Draw now available - Pro-Senior Presented by GOLF TRENDS INC & The Cart Locker
The Draw is now available for the: Pro-Senior Presented by GOLF TRENDS INC & The Cart Locker next Monday, August 8th at Ponoka Community Golf in Ponoka Alberta. We have 60 Teams in the field who are ready to battle for the Title.
Located in the scenic Battle River valley, the course offers a mix of parkland and rolling links-style holes which, after your first visit, will leave you wanting more. You’ll find our staggered tee system favorable for your handicap. Ponoka is a decent challenge for all golfers — novice to advanced — which is why it’s host to many provincial amateur and professional events.
Award Nomination Deadline Extended - Nominate Today
Nominations for the 2022 PGA of Alberta Awards Program have been extended until Wednesday, August 24th (end of day). Members and Industry Partners have 5 days left to nominate an individual or facility that they feel is deserving of an Award this year. In total, nine Awards are up for nomination:
Please note the following for the 2022 Awards Program:
Coach of the Year Award Eligibility - Nominees must be certified within Golf’s National Coach Certification Program Competition stream (Coach of New Competitors, Coach of Developing Competitors) to be eligible to be a Finalist and win the Award.
Nomination(s) – We encourage all PGA of Alberta Professionals and Industry Partners to nominate a deserving individual in each of the Award categories.
Awards Criteria - Click Here to view the criteria for each Award.
Video Bio Submissions - All members who are nominated for an Award are highly encouraged to submit a short video bio in addition to their application form.
Awards Banquet (Save the Date) - Award winners will be revealed at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre (after day two of the Buying Show).
G.S.H. #7 - Mickelson National GC - Draw Available
The seventh and final Golf Supply House Series event of the season is all set for Mickelson National GC on: Monday, August 22nd. Crossover starts at 8:00 AM and we have 74 of our Professionals ready to compete at our last G.S.H event of the season. Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC), Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry), Mitch Fox (Speargrass GC) & Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) & Mitch Fox for his second W at Leduc GC 2-Day and Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) were our first, second, third, fourth, fifth & sixth respective Professionals in the Winners’ Circle this season, whom from the field will add their name to the list?
Two Weeks Away from the Final Play Ability Test of the Season
We are two weeks away from the fifth and final Play Ability Test of the 2022 season, hosted at Woodside GC in Airdrie on Thursday, September 1st. Congratulations to the 35 individuals that have already passed the PAT this season in Alberta.
Please 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 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.
Fleming Flourishes at Club Car LLC PGA Championship & is Victorious
Today saw Round 2 of the Club Car LLCPGA of Alberta Championship hosted at the beautiful Lynx Ridge GC. Our players were treated to another perfect day on the course and the aggressive play & low scores continued today which made for an extremely exciting day. 18 of our competitors finished at even-par or better on a mint but challenging Lynx Ridge GC which made for an extremely exciting day on the Leaderboard for players and fans alike.
After an unbelievable two days, our 2022 Club Car LLC PGA of Alberta Championship Champion is: Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC) who carried on his outstanding play from Round 1 into Round 2. Riley kept the pedal to the floor throughout the Championship as he created significant distance between himself and his nearest competitors today to end up winning by a ridiculous 6-stroke margin. Riley came out firing and quickly amassed 4 Birdies and 1 Eagle in the first 6 holes. After giving 1 stroke back on the Eighth Hole, he quickly righted the ship by finishing the front-9 with a Birdie to make the turn at 6-under par carding an excellent 30. With a healthy lead after the turn, Riley played a smart and immaculate back-9, going 2-under par with no blemishes to show and a commanding 6-stroke margin of victory when all was said and done. Riley has brought the Championship back home after claiming it in 2020 & 2018 respectively. Riley finished the Championship with a two-day total of 128.
In Second Place was: Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) who played two excellent rounds over the Championship. Wes finished the Championship at 8-under par holding off his nearest competitor by 1-stroke. Wes carded an excellent 7-under par 64 today and fired a 5-under par 31 on the front-9 which he then followed up with a 2-under par 33 on the back. Wes finished the Championship with a two-day total score of 134.
In Third Place was: Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) who put together two great rounds over the Championship. Dillon carded 3-under par 68 today, firing 2-under par 34 on the front and 1-under par 34 on the back-9. Dillon had 6 Birdies on the card today. He finished the Championship with a two-day total of -7 and overall total score of 135.
In Fourth Place was: Albert Pistorius (Country Hills GC) who played two consistent great rounds for the Championship. Albert carded 3-under par today, firing 2-under par 34 on the front and 1-under par on the back-9. Albert had 6 Birdies on the card today and finished the Championship at a two-day total of -6 & overall total score of 136.
Rounding out our Championship Top-5 in Fifth Place was: Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) who played round 1 at Even-Par and then went low today for round 2 firing an excellent 5-under par 66. Eric carded 3-under par 33 on the front and 2-under par 33 on the back-9. He dropped 4 Birdies and 1 Eagle today and finished the Championship with a two-day total of -5 & overall total score of 137.
In a two-way tie for Sixth Place was: Brady Karlson (Canyon Meadows G&CC ) and Scott Stiles (Earl Grey GC) who both finished the Championship with two-day totals of -4 & overall total scores of 138.
Rounding out our Championship Top-10 today was, in a three-way tie for Eighth Place: Jason Stanier (Inglewood G&CC), Sam Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) & Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC) who all finished the Championship with two-day totals of -3 & overall total scores of 139.
Congratulations to our Day 2 Skins Winners who each won $1,800 per Skin. Sam Hart (Bearspaw GC) with an Eagle on #11 & Dave Henzie (Nanton GC) with an Eagle on #18.
Big Thank-you to our Sponsor: Club Car LLC whose support makes events like this possible! Last but not least, massive Thank-you to our Host Venue: Lynx Ridge GC for helping us put on an amazing Championship with an incredible amount of support from their Staff across the entire operation and from their Members who volunteered and helped make the event extremely successful.
Allred, Fleming & Vandermey on Top after R1 of Club Car LLC PGA of Alberta Championship
90 of our Professionals’ tee’d it up at the Club Car LLC PGA of Alberta Championship hosted at the picturesque Lynx Ridge GC in Calgary. The course is in fantastic shape and our players were treated to a sweltering day of summer heat. The Leaderboard saw plenty of movement throughout the day which made for an exciting day on the course for our competitors & spectators alike.
Three Players rose above the field today and are in a 3-way Tie for First Place after Round 1 after carding excellent 6-under par 65’s today. Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC), Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) & Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC) will comprise our Final group tomorrow tee’ing off at: 12:40 PM.
Riley carded a 3-under par 33 on the front-9 with 3 Birdies and no blemishes. He then followed it up with another 3-under par 32 on the back-9 with 4 Birdies and only 1 blemish on the card. Scott put together a blemish free round today, firing 3-under 33 on the front-9 and followed it up with a 3-under 32 on the back-9 with 6 Birdies on the card. Nick fired a 4-under par 32 on the front-9 with 1 Eagle and 2 Birdies and followed it up by carding 2-under 33 on the back-9 with 4 Birdies.
In solo Fourth Place after carding a 5-under par 66 today is: Scott Stiles (Earl Grey GC). Scott carded 2-under par 34 on the front-9 with 3 Birdies and followed it up with 3-under par 32 on the back-9 with 3 Birdies.
Rounding out our Top-5 today is: Dillon Batsel, last year’s Defending Champion who carded 4-under par 67 today after firing 2-under par 34 on the front-9 with 3 Birdies and followed it up with 2-under par on the back-9 with 2 more Birdies.
Rounding out our Top-10, in a 4-way Tie for Ninth Place is: Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi), Rock Ruschkowski (Sirocco GC), Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) & Josh Berze (Country Hills GC) who all carded 2-under par 69’s today with low rounds needed tomorrow to put some pressure on the players above them on the Leaderboard.
There were no Day 1 Skins Winners so the Pot will be added to the R2 Skins Pot.
Follow along on the live scoring Leaderboard once Round 2 begins (click here) to see all the changes in real time.
