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2021 Spring Seminar Keynote Speaker - Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan
Education News

2021 Spring Seminar Keynote Speaker - Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan

In our first Keynote Speaker reveal for the forthcoming 2021 Digital Spring Seminar on Feb. 22nd & 23rd presented by Gordon Food Service & E-Z-GO, we will take a look at... Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan!!

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Performance Consultant to the NHL, NBA and Olympians 
Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan lives by her philosophy of embracing challenges and pushing boundaries to achieve your highest potential. She was the first female performance consultant for the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Edmonton Oilers. Her passion for motivating audiences to reach their fullest potential has received praise from international corporations and sports organizations alike, including Visa, Johnson & Johnson, the NHL, and the NBA.

Amirault-Ryan has worked at five Olympic Games with the gold medal winning teams of the Women’s Hockey Team, Cross Country Ski Team, and Speedskating Team. The Canadian Olympic Committee appointed her as the lead of sport psychology for the entire Olympic team at the 2010 Vancouver, 2012 London, and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

For her ground-breaking work, Amirault-Ryan has received awards such as the Globe and Mail’s Top Power 50 List, WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. Companies worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies Walmart, VISA, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, and Royal Dutch Shell, have hired her to motivate them to achieve sustained high performance.

Click Here to Register for the Spring Seminar

Click here to learn more about Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan on her website or follow her on social media below:

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Professional Development Podcast - Episode 3
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Professional Development Podcast - Episode 3

The Education Committee is happy to present the third episode in our new Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta Members. Our third guest will be Mr. Riley Fleming of Lynx Ridge GC. He will be discussing a variety of topics which include, his life, journey and all the highs and lows that can come in golf with our Host, Josh Fleming of GOLFTEC Beacon Heights & PGA of Alberta Education Committee Member. In this week’s episode, Riley will share some insight on what it was like being a touring pro and also his love for teaching golf & where that has taken him now.

This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. Our committee has enlisted the following guests for season 1 of the show; Dean Ingalls, Adam Werbicki, Riley Fleming, Bob Paley and Tahlon Sweenie. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry. 

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Episode 3 on Spotify

Click here for Episode 3 on Apple


PGA of Canada Benevolent Fund
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada Benevolent Fund

The PGA of Canada is pleased to announce the formation of the PGA of Canada Foundation Benevolent Fund, which will temporarily assist past and present PGA of Canada members and Apprentice Professionals who find themselves in financial hardship.

A pre-COVID-19 initiative that will extend far beyond the pandemic, the Fund will provide basics of life such as clothing, food and shelter, as well as financial assistance for health care services attributable to a mental or physical health condition, to those in need. 

“The PGA of Canada is like a family and when a member of your family is suffering you do everything you can to help,” said Kevin Thistle, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Canada. “Ours is a family of thousands so it’s imperative we have an initiative like the Foundation Benevolent Fund in place to assist friends who have fallen on the hardest of times.”

A portion of 2019 member dues from all Class A members and Apprentices went towards the PGA of Canada Foundation Benevolent Fund, resulting in more than $200,000.

Eligibility for the Fund extends to the following: Current PGA of Canada members; Apprentice Professionals with the Association; members of the Association or apprentice professionals with the Association within the last 12 years who have resigned or been suspended; and spouses or dependents of current members or of apprentice professionals with the Association. Members or apprentice professionals with the Association who have been removed from membership for disciplinary measures are not eligible to make application. Spouses and/or dependents of these individuals are also ineligible.

CLICK HERE more information, including how to donate to the Fund, FAQ and how to apply for assistance. Tax receipts will be provided for all donations.


Keys to a Successful Junior Program Webinar
Education News

Keys to a Successful Junior Program Webinar

In conjunction with the Assistants’ Board of Directors, we are pleased to offer a Professional Development webinar for Assistant/Apprentice Professionals on Thursday, March 18th from 10-11am via Zoom.

The session will be on the topic of “Keys to a Successful Junior Program” and will be moderated by a panel of experienced Professionals in junior golf and programs. More information will be released closer to the webinar date and after you register.

This is a free webinar for all attendees with the purpose to give Assistants’ a chance to network with their peers and collaborate on best practices/new ideas heading into the 2021 season. If interested, please click the button below to sign up.

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2021 Annual General Meeting - Register Today
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2021 Annual General Meeting - Register Today

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta will be held on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 starting at 10:00am. The AGM will be held virtually this year through Zoom due to COVID-19.

Voting for the Board & Assistants’ Board is being executed online through a secure voting platform. If you did not receive an email communication on Feb. 16th, please contact [email protected]. Please note there will be no floor nominations this year. 

Please click the button below to officially register for the AGM. By having you register for the AGM, we will be able to track attendance numbers and ensure you receive the proper information in advance.

Top 100 Points - Please note that all attendees of the AGM will receive 3 Top 100 points!

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2021 Tournament Schedule Update
Tournament News

2021 Tournament Schedule Update

The 2021 golf season is just around the corner and we hope you are looking forward to the upcoming tournament season beginning in May. The schedule will officially be released after completion of the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 9th. Registration will open for ALL events the following week. We have a great line up of events which include Championships, Golf Supply House Series, Pro-Ams, and Pro-Pro Team events!

The Tournament Eligibility Form will be available shortly to submit online. This form is required to be filled out by every member playing in a PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournament this year. You will receive an email communication when the form is available.


Mentorship Program - Mentors Still Needed
Association News

Mentorship Program - Mentors Still Needed

The PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program provides guidance and direction to first year Members of the Association (Apprentice Professionals). Developed in conjunction with the Assistants’ Board of Directors, the objective of the Mentorship Program is to create a group of Members who are passionate about their careers, the industry and Association, leading to long-term commitment to the golf industry.

CLICK HERE to see last year’s Program Feedback from Mentors/Mentees


IMPORTANT:
Members must have their Class ’A’ status within the Association in order to be a Mentor. We are in need of Mentors in all geographical locations of the province. We want to ensure the best support possible for our new Apprentice Professionals and this will be accomplished by pairing a Mentor with a Mentee that lives in a close proximity.

Expectations of Mentors…

  • Commit to your Mentor/Mentee relationship(s) for a minimum of 2-years
  • Be accountable for your Mentee and provide continuous support on an ongoing basis as needed
  • Set parameters of the relationship with the Mentee and create a plan for goals/objectives on what both parties want achieve
  • Attempt to meet in person with your Mentee twice (Spring & Fall). Example: This can be accomplished over a round of golf
  • Provide feedback to the office by completing the Mentor Evaluation Form when required

Top 100 Points…
All Mentors will receive 5 Top 100 Points max. for their involvement in the Mentorship Program. These points are awarded annually in September. All Mentors must execute the action items as indicated and submit the Evaluation Form before being eligible to receive the points.

Form…
If interested in being involved, please the button below to submit the "Become a Mentor" form by March 5th, 2021. After the form has been submitted, you will be added to the Mentor list (if eligible) and MAY be assigned a Mentee in March of this year (depending on total number of Mentors/Mentees, and geographical location). Please ignore this form if you have already expressed interest in being a Mentor.

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Tournament Committee – Spots Available in 2021
Tournament News

Tournament Committee – Spots Available in 2021

The Tournament Committee Chairs would like to announce that three spots are open to join the Committee in 2021. The Tournament Committee meets a minimum of two times per year and is responsible for all tournament operations, rules and regulations, eligibility, and more.

If you’re interested in joining, please click the link below (login required) to submit a form on why you wish to be involved, your past experience playing in PGA of Alberta tournaments and other association tournaments, past committee involvement (any PGA of Alberta Committee if applicable) and anything else you would like to highlight on why you should be selected to join.

Deadline to submit your interest is March 8th (end of day). Members that are selected to join the Committee will be informed after the AGM in March. Anyone that submits a form but is not selected for the Committee in 2021 will be put on a reserve list moving forward.

Top 100 Points - Please remember that each member receives 5 Top 100 points for being a part of a Committee.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

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Graham DeLaet - Spring Seminar Day 1 Keynote Speaker
Education News

Graham DeLaet - Spring Seminar Day 1 Keynote Speaker

In our third Keynote Speaker reveal for the 2021 Digital Spring Seminar on Feb. 22nd & 23rd presented by Gordon Food Service & E-Z-GO, we will take a look at Graham DeLaet!!

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Graham DeLaet Bio
Known to be one of the game’s best ball strikers, Graham had a milestone year on the PGA TOUR in 2013, placing 8th in the FedExCup Playoffs, and ending the year with a breakthrough performance in his first Presidents Cup International team appearance.

2017 saw Graham record 6 Top 10’s, including a personal Major’s best with T7 at the PGA Championship, where he made a huge move in round 3 posting 6-under through four holes.

In 2016, Graham had the honour of representing Canada in the Olympics, as Golf returned to the Games for the first time since 1904. So far this season, Graham has recorded four top ten finishes.

Graham was born in Weyburn, SK with a passion for hockey, fishing and, of course, golf. He attended Boise State University and is very passionate about Broncos football. He is also a huge hockey fan – and an avid Calgary Flames fan.

Graham and his wife Ruby are dedicated to supporting children’s causes, and in 2014 launched the Graham and Ruby DeLaet Foundation. Since launching the Foundation, Graham and Ruby have raised over $1 million for their charitable initiatives.
Click here to learn more about Graham DeLaet on his website or follow him on social media >   twitter

Click Here to Register for the Spring Seminar

PGA of Alberta Partners with BPG Buying Group in 2021
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Partners with BPG Buying Group in 2021

The PGA of Alberta is delighted to announce a partnership with BPG Buying Group as a new Presenting Sponsor of the Pro-Pro Scramble classic in 2021! The Pro-Pro Scramble will be held in the Edmonton area this upcoming season and features two PGA of Alberta Professionals competing in a team scramble format.

"The BPG Buying Group is thrilled with this partnership and opportunity to work with the PGA of Alberta and all their members" said Martin Boucher, BPG General Manager. "BPG represents over 175 PGA of Canada members and we work everyday to simplify Professional’s day-to-day operations as well as to help them increase their bottom line. At BPG, we believe this sponsorship is the first step to a long and prosperous partnership with the PGA of Alberta members".

Founded in 1980, the BPG Buying Group is a network of dynamic, competent, and fully experienced professionals working towards the growth of the players and the game of golf. For more information on BPG, click here to be directed to their website or contact their representatives below.

EDUCATION OFFERING - BPG is running a webinar on March 3rd, 2021, on "The New Retail Reality" which is open for registration to all PGA members. During the webinar, BPG will cover the following with the help of industry experts; Review the 2020 season, analyze the opportunities for 2021, planning and preparing your season, discussing hiring the right people, and more. CLICK HERE for more information and how to register.

Mike Loftus - Member Services & Western Canada Representative
T: 587-578-7464
E: [email protected]

Martin Boucher - General Manager
E: [email protected]

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Level up to RADSPEED in 2021
Partner News

Level up to RADSPEED in 2021

Cobra’s new RADSPEED Clubs now Available in Canada!


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2021 Annual General Meeting & Board Nominee Bios
Association News

2021 Annual General Meeting & Board Nominee Bios

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta will be held on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 starting at 10:00am. The AGM will be held virtually this year through Zoom due to COVID-19.

Board of Directors Election (9 Nominees)

There will be four (4) spots open for election in 2021 for the Board of Directors. Voting will officially open on Tuesday, February 16th and will close just after the start of the AGM on March 9th.

Assistants’ Board of Directors Election (20 Nominees)

There will be six (6) spots open for election in 2021 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Voting will officially open on Tuesday, February 16th and will close just after the start of the AGM on March 9th.

Click Read More below to view this year’s Nominees (login required).

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2021 Virtual Golf Show
Golf Show News

2021 Virtual Golf Show

Consumer_Show_The PGA of Alberta is hosting a Virtual Golf Show  that will be held virtually from Early/Mid March and running for an entire month!

This is your opportunity to showcase your facility and start your 2021 sales season off early. We want to gain exposure from golfers across the province, and beyond; we will be collecting valuable information from the golf community for 2021 to share with you. Having this virtual event will reach not only golfers in the province but will reach across the country.

Booth spaces will be a flat rate of $99 + tax (plus $100 donation of green fees or gift cards for prize giveaways!). or $199 +tax  without donation. Your virtual showcase allows you to feature:

  • Golf course images and offerings
  • Gateway to your online Pro Shop (Shopify)
  • Link to your clubs website
  • Access to online club promotions for consumers 

The Virtual Consumer Show platform allows you to:

  • Collect email database 
  • Conduct online contests
  • Advertising on social media platforms
  • Supporting the PGA of Alberta

Offerings that you can promote 

  • Junior golf at your club. Growing the game is most important to all. Do you have junior golf camps, clinics or lessons at your club? There will be a Jr. Golf section on the virtual site where you can promote all things junior.
  • Lessons Section. Send in a Pro tip video to be featured on the lesson page! 
  • Any deals you have at your club or facility for the upcoming season. 

Questions?  Please contact the Show Manager Ashley Van Kroonenburg; [email protected] or 587-574-1770.

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2021 Spring Seminar Keynote Speaker - Kraig Kann
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2021 Spring Seminar Keynote Speaker - Kraig Kann

In our second Keynote Speaker reveal for the forthcoming 2021 Digital Spring Seminar on Feb. 22nd & 23rd presented by Gordon Food Service & E-Z-GO, we will take a look at... Kraig Kann!!

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Kraig Kann Bio
As former lead anchor and studio host for NBC Sports’ Golf Channel, Kraig attained his lifelong dream of becoming a network broadcaster.  He then progressed to Chief Communications Officer for the LPGA where he was part of a dynamic leadership team that raised the organization to new levels of prosperity.  Today, he is a successful entrepreneur mastering his own brand.

Kraig founded Kann Advisory Group in 2016, making good on a goal of managing his own business on a belief that his definition of success would be realized by sharing his experience and delivering value to others.  The unique combination of C-suite strategist and media entertainment has positioned him as a unique voice delivering custom workshops, seminars and keynotes focused on leadership, message delivery and personal and professional brand development.

Thought leadership offered in his blog has contributed to attention from PR News, Sports PR Summit and Forbes, who have identified him as a keynote speaker, featured industry panelist, communications council member and content contributor in areas of public relations, brand marketing, public speaking and strategic communications.  He remains relevant in broadcasting, hosting weekly shows on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, hosting his podcast “Tracks To Success” and serving as a faculty member in the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.

Click here to learn more about Kraig Kann on his website or follow him on social media >  new-instagram-logo-png-transparent-light   twitter

Click Here to Register for the Spring Seminar

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New Past Presidents Page
Association News

New Past Presidents Page

Learn more about the history of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta by taking a look at our past Presidents. Look back in time to our very first President, Sandy Robertson in 1964, all the way to our current President Greg McGarry of Glendale G&CC. In total, there has been 28 Presidents for the PGA of Alberta, all setting the course of action and representing the Association during their Presidency.

Click Here to view the past Presidents

PGA of Alberta and Golf Supply House Extend Partnership
Partner News

PGA of Alberta and Golf Supply House Extend Partnership

The PGA of Alberta is happy to announce a continued partnership with Golf Supply House for the next two seasons. They will continue as the Title Sponsor of the Golf Supply House Series which consists of 6 one-day and 2 two-day stroke play events held throughout the season. See the results from last year’s events by clicking here.

Golf Supply House has been a Champion Partner of the PGA of Alberta for over 20 years! They have sponsored various Association events throughout the partnership and also support our annual Buying Show now held in Calgary at the BMO Centre.

"I cannot imagine conducting business in Alberta any other way, sponsoring the PGA of Alberta is something we are extremely proud of and will continue", said Dan Harrison, Principal and Director of Sales at Golf Supply House. "I look forward to putting COVID behind us so we can attend the GSH Series in 2021".

In 2019, Golf Supply House was the recipient of the Jack Skellern Patron of the Year award for their continuous support of the Association and the advancement of Professional Golf in Alberta. It is their commitment to the Association and Members that has forged a strong and meaningful relationship and has made them such a strong partner for over 20-plus years.

About Golf Supply House…
Since its founding in 1960, Golf Supply House has grown to become a leader in the Canadian golf wholesale business. After successfully adding Evnroll putters, Bettinardi & GSH have teamed up in Canada. GSH both stocks and offers the Canadian industry brands individual clubs would have to import in their absence.  For this reason, in addition to their attendance and support for every zone from coast-to-coast their commitment to the Canadian industry is on full display!

They bring top brands such as Easy Picker, Fusioncast, Signs and Designs, Standard Golf, Evnroll & Bettinardi Putters, PuttOut, Pelz Player & Raflewski Tour train aids, SuperStroke, Iomic, Winn, Lamkin Twisted Frog, Pride Sports, RZN Golf Balls, and many others, to every part of the country through their knowledgeable network of sales representatives and distributors. Click here to view their catalogues.

Golf Supply House focuses on the details, large and small, to help their customers achieve their goals, be it increasing Pro Shop sales, designing a new scorecard, or refreshing their facility and course with updated signage, furnishings, or course accessories.

For more information on products, click here to be directed to their website OR contact your local Sales Rep below:

Sharon Ryan - Sales & Service
T: 403-351-1521
E: [email protected]

Jim Durkin - Sale​s Support Alberta
T: 705-730-2977
E: [email protected]

Dan Harrison - Principal, Director of Sales
T: 705-795-7753
E: [email protected]

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Dean Ingalls Takes Home Two National Awards after Outstanding 2020 Season
Awards News

Dean Ingalls Takes Home Two National Awards after Outstanding 2020 Season

Congratulations to Mr. Dean Ingalls of Carnmoney GC on his historic evening after receiving two National Awards yesterday (Jan. 28th) at the PGA of Canada Awards Night. Dean was the recipient of the Murray Tucker Club Professional of the Year and the Pat Fletcher Retailer of the Year (Silver Springs G&CC) awards. Find more information below on Dean and the impact he made in 2020 leading him to these prestigious awards.

Podcast Series Reminder - In case you missed it earlier this month, be sure to check out Episode 1 of the PGA of Alberta Podcast featuring none other than Dean Ingalls. In this episode Dean discusses
 Leadership Strategies & Retail Innovations and helps us understand the importance of teamwork in his operation, some creative retail strategies during the pandemic and the crucial part of networking & mentorship throughout his career. CLICK HERE to be directed to links for the episode.

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Murray Tucker Club Professional of the Year
A double-award winner in 2020, Dean Ingalls is the Club Professional of the Year as well as the Retailer of the Year. Ingalls showed tremendous leadership in the early days of the pandemic, taking shifts with the turf department and helping food and beverage with curbside pickup. Once the extreme busyness of the season set in, Dean ensured Silver Springs ran smoothly, developing programs for new golfers and leagues for seasoned members. He continued to mentor young pros and he did not let 2020 impede his charitable nature. As one example, Dean used proceeds from customized water bottle sales to buy back $9,000 worth of unsold 2019 inventory and donate the clothing to a women’s shelter. 

Pat Fletcher Retailer of the Year
Remarkably, Dean Ingalls led the Silver Springs G&CC shop to a record sales year in 2020. The now two-time Pat Fletcher Retailer of the Year Award winner created Vision 2020, whereby staff members were put in charge of individual categories and asked to maximize sales with creative ideas. Silver Springs also sent members daily value pricing videos that were often injected with humour as shop staff modelled clothing and showcased products. Sidewalk sales, customized water bottles, and constant shop reorganization were other retailing techniques that Ingalls spearheaded.

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PGA of Alberta Expands Partnership with E-Z-GO in 2021
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Expands Partnership with E-Z-GO in 2021

The PGA of Alberta is thrilled to announce an expanded partnership with golf cart manufacturer E-Z-GO for the upcoming season. E-Z-GO will continue as a Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming Education Spring Seminar taking place on February 22nd & 23rd  through a digital platform this year. If you are interested in attending the Seminar, please CLICK HERE (open to PGA members and industry professionals).

New for this season, E-Z-GO will become the Presenting Sponsor of our Pro-Pro Scramble classic which will be held in the Edmonton area in 2021. The Pro-Pro Scramble has become a member favourite on the tournament schedule over the past few years which features two PGA of Alberta Professionals competing in a team scramble format.

"E-Z-GO is proud to build on our relationship with the PGA of Alberta", said E-Z-GO’s Regional Director of Sales, Peter Restino. "The E-Z-GO team strives to be an active part of the golf community and we will continue to build on our relationships as use of our innovative, industry-leading products continues to grow in the region."

About E-Z-GO…
During a hot summer in 1954, in a cramped one-room machine shop in Augusta, Georgia, EZGO was born. Two brothers started with a simple belief that they could build a better golf car, that better met the needs of the customer, than any other vehicle that’s on the market.

E‑Z‑GO is a world leader in transportation and a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility vehicles and personal transportation vehicles. From their headquarters in Augusta, they build tens of thousands of vehicles each year, many of which feature game-changing technology and innovations, such as ELiTE lithium technology, to improve vehicle efficiency and enhance the user experience.

For more information on products, click here to be directed to their website OR contact your local Sales Rep below:

Scott Walters - Territory Sales Manager
T: 403-975-2904
E: [email protected] 

Peter Restino - Regional Sales Director
T: 1-800-241-5855    C: 704-574-8267
E: [email protected] 

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Professional Development Podcast - Episode 2
Education News

Professional Development Podcast - Episode 2

The Education Committee is happy to present the second episode of our new Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta Members. Our second guest will be Mr. Bob Paley of Kananaskis Country Golf Course. He will be discussing Growing Culture and Authenticity Both Personally and Professionally with our Host, Bryce Halverson of Valley Ridge GC & PGA of Alberta Education Committee Member. In this week’s episode, Bob will help us understand the importance of authenticity & culture in his operation, and everyday life, while also sharing his journey through the industry and some humorous stories.

This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. Our committee has enlisted the following guests for season 1 of the show; Dean Ingalls, Adam Werbicki, Riley Fleming, Bob Paley and Tahlon Sweenie. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry. 

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Episode 2 on Spotify

Click here for Episode 2 on Apple


PGA of Canada Bursary Opportunities worth $500 Each - Deadline Jan. 29th
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada Bursary Opportunities worth $500 Each - Deadline Jan. 29th

Each year, the PGA of Canada Foundation awards up to twenty (20) bursaries of up to $500 each to encourage, promote and support Members and Apprentices pursuing professional development / educational opportunities. 

A bursary award is contingent upon a Member or Apprentice completing one or more professional development opportunities during 2020. Bursaries are only valid for the cost of registration/tuition of any one or more professional development opportunities during the calendar year.

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 29th, 2021.

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Bryce Halverson Elected as New President of Assistants’ Board
Association News

Bryce Halverson Elected as New President of Assistants’ Board

Congratulations to Bryce Halverson of Valley Ridge GC on being elected as the new President of the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board of Directors.

Bryce has been a member of the Assistants’ Board since the beginning of 2019 and has been actively involved in the Association through all facets including committees, tournaments and education. He is the recent recipient of the PGA of Alberta Apprentice Professional of the Year Award in 2020 and a finalist for the National Award being announced on January 28th. Click here for more details.

The Assistants’ Board is in great hands moving forward with Bryce and the other Board members all striving towards making a positive impact for the Association and Assistant Professionals. Thank you to former Assistants’ Board President Sam Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) for all of your hard work over the past year.

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. Up to nine 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.

If you are interested in running for a position on the Assistants’ Board of Directors in 2021, please click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the Nomination form which can be submitted online. Deadline to submit your interest is Friday, January 22nd, 2021 (end of day).


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2021 PGA of Alberta Golf Shows Cancelled
Golf Show News

2021 PGA of Alberta Golf Shows Cancelled

Both 2021  Calgary & Edmonton Golf Shows will be cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

As the PGA of Alberta prides itself on being the Most Trusted Resource in Golf, we want to protect our Members, Exhibitors, Customers, and staff. These events will not be rescheduled to a later date in 2021. We want to keep everyone safe as that is the most important thing on our minds at the moment. Please remember to take care of yourself. Let’s bend the curve together.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments please contact:


PGA of Alberta Extends Partnership with Website Design Company Pixel Army
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Extends Partnership with Website Design Company Pixel Army

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to extend its partnership with website developer Pixel Army for 2021. Pixel Army will continue as the Presenting Sponsor of the Pro-Lady North which consists of one Professional paired up with a female amateur golfer in a team net stableford format.

Pixel Army has been a Proud Partner of the PGA of Alberta since 2017 supporting the Pro-Lady North event. They are responsible for creating and designing the revamped PGA of Alberta website launched at the beginning of 2018 making it more user and mobile friendly in addition to other enhancements.

"Pixel Army is proud to be once again partnering with the PGA of Alberta for the 2021 season", said Kevin Labbé, President at Pixel Army. "As our relationship has evolved throughout the past few years, we have felt a growing support from its membership. Our current sponsorship of the Pro-Lady North tournament has been a wonderful way for us to demonstrate our commitment back to the Association".

About Pixel Army…
Pixel Army specializes in Website Design & Development, Digital Advertising & Search Engine Optimization. They design and develop custom websites from their home base of Edmonton, Alberta. Pixel Army builds visually appealing, highly functional sites that integrate with your entire organization; delving deep into organizational pain points to turn your website into an integral part of your overall strategy.

In their first 15-years their portfolio has expanded to include a wide variety of clients from a number of industries; small and large, private and public, for-profit and non-profit. Whoever the client, their talented team of designers & developers spend extra time on the small details to deliver websites that are tailored to each client’s unique requirements.

For more information on Pixel Army including pricing (click here) and other websites they have created (click here), please visit their website or contact:

Kevin Labbé – President/Owner
E: [email protected]
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Professional Development Podcast
Education News

Professional Development Podcast

The Education Committee is excited to launch our new Professional Development Podcast series. With the impact of COVID-19 our committee agreed that we would not be able to provide our familiar educational offerings throughout the off-season. Like everything else, we were forced to adapt to the circumstances of the world. As you have seen we have moved our Spring Education Conference to an on-line format and now we are thrilled to launch our PGA of Alberta Podcast Series to replace our Professional Development seminars that are typically offered throughout the off-season.

This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. Our committee has enlisted the following guests for season 1 of the show; Dean Ingalls, Adam Werbicki, Riley Fleming, Bob Paley and Tahlon Sweenie. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry.

We hope you take the time to enjoy learning from each other. Happy New Year!

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Episode 1 on Spotify

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PGA of Canada National Awards - Good Luck to Alberta Professionals
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada National Awards - Good Luck to Alberta Professionals

The PGA of Canada is thrilled to announce the finalists for its 2020 National Awards. Each year, a National Selection Committee evaluates nominations from Professionals across Canada. Winners for each national award are traditionally recognized during PGA of Canada Night at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., however, this year will see winners revealed live during the Association’s virtual National Award Ceremony on Thursday, January 28th, 2021.

“We are blessed to have a family of over 3,600 professionals who proudly share their passion and expertise with golfers from coast-to-coast,” said Teejay Alderdice, the Association’s President. “On behalf of the PGA of Canada, I would like to congratulate all nominees and finalists for their outstanding accomplishments this year. I look forward to celebrating their collective achievements later this month during our virtual National Awards Ceremony.”

Good luck to the following PGA of Alberta Professionals up for a National Award in 2020:

  • Dean Ingalls (Silver Springs G&CC) - Murray Tucker Club Professional of the Year
  • Slade King (The Links of GlenEagles) - Dick Munn Executive Professional of the Year
  • Todd Halpen (Golfuture) - George Knudson Teacher of the Year
  • Ben Van Deurzen (Stewart Creek G&CC) - Stan Leonard Class “A” Professional of the Year
  • Bryce Halverson (Valley Ridge GC) - Moe Norman Apprentice Professional of the Year
  • Bill Dreger (Canmore G&CC) - Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year
  • Luke Workman (Glencoe G&CC Teaching Centre) - Ben Kern Coach of the Year
  • Silver Springs G&CC (Head Professional - Dean Ingalls) - Pat Fletcher Retailer of the Year
  • Chris DiPasquale (Par 3 Golf Academy at Bridge Valley Golf) - Warren Crosbie Community Leader of the Year

CLICK HERE to view all Finalists this year. To register for the PGA of Canada’s National Award Ceremony, please click the button below.

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Run for the Board of Directors or Assistants Board - Deadline Jan. 22
Association News

Run for the Board of Directors or Assistants Board - Deadline Jan. 22

Nomination Form

If you are interested in running for a position on either the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors in 2021, please click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the Nomination form which can be submitted online. Deadline to submit your interest is Friday, January 22nd, 2021 (end of day).

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  1. You must be logged into your account to be able to save your draft. 
  2. Save Draft button is located at the bottom of every form on the website.
  3. To find Saved Drafts, please go to "My Account" or "Manage Account" > My Saved Drafts.
  4. Click "Edit" beside the form you want to update.
  5. Submit when finished!
Board of Directors

Sets all policies, rules and regulations for the PGA of Alberta, meeting on a quarterly basis to conduct the business affairs on behalf of the Members.  There are between nine and twelve Members elected to the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors, all are Class A Members of the PGA of Canada. Elections to the Board are held every year at the Annual General Meeting in March and election terms are set at three years. There will be four (4) spots open for election in 2021 for the Board of Directors. CLICK HERE to see the current Board.

Assistants’ Board of Directors

Assistant Professionals (Class A) and Apprentice Professionals also have a voice in the Association, through the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Up to nine Class A Members or Apprentice Professionals are invited to run annually for two-year Committee 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. There will be five (5) spots open for election in 2021 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. CLICK HERE to see the current Assistants’ Board.

Click Here for Nomination Form

PGA of Alberta Updated Office Hours - Closed Dec. 21st - Jan. 1st
Association News

PGA of Alberta Updated Office Hours - Closed Dec. 21st - Jan. 1st

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 21st and will be open again on January 4th.

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Registration NOW OPEN for the 2021 Digital Spring Seminar
Education News

Registration NOW OPEN for the 2021 Digital Spring Seminar

Registration is now open for the 2021 PGA of Alberta Digital Spring Seminar! The 2021 Spring Seminar will be held February 22nd & 23rd as a digital education Conference via the Whova App/Platform - which allows video integration with a variety of video hosting platforms, sharing of agendas with attendees for presentations, sharing of any presentation related documents the Speakers provide and many more features. Click here for a YouTube video on WhovaThe Education Committee has diligently been working through the survey results from last year’s seminar, proposals received from various speakers on relevant industry topics and are excited for this year’s line-up.

