The first PGA on Wheels event this year will be taking place at the Collicutt Centre in Red Deer on May 16th for the Annual Go Girl Event. We are in need of PGA of Alberta Professionals to volunteer and give instruction at the various junior golf activities that will be setup. If you are able to help, please submit the Volunteer Registration form on the website! Each Member will receive two Professional Development points as well as be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card. Click Read More below for additional information.
Registration for the 2018 Playing Ability Tests is now open. The PGA of Alberta will be conducting 5 Playing Ability Tests (P.A.T) this year for those who are interested in becoming a PGA of Canada Member. Please register with the PGA of Canada prior to registering with the PGA of Alberta. After becoming a PGA of Canada applicant, please create a profile on the PGA of Alberta website . Once you have created a profile, you will be invited to register online for the PAT’s under the Tournament Schedule section of the website.
Take note of the 2018 PAT Schedule and find out more information by Clicking Here to be directed to the ’Become a Member’ section of the website. Please pass this information on to anyone interested in becoming a member of the PGA of Alberta at your facility!
For more information, please contact Britney Andersen by email or call the office at 403-256-8894.
Golf Show News
Thanks for attending the 2018 Golf Shows!
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 Golf Shows in Edmonton & Calgary. Both Shows we’re full of enthusiastic golfers who are excited for the upcoming season. The PGA of Alberta is proud to have raised over $14,000 for our partner charities Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta and Kids Cancer Care Foundation. We wish everyone a great golf season this year and we hope to see you back at the Shows in 2019!
Golf Show News
Calgary Golf Show
Attention all Calgary Golf Show Exhibitors and Attendees. The Floor Plan for the Golf Show at the BMO Centre on March 24th & 25th is now posted on the Alberta Golf Show website. Also recently uploaded is the Show Specials list, Prize list and the complete Exhibitor list. Please familiarize yourself with all show details so you can get the most out of the two days. Click here for more information.
Golf Show News
Grand Prize Winners from Edmonton Golf Show!
Congratulations to all of our Grand Prize Winners from the Edmonton Golf Show on March 10 & 11. Click the link below to see the full list of winners on the Alberta Golf Shows website. Thank you to everyone who attended the Show!
PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine – Golf Show Preview
The Golf Show edition of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live. Content in this issue includes highlights of the 2018 Edmonton & Calgary Golf Shows, Golf Tip from Sean Murray (Candidate for Membership at Bearspaw CC) and details on how to win 6 nights accommodation and 6 rounds of golf on the Vancouver Island Golf Trail OR a 7 night stay for two at The Moon Palace Cancun in Riviera Cancun, Mexico!
25 & 50 Year Members Recognized at Annual General Meeting
Big congratulations to the following Members for reaching their prestigious 25 & 50 year milestone as a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada; Alan Ewen (50 year), Gene Feschuk (50 year), Derek Gibson (50 year), Kevin Hogan (25 year), Jeff Lubin (25 year), Murray McCourt (25 year), Allen Norlin (25 year), Scott Orban (25 year), Jeffrey Sveen (25 year), Richard Wright (25 year), and Trent Wright (25 year).
Henzie, Tanner, & Thompson elected to Board of Directors. Lavoie re-elected
At the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting held March 5th, Dave Henzie (Nanton GC), Jeremy Tanner (Highlands GC), and Sean Thompson (Cottonwood G&CC) all were elected to the Board of Directors. Shawn Lavoie (The Winston GC) was re-elected.
Collins, Douglas, Maegaard, & Wilmot elected to Assistants’ Board. Gibson re-elected
At the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting held March 5th, Cory Collins (The Derrick G&WC), Joel Douglas (Cottonwood G&CC), Jae Maegaard (Paradise Canyon GR) and Pat Wilmot (Bearspaw CC) were all elected to the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) was re-elected.
PGA of Alberta Partners with SuperSpeed Golf for Spring Seminar
The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce a new partnership with SuperSpeed Golf as Presenting Sponsor of the Spring Seminar. Ryan Robillard, Canadian Sales Manager for SuperSpeed Golf will be speaking on Day 2 of the Spring Seminar (March 6th) during the lunch break from 12:30-1pm and his topic will be “Coaching Speed in the Modern Golf Swing”. SuperSpeed Golf is very excited to become a partner with the PGA of Alberta and looks forward to the many opportunities to help the Members in Alberta become familiar with speed training in the golf swing. For more information, please click here.
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a new partnership with PrinterWorks West as the Official Printer Supplier of the PGA of Alberta. Based in Calgary, PrinterWorks West offers a broad range of software and hardware solutions to meet your in-house copying and printing requirements. For more information, please click here.
Cameron McCormick to present at the Spring Seminar
Cameron McCormick will be presenting for the PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar on Tuesday, March 6th from 1 - 3PM. The topic he will be presenting is: The Skill Code – The hidden elements to improve performance (unpacking the true difference makers and knowledge nuggets that all players need to play well). McCormick’s client list covers the gamut from beginner to elite players. He is most well-known for coaching 3-time Major Champion, Jordan Spieth since the age of 12; and 2011 US Women’s Open Champion & 2017 ANA Inspiration Champion So Yeon Ryu. His clients, past and present, include over 20 combined PGA, Champions, Web.com and LPGA Tour players & 4 of the last 8 USGA Junior Amateur champions. Click here for more details on the Spring Seminar.
An international expert on growing the game, Michael O’Donnell is an innovative program developer, with an extensive industry background that includes roles at Nike Golf, where he managed the Marketing and Sports Marketing Departments. In addition, he created the largest golf instruction business in the world, The Nike Golf Learning Centers, which employed more than 230 PGA Professionals. During his nearly 30-year career as a golf professional, O’Donnell has been renowned for his ability to increase bottom-line financial performance through comprehensive instruction programs. His unique views on driving consumer engagement through the creation of compelling communities allow sites to unlock their hidden potential and maximize financial performance. Click here for his full bio and topic details.
Round 2 (September 21st) of the Pro-Assistant is CANCELLED due to the weather at Innisfail GC and the course being closed. Breakfast buffet will still be available at the club at 8:30am for any members that need to pick up their clubs at the course. Please notify your partner of this in case they did not see it.
New Component to be Introduced at the 2017 Buying Show - Register Now
The PGA of Alberta is very excited to announce a brand new component to the 2017 Buying Show. Canada's premier food service supplier, Gordon Food Service (GFS), will introduce the food aspect of the Golf Industry at this year’s Buying Show.
Buying Show attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the distinctive products and services offered by GFS’ family of private label brands to develop the facilities’ Food Service Department. Make sure your Chef, Food Service Department and General Manager know of this exciting new opportunity to prepare for the next season’s menu.
TIGHT FINISH AT MATCH PLAY FINAL
The cool and damp conditions didn’t stop Tyler LeBouthillier (Lynx Ridge GC) and Scott Smith (Bearspaw CC) from capturing the 2017 Team Match Play Championship hosted by Red Deer G&CC. The back and forth match saw Tyler and Scott jump out to a 3up lead after 12 holes but then Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) and his partner Jeremy Lavallee (Royal Mayfair GC) made a charge to take the match all the way to 18. Fortunately for Smith and LeBouthillier they managed to hold on for a 1up victory.
Draw Posted for the PAT at the Belvedere G&CC
The draw is now available for the Playing Ability Test at the Belvedere G&CC on September 6th & 7th.
Tee times begin at 1:00pm on both Wednesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 7th.
BATSEL HELD ON DOWN THE STRETCH
Dillon Batsel (Connaught GC) held on down the stretch to win the Golf Supply House Professional Series Event hosted by Blackhawk GC. Batsel shot a two day total 4-under 138 to win by four shots over Albert Pistorius (Pinebrook G&CC). Pistorius made a charge on day two shooting a 6-under 65. David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) shot 2-under on day two to finish third at 144. Click here for all the results.
Three players pass their Playing Ability Test at Alberta Springs GR
Congratulations to Keaton Allred (River Ridge GC), Michael Pike (Fort McMurray GC) and Crystal Shapka (Highwood G&CC) who all passed their Playing Ability Test today at the Alberta Springs GR.
BATSEL LEADS AFTER DAY 1
Dillon Batsel (Connaught GC) holds the lead at the inaugural 2 Day Professional Series Event sponsored by Golf Supply House and hosted by Blackhawk GC. Batsel shot a blistering 1-under 70 in the tough windy conditions. Tyler Komick (Ranch G&CC) sits alone in second at even par. Gary Hartford (Riverside GC) and Blaine Kruger (Stony Plain GC) sit tied for third at 2-over. Click here for Day 1 results and Day 2 Tee Times.
PLAYOFF IN EDMONTON
Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) continued with his great season with a 4-under 68 but needed one extra hole to capture the last Players' Tour event of the season hosted by Glendale G&CC and sponsored by Jancor Agencies. Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) found his name back at the top of the leader board finishing second. Scott Stiles (Inglewood G&CC) and David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) tied for third with 3-under 69’s. Click here for all the results.
Round one results from the Fall PAT at Alberta Springs GR
Click here for the round 1 results and round 2 tee times for the Fall Playing Ability Test at Alberta Springs GR.
Scholarship Deadline is Approaching!
There is still time to complete an application for the PGA of Alberta Junior Scholarships! Two of four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members (no golf experience needed) and the other two will be awarded to selected Alberta Juniors, 18 years or younger, who meet the specific criteria. For more information on PGA of Alberta Scholarships please click here. The deadline has been extended to Monday, August 14th.
MURPHY WINS HIS FIRST
Gage Murphy (Cardiff G&CC) wins his first professional golf tournament by capturing the Golf Supply House Professional Series Event hosted by Speargrass GC. Murphy shot a blistering round of 5-under 67 to narrowly beat runner up Albert Pistorius (Pinebrook G&CC) by 1. Dillon Batsel (Connaught GC) finished third with a 3-under 69. Click here for all the results.
Robert Doucette in Memoriam (1972-2017)
After a difficult battle with a brain tumor, Robert Doucette passed away this morning, August 4, 2017 at the age of 45. He is survived by his wife Leslie.
As a member of the PGA of Canada for over 20 years, Rob became known for how much he gave back to the game. Twelve years ago Rob made the move from the PGA of Manitoba to take his position as Head Professional at the Hinton GC and was a valued member of the PGA of Alberta since then. Those who knew Rob will continue to remember his passion for the game and will miss him greatly. Information on the service for Rob will be posted as soon as it is confirmed.
Corbin Adams (Jagare Ridge GC) made it two wins in a row. After a double bogie on the first hole, Corbin decided to go 9-under on the next 17 to finish at 7-under 65. Gage Murphy (Cardiff G&CC) also played well shooting a 4-under 68 to finish second at the Golf Supply House Professional Series Event hosted by Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC. Jake Behiels (Cougar Creek GR) rounds out the top three with a 1-under 71. Click here for all results.
APPLY FOR A BURSARY TODAY
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to present four bursaries of $750 each to deserving Candidates for Membership and Assistants who meet or exceed the bursary criteria as outlined. These bursaries are awarded annually at the Awards Banquet at the Buying Show. All CFM's and Assistants 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). Please click here for the application form. Deadline is Friday, September 29 at 4:00pm.
PLAYOFF NEEDED AT COUGAR CREEK
It took 1 playoff hole to decide a winner at the Golf Supply House Professional Series Event hosted by Cougar Creek GR. Corbin Adams (Jagare Ridge GC) needed a par on hole #1 to win the playoff. Weston Gillett (Drayton Valley GC) finished 2nd also scoring a 3-over 75. Click here for all the results.