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Become A Mentor or Mentee
Association News

Become A Mentor or Mentee

The PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program (separate from the PGA of Canada Mentorship Program) provides guidance and direction to first-year Members of the Association. 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 in the golf industry.

CLICK HERE to see 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 Mentee with a Mentor 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). Ex. This can be accomplished over a round of golf or at an Association tournament/event
  • 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. All Mentors must execute the action items as indicated and submit the Evaluation Form before being eligible to receive points. Points are only awarded for the first-year of your pairing.

Become A Mentor in 2022…
If interested in being involved, click the link below to submit the "Become A Mentor" form by February 18, 2022. After the form has been submitted, you will be added to the Mentor list (if eligible) and MAY be assigned a Mentee in March (depending on total number of Mentors/Mentees, and geographical location). Please ignore this form if you have already expressed interest in being a Mentor.
  

Click Here for Mentor Form


Become A Mentee in 2022...
All new members of the Association are automatically signed up to be a Mentee in the program. If you received your card in 2021 or 2022, you will AUTOMATICALLY be assigned a Mentor in March of 2022.

If interested in being a Mentee and you are not a new member as stated above, please contact [email protected] at the PGA office for more information. Mentors are assigned based on several factors including geographical location to the Mentee.


Mark Your Calendar
Education News

Mark Your Calendar

The Education Committee is excited to announce that the South Teaching Summit will be making a return this year. 

Location: Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona

Facilitators: Peter and John Kostis

Date: November 28th & 29th, 2022

Capacity: 16 Participants

Registration Date: Monday August 22nd, 10:00am

This event is scheduled the week before the CPGA Club Pro Championship. There will be more details to follow including; scheduled golf at a premier facility on November 30th and other possible entertainment options for attending participants.

 


Play Ability Test Draw - Mill Woods GC on August 10th
Play Ability Test News

Play Ability Test Draw - Mill Woods GC on August 10th

The draw is now posted for the fourth Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Mill Woods GC in Edmonton on Wednesday, August 10th. Tee times begin at 2:00pm.

Good luck to all players going for their Professional status with the PGA of Canada! Follow the scoring next week on the link below.

Click here to view the draw/scoring link for next week.


Draw now available - Pro-Senior Presented by GOLF TRENDS INC & The Cart Locker
Tournament News

Draw now available - Pro-Senior Presented by GOLF TRENDS INC & The Cart Locker

The Draw is now available for the: Pro-Senior Presented by GOLF TRENDS INC & The Cart Locker next Monday, August 8th at Ponoka Community Golf in Ponoka Alberta. We have 60 Teams in the field who are ready to battle for the Title.

Click here for DRAW.

Located in the scenic Battle River valley, the course offers a mix of parkland and rolling links-style holes which, after your first visit, will leave you wanting more. You’ll find our staggered tee system favorable for your handicap. Ponoka is a decent challenge for all golfers — novice to advanced — which is why it’s host to many provincial amateur and professional events.

 


Final Group Battle Ends With Mitchell Fox Victory
Tournament News

Final Group Battle Ends With Mitchell Fox Victory

Cooler weather at Leduc GC didn’t deter some low scores in round 2 of the fifth Golf Supply House Series Event. 

The final group on the course battled all day that lead to Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) finishing on top with a final score of 10-under. In round 2, Mitchell carded a 64 with 8 birdies.

Finishing in a close second place at 8-under was Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) with a final round 70 to follow an opening 64. 

In Third, Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) shot a final round 64  with 6 birdies and an eagle to finish 7-under for the tournament.

Fourth place goes to Tyler LeBouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) with 7 birdies and an eagle to also shoot 64 and finish at 5-under.

Rounding out our top 5 is Michael Harrison (Goal Creek GR) who was a steady 70, 69 to over the 2 day event.

Thanks once again to our sponsor Golf Supply House and to Leduc GC for hosting.

Congratulations to our skins winners of round 2, Tyler LeBouthillier with a hole out eagle on 3, Nick Vandermey with a birdie on 8, and Spencer Vandermey with a birdie on 17.

 


Four Progress to Shaw Charity Classic
Tournament News

Four Progress to Shaw Charity Classic

After a heated battle today and a two-man playoff featuring PGA of Alberta Member - Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) (70) & Dennis Hendershott (70), Dennis Hendershott won the playoff on the Fifth Hole of the Mountain 9 at the beautiful Elbow Springs GC in Calgary. It was a tight day on the Leaderboard which made for an exciting Event Qualifier.
Four players rose above the rest to qualify for the Shaw Charity Classic event held at the  Canyon Meadows G&CC on Aug. 3rd– 7th.

Congratulations to Mario Tiziani(67)Todd Fischer (69), Scott Petersen (69) & Dennis Hendershott (70) who have all qualified for the Shaw Charity Classic.


Batsel Shoots 30 On Back Nine To Lead At Leduc GC
Tournament News

Batsel Shoots 30 On Back Nine To Lead At Leduc GC

It was a great day for round 1 of the Golf Supply House event at Leduc GC. Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC), Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC)  and Michael Harrison (Cougar Creek GR) headline the top of the leaderboard after shooting  64, 68, and 70 respectively.

Round out the top 7, shooting an even par 71, is Adam Bruce (GOLFTEC Sherwood Park), Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC), Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) and Matt Bean (Sundre GC).

Round 2 will start bright and early tomorrow morning at 7am.

Also, congratulations to the skins winners from today, Michael Harrison (Cougar Creek GR) with a Birdie on hole 4 and Dillon Batsel (Speargrass GC) with an Eagle on hole 18.

A special thanks to Golf Supply House for sponsoring another great event and Leduc GC for their generosity in hosting.

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PGA Buying Show Less than 3 Months Away - Register Your Facility Today
Buying Show News

PGA Buying Show Less than 3 Months Away - Register Your Facility Today

The PGA of Alberta Buying Show hosted on October 18–20 at the Calgary BMO Centre is less than 3 months away! Click Here to register you and your staff for the annual industry event. Read more information about the Buying Show below.

Registered Exhibitors
With over 50 vendors registered to date for the Show this year, companies are eager to see the membership and their teams in person after a two year hiatus. Click Here to view Exhibitor list.

Registered Facilities
Click Here to see if your facility is currently registered for the Buying Show.

Complimentary Food & Beverage at the Show
Gordon Food Service will again be offering complimentary food and beverage options for ALL Exhibitors and Attendees located in the 19th Hole (centre of the floor plan) for the entire 3-days of the Buying Show! This will help your facility save costs as well as gives you a chance to try their food and re-energize yourself while at the Show.

Remember to invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food & Beverage staff to the Show! Gordon Food will have a booth within the 19th Hole giving members and facilities a great opportunity to review all their on course and clubhouse needs for future seasons.

Access to Private Networking Events
Opening Welcome Breakfast (Day 1) - Tuesday, Oct. 18th @ 8:00am


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We will be hosting a complimentary Grand Opening Breakfast sponsored by Gordon Food ServiceImpact Canopy CanadaSundog Eyewear/Tour Tee & Jancor Agencies. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 18th located in the foyer space at the BMO Centre just outside of the Show floor. This is a complimentary event, and all Exhibitors and Attendees are encouraged to attend. The event begins at 8:00am, 1-hour before the Show officially opens at 9:00am and will run to 9:30am.

Hotel Arts Cocktail Reception (Day 1) - Tuesday, Oct. 18th @ 5:00pm

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This is a complimentary Cocktail Reception sponsored by TribalGordon Food Service & Hotel Arts, will be held after Day 1 of the Show at Hotel Arts in Calgary (119 12 Ave SW, Calgary) which is a 10-minute walk from the BMO Centre! This is a complimentary event featuring beverages and appetizers and all Exhibitors and Attendees are encouraged to attend.

PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet & Cocktail Reception (Day 2) – Wednesday, Oct. 19th @ 5:00pm

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All Attendees & Exhibitors of the Buying Show are encouraged to join us for an evening of recognition and celebration after Day 2 of the Show on October 19th for the Awards Banquet & Cocktail Reception sponsored by Gordon Food Service, BPG & Levelwear. The evening will kickoff with cocktails & appetizers at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:40pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D). This is a complimentary event, and all Exhibitors & Attendees are encouraged to attend.

Preferred Hotel - Hotel Arts Calgary (10-minute walk from the BMO Centre!)

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Deadline to Book - Monday, September 19th
Booking Link - Click Here for more info and booking link

How to Register
Registration is simple and can be completed online in minutes. In order to register, please note and the follow the steps below;

  1. Log into the PGA of Alberta website and go to the Events tab > Buying Show > 2022 Attendee Registration.
  2. Click “Register Now” and follow steps to officially register for the Buying Show.
  3. IMPORTANT - Make sure you click "+ Add Another Attendee" below Attendee Information to register multiple people from your facility.
Click Here to Register Your Facility

5 Advance from Pre-Q at Valley Ridge GC to Event-Qualifier for Shaw Charity Classic
Tournament News

5 Advance from Pre-Q at Valley Ridge GC to Event-Qualifier for Shaw Charity Classic

Congratulations to the five competitors who shot 70 or better today at Valley Ridge GC for the Pre-Qualifer to claim the 5 spots advancing to the Event Qualifier, next Tuesday, August 2nd at Elbow Springs GC. It was a scorching day on the course and we saw some excellent scores on the Leaderboard. We also had an exciting 4-man playoff for the last 2 advancing spots who all carded 2-under par 70’s today and battled on Valley Ridge #1 in the playoff.

Dennis Hendershott rose above the rest of the field today and carded a blistering 8-under par 64 today to claim the 1st spot advancing.
Darryl James & Jim Karr both carded stellar 4-under par 68’s today to claim the 2nd and 3rd respective advancing spots.
Monte Scheinblum & Kent Fukushima both carded 2-under par 70’s and prevailed over their competitors in the playoff to claim the remaining two advancing spots to the Event-Qualifier.

All five players have now qualified for the main  Event Qualifier at Elbow Springs GC on Tuesday, August 2nd. The Shaw Charity Classic will be taking place at Canyon Meadows G&CC from August 4th - 7th.

Click here for final results.


G.S.H. #5 - Leduc GC- All Set For next Tuesday & Wednesday
Tournament News

G.S.H. #5 - Leduc GC- All Set For next Tuesday & Wednesday

The fifth Golf Supply House Series event of the season and second 2-Day Series is all set for Leduc GC on: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 2nd & 3rd. Tee Times start at 2:30 PM and we have 40 of our Professionals who will compete at our fifth G.S.H event of the season. Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC), Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry), Mitch Fox (Speargrass GC) & Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) were our first, second, third & fourth respective Professionals in the Winners’ Circle this season, whom from next week’s field will add their name to the list?

The Leduc Golf Club is a semi-private facility that welcomes the public to enjoy both the golf course and our excellent dining room and Thunderdome.  Leduc Golf Club began as a nine hole course in 1961. Over the years it has undergone a number of changes and has evolved into a challenging eighteen hole test of your golfing prowess. The course is a Par 71 and boasts more than 6,600 yards of fairways. In addition, the layout provides an easy walking course with plenty of eye-pleasing scenery.

Click here for the  R1 Draw.


Only Four Days Left to Apply for $1,000 Junior Scholarship
Association News

Only Four Days Left to Apply for $1,000 Junior Scholarship

The mission of the PGA of Alberta is to provide junior golfers from around the province the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, while promoting and providing access to continued education. This program has presented over 60 scholarships since 1998.

Scholarships Available

The PGA of Alberta is proud to increase the total number of scholarships available this year. In total, the Association will award 5 Junior Scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving candidates in 2022! See scholarship breakdown below.

  • 3 scholarships will be awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members who meet the scholarship criteria (no golf experience needed). Applicants are able to win this scholarship twice.
  • 2 scholarships will be awarded to Alberta Junior boys and girls who meet the scholarship criteria (golf experience required). Applicants can win this scholarship once.
Deadline to Apply

Deadline to apply for a scholarship this year is Sunday, July 31st (end of day). Online application forms and accompanying information must be sent to the PGA of Alberta office no later than this date.

Click Here to Apply

Cox Captures First PING Club Professional Championship at River Bend G&RA
Tournament News

Cox Captures First PING Club Professional Championship at River Bend G&RA

Players were treated to a beautiful day for R2 at the PING Canada Club Pro Championship hosted at the tranquil River Bend G&RA in Red Deer. The course continued to be in mint shape for all our competitors and the weather was excellent throughout the day for the entire field.

It was an incredibly exciting day as the Leaderboard tightened up throughout the day for the back end of the draw with the top of Leaderboard changing hands repeatedly. 

Our 2022 Club Professional Champion, playing in his first Club Professional Championship is: Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC). Stefan battled all day and came from behind to eventually prevail with an extremely clutch Eagle on the 36th hole of the Championship to pull ahead of the rest of the pack. Stefan shot 2-under par 34’s on each 9 today to card a 4-under par 68 to take the Championship by 1-stroke and finished with a Championship two-day total of: 139. Stefan had 3 Birdies and 2 Eagles on the card today with the first on #8 and the 2nd clutch Eagle coming on the last hole of the Championship.

In  a two-way tie for Second place was: Scott Stiles (Earl Grey GC) and Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) who both put together two great rounds for the Championship to finish with a Championship two-day total of: 140. Scott carded 67 today with a scorching 31 on the front-9 and carded a 36 on the back-9. Darryl carded 73 today shooting 38 on the front-9 and carding 35 on the back-9.

Rounding out our Top-5 for the Championship, in a three-way tie for Fifth place, all with two-day Championship totals of: 141 was: Adam Bruce (GOLFTEC Sherwood Park), Jamie Kureluk (GOLFTEC Calgary Blackfoot) & Josh Fleming (365 GOLF).

In sole possession of Seventh place was: Jeremy Maher (Modern Golf) who finished with a two-day Championship total of: 142. Rounding out our Top-10 today, in a three-way tie for Eighth place, was: Kasey Timms (Leduc GC), Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) & Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) who all finished with two-day Championship totals of: 143.

Click here for Final Championship results

Special Thank you to our longtime Sponsor: Ping Canada for their continued support, without it, events like this would not be possible!

Thank you to our host venue: River Bend G&RA for another terrific Championship they put on!


Top 100 Program – New Leader in the Standings
Top 100 News

Top 100 Program – New Leader in the Standings

There is a new leader of the Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada & TaylorMade Golf CanadaGreg Johnson (Inglewood G&CC) sits atop the mountain at 73 points overall with only a few months left in the program year. Falling 7-points back and hailing from the same facility as Greg is Sam Kirkness at 66. In third place and the only other member with 60+ points is Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC) at 62. The current top 10 in the standings are:
  

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Current leader Greg Johnson

1st - Greg Johnson (Inglewood G&CC) - 73 points
2nd  - Sam Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) - 66 points
3rd  - Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC) - 62 points
T-4th  - Gary Hartford (Highlands GC) - 56 points
T-4th  - Stefan Anderson (Lakeside GC) - 56 points
6th Matt Seifert (Golfuture YYC) - 55 points
7th  Josh Fleming (365 GOLF) - 53 points
T-8th  - Patrick Frose (Royal Mayfair GC) - 52 points
T-8th  - Stephen Yanitski (Valley Ridge GC) - 52 points
T-10th  - Tyrel Babkirk (Apple Creek GC) - 51 points
T-10th  - Tyler Willner (Lakeside GC) - 51 points
  

Cash Prize Increase
With the addition of TaylorMade Golf Canada as a new presenting sponsor, the PGA of Alberta will now be offering 20 cash prizes at the end of this program year valuing $8,200! The cash prizes will be awarded on October 19th at the Buying Show Awards Banquet to the top 20 point earners for the program.

