We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of PGA of Alberta member Drake Mason. He passed away in December of 2021 at the age of 66 years. Drake had worked at a number of golf facilities in Alberta which include Pheasantback GC, Edmonton Springs GR, and Billy D’s Driving Range.
Drake joined the Association in 1978 and received his 25-Year milestone as a Class "A" Member in 2008. A Memorial Service was held for him on December 27th, 2021 in Edmonton.
Our thoughts are with Drake’s family and friends during this time. Click the link below for his obituary.
Registration for the 2022 PGA of Alberta Virtual Spring Seminar is now OPEN!
The seminarwill be held March 2nd & 3rd as a digital Education Conference via the Whova App/Platform - which allows video integration with a variety of video hosting platforms, sharing of agendas with attendees for presentations, sharing of any presentation related documents the Speakers provide. Click here for a YouTube video on Whova.
The Education Committee has put together another exciting line-up of speakers to provide a top tier event focused on development and networking. Please note that discussions to confirm speakers is still on going and will be announced in the coming weeks. Speakers already confirmed will be highlighted in the news article section and education events tab of the website.
Please note that we are offering Early Bird Pricingto all our Members until February 11th! Mark these dates in your calendar now, we hope you plan on attending this annual kick-off to the golf season in an albeit different but still exciting capacity this year!
The Education Committee is excited to announce that it will be hosting a webinar on all facets of the Golf Genius Software which will be available to all members. This day will consist of a morning and afternoon session where members can choose to educate themselves on a topic most relevant to their club.
Golf Genius Software has many benefits which include;
Overall learning about Golf Genius Software
Tools and features for tournament and league set up
Tools and features to enhance the golf shop
Member knowledge can provide value to their club
To educate current PGA of Alberta members about the features of Golf Genius Tournament Management Software (GGTM) and Golf Shop Software (GGGS).
Date / Time:
February 1, 2022
We will offer an AM session and a PM session. Each session will cover the same material. If a participant chooses to attend the AM session, they are not required to attend the PM session but you may attend a different session in the PM.
9:30AM to 10:30AM – Session 1, 2, 3, or 4
10:30AM to 10:45AM – Break
10:45AM to 12:00PM – Continue session
12:00PM to 1:00PM - LUNCH
1:00PM to 2: 30PM – Session 1, 2, 3, or 4
2:30PM to 2:45PM – Break
2:45PM to 4:00PM – Continue session
Please click down below to learn more about what will be offered during the webinar.
"Foresight Sports Canada, the Canadian distributor for the San Diego, California based Foresight Sports, is extremely pleased to continue our partnership with the PGA of Alberta’s Top 100 Program to support PGA Members in education and professional development" said Garett Jenkinson, Territory Manager and PGA of Alberta Member. "As a company committed to providing world leading information and metrics, we could not be happier with this fit. Thank you to all PGA Members who took advantage of the referral program over the past couple of years".
The PGA of Alberta Top 100 Program was launched in 2019 and is based on pre-defined measurable criteria designed to recognize members who dedicate their time and proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals.
With this extended partnership, the PGA of Alberta will continue to offer 10 cash bursaries at a value of over $5,200! The annual Top 100 Award is given out to the member who accumulates the most points for the program year.
About Foresight Sports… Located in San Diego, California, Foresight Sports is a designer and manufacturer of performance analysis and game enhancement technologies. Their products include launch monitors, simulators, performance/entertainment software, and smart mobility solutions for a variety of sports and games.
In 2017, Foresight Sports unveiled its ground-breaking four-camera GCQuad launch monitor. Featuring complete ball, club head, and putting data in a compact and portable unit, the GCQuad set a whole new standard of accuracy for performance analytics, and has been awarded Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best Launch Monitor for four consecutive years.
Today, Foresight Sports is a total technology provider, with more than 15,000 GC launch monitors and golf simulation solutions in use in retail stores, driving ranges, commercial facilities, and homes worldwide. With engineering, manufacturing, and quality-assurance teams all located under one roof, Foresight Sports offers complete, vertically integrated solutions for every segment of the market.
To learn more about their products, please visit www.foresightsports.ca. For a demonstration, contact the Representative below:
Episode 4 is hosted by one of the education committee chairs Josh Fleming (Golftec Calgary Beacon Heights). Josh will sit down with the President of the PGA of Alberta Assistants Board Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC). Bryce talks about his career in golf, where he predicts the industry is going, and what being a golf professional means to him. Bryce is an amazing professional and this podcast is worth a listen.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as Brice McDermott hosts Barrett Jarosch on Training&Development/ Leadership
Craig Vogel hosts Martin Chuck on Effective Golf Instruction
The PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program (separate from the PGA of Canada Mentorship Program) provides guidance and direction to first-year Members of the Association. Developed in conjunction with the Assistants’ Board of Directors, the objective of the Mentorship Program is to create a group of Members who are passionate about their careers, the industry and Association, leading to long-term commitment in the golf industry.
IMPORTANT: Members must have their Class ’A’ status within the Association in order to be a Mentor. We are in need of Mentors in all geographical locations of the province. We want to ensure the best support possible for our new Apprentice Professionals and this will be accomplished by pairing a Mentee with a Mentor that lives in a close proximity.
