Round two of the Assistants’ Championship sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf saw an excellent start to the day with minimal wind and beautiful weather. The favourable playing conditions helped encourage low scores as the players started off in the morning. The players at the top of the leader board were playing leap frog all day as they exchanged their share of the lead.
Starting the day off with the outright lead was Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) as he was sitting at 5-under 66. Maintaining his consistent round one play, Fleming was able to improve upon his opening round score by coming into the clubhouse with a 4-under 67 which put him at a two-round total of 9-under 133, cementing his victory at the second Championship of the season. Riley had an excellent round-two as he posted 10 pars, 4 birdies and 1 eagle which separated him from the rest of the pack. Exchanging the lead all day with Fleming was Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) who was able to lock in sole possession of second place as he was able to draw from his round one play with a 4-under 67 to finish the tournament with a two-day total of 8-under 134. Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) was able to finish the tournament in third place with a two-day total of 4-under 138. Rounding out the top 5 and in a two-way tie for fourth place was Dustin Risdon (NGA @ McCall Lake) and Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) who both finished with a 3-under 139.
Finishing in 6th place was Murray Walter (Redwood Meadows G&CC) who shot a two-round total of 140. Close behind Murray in a tie for 7th place was David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) and Dillon Batsel who were both at a 1-under 141. In sole possession of 9th place was Sam Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC) who was able to finish the tournament with an even-par 142.
The next Championship event on the schedule is at River Bend G&RA in Red Deer, Alberta on August 20th & 21st which will see approximately 100 of the top Professionals in Alberta.
It was perfect weather conditions for the 46 teams today at Stewart Creek G&CC for the 2018 PGA of Alberta Pro-Pro Best Ball, sponsored by G&G Golf Company and Allstate Insurance. Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) and Scott Stiles (Inglewood G&CC) win the Pro-Pro Best Ball over Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) and Samuel Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC) in the first playoff hole to clinch the victory. Competition was strong as 19 teams posted scores of 66 (5-under) or better.
Shaw Charity Classic Qualifiers - Deadline August 17th
The PGA of Alberta is proud to host two Qualifying tournaments for the 2018 Shaw Charity Classic. The Pre-Qualifier which is open to Amateurs and Professionals alike, aged 50 years or older, will be taking place at Elbow Springs GC in Calgary on August 24th. Those who qualify from there will advance to the Event Qualifier being played at The Hamptons GC on August 28th. The Shaw Charity Classic will be taking place at Canyon Meadows G&CC from August 29th to September 2nd.
Deadline to register for the Pre-Qualifier is Friday, August 17th @ 5pm. For more information on how to qualify, please click Read More below.
The brackets for Semi Finals of the PGA of Alberta Team Match Play Championship have now been updated! Congratulations to all teams advancing on to the next round. Competition is heating up as all remaining teams are now in the money for both brackets of the Championship! Each team has until September 7th to complete their next match. Click Read More below to be directed to the brackets.
The draw for the annual G&G Golf Company Pro-Pro Best Ball presented by Allstate Insurance is now available. The event will see 46 teams of Professionals from throughout the province head to the picturesque Stewart Creek G&CC in Canmore on Monday, August 13th. The shotgun will begin at 2pm with a meal before and after the round including the prize presentation.
The event this year will see the creation of a Ladies’ Division in which female teams will compete against one another for a separate purse.
After a two-day grind at The Ranch G&CC, three players successfully passed their Playing Ability Test. Congratulations to Cameron Kyle of Lewis Estates GC (145), Brendan Kuny of Lewis Estates GC (158) & Ben Mathews of Miskanaw GC (158) on being the newest Members of the PGA of Canada and achieving their Class A/CFM Target Score.
The PGA of Alberta along with River Bend G&RA would like to invite you to the PGA of Alberta Championship Media Day. We again are hosting this event on the Sunday before our premier Championship (August 19th) at River Bend G&RA. We would be thrilled if you could join us for a great day of golf before the Championship!
For Media Day this year, River Bend G&RA would like to open this event to our Members plus Amateurs to make this event as big as possible and create some excitement for the Championship. Below are some of the key details:
Sunday, August 19th @ River Bend G&RA
Shotgun starting at 1:30pm with Cocktails & Appetizers to follow round
Prizes will be available to be won such as KTP, Longest Drive and Longest Putt
Teams can consist of two PGA of Alberta Professionals (Class A or CFM of any category) or one PGA of Alberta Professional and one Amateur of their choice (amateur does not require a Golf Canada index)
Skins game available for Professionals ($20 cash entry)
Everyone will play their own ball
Entry fee is $160 per team (plus GST)
This event is a great way to show support to the Host Club, Sponsors, and the Association if you are unable to play in the PGA of Alberta Championship.
Members playing in the Championship can use this as their practise round heading into round one on Monday, August 20th.
Spots are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. To register, please do so on the website by CLICKING HERE.
Assistants’ Championship Heading to The Ranch G&CC
The PGA of Alberta and long-time sponsor, Cobra Puma Golf, are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Assistants’ Championship will be heading to The Ranch G&CC.
