Forty-five competitors tee’d off at the Club Pro Championship for Round 1 at Elbow Springs GC, proudly Sponsored by long-time PGA of Alberta partner PING Canada. Players were fortunate to have perfect playing conditions as temperatures reached 25+ degrees and minimal wind throughout the day.
Coming in dialed today was Matt Freeman (Canyon Meadows G&CC) shooting a stellar 4-under par 68 to be the tournament leader after Round One. Matt finished his final three holes at 3-under par with a birdie-par-eagle to sit in the lead going into Round Two.
Jamie Kureluk (GOLFTEC Calgary Mindapore) finished with a great round of 3-under 69 to sit in sole possession of second place and maintain some pressure on Freeman going into day two.
Keeping the heat on the top two in a two-way tie for third place is four time Club Pro Champion and Host Professional Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) and defending Champion Jamie Gerlitz (Picture Butte GC) who both are sitting in a great position heading into Round Two at 2-under 70.
Phil McCluskey (River Bend G&RA), Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) and Ron Laugher (Priddis Greens G&CC) are all in the hunt after carding solid 1-under 71’s to share fifth place between them.
The field is set for a competitive second round as there is a 5-way tie for eighth place with Mike McEvay (Goose Hummock GR), Cameron Gall (Highwood G&CC), Brian Bassen (Strathmore GC), Jeff MacGregor (Inglewood G&CC) and Scott Borsa (Devon GC), all within striking distance sitting at even par 72.
Round Two will resume tomorrow morning bright and early (Tuesday, July 30th) with an 8am crossover. Follow the @PGAofAlberta on Twitter for live scoring updates. Follow along on our online Live Scoring link here to follow your local Pro and to see the leaderboard as the day progresses.
All media are invited to attend the Championship as guests of the PGA of Alberta. Please contact Tournament Manager Trevor Rioux for more information, [email protected] About PING Canada... PING has been a Champion Partner of the PGA of Alberta for over 14 years and has supported the Club Pro Championship since 2006 in addition to supporting the PGA of Alberta Buying Show and Golf Shows. PING is committed to being the unquestioned leader in innovation, design, service and quality. For any questions regarding PING products in Alberta, be sure to contact Sponsor representatives Colin Gilliard (Edmonton) or Ryan Bathgate (Calgary). Click here to learn more about the PING G410 Driver.
Borsa Brings it Home at PING Club Pro Championship
Round two of the PING Club Pro Championship at the beautiful Elbow Springs GC saw an excellent start to the day with minimal wind and blue bird skies. The favourable playing conditions helped encourage low scores as the players started off in the morning at 8am sharp. With plenty of changes at the top of the leaderboard throughout the day everyone was sitting on the edge of their seat waiting to see what happened.
Elevating his play in Round 2 was Scott Borsa (Devon GC) who was able to improve his solid opening round score of even par 72 by entering the clubhouse as the leader with a 3-under 69. This put him at a two-round total of 3-under 141. Scott had an excellent round today as he posted 9 pars and 6 birdies which led him to a playoff.
Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) needed a birdie on hole 18 to force a playoff and came through with a clutch putt. Borsa and Allred battled out the playoff on the Mountain course. Both hit solid tee shot’s giving themselves an opportunity to reach the green in two. Borsa had a slightly more favourable lie which allowed him to hit an iron in and leave himself a look at eagle. Allred had a tough lie on a downslope and ended up with a 15-foot chip from the left side of the green for his eagle. Borsa two-putted for birdie putting the pressure on Allred who hit a good chip but got an unlucky heavy bounce which left him needing to make a 20-foot putt. Allred lipped out and couldn’t get it to drop giving Scott Borsa his first win of the season.
Phil McCluskey (River bend G&RA) finished in sole possession of 3rd place and played steady golf all day helping keep some heat on the top of the leaderboard. He was able to finish with a two-round total of 2-under 142.
Last year’s defending Champion Jamie Gerlitz finished in sole possession of 4th place shooting a solid round one score (70) and followed up with a round two 73 on for a total of 1-under 143.
Finishing in a three way tie for 5th place was Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC) 74-70, Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) 74-70 and Jeff MacGregor (Inglewood G&CC) 72-72 all shooting a two-day total of 144.
The next Championship event on the schedule is the Assistants’ Championship at Lynx Ridge GC on August 6th & 7th which will see the top Assistant Professionals in Alberta battle it out.
