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Congratulations to our 2020 Order of Merit Champions
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Congratulations to our 2020 Order of Merit Champions

We would like to recognize and congratulate our three PGA of Alberta Order of Merit Champions this year for their commitment and fantastic play during the 2020 tournament season. Josh Fleming, Wes Heffernan and new member Gina Nelson stood atop their respective divisions by accumulating the most Order of Merit points (see standings here) to be crowned this year’s Champions (see images below).

Head Pro Division
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Josh Fleming
Head Teaching Professional at GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights
*First Order of Merit win for Josh

Assistants’ Division
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Wes Heffernan
Apprentice Professional at Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre
*Second Order of Merit win for Wes (won previously in 2017)

Ladies’ Division
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Gina Nelson
Apprentice Professional at Magrath GC
*First Order of Merit win for Gina


PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals for 2020
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PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals for 2020

The Association is proud to recognize the Top 100 PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals for 2020 as determined by the rankings in the Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada! The list below is the top 100 point earners for 2020 program year.

Click Here for 2020 Standings

The Top 100 Program is based on a pre-determined measurable criteria designed to recognize Members who dedicate their time and demonstrate proven abilities in advancing the golf industry for the benefit of all Golf Professionals. The following areas where points are awarded are Education, Association initiatives, Tournaments and Volunteerism.

Congratulations to the following Professionals (click on a name to learn more):

Top 100 Professionals
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Anderson, Scott
Winston GC (The)
Babkirk, Tyrel
Apple Creek GC
Belbin, Mike
Royal Mayfair GC
Black, Kevin
Redwood Meadows G&CC
Borsa, Scott
Devon G&CC
Boyd, Kyle
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
Brandt, Kyle
Derrick G&WC (The)
Bruce, Adam
Leduc GC
Buchner, Aaron
Fort McMurray GC
Bunner, Alexander
Belvedere G&CC
Busetto, Joseph
PGA of Alberta Member
Caines, Ryan
Inglewood G&CC
Carr, Glenn
Lakeside GC
* Carter, Alan * Top 10
Edmonton CC
Cartier, Jacob
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
Charlton, Shelley
Pinebrook G&CC
Chow, Kevin
Blackhawk GC
Christenson, Gary
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
Cook, Aaron
Edmonton CC
Cooke, Chris
Silvertip GR
Cooke, Darren
Canmore G&CC
Cox, Stefan
Calgary G&CC
Cuthbertson, Jeff
Stony Plain GC
DiPasquale, Chris
Par 3 Golf Academy at Bridge Valley Golf
Fast, Brian
Sirocco GC
Feener, Chad
Leduc GC
* Fleming, Josh * Top 10
GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights
Fleming, Riley
Lynx Ridge GC
Foote, Kurtis
Country Hills GC
Freeman, Matt
Canyon Meadows G&CC
Fukushima, Kent
Redwood Meadows G&CC
Garbutt, Shane
Blackhawk GC
Gerlitz, Jamie
Picture Butte GC
Gillett, Weston
Lacombe G&CC
Goplin, Trevor
Derrick G&WC (The)
* Graham, Michael * Top 10
Cottonwood G&CC
Greiner, Tom
Calgary G&CC
Halpen, Todd
Golfuture
* Halverson, Bryce * Top 10
Valley Ridge GC
Hancock, Cody
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
Hartford, Gary
Highlands GC
* Henzie, Dave * Top 10
Nanton GC
Hill, Logan
River Bend G&RA
Hnatiw, Jason
Windermere G&CC
Horton, Paul
Golf Channel Academy @ Heritage Pointe
Irvin, Taylor
Silver Springs G&CC
Jeffries, Nicola
Springbank Links
Johnson, Greg
Inglewood G&CC
Johnson, Matt
Royal Mayfair GC
Johnson, Robert
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Karlson, Brady
Canyon Meadows G&CC
Kincade, Greg
Edmonton CC
Kirkness, Sam * Top 10
Priddis Greens G&CC
Latimer, Cameron
Woodside GC
Lavallee, Jeremy
Northern Bear GC
LeBouthillier, Tyler
GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights
Link, Matthew
Strathmore GC
Locke, Eric
Priddis Greens G&CC
Lukasewich, Jerry
Coal Creek GR
Luopa, Shaun
Country Hills GC
MacComb, David
Blackhawk GC
MacDermott, Brice
Windermere G&CC
MacGregor, Jeff  * Top 10
Glendale G&CC
Maher, Jeremy
Modern Golf
Matuch, Mike
Kananaskis Country GC
McCluskey, Phil
River Bend G&RA
McCourt, Murray
Ranch G&CC (The)
McEachern, Michael
Country Hills GC
McGarry, Greg
Glendale G&CC
McKiernan, John
HeatherGlen GC
Mills, Troy
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Murphy, Jordan
Stony Plain GC
Pacholok, Chris
PGA of Alberta Member
Paley, Bob
Kananaskis Country GC
Paskin, Chris
Valley Ridge GC
Pecman, Tyler
Highlands GC
Penfold, Carl
Earl Grey GC
Petryk, Larry
Raven Crest G&CC
Piercey, Shaun
Ranch G&CC (The)
Plosz, Jason
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Quickstad, Bryn
Windermere G&CC
Robb, Randy
Edge Golf Academy
Rogers, Marsha
Derrick G&WC (The)
Schatzmann, Chris
Stewart Creek G&CC
Seifert, Matt
Earl Grey GC
Smith, Scott
Pinebrook G&CC
Stanier, Jason
Inglewood G&CC
Stiles, Scott
Earl Grey GC
Sweenie, Tahlon
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Tanner, Jeremy
Highlands GC
* Tomlinson, Dale * Top 10
Winston GC (The)
Valleau, Kim
Winston GC (The)
Van Deurzen, Ben
Stewart Creek G&CC
Van Kroonenburg, Ashley
PGA of Alberta
Van Tighem, Taylor
Royal Mayfair GC
Vandermey, Nick
Windermere G&CC
* Ward, Chris * Award Winner
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
Werbicki, Adam
Derrick G&WC (The)
Westman, Scott
Ranch G&CC (The)
Willner, Tyler
Lakeside GC
Wilson, John D.
Priddis Greens G&CC
Wright, Andrew
Country Hills GC
 Yanitski, Stephen
Valley Ridge GC
 

