Darryl Dances His Way to Victory at Seniors’ Championship
Darryl James (NGA @ Shaganappi) came from behind today to win the 2019 PGA of Alberta Seniors’ Championship presented by Sponsor MKRAK Management Inc. with Round One and Two scores of 70-68 for a stellar two-day total 138 (6-under). James shot a Round Two low of 4-under to vault into the lead and take home the Championship for the second time (won in 2012).
Grant Cammidge (72-69) (Red Tail Landing GC) finished alone in Second with two great rounds of 72-69 for a two day total of 141 (3-under). Not far behind the leaders was defending Champ Scott Allred (69-73) (Elbow Springs GC) who finished in Third by posting a two day total of 142 (2-under).
Rounding out the top five were Gord Courage (70-74) (Hamptons GC) & Blair Oko (73-71) (Blair Oko Golf Academy) tied for Fourth with tournament totals of 144 (even par). Special shout out to Gord for winning the Super Seniors’ Division for players 60 years & older.
Special thanks to Sturgeon Valley G&CC for hosting great Championship events, all the staff did an amazing job throughout the tournaments.
PGA of Alberta Bursary Worth $750 - Deadline Extended
The deadline to apply for a Bursary has been extended to Monday, September 30th at 4pm. The PGA of Alberta is happy to present a total of four bursaries of $750 each to deserving Apprentice and Class A Assistant Professionals who meet or exceed the bursary criteria as outlined below.
All Apprentice and Class A Assistant Professionals (who are not employed as Head/Executive Professionals) are eligible and encouraged to apply. Two of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal Apprentice Professionals (working 9-months or less for their employer).
Winners of the bursaries will be announced at the annual Awards Banquet during the Buying Show on Wednesday, October 23rd.
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New Date for 2020 Edmonton Golf Show
Looking forward to the 2020 golf season already? Then make sure to mark your calendars for the NEWEdmonton Golf Show date next year. The Show will now be held on the first weekend of April, 2020 at the Edmonton Expo Centre (Hall H). See date below.
This new weekend for the Edmonton Show will be great timing for all attendees and exhibitors as the golf season will be just around the corner. Also, The Masters tournament will be the following week of the Show on April 9-12, 2020 so consumers will have a high-level of golf fever around this time and be excited for the season to begin!
The Calgary Golf Show will continue to be on the third weekend of March at the BMO Centre (Hall B). See date below.
2020 Show Dates Calgary Golf Show – March 21 & 22, 2020 Edmonton Golf Show – April 4 & 5, 2020 *NEW DATE*
2019 Buying Show Education Series - Registration Now Open
The PGA of Alberta invites you to attend the Buying Show Education Series Seminars during the 3-day Show. There will be three separate Education Seminars throughout the course of the Show. See the below details for more information on topics, dates and times.
Registration is now live for the Day 1 Seminar - The Body/Swing Connection by Presenter Shannon Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre).
Vandermey’s Triumphant at Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship
What a finish to the season for Nick (Windermere G&CC) and Spencer (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) Vandermey after winning the 2019 Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship today at the beautiful Red Deer G&CC. The Vandermey’s earned the victory after hard-fought battle against the South team of Eric Locke and Sam Kirkness who both hail from Priddis Greens G&CC.
The Vandermey’s had a strong front nine making crucial shots when they needed it most give them a 3-hole lead heading into the back nine. The match was looking like it would be a runaway for the Vandermey’s until Locke and Kirkness made some clutch birdies on holes 14 and 16 to cut down the lead to one. All players had a look at birdie on hole 17 par 3 however it was Nick Vandermey that made the putt to secure the victory for him and his brother Spencer.
Fresh off of winning the Pro-Pro Best Ball less than two weeks ago, the Vandermey’s follow it up with the Team Match Play Championship and each earn $2,800 in prize money for the win.
The latest and greatest issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine the "Golf Report" is now live! This issue features lots of great content such as a highlight of our recent tournaments winners, information on the PGA of Alberta Bursary Program, Buying Show Education Series Seminars, our 2019 Junior Scholarship recipients, and much more!
PGA of Alberta Partners with Gordon Food Service for 2019 Buying Show
We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Gordon Food Service as the Official Food Supplier for the upcoming 2019 PGA of Alberta Buying Show!
Gordon Food Service will be offering complimentary food and beverage options for everyone in the Association located in the 19th Hole for the entire 3-days of the Buying Show! This will give you a chance to try their food and re-energize yourself while at the Show this year. You can also stop by their show booth to discuss all of your food service operation needs.
With this new partnership, we ask all Clubs/Facilities to bring their F&B Managers and staff as we want to continue to build this aspect of the Show. By partnering with Gordon Food Service, this is going to give members a great opportunity to review all their on course and clubhouse needs for the 2020 season and beyond!
