Fox Features in the Winners’ Circle at GSH Series #3 at Highwood Golf
Today’s tournament saw fifty-five players head south to High River to compete in the third Golf Supply House Series of the season. The weather started off a bit cooler in the morning, however, warmed up nicely throughout the day giving players excellent playing conditions by mid afternoon with the course in great shape.
Winning his first event of the season was: Mitch Fox (Speargrass GC). Mitch’s superb round included 8 birdies on the card with only 2 bogey blemishes to show. Mitch carded 6-under 65 to win by one stroke. Mitch carded a great 34 on the front-9 and a scorching 31 on the back-9 today.
Putting some pressure on Mitch today and finishing in solo second place was none other than: Albert Pistorius (Country Hills GC). Albert carded a great round today which included five birdies and was blemish free. Albert has finished in Second at both GSH events he has played this season and will look to take home the next one.
Rounding out our Top-3, both carding a 2-under 69, was the likes of: Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC) and Kyle Wade (PGA of AB Member). Weston and Kyle both had 3 Birdies and only 1 bogey on the cards today.
Rounding out our Top-5, in a three way tie for 5th was: Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC), Shawn Proulx (River Ridge G&CC) and Jace Ouellette (Innisfail GC) who all carded solid 1-under 70’s.
Thank you to our Title Sponsor Golf Supply House and Highwood Golf for making it a great day! The next GSH Series on the schedule is at Innisfail GC on June 27th & 28th.
This year saw the event continue with the Team Net Stableford scoring format which kept things fun and exciting for the competition. The point allocation in this format is: 5 points for Double Eagle, 4 points for Eagle, 3 points for Birdie, 2 points for Par & 1 point for Bogey.
Our Champions this year are, one of our Host Professional Teams: Sam Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) & his partner Carol Bell who fired a superb round today to finish with 45 Stableford team points to win by 1! Sam carded an outstanding 66 with a stellar 32 on the front-9 which was followed up with a great 34on the back-9. Sam carded 6 Birdies and had only 1 blemish on the card today. His partner Carol Bell, chipped in with 3 timely net birdies on their march to victory.
In Solo Second Place, last year’s defending Champions, was the team of: Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) & Sue Strother who accumulated a superb 44 points today.
Finishing in Third through retrogression, at 43 points was the team of: Logan Hill (River Bend G&RA) & Randie Mulligan
In Fourth, also through retrogression and finishing with 43 points was the team of: Kyle Wade (PGA of Alberta Member) & Jill Wade.
Rounding out our Top-5, also through retrogression and finishing with 42 points was the team of: Trevor Ellerman (Desert Blume GC) & Nicole Kiriazis.
Launched in 2019, the PGA of Alberta Top 100 Program is based on pre-defined measurable criteria designed to recognize members who dedicate their time and proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals.
“TaylorMade Golf Canada is excited about the opportunity to partner with the PGA of Alberta Top 100 Program as a new way to connect and extend support throughout the zone, from new to established Professionals,” said David Bradley, General Manager at TaylorMade Golf Canada. “The Top 100 Program resonated with us as TaylorMade can help encourage engagement and growth within the province, as well as each Professional career”.
As part of this program, the PGA of Alberta acknowledges the Top 100 Professionals which are the top 100 point earners for each year of the program. These members are recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” and receive a custom Top 100 logo. Click here to view the 2021 Top 100 Professionals.
"The Top 100 Program in Alberta is a great program encouraging all PGA of Alberta Professionals engagement in many areas of the Association in an effort to advance the game of golf," said Shaun Piercey, Head Professional at The Ranch G&CC and TaylorMade Staff Player. "Golf Professionals thrive on competition and I believe this program has been very successful in increasing PGA of Alberta membership engagement as well as recognizing the numerous amazing and extremely dedicated Golf Processionals we have in our Zone".
