Stephen Yanitski Elected as Vice President of Assistants’ Board
Congratulations to Stephen Yanitskiof Valley Ridge GC on being elected as the new Vice President of the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board of Directors.
Stephen has been a member of the Assistants’ Board since the beginning of 2020 and has been actively involved in the Association including sitting on the Education Committee. He is also the recipient of the PGA of Alberta Junior Leader of the Year Award in 2021.
The Association would also like to welcome Robbie Johnson (Banff Springs GC) as the newest member to the Assistants’ Board. The Board is in great hands moving forward with President Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC) and the other Board members all striving towards making a positive impact for the Association and Assistant Professionals.
About the Assistants’ Board of Directors... Up to nine Class "A" Members or Apprentice Professionals are invited to run annually for two-year 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.
PGA of Alberta and The Cart Locker Form New Partnership
The Association is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Cart Locker for 2022! The Cart Locker will be a Presenting Sponsor of the annual Pro-Senior event being hosted this year at Ponoka GC on August 8th.
"What a privilege to start a partnership with the PGA of Alberta,” said Jeff MacGregor, President at The Cart Locker. “It’s my home Association and I couldn’t ask for a better event for The Cart Locker to sponsor than the Pro-Senior. It’s an awesome opportunity to give back".
About The Cart Locker - Solving storage and charging simultaneously The Cart Locker’s charging Speed Cart Locker is designed to give members an easy place to store, secure, and charge their electric speed carts at the course while providing an additional revenue stream to clubs. The benefits to facilities include a three-year ROI; minimal to no staff maintenance; greater convenience for members; and flexible installation locations means providing an increasingly needed solution.
2022 PAT Schedule - Turn Your Passion Into a Career
Registration for the 2022 Play Ability Tests (PAT) is now open! Take note of the PAT schedule by clicking ’View Schedule’ below. There will be five PAT’s in total this season.
Be sure to pass this information on to anyone interested in becoming a member of the PGA of Canada at your facility! For more information on the steps to become a member, please refer to the PGA of Canada Membership Roadmap.
About the PAT… The PAT is standardized testing all Applicants must pass in order to be eligible to apply for membership. All prospective Applicants are required to register with the PGA of Canada prior to registering for a PAT in 2022. Once an application has been accepted, the PGA of Canada will notify the PGA of Alberta office that there is a new Applicant who will be attempting a PAT. The PAT’s are conducted by the Zones.
Prospective members must meet the following entrance requirements:
Be 18 years of age or older
Have a high school diploma or higher
Currently working in the golf industry to be verified by your employer, and work a minimum of400 paid hoursper year by December 1st
Two reference letters, one from your employer and one from a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member
Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online
Pass a sanctioned Playing Ability Test
PAT Target Score...
1 round PAT (18 holes)
No maximum number of attempts per year
All PAT’s are open to all Applicants
For Men, 49 years of age & under - the course rating plus 9
For Men, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 11
For Women, 49 years of age & under- the course rating plus 13
For Women, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 15
PAT Process... Step 1 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com - The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your first PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. After a year, you must re-register as an Applicant to register for and attempt a PAT.
Step 2 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com for all PAT’s - ($150 plus tax per each additional attempt)
If an Applicant is unsuccessful in each of their PAT attempts over the course of a season, those Applicants may try again the following season. Successful Applicants will pay membership dues for the upcoming season at that time.
Click ’Read More’ below for more information on the application process and the steps that need to be taken after becoming a member.
Teaching Summit Instructors Announced
The 2022 Alberta Teaching Summit is scheduled for June 13th/14th at The Glencoe G&CC. The goal of this program itself, is to elevate the collective skills of PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals as instructors and coaches. This Teaching Summit is open to all PGA of Alberta members looking to improve their abilities, strategies, and methods, especially those who are looking to find their strengths and pathway as instructors and coaches. This year’s edition of the Alberta Teaching Summit will feature 4 leading professionals from within our association to facilitate the event over both days, leading participants through different themes and topics.