Expectations of Mentors…
Commit to your Mentor/Mentee relationship(s) for a minimum of 2-years
Be accountable for your Mentee and provide continuous support on an ongoing basis as needed
Set parameters of the relationship with the Mentee and create a plan for goals/objectives on what both parties want achieve
Attempt to meet in person with your Mentee twice (Spring & Fall). Example: This can be accomplished over a round of golf
Provide feedback to the office by completing the Mentor Evaluation Form when required
Top 100 Points… All Mentors will receive 5 Top 100 Points max. for their involvement in the Mentorship Program. These points are awarded annually. All Mentors must execute the action items as indicated and submit the Evaluation Form before being eligible to receive the points. Points are only awarded for the first year of the program. Form… If interested in being involved, click the link below to submit the "Become A Mentor" formby February 18th, 2022. After the form has been submitted, you will be added to the Mentor list (if eligible) and MAY be assigned a Mentee in March (depending on total number of Mentors/Mentees, and geographical location). Please ignore this form if you have already expressed interest in being a Mentor.
After much review and consideration from the Board of Directors and Education Committee, the Spring Seminar will be virtual again this year. The dates are scheduled for March 2nd and 3rd, 2022.
The overall goal is to still provide a top tier event that will be beneficial for all members involved. Stay tuned next week for updates on speakers that will be presenting along with the opening of registration.
Thank you for your continued support for the PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar
Golf Show News
PGA of Alberta Golf Shows Cancelled
After much review and consideration from the Board of Directors, the Association has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 Calgary and Edmonton Golf Shows scheduled in March.
As we’ve all learned over the past two years, we still frequently see new developments related to COVID-19, and unfortunately it is no different starting off the new year with the Omicron variant taking hold of the world in unprecedented speed. The Association wants to keep everyone safe during these times and had to make the decision to postpone the Shows to 2023. If your facility purchased booth space at either Show this year, you will be refunded in full shortly.
Thank you for your support of the Alberta Golf Shows and for your understanding of this difficult decision. We look forward to bringing the Shows back in 2023 with the support of the entire industry.
PGA of Canada News
PGA of Canada Awards Night
The PGA of Canada is thrilled to announce that registration is officially open for the Virtual PGA of Canada National Awards, which begins at 5pm MST on Thursday, January 27. The Webcast will officially open and will begin running a pre-roll at 4:30pm MST prior to the beginning of the event at 5pm.
“We are blessed to have a family of over 3,600 professionals who proudly share their passion and expertise with golfers from coast-to-coast,” said Teejay Alderdice, President of the PGA of Canada.
Each year, a National Selection Committee evaluates nominations from professionals across Canada. Winners for each national award are traditionally recognized during PGA of Canada Night at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., however, this year will see winners revealed live during the Association’s virtual National Award Ceremony on January 27, 2022. In addition, seven Hall-of-Fame inductees will also be recognized.
“With Bob Weeks and Kayla Grey back as co-hosts, as well as PGA of Canada Class "A" Member Jean-Sébastien Légaré,this event promises to be an exciting evening for all,” said Alderdice. “I encourage everyone to join us as we celebrate our esteemed finalists and winners.”
Run for the Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board in 2022
If you are interested in running for a position on either the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors in 2022, please click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the online Nomination form. Deadline to submit your interest is Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 (end of day).
Board of Directors The Board of Directors sets all policies, rules and regulations for the PGA of Alberta, meeting on a quarterly basis to conduct the business affairs on behalf of the Members. There are between nine and twelve Members elected to the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors, all are Class A Members of the PGA of Canada. Elections to the Board are held every year at the Annual General Meeting in March and election terms are set at three years.
Four (4) spots are open for election in 2022 for the Board of Directors. Click here to see the current Board.
Assistants’ Board of Directors Assistant Professionals (Class A) and Apprentice Professionals also have a voice in the Association, through the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Up to nine Class A Members or Apprentice Professionals are invited to run annually for two-year Committee terms on the Assistants’ Board of Directors, and upon election assume a portfolio, and attend Committee meetings consistent with those on the Board of Directors.
Three (3) spots are open for election in 2022 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Click here to see the current Assistants’ Board.
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Podcast S3E3 Now Live
Episode 3 is brought to you by Judy Forshnerand Shannon Raina of The Glencoe G&CC. They will be sharing their thoughts and experiences on how they have built their careers as a female in the golf industry. They will be discussing;
How Judy started and has remained at The Glencoe G&CC for 35 years
Pro/Cons of being a female golf pro
The importance of learning/listening to every member of the team
Thank you to Judy and Shannon for sharing some insight into their successful careers
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as Josh Fleming hosts Bryce Halverson on Growing As A Professional
Brice McDermott hosts Barrett Jarosch on Training & Development/ Leadership
The PGA of Alberta wishes everyone a Happy New Year and a fantastic 2022 Golf Season which is a few short months away! Our office will be open again starting on Tuesday, January 4th. Click here for staff directory.