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PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine – Issue #24

The newest issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live! Content in this issue includes stories on the upcoming PGA of Alberta Buying Show, renovations at Stony Plain GC, details on the PGA of Alberta Bursary & Top 100 Programs, and much more.

Click here to view the newest issue now.


Heffernan Sets Course Record in Round 1 of PGA of Alberta Championship
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Heffernan Sets Course Record in Round 1 of PGA of Alberta Championship

Ninety of Alberta’s top Professionals tee’d off at the PGA of Alberta Championship for Round One at the stunning River Bend G&RA for the third consecutive year in a row, proudly Sponsored by long time PGA of Alberta partner’s, TaylorMade - Club Car - adidas Golf. River Bend G&RA should be commended for having the course in such great shape, leaving competitors set up to play aggressive and go low. Conditions were consistent throughout the day setting up a packed Leaderboard for an exciting Round 2 tomorrow.

Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Center)  came out firing today and carried on his torrid pace of late setting a new course record in the process and finishing Round One in sole possession of First, posting a ridiculous score of nine-under 63. Wes weighed in on his Round 1 with "I played really well today, every facet of my game was on and it came together really nicely and I did not even have my eight iron".

On Wes’ tail tied for Second Place at 6-under 66 includes David MacComb (Blackhawk GC), Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC), Dallas Cantera  (Cardiff G&CC) and Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC), who all played great consistent golf today to be within striking distance of Wes.

Matthew Mah (Mill Woods GC)  and Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) both had solid consistent rounds today, carding 5-under par 67 to share possession of Sixth place respectively and remain within striking distance of the leader and pack.

Defending Champion Riley Fleming (NGA Dome), Dustin Risdon, Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) & Gary Hartford (Highlands GC) all carded 4-under par 68 today to share possession of 8th and remain in contention for tomorrow with low rounds needed.

Sharing possession of 12th place is a group of 4 players; Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC), Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC), Braden Chown (Desert Blume GC) and Darrell McDonald (Mill Woods GC) all carded 3-under par 69’s to keep some pressure on the competitors above them on the Leaderboard.

Seven competitors are sharing possession of 16th place at 2-under par 70; Garett Jenkinson (Golf Performance Canada at Elbow Springs), Josh Fleming (GOLFTEC  Calgary Beacon Heights), Sam Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC), Mark Corrigan (Concierge Golf), Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC), Spencer Vandermey (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) and Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC).

The players are in store for a competitive and exciting Second Round as there are 31 players who are all even-par or better and all have the ability to go low and put some pressure on the leaders. Championship Day will be everyone trying to catch our leader Wes Heffernan and make for an extremely exciting finish. Be sure to watch from the Beer Gardens looking onto the 18th green!

Click here for Round 1 results and Round 2 draw

Round two will resume tomorrow morning (Tuesday, August 20th) at 7:30am. Final group of Heffernan, Cantera and Cuthbertson  will tee off at 12:20pm. Players will have a chance to improve upon their Round One scores as the weather forecast is calling for warm weather and minimal wind tomorrow. 

Follow the @PGAofAlberta on Twitter for live scoring updates tomorrow or follow along on the live scoring Leaderboard to see all the changes in real time!!


Tournament News

PGA of Alberta Championship - Live Scoring

Action is now underway for the TaylorMade - Club Car - adidas Golf PGA of Alberta Championship at River Bend G&RA in Red Deer. Be sure to follow your favourite PGA of Alberta Professional throughout the Championship by following their score on the link here > https://bit.ly/2Z0ckrA


Shaw Charity Classic Pre-Qualifier Draw – River Spirit GC
Tournament News

Shaw Charity Classic Pre-Qualifier Draw – River Spirit GC

The draw is now available for the Shaw Charity Classic Pre-Qualifier hosted at River Spirit GC in Calgary on Friday, August 23rd. Twenty-eight players aged 50 years and older from all over the world will compete for 5 spots advancing to the Event Qualifier hosted at Elbow Springs GC on August 27th. Good luck to our six PGA of Alberta Professionals playing in the event!

The Shaw Charity Classic will be taking place at Canyon Meadows G&CC from August 28th - September 1st.

Click here to view the draw.