Levelwear Becomes Newest Partner of the PGA of Alberta
The PGA of Alberta is happy to announce a new partnership with Levelwear for the next two years! Levelwear will be a Presenting Sponsor of the Awards Banquet Cocktail Reception held after the second day of the annual PGA of Alberta Buying Show.
In 2022, the Awards Cocktail Reception will be hosted on Wednesday, October 19th at the BMO Centre in Calgary. Mark your calendars now as all attendees and exhibitors of the Show are encouraged to attend this complimentary event which begins at 5pm and includes appetizers and beverages.
"On behalf of Levelwear, we are very proud to announce our newly formed partnership with the PGA of Alberta and for the opportunity to support its membership in deeper, richer ways," said Bob Else, National Sales Manager at Levelwear. "Over the past two years, we have invested heavily into new technologies, added many exciting new product innovations, and we will continue to expand the team in a way that will not only elevate your experiences working with Levelwear as an account, but that will also benefit PGA of Alberta members and guests interactions with the brand at retail".
About Levelwear… Levelwear is a global brand that has established ensuring business verticals in golf apparel, licensed and team sports, and women’s athleisure, with core strengths of: product innovation, breadth of assortment, industry leading logo treatments/placements and impeccable service. The forging of significant partnerships has fueled their rapid succession into the upper echelon of the golf apparel landscape for Levelwear.
Along with a recently renewed 4-year partnership with Golf Canada, the PGA Tour, PGA of America, and sponsorships of several top events on Tour like, The RBC Canadian Open, the CP Women’s Open, The Houston Open, Rocket Mortgage Classic, The Shaw Charity Classic, Levelwear will have a retail presence in roughly 30 Tour events annually including 2 Majors. Additionally, Levelwear maintains strong relationships with roughly 81 of the top 100 golf clubs throughout North America and can be found at top clubs and resorts from coast to coast.
Within the licensing Pro-Sports space, they have partnerships with some of the top global brands, including: the NHL, NHLPA, MLB, NBA, and CFL.
PGA of Alberta and Callaway Golf Canada Extend Partnership for Two Years
The PGA of Alberta is very pleased to announce an extended partnership with Champion Partner Callaway Golf Canada for the next two years! Callaway will continue as the Title Sponsor of the Pro-Assistant event being held once again at the prestigious Jasper Park Lodge GC on September 6 & 7. Click here for more information on the already sold out event or to add your team to the waitlist.
Callaway continues to be a strong partner of the Association having supported numerous programs and events over the years including tournaments, education initiatives, golf shows, and the annual Buying Show. Their genuine interest and passion for the Association and members has helped forged a strong and meaningful relationship for over twenty years.
As a result of their support, Callaway Golf Canada was the recipient of the 2021 PGA of Alberta Jack Skellern Patron of the Year Award, which is presented annually to an individual or organization for their support to the PGA of Alberta and the advancement of Professional Golf in the province. They are now a three-time recipient of this Award with the Association, winning previously in 2000 and 2009!
CLICK HERE to watch a short video of PGA of Alberta Vice President Matt Johnson presenting the Award to Bruce Carroll, General Manager at Callaway Golf Canada.
"We are beyond excited to extend our partnership with the PGA of Alberta", said Bruce Carroll. "The Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant continues to be one of the most sought-after events on the calendar, and we are very fortunate to be a part of it. This sponsorship illustrates our commitment to the PGA of Alberta and its members".
About Callaway Golf… Callaway Golf Company is a premium golf equipment and active lifestyle company with a portfolio of global brands, including Callaway Golf, Odyssey, OGIO, Toptracer and Jack Wolfskin. Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, they manufacture and sell premium golf clubs, golf balls, golf bags and golf accessories as well as active lifestyle apparel, footwear, backpacks, sport and travel bags, and other active lifestyle equipment and accessories.
For more information, go to their website www.callawaygolf.ca or contact their Representatives below: