Fleming & Cook Win the Inaugural Mentorship Tournament
The first annual PGA of Alberta Mentorship Tournament hosted at Olds GC is now officially in the history books. Despite the cooler playing conditions, players still enjoyed the event and format which was a nine-hole rotation of team Best Ball and Scramble. This event was exclusive to pairings in the PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program within the last two years.
Winning the first ever Mentorship Tournament was the team of Josh Fleming (365 GOLF) and Matthew Cook (Riverside Golf Academy) shooting a team score of 5-under and winning in a closest to the pin playoff competition against the team of Craig Vogel (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) and Jeff Diduck (Modern Golf).
Rounding out the top three was the team of Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC) and Tyler Lautner (Blue Devil GC), firing a 4-under to fall one back of the lead.
Inaugural Mentorship Tournament Set to be Hosted at Olds GC Next Week
The PGA of Alberta is running a Mentorship Tournament for the first time ever hosted at Olds GC next week on Monday, May 30th! This event is exclusive to pairings in the PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program within the last two years.
7 Players Pass the first PAT of the season at Alberta Springs GR
Congratulations to the seven players that passed the Play Ability Test today hosted at Alberta Springs GR located West of Red Deer. All players shot the target score or better (79) or (81 for 50+ aged players) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada. Congratulations to the following:
The draw is posted for the first Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Alberta Springs in Red Deer on Tuesday, May 24th. Tee times begin at 10:00am. Follow the scoring tomorrow on the link below. Good luck to all 25 competitors going for their card!
Eileen Park & Aneesh Kaura Claim the 2022 Junior Masters Titles
The 2022 edition of the Play Golf Alberta Junior Masters presented by Sundog Eyewear & TourTee is officially in the books. Today’s round saw competitors battle the elements at Wolf Creek GR in Ponoka to keep their score as low as possible in the windy conditions. The championship turned into a one round event after yesterday’s round was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Winning her first Junior Masters title in the Girls’ Division was Eileen Park of Red Deer G&CC. Eileen played outstanding golf in the tough conditions today to shoot a 75 to win by two strokes. Finishing in second this year was Georgia Barr of Glencoe G&CC shooting a 77. Rounding out the top 3 was Aastha Savadatti of Canyon Meadows G&CC after firing a 79 to finish four back of the lead. Congratulations to the following winners of their respective Division:
18 & Under - Georgia Barr (Glencoe G&CC)
16 & Under - Eileen Park (Red Deer G&CC)
14 & Under - Aliyah Hull (Willow Park G&CC)
In the Boys’ Division, a playoff was needed between Aneesh Kaura of Glencoe G&CC and Kye Fisher of Leduc GC to determine this year’s champion after both players shot a 74 for the round. On the second playoff hole, Aneesh was able to make a clutch par putt to win the overall Boys’ Division. Rounding out the top 3 was last year’s champion Zachary Haydamack of Mickelson National GC falling three back of the lead at 77. Congratulations to the following winners of their respective Division:
18 & Under - Aneesh Kaura (Glencoe G&CC)
16 & Under - Scott Levey (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC)
14 & Under - *Ryan Johnson (Silver Springs G&CC) (*retrogression)
The Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada is based on pre-defined measurable criteria and is designed to recognize PGA of Alberta members who dedicate their time and demonstrate proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals. The yearly award given out at the Awards Banquet in October will be for the most points accumulated from October to the end of September of the following year.
As of May 19th, Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC) remains in the lead of the Top 100 Program at 53 points! Sitting two points back at 51 is Greg Johnson (Inglewood G&CC). The current top 10 in the standings are:
How to Earn Points With the tournament season beginning, members can earn points by playing in PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournaments (2 points/round). In addition to participating, members can also earn points based on their performance at PGA of Alberta stroke-play events (2 points/round 75 & under). See where else you can earn points by clicking the link below and looking under the "Point Allocation" tab.
Standings by Membership Category Feature Want to see how you compare to other Professionals in the same membership category? You can do so by viewing the rankings in the following four membership categories; Apprentice Professionals, Class "A" Professionals, Head Professionals and Executive Professionals. *Please note that cash prizes and the Top 100 Professional initiative mentioned below are still based off the overall standings and not by the member category standings. Click Here for standings by membership category.