Cash Prize Increase With this new partnership, the PGA of Alberta will now be offering 20 cash prizes at the end of this program year valuing $8,200! The cash prizes will be awarded in October at the Buying Show Awards Banquet to the top 20 point earners for the program.
New Cash Bonuses In addition to the 20 cash prizes this program year, the Association will also giveaway 8 cash bonuses of $100 each to the top point finisher(s) in the below member categories (number of cash bonuses dependent on total number of members in the categories). This added amount puts the cash prize total at $9,000 for the Top 100 Program (cash prizes + bonuses).
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Play Ability Test News
Two Weeks Away from the Third PAT of the Season
We are less than two weeks away from the next Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Alberta Springs in Red Deer, on Tuesday, July 12th. Take note of the PAT schedule by clicking ’View Schedule’ below.
Please pass this information on to anyone interested in becoming a member of the PGA of Canada at your facility! For more information on the steps to become a member, please refer to the PGA of Canada Membership Roadmap.
About the PAT… The PAT is standardized testing all Applicants must pass in order to be eligible to apply for membership. All prospective Applicants are required to register with the PGA of Canada prior to registering for a PAT in 2022. Once an application has been accepted, the PGA of Canada will notify the PGA of Alberta office that there is a new Applicant who will be attempting a PAT. The PAT’s are conducted by the Zones.
Prospective members must meet the following entrance requirements:
Be 18 years of age or older
Have a high school diploma or higher
Currently working in the golf industry to be verified by your employer, and work a minimum of400 paid hoursper year by December 1st
Two reference letters, one from your employer and one from a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member
Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online
Pass a sanctioned Playing Ability Test
PAT Target Score...
1 round PAT (18 holes)
No maximum number of attempts per year
All PAT’s are open to all Applicants
For Men, 49 years of age & under - the course rating plus 9
For Men, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 11
For Women, 49 years of age & under- the course rating plus 13
For Women, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 15
PAT Process... Step 1 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com - The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your first PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. After a year, you must re-register as an Applicant to register for and attempt a PAT.
Step 2 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com for all PAT’s - ($150 plus tax per each additional attempt)
If an Applicant is unsuccessful in each of their PAT attempts over the course of a season, those Applicants may try again the following season. Successful Applicants will pay membership dues for the season at that time.
Click ’Read More’ below for more information on the application process and the steps that need to be taken after becoming a member.
Batsel Is Back On Top
An early morning for day 2 at Innisfail GC lead to Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) securing his first win of the season with a final score of 3 under par. Dillon shot an opening nine score of 33 today that included a single bogey with 4 birdies and followed it with a back nine score of 37 to secure the win.
Second place was taken home by Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) with another strong showing after a win at the previous Golf Supply House event.
There was a 3-way tie for third between Jared Nicolls (Rad Golf ), Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC), and Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) to round out our top 5.
Also congratulations to our day 2 skins winners:
Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) - Eagle on #2
Sam Fix (Vimy Ridge Golf Academy) - Birdie on #12
Tyler LeBouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) - Birdie on #13
Jared Nicholls (Rad Golf) - Eagle on #18
Thank you once again to your sponsor Golf Supply House for supporting another great event.
Wes Heffernan Victorious at the 100th Playing of the PGA Championship of Canada
On Friday afternoon (June 24th) at Beacon Hall GC, Wes Heffernan put a bow on a dominant performance at thePGA Championship of Canada, going wire-to-wire to cement himself as the winner of the 100th anniversary of the event by a margin of five strokes, shooting scores of 68-69-69-72 to do so.
“I’m not sure it has sunk in yet. (Friday) was a challenging mental day with the lead and trying to keep that lead, but I played really well, which was very fulfilling,” said Heffernan, who came into the week as the top player on the PGA Player Rankings and takes home $12,000 with the victory. “I didn’t make any mistakes until the end, and I had a nice cushion by that point.”
It didn’t take long for those bearing witness to realize that there would be no coming back to the field for Heffernan on Friday.
