On top of an already incredible line up for the 2019 Spring Seminar, we are thrilled to announce that Luke Elvy will be joining us on Monday March 4th. Originally from Australia, Luke is a PGA Tour Commentator now living in Canmore, AB.
A veteran broadcaster of almost 20 years, Luke can be seen and heard across 15-20 events per year on the PGA Tour with CBS, Sky Sports and PGA Tour Live. Luke is also an amazing story teller, and will help us finish off Day 1 of the Spring Seminar, then take us over to Schanks Sports Grill from 5pm to 8pm, where he will be sharing stories from the Tour and his experiences growing up around the game of golf. See Luke on Twitter @Luke_Elvy
PGA of Alberta Buying Show Heading to the Calgary BMO Centre in 2019
We are very excited to announce that the PGA of Alberta Buying Show will be heading South in 2019 to the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The dates of this years Buying Show will be October 22-24, 2019, one week after the Thanksgiving holiday.
After much consideration by the Board of Directors, the change in location from Edmonton to Calgary will benefit many of the stakeholders involved with the Show, which include:
Easy access to Calgary International Airport with increased flight options for attendees
Hotels & Restaurants within walking distance of the BMO Centre
Increased entertainment options available allowing for better networking opportunities
Transportation access to venue by Calgary’s C-Train transit system
Better accessibility for PGA of Canada Members in bordering provinces
The BMO Centre is the largest convention centre in Calgary and is a world-class facility located in the heart of the city. By moving the Show to this venue located on the Stampede Grounds, attendees will have better access to hotels, transportation, restaurants, entertainment, etc., all within walking distance from the venue, helping make for a better overall experience.
“The Buying Show has been very successful for a very long time at the current venue, but we’ve heard loud and clear from all participants that its time for change” said PGA of Alberta Member and Chairman of the Buying Show Committee Shawn Lavoie. “The BMO Centre in Calgary will offer everyone a greater experience on all fronts. The logistics for our partners will be vastly improved. The social aspect will also be a great step forward with the proximity of hotels and restaurants in the area. The BMO centre will be a great fit for years to come”.
Lastly, the annual PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet will be held at the BMO Centres Palomino Room during the week of the Buying Show. We look forward to recognising our Members and Industry Representatives for what will be a memorable night for everyone involved.
About the PGA of Alberta Buying Show…
The PGA of Alberta is proud to present the largest Buying Show in Canada each year. The purpose of this show is to bring Golf Professionals and Equipment Manufacturers together in order to prepare their inventories for the following season.
Over the course of the three-day show, close to 1200 people gather from across the country and beyond for a look at what’s new and exciting in the golf industry. The Buying Show is an event restricted to Members of the PGA of Canada, Non-PGA of Canada Golf Facilities and Golf Industry Equipment Manufacturers.
Exhibitor registration for the 2019 Buying Show at the BMO Centre in Calgary will open in June. If your company would like to attend the Show, please contact Quinn Logan ([email protected]) to request a registration package once available.
For more information on the PGA of Buying Show, please click here.
Top 100 News
PGA of Alberta Launches Top 100 Program
The Association is proud to launch the Top 100 Program (formerly the Professional Development Program) for Members of the PGA of Alberta. The Top 100 Program is based on a pre-determined measurable criteria designed to recognize Members who dedicate their time and demonstrate proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals. The following are areas where points are awarded; Education & Employment, Association initiatives and Tournaments. Points will be automatically updated for all PGA of Alberta events. Please refer to the point breakdown on the Top 100 Program page to see where points can be earned.
The winner of the yearly award will be recognized at the Awards Banquet during the annual Buying Show and will be given to the Member with the most points accumulated. Every Buying Show begins a new year for the Top 100 Program and will conclude in October of the following year. We are delighted to revamp this program into something bigger for our Members and introduce new initiatives.
Top 100 Professional: As part of this new program, the PGA of Alberta will acknowledge the Top 100 Professionals which will be the top 100-point earners for that year of the program. These members will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for that year and will receive a custom Top 100 logo in which they can use to further promote themselves as Golf Professionals.
Extracurricular Activities: In addition to receiving points through attending PGA of Alberta events, Members are eligible to receive points by attending PGA of Canada Education Sessions. In order to receive these points for the Top 100 Program, Members are required to submit an Extracurricular Approval Form. If the form is not submitted for any PGA of Canada events you attended, points will not be rewarded. This form can be found on the Top 100 Program page.
Cash Prizes: In addition to recognizing the Top 100 Professionals, the PGA of Alberta will offer cash prizes as an added incentive to the top 7-point earners for this year. Total cash prizes will equal $4,000! The prizes will be distributed as follows:
This program will be a great initiative for the Association moving forward by building excitement for the Award throughout the year while also achieving the following:
Encouraging Members to participate in all Association programs
Rewarding Members for their continued support and contributions to the Association
Encouraging Members to grow professionally by being involved in different areas of the Industry
The PGA of Alberta’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 9:00am on March 4th at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary (9030 Macleod Trail S). Information on the AGM has been sent to all members, including Mail-In Ballots for both the Board of Directors and the Assistants’ Board. Members are encouraged to attend the AGM even if unable to attend the Spring Seminar afterwards.
If you are unable to attend the AGM this year, be sure to send in your Ballot form to the PGA office. If you did not receive this form, please contact Trevor Rioux at the PGA office (403-256-8894).
Nominee Bios 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 and election terms are set at three years. There will be four spots open for election in 2019 for the Board of Directors. Click here to view Nominee Bios.
Assistants’ Board of Directors - Assistant Professionals and Candidates for Membership also have a voice in the Association, through the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Eight Class A Members or Candidates for Membership 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. There will be four spots open for election in 2019 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Click here to view Nominee Bios.
Just a reminder that the 2019 Spring Seminar is less than a week away. With an incredible line up that includes Theo Fleury, David Orr, Will Robins, Luke Elvy and many more, it’s this years must attend event! Don’t miss a great opportunity to spend of couple of days networking with your peers and get motivated for the upcoming season. Every Member that attends the Spring Seminar will receive 5 Professional Development Points per day, 10 points total if you attend both days!
The Seminar will be held at The Carriage House Inn in Calgary on March 4th and 5th. Register now to save your spot!
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to introduce Impact Canopy Canada Inc. as the Associations newest partner and new Presenting Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Pro-Junior event for the 2019 & 2020 seasons! The PGA of Alberta runs one Pro-Junior event every year which consists of one Professional paired up with a Junior Golfer in a team best ball format.
“We are excited to continue a partnership with the PGA of Alberta” said Sunny Sanchez, Marketing Manager for Impact Canopy. “We also jump at the chance to be a part of encouraging young athletes to continue pursuing sports. When we were presented with the opportunity to be the Presenting Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Pro-Junior, it was a no-brainer. Partnering with the PGA of Alberta is a great complement to our business, and we are looking forward to building a tremendous relationship together.”
Exclusive Member Special: Members of the PGA of Alberta are able to take advantage of exclusive specials on select Impact Canopies Canada products such as table covers, chairs, signs, banners, and more! Click here to view all Exclusive Specials.
About Impact Canopies Canada…
Impact Canopies has a 20-year history of helping leading organizations create exciting and highly visible branding campaigns and marketing initiatives. Impact Canopies Canada Inc. was formed in 1999 and has more than a decade of experience manufacturing and distributing all styles of canopies, pop-up tents, and accessories.
Today, Impact Canopies makes up the only true North American custom instant canopy brand. With Canadian offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Impact Canopy’s custom canopies, pop-up tents, banners, flags, inflatables, and more are widely available throughout North America at numerous convenient locations. Through the Impact Canopy offices, you can expect an extensive inventory, an available rental fleet, and expert sales & service advice. Click here to read various testimonials about Impact Canopies.
For more information on Impact Canopies Canada and to see what products they offer, please visit their website by clicking here or contact:
The PGA of Alberta is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Nespresso Professional - EVS Canadaas the official Presenting Sponsor of the 2019/2020 Pro-Lady North and South events! Representatives from Nespresso will be present at both events distributing some of their premium coffee to all participants.
Nespresso provides premium coffee solutions to Hotels, Cafes, Restaurants, Offices & Clubs. Their goal is to enhance your business with the best coffee solutions for you and your members. With Nespresso Professional, you can focus on the essential: your members/guest/visitors and their overall positive experience. Quality, Sustainability, Service are at the spirit of their premium products. Click here to watch a short video on Nespresso’s environmentally-friendly Zero-Waste Program.
Thanks to simple operations, innovative machines and guaranteed freshness, you can save time and money. Their professional services include the following:
Free Machine Installation
Courtesy Visit & Follow UP
The Nespresso story began with a simple idea: enable anyone to create the perfect cup of espresso coffee – just like a skilled barista. From its beginning in 1986, Nespresso has redefined and revolutionized the way millions of people enjoy their espresso coffee. It has shaped the global coffee culture.
The entire Nespresso system – the interaction of the original Nespresso aluminum capsule with the genuine Nespresso machine – is designed to ensure the consistent quality that has made Nespresso the reference in the portioned coffee sector and one of the fastest growing global food and beverage brands.
Nespresso’s unique business model guarantees quality at every stage of the sourcing, production and sale of their coffees, and to maintain a direct privileged relationship with consumers. Every Nespresso capsule sold in the world is produced in one of the three state-of-the-art production centres in Switzerland.
For more information, please visit the Nespresso website by clicking here. Request a FREE demo/trial for your facility by contacting one of your dedicated Territory Sales Managers:
Northern Alberta (Red Deer North, Greater Edmonton Area, Grande Prairie and beyond) Melanie Blair Phone: (780) 668-2665 office/cell Email: [email protected]
Southern Alberta (Greater Calgary Area West, South, Canmore, Banff and Area) Daniela Pacheco Phone: (587) 999-1060 office/cell Email: [email protected]
New Committee Members Page
There are several Committees within the PGA of Alberta, who meet regularly to execute events or to provide information and insight for consideration by the Board of Directors on existing or required policies, rules and regulations. Depending upon the nature of the Committee and its’ mandate, Committee meetings are held annually, bi-annually or quarterly. All Members are encouraged to participate and become involved in the Committee of their choice by contacting the Committee Chair(s) or the PGA of Alberta Office.
Click here to view the respective Chairs and Members for all PGA of Alberta Committees (login required).
Annual General Meeting & Board Nominee Bios
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Carriage House Inn (9030 MacLeod Trail S) in Calgary, Alberta. Start time will be 9:00am.
Elections for the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board will be held at the AGM. Please click on the below links to view this years Nominee Bios for each respective Board. If you did not receive information on the AGM, please contact Trevor Rioux at the PGA office ([email protected]).
Assistants’ Board of Directors Nominee Bios - Click here
2019 Calgary Teaching Summit
The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is thrilled to announce the 2019 Calgary Teaching Summit, hosted at Earl Grey Golf Club with world renowned putting specialist David Orr. This will take place on Monday, March 4th @ 5pm, immediately following Day 1 of the 2019 Spring Seminar.
The Calgary Teaching Summit will provide PGA of Alberta members with two choices to enhance their professional skills. Option one gives 4 attendees the opportunity to have a 1-on-1 session (50 minute lesson) to refine their own game, and develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants taking their lessons. There will be endless opportunities for questions and discussions throughout the sessions with David. Option two gives an additional 6 attendees with the opportunity to attend as an observer - which gives you access to all 4 sessions with the same opportunity to discuss with David Orr and your peers.
With the Alberta Golf Shows right around the corner, booth space and exhibitor locations are being finalized. The registration deadline for both the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Shows will be on Saturday February 9th. Any registrations past the 9th will be based on availability. Participating in the Golf Show is a great way to support the local golf industry and an opportunity to promote your facility to over 8,000 passionate golfers. Get an early head start on your 2019 cash flow by pre-selling green fees and much more. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the March Madness.
2019 Spring Seminar – March 4th & 5th @ The Carriage House Inn, Calgary AB
Early Bird rates for the 2019 Spring Seminar have now been extended until Friday February 8th at 4pm MST. Don’t miss out on our fantastic line up of speakers – including David Orr, Will Robins, Theo Fleury and many more!
Don’t forget to book your rooms at the Carriage House Inn by February 11th for preferred rates – just mention ‘PGA of Alberta’ when booking (www.carriagehouse.net or 1-800-661-9566)