Each year the PGA of Alberta recognizes several 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. Members and Industry Partners are given the opportunity to vote for deserving individuals in the following categories of Awards, presented to recipients at the Annual Awards Banquet in the fall.
Based on application forms received by each Member who has been nominated by one of their peers or industry affiliates, their application is graded by an Awards Sub Committee.
The Sub Committees for each Award are comprised of past winners of that particular Award.
The 5 Nominees whose application ranks the highest from Members of the sub-committee are presented to the Selection Committee as Finalists.
The Selection Committee reviews all Award Finalists & submits confidential votes based on a point system.
Awards are presented to the recipients with the most total accumulated points.
The finalists and application forms are forwarded to the PGA of Alberta Selection Committee Members who then submit confidential votes based on a point system. The Award recipient for each category is the Member who receives the most total accumulated points from the Selection Committee.
On October 1st, the top five Nominees who have completed the Application Form and ranked the highest in their respective Award categories, as voted on by the PGA of Alberta Award Selection Committee, will be advertised on the PGA of Alberta as Finalists, from which one will be selected as the Award Winner.
The ultimate goal of the Awards Program is to recognise the accomplishments of many Members and Industry Representatives through a nomination process.
Close Battle At Cardiff G&CC Players Tour Event Decided On The 18th Green
The merger wasn’t the only exciting news in the golf world these last 2 days! An extremely exciting Round 2 of the Players Tour event at Cardiff G&CC transpired today. Conditions were perfect again for our competitors, and we saw a heated battle at the top of our Leaderboard for 1st throughout the day; a playoff was looming until a timely & decisive 7-foot putt on the 18th green sealed the victory for Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) who finished the 2-round event at -7.
Mitch was in our final group that Tee’d off at 10:10 AM this morning and carded an excellent front-9 of 3-under par 33 with 4 Birdies on the card. He followed it up with a blemish free back-9 and his clutch putt on the 18th for Birdie and the Win to edge his nearest competitor by 1-stroke. Mitch finished the event with a two-day gross total of 137 (69-68).
Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC) finished in sole possession of 2nd at -6, after putting together 2 great and consistent rounds of 3-under par 69 to finish the event with a two-day gross total of 138 (69-69). Weston was even-par 36 on the front-9 today and followed it up with 3-under par 33 on the back-9 with 3 Birdies.
Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC) finished in solo 3rd at -5, after carding another solid round of 2-under par 70 today to finish the event with a two-day gross total of 139. Nick carded 2-under par 34 on the front-9 with 3 Birdies and followed it up with an even-par 36 on the back-9 with an Eagle on the 13th hole.
Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) finished in sole possession of 4th at -4, carding 3-under par 69 today to finish the event with a two-day gross total of 140. Kevin carded a blemish free front-9 today of 34 with 2 Birdies and followed it up with 1-under par 35 on the back-9 with 3 Birdies.
Rounding out the top 5 for the event, in a two-way tie at -3 was: Markus Clift (Coloniale GC) & Tyler LeBouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) who both finished the event with two-day gross total’s of 141. Marcus carded a 3-under par 69 today. Tyler carded a 2-under par 70 today.
Matthew Mah(Mill Woods GC) carded the round of the day, firing a stellar 6-under par 66, with a 2-under par 34 on the front-9 and a 4-under par 32 on the back-9 with 7 Birdies on the card.
Congratulations to the skins winners from today: Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC) with a Birdie on #2 and Kevin Day (Billy D’s GC) with an Eagle on #6.
Thank you to our Host - Cardiff G&CC and their entire staff & crew for putting on an excellent event!
PGA of Alberta and Travel Craft Form New Partnership
The Association is excited to announce a new partnership with Canadian company, Travel Craft, for the upcoming year. Travel Craft is the new Presenting Sponsor of the Buying Show Welcome Breakfast on October 17th at the BMO Centre that will kick off the 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show.
"It is with great pride and excitement that Travel Craft has partnered with the PGA of Alberta to offer our services to Members and their Clubs. Consider us your primary resource for arranging your Club Trips and Individual Travel. We look forward to working with you.” said Steve Melling, President of Travel Craft.
The Buying Show Welcome Breakfast is the exciting kick-off to our 3-day Industry/Trade Show. The Show brings together Golf Professionals, Equipment Manufacturers, and Sales Representatives, for them to prepare their inventories for the following season.