Award Winner...
Congratulations to Chris Ward of the Edmonton Petroleum G&CC on winning this year’s Top 100 Award! Chris finished the program year with 104 points to win by just one point! It was a goal of Chris’ this year to win the Award and he accomplished that by increasing his point total by 56 overall compared to last year, going from T-19th in the standings in 2019 to winning the title.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH CHRIS RECEIVING THE AWARD

Cash Prizes...
In addition to the Award winner, the Association is proud to award 10 cash prizes to the top point earners. Members needed to accumulate 76 points or more to earn a cheque this year. Congratulations to the following:

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Cash Prize
1st Chris Ward 104 $1,300
2nd Sean Thompson 103 $1,000
3rd Jeff MacGregor 95 $800
4th Josh Fleming 93 $600
T-5th Bryce Halverson 80 $400
T-5th Dale Tomlinson 80 $400
T-7th Dave Henzie 79 $225
T-7th Samuel Kirkness 79 $225
9th Michael Graham 77 $150
10th Alan Carter 76 $125

We look forward to an even better year for the Top 100 Program in 2021. October is when the new program year begins so stay tuned for more Top 100 news moving forward. Check out the 2020/21 Standings on the website or see where points are awarded by clicking the link below.

LEARN MORE HERE


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PGA of Canada Bursaries Applications Now Open - 20 Bursaries Available
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PGA of Canada Bursaries Applications Now Open - 20 Bursaries Available

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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Winter Education Update
Education News

Winter Education Update

Spring Seminar 2021...
The Education Committee is excited to announce that the 2021 Spring Seminar has been green-lit for operating as a digital education conference due to the ongoing uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Switching to a digital conference will allow us to provide a safe education alternative for our Members and provide the opportunity to try some new things in terms of format and technology which will benefit the show for years to come.

The Seminar will be held Monday, February 22nd & Tuesday, February 23rd 2021 via Zoom and supported by a digital app/platform to be determined. The Education Committee has diligently been working through the survey results from last year’s seminar, proposals received from various speakers on relevant industry topics and are looking forward to this year’s line-up. Mark these dates in your calendar now, we hope you plan on attending this annual kick-off to the golf season in an albeit different but still exciting capacity this year!

Introducing: The PGA of Alberta Podcast...
We are equally excited to announce that preliminary work has begun on a new Education initiative for the winter off-season, introducing The PGA of Alberta Podcast which is being spearheaded by the PD Series sub-committee. Topics and Speakers are currently being researched and developed and once they have been decided upon, recording and editing will commence.

The Podcast will have a strong local flavour to it, as we have so many amazing professionals in our Zone that can offer insight and expertise covering a wide range of relevant topics to their peers. Stay tuned for more updates as we progress on this initiative and please feel free to share any help, thoughts or suggestions with any Education Committee member or Aaron McKay ([email protected]).


Congratulations to our 2020 Championship Winners
Tournament News

Congratulations to our 2020 Championship Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Championship winners (listed below) for their stellar play against top competition in the Association. Most of the Champions listed below are multiple time winners and perform their best on the biggest stages of the season.

PGA of Alberta Championship &
Assistants’ Championship Winner

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Riley Fleming
Apprentice Professional at Lynx Ridge GC

PGA of Alberta Championship @ River Bend G&RA
- Click here for Results
*Riley has won this Championship two of the last three years (2018 & 2020)

Assistants’ Championship @ Stony Plain GC - Click here for Results
*Riley is a perfect three for three in this Championship, winning the last three years in a row after becoming a PGA of Alberta member in 2018.
**Riley was the only player to finish under par at 4-under.
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Club Pro Championship Winner
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Craig McArthur
Head Teaching Professional at Edmonton Junior Golf at Jagare Ridge

Club Pro Championship @ Windermere G&CC
- Click here for Results
*Craig has won this Championship two of the last four years (2017 & 2020)
**Craig won this Championship in a playoff battle against Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC). Both Craig and Jeff were the only players to shoot under par at 1-under.
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Ladies’ Championship Winner
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Gina Nelson
Apprentice Professional at Magrath GC

Ladies’ Championship @ Valley Ridge GC
- Click here for Results
*Gina also won the Ladies’ Division Order of Merit title.
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Seniors’ Championship Winner
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Randy Robb
Head Teaching Professional at Edge Golf Academy

Seniors’ Championship @ Valley Ridge GC
- Click here for Results
*This is Randy’s first Seniors’ Championship win.
**This is Randy’s second major Championship title after winning the PGA of Alberta Championship in 1998 in a playoff against Scott Allred at Country Hills GC.

VIEW PAST CHAMPIONS HERE

2020 Bursary Winners
Awards News

2020 Bursary Winners

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to present four bursaries of $750 each to the following deserving Assistant Professionals in the Association:

  • Chris Ward (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC)
  • Taylor Van Tighem (Royal Mayfair GC)
  • Shannon Werbicki (Royal Mayfair GC)
  • Tony Brown (Stewart Creek G&CC)

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who applied.

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We Are Golf releases Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)
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We Are Golf releases Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)

The Canadian golf industry generated $18.2B in economic benefits across our nation in 2019, according to a recent economic analysis conducted by Group ATN Consulting Inc. on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).

According to The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019), the Canadian golf industry employs the equivalent of nearly 249,000 people through direct and spin-off effects and contributed to $10.6B in household income. The industry also contributed $4.5B in government tax revenue ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial) used to support a variety of programs for all Canadians.

Based on nationwide surveys completed by golfers and golf course operators in 10 provinces and three territories along with multiple industry data sources, The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) is a follow up to previous comprehensive and independent assessment studies (2014, 2009) of the economic impact of the golf industry in Canada. The $18.2B economic impact of golf represents a 14% increase in contribution to Canada’s GDP between 2013 and 2019.

The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) further reinforces the enormous financial, employment, charitable, tourism and positive environmental impact that the sport and the business of golf are affecting across Canada,” said Laurence Applebaum, Chair of We Are Golf and CEO of Golf Canada. “This third iteration of the study provides the golf industry with a powerful snapshot of the scale and magnitude that our sport has on the Canadian economy and within the communities where we live, work and play.”

The study presents economic insights for each of the 10 provinces and three territories from coast to coast. Also captured in the report are comparisons to international economic insights from select countries and regions including the United States, European Union, and Australia.

The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) was conducted on behalf of We Are Golf by Group ATN Consulting Inc., a world leader in economic development and analysis for communities, regions, and industries. Group ATN previously conducted the 2014 and 2009 Canadian Golf Economic Impact Studies (based on 2013 and 2008 data respectively) which have allowed the Canadian golf industry to benchmark the game’s economic impact over five-year periods.

“Every industry has its own unique circumstances to allow for, and the ability to repeat the same application of our model for Canadian golf is a significant advantage,” said Tom McGuire, Principal with Group ATN Consulting. “Beyond consistency, we have also been able to further improve certain aspects based upon learnings from the prior studies we did for the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).”

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GOLF IN CANADA (2019):

The game of golf accounts for an estimated $18.2B of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is up 14% from the $15.9B reported in 2014*. Included within the 2019 economic impact:

  • The golf industry directly employed nearly 150,000 full-time, full-year equivalent positions, representing many more individuals who are employed in the sector. This number grows to approximately 249,000 when accounting for direct, indirect, and induced employment.
  • The golf industry directly contributed $4.8B in household income, rising to $10.6B when considering the combined direct, indirect, and induced impacts.
  • The golf industry generated $4.5B in government tax revenue; including $1.8B in federal tax revenue and $2.1B in provincial tax revenue.
  • Conservatively, course operators invested $727M industry-wide on capital expenditures.

*Note that 2014 figures are adjusted by the consumer price index and reported as current dollars.

Additional Insights from The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019):

  • Employment – The golf industry is a significant job provider for youth with 48% of its workforce identified as students.
  • Travel – Canadians along with international visitors contributed to $8.6B in golf-related travel nationwide. Canadians made approximately 8M trips involving golf, including 3.0M in their home province and 1.8M outside their home province and abroad.
  • Golfer Spending – Golfers in Canada spent approximately $19.3B on items such as green fees, memberships, lessons, equipment, travel, hospitality, events, and other golf-related expenditures.
  • Canadian Course Operators – A total of 2,283 facilities were estimated to be operating in 2019, accounting for 2,043 courses (18-hole equivalent); course operators collectively spent approximately $3.8B in course expenditures.
  • Land management – Golf course operations manage between 155,000 and 175,000 hectares, including 30,000 to 35,000 hectares of wildlife and wetland area.
  • Charitable Impact – The golf industry generated an estimated $330M in charitable impact through more than 51,000 tournaments and events.
  • Golf Participation – Canadian golfers played an estimated 57.0M rounds in 2019.

Although released in 2020, The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) does not factor in the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian golf industry.

“Establishing a baseline for the economic impact of our sport measured against pre-2020 Covid-19 spending is an important benchmark consideration for the integrity and continuity of the study,” added Applebaum. “Based on what we learned through the 2020 season, the safety of golf through this pandemic and the potential for a lift in participation and spending on the game, we are optimistic in looking ahead.”

Click here for additional information on the We Are Golf website.

NAGA Alberta receives Jack Skellern Patron of the Year Award
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NAGA Alberta receives Jack Skellern Patron of the Year Award

Congratulations to the National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) of Alberta for being honoured with the 2020 PGA of Alberta Jack Skellern Patron of the Year Award!

The Patron of the Year Award is presented annually on behalf of the Association to an individual or organization, for their support of the PGA of Alberta and the advancement of Professional Golf in the province.

During the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, NAGA Alberta worked closely with the Alberta Government and played a pivotal part in allowing golf facilities to open back up in a safe manner. Thanks to the work done by NAGA Alberta, golf facilities were able to open on May 2nd allowing golfers to get back outside and play the sport they love during these unprecedented time.

NAGA Alberta is made up of five different organization’s (listed below) that all played an important part in bringing golf back safely to the province. We would also like to recognize the efforts of Bruce McAllister who was contracted on behalf of NAGA Alberta to put golf’s best interests forward when working with the Alberta Government to bring golf back. NAGA Alberta consists of:

CLICK HERE to watch a short video of PGA of Alberta President Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) presenting the Award to NAGA Alberta and sharing a bit of the history of the Association.

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Riley Fleming Wins his Second Player of the Year Award
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Riley Fleming Wins his Second Player of the Year Award

Congratulations to none other than Riley Fleming of Lynx Ridge GC for winning his second PGA of Alberta Player of the Year Award! (previously won in 2018). Riley had another tremendous tournament season this year which included the following highlights:

Click HERE to see Riley’s reaction to receiving the award.

Stayed tuned for the Jack Skellern Patron of the Year announcement this week which is the final award to be announced!