Gordon Food Service Products Have confidence in what you serve. From fresh produce and custom proteins, to kitchen staples and supplies, Gordon Food Service’s focus is on service, quality, price and assortment. They guarantee the quality of everything their trucks deliver and will work with you to get the right products for your operation.
Their Solutions Gordon Food Service offers an array of tools and resources - from online ordering and recipe inspiration, to a team of chefs, dieticians and experts in your industry - meant to make running your operation easier. Which means you can spend less time managing your orders, and get back to what’s important to you.
More information will be released in the upcoming weeks as we get closer to the 2019 Buying Show. See you at the Show and 19th Hole!
Winning the North bracket and fresh off the Pro-Pro Best Ball victory is the Vandermey brothers of Nick (Windermere G&CC) and Spencer (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC). Nick and Spencer beat out the second ranked team of Kyle Boyd (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) and Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) in the North finals to secure their place in the Championship match.
Winning the South bracket was the Priddis Greens G&CC team of Sam Kirkness and Eric Locke, who took down the fourth ranked team of Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) and Dustin Risdon (The Players Shack).
The final match will be played in neutral territory at Red Deer G&CC on Tuesday, September 24th. Follow the action of the PGA of Alberta Twitter account where we will be giving hole by hole updates of the match. Good luck to both teams in the finals!
Wes Heffernan Wins PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada
Wes Heffernan elevated his game to the next level Thursday at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, capturing the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf in impressive fashion.
The 42-year-old from the Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre in Calgary capped off his first PGA of Canada national championship with a final-round 8-under-par 64, bringing his three-day total to -19. Heffernan’s championship run featured 19 birdies and more incredibly, not a single bogey for the week.
“Today I played pretty much like I had all week,” Heffernan said. “I drove the ball really, but hit my irons great — especially on the back nine when I needed it most.”
Heffernan’s five birdies on the final nine saw him put some space between himself and his two playing competitors, Yohann Benson of Quebec and B.C.’s Oliver Tubb. All three were jostling for the lead throughout the front nine of the North Course at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, but the back is when Heffernan took his play up a couple notches.
“I made a great birdie on No. 13 and that was big because both Oliver and Yohann made par and that opened up a little gap between us,” Heffernan admitted after the round. “But I think the biggest birdie of the day for me was at No. 15 when they both it in there really tight and I was forced to make a good putt to keep my momentum going.”
Rogers Rolls to Repeat at 2019 Ladies’ Championship
Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) put together two solid rounds at the 2019 PGA of Alberta Ladies’ Championship hosted at Sturgeon Valley G&CC to successfully defend her title. Marsha carded a 74-77 for a two day total of 151 to secure the Championship and become the 5th female in the Association to win the trophy back-to-back years.
Shannon Werbicki (Royal Mayfair GC) played solid over the two days to finish in Second while Rhonda Carter (Canyon Meadows G&CC) took home third place sitting a few strokes back of Shannon.
Thank you to everyone who played in this years Championship. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!
Rogers Riding High in Championship Defense at 2019 Ladies’ Championship
Last years defending Champion Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) came ready to play at the Ladies’ Championship hosted at the beautiful Sturgeon Valley G&CC and finished Round One in sole possession of Firstcarding a solid 74 to give herself a bit of breathing room for Round Two tomorrow.
Hoping to keep some pressure on the leader and still in the hunt is Shannon Werbicki (Royal Mayfair GC) who carded a 78 and needs a good low round tomorrow to keep Marsha in her sights. Round Two starts at 10am sharp tomorrow (September 18).
Four time defending Champion Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) is the Round One leader at the 2019 Seniors’ Championship at Sturgeon Valley G&CC presented by MKRAK Management Inc. Scott was able to finish the day strong posting a great Round One score of 3-under 69, giving himself a one stroke lead over the nearest competitors while in pursuit of his 5th consecutive and seventh overall Seniors’ Championship. Tied for possession of Second place is Gord Courage (Hamptons GC) & Darryl James (NGA @ Shaganappi) who both finished the day with a stellar 2-under 70 to help keep some heat on Scott heading into Round Two. Sitting alone in Fourth is Grant Cammidge (RedTail Landing GC) who carded a solid even par 72 sitting only a few strokes back of the lead.
First tee time is at 8am tomorrow (September 18) with a meal and the awards presentation immediately after. The winner of the Championship will go on to represent the Alberta Zone at the 2020 PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada.
Cobra Puma Golf Alberta Assistants’ Team Heads to TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley
Good luck to our Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Team who will be representing Alberta in the Inter-Zone Competition at the 2019 PGA of Assistants’ Championship of Canada. The Championship this year is taking place at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley on September 17-19.
This years team consists of our 2019 PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Champion Riley Fleming (NGA Dome), Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre), Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) and David MacComb (Blackhawk GC).
PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada Hosted at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley
One of Canada’s top championship-tested venues is ready to host the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf.
TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley’s North Course plays host to nearly 100 PGA of Canada’s members and Apprentice Professionals Sept. 17-19. Located north of Toronto in Alton, Ont., the North Course has been the site of a PGA TOUR Canada-Mackenzie Tour for the past two years, as well as host qualifiers for the RBC Canadian Open and the U.S. Open.
Good luck to the fourteen PGA of Alberta members making the trip out east to compete in the Championship!
Alberta’s top female Professionals will head to Sturgeon Valley G&CC on September 17th & 18th for the annual PGA of Alberta Ladies’ Championship. Players will look to dethrone defending champion Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) who took home the Championship last year carding a 75-75 for a tournament total of 150. Tee times will begin at 1:00pm for Round One of the Championship.
The draw is now available for the First Round of the MKRAK Management Inc. Sponsored PGA of Alberta Seniors’ Championship. Thirty-six of Alberta’s top Professionals aged 50 & over will head to the beautiful Sturgeon Valley G&CC next week on September 17th & 18th to compete for the title. Players will look to dethrone 6-time and current reigning Champion Scott Allred of Elbow Springs GC who has won the last four Seniors’ Championships in a row. Scott carded a 67-70 last year at Cottonwood G&CC for a stellar 137 tournament total to comfortably defend his title by a six stroke margin.
The winner will go on to represent the Alberta Zone at the 2020 PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada. Tee times will begin at 11:00am for Round One of the Championship.
Vandermey Brothers Vanquish the Field at Pro-Pro Best Ball
Summer luckily made its much sought after reappearance today for the 54 teams at the stunning Priddis Greens G&CC for the 2019 PGA of Alberta Pro-Pro Best Ball, Sponsored by G&G Golf Company and Allstate Insurance.
Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC) & Spencer Vandermey (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) played lights out golf today carding 10-under-62 to win the Pro-Pro Best Ball Overall Division. Winners of the Ladies’ Division this year was the team of Kim Valleau (Winston GC) & Rhonda Carter (Canyon Meadows G&CC).
The team of Scott Stiles (Winston GC) & Todd Halpen (Golf Canada Calgary Center) and the team of Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Center) & Scott Smith (Pinebrook G&CC) all carded stellar scores of 8-under-64 to finish tied for possession of second. Home course favourites Samuel Kirkness & Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) and the team of Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) & Matt Mah (Mill Woods GC) all shot 7-under 65’s to finish tied for fourth.
Lastly, we are proud to have raised over $700 for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation thanks to the contributions made from our Members playing in the event!
Team Match Play Championship – Semi Finals Bracket
Check out the updated brackets for Semi Finals of the PGA of Alberta Srixon/Cleveland GolfTeam Match Play Championship! Competition is heating up as all teams are in the money for the Championship plus the winners of each match will advance to the Finals being played at Red Deer G&CC.
In the North finals, we have the second ranked team of Kyle Boyd (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) and Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) playing the fifth ranked Vandermey brothers team of Nick (Windermere G&CC) and Spencer (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) which will surely be a great match with northern bragging rights on the line between Kyle and Spencer both being from the same club.
Down in the South, we have the fourth ranked team of Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) and Dustin Risdon (The Players Shack) battling the sixth ranked team from Priddis Greens G&CC of Sam Kirkness and Eric Locke. All players have had great seasons so far and sit inside the top 25 on the PGA of Alberta Order of Merit rankings.
G&G Golf Company Pro-Pro Best Ball Draw - Priddis Greens G&CC
The draw for the annual G&G Golf Company Pro-Pro Best Ball presented by Allstate Insurance is now available. The event will see 54 teams of Professionals from throughout the province head to the picturesque Priddis Greens G&CC (Raven Course) just southwest of Calgary on Thursday, September 12th. The shotgun will begin at 11am with a meal following the round including the prize presentation.
The Pro-Pro Best Ball will again have a Ladies’ Division for the tournament. Female Professionals will compete for a separate purse from the males.
Round Two of the Sunice/Bobby Jones Fall Championship at the beautiful Royal Mayfair GC saw plenty of action throughout the round making for an exciting day for competitors and spectators alike. The course was in immaculate shape and playing conditions were again great setting up for a fantastic Second Round.
Defending Champion Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) came out firing today while also flirting with the course record which he ended up setting with an out-of-this-world 7-under 63. Wes had a magnificent round today managing to bag 8 birdies, 9 pars and only had one blemish (bogey) on his card for a two-day total score of 130 (10-under). Wes weighed in on his repeat with "It was really nice to finish out the season with a win again and continue my stellar play of the last month."
Finishing tied for 2nd with stellar 4-under par 136 totals for the Tournament and six back of Wes was; local fan favourite Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) (69-67), Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) (68-68) & Dustin Risdon (The Players Shack) (65-71).