Club Car PGA of Alberta Championship all set for next Tuesday & Wednesday - Draw available
Our third Championship of the season: The Club Car PGA of Alberta Championship is all set for next Tuesday, August 16th and Wednesday, August 17th at Lynx Ridge GC. We have 90 Professionals in the field for what should be an excellent test and challenge of their skills over the two-day stroke play competition. Last year’s defending Champion - Dillon Batsel of Desert Blume GC will look to hang on to the hardware after last year’s winning -14 score and 3-stroke margin of victory.
The first Tee Time is set for 8:00 AM on Tuesday with our last group Tee’ing it up at 12:50 PM. Round 2 is set to commence at 8:00 AM the next day with.
Today saw the second last G.S.H. event of the season at the always consummate tournament host - Mill Woods GC & Retiring Executive Professional - Darrell McDonald. We had excellent conditions throughout the day for our competitors, both weather-wise and on the course. We had a jammed packed field of Seventy players for the event and some exceptional scores on the Leaderboard which made for a very exciting day for all. Two players rose above the rest of the field today after carding outstanding 64’s and battled it out over the 3 ensuing Playoff Holes for the 6th G.S.H. title of the season.
Winning his first event of the season was: Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) who had a superb round today firing 8-under par 64 which included 10 birdies on the card with only 2 bogey blemishes to show. Eric carded an outstanding 31 on the front-9 and a stellar 33 on the back-9 today. Eric ended up prevailing on the third Playoff Hole today making a Birdie on Mill Woods’ eleventh hole to vanquish his opponent.
Also firing a superb 8-under par today and finishing in solo second place was: Kasey Timms (Leduc GC). Kasey carded an excellent round today which included 9 Birdies and only 1 blemish to show. Kasey carded stellar 32’s on both 9’s today and will look to carry on his great play in next week’s Championship.
Congratulations to our Skins Winner from today - Patrick Frose (Royal Mayfair GC) with an Eagle on #3 for a cool payout of $1,400.00.
Special Thank You to our Sponsor: Golf Supply House who’s continued support makes these events possible. We would also like to extend a Special Thank You to our Host Venue - Mill Woods GC & Executive Professional - Darrell McDonald for hosting yet another excellent event.
Congratulations to the 13 players that passed the Play Ability Test today hosted at Mill Woods GC. All players shot the target score or better (79) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada. Congratulations to the following:
The sixth Golf Supply House Series event of the season and second last GSH event is all set for Mill Woods GC on: Wednesday, August 10th. Shotgun starts at 8:30 AM and we have 70 of our Professionals who will compete at our sixth G.S.H event of the season. Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC), Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry), Mitch Fox (Speargrass GC) & Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) & Mitch Fox at last week’s Leduc GC 2-Day event for a 2nd Victory were our first, second, third, fourth & fifth respective Professionals in the Winners’ Circle this season, whom from the field will add their name to the list?
Jetten & Jetten are Victorious at Pro-Senior presented by GOLF Trends INC & The Cart Locker
Today saw the last Pro-Am of the season hosted at the beautiful & pristine Ponoka Community GC, sponsored by Golf Trends INC & The Cart Locker and was hugely successful. We had a massive field of 59 teams for a total of 118 competitors! The course was in outstanding shape and all the teams had an incredible experience at a top-notch facility.
This year saw the event continue with the Team Net Stableford scoring format which kept things fun and exciting for the competition. The point allocation in this format is: 6 points for a Hole-in-One, 5 points for a Double-Eagle, 4 points for Eagle, 3 points for Birdie, 2 points for Par & 1 point for Bogey.
Our Champions were the team of: Taylor Jetten + Dean Jetten (Lethbridge CC) who played an excellent round to finish with 43 team points and win through retrogression. Taylor had 5 Birdies on the card and Dean had 6 Birdies for 25 Team Stableford Points on the front-9 and 18 on the back-9 on their way to victory.
In Second Place through retrogression was the team of: Tristan Grieve (Mckenzie Meadows GC) + Cal Traub who also accumulated an excellent 43 team points today. Tristan had 3 Birdies on the card today and Cal had 6 Birdies for 22 Team Stableford Points on the front-9 and 21 on the back-9.
