He’s starting his third season as the head professional at Niakwa Country Club and he’s proud to be selected as the Manitoba Club Pro of the Year for 2010.
“I’m very honoured,” said Wade Nybakken. “You really don’t expect to win an award like this early in your career and it’s special because it comes from you peers, ” he added.
Though it’s two years since he took over the head pro position at Niakwa, the 37 years old and this is his second stint at Niakwa club.
It all started when he worked around the pro shop at Dawson Creek, BC, from the time he was 10. His first venture into the professional ranks came in 1996 when he served as an assistant pro at the Lone Wolf Golf Club at Taylor BC.
He first came to Manitoba to serve as an assistant pro under Robin Henderson at the Links at Quarry Oaks in 1998-99. He moved to Niakwa as an assistant under Scott Dickson from 2000 to 2003, spent a year under Cory Kartusch at St. Charles Country Club in 2004, then returned to British Columbia to again work with Dickson for five years at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.
He returned to take on the head pro duties at Niakwa at the start of the 2009 and is now heading into his third season in that position.
Nybakken takes part in local PGA tournaments and was a member of the Manitoba team in the annual Titleist Cup with pros from Saskatchewan.
He is deeply involved with teaching and lessons with his Niakwa members and is active with programs for junior golf development.