Travel Craft is a full-service travel company, providing research and pricing with market access to fantastic transportation, accommodations, meals/receptions, and golf course offerings. They provide the back shop that makes the logistics seamless for you, your club, and your members! They also facilitate the marketing materials, bookings, travel insurance, and handle any issues or special requests within the selected budget. Travel Craft provides custom designed travel arrangements and tailored group offeringswith attention to detail. They will work with you to ensure a great experience. Depending on your group size, PGA of Alberta Members can “Host” the events at little or no cost to themselves; the bigger the group the more complimentary host arrangements can be made. Hosting is a great way to build your relationships, networks, member loyalty, and enjoy the trips yourself.
Learn more about their products by visiting www.travelcraft.ca or contact them directly to discuss the possibilities.
Fox, Gillett & Vandermey Tied In The Lead After R1 At Cardiff G&CC
Today saw Round 1 of the Players Tour event at Cardiff G&CC and what a day for golf it was. Conditions were perfect and we saw some great scores on the Leaderboard from our competitors. Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC), Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC) and Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) all carded 3-under par 69’s today to setup a stellar final group for an exciting R2 tomorrow.
Rounding out the top 5, all shooting a 1-under par 71, was: Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry), Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC), & Tyler LeBouthillier(GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) who all remain well within range of our Leaders with a low round needed tomorrow to put some heat on.
Applications are now open for the PGA of Alberta Junior Scholarship Program!
One of the main focuses of the PGA of Alberta has been supporting Junior Golf. Alberta Golf Professionals use their expertise to create, organize, and facilitate junior-oriented events.
The Scholarship Program is another step in the overall development of our current programming. The program provides junior golfers from around the province the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, while promoting and providing access to continuing education. Over 60 scholarships have been presented since 1998.
Cox & Thomson Conquer at Sunice / Bobby Jones Tournament of Champions
The annual Tournament of Champions sponsored bySunice/Bobby Jonessaw some great weather and a mint conditioned The Hamptons GC giving players an absolute top-notch golf experience from start to finish! We had a packed field of 58 teams comprised of a Professional and their respective Club Champions from last year.
Today’s Tournament of Champions Winners are: The team from, Calgary G&CC, comprised of: Professional, Stefan Cox & Hunter Thomson who carded a scorching team low best ball gross round of 12-under par 60 to prevail by 4-strokes over their nearest competitors. Stefan and Hunter had 5 Birdies on the front-9 to card 31 and followed it up with a blemish-free back-9 with 7 Birdies for a ridiculous 29.
In Second Place, was, The team from: Priddis Greens G&CC, comprised of: Professional, Eric Locke & Adam Henning who carded an excellent 8-under par 64 today. Eric and Adam had a blemish-free front-9 carding a 31 with 1 Eagle and 3 Birdies. They followed it up on the back-9 with a 33 with 4 Birdies to finish 1-stroke up on the 3rd place competitors.
In Third Place, was, The team from: Picture Butte GC, comprised of: Professional, Jamie Gerlitz & Kris Wasylowich who carded an excellent round of 7-under par 65 today. Jamie and Adam carded a strong front-9 of 31 with 6 Birdies. They followed it up on the back-9 with a 34 with 2 Birdies to finish 1-stroke up on the pack right behind them at 66.
In a 4-Way Tie for Fourth Place, after all carding great 6-under par 66’s today, was the teams from: Bearspaw GC, Lacombe G&CC, Edmonton Petroleum G&CC & Miskanaw GC. The team from Bearspaw GC was comprised of: Braden Chown & Brendan Peacock who had 8 Birdies on the card today. The team from Lacombe G&CC was comprised of: Weston Gillett + Tom Mckinlay Jr. who had 1 Eagle and 4 Birdies on the card today. The team from Edmonton Petroleum G&CC was comprised of: Kyle Boyd & Alex Rakowski who had 1 Eagle and 6 Birdies on the card today. The team from Miskanaw GC was comprised of: Jason Vaughan & Ryan Coish who had 2 Eagles and 3 Birdies on the card today.
Thank you to our Title Sponsor Sunice / Bobby Jones for the continued support of the Association and host venue The Hamptons GC for putting on such a first-class event. This event is dedicated to the memory of long-time Sunice / Bobby Jones rep Nevin Thompson who sadly passed away earlier this Spring.
The 2023 Alberta Teaching Summit is approaching quickly and there are a few spots remaining for registration.
This 2-day event, hosted at Golfuture YYC, is designed for golf professionals to learn from some of the zone’s top instructors and network with fellow professionals in the area. This is the only hands-on Education event of the season, so don’t miss out.