Finishing in Third today, at 42 points was the team of: Gary Hartford (Highlands GC) + Brian Paush. Gary had 2 Birdies on the card and Brian pitched in with 6 timely Birdies of his own for 21 Team Stableford Points on the front & back 9’s today.
In Fourth, through retrogression and also with 42 points was the team of: Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) + Brian Samletzki. Keith had 2 Birdies on the card and Brian chipped in with 2 Birdies of his own and a net Eagle for 21 Team Stableford Points respectively on the front-9 and on the back-9.
Rounding out our Top-5 today, with 41 points was the team of: Chad Feener (Leduc GC) + Darryl Bickerton. Chad had 2 Birdies and 1 Eagle today and Darryl had a net Eagle and 2 net Birdies for 24 Team Stableford Points on the front-9 and 17 on the back-9.
Special thanks to our host course of: Ponoka Community GC for putting on such a great event and to our Sponsors: Golf Trends INC & The Cart Locker Without their continued support events like these would not be possible!
Mark Your Calendar
The Education Committee is excited to announce that the South Teaching Summit will be making a return this year.
Location: Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona
Facilitators: Peter and John Kostis
Date: November 28th & 29th, 2022
Capacity: 16 Participants
Registration Date: Monday August 22nd, 10:00am
This event is scheduled the week before the CPGA Club Pro Championship. There will be more details to follow including; scheduled golf at a premier facility on November 30th and other possible entertainment options for attending participants.
Play Ability Test News
Play Ability Test Draw - Mill Woods GC on August 10th
The draw is now posted for the fourth Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Mill Woods GC in Edmonton on Wednesday, August 10th. Tee times begin at 2:00pm.
Good luck to all players going for their Professional status with the PGA of Canada! Follow the scoring next week on the link below.
Cooler weather at Leduc GC didn’t deter some low scores in round 2 of the fifth Golf Supply House Series Event.
The final group on the course battled all day that lead to Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) finishing on top with a final score of 10-under. In round 2, Mitchell carded a 64 with 8 birdies.
Finishing in a close second place at 8-under was Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) with a final round 70 to follow an opening 64.
In Third, Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) shot a final round 64 with 6 birdies and an eagle to finish 7-under for the tournament.
Fourth place goes to Tyler LeBouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) with 7 birdies and an eagle to also shoot 64 and finish at 5-under.
Rounding out our top 5 is Michael Harrison (Goal Creek GR) who was a steady 70, 69 to over the 2 day event.
Thanks once again to our sponsor Golf Supply House and to Leduc GC for hosting.
Congratulations to our skins winners of round 2, Tyler LeBouthillier with a hole out eagle on 3, Nick Vandermey with a birdie on 8, and Spencer Vandermey with a birdie on 17.
Four Progress to Shaw Charity Classic
After a heated battle today and a two-man playoff featuring PGA of Alberta Member - Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) (70) & Dennis Hendershott (70), Dennis Hendershott won the playoff on the Fifth Hole of the Mountain 9 at the beautiful Elbow Springs GC in Calgary. It was a tight day on the Leaderboard which made for an exciting Event Qualifier. Four players rose above the rest to qualify for the Shaw Charity Classic event held at the Canyon Meadows G&CC on Aug. 3rd– 7th.
It was a great day for round 1 of the Golf Supply House event at Leduc GC. Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC), Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) and Michael Harrison (Cougar Creek GR) headline the top of the leaderboard after shooting 64, 68, and 70 respectively.
Round out the top 7, shooting an even par 71, is Adam Bruce (GOLFTEC Sherwood Park), Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC), Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) and Matt Bean (Sundre GC).
Round 2 will start bright and early tomorrow morning at 7am.
Also, congratulations to the skins winners from today, Michael Harrison (Cougar Creek GR) with a Birdie on hole 4 and Dillon Batsel (Speargrass GC) with an Eagle on hole 18.
A special thanks to Golf Supply House for sponsoring another great event and Leduc GC for their generosity in hosting.