Rounding out the top five & tied for possession of 5th at 1-under par overall was Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) (70-69) & Tyler LeBouthillier (Blue Devil GC) (71-68) who played solid golf over the two days finishing with tournament totals of 139.
Finishing in sole possession of 7th with a 140 Tournament total (even) (71-69) was Scott Stiles (The Winston GC) who played solid golf over both days.
Special thanks to long time Sponsor Sunice/Bobby Jones and to the entire Royal Mayfair staff for hosting yet another wonderful Fall Championship and having the course in such great shape. Next stop on the schedule is the Pro-Pro Best Ball at Priddis Greens G&CC on September 12th.
Two New Players Pass the Play Ability Test at Royal Mayfair GC
The fifth and final Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Royal Mayfair GC saw two new players pass and receive their Apprentice Professional status with the PGA of Canada!
Congratulations to Harvey Auger (Eagle Point GC) and Dallas Jackson (Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC) for shooting the Class A Target score over the two days. Congratulations also to current member Ben Matthews (Miskanaw GC) for shooting his Class A score as well.
Risdon Ramps it Up at Round 1 of Sunice/Bobby Jones Fall Championship
Forty-five of Alberta’s top competitors teed it up for Round One of the PGA of Alberta Fall Championship hosted at the prestigious Royal Mayfair GC and proudly Sponsored by long-time partners, Sunice/Bobby Jones. The players had great playing conditions throughout the day and can expect more of the same tomorrow.
Dustin Risdon (The Players Shack) played lights out golf today carding a superb 5-under 65 to grab control of the Championship lead and put the pressure on the pack trailing him. Dustin had 7 birdies throughout the round and was only 2 strokes off the course record (63).
Coming in hot and fresh off his latest victory at the PGA of Alberta Championship was Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) who was playing in the last group today and carded 3-under 67 to give himself sole possession of Second.
One stroke behind Wes and three off the lead was Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) who carded a score of 2-under 68 to finish in sole possession of Third.
Local fan favorite and 4-time past Champion Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC), Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC) & David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) each carded scores of 1-under 69 to finish tied for Fourth and remain in the hunt for the Championship tomorrow.
Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) sits alone in sole possession of Seventh shooting a even-par 70 and giving himself a chance tomorrow with a low round needed.
Round Two will resume tomorrow morning (September 4th) at 7:30am sharp. Follow the @PGAofAlberta on Twitter for live scoring updates as the round progresses.
The PGA of Alberta is proud to present the 2019 Awards Program! The main goal of this program is to recognize several PGA of Alberta Members and Industry Representatives for their achievements throughout the season and their career, as well as for their contributions to the Association and the game of golf. Nineteen Awards including Player of the Year, Championship and Bursary Award winners will be recognised at this year’s Award Banquet.
Please note the below details for the 2019 Awards Program;
Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception - Wednesday, October 23rd at the BMO Centre in Calgary!
The Top 100 Program (formerly known as the Professional Development Program) 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 during the Buying Show will be for the most points accumulated from October 2018 to October 2019. Every Buying Show begins a new year for the Top 100 Program.
As part of this new program, the PGA of Alberta will acknowledge the Top 100 Professionals which will be the top 100-point earners for that given year of the program. These members will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for that year and will receive a custom Top 100 logo in which they can use to further promote themselves as Golf Professionals to further advance their careers.
In addition to the recognizing the Top 100 Professionals, the PGA of Alberta will offer cash prizes as an added incentive to the top 7 point earners for this program year.
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to present four bursaries of $750 each to deserving Candidates for Membership and Class A Professionals who meet or exceed the bursary criteria as outlined on the website.
All CFM’s and Class A Professionals (who are not employed as Head 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).
Bursary applications will be accepted until Friday, September 27th at 4:00pm.
Award Applications will be sent to Nominees: As they are nominated or on September 2nd
Membership Bursary Deadline: September 27th
Finalists will be presented online: October 2nd
Award Winners will be recognised at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 23rd
Save the Date: The cocktail reception, sponsored by Jancor Agencies & Inside Golf will begin as soon as the Buying Show concludes on day two at 5:00pm. The Awards Banquet will follow at 5:30pm. Members are encouraged to attend to support their peers.
Contact Ashley Van Kroonenburg at the PGA of Alberta office by email - a[email protected]or by calling 403-256-8894, if you have any questions about the Awards Program.
Fall Championship - Live Scoring
Action for the Sunice / Bobby Jones PGA of Alberta Fall Championship hosted at the Royal Mayfair GC in Edmonton gets underway at 10am this morning (September 3rd). Be sure to follow your favourite PGA of Alberta Professional throughout both rounds of the Championship by following their score on the link here > https://bit.ly/2lUDMEd.