Off the tee this week, Heffernan was impeccable. The only thing perhaps more impressive was his ball striking, as he gave himself good birdie look after good birdie look on the firm and fast Beacon Hall greens.
After knocking in a 12-foot birdie putt on the second hole, Heffernan cruised through the front nine with eight consecutive pars, with none of the par putts being further than three feet.
As Heffernan noted, a bogey followed by a double on 16 and 17 put a dent in his lead, but by that point, there was nothing between the 45-year-old and the first P.D. Ross trophy of his career.
“I know the tournament has had quite the history and there’s been some fantastic players at this event. I got to play with Jim Rutledge the past two days, who is a Canadian legend, and he is on the trophy as well,” said Heffernan – who’s five-stroke winning margin came over the runner-up Rutledge. “I was fortunate enough to share these past two rounds with him and I was fortune to come out on top.”
With the victory, Heffernan becomes the third-consecutive Albertan to win the event after DustinRisdon’svictory in 2019 and Riley Fleming’s win last summer.
“I have a lot of great family and friends to thank back home for their support,” said Heffernan, who teaches out of the Dynamic Motion Golf PerformanceCenter. “Some people thought it was only three rounds, so I actually got some congratulations texts yesterday, so I was happy to be able to get it done today”
While Heffernan turned in a score of 10-under par, only three other players were able to break par for the tournament – Rutledge, Gordon Burns, and Fleming. And while Heffernan broke 70 in three of the four rounds, no other player was able to do it more than twice – and the only player to do that was Fleming.
Other notable finishes by PGA of Alberta Professionals include:
Fox Flies to the Top after Round 1 at Innisfail GC Golf Supply House Series Event
Today saw the first two-day Golf Supply House Series event of the season hosted at the spectacular Innisfail GC with 49 competitors in the field and some magnificent summer conditions for all our players.
Our Leader after Round 1: Mitch Fox (Speargrass GC) who carded an excellent opening round of 3-under par (69) today to sit 1-stroke up on his nearest competitors. Mitch fired an excellent Front-9 score of 33 with 3 Birdies on the card and followed it up on the Back-9 with a solid 36.
In a Two-Way Tie in Second Place is: Tyler Lebouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) & Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) who both carded stellar 2-under par 70’s today to complete our final grouping for tomorrow and try to keep some heat on our Leader.
In a Two-Way Tie for Fourth Place is: Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) and one of our Host Professionals, Jace Ouellette (Innisfail GC) who both carded a great 1-under par 71 today to remain right in contention for R2 tomorrow.
In a Three-Way Tie for Sixth Place is: Ryan McDermott (Royal Mayfair GC), Darrell McDonald (Mill Woods GC) & Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) who all carded a solid even-par 72 today to remain in the hunt.
Rounding out our Top-10 today, in a Three-Way Tie for Ninth Place is: Michael Harrision (Coal Creek GR), Jared Nicolls (Rad Golf) & Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC) who all carded respectable 1-over par 73’s.
Tee times kick off at 7am sharp tomorrow with our final group of: Mitch Fox (3-Under Par), Stefan Cox (-2) & Tyler Lebouthillier (-2) heading out at 9:30am.
Congratulations to our Day 1 Skins winners: Mitch Fox (Speargrass GC) (Birdie on #1), Gagan deep Ghotra (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) (Eagle on #4), Jeff Murdoch (PGA of Alberta Member) (Eagle on #13).
Seniors’ Division #1 - All Set for The Ranch G&CC - July 19th
We are excited to announce that our first Seniors’ Division Event of the season has been confirmed and is ready to go at The Ranch G&CC who always put on first-class events for our Members.
The event is all set for, Tuesday, July 19th, with Tee Times starting at 8:00 AM and a meal/drink voucher afterwards for all our competitors.
We hope to run a Seniors’ Division flight and a Super Senior (65+) flight if enough interest is found amongst the Membership. Please let any Life Members who may be interested know!
