Assistants’ Championship Heading to The Ranch G&CC
The PGA of Alberta and long-time sponsor, Cobra Puma Golf, are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Assistants’ Championship will be heading to The Ranch G&CC.
The Ranch G&CC’s par 71 layout shows a wide blend of unique and challenging holes, such as hole #10. This par 5 is typically played as a 3-shot hole, unless an absolutely perfect tee shot is hit into the narrow uphill fairway. Hole #5 is what many call the “signature hole” at The Ranch. Known as the Pit-Hole, it demands a drive in the fairway which is difficult due to the severe left to right slope. Stretching approximately 6,500 yards from the back tees, this scenic course will tempt players with the harmony of the natural beauty and woodland surroundings that flow through the 18-hole course.
“We are looking forward to hosting all the Assistant Pro’s this year at The Ranch G&CC” said Murray McCourt, Executive Professional at The Ranch G&CC. “The course is in phenomenal shape right now and should be a great test of golf for these players. It can be a tough course for how short it is but I’m looking forward to see what the scores will be over the two-days”.
With sixty of Alberta’s top Golf Professionals heading to one of Edmonton’s premier clubs, competition will be fierce not only vying for a piece of the $15,800 purse, but also in hopes to claim a spot on the Alberta Assistants’ Team. The winner of the Championship will automatically be granted a spot on the Team that will represent the zone at the National Championship in September being hosted in Calgary at The Winston GC.
Competitors will look to over shadow reigning champion Craig Gibson’s (#7 on Order of Merit, Sirocco GC) impressive tournament low of 2-under 140 at last year’s Championship hosted at Cottonwood G&CC as he defeated Eric Locke (#5, Priddis Greens G&CC) in a playoff. In a two-way tie sitting only 1-stroke back was Kasey Timms (#16, Glendale G&CC) and Braden Chown (Desert Blume GC) who posted scores of 1-under 141.
Other top contenders this year include: Riley Fleming (#2, NGA Dome), winner of three PGA of Alberta events this year including the Vulcan G&CC, Lynx Ridge GC and the River Spirit GC GSH Series events. Dustin Risdon (#11, NGA @ McCall Lake), winner of the 2016 Assistants’ Championship and the 2018 GSH Series at Stony Plain GC in July. Wes Heffernan (#4, Golf Canada Centre), winner of the Pro-Junior individual side and the GSH Series event at Valley Ridge GC. Dillon Batsel (#6, Connaught GC) finished second at the Wolf Creek GR GSH Series and finished third at the Lynx Ridge GC GSH Series. Holding a number of impressive titles, including four Assistants’ Championship titles since 2008, four Tour Championship titles since 2010 and the 2014 PGA of Alberta Championship, Mike Belbin (#32, Royal Mayfair GC) will be looking to add this trophy to his collection.
Round one on Tuesday, August 7th will kick off with tee times starting at 8:00am and the final group to tee off at 11:10am. The second round will be a crossover start beginning at 8am, followed by the Championship presentation beginning at approximately 3:00pm on Wednesday, August 8th.
All media are invited to attend the Championship as guests of the PGA of Alberta. Please contact Tournament Manager Trevor Rioux for more information, [email protected]
Golf Show News
Digital Magazine – 2019 Calgary Golf Show Preview
The Calgary Golf Show edition of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live. Content in this issue includes highlights of the 2019 Calgary Golf Show this weekend on March 23 & 24 at the BMO Centre (Hall B), information on attending exhibitors, speakers at the 19th hole, and other important Association updates. Click the link below to view the magazine and see what’s happening at the Golf Show this year.
Reasons to Attend the Golf Show
Million Dollar Clearance Centre - Clubs, bags, shoes, accessories, we have it all!
FREE golf lessons from PGA of Canada Professionals.
Prizes, prizes, prizes. Over $50,000 worth of prizes will be given away over the two days.
Driving Range - Test out the latest and greatest technology from the equipment manufacturers.
New for this year, the PGA of Alberta has added two Seniors’ Division events to the tournament schedule built for members 50-years and older. This year’s locations will be Turner Valley GC on June 10th and Cougar Creek GR on August 12th. These events will give members that are 50-years and older an opportunity to play in more tournaments during the season and compete against their peers of a similar age. The Seniors’ division will tee off immediately after the 1-day GSH Series event and will play from a reduced yardage as well as for a small purse.
The 2019 Tournament Eligibility Form is now available on the PGA of Alberta website. The form is required to be filled out by every member playing in a PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournament this year. After the form has been submitted and approved by the PGA of Alberta office, the member will receive notification by email stating they are now able to register for events online 28-days prior to the event date. Please refer to the tournament page on the website to see when each tournament opens for registration.
25-Year Class A Members Recognized at Annual General Meeting
Congratulations to the following Members for reaching the 25-Year milestone as a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada:
Patrick Coli (Carnmoney GC)
Kevin Day (Billy D’s GC)
Anthony Griffi (Gilwood G&CC)
Ken Stasiewich (Priddis Greens G&CC)
John D. Wilson (Priddis Greens G&CC)
All Members were recognized at the Annual General Meeting on March 4th for their outstanding dedication to the PGA of Canada and Golf Industry.
Golf Show News
PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine – 2019 Edmonton Golf Show Preview
The Edmonton Golf Show edition of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live. Content in this issue includes highlights of the 2019 Edmonton Golf Show this weekend on March 9 & 10, information on attending exhibitors, speakers at the 19th hole, and other important Association updates. Click the link below to view the magazine and see what’s happening at the Golf Show this year.
Reasons to Attend the Golf Show
Million Dollar Clearance Centre - Clubs, bags, shoes, accessories, we have it all!
FREE golf lessons from PGA of Canada Professionals
Prizes, prizes, prizes. Over $30,000 of prizes will be given away over the two days
Driving Range - Test out the latest and greatest technology from the equipment manufacturers
Speaker presentations at the 19th Hole. Grab a refreshment and listen to the awesome speakers we have at the Show
We would like to give a special thank you to Trevor Goplin (The Derrick G&WC) for all of his efforts over the last two years as President of the PGA of Alberta.
At the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on March 4th, Trevor officially passed the torch to the new PGA of Alberta President Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC). Greg has been a Board Member since 2008 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the Association as he moves into his new role. Greg officially announced Dale Tomlinson (The Winston GC) as the new Vice President.
Congratulations to the following Members on being elected to the Board of Directors on March 4th at the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting; Matt Johnson (Royal Mayfair GC, re-elected), Chris Paskin (Desert Blume GC, newly elected), Jason Stanier (Inglewood G&CC, re-elected) and Dale Tomlinson (The Winston GC, re-elected).
Congratulations to the following Members on being elected to the Assistants’ Board of Directors; Bryce Halverson (The Winston GC, newly elected), Sam Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC, re-elected), Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC, newly elected) and Troy Mills (Jasper Park Lodge GC, newly elected).
We hope everyone is excited for the 2019 PGA of Alberta tournament season! We have some exciting new initiatives for the upcoming season. If your golf club would like to host a tournament in the future, please contact the PGA of Alberta Office. Please be aware that Tournament Registration will NOT open today. Members will now register for tournaments 28-days prior to the event date and not all at once for the entire season.
Every Member playing in tournaments will still be required to submit the Tournament Eligibility Form which can be done online. The Eligibility form will be available on the website the week of March 11th. An announcement will be sent once available.
Please note the following:
The Pro-Assistant will now be hosted at Wolf Creek GR on July 8 & 9.
We have extended the registration deadline until Sunday - Don’t be the one that misses out! With an incredible line up that includes Theo Fleury, David Orr, Will Robins, Luke Elvy and many more, it’s this years must attend event! Don’t miss a great opportunity to spend of couple of days networking with your peers and get motivated for the upcoming season. Every Member that attends the Spring Seminar will receive 5 Top 100 Program Points per day, 10 points total if you attend both days!
The Seminar will be held at The Carriage House Inn in Calgary on March 4th and 5th. Register now to save your spot!
PGA of Alberta Buying Show Heading to the Calgary BMO Centre in 2019
We are very excited to announce that the PGA of Alberta Buying Show will be heading South in 2019 to the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The dates of this years Buying Show will be October 22-24, 2019, one week after the Thanksgiving holiday.
After much consideration by the Board of Directors, the change in location from Edmonton to Calgary will benefit many of the stakeholders involved with the Show, which include:
Easy access to Calgary International Airport with increased flight options for attendees
Hotels & Restaurants within walking distance of the BMO Centre
Increased entertainment options available allowing for better networking opportunities
Transportation access to venue by Calgary’s C-Train transit system
Better accessibility for PGA of Canada Members in bordering provinces
The BMO Centre is the largest convention centre in Calgary and is a world-class facility located in the heart of the city. By moving the Show to this venue located on the Stampede Grounds, attendees will have better access to hotels, transportation, restaurants, entertainment, etc., all within walking distance from the venue, helping make for a better overall experience.
“The Buying Show has been very successful for a very long time at the current venue, but we’ve heard loud and clear from all participants that its time for change” said PGA of Alberta Member and Chairman of the Buying Show Committee Shawn Lavoie. “The BMO Centre in Calgary will offer everyone a greater experience on all fronts. The logistics for our partners will be vastly improved. The social aspect will also be a great step forward with the proximity of hotels and restaurants in the area. The BMO centre will be a great fit for years to come”.
Lastly, the annual PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet will be held at the BMO Centres Palomino Room during the week of the Buying Show. We look forward to recognising our Members and Industry Representatives for what will be a memorable night for everyone involved.
About the PGA of Alberta Buying Show…
The PGA of Alberta is proud to present the largest Buying Show in Canada each year. The purpose of this show is to bring Golf Professionals and Equipment Manufacturers together in order to prepare their inventories for the following season.
Over the course of the three-day show, close to 1200 people gather from across the country and beyond for a look at what’s new and exciting in the golf industry. The Buying Show is an event restricted to Members of the PGA of Canada, Non-PGA of Canada Golf Facilities and Golf Industry Equipment Manufacturers.
Exhibitor registration for the 2019 Buying Show at the BMO Centre in Calgary will open in June. If your company would like to attend the Show, please contact Quinn Logan ([email protected]) to request a registration package once available.
For more information on the PGA of Buying Show, please click here.
PGA of Alberta Launches Top 100 Program
The Association is proud to launch the Top 100 Program (formerly the Professional Development Program) for Members of the PGA of Alberta. 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 are areas where points are awarded; Education & Employment, Association initiatives and Tournaments. Points will be automatically updated for all PGA of Alberta events. Please refer to the point breakdown on the Top 100 Program page to see where points can be earned.
The winner of the yearly award will be recognized at the Awards Banquet during the annual Buying Show and will be given to the Member with the most points accumulated. Every Buying Show begins a new year for the Top 100 Program and will conclude in October of the following year. We are delighted to revamp this program into something bigger for our Members and introduce new initiatives.
Top 100 Professional: As part of this new program, the PGA of Alberta will acknowledge the Top 100 Professionals which will be the top 100-point earners for that year of the program. These members will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for that year and will receive a custom Top 100 logo in which they can use to further promote themselves as Golf Professionals.
Extracurricular Activities: In addition to receiving points through attending PGA of Alberta events, Members are eligible to receive points by attending PGA of Canada Education Sessions. In order to receive these points for the Top 100 Program, Members are required to submit an Extracurricular Approval Form. If the form is not submitted for any PGA of Canada events you attended, points will not be rewarded. This form can be found on the Top 100 Program page.
Cash Prizes: In addition to recognizing the Top 100 Professionals, the PGA of Alberta will offer cash prizes as an added incentive to the top 7-point earners for this year. Total cash prizes will equal $4,000! The prizes will be distributed as follows:
This program will be a great initiative for the Association moving forward by building excitement for the Award throughout the year while also achieving the following:
Encouraging Members to participate in all Association programs
Rewarding Members for their continued support and contributions to the Association
Encouraging Members to grow professionally by being involved in different areas of the Industry
The PGA of Alberta’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 9:00am on March 4th at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary (9030 Macleod Trail S). Information on the AGM has been sent to all members, including Mail-In Ballots for both the Board of Directors and the Assistants’ Board. Members are encouraged to attend the AGM even if unable to attend the Spring Seminar afterwards.
If you are unable to attend the AGM this year, be sure to send in your Ballot form to the PGA office. If you did not receive this form, please contact Trevor Rioux at the PGA office (403-256-8894).
Nominee Bios 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 and election terms are set at three years. There will be four spots open for election in 2019 for the Board of Directors. Click here to view Nominee Bios.
Assistants’ Board of Directors - Assistant Professionals and Candidates for Membership also have a voice in the Association, through the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Eight Class A Members or Candidates for Membership 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 four spots open for election in 2019 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Click here to view Nominee Bios.
Just a reminder that the 2019 Spring Seminar is less than a week away. With an incredible line up that includes Theo Fleury, David Orr, Will Robins, Luke Elvy and many more, it’s this years must attend event! Don’t miss a great opportunity to spend of couple of days networking with your peers and get motivated for the upcoming season. Every Member that attends the Spring Seminar will receive 5 Professional Development Points per day, 10 points total if you attend both days!
The Seminar will be held at The Carriage House Inn in Calgary on March 4th and 5th. Register now to save your spot!
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to introduce Impact Canopy Canada Inc. as the Associations newest partner and new Presenting Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Pro-Junior event for the 2019 & 2020 seasons! The PGA of Alberta runs one Pro-Junior event every year which consists of one Professional paired up with a Junior Golfer in a team best ball format.
“We are excited to continue a partnership with the PGA of Alberta” said Sunny Sanchez, Marketing Manager for Impact Canopy. “We also jump at the chance to be a part of encouraging young athletes to continue pursuing sports. When we were presented with the opportunity to be the Presenting Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Pro-Junior, it was a no-brainer. Partnering with the PGA of Alberta is a great complement to our business, and we are looking forward to building a tremendous relationship together.”
Exclusive Member Special: Members of the PGA of Alberta are able to take advantage of exclusive specials on select Impact Canopies Canada products such as table covers, chairs, signs, banners, and more! Click here to view all Exclusive Specials.
About Impact Canopies Canada…
Impact Canopies has a 20-year history of helping leading organizations create exciting and highly visible branding campaigns and marketing initiatives. Impact Canopies Canada Inc. was formed in 1999 and has more than a decade of experience manufacturing and distributing all styles of canopies, pop-up tents, and accessories.
Today, Impact Canopies makes up the only true North American custom instant canopy brand. With Canadian offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Impact Canopy’s custom canopies, pop-up tents, banners, flags, inflatables, and more are widely available throughout North America at numerous convenient locations. Through the Impact Canopy offices, you can expect an extensive inventory, an available rental fleet, and expert sales & service advice. Click here to read various testimonials about Impact Canopies.
For more information on Impact Canopies Canada and to see what products they offer, please visit their website by clicking here or contact:
On top of an already incredible line up for the 2019 Spring Seminar, we are thrilled to announce that Luke Elvy will be joining us on Monday March 4th. Originally from Australia, Luke is a PGA Tour Commentator now living in Canmore, AB.
A veteran broadcaster of almost 20 years, Luke can be seen and heard across 15-20 events per year on the PGA Tour with CBS, Sky Sports and PGA Tour Live. Luke is also an amazing story teller, and will help us finish off Day 1 of the Spring Seminar, then take us over to Schanks Sports Grill from 5pm to 8pm, where he will be sharing stories from the Tour and his experiences growing up around the game of golf. See Luke on Twitter @Luke_Elvy
The PGA of Alberta is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Nespresso Professional - EVS Canadaas the official Presenting Sponsor of the 2019/2020 Pro-Lady North and South events! Representatives from Nespresso will be present at both events distributing some of their premium coffee to all participants.
Nespresso provides premium coffee solutions to Hotels, Cafes, Restaurants, Offices & Clubs. Their goal is to enhance your business with the best coffee solutions for you and your members. With Nespresso Professional, you can focus on the essential: your members/guest/visitors and their overall positive experience. Quality, Sustainability, Service are at the spirit of their premium products. Click here to watch a short video on Nespresso’s environmentally-friendly Zero-Waste Program.
Thanks to simple operations, innovative machines and guaranteed freshness, you can save time and money. Their professional services include the following:
Free Machine Installation
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The Nespresso story began with a simple idea: enable anyone to create the perfect cup of espresso coffee – just like a skilled barista. From its beginning in 1986, Nespresso has redefined and revolutionized the way millions of people enjoy their espresso coffee. It has shaped the global coffee culture.