See cash prize breakdown by clicking here.

New Cash Bonuses
In addition to the 20 cash prizes, the Association will also giveaway 8 cash bonuses of $100 each to the top point finisher(s) in the below member categories (number of cash bonuses dependent on total number of members in the categories). This added amount puts the cash prize total at $9,000 for the Top 100 Program (cash prizes + bonuses).

  • Apprentice Professionals - Top 2
  • Class “A” / Teaching Professionals - Top 3
  • Head / Head Teaching Professionals - Top 2
  • Executive Professionals - Top 1

Please note that cash prizes and the Top 100 Professional initiative are still based off the overall standings and not by the member category standings. Click here for standings by membership category.

How to Earn Points

Members can earn points by playing in PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournaments (2 points/round). In addition to participating, members can also earn points based on their performance at PGA of Alberta stroke-play events (2 points/round 75 & under). See where else you can earn points by clicking the link below and looking under the "Point Allocation" tab.

Top 100 Professionals
Remember that the Top 100 point earners will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for this program year. The annual Top 100 Award is given out to the member who accumulates the most points for the program year. 

Click Here to View Standings
   

  
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Darryl James Leading the Pack at PING Club Professional Championship
Tournament News

Darryl James Leading the Pack at PING Club Professional Championship

It was a beautiful day for Round 1 of the annual PING Club Pro Championship hosted this year at the serene River Bend G&RA in Red Deer. Conditions on the course were excellent for all our competitors today and we saw some great scores on the Leaderboard which has set us up with an exciting R2 tomorrow. Last year’s defending Champion - Todd Halpen (Golfuture YYC) will look to keep the trophy for a second year running while our other 54 competitors will look to take it off his hands.

In First place, after battling in the Playoff at last year’s Championship, coming out firing for R1 was: Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) who carded an excellent 5-under par 67 today with a 34 on the front-9 and 33 on the back-9. Darryl had 7 Birdies on the card today along with only 2 blemishes to show and is holding a 2-stroke lead over his nearest competitors.

In a 3-way tie for 2nd is: Josh Fleming (Golf 365) & Kasey Timms (Leduc GC) and Sam Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) who all shot great 3-under par 69’s today.  Kasey carded a 1-under 35 on the front-9 and followed it up with 2-under par 34 on the back-9 with 5 Birdies on the card. Josh also carded a 1-under par 35 on the front-9 and followed it with a 2-under 34 on the back-9 with 6 Birdies on the card today. Sam carded 2-under par 34 on the front-9 and 1-under par 35 on the back-9 with 5 Birdies on the card.

Rounding out our Top-5 today, in a 2-way tie for 4th is: Jeremy Maher (Modern Golf) who carded a respectable 2-under par 70 with 1 Eagle and 3 Birdies today. Jamie Kureluk also carded 2-under par 70 today with 3 Birdies on the card.

Click here for Round 2 DRAW.

Click here for Leaderboard.

Round 2 will resume tomorrow morning (July 26th) at 9:00 AM.
Final group of: James, Fleming and Timms tee it up at 11:33 AM sharp tomorrow!

Congratulations to our Day 1 Skins Winners: Andre DiBartolo (Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC) with a Birdie on #3 and Mathew MacDonald (Innisfail GC) with an Eagle on #18. Each player won $550 per Skin. 

Special thank you to our long-time Sponsor: PING Canada for their continued support of this event and the Association. 


Two Weeks Away from the Fourth PAT of the Season
Play Ability Test News

Two Weeks Away from the Fourth PAT of the Season

We are just over two weeks away from the fourth Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Mill Woods GC in Edmonton on Wednesday, August 10th. Take note of the PAT schedule by clicking ’View Schedule’ below. There are two PAT’s left this season.

Please 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.
  
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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 2022. 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.

Prospective members must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or higher
  • Currently working in the golf industry to be verified by your employer, and work a minimum of 400 paid hours per year by December 1st
  • Two reference letters, one from your employer and one from a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member
  • Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online
  • Pass a sanctioned Playing Ability Test

PAT Target Score...

  • 1 round PAT (18 holes)
  • No maximum number of attempts per year
  • All PAT’s are open to all Applicants
  • For Men, 49 years of age & under - the course rating plus 
  • For Men, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 11 
  • For Women, 49 years of age & under- the course rating plus 13 
  • For Women, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 15

PAT Process...
Step 1 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com - The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your first PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. After a year, you must re-register as an Applicant to register for and attempt a PAT.

Step 2 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com for all PAT’s - ($150 plus tax per each additional attempt)

If an Applicant is unsuccessful in each of their PAT attempts over the course of a season, those Applicants may try again the following season. Successful Applicants will pay membership dues for the season at that time. 

Click ’Read More’ below for more information on the application process and the steps that need to be taken after becoming a member.


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PING Club Professional Championship - Draw now Available - July 25 & 26 at River Bend G&RA
Tournament News

PING Club Professional Championship - Draw now Available - July 25 & 26 at River Bend G&RA

The Draw is now available for Round 1 of the PING Club Pro Championship, hosted at the beautiful River Bend G&RA in Red Deer on next Monday and Tuesday, July 25 & 26. Thank you to our long-time Champion Partner PING Canada for the continuous support of the Championship.

Click here for Draw.

With 56 Professionals in the field, the battle on the course next week is sure to be heated to determine who will be crowned this year’s Club Pro Champion. Todd Halpen (Golfuture YYC) is our defending Champion after winning on the second hole of an exciting Playoff at The Hamptons GC last year. Click here for footage of the 2nd Playoff Hole.

Winner of the Championship will receive 40 Order of Merit points and will automatically be granted a spot on the Alberta Head Pro Team that will go on to represent the zone at the National Championship in December at The Verrado Golf Club in Buckeye Arizona.

Tee Times will begin at 12:01 PM on Monday, July 25th with a meal following the round. Round 2 will begin at 9:03 AM on Tuesday, July 30th.


Carnmoney’s West & Tovee Capture 2022 Nike Golf Pro-Junior
Tournament News

Carnmoney’s West & Tovee Capture 2022 Nike Golf Pro-Junior

Today saw the 2022  Nike Golf Pro-Junior Title presented by Srixon, Cleveland Golf, and AHEAD CanadaWe  had a stacked field of 60 teams competing at the beautiful and immaculately conditioned Bearspaw GC in Northwest Calgary, all our players had a wonderful day and we saw some great scores on the Leaderboard.

After an absolutely perfect day on the golf course, the Team of: Jonathan West and Kyra Tovee from Carnmoney GC rose above the rest of the field to win the 2022 Nike Golf Pro-Junior Title presented by Srixon, Cleveland Golf, and AHEAD Canada. Jonathan and Kyra played lights-out golf today to amass an excellent 47 Stableford Points and win  by 1 point over their nearest competitors.

Falling just one point back of our Champions in Second Place was the Team from:  Country Hills GC comprised of: Josh Berze & Jaiden Koonar with a total of 46 points. In Third Place was the Team from: Speargrass GC comprised of: Mitchell Fox & Trey Smith who finished with 45 Stableford Points. In Fourth Place was the Team from: Pinebrook G&CC (Mac Keats & Aneesh Kaura) finishing with 44 Stableford Points. Rounding out our Top-5, in Fifth Place was another Team from: Carnmoney GC comprised of: Bryce Halverson & Tobias Buffam who finished with 43 Stableford Points.

Thank you to our host venue Bearspaw GC for a fantastic Pro-Am event and to our Sponsors Nike Golf, Srixon, Cleveland Golf and AHEAD Canada for the continued support.

 Final Results

Click here for the full Leaderboard


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Westman Defends Home Turf at the Seniors’ Division Event
Tournament News

Westman Defends Home Turf at the Seniors’ Division Event

The first PGA of Alberta Seniors’ Division event of the season did not disappoint with players having excellent playing conditions at The Ranch G&CC.

After a hard-fought battle on the course, Scott Westman made The Ranch G&CC proud after defending home turf and winning the event with a score of 3-over 74. Westman played steady golf throughout the round shooting 37-37 on the front and back nines to seal the victory. This is Westman’s first official win at a PGA of Alberta event!

Keeping Westman on his toes and finishing tied for second was Kevin Day (Billy D’s GC) and Gary Christenson (Sturgeon Valley G&CC). Both players ended up with a 77 to fall three strokes back of Westman. Rounding out the top four with a score of 79 was Mark Beckwith (Sturgeon Valley G&CC).

Thank you to our players and host venue The Ranch G&CC for making it a great event!

Click here for results


Bruce & Fleming Conquer the Field at Pro-Pro Scramble at Turner Valley GC
Tournament News

Bruce & Fleming Conquer the Field at Pro-Pro Scramble at Turner Valley GC

Today saw the Pro-Pro Scramble presented by: E-Z-GO hosted at the beautiful Turner Valley GC. The weather cooperated and gave our competitors a great day for Golf. We had a solid field of 50 teams encompassing 100 total players. We had a very exciting day with the Leaderboard jammed packed at the Top and ended up with a 4-Team Playoff. 

Our Winning team today was: Adam Bruce (GOLFTEC Sherwood Park) & Josh Fleming (365 Golf) who prevailed on the fifth playoff hole with a Par over the remaining Team in the playoff (Diduck & Maher of Modern Golf). Adam & Josh carded an absolutely scorching 12-under par 60 with an outstanding 7 birdies on the front-9 for a ridiculous 29 and followed it up with an excellent 5 more birdies for a back-9 total of 31. 

Tied for Second Place and battling in the Playoff was the teams of: Jeremy Maher & Jeff Diduck (Modern Golf) Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) & Albert Pistorius (Country Hills GC) & Matt Bean & Scott Shouldice (Sundre GC) who all carded excellent rounds of 12-under par 60 as well. 

In solo 5th today and rounding out our Top-5 was the team of:  Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) and Matthew Cook (Riverside Golf Academy) who carded an outstanding 11-under par 61 to just miss out on the playoff.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: E-Z-GO & Host Facility: Turner Valley GC for putting on another outstanding event!

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Jeffries & Nelson 2-Peat at The Pro-Pro Scramble - Ladies’ Division
Tournament News

Jeffries & Nelson 2-Peat at The Pro-Pro Scramble - Ladies’ Division

Our Ladies’ Division had 3 teams today: Nicola Jeffries (Willow Park G&CC) & Gina Nelson (Magrath GC) , Amy Popkes & Sheryle Rowland (Silver Springs G&CC) & Judy Forshner & Danielle Poupart (The Glencoe G&CC). 

After a great day on the course, our 2022 Ladies’ Division Champions are  Nicola Jeffries &
 Gina Nelson who successfully defended their 2021 Title!
Gina and Nicola carded an excellent 3-under par 69 with 6 birdies on the card to win by a 4-stroke margin over their nearest competitors!

In second place today was the Team of:  Amy Popkes & Sheryle Rowland (Silver Springs G&CC) who carded a solid round of +1 for a 73. They had 4 Birdies on the card today. 

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: E-Z-GO & Host Facility: Turner Valley GC for putting on another outstanding event!

 Final Results


9 Players Pass the Third PAT of the season at Alberta Springs GR
Play Ability Test News

9 Players Pass the Third PAT of the season at Alberta Springs GR

Congratulations to the 9 players that passed the Play Ability Test today hosted at the beautiful Alberta Springs GR today.
All players shot the target score or better (79) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada. Congratulations to the following:

Name

Facility

Score

Riley Gaudet

Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club

72

Jaden McIntyre

Evergreen Golf Centre

72

Khushmanraj Singh Sandhu

GOLFTEC Sherwood Park

72

Ryan Craig

Barrhead Golf Club

78

Jeremy Cox

Lewis Estates Golf Course

78

Kyle Dziwenka

Glendale Golf & Country Club

78

Mason Yung

Sturgeon Valley Golf & Country Club

79

Taylor Jorge

Blue Devil Golf Club

79

Blake Stingley

Sandpiper Golf & Country Club

79

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Register Your Facility Today for the PGA Buying Show
Buying Show News

Register Your Facility Today for the PGA Buying Show

The PGA of Alberta invites you and your staff to the annual Buying Show this year hosted on October 18–20 at the Calgary BMO Centre.

Our Buying Show continues to be the only “full scale” show of its kind in Canada and it is with great pride that we host this show every fall for our Members, Industry Suppliers and guests of the Industry. The Buying Show is an event that is restricted to PGA of Canada Members, Non-PGA of Canada Facilities and Golf Industry Equipment Manufacturers/Businesses.

Registered Exhibitors
With nearly 50 vendors registered to date for the Show this year, companies are eager to see the membership and their teams in person after a two year hiatus. Click Here to view Exhibitor list.

Products Represented
You are also able to view the ’Products Represented’ by the registered vendors on the same page as the Exhibitor list. Click Here to view Products Represented at the Show.

Registered Facilities
Click Here
to see if your facility is currently registered for the Buying Show.

Show Schedule
Click Here to view the 2022 PGA Buying Show schedule. Scroll down and click the ’2022 Show Schedule’ sub-tab on the page to view the schedule of events each day.

Who’s Able to Attend the Show?
All PGA of Canada Professionals, Golf Courses and Teaching Facilities across Canada are welcome to attend this Show. Please send this invite to any PGA Professionals you know outside of Alberta.


Invite Your GM, Owner & Food and Beverage Staff
Remember to invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food & Beverage staff to the Show! Gordon Food Service will again be running the 19th Hole located in the middle of the floor plan, and will have a booth giving members and facilities a great opportunity to review all their on course and clubhouse needs for future seasons.

How to Register
Registration is simple and can be completed online in minutes. 
In order to register, please note and the follow the steps below;

  1. For facilities without a PGA of Alberta Professional, please create a website Profile by CLICKING HERE. Only one profile per facility needed. If you registered for the Show in a previous year, please use the same account from then to register for this year’s Show. Contact [email protected] for any questions about your account.
  2. Log into the PGA of Alberta website and go to the Events tab > Buying Show > 2022 Attendee Registration.
  3. Click “Register Now” and follow steps to officially register for the Buying Show.
  4. IMPORTANT - Make sure you click "+ Add Another Attendee" below Attendee Information to register multiple people from your facility.

Click Here to Register Your Facility


Heffernan Hauls in First Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship at The Derrick G&WC
Tournament News

Heffernan Hauls in First Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship at The Derrick G&WC

Today saw Round 2 of the Assistants’ Championship sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf at the serene Derrick G&WC. The course continued to be in fantastic shape and the summer conditions were outstanding for our competitors.

The Leaderboard was jammed with Players jockeying to sit inside our Top-10 with plenty of great scores today but 1 player rose above the field to take home the 2022 Assistants’ Championship after carding the new Course Record of 65 yesterday and only missing it by 1-stroke today again.

Continuing his incredible play this season was none other than: Mr. Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre), fresh off his victory at the 2022 PGA of Canada  of Championship. Wes carded an excellent 4-under par 66 today which included:  1 Eagle, 3 Birdies and only 1 bogey blemish. He fired a 2-under 34 on the front-9 and followed it up with 2-under par 36 on the back-9. Wes finished the Championship at 9-under par with an outstanding two-day total of 131.

In sole possession of 2nd is: Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) who carded an exceptional 5-under par 65 today to match the Course Record that was shot yesterday. Eric had an excellent 6 Birdies on the card today with only 1 bogey blemish to finish the Championship at 5-under par with a two-day total of 135.