Spring Seminar/AGM Heading to The Derrick G&WC in 2020
Education News

Spring Seminar/AGM Heading to The Derrick G&WC in 2020

The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce that the Spring Seminar and AGM in 2020 will be held at The Derrick G&WC in Edmonton. The dates of the AGM/Spring Seminar will be March 2nd & 3rd so please mark these dates down in your calendar.

The Derrick G&WC is a world-class multi-use facility dedicated to providing quality facilities and services. Click here to read some Testimonials on the facility.

We hope you plan on joining us at the AGM/Spring Seminar in 2020. The Education Committee is already confirming speakers and is looking forward to next years line up.


TaylorMade - Club Car - adidas Golf PGA of Alberta Championship Draw - River Bend G&RA
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TaylorMade - Club Car - adidas Golf PGA of Alberta Championship Draw - River Bend G&RA

The wait is finally over! The draw is now available for Round 1 of the highly coveted PGA of Alberta Championship Sponsored by long-time partners TaylorMade, Club Car and adidas Golf.

For the third consecutive year, players will head to River Bend G&RA in Red Deer on August 19 & 20 to compete in the 36-hole stroke play competition. The Championship this year will see a stacked field of 90 Professionals from throughout the province trying to take home a piece of the largest purse of the season at $31,400! Tee times for both rounds will begin at 7:30am.

Winner of the Championship will be awarded 50 Order of Merit points and will be that much closer to securing their spot on the Alberta Assistants’ or Head Pro Team. Click here to view the current standings.

Click here to view the current field and draw.

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2019 Shaw Charity Classic Pre-Qualifier - Register Now!
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2019 Shaw Charity Classic Pre-Qualifier - Register Now!

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to host two Qualifying tournaments for the 2019 edition of the Shaw Charity Classic held at Canyon Meadows G&CC on August 28th - September 1st.

The Pre-Qualifier which is open to Amateurs and Professionals aged 50 years and older will be taking place at River Spirit GC in Calgary on August 23rd.  Those who advance from the Pre-Qualifier will play in the Event Qualifier on August 27th hosted at Elbow Springs GC, the final stage before the Shaw Charity Classic.

DEADLINE to register for the Pre-Qualifier is Friday, August 16 by 5pm MST. For more information on how to qualify, please click Read More below.

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2019 Arizona Teaching Summit Now Open!!
Education News

2019 Arizona Teaching Summit Now Open!!

The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is proud to present the third annual 2019 winter “Teaching Summit” hosted in the Arizona area. This 3-day educational event will give a select group of PGA of Alberta members (16 participant’s max.) a chance to observe and participate in interactive lessons with three of the most sought-after instructors in North America – Lynn Marriott, Pia Nilsson (VISION54) and Gabriel Hjertstedt (Gabe Golf). During the 8-hours of instruction each day, participants will take a 60-minute lesson to work on their own game as well as develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants take their lessons, always with the ability to ask questions in real time to both student and teacher.

The combined cost of taking a single lesson with each instructor would normally cost in excess of $1000 CAD but PGA of Alberta members will have access to 16 hours of instruction at a fraction of that cost. Full details of the PGA of Alberta “Arizona Teaching Summit” and biographies of the three instructors can be found below.

*Please note that there are limited spots available and will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Click here for full Teaching Summit details and to Register!


Dallas Steals the Show at Cougar Creek GR
Tournament News

Dallas Steals the Show at Cougar Creek GR

Cooler and wet conditions today at Cougar Creek GR did not stop Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) from going low at the final Golf Supply House Series event of the season. Dallas won his second event of the season in dramatic fashion after earning the victory in a playoff against a determined Adam Bruce (Glendale G&CC). Both players shot 3-under 69’s at the tricky Cougar Creek GR to take first and second place respectively. With the win, Dallas increases his lead to 12 points in the PGA of Alberta Order of Merit standings over his nearest competitor.

Coming in third nipping at the heels of the leaders was Kevin Chow (Blackhawk GC) at 2-under 70. Sitting one back of Kevin was Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) at even par 72. Rounding out the top five for the tournament was Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC) and Spencer Vandermey (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) at 1-over 73.

That concludes the Golf Supply House Series for the 2019 season. To see full tournament results, please click here.


Top 100 Program – Current Standings
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Top 100 Program – Current Standings

The Association is pleased to have launched the Top 100 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.

