Two Alberta Pro’s Inside Top 10 at Head Pro Championship
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Two Alberta Pro’s Inside Top 10 at Head Pro Championship

Both Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) and Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) sit inside the top 10 at 5-under after two rounds at the PGA Head Pro Championship of Canada hosted at the Wigwam GC in Arizona. Both players will need to have miraculous rounds to catch leader Gordon Burns from Ontario after shooting a blazing 17-under to lead by seven strokes over his nearest competitor going into the final round.

Sitting just outside the top 10 is Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) having another terrific performance at the Head Pro Championship at 3-under.

Click here for full results and live scoring throughout the round.


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Updated Office Hours
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Updated Office Hours

The Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta would like to wish everyone and their families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Our office will be closed starting December 23rd and will be open again on December 30th. Please note the office will be closed on January 1st for New Year’s Day.

Play Ability Test Changes Coming into Effect in 2020
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Play Ability Test Changes Coming into Effect in 2020

After two years of extensive research and feedback from members, boards, zones, Golf Canada, International PGA’s and the Association’s exit surveys, the PGA of Canada is announcing updates to the Play Ability Test (PAT) process effective January 1, 2020.

While maintaining the integrity of playing ability, these updates streamline the PAT process and address several key areas identified as barriers to joining the association. The PGA of Canada has addressed the below points with the new PAT process:

  • The new PAT process will be consistent across the country, including the cost, which has been made more affordable for all prospective members.
  • The new PAT process standardizes and simplifies the registration process for PAT’s; applicants will register centrally on for all PAT attempts moving forward.
  • Eliminating the IN and OUT scores; the PAT will be conducted over one 18-hole round.
  • Separate PAT target scores for men, women, and seniors, backed by handicap data from Golf Canada.

NEW PAT Process
Step 1 - Register online at - The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your 1st 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 at PAT.
Step 2 - Register online at for all PAT’s - ($150 per attempt, PAT’s for 2020 to be posted online by April 1)

NEW PAT Exemption Process
Step 1 - Register online at - at $325 plus tax
Step 2 - Submit your scores for a possible PAT Exemption (click here), using the online form at (if successful, an additional fee of $25 plus tax applies).

Click here to learn more about the new PAT process including target scores.

PGA of Canada Unveils Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada
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PGA of Canada Unveils Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada

The PGA of Canada in partnership with Golf Talk Canada is proud to unveil its Top 100 golf courses in Canada which features the top 50 public/resort and top 50 private venues across the country as voted on by PGA of Canada members.
“We are so excited to have our more than 3,600 PGA of Canada members from across the country come up with a list to call their own,” said PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle.

Alberta has a strong presence on the list as expected with 16 courses in total being named inside the Top 100. Congratulations to the following Alberta facilities:

Top Public/Semi-Private/Resort Courses

  • Banff Springs GC (#3)
  • Jasper Park Lodge GC (#4)
  • Stewart Creek G&CC (#11)
  • Kananaskis Country GC – Mt. Lorette (#14) & Mt. Kidd (#15)
  • Wolf Creek GR (#30)
  • Silvertip GR (#45)

Top Private Courses

  • Glencoe G&CC (#13)
  • Calgary G&CC (#15)
  • Blackhawk GC (#19)
  • Royal Mayfair GC (#26)
  • Priddis Greens G&CC – Hawk (#33) & Raven (#39)
  • Canyon Meadows G&CC (#35)
  • Earl Grey GC (#42)
  • Red Deer G&CC (#43)
Click here to view entire list.

PGA of Alberta Members Take Home Three National Awards
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PGA of Alberta Members Take Home Three National Awards

The PGA of Alberta is proud to announce that three members from Alberta won a 2019 PGA of Canada National Award! All three members were also the recipients of the matching provincial award in October and have been recognized nationally for their dedication and achievements this past year. Our winners from Alberta are:

Chris Cooke (Kananaskis Country GC) – Moe Norman Apprentice Professional of the Year

Sam Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC) – Stan Leonard Class “A” Professional of the Year

Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) – Mike Weir Player of the Year

Chris, Sam, and Wes will all be recognized at the PGA of Canada Awards Night in January taking place at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations to all the other National Award Winners and Finalists.

Click here to learn more about this years winners.

PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals for 2019
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PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals for 2019

The Association is proud to recognize the Top 100 PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals for 2019 as determined by the rankings in the Top 100 Program! The Top 100 list below is the top 100 point earners for 2019.

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 areas where points are awarded are Education & Employment, Association initiatives and Tournaments.

“The Top 100 Program was an initiative introduced for the 2019 season and helped the PGA of Alberta identify and celebrate those Members who go above and beyond to make our Association one of the strongest in the country" said PGA of Alberta President Greg McGarry.

"The Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2019 are an impressive group of individuals demonstrating key qualities such as leadership, professionalism and dedication to their craft.  We look to grow on it’s success for years to come.”

Top 100 Golf Professionals

Adams, Corbin
Jagare Ridge GC
Gillett, Weston
Lacombe G&CC
McDonald, Darrell
Mill Woods GC
Allred, Scott
Elbow Springs GC
Goplin, Trevor
Derrick G&WC
McDowell, Blair
Northern Bear GC
Anderson, Scott
Winston GC
Gordon, Tiffany
Carnmoney GC
McEachern, Michael
Woodside GC
Babkirk, Tyrel
Apple Creek GC
Graf, Kevin
Serenity GC
McEvay, Mike
Goose Hummock GR
Behiels, Jake
Cougar Creek GR
Graham, Michael
Cottonwood G&CC
Palenchuk, Keith
Earl Grey GC
Belbin, Mike
Royal Mayfair GC
Greiner, Tom
Calgary G&CC
Paley, Bob
Kananaskis Country GC
Black, Kevin
Redwood Meadows G&CC
Halverson, Bryce
Winston GC
Pecman, Tyler
Highlands GC
Borsa, Scott
Devon G&CC
Hancock, Cody
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
Petryk, Larry
Raven Crest G&CC
Bruce, Adam
Glendale G&CC
Hartford, Gary
Highlands GC
Plosz, Jason
Busetto, Joseph
Glendale G&CC
Heffernan, Wes
D.M. Golf Performance Centre
Raina, Shannon
Glencoe G&CC
Cantera, Dallas
Cardiff G&CC
Henzie, Dave
Nanton GC
Repp, Doug
HeatherGlen GC
Carter, Alan
Edmonton CC
Hnatiw, Jason
Windermere G&CC
Robb, Randy
Edge Golf School
Carter, Rhonda
PGA of Alberta Member
Horton, Paul
Heritage Pointe Golf Academy
Robertson, Curtis
Valley Ridge GC
Carter, Terry
National Golf Academy Dome
James, Darryl
National Golf Academy @ Shaganappi
Rogers, Marsha
Derrick G&WC
Cartier, Jacob
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
James, Robb
Stony Plain GC
Scheller, J.D.
Turner Valley GC
Chan, Stuart
Willow Park G&CC
Jenkinson, Garett
Golf Performance Canada @ E.S.
Seifert, Matt
Earl Grey GC
Chow, Kevin
Blackhawk GC
Johnson, Greg
Inglewood G&CC
Smith, Scott
Pinebrook G&CC
Chown, Braden
Desert Blume GC
Johnson, Matt
Royal Mayfair GC
Stanier, Jason
Inglewood G&CC
Christenson, Gary
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
Karlson, Brady
Canyon Meadows G&CC
Stiles, Scott
Winston GC
Cooke, Chris
Kananaskis Country GC
Kirkness, Samuel
Priddis Greens G&CC
Stringer, Richard
PGA of Alberta Member
Courage, Gord
Hamptons GC
Komick, Tyler
PGA of Alberta Member
Sweenie, Tahlon
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Cuthbertson, Jeff
Stony Plain GC
Kruger, Blaine
Stony Plain GC
Tanner, Jeremy
Highlands GC
DiBartolo, Andre
Jagare Ridge GC
Latimer, Cameron
Woodside GC
Taylor, Carson
Winston GC
DiPasquale, Chris
Bridge Valley GC
Laugher, Ron
Priddis Greens G&CC
Thompson, Sean
Cottonwood G&CC
Douglas, Joel
Inglewood G&CC
Lavallee, Jeremy
Royal Mayfair GC
Timms, Kasey
Royal Mayfair GC
Drummond, Graeme
Inglewood G&CC
Lavoie, Shawn
Canyon Meadows G&CC
Tomlinson, Dale
Winston GC
Dyki, Evan
Blackhawk GC
LeBouthillier, Tyler
GOLFTEC Calgary Heights
Van Kroonenburg, Ashley
PGA of Alberta Member
Dzieciuch, Edmund
Apple Creek GC
Locke, Eric
Priddis Greens G&CC
Van Tighem, Taylor
Royal Mayfair GC
Fast, Brian
Sirocco GC
MacComb, David
Blackhawk GC
Vandermey, Nick
Windermere G&CC
Feener, Chad
Leduc GC
MacDonald, Mathew
Henderson Lake GC
Vandermey, Spencer
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
Fleming, Josh
GOLFTEC Beacon Heights
MacGregor, Jeff
Inglewood G&CC
Vaughan, Jason
Miskanaw GC
Fleming, Riley
National Golf Academy Dome
MacKinnon, Jennifer
Earl Grey GC
Ward, Chris
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
Foote, Kurtis
Country Hills GC
Mah, Matthew
Mill Woods GC
Ward, Jeff
Brooks GC
Forshner, Judy
Glencoe G&CC
Maher, Jeremy
PGA of Alberta Member
Weich, Jordan
Earl Grey GC
Freeman, Matt
Canyon Meadows G&CC
McArthur, Craig
Westman, Scott
Ranch G&CC
Garbutt, Shane
Glendale G&CC
McCluskey, Phil
River Bend G&RA
Willner, Tyler
Lakeside GC
Gibson, Craig
PGA of Alberta Member
McCourt, Murray
Ranch G&CC
Wilson, John D.
Priddis Greens G&CC

Award Winner...
Congratulations to Sean Thompson of Cottonwood G&CC, winner of the Top 100 Award this year after accumulating the most points (91) to win by a margin of 10. Sean was the winner of the Award in 2017 (formerly the Professional Development Program) and has been ranked consistently in the top 10 over the last five years.

“I am incredibly proud to be the recipient of the inaugural Top 100 Award" said Sean. "Outside of doing a good job at our various facilities, I view it as our responsibility as Golf Professional’s to grow the game at every opportunity and to have an award that recognises Professional’s for developing their skills to better service the local golfing community is a great asset for our Association"

Thompson_-_CopySean Thompson at the 2019 Awards Banquet

Cash Prizes...
In addition to the Award winner, the Association is proud to have awarded seven cash prizes to the top point earners for the program year. Members needed to accumulate 65 points or more to earn a cheque. Congratulations to the following cash recipients:




Cash Prize


Sean Thompson




Sam Kirkness




Dale Tomlinson




Josh Fleming



T - 5th

Jeff MacGregor



T - 5th

Craig Gibson




Eric Locke



We look forward to another successful year of the Top 100 Program in 2020. The Buying Show always begins a new year for the program so stay tuned for Top 100 news moving forward. Check out the updated Standings on the website and see where you currently rank on the leaderboard.

View Standings - Click Here

Awards Recap Issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine Now Live
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Awards Recap Issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine Now Live

The newest issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine, the Golf Report, is now live! This magazine is in partnership with Inside Golf covering the latest Association and Industry news. Inside this issue includes stories on the following:

  • PGA of Alberta Buying Show and Award Winners
  • Interview with Club Professional of the Year, Greg Kincade
  • New World Handicap System Being Rolled Out in 2020
  • PGA of Alberta Bursary and Scholarship Recipients
  • Early Bird Registration for 2020 Alberta Golf Shows
Click here to view magazine.


Kirkness and Douglas Newly Elected President and Vice President of Assistants’ Board
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Kirkness and Douglas Newly Elected President and Vice President of Assistants’ Board

Congratulations to Sam Kirkness of Priddis Greens G&CC on being elected President of the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board of Directors. Sam has been a member of the Assistants’ Board since 2017 and has been actively involved in the Association through all facets including committees, tournaments and education.

Being appointed as the new Vice President of the Assistants’ Board was Joel Douglas of Inglewood G&CC. Like Sam, Joel has been an active Association member since passing his PAT in 2014 and has been on the Assistants’ Board since the beginning of 2018.

The Assistants’ Board is in great hands with Sam, Joel, and the other five Board members all working hard to make a positive impact for the PGA of Alberta.

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Sam Kirkness Joel Douglas

About the Assistants’ Board of Directors...
Class A Professionals and Apprentice Professionals also have a voice in the Association, through the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Eight Class A Members or Apprentice Professionals are invited to run annually for two-year terms on the Assistants’ Board of Directors, and upon election assume a portfolio, and attend Committee meetings consistent with those on the Board of Directors.