The Ranch is a fun, laid back, and accommodating public golf course. The Ranch has been ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the country and more recently Score Golf Magazine rated The Ranch as the course that offers the best value in Edmonton, 2nd best in Alberta and 30th best value in Canada! Well known to always be in great condition, The Ranch is also one of the busiest tournament courses in the province. With that, if you are planning an upcoming event, The Ranch is certainly able to ensure you have a top notch event.
The Ranch underwent an extensive bunker and tee box renovation in 2019. They continue to make improvements to the course and facility each year to ensure their guests enjoy their experience at The Ranch!
Schedule of Events:
Meal after your Round, graciously provided by Host Venue and Professional - Murray McCourt & The Ranch G&CC.
Terms of the Competition:
Open to Category I, II & III PGA of Alberta members in good standing.
Yardage for female professionals will be set at 85-90% of the male yardages.
18-hole Stroke play competition.
A 65+ Super Seniors’ Division will be in place if a minimum of 4 Eligible Members sign up/express interest in this flight.
PGA of Canada News
Wes Heffernan Leads the Way after Second Round of the PGA Championship of Canada
Fresh off his RBC Canadian Open exemption, Wes Heffernan, the top ranked player on the PGA Player Rankings, broke 70 for the second consecutive day, firing a 3-under par 69 to put himself two strokes ahead of Jim Rutledge and Gord Burns.
While late in round one players were forced to battle the wind, yesterday it was near unprecedented heat and humidity. Players were reaching for as much BioSteel as they could as the ‘feels like’ reached 40-degrees Celsius at Beacon Hall Golf Club.
“I had to put my rain gloves on because I was sweating so much,” said Heffernan. “I struggled in the middle of the round and had two loose shots, one my hands slipped and the other I just wasn’t mentally feeling comfortable.”
For the second-consecutive day, Heffernan, who is seeking the first PGA Championship of Canada victory of his career, played the back nine bogey free, once again playing the back side in just 33 strokes.
“I righted the ship to start the back nine, and even though I missed a few short ones that could have made it even better, I hit my lines and played just as solid as yesterday,” said the 2019 PGA Assistants’ Champion of Canada. “I feel like if I play well, I can always be in the mix, so to play solid and be leading is where I want to be and hopefully that’s where I can be the rest of the tournament.”
Other notable performances by PGA of Alberta Professionals so far include:
G.S.H. #4 - Innisfail GC- All Set For next Monday & Tuesday
The fourth Golf Supply House Series event of the season and first 2-Day Series is all set for Innisfail GC on: Monday & Tuesday, June 27th & 28th. Cross/Over starts at 9:00 AM and we have 50 of our Professionals who will compete at our fourth G.S.H event of the season. Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC), Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) and Mitch Fox (Speargrass GC) were our first, second & third respective Professionals in the Winners’ Circle this season, whom from next week’s field will add their name to the list?
Established in 1924, the Bill Robinson-designed Innisfail Golf Course has grown into one of Alberta’s finest golfing experiences. They have had the honour of being selected by Alberta Golf as the site of the 2002 & 2016 Alberta Mens’ Amateur Championship and 2009 Alberta Senior Ladies Championship.
PGA Buying Show Only 4 Months Away - Register Today!
The PGA of Alberta invites you and your staff to the annual Buying Show this year hosted onOctober 18–20at theCalgary BMO Centre.
The Buying Show is your one stop shop for all your buying! Visit the Companies/Exhibitors in attendance and view hundreds of brands at one venue. In 2019, over 80 Companies attended the Show. Build relationships with top company Executives & your local Reps. Click here for the current Exhibitor list.
Complimentary Food & Beverage During the Show
Gordon Food Service will be offering complimentary food and beverage options for all Exhibitors and Attendees located in the 19th Hole (centre of the floor plan) for the entire 3-days of the Buying Show! This will help your facility save costs as well as gives you a chance to try their food and re-energize yourself while at the Show. You can also stop by their show booth to discuss all of your food service operation needs.