Chris Ward Wins the 2020 Top 100 Award
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Chris Ward Wins the 2020 Top 100 Award

Congratulations to Chris Ward of the Edmonton Petroleum G&CC on winning this year’s Top 100 Award as determined by the rankings in the Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada! The Top 100 Program is based on pre-defined measurable criteria designed to recognize Members who dedicate their time and demonstrate proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals.

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Chris had a fantastic year within the Top 100 Program after accumulating 104 points throughout the program year to win by just one point! It was a goal of Chris’ this year to win the Top 100 Award and he accomplished that by increasing his point total by 56 overall compared to last year, going from T-19th in the standings in 2019 to winning the title this year.

It was an exciting race for the trophy this year, primarily between Chris and Sean Thompson after going back and forth at the end of the program year trying to secure first place. With the win, Chris prevents Sean from going back-to-back for the award after winning in 2019 and cements himself in the PGA of Alberta history books.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH CHRIS RECEIVING THE AWARD

Cash Prizes...
In addition to the Award winner, the Association is proud to award 10 cash prizes to the top point earners. Members needed to accumulate 76 points or more to earn a cheque this year. Congratulations to the following cash recipients who will receive their prize shortly:

Professional
Facility
Points
Cash Prize
1st Chris Ward Edmonton Petroleum G&CC 104 $1,300
2nd Sean Thompson   103 $1,000
3rd Jeff MacGregor Glendale G&CC 95 $800
4th Josh Fleming GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights 93 $600
T-5th Bryce Halverson Valley Ridge GC 80 $400
T-5th Dale Tomlinson The Winston GC 80 $400
T-7th Dave Henzie Nanton GC 79 $225
T-7th Samuel Kirkness Priddis Greens G&CC 79 $225
9th Michael Graham Cottonwood G&CC 77 $150
10th Alan Carter Edmonton CC 76 $125

Top 100 Professionals
As part of this program, the PGA of Alberta acknowledges the Top 100 Professionals which are the top 100-point earners for the program year. The 2020 Top 100 Professionals will be officially announced within the next two weeks so stay tuned for more information!

We look forward to an even bigger year for the Top 100 Program in 2021. October is when the new program year begins so stay tuned for more Top 100 news moving forward. Check out the 2020 Standings on the website by clicking the link below.

View Standings - Click Here

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Ryan Doucette of adidas Golf Wins Sales Rep of the Year
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Ryan Doucette of adidas Golf Wins Sales Rep of the Year

Congratulations to Ryan Doucette of adidas Golf in Edmonton for winning the 2020 PGA of Alberta Sales Rep of the Year Award! Ryan has been a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada since 2003 and has been with adidas Golf for just over three years now. Click HERE to see Ryan’s reaction to winning the award.

Stayed tuned on Twitter and Instagram for the Player of the Year and Jack Skellern Patron of the Year Awards which will be announced this week as well!


Bill Dreger Wins Junior Leader of the Year Award
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Bill Dreger Wins Junior Leader of the Year Award

Congratulations to Bill Dreger of Canmore G&CC for being named the PGA of Alberta Junior Leader of the Year! Click HERE to see Bill receiving the award today at his club. Congratulations to all members recognized as a Finalist for Junior Leader of the Year.

Stay tuned next week for the remaining PGA of Alberta Awards we will be handing (listed below)! Once again, thank you to everyone involved in our awards week for making it a smashing success! We will be handing out the following Awards next week:

Click here to see our Award winners.

Ben Van Deurzen named Class "A" Professional of the Year
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Ben Van Deurzen named Class "A" Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Ben Van Deurzen of Stewart Creek G&CC in Canmore for winning the 2020 PGA of Alberta Class "A" Professional of the Year Award! Click HERE to see Ben’s reaction to winning the award.

Make sure to watch this afternoons award reveal at 1pm approx. for Junior Leader of the Year on Instagram. Click Read More below to see this year’s Finalists.

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Dean Ingalls receives Club Professional of the Year Honour
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Dean Ingalls receives Club Professional of the Year Honour

Congratulations to Dean Ingalls of Silver Springs G&CC for winning the 2020 PGA of Alberta Club Professional of the Year Award! (see image below). This was a special day for Dean after winning two awards consecutively with the first being Retailer of the Year with Silver Springs G&CC. Click HERE to watch the live reaction and hear a few words from Dean after receiving the honour today. 

