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Register Now for PD Series #2
Education News

Register Now for PD Series #2

The date for webinar #2 from the Assistants’ Board has been confirmed for January 31st from 10:00am-11:15am

They will be focusing on various topics of the PGA of Canada Training Academy.

The panelists for this webinar will be ;

Tiffany Gordon (Carnmoney GC and PGA of Canada)

Matt Allen (PGA of Canada)

Michael Nutt (Kananaskis Country GC)

Robbie Johnson (Banff Springs GC)


If you haven’t registered for webinar #1, it is this Friday, January 13th, from 10:00am-11:15am. The topic will be Planning and Implementing Successful Leagues and Events at Your Facility

*Reminder this is free to all members and each participant will receive 2 Top 100 Points/ Webinar*


PGA of Alberta and KAILANI Form New Partnership
Partner News

PGA of Alberta and KAILANI Form New Partnership

The Association is excited to announce a new partnership with Canadian company KAILANI for the next three years! KAILANI will be the new Title Sponsor of the annual Pro-Pro Scramble classic which features two PGA of Alberta members participating in an 18-hole team scramble format.

“KAILANI is pleased to announce our partnership with the PGA of Alberta. With a vision to create a brand that creates exceptional product with tremendous value for our retail and corporate partners and the end use consumer,” said Sean Alexander, President & CEO for KAILANI.

A member-favourite event on the schedule, the Pro-Pro Scramble has seen an average field size of 110 players (55 teams) in the last three seasons. The host venue and date of the tournament will be released with the launch of the 2023 tournament schedule.

“We feel that this strategic partnership with the PGA of Alberta will be welcomed in an ever-changing industry that is looking for more products offerings that compliment the pro shops of their members and increases their overall revenues and opportunities. Our partnership with PGA of Alberta supercharges our commitment to increasing the KAILANI Brand recognition within the Golf Industry and beyond.”

About KAILANI…
KAILANI is a proud Canadian Owned organization servicing the Sporting Goods and Premium Insulated Cooler Products and Drinkware. With a talented design team and countless ideas, KAILANI delivers exceptional products at exceptional value. With a line of inflatable SUP Boards and Epoxy Stand Up Paddle Boards, to industry leading Hard and Soft Coolers and our insulated drinkware, you can count on KAILANI to deliver quality and performance throughout their full line of branded products, proudly designed in Canada.

KAILANI’s vision is to become Canada’s preferred Outdoor Lifestyle Brand Experience, one that matches their unique landscape, with rugged, well built products that stand the test of time. Click here to view KAILANI’s corporate catalogue.

Learn more about their products by visiting ca.kailanisports.com or contact their Representative below.

Sean Alexander President & CEO
403-437-3239
[email protected]

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Deadline to apply for Tournament Committee is January 31st
Tournament News

Deadline to apply for Tournament Committee is January 31st

The deadline to apply to join the Tournament Committee is fast approaching and is set for the end of the day tomorrow, January 31st  at 11:59 PM. If you are interested or passionate about our Tournament Program, the Committee is always looking for new Members with fresh, new and innovative ideas to help improve and grow the Program. 

Please send your application documents and letter of intent (which states the applicants motivations for joining the Committee and any relevant experiences they feel make them a strong candidate for joining) to either of the Co-Chairs (Josh Fleming, Scott Anderson) of the PGA of Alberta Tournament Committee  or Aaron Mckay ([email protected]). 

The new Committee roster will be announced by February 9th at the latest.

The Tournament Committee will sit with a minimum of 8 Members and maximum of 12 and will meet at minimum twice annually to address and review the PGA of Alberta’s Tournament Program.
The Tournament Committee oversees/is responsible for the following Tournament related matters.

1. Be responsible for all tournament operations, including Order of Merit and other player selection instruments
2. Establish all tournament rules, regulations and policies
3. Be responsible for all tournaments set-up standards (yardage, pin locations, etc.)
4. Be responsible for staffing (Marshals, Referees, Starting, Scoring, etc.)
5. Review tournament eligibility criteria on an annual basis and make any recommendations for revisions
6. Proactively obtain input from fellow members on their level of satisfaction with and provide suggestions for improvement
7. Liaise with other committees as required on operations and activities that may overlap.
8. Undertake other activities as may be assigned by the Board of Directors from time to time
9. Review the Terms of Reference Committee document on an annual basis and make any recommendations for change

Application Notice, Application Form & Member Declaration Form. 


Annual General Meeting Date
Association News

Annual General Meeting Date

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta will be held in-person on Monday, March 6th at The Derrick G&WC in Edmonton, prior to the start of the Spring Seminar. Start time of the AGM will be 9:00am.

Top 100 Points - Members will receive 3 Top 100 points for attending the AGM

Sign Up Today - Register to ensure you receive all information for this year’s AGM

Click Here to Register (login required)


COBRA PUMA GOLF and PGA of Alberta Expand Partnership
Partner News

COBRA PUMA GOLF and PGA of Alberta Expand Partnership

The PGA of Alberta is thrilled to announce an expanded partnership with COBRA PUMA GOLF for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. In addition to renewing as Title Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Championship and Alberta National Teams, COBRA PUMA GOLF will also become Co-Title Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Championship. The host venues and dates of both championships will be shared with the upcoming release of the 2023 tournament schedule.

“The PGA and COBRA PUMA GOLF have been great partners over the past decade so it was an easy decision to extend our investment with the Association,” said Dwayne Boecker, Head of Golf for COBRA PUMA GOLF - Canada. “Adding a marquee event such as the PGA of Alberta Championship allows us to continue engaging PGA members across the province and further demonstrate our commitment to the zone.”

The PGA of Alberta Championship has been around since 1976 and is the Association’s flagship event. The Championship is the largest tournament that the PGA of Alberta organizes with the field consisting of approximately 100 players competing in a stroke play format.

The Assistants’ Championship allows Assistant Professionals from across Alberta the chance to compete against their peers in a two-day championship. This event is executed at the same level of competition as the PGA of Alberta Championship with the field consisting of approximately 70 players. COBRA PUMA GOLF has been the Title Sponsor of this championship since 2012.

The purses of both events will combine for more than $40,000 for competitors.

"On behalf of the PGA of Alberta and our membership, we are very excited to continue our longstanding relationship with COBRA PUMA GOLF ," said Robert Rousselle, Executive Director of the PGA of Alberta. "Over the years, the team at COBRA PUMA GOLF have supported our Assistants’ Championship and provided uniforms for Team Alberta members at the PGA of Canada National Championships. Premier events like our Assistants’ & PGA of Alberta Championships cannot proceed without excellent partners like COBRA PUMA GOLF and we thank them for their commitment as a Premier Partner."

About COBRA PUMA GOLF…
COBRA PUMA GOLF is a corporate division of PUMA, one of the world’s leading sports brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. COBRA PUMA GOLF is an inclusive company, promoting game enjoyment for golfers of all abilities, attitudes and styles. The brands full-range portfolio includes COBRA Golf’s high-performance drivers, fairways, hybrids, wedges, putters and irons, as well as PUMA Golf’s sport lifestyle inspired footwear, apparel and accessories. Fusing performance and style, COBRA PUMA GOLF brings a focus on innovation, technology, compelling design and superior performance with an edge to the global golf marketplace. For more information, visit cobragolf.ca and ca.pumagolf.com.

For more information on COBRA PUMA GOLF, please contact one of their Representatives below.

Rick Lea Alberta Territory & Key Account Manager
403-680-7224
[email protected]

Jason Rose Sales Director, Canada
416-558-2439
[email protected]
 

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Spring Seminar Early Bird Registration Now Open
Education News

Spring Seminar Early Bird Registration Now Open

Early Bird Registration is now open until February 17th
It will be back in person at The Derrick G&WC for the first time since 2020. There will be a limited capacity of 140 participants so make sure to register yourself and employees before the spots are filled. 

 

The first speaker announcement includes;

Jennifer Morton (Association of Golf Merchandisers) -  She is the Director of Marketing and Sales for the Association of Golf Merchandisers, a business strategist, and international speaker who has more than 30 years of marketing and golf retail experience. Her presentation will be on "How to elevate your sales and social media strategies: boost engagement and maximize success"


There is also an exciting, new opportunity for every member of the association to apply to be a presenter at this years Seminar. If there is an area of your job that you excel in and feel the membership would benefit from hearing, prepare a 5-10 minute video and send it to [email protected] by February 10th. The top 3-4 ideas chosen by the Education Committee will be asked to present at this years seminar.

Click here for more details on both presentations

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1 Week Left to Submit Nomination for the Board or Assistants’ Board in 2023
Association News

1 Week Left to Submit Nomination for the Board or Assistants’ Board in 2023

Interested in running for a position on either the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors in 2023? If yes, click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the online Nomination form. Deadline to submit your interest is Friday, January 20th at 11:59pm (1 week from today).

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 2023 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. 

Five (5) spots are open for election in 2023 for the Assistants’ Board of DirectorsClick here to see the current Assistants’ Board.
  

Click Here to Submit Your Nomination

Tournament Committee - Dissolution & Application Process Now Open
Tournament News

Tournament Committee - Dissolution & Application Process Now Open

After much thought and consideration, the Co-Chairs of the PGA of Alberta Tournament Committee have decided to formally Dissolve the Committee and are excited to announce the commencement of the Application Process to join the new 2023 Committee. Please reach out to either Co-Chair (Josh Fleming & Scott Anderson) or Aaron Mckay ([email protected]) with any questions, comments or application documents.

In the interests of creating a diverse Committee that is representative of the entire PGA of Alberta Membership this process officially opens today, and will run until end of day, 11:59 PM on Tuesday, January 31st.
All interested Members are invited to submit an application form and letter of intent stating their motivations for joining the Committee and any relevant experiences they feel make them a strong candidate for joining.

The new Committee roster will be announced by February 9th at the latest.

The Tournament Committee will sit with a minimum of 8 Members and maximum of 12 and will meet at minimum twice annually to address and review the PGA of Alberta’s Tournament Program.

The Tournament Committee oversees/is responsible for the following Tournament related matters.

1. Be responsible for all tournament operations, including Order of Merit and other player selection instruments
2. Establish all tournament rules, regulations and policies
3. Be responsible for all tournaments set-up standards (yardage, pin locations, etc.)
4. Be responsible for staffing (Marshals, Referees, Starting, Scoring, etc.)
5. Review tournament eligibility criteria on an annual basis and make any recommendations for revisions
6. Proactively obtain input from fellow members on their level of satisfaction with and provide suggestions for improvement
7. Liaise with other committees as required on operations and activities that may overlap.
8. Undertake other activities as may be assigned by the Board of Directors from time to time
9. Review the Terms of Reference Committee document on an annual basis and make any recommendations for change

Application Notice, Application Form & Member Declaration Form. 


PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals of 2022
Top 100 News

PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals of 2022

The PGA of Alberta is proud to officially announce the Top 100 PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals for 2022 as determined by the rankings in the Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada & TaylorMade Golf Canada! The list below is the top 100 point earners for 2022 program year. These members will receive a custom Top 100 logo recognizing their accomplishment.

The Top 100 Program is based on pre-determined measurable criteria designed to recognize members who dedicate their time and demonstrate proven abilities in advancing the golf industry for the benefit of all Golf Professionals. The following areas where points are awarded are Education, Association initiatives, Tournaments and Volunteerism. Congratulations to the following Professionals (click on a name to learn more):

Top 100 Professionals 2022
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Ajeem, Mohammed
Lakeside GC
Allred, Scott
Elbow Springs GC
Anderson, Scott
Country Hills GC
Anderson, Stefan
Lakeside GC
 
Babkirk, Tyrel
Apple Creek GC 
Belbin, Mike
Royal Mayfair GC
Boyd, Kyle
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
 
Brayton, Gordon
PGA of Alberta Member 
Bruce, Adam
GOLFTEC Sherwood Park
* Bunner, Alexander Top 10
Belvedere G&CC
Busetto, Joseph
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
 
Cammidge, Grant
Jagare Ridge GC
Carew, Geoff
Golf Traders - Edmonton
Cartier, Jacob
Glendale G&CC
 
Charlton, Shelley
Pinebrook G&CC
Chow, Kevin
Blackhawk GC 
Chown, Braden
Bearspaw GC
Christenson, Gary
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
Cooke, Chris
Silvertip GR
Cooke, Darren
Canmore G&CC
 
Copeland, Josh
Wainwright GC 
Crease, John
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Cuthbertson, Jeff
Stony Plain GC 
DesRoche, Glen
Picture Butte GC
 
Donihee, Chris
PGA of Alberta Member
* Feener, Chad - Top 10
Leduc GC
* Fleming, Josh - Top 10
365 GOLF
Foote, Kurtis
Valley Ridge Golf Academy
Freeman, Matt
Canyon Meadows G&CC 
Friedrick, Matthew
Brooks GC
Frose, Patrick
Royal Mayfair GC
Gillett, Weston
Lacombe G&CC 
Gordon, Tiffany
Carnmoney GC
Graf, Kevin
Woodside GC
Halpen, Todd
Golfuture YYC
 
* Halverson, Bryce - Top 10
Carnmoney GC
Hanson, Leif
Mickelson National GC
Hardy, Richard
McKenzie Meadows GC
Harrison, Michael
Coal Creek GR
* Hartford, Gary - Top 10
Highlands GC
Henzie, Dave
PGA of Alberta Member
Hill, Logan
River Bend G&RA
Horton, Paul
Golf Channel Academy at
Cottonwood G&CC
Irvin, Taylor
Country Hills GC
Jeffries, Nicola
Willow Park G&CC
* Johnson, Greg - Top 10
Inglewood G&CC
Johnson, Matt
Royal Mayfair GC
Johnson, Robbie
Banff Springs GC
* Kirkness, Samuel - Award Winner
Inglewood G&CC
Kyle, Cameron
The Ranch G&CC
Latimer, Cameron
The Winston GC
Lee, Tommy
Carnmoney GC
 
Leicht, Tyler
The Derrick G&WC
Locke, Eric
Priddis Greens G&CC
Lockert, Josh
Carstairs GC
Longley, Nic
Silver Springs G&CC
Luopa, Shaun
Country Hills GC
MacComb, David
Royal Mayfair GC
MacDermott, Brice
Windermere G&CC
MacDonald, Mathew
Innisfail GC
MacGregor, Jeff
Glendale G&CC
Mackey, Joshua
Windermere G&CC
Mah, Matthew
Cardiff G&CC
McCluskey, Phil
River Bend G&RA
* McCourt, Murray - Top 10
The Ranch G&CC
Levi McDermott
Big Buck Golf Centre
McDermott, Ryan
Royal Mayfair GC
McKiernan, John
Academy at Golf Town - Calgary
Mills, Matthew
Douglasdale GC
Mills, Troy
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Nelson, Gina
Magrath GC
Nelson, Graeme
The Derrick G&WC
Paskin, Chris
Valley Ridge GC
Pecman, Tyler
Highlands GC
Piercey, Shaun
The Ranch G&CC
Plosz, Jason
FootJoy - Acushnet Canada
Popkes, Amy
Silver Springs G&CC
Robb, Randy
Mickelson National
Golf Academy
Rogers, Marsha
The Derrick G&WC
Rosengarten, Lisa
The Glencoe G&CC
Rutherford, Katy
Silver Springs G&CC
Scheller, J.D.
Turner Valley GC
Schubert, Gregg
The Track
* Seifert, Matt - Top 10
Golfuture YYC
Stanier, Jason
Inglewood G&CC
Stiles, Scott
Earl Grey GC
Sweenie, Tahlon
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Timms, Kasey
Leduc GC
Tomlinson, Dale
The Winston GC
Valleau, Kim
The Winston GC
Van Amsterdam, Evan
Highlands GC
Van Tighem, Taylor
Highlands GC
Vandermey, Nick
Windermere G&CC
Vandermey, Spencer
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
Werbicki, Adam
The Derrick G&WC
West, Jonathan
Carnmoney GC
Westman, Scott
The Ranch G&CC
Whitton, James
Mill Woods GC
Wilkie, Blair
Trestle Creek GR
Willner, Tyler
Lakeside GC
Wilson, John D.
Priddis Greens G&CC
Wisser, Adam
The Ranch G&CC
* Yanitski, Stephen Top 10
Valley Ridge GC
 
Click Here for 2022 Standings


Award Winner - Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC)


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After taking over the lead late in the program year, Sam secured the trophy after accumulating 91 points total to win by 4! Sam is no stranger to being involved in the Association as he was the winner of the former Professional Development Program in 2018, the final year of the program before turning into the Top 100 Program.

As we’ve seen the last several years in the Top 100 Program, it was an exciting race to the very end with two other members - Greg Johnson (Inglewood G&CC) and Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC), finishing within 7 points of Sam to claim second and third place.

Special shout-out to the following facilities for all having multiple Professionals inside the top 20 of the program this year; Inglewood G&CCThe Ranch G&CCGolfuture YYC and Lakeside GC.

Cash Prizes
The Association is proud to award 20 cash prizes to the top point earners in the program. Members needed to accumulate 60 points or more to earn a cheque. Click Here to see the 2022 cash prize recipients.

Cash Bonuses
In addition to the 20 cash prizes, the Association also awarded 8 cash bonuses of $100 each to the top point finisher(s) in four categories (number of cash bonuses dependent on total number of members in each category). Click Here to see the cash bonus recipients.

New for 2023 - Program Rotation Year
The Association will now use a calendar year moving forward for the program rather than the previous October to September of the following year model. For 2023, the program year will begin October 1, 2022 and go until December 31, 2023 to cover the gap of the rotation change. After that year is finish, the Top 100 Program will run from a January 1 to December 31 timeline.
  

LEARN MORE HERE

Register Today for the Calgary & Edmonton Golf Shows
Golf Show News

Register Today for the Calgary & Edmonton Golf Shows

The PGA of Alberta is excited to get the Calgary & Edmonton Golf Shows back up and running after being cancelled the last three years. The Golf Shows provide the perfect opportunity to promote your facility/business to thousands of passionate golfers before the start of the 2023 golf season!

Why Exhibit at the Shows?
#1 - Promote your business to over 7,000 passionate golfers throughout the province. The Calgary Show sees approx. 4,000 - 4,500 attendees and the Edmonton Show sees approx. 2,500 - 3,000 attendees.

#2 - Your business has the opportunity to sell green fees (bundle packs), products, memberships, lesson packages, league play, simulator leagues, and whatever else your facility/company has to offer to the thousands of golfers in attendance.

#3 - Take advantage of the upswing of new golfers the industry has experienced over the last three years. This is a perfect opportunity to expose your brand to new demographics in a fun environment.

#4 - Support the Association and Industry - With the cancellation of the Golf Shows over the last three years, the 2023 Shows will give the PGA of Alberta and Exhibitors the chance to give back to Albertans that have supported golf facilities and the industry during the pandemic.

#5 - Top 100 Points - New this year, all PGA of Alberta members at a facility that exhibits at either Golf Show will receive 5 Top 100 points for the program year! See standings HERE.

  
Questions
If you have any questions, please contact Trevor Rioux at [email protected]. Click links above to Register (login required).
  

Click Here for more information on the Golf Shows
 
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Golf Show Volunteers Needed
Golf Show News

Golf Show Volunteers Needed

The Association is currently looking for volunteers to teach 15-minute complimentary lessons to attendees at both the Calgary (March 18/19 at the BMO Centre) and Edmonton (April 1/2 at the Expo Centre) Golf Shows. Please note below the time slots available for both days at the Shows.

Top 100 Points All members that volunteer a minimum of 3 hours at either Golf Show will receive 5 Top 100 points to help increase their position in the standings (mandatory volunteer hours from the Clearance Centre not eligible for points).

If you are available to volunteer, please CLICK HERE to submit the volunteer form.

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