGA of Canada member since 2004. He gained extensive experience in senior and leadership positions at a variety of clubs in the GTA, including 10 years as Head Golf Professional at Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto – the only club of its kind in the world.

Working exclusively at top-tier private clubs, Paddy has become known for delivering an extremely high level of hospitality and creating personalized experiences for members and their invited guests. Paddy takes pride in ensuring that all touch points with golfers continually exceed their expectations. His outgoing demeanor and passion for the game of golf has allowed him to develop meaningful relationships with his members and industry colleagues.

While at Ladies’ he developed an innovative and data driven approach to retail operations. This combined with his demonstrated skill for merchandising, created a bespoke retail experience and made the Ladies’ Golf Shop a destination attracting both Ladies’ members as well as members from other clubs. His retail success was recognized in 2018 when he was awarded the Pat Fletcher Retailer of the Year award from the PGA of Canada.

Throughout his career, Paddy has proven to be a leader within the association by mentoring up-and-coming young professionals through his involvement with association conferences, buying shows, and hosting of association events.

Paddy has a diploma in Professional Golf Management from Durham College and is following his passion for the Rules of Golf as he pursues his certification as a Golf Canada Referee.