Please note that we are offering Early Bird Pricing to all our Members NOW so take advantage while you can! Mark these dates in your calendar now, we hope you plan on attending this annual kick-off to the golf season in an albeit different but still exciting capacity this year!

Click here for the Info Package

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Nike Golf and PGA of Alberta form New Partnership
Partner News

Nike Golf and PGA of Alberta form New Partnership

The PGA of Alberta is delighted to form a new partnership with Nike Golf Canada heading into 2021. Next season, Nike Canada will be the new Title Sponsor of the annual Pro-Junior event which features one Professional paired up with a Junior Golfer in a team net stableford format.

Nike Canada will also be 
the new Presenting Sponsor of the Team Match Play Championship, one of the Associations premier events on the schedule! This increased partnership at both events next season will enhance the overall playing experience for our membership and junior amateurs alike.

“Nike Canada is thrilled with this partnership and the opportunity to take the PGA of Alberta to the next level” a statement from Nike Golf Canada. “Nike Canada has always felt strong support in Alberta and are eager to solidify this relationship for many years to come. We at Nike Canada believe that these sponsorships demonstrates our organization’s commitment to the PGA of Alberta and its members moving forward".

About Nike Golf…
Making products since the late 1990’s, Nike’s range has included clothing, footwear, bags and balls. Today, it focuses solely on what it has always been best at, producing world class golfing footwear, clothing, and accessories for both professional and amateur players.

Nike’s golf collection aims to achieve two things. Firstly, they focus on creating products which will enhance the players performance on the course and give him the advantage of wearing high quality golf gear. Secondly, Nike created products for the golfer who wants to be comfortable while looking stylish.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Jason Day are only some of the big names within the PGA Tour Professionals wearing Nike’s golfing footwear. The main reason for Nike’s products being popular among world leading players is the game enhancing technology used to create them. Nike provides a wide range of shoes and golf clothing for both men and women, from summertime T-shirts and dresses to coats and jackets for the colder conditions.

For more information on products, Click Here to be directed to their website OR contact your local Sales Rep below:

Tanner Fermaniuk - Northern Alberta Sales Rep
E: [email protected]
P: 780-232-0669

Andy Huculak - Southern Alberta Sales Rep

E: [email protected]
P: 403-850-0688
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PGA of Alberta Expands Partnership with Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada for the 2021 Season
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Expands Partnership with Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada for the 2021 Season

The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce an expanded partnership with Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada for 2021. In addition to Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada continuing as the Title Sponsor of the Team Match Play Championship, they will also be the Presenting Sponsor of the Pro-Junior event next season!

“Srixon/Cleveland is very excited to continue and expand our sponsorship with the PGA of Alberta” a statement from Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada. “We have felt a growing support in the Alberta golf community and we are certain that these sponsorships will continue to foster that relationship. Our current sponsorships align extremely well with both our values and the values of the PGA of Alberta. We at Cleveland-Srixon believe that the designation of ’Title Sponsor’ of the Team Match Play Championship, and ’Presenting Sponsor’ of the Pro-Junior demonstrates our commitment to the PGA of Alberta and all its members".

The Team Match Play Championship is one of the Associations premier events on the tournament schedule that lasts the entire duration of the season. The Championship will have an opening seeding round at the beginning of the season in the Edmonton and Calgary areas to determine team rankings for the round one bracket.

The PGA of Alberta runs one Pro-Junior event every year which consists of one Professional paired up with a Junior Golfer playing in a team net stableford format. The event features a maximum of 60 teams with a meal following the round.

About Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada...
Cleveland Golf and Srixon enjoy a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. The professional staff includes players such as Hideki Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Inbee Park.

Cleveland
 Golf, founded in 1979, is a leading manufacturer specializing in short game technologies and solutions that benefit all golfers. Srixon, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to producing the highest quality, technically innovative golf balls that offer maximum performance to golfers of all levels of ability.

Srixon/Cleveland Golf remains steadfastly committed to providing “Tour-proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience playing the game of golf”.

For more information on products, click the following links for Srixon Golf and Cleveland Golf OR contact your local Sales Rep below:

Andy Huculak - Southern Alberta Sales Rep
E: [email protected]
P: 403-850-0688

Tanner Fermaniuk - Northern Alberta Sales Rep
E: [email protected]
P: 780-232-0669

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