The Ranch G&CC’s par 71 layout shows a wide blend of unique and challenging holes, such as hole #10. This par 5 is typically played as a 3-shot hole, unless an absolutely perfect tee shot is hit into the narrow uphill fairway. Hole #5 is what many call the “signature hole” at The Ranch. Known as the Pit-Hole, it demands a drive in the fairway which is difficult due to the severe left to right slope. Stretching approximately 6,500 yards from the back tees, this scenic course will tempt players with the harmony of the natural beauty and woodland surroundings that flow through the 18-hole course.
“We are looking forward to hosting all the Assistant Pro’s this year at The Ranch G&CC” said Murray McCourt, Executive Professional at The Ranch G&CC. “The course is in phenomenal shape right now and should be a great test of golf for these players. It can be a tough course for how short it is but I’m looking forward to see what the scores will be over the two-days”.
With sixty of Alberta’s top Golf Professionals heading to one of Edmonton’s premier clubs, competition will be fierce not only vying for a piece of the $15,800 purse, but also in hopes to claim a spot on the Alberta Assistants’ Team. The winner of the Championship will automatically be granted a spot on the Team that will represent the zone at the National Championship in September being hosted in Calgary at The Winston GC.
Competitors will look to over shadow reigning champion Craig Gibson’s (#7 on Order of Merit, Sirocco GC) impressive tournament low of 2-under 140 at last year’s Championship hosted at Cottonwood G&CC as he defeated Eric Locke (#5, Priddis Greens G&CC) in a playoff. In a two-way tie sitting only 1-stroke back was Kasey Timms (#16, Glendale G&CC) and Braden Chown (Desert Blume GC) who posted scores of 1-under 141.
Other top contenders this year include: Riley Fleming (#2, NGA Dome), winner of three PGA of Alberta events this year including the Vulcan G&CC, Lynx Ridge GC and the River Spirit GC GSH Series events. Dustin Risdon (#11, NGA @ McCall Lake), winner of the 2016 Assistants’ Championship and the 2018 GSH Series at Stony Plain GC in July. Wes Heffernan (#4, Golf Canada Centre), winner of the Pro-Junior individual side and the GSH Series event at Valley Ridge GC. Dillon Batsel (#6, Connaught GC) finished second at the Wolf Creek GR GSH Series and finished third at the Lynx Ridge GC GSH Series. Holding a number of impressive titles, including four Assistants’ Championship titles since 2008, four Tour Championship titles since 2010 and the 2014 PGA of Alberta Championship, Mike Belbin (#32, Royal Mayfair GC) will be looking to add this trophy to his collection.
Round one on Tuesday, August 7th will kick off with tee times starting at 8:00am and the final group to tee off at 11:10am. The second round will be a crossover start beginning at 8am, followed by the Championship presentation beginning at approximately 3:00pm on Wednesday, August 8th.
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]
PGA of Alberta Establishes Partnership with Inside Golf Media Group
The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce two partnerships with Inside Golf Inc.
Starting in 2018, Inside Golf will become a Presenting Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Awards Cocktail Reception held prior to the Awards Banquet during the Buying Show in October. Further, Inside Golf will be known as the “Official Editorial Partner of the PGA of Alberta”.
"We are very proud to be able to take our partnership with the PGA of Alberta to the next level with these initiatives," said Inside Golf Publisher and President, Jeff Sutherland. "The digital publication we have done in partnership for the past three years has proven to be a significant success for both organizations and we were looking to build upon that. This sponsorship fits extremely well and recognizes the value we put on the relationship. We believe the designation as ’Official Editorial Partner’ reflects the trust that the PGA has in our team’s ability to effectively get their messages to the golfing public."
As part of this editorial relationship, Inside Golf will be producing full colour, glossy print programs for the Consumer Shows both in Edmonton and Calgary next March. Programs will be given to all attendees upon entry. Digital copies suitable for viewing on desktop and mobile devices will be made available during the weeks leading up to the shows. Inside Golf has more than five years of experience in producing programs for events of these types.
About Inside Golf Incorporated: Established as a scorecard company in 1988, the "iG" brands have expanded to include Inside Golf Magazine (print and digital), and the insidegolf.ca news website. Also over the past decade, Inside Golf has established long-term publishing partnerships with British Columbia Golf,The WCTA (Western Canada Turfgrass Association) and most recently the PGA of Alberta. For more information call TF 800.764.6537.
Assistants’ Championship Draw - The Ranch G&CC
The draw is now posted for the first round of the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Championship sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf and hosted this year at The Ranch G&CC on August 7 & 8. The Championship will see a field of 60 competitors hailing from all over the province in hopes of becoming this years Champion. Winner of the Championship will automatically be granted a spot on the Alberta Assistants’ Team that will represent the zone at the National Championship in September at The Winston GC. Tee times for round one will begin at 8am.
Team Sirocco GC with pro Craig Gibson and amateur Joe Hirsch win the 2018 Pro-Senior event at Highlands GC. Team Sirocco was able to solidify their spot in first place by posting a team-net total of 8-under 63. They had a very impressive scorecard as they had 9 birdies and 1 eagle. Right behind team Sirocco GC was team Priddis Greens G&CC with professional Eric Locke and amateur Gerry Stoddart. Winning the low pro side was Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) who finished his amazing round with a 4-under 67 with 7 birdies on his scorecard. In second place on the low pro side was Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) who finished with a 3-under 68. Thanks to all golf course staff and competitors for making this event a successful one.