Focus on Volunteerism – Dun Kunkel

Don Kunkel has been giving back to golf for the last seven years.


Home Club:
Deer Park Golf Course

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Rounds per year:
“I play about 40 to 50 rounds per year now that I’m slowing down a bit – started playing when I six years old and joined Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon at the age of seven. The most rounds played in a single season is 150 when I was 16 years old.”

Favourite player:
“Arnold Palmer, hands down.”

Years with Golf Saskatchewan:
“Seven years of volunteering with Golf Saskatchewan after 25 years of volunteering in minor hockey as a coach, co-ordinator, president of Saskatoon Minor Hockey and a director of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association.”

Areas of Service:
I am involved with course rating, director (currently the vice-president) and former chair of a Canadian Junior Women’s Championship and two provincial championships held at Deer Park.”

How did you get involved with Golf Saskatchewan?
“I got involved with Golf Saskatchewan because of people like my mentor, the late Bill Turnbull (Riverside Country Club professional) who devoted a lot of his personal time to developing junior golf before it was even popular. After I finished giving back to hockey I decided it was time for me to give back to golf, the game I love the most.”

What do you like about volunteering?
“I like volunteering with Golf Saskatchewan because of the people I’ve met along the way.  Everyone volunteering is equally passionate about the game and we all have a common bond.  I also get to see more and more of Saskatchewan and some great golf courses that I otherwise likely wouldn’t have gone to. Volunteering gives me a nice feeling that I’m doing something good for the game and having an opportunity to give back and meet some great people along the way.”