Invite Your GM, Owner & Food and Beverage Staff With this dynamic partnership with GFS, remember to invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food & Beverage staff to the Show!
Preferred Hotel >> Hotels Arts Calgary - Host Venue of the Day 1 Cocktail Reception
Purchase Hole In One Insurance Today through the PGA of Alberta
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!
Denominations That Can Be Purchased Any denomination from $500 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.
Benefits of PGA of Alberta HIO Program
Competitive industry rates
Low prize limit amounts available for purchase (under $5,000)
Fixed rate for field sizes from 32 to 199 players
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 and golf industry
How To Purchase Coverage can be easily purchased on the PGA of Alberta website with the following steps:
Login to the website and select ‘My Hole In One’ under ’Manage Account’ or ’My Account’
Select the ’Create New Event’ button
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-member of the PGA of Alberta and interested in purchasing, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA of Alberta office (see contact info below).
Questions If have any questions on how this program can work for you, please contact Marlene Sanderson (E: [email protected] or P: 403-256-8894 / TF: 1-888-866-6140).
PGA of Alberta Now Accepting Applications for Junior Scholarship Program
One of the main focuses of the PGA of Alberta has been supporting junior golf to help grow the game. Golf Professionals in Alberta use their expertise to create, organize and facilitate junior-oriented events including the annual Play Golf Alberta Junior Masters. The Scholarship Program is another important step in the overall development of our current programming.
The mission of the PGA of Alberta is to provide junior golfers from around the province the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, while promoting and providing access to continued education. This program has presented over 60 scholarships since 1998.
The PGA of Alberta is proud to increase the total number of scholarships available this year. In total, the Association will award 5 Junior Scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving candidates in 2022! See scholarship breakdown below.
3 scholarships will be awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members who meet the scholarship criteria (no golf experience needed). Applicants are able to win this scholarship twice.
2 scholarships will be awarded to Alberta Junior boys and girls who meet the scholarship criteria (golf experience required). Applicants can win this scholarship once.
Deadline to Apply
Deadline to apply for a scholarship this year is July 31st (end of day). Online application forms and accompanying information must be sent to the PGA of Alberta office no later than this date.
Register Your Facility Today for the PGA Buying Show
The PGA of Alberta invites you and your staff to the annual Buying Show this year hosted onOctober 18–20at theCalgary BMO Centre. Click Here to view pictures from the last Buying Show in 2019.
Our Buying Show continues to be the only “full scale” show of its kind in Canada and it is with great pride that we host this show every fall for our Members, Industry Suppliers and guests of the Industry. The Buying Show is an event that is restricted to PGA of Canada Members, Non-PGA of Canada Facilities and Golf Industry Equipment Manufacturers/Businesses.
Registered Exhibitors With already over 40 vendors registered for the Show this year, companies are eager to see the membership and their teams in person after a two year hiatus. Click Here to view Exhibitor list.
Show Schedule Click Here to view the 2022 PGA Buying Show schedule. Scroll down and click the ’2022 Show Schedule’ sub-tab on the page to view the schedule of events each day.
Who’s Able to Attend the Show? All PGA of Canada Professionals, Golf Courses and Teaching Facilities across Canada are welcome to attend this Show. Please send this invite to any PGA Professionals you know outside of Alberta.
Invite Your GM, Owner & Food and Beverage Staff Remember to invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food & Beverage staff to the Show! Gordon Food Service will again be running the 19th Hole located in the middle of the floor plan, and will have a booth giving members and facilities a great opportunity to review all their on course and clubhouse needs for future seasons.
How to Register Registration is simple and can be completed online in minutes. In order to register, please note and the follow the steps below;
For facilities without a PGA of Alberta Professional, please create a website Profile by CLICKING HERE. Only one profile per facility needed. If you registered for the Show in a previous year, please use the same account from then to register for this year’s Show. Contact[email protected]for any questions about your account.