The entire Nespresso system – the interaction of the original Nespresso aluminum capsule with the genuine Nespresso machine – is designed to ensure the consistent quality that has made Nespresso the reference in the portioned coffee sector and one of the fastest growing global food and beverage brands.
Nespresso’s unique business model guarantees quality at every stage of the sourcing, production and sale of their coffees, and to maintain a direct privileged relationship with consumers. Every Nespresso capsule sold in the world is produced in one of the three state-of-the-art production centres in Switzerland.
For more information, please visit the Nespresso website by clicking here. Request a FREE demo/trial for your facility by contacting one of your dedicated Territory Sales Managers:
Northern Alberta (Red Deer North, Greater Edmonton Area, Grande Prairie and beyond) Melanie Blair Phone: (780) 668-2665 office/cell Email: [email protected]
Southern Alberta (Greater Calgary Area West, South, Canmore, Banff and Area) Daniela Pacheco Phone: (587) 999-1060 office/cell Email: [email protected]
New Committee Members Page
There are several Committees within the PGA of Alberta, who meet regularly to execute events or to provide information and insight for consideration by the Board of Directors on existing or required policies, rules and regulations. Depending upon the nature of the Committee and its’ mandate, Committee meetings are held annually, bi-annually or quarterly. All Members are encouraged to participate and become involved in the Committee of their choice by contacting the Committee Chair(s) or the PGA of Alberta Office.
Click here to view the respective Chairs and Members for all PGA of Alberta Committees (login required).
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 Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Carriage House Inn (9030 MacLeod Trail S) in Calgary, Alberta. Start time will be 9:00am.
Elections for the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board will be held at the AGM. Please click on the below links to view this years Nominee Bios for each respective Board. If you did not receive information on the AGM, please contact Trevor Rioux at the PGA office ([email protected]).
Assistants’ Board of Directors Nominee Bios - Click here
2019 Calgary Teaching Summit
The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is thrilled to announce the 2019 Calgary Teaching Summit, hosted at Earl Grey Golf Club with world renowned putting specialist David Orr. This will take place on Monday, March 4th @ 5pm, immediately following Day 1 of the 2019 Spring Seminar.
The Calgary Teaching Summit will provide PGA of Alberta members with two choices to enhance their professional skills. Option one gives 4 attendees the opportunity to have a 1-on-1 session (50 minute lesson) to refine their own game, and develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants taking their lessons. There will be endless opportunities for questions and discussions throughout the sessions with David. Option two gives an additional 6 attendees with the opportunity to attend as an observer - which gives you access to all 4 sessions with the same opportunity to discuss with David Orr and your peers.
With the Alberta Golf Shows right around the corner, booth space and exhibitor locations are being finalized. The registration deadline for both the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Shows will be on Saturday February 9th. Any registrations past the 9th will be based on availability. Participating in the Golf Show is a great way to support the local golf industry and an opportunity to promote your facility to over 8,000 passionate golfers. Get an early head start on your 2019 cash flow by pre-selling green fees and much more. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the March Madness.
2019 Spring Seminar – March 4th & 5th @ The Carriage House Inn, Calgary AB
Early Bird rates for the 2019 Spring Seminar have now been extended until Friday February 8th at 4pm MST. Don’t miss out on our fantastic line up of speakers – including David Orr, Will Robins, Theo Fleury and many more!
Don’t forget to book your rooms at the Carriage House Inn by February 11th for preferred rates – just mention ‘PGA of Alberta’ when booking (www.carriagehouse.net or 1-800-661-9566)
Congratulations to PGA of Alberta Member Alan Carter of Edmonton CC for winning the PGA of Canada Dick Munn Executive Professional of the Year Award. Alan and the other Award recipients were honoured during the annual PGA of Canada Night at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL on January 24th.
Registration is now open for the 2019 PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar, presented by E-Z-GO and SuperSpeed Golf on March 4th and 5th at the Carriage House Inn. We have an incredible couple of days lined up with some exceptional speakers to Educate, Motivate and Inspire!
This year we are offering Early Bird pricing - register before February 1st, 2019 to take advantage of great savings.
Guest speakers include David Orr, Will Robins, Theoren Fleury, James Beebe, George Pinches and many more talented professionals. For more information on speakers, topics and accommodation - CLICK HERE
Orr, Robins and Fleury to Headline 2019 Spring Seminar
The Education Committee is pleased to announce three very exciting headliners for the 2019 Spring Seminar - David Orr, Will Robins and Theoren Fleury.
David Orr is a PGA Tour coach and world-renowned putting specialist. David has worked with over 50 touring professionals worldwide including: Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Cameron Percy, DA Points, Daniel Berger and Cheyenne Woods. The Director of Instruction at Campbell University and a name on the 2019 Golf magazine Top 100 Instructor list, David loves to share his experiences, information and insight with other golf instructors through his "Flatstick Academy Certified Instructor Program".
Will Robins, a certified PGA Professional, is helping revolutionize golf instruction worldwide by helping golf professionals guarantee results with their players. Through his companies, WRGolf and Robins Golf Logistix, Will trains over 80 coaches worldwide on how to implement programs that accellerate and guarantee results for students while doubling their teaching and coaching revenue. He is an engaging speaker with a mission to motivate. With an incredible story, his journey from surviving the 2004 Tsunami to his passion for coaching the game of golf, Will is committed to changing lives.
Theoren Fleury - Stanley Cup Winner. Olympic Gold Medallist. Country Musician. Best Selling Author. For some people that’s enough, but Theoren Fleury is passionate about helping people overcome obstacles by igniting leadership, action and resilience from within. Fleury is a dynamic speaker and not only entertains, but empowers everyone to tackle issues from a fresh perspective. Motivating to confront obstacles head on and truly understanding that change is possible and quitting is never an option is just one thing Theoren will be diving into.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers and topics. Registration will be opening next week for the 2019 PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar - March 4th and 5th at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary AB.
Click here for more information including all confirmed speakers.
Board of Directors/Assistants’ Board - Nomination Form
If you are interested in running for a position on either the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors, please click Read More below for more information and to be directed to the Nomination form which can be submitted online. Deadline to submit is January 18, 2019 by 4pm.
Elections will be held at the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary, Alberta.
The PGA of Alberta would like to wish everyone and their families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Our office will be closed starting December 24th and will be open again on January 2nd.
Golf Show News
’Tis the Season of Savings
Due to the spirit of the holidays the PGA of Alberta has decided to extend the early bird rates for the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Show until Friday, December 21st. After the 21st all booth prices will go back to their normal rates.
Please contact the office if you have any questions.
Alan Ewen in Memoriam (1933-2018)
PGA of Canada Life Member and PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Alan Ewen passed away on December 12th at the age of 85.
Born on November 27th, 1933, and raised in Dunfermline, Scotland, Alan got his start in the game of golf when he came to Canada at age 27, playing at the Victoria GC in Edmonton. His natural ability allowed him to progress quickly in the game and following a brief stint as President of the Victoria GC, Al decided to make his passion his profession. In 1962, Alan joined the PGA of Canada and became an Assistant to Jack Reynolds at the Red Deer G&CC.
In 1965, Bud Loftus took him on as an Assistant at the Calgary G&CC, where his career flourished. He remained as an Assistant to Loftus for ten years, and upon Bud’s retirement in 1975, Ewen assumed the Head Professional role, a post he held until his retirement in 1994, some thirty years later.
Alan’s commitment to the profession and to the Association have been evident throughout his career. He had an outstanding service record as Head Professional at the Calgary G&CC, highlighted with the Members at the club providing him with a lifetime membership. Alan also served on the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors for five years, was President of the Board for two years, served on the National Board of Directors for eight years and was President of the PGA of Canada for two years.
As an accomplished player, Alan won the Alberta Assistants’ Championship in 1971, and finished in the top ten three times at the Western Assistant Professional Championship between 1965 and 1968. In 1993, he became a Life Member of the PGA of Canada and in 2008, he was a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Association Builder category.
Alan always seemed to take the time to discuss the game with anyone and had a number of close relationships at the Calgary G&CC. He played a great part in building the club and will be greatly missed.
More information will be provided once confirmed.
Golf Show News
Alberta Golf Show - Early Bird Registration Deadline is TOMORROW
Tomorrow (December 14th) is the final day to receive the early bird exhibitor rates for both the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Show. Don’t miss your chance on great savings and the ability to support the Alberta golf industry. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on your 2019 cash flow and to promote your facility to over 8000 passionate golfers searching for new courses.