Top 100 Professionals & Cash Prizes
Remember that theTop 100 point earners will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for this program year. See previous year’s Top 100 Professionals by clicking here.
The top 10 point earners for the 2022 program year will receive a cash prize as an added incentive! Cash prizes total over $5,200! See the prize breakdown by clicking the link below and looking under the "Cash Prizes" tab.
Foresight Sports Canada - The PGA Win-Win Referral Program As a PGA of Alberta member, Foresight Sports knows your customers love golf. If you refer one of them to Foresight Sports, you will be eligible to receive up to a 3% commission on their purchase! This also includes the SIM-IN-A-BOX product for referrals (click here for info).
To sign up for the Win-Win Program and be eligible for referral commissions, please CLICK HEREor contact Garett Jenkinson for details ([email protected]).
Round 1 of the Play Golf Alberta Junior Masters Cancelled
Please be advised that Round 1 of the PGA of Alberta Junior Masters today (May 19th) at Wolf Creek GR has officially been CANCELLED due to current course conditions and forecast.
The tournament will now be a one round championship. An updated draw will be sent to players later today for tomorrow’s round (May 20th) on the Old Course at Wolf Creek.
Please notify any other players you know playing in the event of this cancellation to ensure everyone receives the message.
Thank you for your understanding of this decision. We look forward to seeing players tomorrow!
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship - South - Postponed
Today’s event at Sirocco GC - Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship - South has unfortunately been cancelled due to the weather forecast and current conditions being experienced around the course and city. This was a difficult decision to make but with the nature of travel and distance being covered by some Members’ to come to the event, believe this decision was in the best interest of everyone.
Planning is underway on several different options now that the Qualifier/Seeding round has been cancelled and an update with the plan moving forward will be published and circulated next week to all Teams/Players registered for this event. A blind draw is being considered, as well as potential reschedule options that could work with considerations to the relatively short/condensed time frame to get matches in over a busy summer season. An update will be shared next week on the plan moving forward and we appreciate the continued patience and understanding.
Thank you to our Host Venue - Sirocco GC and our great Sponsors:
These scholarships can help to assist with the cost of tuition and/or books for any Class "A" member who may be enrolled in an Educational Institution. In an effort to promote and foster ongoing education for PGA of Canada Members and Apprentice Professionals, the PGA of Canada Foundation Scholarship Committee will offer Scholarship Funding of varying amounts to qualified and selected applicants who are engaged in continuing their education through full time studies at either the University, Community College or other approved Educational Facility level. To qualify for these awards, applicants must:
be PGA of Canada Members/Apprentice Professionals in good standing, OR Sons/Daughters/Grandchildren of PGA of Canada Members (alive or deceased)
be engaged or will be engaged in a full time formal education program (as of September 2022)
be enrolled or accepted and registered at a university, college or other approved educational facility. Applicants not yet enrolled, accepted or registered may make application for consideration, but no award will be paid until registration is confirmed
To access the 2022 Scholarship Application form, please CLICK HERE. The annual deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 24th, 2022, and the Evaluation Forms must be received by July 4th, 2022.
If you have any further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to Wayne MacPhee at [email protected]
Play Ability Test News
Two Weeks Away from the First PAT of the Season
We are less than two weeks away from the first Play Ability Test of the season being hosted at Alberta Springs in Red Deer, on Tuesday, May 24th. Take note of the PAT schedule by clicking ’View Schedule’ below. There will be five PAT’s in total this season.
Registration for the 2022 PAT’s is open. 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.
Numrich Nabs First G.S.H Title of Season at Desert Blume GC
The first Golf Supply House event of the season at the beautiful Desert Blume GC is complete and didn’t disappoint. With score-able conditions, we saw some great scores on the Leaderboard today and had an exciting playoff conclusion! Albert Pistorius (Country Hills GC) & Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC) both carded excellent 4-under par 68’s to sit atop the Leaderboard after 18 holes and battled it out in our Playoff.