PING Club Pro Championship Draw - Elbow Springs GC
The draw is now available for Round 1 of the PING Club Pro Championship, hosted at the beautiful Elbow Springs GC in Calgary on July 29 & 30. Thank you to our long-time Champion Partner PING Canada for the continuous support of the Championship.
Over forty Professionals will battle it out on the course next week to be crowned this year’s Club Pro Champion. Competitors will be playing the Mountain (#1-9) & Springs (#10-18) nines for the 36-hole stroke play event. Winner of the Championship will receive 40 Order of Merit points and will automatically be granted a spot on the Alberta Head Pro Team that will go on to represent the zone at the National Championship in December.
Crossover will begin at 1pm on Monday, July 29th with a meal following the round. Round 2 will begin at 8am on Tuesday, July 30th.
The third Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Inglewood G&CC concluded on a beautiful day today. Round two, which had been rescheduled due to poor weather conditions, saw some excellent scores posted with four competitors achieving their target scores to become PGA of Canada Golf Professionals!
Congratulations to Matthew Cupido (Banff Springs GC), Carter Leys (Banff Springs GC), Erich Binner (Priddis Greens G&CC) & Zac Weiss (Evergreen GC). Click here for full results.
The final PGA on Wheels event in 2019 saw a great turnout of kids and families at the RCMP Musical Ride in Beaumont on July 21st. Many kids and adults took part in the PGA on Wheels golf activities by receiving tips from our talented PGA of Alberta Professionals who are known as the Most Trusted Resource in Golf.
Thank you to the following Professionals for volunteering their time to support the local community event in Beaumont; Chris Ward (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC), Dustin Ranger (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC), Matthew Mah (Mill Woods GC), Mike McEvay (Goose Hummock GR) & Shawn Fagan (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC).
We look forward to another year of the PGA on Wheels program in 2020! If you are interested in hosting a PGA on Wheels event in the future, please click here.
MacComb Wins Mill Woods GSH Series
David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) shot a blistering round of 7-under 65 to capture the Golf Supply House event hosted by Mill Woods GC. MacComb birdied the last six holes and eight of the last nine to edge out Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) by 1-shot. Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC), Jacob Cartier (Sturgeon Valley G&CC), Scott Borsa (Devon GC), Andre DiBartolo (Jagare Ridge GC) and Blaine Kruger (Stony Plain GC) tied for third at 3-under 69.
The deadline to apply for a PGA of Alberta Junior Scholarship has been EXTENDED to Friday, July 26th. For 2019, there is once again four Scholarships of $1,000 each up for grabs. Two of these scholarships will be awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members (no golf experience needed) and the other two will be awarded to selected Alberta Junior boys/girls who meet the specific golf criteria as stated on the application form.
Application forms must be submitted by 4pm on July 26th to be considered for a scholarship this year. Click Read More below for more information on the program or to apply.
LeBouthillier Lights it up at GSH Series at The Hamptons GC
Today’s Golf Supply House Series event at The Hamptons GC saw Tyler LeBouthillier (PGA of Alberta Member) play steady solid golf as he distanced himself from the field. With nice playing conditions Tyler posted a solid 3-under par 68. Right behind Tyler in second place was Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) who finished the day at even-par 71. In a two-way Tie for third was Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) and Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC).
Goose Hummock GR & Priddis Greens G&CC Lead the Way at Pro-Junior
Players and teams could not have asked for a better day of golf and competition at the beautiful Glencoe G&CC today for the annual Pro-Junior proudly Sponsored by Pukka Headwear and Impact Canopy Canada.
Leading the way in the Net Best Ball competition was the team of Mike McEvay and Owen Lai from Goose Hummock GR. Both played fantastic golf today to earn the victory by shooting a Team Net 61. In the Gross Competition, Eric Locke and Sam Laquerre of Priddis Greens G&CC prevailed by retrogression over two other teams to take home Team Gross honours with a 64. The other two teams that shot a Gross 64 hailed from Calgary G&CC and the National Golf Academy @ Shaganappi. Special thanks to the entire team at Glencoe G&CC for hosting a great event from start to finish.
The draw is now available for the sole Pro-Junior event of the season Presented by Pukka Headwear and Impact Canopy Canada and hosted at The Glencoe G&CC in Calgary on Monday, July 15th. Forty-One teams of Professionals and their Junior partners will battle it out on the golf course next week to be crowned this year’s Net and Gross Team Champions! Shotgun will begin at 1pm with a meal and prize presentation following the round.
Competitors will be playing the Lakes & Slopes Nines for the tournament that will challenge beginners and experienced players alike.
We are happy to announce that the Draw is now available for the 8thGolf Supply House Series event of the season being hosted at Mill Woods GC in Edmonton on Wednesday, July 17th. Fifty players will compete for a purse size of $6,450 with the winner of the event receiving 20 Order of Merit points.
We are excited to present the draw for the 7thGolf Supply House Series event of the season being hosted at The Hamptons GC on Tuesday, July 16. Thirty-three Pro’s will compete for a their share of the purse with the winner of the event receiving 20 Order of Merit points.
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to present four Bursaries of $750 each to deserving PGA of Alberta members who are either Candidates for Membership or Class A Professionals and meet or exceed the bursary criteria as outlined. These bursaries will be awarded at the Awards Banquet during the Buying Show on Wednesday, October 23rd.
All CFM’s and Class A Professionals (who are not employed as Head/Executive Professionals) are eligible and encouraged to apply. A minimum of two of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal CFM’s (working 9 months or less for their employer). Please click the below link to be directed to the application form. Deadline to submit is September 27 at 4pm.
2019 Junior Scholarships - Deadline July 12th!
Once again the PGA of Alberta is offering FOUR Junior Scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving applicants. Two of these scholarships will be awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members, which doesn’t require any golf experience to apply! The other two scholarships will be awarded to Alberta Juniors who meet the specific criteria outlined on our website. Deadline to apply is July 12th, 2019 by 4pm.
Round Two of the Callaway Pro-Assistant Championship at Wolf Creek GR saw more of the cloudy weather but good golf conditions as the day progressed for the Competitors. Team NGA Dome (Carter & Fleming) heated up for Round 2, shooting an amazing 9-under par 61 for a two day total of 14-under par to pull away from the pack. In Second, continuing their stellar play from Round 1 was Team Picture Butte GC (Gerlitz & Sklarenko) shooting a 3-under par 67 for a total of 10-under par overall. In Third, Team Valley Ridge (Maher & Robertson) had a steady day shooting 1-under par 69 for a total of 9-under par. Big thanks to Callaway and Wolf Creek GR for putting on a great tournament!
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship – Round 3
The bracket for the third round of the Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship is now updated! Congratulations to all teams advancing on to Round 3! Each team has until July 27th to complete their match.
The North bracket will see the top 8 ranked teams battle off in Round 3 who all lived up to their rankings from the opening qualifier in May. In the South bracket, one noticeable upset in Round 2 was Gibson/Lavoie (17) defeating the number one ranked team in Karlson/Irvin. Another upset was Corrigan/Walter (12) defeating the fifth ranked team of Maher/Robertson.
Competition will heat up moving forward in the tournament as all winning teams in Round 3 will advance to the Quarter Finals and be guaranteed purse money.
Round One of the Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant Championship at Wolf Creek GR saw gloomy weather to start the day but, decent conditions as the day progressed for the Competitors. Leading the charge was Team Valley Ridge GC (Maher & Robertson) at 8-under par 63 as they created a little separation for themselves from the loaded field of Professionals.
Team Picture Butte GC (Gerlitz & Sklarenko) posted a stellar 7-under par 64 to sit in Second place. Right behind in Third is Team NGA Dome (Carter & Fleming) with a solid 5-under par 66. In a three-way tie for Fourth is Team Apple Creek GC (Dzieciuch & Babkirk), Team Jagare Ridge GC (Rumpel & Adams) and Team Country Hills GC (Foote & Dale) at a respectable 4-under par 67.
The PGA on Wheels is proud to have attended the inaugural Calgary Golf Festival that took place at Cottonwood G&CC on July 4th. The event allowed families or groups in all shapes and sizes the opportunity to experience golf in a whole new way by renting a hole on the course for 90 minutes at a cost of only $20!
Despite the weather not cooperating the best, the PGA on Wheels area saw many kids throughout the day taking part in the various junior golf activities setup. Thank you to the following PGA of Alberta Professionals for volunteering their time to support the event; Bryce Halverson (The Winston GC), Chris Ward (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC), Dale Tomlinson (The Winston GC), Josh Fleming (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights), Josh Gardner (Oasis Greens GC), Michael Graham (Cottonwood G&CC), Sean Thompson (Cottonwood G&CC), Shannon Raina (Sirocco GC) & Tyler Willner (Lakeside GC). Click here to watch a short video from the event.
The final PGA on Wheels event on the calendar will head North to Beaumont for the RCMP Musical Ride on Sunday, July 21st. To volunteer at the event, please click Read More below.