Log into the PGA of Alberta website and go to the Events tab > Buying Show > 2022 Attendee Registration.
Click “Register Now” and follow steps to officially register for the Buying Show.
IMPORTANT- Make sure you click "+ Add Another Attendee" below Attendee Information to register multiple people from your facility.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to thank you all in advance for continuing to support the Buying Show. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wes Heffernan Set to Represent the PGA of Canada This Week at the RBC Canadian Open
4008 days; that will be the amount of time between Wes Heffernan’s final putt on Sunday at the 2011 US Open - his last tournament on the world’s biggest stage – to this Thursday, when he will strike his opening tee shot at the RBC Canadian Open.
Much like the #1 song on the Billboard Chart when he played his last PGA TOUR event, the Calgarian hopes to be ‘Rolling in the Deep’ this week at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Toronto. We should specify; deep under-par, and not buried in the devastatingly deep rough players are set to face this week.
While many things have changed since June of 2011, a few things have remained the same: Heffernan’s silky-smooth swing and ever-steady composure. If he can settle in quickly, he will feel right at home.
“The hard part is going to be getting into that comfort level again, not just playing a tournament, but a PGA TOUR tournament, you can’t replicate that anywhere,” says Heffernan, who finished just one point ahead of fellow Calgarian Riley Fleming to earn the exemption. “It’s not the game that will be an issue, it’s getting into the right headspace as quickly as I can.
“You can hit 50 perfect shots on the range, but nothing will feel like that first tee shot on Thursday,” he added.
The PGA of Canada Points Ranking is based off the past three years of competition in PGA of Canada National Championships and select Zone events (2020 events did not count because of all National events being cancelled due to COVID-19). In that time, Heffernan has won two events and placed within the top-10 in 11 of the 12 tournaments.
Prior to this week, Heffernan says he has played this golf course one time – 22-years ago – “that isn’t going to help me much,” he says with a laugh.
However, following his arrival this past weekend, Heffernan joined old friend David Hearn for a round and has played 27 more holes at St. George’s over the past few days to get prepared. The course, he says, couldn’t be better.
“I can’t recall a golf course in better condition than this course, the fairways are some of the best ever,” says Heffernan. “Before this week I had only played six rounds this year, but we have a facility and it’s not like I haven’t been hitting golf balls the past six months. I’m just trying to get the short game in shape as quickly as possible.”
Heffernan is set to begin his opening round at 12:12pm MST on Thursday, with his second round following on Friday at 7:12am MST.
6 Players Pass the Second PAT of the season at Highwood Golf
Congratulations to the Six players that passed the Play Ability Test today hosted at Highwood Golf. All players shot the target score or better (79) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada. Congratulations to the following:
Rankings Determined for the Srixon - Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship North
The seeding round is now complete for the Srixon / Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship North presented by Nike Golf. Thirty teams competed at Jagare Ridge GC in the wet and cold conditions to determine their ranking for the first round in the north bracket of the Championship.
Congratulations to Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) and Jeremy Lavallee (Northern Bear GC) for shooting the low round of the day with a score of 6-under 65 in the team best ball format. Dallas and Jeremy were three strokes better than their nearest competitor today and take the #1 position in the north bracket.
Finishing alone in second place was the team of Jared Nicolls (Rad Golf) and Jaxon Lynn (Alberta Springs) firing a 3-under 68. Three teams ended their round one stroke back of Jared and Jaxon to finish in a 3-way tie for third at 2-under 69.
A special shout-out goes out to James Whitton (Leduc GC) for scoring a Hole In One today on hole #13 par 3 playing 155 yards!
G.S.H. #3 - Highwood Golf - All Set For Tomorrow, June 7th
The third Golf Supply House Series event of the season is all set for Highwood Golf tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7th with Tee Times starting at 12:00 PM. 56 of our Professionals will compete at our third 1-Day G.S.H event of the season. Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC) & Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) were our first and second Professionals in the Winners’ Circle this season, who from tomorrow’s field will add their name to the list?
Since 1958, the Highwood has been the golfer’s choice in the Foothills. Highwood Golf is a semi-private facility welcoming anyone to play, dine and enjoy social time in a beautiful friendly setting. With two distinct golf offerings: the championship Highwood 18 and the family friendly Spitzee 9.
Today’s tournament saw fifty-five players head to Belvedere G&CC in Sherwood Park to compete in the second Golf Supply House Series of the season. The weather started off a bit cooler in the morning however warmed up throughout the day giving players excellent playing conditions.
Winning his first event of the season was the likes of Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry). Keith’s stellar round included five birdies and a bogey free back nine to finish the day with a 4-under 67 to win by one stroke. With the victory, Keith has now won a GSH Series event in three consecutive years.
Putting some pressure on Keith today and finishing in second place was none other than Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre). Wes’ round also included five birdies but had one more bogey than Keith to finish with a 3-under 68.
Rounding out the top three with a 1-under 70 was Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC). Eric had an excellent back nine to move several spots up the leaderboard scoring 4 birdies and only 1 bogey to finish in third place for the tournament.
Special shout-out to Richard Stringer (Country Hills GC) for shooting a Hole In One today on hole #16 par 3 playing 134 yards.
Thank you to our Title Sponsor Golf Supply House and Belvedere G&CC for making it a great day! The next GSH Series on the schedule is at Highwood Golf on June 7th.
Fleming & Cook Win the Inaugural Mentorship Tournament
The first annual PGA of Alberta Mentorship Tournament hosted at Olds GC is now officially in the history books. Despite the cooler playing conditions, players still enjoyed the event and format which was a nine-hole rotation of team Best Ball and Scramble. This event was exclusive to pairings in the PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program within the last two years.
Winning the first ever Mentorship Tournament was the team of Josh Fleming (365 GOLF) and Matthew Cook (Riverside Golf Academy) shooting a team score of 5-under and winning in a closest to the pin playoff competition against the team of Craig Vogel (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) and Jeff Diduck (Modern Golf).
Rounding out the top three was the team of Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC) and Tyler Lautner (Blue Devil GC), firing a 4-under to fall one back of the lead.
Inaugural Mentorship Tournament Set to be Hosted at Olds GC Next Week
The PGA of Alberta is running a Mentorship Tournament for the first time ever hosted at Olds GC next week on Monday, May 30th! This event is exclusive to pairings in the PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program within the last two years.
7 Players Pass the first PAT of the season at Alberta Springs GR
Congratulations to the seven players that passed the Play Ability Test today hosted at Alberta Springs GR located West of Red Deer. All players shot the target score or better (79) or (81 for 50+ aged players) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada. Congratulations to the following:
The draw is posted for the first Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Alberta Springs in Red Deer on Tuesday, May 24th. Tee times begin at 10:00am. Follow the scoring tomorrow on the link below. Good luck to all 25 competitors going for their card!
Eileen Park & Aneesh Kaura Claim the 2022 Junior Masters Titles
The 2022 edition of the Play Golf Alberta Junior Masters presented by Sundog Eyewear & TourTee is officially in the books. Today’s round saw competitors battle the elements at Wolf Creek GR in Ponoka to keep their score as low as possible in the windy conditions. The championship turned into a one round event after yesterday’s round was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Winning her first Junior Masters title in the Girls’ Division was Eileen Park of Red Deer G&CC. Eileen played outstanding golf in the tough conditions today to shoot a 75 to win by two strokes. Finishing in second this year was Georgia Barr of Glencoe G&CC shooting a 77. Rounding out the top 3 was Aastha Savadatti of Canyon Meadows G&CC after firing a 79 to finish four back of the lead. Congratulations to the following winners of their respective Division:
18 & Under - Georgia Barr (Glencoe G&CC)
16 & Under - Eileen Park (Red Deer G&CC)
14 & Under - Aliyah Hull (Willow Park G&CC)
In the Boys’ Division, a playoff was needed between Aneesh Kaura of Glencoe G&CC and Kye Fisher of Leduc GC to determine this year’s champion after both players shot a 74 for the round. On the second playoff hole, Aneesh was able to make a clutch par putt to win the overall Boys’ Division. Rounding out the top 3 was last year’s champion Zachary Haydamack of Mickelson National GC falling three back of the lead at 77. Congratulations to the following winners of their respective Division:
18 & Under - Aneesh Kaura (Glencoe G&CC)
16 & Under - Scott Levey (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC)
14 & Under - *Ryan Johnson (Silver Springs G&CC) (*retrogression)
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. The yearly award given out at the Awards Banquet in October will be for the most points accumulated from October to the end of September of the following year.