Benefits of the Teaching Summit
Collaborate and learn from 5 of the zone’s top instructors
Network with 15+ golf professionals over 2 full days
Expand your teaching repertoire
Build your personal business and provide additional value to your club/business
Scramble Fun Night – Teams of 2 will play the Par 3 course. 3 holes alternate shot, 3 holes scramble, 3 holes best ball
Foote & Horton Victorious At 2nd Annual Mentorship Tournament
The second annual PGA of Alberta Mentorship Tournament hosted at Lacombe G&CC is now officially in the books. It was a great day for golf and the playing conditions were perfect across the board. We saw some outstanding scores on the Leaderboard today and the format was a nine-hole rotation of team Best Ball and Scramble. This event was exclusive to pairings in the PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program within the last two years.
Winning the second Mentorship Tournament was the team of Kurtis Foote (Valley Ridge Golf Academy) and Christopher Horton (Golf Channel Academy at Cottonwood G&CC) shooting an unreal team score of 10-under par 61 with a 33 in the best ball format and a ridiculous 28 in the scramble format. Kurtis had the shot of the day with an Ace on #6!
Rounding out the top three, in a two-way tie for second place, after carding stellar 7-under par 64’s, were the teams of: Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC) & Brendan Grabo (Ponoka GC) & Josh Fleming (365 Golf) and Jordan Campbell (GOLFTEC Sherwood Park) who finished three-strokes back of the lead.
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship South presented by Nike Golf - R1 Complete
Round One of the Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship South presented by Nike Golf, is complete and it was a perfect day for golf at Heritage Pointe GC which is in great shape for being early in the season still. We had 32 Teams and 64 Professionals’ competing today.
Batsel Takes Home First Players Tour Title Of The Season
The first Players Tour event of the season at the beautiful Magrath GC is complete and was a successful day. With score-able conditions for most of the day, we saw some great scores on the Leaderboard today with 15 players under par or even. Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) rose to the top and takes home our first Players Tour Title of the season.
Starting his season off with an excellent round, Dillon carded an excellent round of 7-under 65 today with 6 Birdies on the card and only 1 bogey. Dillon carded a great 5-under 31 on the front 9 and followed it up with 34 on the back-9 to prevail by 3 strokes over his nearest competitors.
Finishing behind our Leader in a 2-way tie for 2nd after carding great 4-under par 68’s was: Jamie Gerlitz (Picture Butte GC) & Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre).
Congratulations to the 2 players that passed the Play Ability Test today hosted at Magrath GC. All players shot the target score or better - 81 (49 years & younger) or 83 (50 years & up) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada. Congratulations to the following:
The first event of the year will head south to Magrath GC on Wednesday, May 10th. We have 36 Professionals in the field who will test their skills and compete to kick the season off! The first tee time is set for 12:00 PM with the last time set to tee it up at 1:50 PM. The first PAT of the season goes out directly after the Professionals, good luck to all our competitors in both events!
Early Bird Exhibitor Registration Now Open for the 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show
Early Bird Exhibitor Registration for the 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show is Now Open!
The PGA of Alberta would like to invite you and your company to attend this annual Show being hosted on October 17th – 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre. Take advantage of early bird exhibitor registration until June 30th!
Attendee Registration for PGA Members and Green Grass Facilities will open August 1st, 2023 at 10 AM.
The purpose of the Buying Show is to bring Golf Professionals, Equipment Manufacturers, and Sales Representatives all together in the same building, in order for them to prepare their inventories for the following season. Over the course of the three days, nearly 1,200 people gather from across the province, and country, to look at what’s new and exciting in the golf industry.
Ready to register? Follow these step-by-step instructions to register as an Exhibitor for the 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show.
The registration process for Exhibitors is simple and can be completed online by visiting the PGA of Alberta website. Click on the following links for the Exhibitor Information Package which includes details on Exhibitor Benefits, Show Schedule, Booth Rates, Show Terms & Conditions, etc., or to register your company for the Show.
Nevin Thompson in Memoriam (1945-2023)
We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of Industry Member Nevin Thompson. He passed away last week at the age of 77 years. Nevin had a lengthy career as a Salesman and worked for Sunice / Bobby Jones for many years.
Our thoughts are with Nevin’s family and friends during this difficult time. Click the link below for his obituary.
The 2023 Alberta Teaching Summit is limited to 16 participants and spots are filling up fast. Register now to not miss out on the opportunity to learn and network with some of Alberta’s top instructors.