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s award unveiling’s for the following (October 30th):

  • Class "A" Professional of the Year (click HERE for Finalists- 10am MST approx.
  • Junior Leader of the Year (click HERE for Finalists) - 1pm MST approx.
      

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Silvers Springs G&CC Wins Second Retailer of the Year Award in three years
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Silvers Springs G&CC Wins Second Retailer of the Year Award in three years

Congratulations to the team at Silver Springs G&CC for winning the 2020 PGA of Alberta Retailer of the Year Award! This is Silver Springs G&CC’s second Retailer of the Year win in three years after receiving the honour in 2018.

Click HERE to watch the live reaction of the team at Silver Springs G&CC receiving the award today.


Todd Halpen named 2020 Teacher of the Year
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Todd Halpen named 2020 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Todd Halpen of Golfuture on being named the 2020 PGA of Alberta Teacher of the Year! (see image below). Click HERE to see Todd receiving the Award.


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Luke Workman Wins his Second Coach of the Year Award
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Luke Workman Wins his Second Coach of the Year Award

Congratulations to Luke Workman of the Glencoe G&CC Teaching Centre for winning his second PGA of Alberta Coach of the Year Award! (previously won in 2018). Click HERE to see Luke’s reaction to winning the award.

Tomorrow (Oct. 28th) we will be announcing the recipient for the Teacher of the Year Award at approx.10am. See this year’s Finalists by clicking Read More below.

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Bryce Halverson named Apprentice Professional of the Year
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Bryce Halverson named Apprentice Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Bryce Halverson of Valley Ridge GC for being named the 2020 PGA of Alberta Apprentice Professional of the Year! Click HERE to see Bryce receiving the honour today at his club.

Make sure to tune in for this afternoons award reveal at 1pm for Coach of the Year on social media. Click Read More below to see this year’s Finalists.

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Slade King receives Executive Professional of the Year Honour
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Slade King receives Executive Professional of the Year Honour

Congratulations to Slade King of The Links of GlenEagles, our 2020 PGA of Alberta Executive Professional of the Year! Click HERE to hear a few words from Slade after receiving the honour. Congratulations to all Finalists this year for their terrific seasons at their respective clubs.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s (October 27th) Award unveiling’s for the following:

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New Digital Magazine Release - The Awards Issue
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New Digital Magazine Release - The Awards Issue

We are excited to release the latest issue of our Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" featuring the PGA of Alberta Awards Program! In this special edition of the magazine, you can view the Finalists for every Award this year which will be announced in the coming weeks. More information on the Awards Program will be released shortly. Other stories inside the magazine include:

  • Past event winners from this season
  • 2020 Junior Masters champions
  • Latest partnership with Schooley Mitchell
  • and more!

Click here to view Magazine


PGA of Alberta Announces 2020 Awards Finalists
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PGA of Alberta Announces 2020 Awards Finalists

The time has finally arrived! The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce this year’s Awards Finalists! Winners will be announced during the final week of October. Stayed tuned on social media and the website for this year’s exciting new awards process! Congratulations and good luck to everyone for the following awards:

  • Club Professional of the Year
  • Executive Professional of the Year
  • Assistant Professional of the Year – Class A & Apprentice Professional
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Junior of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sales Rep of the Year
  • Retailer of the Year

Please remember that we will also announce the Player of the Year and Patron of the Year Awards during the final week of October as well.

VIEW FINALISTS HERE

Top 100 Program – Final Day to Submit Extracurricular Form
Top 100 News

Top 100 Program – Final Day to Submit Extracurricular Form

The Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada is based on pre-defined measurable criteria and is designed to recognize PGA of Alberta members who dedicate their time and demonstrate proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals.

Today (Wednesday, September 30th) is the final day to submit the Extracurricular Approval Form to receive points for attending education seminars/webinars or volunteerism within the golf industry at non-PGA of Alberta administered initiatives. See Point Allocation breakdown here. Points will be awarded at the beginning of October after approval.

The Top 100 point earners will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for this program year. Learn more about the program and see where you currently sit in the standings by clicking the link below.

Please note that points will automatically be awarded for Award Finalists once announced later this week and will be included in this program year.

