We are saddened to announce the passing of Bud Loftus, PGA of Canada Life Member and PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Bud passed away on January 24th at the age of 89.
Born on June 25th, 1930 in Vancouver, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, AB, George (Bud) Loftus first started playing golf at the young age of 6 at the Edmonton’s Victoria Golf Course. He started his career at the Highlands G&CC in 1948 under the wings of Head Professional Henry Martell as an employee and a player. He became later one of the PGA of Canada’s most distinguished Golf Professionals.
During that time, he worked as the Head Professional at the Willowdale GC (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) and the Regal GC (now The Winston GC in Calgary), as well as an Assistant Professional at the Calgary G&CC. In 1962, he made his formal application to the PGA of Canada and became Head Professional at the Calgary G&CC in 1963, where he would remain until 1975. In 1988, after brief stints as Head Professional at the Shuswap Lake Estates GC in BC and the Edson GC in Alberta, Bud decided to retire from his career in golf.
Bud became just the third Member to receive the PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award in the Player Category, joining fellow PGA of Canada Members Henry Martell and Frank Fowler.
More information on the Memorial Service will be provided once confirmed. Click Here to learn more about Bud.
Spring Seminar Registration NOW OPEN - Early Bird Pricing Available
Registration is now open for the 2020 PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar, presented by E-Z-GO and SuperSpeed Golf on March 2nd and 3rd at the Derrick G&WC! We have an incredible couple of days lined up with some exceptional speakers to Educate, Motivate and Inspire! We are extremely excited to also announce that Gordon Food Service (GFS) will be providing all food and beverage services throughout the duration of the Seminar. After rocking the Buying Show last fall we are very excited to see what they have in store for us. We are again offering Early Bird pricing - register before February 9th, 2020 to take advantage of great savings.
2020 Confirmed Speakers
> Michael Breed - Host of "A New Breed of Golf" on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio, Chief Digital Instructor for Golf Digest
> Matt Ginella - Golf Advisor’s Editor-at-Large & Host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel
> Nick Clearwater - Vice President of Instruction for GOLFTEC
> Gia Bocra Liwski - Founder of Golf Experiences For Her, LPGA Top 50 Instructor and Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America > Jason Glass - Owns and operates Tour Performance Lab and Kinetica Golf Performance, Consultant for many teams and professional athletes from PGA Tour, NFL and NHL, Head of the Titleist Performance Institutes Fitness Advisory Board
PGA of Alberta Announces Partnership with Hotel Arts
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a partnership with Hotel Artsas an official Presenting Sponsor, Accommodation Sponsor and the host venue of the Buying Show Cocktail Reception held after the first day of the PGA of Alberta Buying Show. The Show will be held on October 20-22 in 2020 at the Calgary BMO Centre with the Cocktail Reception hosted on October 20th at Hotel Arts.
The PGA of Alberta looks forward to continuing to host the Cocktail Reception as the event was well attended at Hotel Arts in October, 2019 with members being treated to an elegant evening of food, drinks, and entertainment. The best part is - Hotel Arts is just a short walk away from the BMO Centre making the event very accessible for all attendees.
About Hotel Arts Group… In the heart of downtown Calgary, Hotel Arts is steps away from the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. For business or pleasure, Hotel Arts offers a dynamic travel experience with a unique and refreshing connection to the city.
The Hotel Arts story began in 2005 when a team of local investors purchased and transformed an old Holiday Inn in Calgary’s Beltline/Victoria Park. They had a vision to create a different kind of hotel in the city – design-centric, fashion-forward and innovative in its culinary offerings.
Hotel Arts has become a place where locals and tourists alike feel like they belong. This sense of belonging remains part of their everyday culture, and they foster it through their personalized service and boutique experience.
Spring Seminar Keynote Speaker Announcement - Michael Breed
We are happy to announce that another Keynote Speaker for the forthcoming 2020 Spring Seminar (March 2nd - 3rd) sponsored by EZ-GO & SuperSpeed Golf and hosted by The Derrick G&WC has been secured!
This Speaker is proudly presented by the PGA of Canada Training Academy, Titleist and FootJoy.
It will be none other than..... Michael Breed!!
Michael Breed is among the most dynamic, engaging and entertaining teachers in the game. He hosts “A New Breed of Golf “ on Sirius XM PGA TOUR Radio weekdays from 8-10 AM, and the digital series, “A New Breed of Golf,” which is available on Facebook Watch and YouTube.
Michael leads the way in digital golf instruction, and previously hosted the highest rated golf instruction series on Golf Channel, The Golf Fix. He is a member of the PGA of America’s digital broadcast team for the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. He serves as the Chief Digital Instructor for Golf Digest, focused on innovating golf instruction and overseeing the “Best Young Teachers” program.
Named The PGA of America’s National Teacher of the Year in 2012, he operates the Michael Breed Golf Academy at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top instructors by Golf Digest and GOLF magazines. The Metropolitan PGA Section has recognized Michael for a number of awards, including Teacher of the Year (2000, 2009) - the only two-time winner – and the Horton Smith Award (2006, 2007, 2017).
Spring Seminar 2020 - Matt Ginella - Keynote Speaker Announcement
We are happy to announce that a Keynote Speaker for the forthcoming 2020 Spring Seminar sponsored by E-Z-GO & SuperSpeed Golf and hosted by The Derrick G&WC has been secured!
It will be none other than..... Matt Ginella!!
Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor’s Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.
Before the Golf Channel, Ginella was a senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer’s annual buddy trips to over 60 destinations around the country.
Mr. Ginella graduated from St. Mary’s College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003.
Submit Nomination for Board of Directors - 8 Days Until Deadline
If you are interested in running for a position on either the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors, please click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the Nomination form which can be submitted online. Deadline to submit is Friday,January 17th, 2020 by 4pm.
Annual General Meeting - Both elections will be held at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at The Derrick G&WC in Edmonton, Alberta.