As of May 19th, Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC) remains in the lead of the Top 100 Program at 53 points! Sitting two points back at 51 is Greg Johnson (Inglewood G&CC). The current top 10 in the standings are:
How to Earn Points With the tournament season beginning, members can earn points by playing in PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournaments (2 points/round). In addition to participating, members can also earn points based on their performance at PGA of Alberta stroke-play events (2 points/round 75 & under). See where else you can earn points by clicking the link below and looking under the "Point Allocation" tab.
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Top 100 Professionals & Cash Prizes
Remember that theTop 100 point earners will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for this program year. See previous year’s Top 100 Professionals by clicking here.
The top 10 point earners for the 2022 program year will receive a cash prize as an added incentive! Cash prizes total over $5,200! See the prize breakdown by clicking the link below and looking under the "Cash Prizes" tab.
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Round 1 of the Play Golf Alberta Junior Masters Cancelled
Please be advised that Round 1 of the PGA of Alberta Junior Masters today (May 19th) at Wolf Creek GR has officially been CANCELLED due to current course conditions and forecast.
The tournament will now be a one round championship. An updated draw will be sent to players later today for tomorrow’s round (May 20th) on the Old Course at Wolf Creek.
Please notify any other players you know playing in the event of this cancellation to ensure everyone receives the message.
Thank you for your understanding of this decision. We look forward to seeing players tomorrow!
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship - South - Postponed
Today’s event at Sirocco GC - Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship - South has unfortunately been cancelled due to the weather forecast and current conditions being experienced around the course and city. This was a difficult decision to make but with the nature of travel and distance being covered by some Members’ to come to the event, believe this decision was in the best interest of everyone.
Planning is underway on several different options now that the Qualifier/Seeding round has been cancelled and an update with the plan moving forward will be published and circulated next week to all Teams/Players registered for this event. A blind draw is being considered, as well as potential reschedule options that could work with considerations to the relatively short/condensed time frame to get matches in over a busy summer season. An update will be shared next week on the plan moving forward and we appreciate the continued patience and understanding.
Thank you to our Host Venue - Sirocco GC and our great Sponsors:
These scholarships can help to assist with the cost of tuition and/or books for any Class "A" member who may be enrolled in an Educational Institution. In an effort to promote and foster ongoing education for PGA of Canada Members and Apprentice Professionals, the PGA of Canada Foundation Scholarship Committee will offer Scholarship Funding of varying amounts to qualified and selected applicants who are engaged in continuing their education through full time studies at either the University, Community College or other approved Educational Facility level. To qualify for these awards, applicants must:
be PGA of Canada Members/Apprentice Professionals in good standing, OR Sons/Daughters/Grandchildren of PGA of Canada Members (alive or deceased)
be engaged or will be engaged in a full time formal education program (as of September 2022)
be enrolled or accepted and registered at a university, college or other approved educational facility. Applicants not yet enrolled, accepted or registered may make application for consideration, but no award will be paid until registration is confirmed
To access the 2022 Scholarship Application form, please CLICK HERE. The annual deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 24th, 2022, and the Evaluation Forms must be received by July 4th, 2022.
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