Wolf Creek GR in Ponoka is excited to host the 2019 Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant Championship! With the event being cancelled in 2018, teams will be extra motivated this year to capture the title and cement their name on the trophy. Thirty-four teams of Head/Executive Professionals and their Assistants’ will head to Wolf Creek GR on July 8 & 9 next week for a great two days of golf and to compete for the $14,850 purse.
Format for the tournament will be a six-hole rotation of Best Ball, Scramble and Scotch Ball each day. Competitors will play the Links Course on day 1 (July 8) and the Old Course on day 2 (July 9).
About Wolf Creek GR... Cut through vast natural sand dunes and deeper off the tee, the Links Course demands the best from all areas of your game. Additional fairway width gives the Links Course beautiful rolling contours unique to sand belt golf courses.
The Old Course is a Tour tested, pure inland links course winding in and out of the Wolf Creek bed. Each hole provides a variety of strategical options for you to discover. Creative shot-making and precision are the key to playing your best on the Old Course.
Fleming Flies to the Top at Inglewood G&CC
Round 2 saw beautiful playing conditions at Inglewood G&CC for all competitors as the sun was shining and the course being in great shape. The players dueled impressively for a chance to win the 2-day event of the Golf Supply House Series with a hefty $13,000 purse up for grabs.
Starting the day at 6-under (65) was Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) and last week’s 2019 PGA Championship of Canada winner, Dustin Risdon (The Players Shack) as they created a little separation between themselves and the stacked field. Fleming and Risdon were able to pull away from the field carding a 3-under (Fleming) and 2-under (Risdon) on the front 9. Starting the back 9 with a birdie, Dustin drew even with Riley and set up a great battle for the rest of the way in. With the players neck and neck on the 13th, Riley managed to birdie and never looked back. With birdies on three of the last four holes Riley finished with the pedal to the floor for an amazing 8-under (63), for a total of 128. Dustin Risdon finished the day with a solid 3-under (68) to finish in Second with a total of 133.
Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) started the day at 4-under (67) and was able to sustain his steady play and create some breathing room between himself and the rest of the pack. Wes carded a solid 2-under on the front 9 to maintain some pressure on Fleming and Risdon going into the back. He then followed that up with another solid 2-under on the back 9 to finish with a 4-under (67) for a total of 134 and third place.
In fourth place was Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) who played steady golf over the two-days to finish the tournament with a total of 68-69-137. In fifth place was Tyler LeBouthillier (Lynx Ridge GC) after a two day score of 71-68-139.
Special shout out to Chris Cooke (Kananaskis Country GC) who got a Hole In One on the par 3 seventeenth which netted him a skin worth over $880!
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Eventful Day One at Inglewood G&CC for GSH Series
Round one of the 2-day Golf Supply House Series event at Inglewood G&CC saw some wet weather in the morning and then perfect golf conditions just in time for tee off in the afternoon.
Leading the charge respectively was Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) and last week’s 2019 PGA Championship of Canada winner Dustin Risdon (The Players Shack) at 6-under as they created a little separation between themselves and the packed field of Professionals. With great playing conditions Riley carded a fantastic 5-under through the first 9 holes and finished the first round of competition with a stellar 6-under (65) to share a two-stroke lead. Dustin preferred a more balanced approach and carded a solid 3-under on the first 9 and followed up with another solid 3-under on the back 9.
Right behind Dustin and Riley in second place at 4-under is Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) shooting a great 67. Following up in a 3-way tie for third, within striking distance is Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC), Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) and Mike McEvay (Goose Hummock GR) who finished the day at 3-under par 68.
Other players to watch on the leaderboard tomorrow include a group of 4 players at 1-under: Eric Locke (-1), Weston Gillett (-1), Garett Jenkinson (-1), Todd Halpen (-1). Following that is a group of 6 players at even par: Craig McArthur (E), Dillon Batsel (E), Jason Plosz (E), Jamie Kureluk (E), Kyle Wade (E) and Tyler LeBouthillier (E).
Action resumes bright and early tomorrow morning with the first tee time at 7:00am. Top group of Fleming, Heffernan and Risdon tee it up at 10:10am. Final results will be posted on the PGA of Alberta website at approximately 3pm.
*The PGA of Alberta Golf Supply House Series consists of nine tournaments held throughout the province featuring some of the most competitive Golf Professionals in Alberta. The next stop for the Golf Supply House Series will be at The Hamptons GC on July 16th. These nine events, proudly sponsored by Golf Supply House and Impact Tournament Systems, culminate in a season-ending event at Royal Mayfair GC where the top 50 players in the province will compete for the Fall Championship title.