View Standings - Click Here


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Congratulations to our 2020 Junior Scholarship Recipients
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Congratulations to our 2020 Junior Scholarship Recipients

Each year the PGA of Alberta is proud to award four Junior Scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving candidates. Two of the Scholarships are awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members and the other two are awarded to competitive junior golfers in Alberta who meet specific criteria. Congratulations to the following:

PGA of Alberta Family Scholarship

  • Max Murchison (Bill Murchison - Golfuture)
  • Zachary Jurak (Todd Jurak - Sylvan Lake G&CC)

Golf Specific Scholarship

  • Kate Martens (Windermere G&CC)
  • Ethan Choi (Pincher Creek GC)

Thank you to everyone that applied for a Scholarship this year. We wish everyone the best of luck in their post-secondary education.

Click here to view recipients

PGA of Alberta Bursary Program
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PGA of Alberta Bursary Program

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to present four Bursaries of $750 each to deserving PGA of Alberta members who are either Apprentice Professionals or Class A Professionals and meet or exceed the bursary criteria as outlined.

All Apprentice Professionals and Class A Professionals (who are not employed as Head/Executive Professionals) are eligible and encouraged to apply. A minimum of two of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal AP’s (working 9 months or less for their employer). Please click the below link to be directed to the application form.

Deadline to Submit - September 30th @ 4pm

*New Feature - Saved Drafts*
You can now save your applications online before submitting! Please follow the steps below.

  1. You must be logged into your account to be able to save your draft. 
  2. Save Draft button is located at the bottom of every application on the website.
  3. To find Saved Drafts please go to "My Account" or "Manage Account" > My Saved Drafts.
  4. Submit when finished!

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Gina Gallops to Victory at her First Ladies’ Championship
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Gina Gallops to Victory at her First Ladies’ Championship

After a competitive battle today during Round 2 of the PGA of Alberta Ladies’ Championship at Valley Ridge GC, Gina Nelson of Magrath GC stood above the rest after firing a 1-over 73 to claim the Championship! Playing in her first PGA of Alberta event, Gina showed no fear on the course today scoring four timely birdies to help her cruise to a 5 stroke victory and her first Ladies’ Championship title!

Finishing in second place was Shaye Leidenius (Wolf Creek GR) after improving her second round score by 9 strokes to finish at 3-over 75 today. Rounding out our Top 3 was Rhonda Carter (Blue Devil GC) after carding a solid 7-over 79 today.

Thank you to our presenting sponsors MKRAK and Sundog Eyewear / Tour Tee and host venue Valley Ridge GC for a great two days. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Click here for Final Results

Randy Robb Rallies to First Seniors’ Championship Win
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Randy Robb Rallies to First Seniors’ Championship Win

Day two at the Valley Ridge GC Seniors’ Championship presented by MKRAK and Sundog Eyewear / Tour Tee saw the course again in mint shape for our competitors and a slight improvement on the playing conditions which was a welcome change for all.

Winning his first Seniors’ Championship was a relentless Randy Robb of Edge Golf Academy who carded two excellent rounds to finish at +1 overall for the Championship. Randy managed to come from 2-strokes behind our round 1 leader today and played blemish free golf on the back-9 to end up winning by 2 strokes!

In second was Phil McCluskey (River Bend G&RA) who put together two great rounds of golf to finish the Championship at +3 overall. In third was PGA of Alberta President Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) who carded two solid rounds of golf in his first Seniors’ Championship to finish at +5 overall. Rounding out our Top-5, in a 3-way tie for fourth was Richard Stringer (Country Hills GC), Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) & Scott Westman (The Ranch G&CC) who all finished the tournament at +7 respectively.

Congratulations to our Super Senior Division (60+) winner Kevin Day (Billy D’s GC) who carded two excellent rounds to finish the tournament at +9 and in solo seventh of the Championship (pictured below).

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Congratulations to our 6 skins winners today who each won $96 -  Randy Robb on #5, Scott Bergdahl on #6, Richard Stringer on #11, Scott Allred on #12, Richard Hardy on #17 & Bob McArthur on #18. Special thanks to our Sponsors and host venue for helping put on another excellent Championship.

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McGarry Motors to Top at his First Seniors’ Championship
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McGarry Motors to Top at his First Seniors’ Championship

Today at the Valley Ridge GC Seniors’ Championship presented by MKRAK and Sundog Eyewear / Tour Tee saw the course in mint shape for our competitors but frigid fall conditions throughout the day which made for a  challenging round for all.