Grant Numrich is our first player in the winner’s circle this season after a stellar performance today and coming out on top in the Playoff which will feel like some redemption for him after coming up just short in the Playoff at last year’s Assistants’ Championship at Sirocco GC.
Starting his season off with an excellent round, Grant carded an excellent blemish free round of 68 with 4 Birdies on the card. Grant managed to stick his 2nd shot of the Playoff to within 1 foot of the hole and came out on top with a Birdie on the 1st Playoff hole in some blustery spring golf conditions.
Coming up just short in the Playoff but finishing in solo 2nd and also carding an excellent 4-under par 68 which included 5 Birdies and 1 Bogey. Albert hit a great 2nd shot on the Playoff but was unable to cash in on his approximately 10 foot Birdie look.
Finishing right behind our Leaders’ in a 7-way Tie for 3rd who all carded great 3-under par 69’s today was the likes of: Justin Stoski (Lethbridge CC), Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC), Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC), Jamie Gerlitz (Picture Butte GC), Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) and Tyler LeBouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights).
Special thank you to our Host Facility: Desert Blume GCfor helping put on an excellent event. Special Thank you to our Sponsor: Golf Supply House who’s support helps make our Golf Supply House Series events happen.
All Members are invited to attend, however, as defined in the By-Law, only Class “A” Voting Members of the Association may vote.
PGA of Alberta Extends Partnership with adidas Golf Canada
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce an extended partnership with adidas Golf Canada for the next three years!
adidas Golf will now be a Title Sponsor of the annual Pro-Lady North and South tournaments which features one Professional paired up with a female amateur in a team net stableford format. In 2022, the Pro-Lady South will be hosted at Inglewood G&CC on June 30th and the North event will be hosted at Broadmoor GC on July 6th. Learn more about the tournaments here.
“We are so pleased to be a part of this partnership with the PGA of Alberta and the Pro-Lady Tournament. adidas Golf has one main goal. Connect with the both the amateur and professional golfers in a more meaningful way for all golfers," said Jeff Feltrin, GM of adidas Golf Canada. "This partnership will further this ambition and we are excited to see these events comes to life. The PGA of Alberta should be very proud of the event and we are thrilled to become a partner in it".
About adidas Golf… For more than 80 years, adidas has been part of the world of sports on every level, delivering state of-the-art sports footwear, apparel and accessories. Today, adidas is a global leader in the sporting goods industry and offers a broad portfolio of products. adidas Golf boasts one of the strongest rosters of tour athletes, including No. 3 world-ranked player Collin Morikawa. Xander Schauffele, Danielle Kang, Tyrell Hatton, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson are just a few other top talents partnered with adidas Golf.
The company’s products resonate with golfers worldwide thanks to unparalleled performance in its TOUR360 22 footwear and GO-TO apparel, as well as the wear-anywhere versatility of the adicross apparel line. As part of its goal of being the most progressive golf brand in the world, adidas has launched the environmentally friendly Primegreen product line, which focus on sustainability through the use of recycled materials. adidas Golf has a dedicated team that continues to serve the Canadian marketplace with industry-leading products and service.
For more information, go to their website www.adidas.ca or contact their Representatives below:
Ryan Doucette Territory Sales & Marketing Manager - Northern Alberta 780-264-1169 [email protected]
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Buying Show News
Attendee Registration Now Open for the 2022 Alberta Buying Show
The PGA of Alberta is excited to open Attendee Registration for the 2022 Buying Show! The PGA of Alberta would like to invite your entire facility to attend this annual Show being hosted on October 18–20 at the Calgary BMO Centre.
With already a dozen vendors registered for the Show this year, companies are eager to see the membership and their teams in person after a two year hiatus. Click here to view Exhibitor list.
The purpose of the Buying Show is to bring Golf & Industry Professionals, Equipment Manufacturers and Sales Representatives all together in the same building in order for them to prepare their inventories for the following season. The Buying Show is an event that is restricted to PGA of Canada Members, Non-PGA of Canada Facilities and Golf Industry Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers.
All Golf Courses in Canada are welcome to attend this Show. Registration is simple and can be completed online in minutes. Click on the following links for the information package or to register your facility! Important - Make sure you click "+ Add Another Attendee" when registering to sign up multiple people from your facility.