As of August 9th, the current leader of the Award remains to be Sean Thompson at 67 points. New to the Top 5 since July 11th is Jeff MacGregor and Mike McEvay. The current Top 5 in the standings are:

  1. Sean Thompson (Cottonwood G&CC) - 67 points
  2. Josh Fleming (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) - 60 points
  3. Mike McEvay (Goose Hummock GR) - 58 points
  4. Jeff MacGregor (Inglewood G&CC) - 54 points
  5. Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) & Sam Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC) - 53 points

The winner of the Top 100 Program will be recognized at the Awards Banquet during the annual Buying Show. In addition to the Award, the top seven point earners will receive a cash prize at the Show!

Remember - The Top 100-point earners will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for this program year. See where you currently sit in the standings by clicking the link below.

Click here for full program details and to view the current standings.


Arizona Teaching Summit 2019 - Registration Opens August 13 @ 4pm
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Arizona Teaching Summit 2019 - Registration Opens August 13 @ 4pm

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The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is proud to announce the third annual Winter Teaching Summit, hosted again in beautiful Arizona. This year’s 3 day Education event will include two full days of instruction and one day of golf at a highly prestigious and exclusive local golf course. The PGA of Alberta is happy to announce that Registration for this event will open at 4pm on Tuesday, August 13th.

With dates confirmed for Saturday November 30th, Sunday December 1st and Monday December 2nd that conveniently precedes the PGA of Canada Head Professional Championship. We encourage you to extend your trip to go and support our great Professionals.

This event will give a select group of PGA of Alberta members (16 participant’s max) the chance to observe and participate in interactive lessons with three of the most sought-after instructors in North America – Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott of Vision54 hosted at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. Returning this year due to popular demand and previous Teaching Summit Instructor is Gabriel Hjertstedt to be hosted at TPC Scottsdale.

 During the 8-hours of instruction each day, participants will take a 60-minute lesson to work on their own game as well as develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants take their lessons. Always with the ability to ask questions in real time to both student and teacher to maximize their learning experience. The combined cost of taking a single lesson with each instructor would normally cost in excess of $1000 CAD but PGA of Alberta members will have access to 16 hours of top-notch instruction at a fraction of that cost.

 

Total cost for trip is $700 CAD.

 *Please note that there are limited spots (16) available and will be given on a first come first serve basis with a waiting list once all spots are filled.

*Please also note that while there is no green-fee cost for the golf there will be a forecaddie fee of $70 USD + Tip per person.

*Please also note that participants are responsible for securing their own flights and accommodation’s.

 

**If you have any question’s please feel free to contact - [email protected]


Golf Supply House Series Draw - Cougar Creek GR
Tournament News

Golf Supply House Series Draw - Cougar Creek GR

The ninth and final Golf Supply House Series of the season will head north to Cougar Creek GR which is just west of Edmonton next week on Monday, August 12th. Tee times will begin at 7:30am and the winner of the event will receive 20 Order of Merit points.

Cougar Creek GR is a championship length golf course that winds through the natural setting. The immaculately manicured bent grass greens, tees and fairways are generously spotted with sand bunkers and most have water in play. The first eleven holes weave through the trees, holes twelve through fifteen open up and are somewhat links style, holes sixteen and seventeen go back into the trees and hole eighteen is open but watery.

Click here to view the current field and draw.


Riley Rises to the Challenge at Assistants’ Championship
Tournament News

Riley Rises to the Challenge at Assistants’ Championship

Round 2 of the Cobra Puma Golf Sponsored Assistants’ Championship at the gorgeous Lynx Ridge GC saw rainy and gloomy weather to start the day but beautiful conditions as the later groups and leaders started their back nines.

It was an extremely exciting day as Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) and Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) distanced themselves from the field and battled it out all afternoon to see who would take the Championship home. Everyone including competitors were glued to the online leaderboard as Riley and Wes dueled it out.

Champion Riley Fleming had a great 3-under par 33 after 9 to sit at 8-under and two strokes off the lead. However, he raised his play to an even higher level on the back 9 and managed to card a stellar 4-under par 31 to finish the day at 7-under 64 and the tournament at a ridiculous 130 total. The turning point on the back 9 was hole 16 as Riley was able to make eagle and create 2 strokes of separation between himself and Wes.