Playing in his inaugural Seniors’ Championship and showing no fear was Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) who is our leader after carding an excellent 2-under par 70. Right behind our Leader in second is Brian Kollman (Golfuture) who carded a great 1-under par 71. Rounding out our final group tomorrow is Randy Robb (Edge Golf Academy) who carded a solid even-par 72.

Leading our Super Senior Division (60+) is Kevin Day (Billy D’s GC) who carded an excellent 2-over par 74 to hold a healthy 4-stroke lead over his nearest divisional competitor.

First tee time is at 8:30am tomorrow and our last group tee’s it up at 10:00am sharp! Congratulations to our 4 skins winners today who each won $120 -  Gord Courage on #1, Paul Horton on #2, Richard Stringer on #13, Randy Robb on #16 & Scott Bergdahl on #17.

Click here for Round 1 Results and Round 2 Draw

Nelson Narrowly Holds Lead at the Ladies’ Championship
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Nelson Narrowly Holds Lead at the Ladies’ Championship

Today at the Valley Ridge GC Ladies’ Championship presented by MKRAK and Sundog Eyewear / Tour Tee saw the course in mint shape for our competitors but frigid fall conditions throughout the day which made for a  challenging round.

Leading the way in her first PGA of Alberta event (and a Championship at that) was Gina Nelson (Magrath GC) who holds a 1-stroke lead on her nearest competitor in a tight field. With all eight competitors within 10-strokes of each other tomorrow is shaping up to be an exciting day on the leaderboard!

First tee time is at 10:10 AM tomorrow and our final group tee’s it up at 10:30 sharp. Congratulations to our skins winners today: Gina Nelson on # 1 & 15 and Shannon Raina on # 11!

Click here for Round 1 Results and Round 2 Draw

PGA of Alberta Announces New Partnership with Schooley Mitchell
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PGA of Alberta Announces New Partnership with Schooley Mitchell

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Schooley Mitchell, a Canadian company specializing in cost reduction consulting, for the next three years!

"The PGA of Alberta is excited to have Schooley Mitchell join our Association as a partner" said Robert Rousselle, PGA of Alberta Executive Director. "Our experience and dealing with Mr. Pendergast was simple, efficient and we are already seeing financial benefit."

Schooley Mitchell has helped thousands of businesses across North America improve their bottom line by reducing overhead using their proprietary software and buying power for over 20 years. They have developed several programs specific to the golf industry, particularly in Canada, recognizing the challenges that come with the seasonal nature of golf in our country.

"We use our massive database and advanced analytics to audit our clients’ monthly expenses, finding ways to optimize their plans and renegotiate their contracts" said Mickey Pendergast, Strategic Partner at Schooley Mitchell.

"We are not providers or brokers, so we are not trying to get our clients to switch providers—we work with them to find the best possible program, usually with their existing provider. And our only fee is a share of the savings for a period of time; if we don’t find savings, we don’t get paid. It’s a no-risk way to make sure you aren’t wasting any of your hard-earned dollars."

CLICK HERE FOR THEIR COST REDUCTION OVERVIEW


Schooley Mitchell has had success with several Alberta golf courses and with the PGA of Alberta itself, reducing costs like telecom, merchant services, and waste handling—all at no cost to them. For more information, please visit their website HERE or contact:

Mickey Pendergast - Strategic Partner
Phone: 403-875-4777
Email: [email protected] 


Seniors’ Championship Draw - Valley Ridge GC
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Seniors’ Championship Draw - Valley Ridge GC

The draw is now available for Round 1 of the PGA of Alberta Seniors’ Championship presented by MKRAK and Sundog Eyewear / Tour Tee. This year will see 30 of Alberta’s top Professionals aged 50 & over head to the beautiful Valley Ridge GC next week on September 14th & 15th to compete in the final championship of the season alongside the Ladies’ Championship.

Last year’s Champion Darryl James of National Golf Academy at Shaganappi is back to defend his title after dethroning Scott Allred of Elbow Springs GC who won the previous four championships. Between the two excellent players, they have won eight of the last nine championships (six for Allred and two for James). Click here to see past winners.

Valley Ridge GC will offer a great day of golf for all competitors in the event. The front nine along the Bow River is where players will find the vivid sights and sounds of nature down in the valley.  The back nine will present new challenges around every fairway corner which will make for an exciting championship!

Click here to view the draw.
     

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