In sole possession of 3rd is: Albert Pistorius (Country Hills GC) who carded an excellent 4-under par 66 today with 7 Birdies on the card and 3 bogey blemishes. Albert finished the tournament at 4-under par and finished with a two-day total 136. 

Rounding out our Top-5, in a two-way tie for 4th is: Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) and Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) who both finished the tournament with a 2-day total of 3-under par. Mitchell fired a scorching 65 today to tie the Course Record set yesterday and today.

Congratulations to our Day 2 Skin Winner: Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC) with a Birdie on #2 & Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) with an Eagle on #4.

Special thanks to our Sponsor: Cobra Puma Golf for their continued support. Special thank you to our host venue of The Derrick G&WC for putting on an excellent event.      

FINAL RESULTS 

FINAL PAYOUT


Heffernan Ahead after Round 1 at Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship
Tournament News

Heffernan Ahead after Round 1 at Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship

Today saw Round 1 of the Assistants’ Championship sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf at the picturesque Derrick G&WC. The course is in mint shape and helped produce some low scores today which made for an exciting day and sets us up for a great R2 tomorrow.

Our Leader after R1, who broke the previous Course Record of 66, is: Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) who came out firing today and carded an outstanding 5-under par 65. Wes carded a 30 on the front-9 and followed it up with a 35 on the back-9. Wes had 1 Eagle, 4 Birdies and only 1 bogey blemish on the card today to go into R2 with a 3-stroke lead over his nearest competitors.

 In a three-way Tie for 2nd place after carding excellent 2-under par 68’s is: our 4X defending Champion, Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC), our 2021 Player of the Year, Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) & 3X former Assistants’ Champion Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC).   

Rounding out our Top-5 today in a 2-way tie for 5th is: Taylor Irvin (Country Hills GC) & Jaxon Lynn (Alberta Springs GR) who all carded great 1-under par 69’s respectively to remain within reach of our Leader & pack with low rounds needed tomorrow.

 In a 3-way tie for 7th, after carding solid Even-par 70’s is: Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC), Albert Pistorius (Country Hills GC) & Josh Berze (Country Hills GC).      

 Rounding out our Top-10 today was: Matthew Cook (Riverside Golf Academy), Scott Smith (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) & Matt Bean (Sundre GC) who all carded respectable rounds of 1-over par 71.

 Congratulations to our Day 1 Skins winners: Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) with an Eagle on #4 & Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) with an Eagle on # 11.

First tee time is 7AM sharp tomorrow, our final group of Heffernan, Batsel & Belbin tee off at 1018! 

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Play Ability Test Draw - Alberta Springs on July 12th
Play Ability Test News

Play Ability Test Draw - Alberta Springs on July 12th

The draw is now posted for the third Play Ability Test of the season hosted again at Alberta Springs in Red Deer on Tuesday, July 12th. Tee times begin at 10:10am.

Good luck to the whopping 33 players going for their Professional status with the PGA of Canada! Follow the scoring next week on the link below.

Click here to view the draw/scoring link for next week.


Nominations Now Open for the 2022 Awards Program
Awards News

Nominations Now Open for the 2022 Awards Program

Nominations for the 2022 PGA of Alberta Awards Program are NOW OPEN!

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.

We encourage all Members and Industry Partners to become a part of our Awards Program by nominating an individual or facility that you feel is deserving of an Award. In total, nine Awards are up for nomination this year:

The importance of the Awards Program, on both a Provincial and National scale, is something the Association does not take lightly. In the past 20 years, we have had the honour as an Association of recognizing 31 Provincial winners go on to win at a National level, 10 of which were Murray Tucker Club Professional of the Year recipients!

Please note the following for the 2022 Awards Program:

Coach of the Year Award Eligibility - Nominees must be certified within Golf’s National Coach Certification Program Competition stream (Coach of New Competitors, Coach of Developing Competitors) to be eligible to be a Finalist and win the Award.

Top 100 PointsEvery member that submits a nomination form by August 3rd will receive 2 Top 100 points for this program year. The maximum points you can receive is 2 total, even if you nominate more than one person.

Nomination(s) – We encourage all PGA of Alberta Professionals and Industry Partners to nominate a deserving individual in each of the Award categories. Self-nominations are not permitted.

Awards Criteria - Click Here
to view the criteria for each Award.

Deadline to Nominate - Nominations for all awards will close at the end of day on Monday, August 22nd.


Video Bio Submissions - All members who are nominated for an Award are highly encouraged to submit a short video bio in addition to their application form.

Awards Banquet (Save the Date) - Award winners will be revealed at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre (after day two of the Buying Show).

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE

Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship - Draw now available
Tournament News

Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship - Draw now available

The first Championship of the season is fast approaching with the Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship all set for The Derrick G&WC this Sunday, July 10th & Monday July 11th. 71 Professionals will battle for the 2022 Championship and try to dethrone our Defending Champion - Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC).

Tee Times are set to get underway at 1:00 PM on Sunday for R1 with our last group set for a 4:27 PM start. Our R2 gets underway at 7:00 AM the next morning and will see the prize presentation following our last group getting off the course.

