The PGA of Alberta is pleased to have announced the winners of the annual Awards last week on October 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre. Individuals were recognized for their achievements throughout the season and their career, as well as for their contributions to the Association and the game of golf.
Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists this year on a fantastic season! The following categories were recognised at the Awards Banquet last week with recipients listed below.
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to present four bursaries annually of $1,000 each (previously $750) to deserving Class "A" Assistant and Apprentice Professionals that meet or exceed the Bursary criteria. Congratulations to this year’s recipients who were announced at the Awards Banquet on October 19th:
Jim and Douglas were officially recognized at the Association’s Awards Banquet last week on October 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre. Both gentlemen received their exclusive bronze trophies designed by Canadian Artist Don Toney, at the Awards Banquet and also gave a speech on stage in front of their peers. Learn more about Jim and Douglas’ careers by reading their bios below.
Jim Jempson Leadership Pillar
Born in 1948 in Calgary, Jim “James” Jempson has had an illustrious, long, impactful and storied career in Golf and began his PGA of Canada journey in September of 1972. Spanning over 50 years now, having achieved Life Professional Designation in 2015, Jim has been a pillar in Alberta’s PGA Association holding various roles throughout his career.
Jim began his professional journey at Willow Park G&CC in 1972 as an Assistant Golf Professional. After 4 successful years at Willow Park G&CC, Jim then headed north to Edmonton to The Royal Mayfair GC for 3 seasons before taking the Head Professional job at Sturgeon Valley G&CC in St. Albert. After cutting his teeth at Sturgeon Valley for 4 seasons from ’78-’81, Willow Park came calling and Jim moved back to Calgary to take on the Head Professional role and was a stalwart at the Club for the next 33 years.
During his time at Willow Park G&CC, Jim was involved or responsible in several projects that had major impacts on the membership and in the greater community through charitable endeavours. One of Jim’s crowning achievements during this time was the conception of the Willow Park Charity Golf Classic that has provided 11.1 million dollars to date to various Calgary Charities. He also was key in instituting Alberta Junior Boys Camps from ’72 – ’90. The impact Jim has had as a Coach or Teacher cannot be overlooked as he has worked with a multitude of Junior Champions, most being Professionals in our Zone in similar roles of nurturing and mentoring the next generation of Junior, Collegiate and Professionals in our ever-expanding Membership.
Jim has held a multitude of roles within the PGA of Alberta Association over the years, serving as Vice President of the Association in 1983, elected as President of the Association in 1984 and serving on the Board of Directors for 7 years. He was involved in the Education Portfolio as Education Director from ’77 – ’81, during that time he served as Chairman of the Education Seminars and helped pioneer and develop National Education Meetings with Tex Noble. Jim also was involved in the development of the Recertification Program for Humber College.
He has been a recipient of some notable awards and competitions during his 50 years of Membership, including: 1976 PGA of Alberta Champion, 1997 PGA of Alberta Club Professional of the Year & 2003 PGA of Alberta Merchandiser of the Year.
The Association is extremely pleased and proud to recognize Jim as the fourth Member to receive the PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award in the Leadership Pillar.
Douglas Lecuyer Player Pillar
Born in 1958 in Wainwright Alberta, Doug Lecuyer has been a Member of the PGA of Canada since 1982. Doug was a talented Junior Golfer and a gifted hockey player and followed the hockey avenue first despite his prodigious talent at golf, becoming a professional hockey player in the NHL from 1978-1983 playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins & Winnipeg Jets. Doug returned to Golf following his hockey career and had a 30+ year career as a Club and Teaching Professional in Alberta and British Columbia.
Doug has had an extremely storied tournament career as a Junior and Professional, both Provincially and Nationally, with too many results to note all. Some of his most noteworthy results are:
Alberta Junior Champion ’73, ’74 & ‘76
Alberta Men’s Amateur Champion in ’75 at only 17 years old
Won the PGA of Canada Assistants’ Championship in 1983 at St. Charles G&CC in Manitoba
Played in The Canadian Open in 1984
Winner of the PGA of Alberta Championship in ‘84, ‘85 & ‘86
5-time Edmonton Open Champion in ’75, ’80, ’81, ’84 & ’85
Team Member of Alberta’s Willingdon Cup Team in ’77, ’79 & ’81
Team Member of Alberta’s Titleist Cup Winning Team in ’96 & Member of the ’98 Team
Doug’s Club Professional career was mostly spent in Northern Alberta with lengthy stints at: Hinton GC where he spent 15 years at the Head Professional & during the large transition from a 9-hole course to full length 18-hole course), 7 years as the Assistant Professional at The Links of Spruce Grove, 9 years as the Teaching Professional at Lewis Estates G&CC & 2 years as the Head Professional of Eagle Point Golf Resort in Kamloops, BC.
In 2019, Doug received Life Member status with the PGA of Canada after being a Class “A” Member for over 30 years. Doug becomes the 4th Member to receive the PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award in the Player Pillar, joining fellow Members, Henry Martell, Frank Fowler & the late Bud Loftus.
PGA Buying Show on October 18-20 - What You Need to Know
The PGA of Alberta Buying Show hosted onOctober 18–20at theCalgary BMO Centre (Hall D) is only 2 DAYS AWAY! If you have not registered already, please contact [email protected] if you would like to attend.
Please find the important updates below for the Buying Show including Exhibitor list, Dress Code, and more!
Arrive at the Buying Show organized and prepared to conduct business with your Sales Representatives.
Ensure all staff representing your facility have been registered and are aware of the Buying Show Rules, Regulations andDRESS CODE.
Wireless Internet will be complimentary for all Exhibitors and Attendees. Wifi access code will be given at the Show.
Badge Pickup - Go to the registration desks in the foyer space outside Hall D to pickup your Show badges. This is the pre-function space outside of Palomino rooms A-C where the Welcome Breakfast and Awards Banquet Cocktail Party are being held.
PGA of Canada members may schedule appointments in the hour after (5:00pm-6:00pm) on Tuesday, October 18th and before the set hours (8:00am – 9:00am) on Wednesday, October 19thand Thursday, October 20th
Floor Plan Highlights
CLICK HERE to view the Floor Plan and Exhibitor booth numbers for the Buying Show. Please note the following on the Floor Plan:
Workstations- Note the four workstations located on the top left and bottom left corners of the Floor Plan. These workstations are for all attendees of the Buying Show, and are on a first come, first serve basis. If you see a workstation open, please feel free to use it!
Lounge Booth- As noted for the workstations, the lounge located on the bottom right corner of the Floor Plan is for all attendees of the Show and is on a first come, first serve basis.
Business Centre (Booth #203) - Note our Business Centre on the bottom of the Floor Plan which is ran by our Partner Rileys. If you need any printing done at the Show or for your facility, please visit their booth.
First Time Exhibitors - Please note our first-time Exhibitors at the Show are located in booths 1106 - 1130 and 201. Please make sure you check out these booths at the Show!
New Product Area - Located in booth 1004 in the bottom left corner of the Floor Plan, the New Product Section will be highlighting the innovative products coming out in 2023. Be sure to check this area out!
PGA of Alberta Booth- There will be seating and a kiosk setup in the PGA of Alberta booth located on the bottom of the Floor Plan. Feel free to use this area anytime during the Show.
Invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food & Beverage staff to the Show - Gordon Food will have a booth within the 19th Holegiving members and facilities a great opportunity to review all their on course and clubhouse needs for future seasons. Contact [email protected] to invite your F&B team.
19th Hole & Events – Complimentary F&B sponsored by Gordon Food Service
Gordon Food Service will be offering COMPLIMENTARY food and beverage options for all Exhibitors and Attendees located in the 19th Hole for the entire 3-days of the Buying Show! This will help your facility/company save costs as well as gives you a chance to try their food and re-energize yourself while at the Show. You can also stop by their show booth to discuss all of your food service operation needs.
Awards Banquet Cocktail Reception Menu (October 19th @ 5:00pm) – No registration required
Dress Code Dress code is business attire (Jeans, cut-offs, track suits, shorts, hats, etc., are NOT permitted at the Show). Dress Code is in effect at all times during Show hours.
Show Schedule & Registration Links Click Hereto view the full Buying Show schedule broken down by each day with registration links for networking events and education.
Corporate Afternoons - Invite Your Corporate Clients Invite your corporate clients to attend the show on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon (2:00-5:00pm), preview product and place orders, saving you valuable time throughout the busy golf season. Please note, corporate clients must be accompanied by a PGA Professional on the Show floor at all times. Contact [email protected] to invite a Corporate client.
Registered Exhibitors & Products Represented With 81 vendors registered for the Show this year, companies are eager to see the membership and their teams in person after a two year hiatus.
>> Click Here to view Exhibitor list with company website link.
Networking Events You Don’t Want to Miss! - Register Today
Opening Welcome Breakfast (Day 1) - Tuesday, Oct. 18th @ 8:00am We will be hosting a complimentary Grand Opening Breakfast sponsored byGordon Food Service, Impact Canopy Canada, Sundog Eyewear/Tour Tee & Jancor Agencies. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 18th located in the foyer space at the BMO Centre just outside of the Show floor. This is a complimentary event and all Exhibitors and Attendees are encouraged to attend. The event begins at 8:00am, 1-hour before the Show officially opens at 9:00am, and will run to 9:30am.
Hotel Arts Cocktail Reception (Day 1) - Tuesday, Oct. 18th @ 5:00pm This is a complimentary Cocktail Reception sponsored by Tribal, Gordon Food Service, Hotel Arts, Triple Bogey Brewing Co. & G&G Brands will be held after Day 1 of the Show atHotel Artsin Calgary (119 12 Ave SW, Calgary) which is a 10-minute walk from the BMO Centre! This is a complimentary event featuring beverages and appetizers and all Exhibitors and Attendees are encouraged to attend.
PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet & Cocktail Reception (Day 2) – Wednesday, Oct. 19th @ 5:00pm All Attendees & Exhibitors of the Buying Show are encouraged to join us for an evening of recognition and celebration after Day 2 of the Show on October 19th for the Awards Banquet & Cocktail Reception sponsored by Gordon Food Service, BPG & Levelwear. The evening will kickoff with cocktails & appetizers at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:45pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D). This is a complimentary event and all Exhibitors and Attendees are encouraged to attend.
>>No registration required
Registered Facilities Click Hereto see if your facility is currently registered for the Buying Show.
Bob will holding an open Q&A on day one to help everyone make the most out of the show. Troy Mills (Jasper Park Lodge GC) will be moderating and starting off the session with some of the most frequently asked questions about the retail side of the business. All attendees are welcomed to bring their own questions which Bob will answer on the spot.
October 19th, 2:00-3:00PM
Junior Programming Panel
Chris Paskin (Valley Ridge GC) will be moderating a panel of Alberta’s top Junior leaders and Instructors. The panelists will be discussing their different approaches when coaching juniors as well as how they have all built successful junior programs. The panel will consist of;
If you want to succeed as a year-round Instructor and Coach this session is for you. With 7 years of experience at GOLFTEC and now having successfully opened his own instruction and coaching business, 365 GOLF, Josh is excited to share with you his thoughts on winter programming and building a book of business. There are some key components that are needed to succeed as a year-round Coach and Josh will share some of those with you. He will speak for 30-45 minutes and spend the remainder of the time fielding questions from the audience.Todd Halpen (Golfutre YYC)will kick off the Q&A with some thought provoking questions.
Top 100 Points: Attendees will receive 3 points/session
Jim Jempson & Douglas Lecuyer Set to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award Next Week at Banquet
Jim and Douglas will officially be recognized and receive their Awards at the Awards Banquet next week on Wednesday, October 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre (after the second day of the Buying Show). Both gentlemen will be present at the Banquet and giving a speech on stage.
The Awards evening will kickoff with cocktails & appetizers at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:45pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D). All PGA of Alberta members and attendees of the Buying Show are encouraged to attend the Awards Banquet.
Jim will receive the honour in the Leadership Pillar which recognizes an individual for the below impact they have made to the Association and Industry. Jim will be the fourth member to receive this Award in the Leadership Pillar.
Douglas will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Player Pillar which recognizes an individual for the below impact they have made to the Association and Industry. Douglas will also be the fourth member to receive the Award in the Player Pillar. Player Pillar
Awards Banquet Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre (after the second day of the Buying Show). The evening will kickoff with cocktails & appetizers at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:45pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D).
Congratulations to all Finalists listed above! As mentioned previously, the following Award Finalists will be announced tomorrow (October 7th) at 1:00pm MST:
Class "A" Professional of the Year
Club Professional of the Year
Executive Professional of the Year
Junior Leader of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre (after the second day of the Buying Show). The evening will kickoff with cocktails & appetizers at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:45pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D). This is a complimentary event sponsored by Gordon Food Service, BPG & Levelwear, and all Exhibitors & Attendees are encouraged to attend. Click Here to register you and your stafffor the Buying Show.
The Education Committee is excited to announce the return of in-person education, presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada, at the Buying Show. There will be a session each day of the show focusing on all aspects of Retail, Junior Programming, and Winter Coaching & Business.
These sessions are open to all Members and Non-members attending the show, please note the date and time of each when registering. All three will be held in Arabian Room B and there is limited capacity so check the details right away.
Top 100 Points: Attendees will receive 3 points/session
Also, for those looking to further their education after the Buying Show, there are currently 3 spots open for the Arizona Teaching Summit at Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, AZ from November 28th-30th. Attendees will get to learn from Peter and John Kostis who are two of the top instructors in the world.
The PGA of Alberta Buying Show hosted onOctober 18–20at theCalgary BMO Centre (Hall D) is only 2 WEEKS AWAY!CLICK HERE TO REGISTERyou and your staff for the annual industry event.
>>Floor Plan CLICK HERE to view the the floor plan and exhibitor booth numbers for the Buying Show. Please note the Floor Plan is subject to change. >>Invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food & Beverage staff to the Show Gordon Food will have a booth within the 19th Holegiving members and facilities a great opportunity to review all their on course and clubhouse needs for future seasons.Click Here to register your F&B team.
>>Corporate Afternoons - Invite Your Corporate Clients Invite your corporate clients to attend the show on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon (2:00-5:00pm), preview product and place orders, saving you valuable time throughout the busy golf season. Please note, corporate clients must be accompanied by a PGA Professional on the Show floor at all times. Click Here to register a corporate client(s).
>>Registered Facilities Click Hereto see if your facility is currently registered for the Buying Show. >>How to Register Registration is simple and can be completed online in minutes. In order to register, please note and the follow the steps below;
Log into the PGA of Alberta website and go to the Events tab > Buying Show > 2022 Attendee Registration.
Click “Register Now” and follow steps to officially register for the Buying Show.
IMPORTANT - Make sure you click "+ Add Another Attendee" below Attendee Information to register multiple people from your facility.
The time has finally arrived! After reviewing nearly 90 Nominee applications and 10 hours of meetings by our Awards Committee and Sub-Committees, the PGA of Alberta is excited to soon announce this year’s Award Finalists! Beginning tomorrow, we will announce two sets of Award Finalists on the dates specified below at 1:00pm MST each day.
Awards Banquet & Cocktail Party (5:00pm - 7:30pm) Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre (after the second day of the Buying Show). The evening will kickoff with cocktails & appetizers at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:45pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D). This is a complimentary event sponsored by Gordon Food Service, BPG & Levelwear, and all Exhibitors & Attendees are encouraged to attend. Click Here to register you and your stafffor the Buying Show.
New This Year > Acceptance Speech – The winner of each Award will have the opportunity to say a few words on stage at the Awards Banquet. This will give everyone the chance to express their thoughts on winning an Award in front of their peers in attendance.
Awards Reveal Schedule Thursday, October 6th @ 1:00pm