Heffernan started the day off in another dimension as he tore up the front 9 with an out-of-this-world 8-under par 28, with birdies on the first 5 holes, an eagle on the 6th, birdie on the 7th and two pars to finish 8th and 9th to sit at 10-under par through 9. He had a solid back 9 going even par to finish the day at 8-under par 63 and the tournament at 10-under for a total of 132.

Holding onto sole possession of 3rd was Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) who had a stellar 2 Rounds carding a 7-under par 64 on the first day and a 3-over par 74 for Round 2 for a tournament total of 138. Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) finished in sole possession of 4th carding a 1-under par 70 on Day 1 and 71 for Round 2 for a tournament total of 141.

Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) (73, 69) and David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) (70, 72) ended tied for 5th with tournament totals’ of 142. Blaine Kruger (Stony Plain GC) (68, 75) and Dustin Risdon (The Players Shack) (73, 70) ended tied for 7th both shooting tournament totals of 143.

After Riley’s victory today, he has guaranteed himself a spot on the Alberta Assistants’ Team which will be competing in the PGA of Canada Assistants’ Championship hosted in Ontario on September 16-19.

Special thanks to our wonderful long time sponsor Cobra Puma Golf and the entire Lynx Ridge GC team for hosting a great event!

See full tournament results here.


Association News

Six Pass the Play Ability Test at Lynx Ridge GC

The fourth Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Lynx Ridge GC saw some up and down weather but six players managed to pass and receive their Apprentice Professional status with the PGA of Canada!

Congratulations to Samuel Roy (Banff Springs GC), Jason Kim (Lloydminster G&CC), Luke Luciano (Links of GlenEagles), Kenny Maki (Fernie G&CC), Brady Grimble (River Spirit GC), and Dario Alvarez.

Click here for full PAT results.


Fukushima on Fire at Assistants’ Championship
Tournament News

Fukushima on Fire at Assistants’ Championship

Round 1 of the Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship at the picturesque Lynx Ridge GC saw beautiful conditions to start the day but rainy weather as the day progressed for the 62 Competitors.

Leading the charge was Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) who was dialed in all day and carded a fantastic 7-under par 64 to hold the Clubhouse Lead after Round 1. Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) was hot on his trail shooting a stellar 5-under par 66 to sit in sole possession of 2nd. Holding onto sole possession of 3rd was Blaine Kruger (Stony Plain GC) who had a solid round carding a 3-under par 68.

Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) holds sole possession of 4th place carding a 2-under par 69 to remain within striking distance of the leaders. David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) and Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) both carded 1-under par 70 to sit tied for 5th. Matthew Mah (Mill Woods GC) shot even-par 71 to hold sole possession of 6th.  

Jeremy Lavallee (Royal Mayfair GC), Spence Laurie (GOLFTEC Calgary Midnapore) and Samuel Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC) all carded 1-over par 72’s to remain in contention with low rounds’ needed tomorrow to pressure the top of the Leaderboard.

Round 1 Score & Round 2 Draw – Click Here

Round 2 starts bright and early tomorrow morning at 8am sharp. The top grouping of Fukushima (-7), Fleming (-5) and Kruger (-3) tee it up at 11:20am. Follow your local or favourite Assistant on our online scoring page through the PGA of Alberta Twitter page to see how the action unfolds!

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].


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About Cobra Puma Golf...
Cobra Puma Golf has been a Champion Partner of the PGA of Alberta for over 11 years and has supported the coveted Assistants’ Championship since 2012 in addition to supporting the PGA of Alberta Buying Show and Golf Shows. In addition to Sponsoring the Championship, Cobra Puma Golf is also the Official Sponsor of the Alberta Head Pro & Assistants’ Teams that go on to represent the zone at the National Championships later in the season. For any questions regarding Cobra Puma Golf products in Alberta, be sure to contact Alberta Rep Rick Lea ([email protected]).


Tournament News

Assistants’ Championship - Live Scoring

Action is now underway for the Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship at Lynx Ridge GC in Calgary. Be sure to follow your favourite PGA of Alberta Assistant Professional throughout the Championship by following their score on the link here > https://bit.ly/2OFSIUN 

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Assistants’ Championship Draw – Lynx Ridge GC
Tournament News

Assistants’ Championship Draw – Lynx Ridge GC

The draw is now posted for Round 1 of the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Championship proudly Sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf.