The Derrick Club’s 18-hole championship golf course, redesigned by Jeff Mingay in 2015, has a distinct layout reminiscent of classic course architecture of the 1930s. The course is fun for recreational golfers and offers plenty of challenges for low-handicap players.

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Glen and Kelsey DesRoche Take the Title at Broadmoor GC
Tournament News

Glen and Kelsey DesRoche Take the Title at Broadmoor GC

Today saw the Pro-Lady North sponsored by EFW Radiology & adidas Golf head to the beautiful Broadmoor GC in Sherwood Park. The course was in great shape with some fantastic weather.

This year saw the event continue with the Team Net Stableford scoring format which kept things fun and exciting for the competition. The point allocation in this format is: 5 points for Double Eagle, 4 points for Eagle, 3 points for Birdie, 2 points for Par & 1 point for Bogey.

Our Champions this year are: Hailing from Picture Butte GC: Glen DesRoche & his wife Kelsey DesRoche who fired a superb round today to finish with 47 Stableford team points to win by 1! Glen lead the team with 7 birdies on the day with Kelsey scoring 3 net birdies and a net eagle.

In solo Second place, the team from Highlands GC, Gary Hartford and his partner Glenda Perry. Gary shot the low round of the day with a 66 to finish with a team total of 46 points.

Finishing in Third through retrogression, at 44 points was the team from Sturgeon Valley G&CC, Chris Toth and his partner Karen Morris.

In Fourth, also through retrogression and finishing with 44 points was the team from The Quarry: Keith Whitecotton and his partner Kim Whitecotton.

Rounding out our Top 5 today was the team from: Montgomery Glen GC, Mitch Buffalo and his partner Joan Tomma-Buffalo. They finished with a final team score of 43.

Special thanks to our host course Broadmoor GC for putting on such a top-notch event and to our Sponsors: EFW Radiology & adidas Golf. Without their continued support events like this would not be possible!

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Sam Kirkness and Gerry MacDonald On Top at Tournament of Champions
Tournament News

Sam Kirkness and Gerry MacDonald On Top at Tournament of Champions

The annual Tournament of Champions sponsored by Sunice / Bobby Jones saw some great weather and a mint conditioned Windermere G&CC giving players an absolutely first class golf experience from start to finish!

Today’s Tournament of Champions Winners are: The team of, Inglewood G&CC, comprised of: Professional, Samuel Kirkness and Club Champion, Gerry MacDonald who carded a scorching team gross round of 7-under 64 to prevail by 2-strokes over their nearest competitors. 

In Second Place, through retrogression, was: The team of, Picture Butte GC, comprised of: Professional, Jamie Gerlits and Club Champion, Kris Wasylowich who carded an excellent team round of 5-under 66 with 6 birdies on the day.

In Third Place, also through retrogression, was: The team of, Mickelson National Golf Academy, comprised of: Professional, Randy Robb and Club Champion, Dustin Yeager who carded an excellent bogey free round 66

In Fourth Place, also through retrogression, was: The team of, Sirocco GC, comprised of: Professional, Craig Gibson and Club Champion, Jason Renneberg who also carded a bogey free 66.

In a tie for Fifth Place, also through retrogression, was: The team of, Glendale G&CC, comprised of: Professional, Jeff MacGregor and Club Champion, Ryan Denbraber, Grant Cammidge  and Club Champion Braden O’Grady, and Weston Gillett with Club Champion Chad Cargill respectively. These three teams carded a 4-under 67.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor Sunice / Bobby Jones for the continued support of the Association and host venue Windermere GC for putting on such a first-class event.

Final Results


Sam Kirkness & Carol Bell Victorious at Home
Tournament News

Sam Kirkness & Carol Bell Victorious at Home

Today saw the first Pro-Am of the season hosted at the beautiful Inglewood G&CC, sponsored by adidas Golf & EFW Radiology and presented by: Jancor Agencies and was hugely successful. The course was in fantastic shape and all the teams had a wonderful experience.

This year saw the event continue with the Team Net Stableford scoring format which kept things fun and exciting for the competition. The point allocation in this format is: 5 points for Double Eagle, 4 points for Eagle, 3 points for Birdie, 2 points for Par & 1 point for Bogey.

Our Champions this year are, one of our Host Professional Teams: Sam Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) & his partner Carol Bell who fired a superb round today to finish with 45 Stableford team points to win by 1! Sam carded an outstanding 66 with a stellar 32 on the front-9 which was followed up with a great 34 on the back-9.  Sam carded 6 Birdies and had only 1 blemish on the card today. His partner Carol Bell, chipped in with 3 timely net birdies on their march to victory.

In Solo Second Place, last year’s defending Champions, was the team of: Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) & Sue Strother who accumulated a superb 44 points today.

Finishing in Third through retrogression, at 43 points was the team of: Logan Hill (River Bend G&RA) & Randie Mulligan.

In Fourth, also through retrogression and finishing with 43 points was the team of: Kyle Wade (PGA of Alberta Member) & Jill Wade.

Rounding out our Top-5, also through retrogression and finishing with 42 points was the team of: Trevor Ellerman (Desert Blume GC) & Nicole Kiriazis.

Special thanks to our host course of:  Inglewood G&CC,  for putting on such a top-notch event and to our Sponsors: adidas Golf & EFW Radiology and presenting Sponsor: Jancor Agencies . Without their continued support events like these would not be possible!

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