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Spring Seminar Less Than A Week Away
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Spring Seminar Less Than A Week Away

Only 15 Spots Remaining!

Registration Closes March 1st at 4:00pm

The 2024 Spring Seminar is quickly approaching, join us to learn from the exceptional line-up of speakers, indulge in the amazing food provided by Gordon Food Service and a chance to network with fellow PGA of Alberta Members during the Cocktail Reception at the conclusion of day 1 with beverages provided by Triple Bogey!

Reminders for the Seminar

  • Visit the PGA of Alberta table for registration prior to breakfast day 1. Doors will open at 8:00am
  • Business Dress Code is required for all participants of the Seminar
  • The Annual General Meeting will start at 9:00am on March 4th, all Members are welcome to attend
  • Stay and enjoy the cocktail reception at the conclusion of the presentations on March 4th
  • All food will be provided at the Seminar for all attendees

Spring Seminar Information Package 

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Top 100 Points - Every Member that attends the Spring Seminar will receive 5 Top 100 points per day (10 points total) for this program year


Club Professional Championship Heads to Calgary Golf and Country Club in 2024
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Club Professional Championship Heads to Calgary Golf and Country Club in 2024

The PGA of Alberta is bringing its Club Professional Championship to the Calgary Golf and Country Club in 2024.

The oldest private golf club in the province that spirals along the Elbow River, will play host to the top club professionals July 22-23.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Members of the Calgary Golf & Country, we are honoured to host the 2024 Ping Club Professional Championship,” said Philip Nurse, Executive Manager, Calgary G&CC. “The PGA of Alberta and the Calgary G&CC are synonymous with tradition and an overall love for the game of golf. It is with great pleasure that we extend our warmest welcome to all Club Professionals joining us for this year’s event.”

The 2024 event will be a special one for the Head Professional of the Calgary Golf & Country Club, Tom Greiner, who announced he is retiring at the end of this year.

“As we seize this moment to spotlight the premier professionals in the province, it is with a mixture of reverence and nostalgia that the Calgary Golf & Country Club acknowledges Tom Greiner, during this, his final season,” added Philip. “Tom has dedicated more than four decades of his career to the Calgary Golf & Country Club, earning him the status of a respected PGA member.”

The field is sure to attract the province’s top playing professionals including Samuel Kirkness. The Inglewood Golf and Curling Club pro will set out to successfully defend his 2023 title.

 “I am very excited to compete against the best players in the province at one of the best venues in the province,” said Samuel. “A huge thank you to Tom and his team for hosting, and I look forward to celebrating his amazing career. Calgary G&CC is going to be a great venue for the PGA of Alberta Club Professional Championship, and I’m excited to try and defend the title in 2024.”

Once again, the Club Professional Championship is made possible thanks to the generous support of PING in their continued investment in the PGA of Alberta.

Further Championship highlights will be communicated soon, with the complete 2024 tournament schedule being released on March 4.


Last Chance to Register for Flagship Education Events
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Last Chance to Register for Flagship Education Events

Spring Seminar Early Bird Registration will end tomorrow, February 21st at 4:00pm

The PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar is less than 2 weeks away! There are limited spots remaining, so don’t miss out on a chance to start the season at The Derrick G&WC with our talented line up of speakers. All food will be provided for breakfast and lunch both days, and stick around for the cocktail reception following day 1 to network with other Members throughout the province that are attending.

Schedule

March 4th

Time Presentation Topic
8:00am-
9:00am
Breakfast   
9:00am-10:30am Annual General Meeting  
10:30am-10:45am Break  
10:45am-12:15pm Chris Dornan FINDING YOUR STORY: Building Brand, Understanding The Impacts and Navigating For Success
12:15pm-1:00pm Lunch  
1:00pm-
2:00pm
John Deneer  ALBERTA GOLF: Information to Serve You, Your Members and Your Business
2:00pm-
3:00pm
Brad Smith  THE VALUE OF A NAME: Improving Sales and Service Through Personalized Marketing
3:00pm-
3:15pm
Break  
3:15pm-
4:15pm
Chris Reid  TAKE CARE OF YOUR COURSE’S MOST IMPORTANT ASSET: Your Customer
4:15pm-
7:00pm
Cocktail Reception  

March 5th

Time Presentation Topic
8:00am-
9:00am
Breakfast   
9:00am-11:00am Jeff Hay VARSITY GOLF RECRUITING: US College Golf Recruiting Seminar
11:00am-11:15am Break  
11:15am-12:15pm Stacey Meyer  WORKING WITH YOUNG ATHLETES: Resilience, