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Congratulations to Newly Elected Board and Assistants’ Board of Directors
Association News

Congratulations to Newly Elected Board and Assistants’ Board of Directors

Congratulations to the following Members on being elected to the Board of Directors today (March 9th) at the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting:

Congratulations to the following Members on being elected to the Assistants’ Board of Directors:

Click the following links to view the current Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board.


Professional Development Podcast - Episode 5
Education News

Professional Development Podcast - Episode 5

The Education Committee is happy to present the fifth episode in our new Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta Members. Our fifth guest will be Mr. Adam Werbicki of The Derrick Golf & Winter Club. He will be discussing a variety of topics which include, his life, journey in the golf industry & the plethora of experiences that come from running a highly regarded & well recognized national junior program with our Host, Chris Ward of The Edmonton Petroleum Club  & PGA of Alberta Education Committee Member. 

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, Bob Paley, Riley Fleming, Tahlon Sweenie and Adam Werbicki. 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 5 on Spotify

Click here for Episode 5 on Apple


Registration Now Open for the 2021 Play Ability Tests
Association News

Registration Now Open for the 2021 Play Ability Tests

Registration for the 2021 Play Ability Tests (PAT) is now open! Take note of the PAT schedule by clicking the button below. There will be five PAT’s in total this season. Please pass this information on to anyone interested in becoming a member of the PGA of Alberta 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 2021. 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
  • 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 hours per year
  • Two reference letters, one from your employer and one from a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member
  • Pass a sanctioned Play Ability Test
  • Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online

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 1st 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 upcoming 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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Professional Development Podcast - Episode 4
Education News

Professional Development Podcast - Episode 4

The Education Committee is happy to present the fourth episode in our new Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta Members. Our fourth guest will be Mr. Tahlon Sweenie of Jasper Park Lodge GC. He will be discussing a variety of topics which include, his life, journey in the golf industry and what it’s like working at, operating and bringing success to a highly renowned resort course. with our Host, Troy Mills of Jasper Park Lodge GC & PGA of Alberta Education Committee Member. 

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 4 on Spotify

Click here for Episode 4 on Apple


Tournament Registration Opens TODAY @ 10am
Tournament News

Tournament Registration Opens TODAY @ 10am

Tournament Registration opens TODAY @ 10am (Tuesday, March 16th) for ALL tournaments on the website (click here for full schedule). We have a great line up of tournaments from Championships, Golf Supply House Series, Pro-Ams, and Pro-Pro Team Events.

Please submit your Tournament Eligibility Form online NOW if you have not done so already to ensure you can sign up for tournaments when registration opens. Click link below for form. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Click Here for Eligibility Form (login required to submit)

Helpful Tips for Registration

1. Sign up for multiple tournaments at once by clicking the "Add Another Tournament" option. This allows you to sign up for all your desired tournaments and only going through the registration process once. See image below.

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2. You can click the "Register" button beside the tournament on the schedule page as seen in the image below to register or click on the tournament itself, then click on the green "Register" button. Either option works.

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3. Check which Categories are eligible for each tournament by clicking on the tournament itself, and then looking under "Event Eligibility".

4. Click the "Pay Later" option when going through registration. Payments will go through manually on the website 28-days prior to each individual tournament you have signed up for. Example - You sign up for the PGA of Alberta Championship on August 16 & 17, payment will not be processed until July 19th @ 4pm (Payment Deadline) as indicated on the tournament page itself.

Lastly, for a full update on the upcoming PGA of Alberta tournament season such as the withdrawal policy, tournament eligibility, event formats, etc. click link below.

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Presenting the PGA of Alberta Marketplace
Association News

Presenting the PGA of Alberta Marketplace

The PGA of Alberta prides itself on being different, along with bringing new ideas to life.

The PGA of Alberta Marketplace is a hub for all Golf courses in Alberta that employ a PGA of Canada Professional. This hub will allow you to search individual courses quickly and easily with all the information you’ll need to get on the links. 

The Marketplace is divided up into sectors; Teaching Facilities, Private, Semi-Private, Public and Resort courses. PLUS don’t forget to check out the Caddy Shack to search for all the NEW 2021 clubs. 

Are you looking for a deal? Well we have those too. Search under the Show Specials to find spectacular golf deals. Be sure to check in weekly as the deals have just begun. 

This Marketplace will be online until the end of the season.  Be sure to use this hub for all your PGA of Alberta Golf Course needs.

Click here to view the Marketplace


2021 Hole in One Insurance Program Now Open - Purchase for the Entire Season Today!
Association News

2021 Hole in One Insurance Program Now Open - Purchase for the Entire Season Today!

Add some excitement to your tournaments and club leagues this season by purchasing Hole in One Insurance through the PGA of Alberta HIO program! In partnership with Foster Park Brokers Inc., the HIO program provides members and non-members the opportunity to purchase affordable HIO insurance for your club, corporate and charity events!

Click Here for Member Testimonials

What Denominations Can I Purchase?
Any denomination from $1,000 to $50,000 per hole can be purchased online. Should you wish to purchase more than $50,000 per hole, please contact [email protected] for a custom quote. On coverage up to $100,000, PGA of Alberta members will always receive the best possible premium from Foster Park Brokers.

How Do I Purchase?
Coverage can be easily purchased on the PGA of Alberta website with the following steps:

  1. Login to the website and select ‘My Hole In One’ under ’Manage Account’ or ’My Account’
  2. Select the ’Create New Event’ button
  3. Follow the step-by-step instructions that will guide you through the easy purchasing process. It’s as simple as that!

*If you are a non-PGA of Alberta member and interested in purchasing, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA of Alberta office (see contact info below).

What are the Benefits of PGA of Alberta HIO Program?

  • Competitive industry rates
  • Easy to purchase online
  • Purchase for one event OR for an entire season worth of events at once
  • Modify your events by contacting the office based on any changes that occur throughout the season
  • Fees/Premium waived if tournament is cancelled due to inclement weather
  • No dealing with the insurance company directly
  • Supporting the Association

Important Items to Note
Electronic scorecards are acceptable as long as they can still be signed by the winner (digital signature acceptable).

Elevated flag/holes will NOT be permitted for HIO Insurance. However, clubs are still able to purchase insurance as long as the ball drops and stays in the hole after coming to a rest. There are NO requirements for a specific depth of the hole.

Questions?
If have any questions on how this program can work for you, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA of Alberta office (E: [email protected] OR P: 403-256-8894 / TF: 1-888-866-6140).

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PGA of Alberta and Impact Canopy Canada Extend Partnership
Partner News

PGA of Alberta and Impact Canopy Canada Extend Partnership

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a continued partnership with Impact Canopy Canada Inc. for 2021! Impact Canopies will be a new Presenting Sponsor of the Buying Show Welcome Breakfast held on the first day of the Show this year on Tuesday, October 19th.

The Welcome Breakfast was introduced to the Buying Show in 2019 at the BMO Centre in Calgary. All attendees and exhibitors of the Show are invited to this complimentary breakfast which begins at 8am, 1-hour before the Show officially opens at 9am.

“At Impact, we value our strong partnership with PGA of Alberta”, said Rachel Hart, Marketing Manager with Impact Canopy. “We are delighted to continue our involvement through 2021, this year as Presenting Sponsor of the Buying Show Welcome Breakfast. We would not miss this opportunity to connect face to face with members or the chance to showcase new and exciting products that will have courses covered from tee to green. We look forward to developing new and building continued relationships.”

EXCLUSIVE MEMBER SPECIALMembers of the PGA of Alberta are able to take advantage of exclusive specials on select Impact Canopies Canada products such as Canopies, Marquee Tents, Flags, Table Covers, Banners, Custom Face Covers, and more!

Click Here for Exclusive Special

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:

Jared TerMarsch – Event Branding Specialist
T: 403-501-4360
E: [email protected]


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Congratulations to our 25 & 50 Year Class A Members in 2021
Association News

Congratulations to our 25 & 50 Year Class A Members in 2021

Congratulations to the following 14 members for reaching their 25 & 50 Year milestone in 2021 as a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada! All members were recognized at our Annual General Meeting on March 9th for their outstanding dedication to the Association and golf industry. With such an accomplishment, the National office will recognize each members milestone with a special gift!

50 Years
  • Wayne Stark (Life Member)
25 Years
  • Andrew Penner (McKenzie Meadows GC)
  • Art New (Canada Golf Card Driving Range)
  • Cathy Burton (Class A Professional)
  • Cliff Kryway (Class A Professional)
  • David Nikirk (Mickelson National GC)
  • Gary Lecuyer (Class A Professional)
  • Gerry Collett (Links at Spruce Grove)
  • Greg Griffith (Fox Hollow GC)
  • Jamie Driscoll (Trestle Creek GR)
  • Scott Bergdahl (Lakewood GR)
  • Scott Holland (Silvertip GR)
  • Tiffany Gordon (Carnmoney GC)
  • Todd Fiske (Class A Professional)

Club Pro Championship & Team Match Play South Venues Announced
Tournament News

Club Pro Championship & Team Match Play South Venues Announced

Club Pro Championship
The Club Pro Championship will be hosted at The Hamptons GC in Calgary on July 26/27.

Team Match Play Championship South
The opening round for the Team Match Play Championship in the South will be hosted at Lakeside GC in Chestermere on May 10th.

Seniors’ Division Events
Members must be 50-years and older by the tournament date to be eligible to participate. This will give these members an opportunity to play in more events during the season against their peers of a similar age. The Seniors’ Division will tee off immediately after the GSH Series it’s attached to and will play from a reduced yardage as well as for a small purse. Eligible members may only play in the GSH Series or Seniors’ Division, not both.

Venues
#1 - Belvedere G&CC on June 9th
#2 - Inglewood G&CC on August 9th

Tournament Eligibility Form Reminder
The 2021 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 able to register for events online once registration opens on Tuesday, March 16th at 10am.
 

Click Here for Eligibility Form (login required to submit)

Tournament Schedule Now Live
Tournament News

Tournament Schedule Now Live

The 2021 tournament schedule is now live on the website! Be sure to check out the schedule and mark your calendar with your favourite events.

Tournament Registration will open for ALL tournaments on Tuesday, March 16th @ 10am. Please read the information below for important updates on the tournament program and new initiatives being implemented this season so you know what to expect.

Tournament Registration
Tournament registration will follow the same process as last season allowing members to register for all events once opened. Members will not have to pay for each event until 28-days prior to the tournament date.

Eligibility Form
The 2021 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 able to register for events online once registration opens on Tuesday, March 16th at 10am. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT FORM.

Withdrawal Policy
The Withdrawal Policy for 2021 will be as follows:

  • Withdrawal up to 28-days prior to event date, before Payment Deadline = 100% Refund
  • Withdrawal after Payment Deadline but 14-days prior to event date = $50 Administration Charge
  • Withdrawal less than 14-days prior to event date but before Registration Deadline = 50% Refund of entry fee
  • Withdrawal after draw is posted, after Registration Deadline = No Refund

The registration deadline date will be moved from Thursday’s to Wednesday’s at 4pm of the week prior to the event date. This gives host venues and players more time to plan their schedules in advance.

Assistants’ Championship Eligibility
New for the 2021 season, Category II members working full-time in the golf industry (35+ hours/week for period of employment, minimum 5 months) will be eligible to compete in the Assistants’ Championship. This decision will help our Association align better with the PGA of Canada’s eligibility rule and was supported by feedback from the tournament survey. Life Members or any other member exempt into Category II but does not work full-time in the golf industry will remain ineligible for the Assistants’ Championship.

Tournament of Champions Eligibility
Class A Assistant/Teaching Professionals working full-time at an approved golf course will now be eligible to play in the Tournament of Champions with their respective Club Champion. Opening the eligibility for this event will result in better participation and more flexibility for the clubs.  Please note Apprentice Professionals remain ineligible.

PGA of Alberta Championship
River Bend G&RA in Red Deer will host the PGA of Alberta Championship this season. Based on survey results, the majority of respondents who played in the Championship last year were in favour of going back to River Bend in 2021.

After this season, we will be moving the Championship back to a Calgary and Edmonton rotation so make sure you play in this prestigious event one last time at River Bend!

Team Match Play Championship
The opening seeding rounds will be brought back for the Team Match Play Championship this season. The format for the opening seeding round will be team best ball to determine the team’s position for the brackets.

Pro-Assistant
We are pleased to be bringing the event back to Jasper Park Lodge GC in 2021. For anyone that missed the event last season, be sure to take advantage this time around since feedback from the tournament survey was overwhelming. The office will announce several room blocks in the coming weeks. We encourage you to sign up once registration opens (if eligible) and secure your room as early as possible to take advantage of the preferred rates.

Pro-Ams
The format for Pro-Am events (Pro-Junior, Pro-Senior and Pro-Lady) will continue as a Team Net Stableford in 2021. This will ensure scoring is transparent and the focus remains on the team aspect for these events.

Ladies’ Division
For 2021, we will be adding a Ladies’ Division to all our Pro-Pro team events to give female Professionals more opportunities to compete against each other in addition to the Ladies’ Championship. Based on survey feedback from female Professionals, team events are the most preferred tournaments which include the Best Ball, Scramble, and Team Match Play. More details will be released in April for the Team Match Play format.

To register, please sign up for the team event you want to play in and during the registration process, please indicate who your partner will be.

Seniors’ Division
We will again be hosting two Seniors’ Division events added to Golf Supply House Series events. Members must be 50 years or older by the tournament date to be eligible to participate in this division.

If eligible, we encourage you to participate this season as it gives you the opportunity to play in more events with members of a similar age.

Skins
Tournament Skins will again be included as part of the entry fee for all stroke play events this season (Golf Supply House Series and Championships).

COVID-19 Tournament Guide
After careful consideration, a Tournament Guide was created last season in response to COVID-19 that all players had to follow. This guide covers policies on arrival time, bunkers, scoring, flagsticks, etc. These policies are still being reviewed for the 2021 season. As we get closer to the start of the season in May, we will update the membership on this guide and any policies in effect.

Click Here to View Tournament Schedule

Annual General Meeting Reminder - TOMORROW @ 10am
Association News

Annual General Meeting Reminder - TOMORROW @ 10am

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

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 Read More below to be directed to the AGM information and Zoom Link if you did not previously receive (login required). All attendees of the AGM will receive 3 Top 100 points.

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Professional Development Podcast - Episode 3
Education News

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.


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]

CLICK HERE FOR FORM

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
Education News

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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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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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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