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Born on November 28th, 1945, Andy Black became a Member of both the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association and the Alberta Professional Golfers’ Association in 1973, at the age of 27, when he accepted a position as an Assistant Pro at the Calgary Elks Lodge GC. There, Andy would work under Head Professional Neil Green, one of the Association’s most involved members. In 1977, 4 seasons after taking the job at the Elks, Andy became the Head Professional at the prestigious Earl Grey GC in the heart of Calgary, succeeding outgoing professional Bob Hitchins. It was at Earl Grey that Andy established himself as both a very good player and a very good professional.

In his impressive 27 seasons as Head Professional, he was a mentor to many of his Assistants and a friend to the vast majority of Earl Grey members. In 1998, he received recognition for his 25 years of service as a Canadian PGA Member, the same year in which he won his first Alberta PGA Senior Championship, fitting rewards that paid tribute both to his professionalism and his capabilities as a player.

In 2004, after 31 years as a CPGA Professional, Andy retired and turned the Head Professional position at Earl Grey over to his long-standing Assistant, Richard Stringer. Stringer had been a junior member at Earl Grey, working in the back shop cleaning clubs and washing carts beginning in 1981, before turning professional in 1988, and continuing his progression as a golf professional under Andy’s watchful eye. When Andy stepped down, it was only suitable that his long-time protégé continue with the atmosphere of camaraderie and professionalism that he had put into place over more than two decades.

Andy has never really left Earl Grey behind, though. He continues to play golf there most days in the summer as an honorary member and, even as a retired professional, his desire to compete with the ‘young kids’ in Alberta Head Pro Series events is as fierce as ever. In 2006, he won the Srixon Senior Championship at the Lacombe G&CC, proving that, even as he moves into his early 60’s, he is still a recognizable face both in Alberta professional golf, and in the Alberta golf industry in general.