Sixty-two of Alberta’s top Assistant Professionals will head to Lynx Ridge GC in Calgary on August 6 & 7 to battle for the title and their take of the $16,150 purse. Winner of the Championship will receive 40 Order of Merit points and will automatically be granted a spot on the Alberta Assistants’ Team that will go on to represent the zone at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada in September at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley Golf Links.

Tee times will begin at 10am on Tuesday, August 6th with a meal following the round. Round 2 will begin at 8am on Wednesday, August 7th.

Click here to view the field and draw.


Buying Show Attendee Registration
Buying Show News

Buying Show Attendee Registration

The PGA of Alberta would like to invite you to the annual PGA of Alberta Buying Show on October 22nd – 24th, 2019 at the BMO Centre in Calgary, AB. 

The purpose of the Show is to bring Golf Professionals, Equipment Manufacturers and Sales Representatives together, in order for them to prepare their inventories for the following season. Over the course of the three days, nearly 1,200 people gather from across the country and around the world to take a look at what’s new and exciting in the golf industry. Our Buying Show continues to be the only “full scale” show of its kind in Canada and it is with great pride that we host this show every fall for our Members, Industry Suppliers and guests of the Industry.  The Buying Show is an event that is restricted to PGA of Canada Members, Non-PGA of Canada Facilities and Golf Industry Equipment Manufacturers.

PGA of Alberta Buying Show Schedule - October 22nd - 24th, 2019

Tuesday, October 22nd..........................  PGA of Canada Viewing .............................. 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Wednesday, October 23rd..............................Open Booking .......................................... 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday, October 24th..................................Open Booking............................................ 9:00AM – 5:00PM

** Please note: PGA of Canada members may schedule appointments in the hour after the set hours (5:00pm-6:00pm) on Tuesday and the hour before the set hours (8:00am – 9:00am) on Wednesday and Thursday.

As we are always searching for new ways to improve the Show, please find below some of the solutions that we are implementing or continuing: 

  • Continuing this year, registration will be online. For Show details, schedule and to register your facility, please click here.
  • NGCOA and Green Grass attendees are welcome to attend all day and make appointments both Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24.
  • Corporate Guests are invited to attend after 2:00pm on both Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24 as long as they are accompanied by a Sales Representative or Golf Professional.
  • PGA of Canada Members may schedule appointments in the hour after the set hours (5:00pm-6:00pm) on Tuesday, October 22 and the hour before the set hours (8:00am – 9:00am) on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24.
  • We encourage you to invite the decision makers from all departments at your facility as well as your Owner, GM, Food & Beverage Manager and corporate guests. 

SAVE THE DATE!

  • Tuesday, October 22nd – New Member Orientation is scheduled from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. All new Members of the Association must attend the New Member Orientation to gain insight on services offered by both the PGA of Canada and PGA of Alberta.
  • Wednesday, October 23rd - PGA of Alberta Awards Evening will begin with cocktails at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:30pm. All Attendees are encouraged to attend.

Ticket Type Breakdown and Categories:

  • PGA of Alberta Member - This is a PGA of Alberta Professional who has paid their annual dues and works within Alberta.
  • PGA of Canada Member (Outside of Alberta) - This is PGA of Canada Professional who has paid their dues and is working in a Zone outside of Alberta.
  • PGA of Canada Affiliate (Non-Member) - Facility Owner / GM / Employee / Guest / F&B - This is an individual who is employed at a PGA of Canada facility who is not a member of the PGA of Canad and does not pay annual dues. This is meant for Facility Owners, General Managers, Food & Beverage Staff, Employee at the course or a Guest who could be an invited guest who is somehow affiliated with the facility.
  • NGCOA Member - This is for someone who is a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association.
  • Green Grass Facility - This is someone who is attending the Buying Show on behalf of a facility that does not have a PGA of Canada Professional employed at the course.


 
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*Register by September 20th, 2019 to be published in the 2019-2020 PGA of Alberta Industry Guide.

 
Visit the PGA of Alberta website for additional information or contact the office at 403-256-8894.


Association News

PAT #4 Draw - Lynx Ridge GC

The draw is now available for the 4th Play Ability Test of the season at Lynx Ridge GC on Tuesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 7th. Tee times will begin at 1:30pm on August 6th and will begin at 11:30am on August 7th. Round two draw will be created immediately following the competition of round 1. Good luck to all 18 competitors going for their card!

Click here to view the field and draw.