Registration Open for Assistants’ Board PD #5 and Seniors’ Division #2 Opens April 7th
Webinar #5 has been confirmed and will cover "Work/Life Balance and Mental Health Resources"
In the world of professional hockey, what plays out behind closed doors is just as important as what plays out on the ice itself. Former professional goaltender, Hockey Night in Canada broadcasterand NHL on Sportsnet analyst Kelly Hrudey will take us behind the scenes of his 15-year career with the NHL, sharing stories he lived from both inside and outside the locker room and work life balance while playing in the NHL. Kelly is an advocate for mental health awareness and has multiple foundations he represents to continue to spread the word and end the stigma.
This will be the last of five webinars produced by the assistants board with the intention of providing professional development for all assistants within the industry. This will produce an avenue for networking and relationship building so members can continue to further their careers.
April 18th, 2023
Zoom Conference Call
If you have any questions for Kelly, please write it in the comment box when registering.
Registration will open tomorrow, Friday, April 7th for the Seniors’ Division #1 Event at Lakeside GC just east of Calgary in Chestermere and is set for Tuesday, July 4thwith Tee Times starting at 9:00 AM.
Registration for the 2023 Play Ability Tests (PAT) is now open! Take note of the PAT schedule by clicking ’View Schedule’ below. There will be five PAT’S in total this season.
Be sure to 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 2023. 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. Once an Applicants account has been verified on the PGA of Canada website, they will be able to register for PAT’S.
Prospective members must meet the following entrance requirements:
Upload a photo to prove you are 18 years of age or older (driver’s licence with the birth date visible) -click hereto upload.
Upload a reference letter from your employer/direct report -click hereto upload.
Upload a reference letter from a PGA of Canada Class “A” Member -click hereto upload(*if your direct report is both your employer and a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member, only one letter of reference is required).
Your employer/direct report will automatically be sent an email to verify your golf industry employment. They must click a button in that email to verify that you are employed at the facility indicated in the registration process.
We are happy to announce that dates and venues have been confirmed for the KAILANI Pro-Pro Scramble and the Seniors’ Division #2 events for the 2023 season.
The KAILANI Pro-Pro Scramble is set for Monday, September 11th with a 2:00 PM Shotgun start at Bearspaw GC in NW Calgary with a 2:00 PM Shotgun start and 60 Team Field.
This stunning Par 71 layout measures 6868 yards of dramatic terrain set in a natural alpine amphitheatre. Whilst rewarding excellence, this Bill Newis design is also extremely playable but offers plenty of challenge. Bearspaw exploits every aspect of this impressive landscape, with water features weaving through 11 of the holes. Subtle elevation changes make for thought-provoking club selections as you navigate your way through generous tree-lined fairways. Each hole exudes individual characteristics making for diverse shot-making over 18 holes.
Due to the limited field size and anticipated demand for this event, the Registration opening datefor this event will be (April 11th) at 10:00 AM to ensure every Member has an equal opportunity in registering for this event.
The Seniors’ Division #2 Event and accompanying PAT has been confirmed at Lakeside GC just east of Calgary in Chestemere and is set for Tuesday, July 4thwith Tee Times starting at 9:00 AMfor the Seniors’ Division followed by the PAT players.
Submit your Tournament Eligibility Form now - click here.
Team Match Play North & Pro-Lady North Confirmed
We are happy to announce that venues and dates have been confirmed for the following events and will be open for Registration which is set to open on Monday, March 20th at 10:00AM.
Please remember that ALL Members must submit a Tournament Eligibility Form before they will be able to sign-up for any Tournaments.
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship - North When: Thursday, May 18th Where: RedTail Landing GC
EFW Radiology - adidas Golf Pro-Lady North When: Monday, August 14th Where: Mill Woods GC
Tournament Eligibility Form Now Live
The 2023 Tournament Eligibility Form is NOW available for submission online and can be accessed by clicking HERE. This form is required to be filled out by every member playing in a PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournament this year and is reviewed by the Office to confirm and set each Members Category Eligibility.
Tournament Registration opens next Monday, March 20th at 10 AMand the schedule is available by clicking HERE.
Our Tournament Program wouldn’t be possible without the support of our valued Partners, check out our Partners by click HERE.
The Show is family friendly and all ages are welcome! Our Junior Area will feature the following and more!
Face Painting Artist
Mini Putting Greens
Looking to get your hands on some golf gear which includes: Clubs, Balls, Bags, Apparel/Clothing , Shoes or accessories?
Look no further as the Clearance Center has a plethora of products to choose from, provided by 10 + facilities from the area.
Looking for some new clubs and a fitting session?
The Calgary Golf Show will be offering club fittings from top manufacturers to all participants with paid entry to the show. There are limited spots each day, so book now to take advantage of this exclusive special.
All proceeds from Club Fittings will go towards the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.
There are a multitude of fun and exciting activities & contests going on at the Show, some of which are:
Watch out for the Prize Patrol! They are on the loose and are armed with thousands of dollars worth of great prizes! This includes green fee packages, golf equipment and golf vacations! Prizes will be given away in all different sorts of ways such as skills competitions, trivia challenges, and other fun challenges that will get your competitive juices flowing. Prize examples include:
The 2023 Tournament Schedule is now live! Registration will open on Monday, March 20th at 10:00AM sharp. More event details will be released before the registration opening date. The 2023 Tournament Eligibility Form will be released soon and a communication/reminder will be sent out to all Members to submit their form before registration opens.
The following events will be released in the coming 2 weeks as details are still in negotiation being finalized with host venues.
Players Tour (2-Day) - North Event
Seniors’ Division #2 - South Event
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship - North
2023 Ladies’ & Seniors’ Championship - Update
The PGA of Alberta Ladies’ & Seniors’ Championship presented by: Schooley Mitchell & MKRAK Management Inc. has been confirmed at the beautiful Silver Springs G&CC in NW Calgary on Monday, August 21st & Tuesday, August 22nd. Last year’s Ladies’ Championship had a field of 11 competitors and the wire-to-wire Champion was Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC). Katy will be looking to defend her title on home turf in 2023. Last year’s Seniors’ Championship had a field of 44 competitors and the Champion was Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) who reclaimed the title for an astounding 7th time in his career. We can’t wait to see who prevails at each respective Championship in 2023!
Nestled in northwest Calgary, Silver Springs G&CC prides itself on its championship par 72 golf course. Originally designed by Colorado course architect, Dick Phelps, the course winds itself through the coulees and plateaus of northwest Calgary and presents the player with a wide diversity of terrain and elevation changes for a challenging round accompanied by beautiful views.
Thank you to our presenting Sponsors - Schooley Mitchell & MKRAK Management Inc. for their continued support of the Association and of our Tournament Program, without their support our events would not be possible!
Golf Show News
Official Cancellation Notice - 2023 Edmonton Golf Show
After much discussion and consideration, The PGA of Alberta Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to officially cancel the 2023 Edmonton Consumer Golf Show scheduled for April 1 - 2, 2023. The cancellation is due to a variety of reasons; paramount being the lack of registered exhibitors does not allow the PGA of Alberta to execute a show at the high standard expected, and deserved, by our valued consumers and exhibitors.
If you purchased a ticket to attend, please contact us at [email protected] and a full refund will be taken care of.
A Message from the Promotions & Communications Chair ChrisSchatzmann
Throughout the last 4 months the Edmonton Golf Show committee, the Promotions and Communications committee and PGA of Alberta Administration have exhausted all existing avenues to promote exhibitor attendance to the 2023 Edmonton Golf Show. With exhibitor levels well below what the show traditionally maintained the PGA of Alberta will be unable to execute an Edmonton Golf Show that would provide adequate value to the consumers attending the show. In addition, we do not believe the presentation of the show would align with the high standards of the PGA of Alberta and our associated partners. Following consultation with the PGA office and the board executive, and with consideration of brand impact, the decision has been made to officially cancel the Edmonton Golf Show. A discussion and review of future plans for the Edmonton Golf Show will be undertaken by the Association.
Spring Seminar Only 6 Days Away
The PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar is scheduled for March 6th and 7th at The Derrick G&WC. There are currently 4 spots available for anyone who wants to join the kick off event of the season.
Reminders for the Seminar
Visit the PGA of Alberta table for registration prior to breakfast day 1. Doors will open at 8:00am
Business Dress Code is required for all participants of the Seminar
One Week Left to Vote for Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board Seats
There is one week left to vote in the 2023 Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board Elections; make sure you get your vote in now! Voting is being conducted via Simply Voting again this year so check your inbox for your Election Information message if you haven’t voted already. Voting closes at 9:45 AM sharp during the AGM on Monday, March 6th.
Board of Directors Election (5 Nominees) Four (4) spots are open for election in 2023 for the Board of Directors. Online voting via Simply Voting officially opened on Tuesday, February 14thand will close just after the start of the AGM on March 6th, 2023.
Assistants’ Board of Directors Election (13 Nominees) Four (4) spots are open for election in 2023 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Online voting via Simply Voting officially opened on Tuesday, February 14thand will close just after the start of the AGM on March 6th, 2023.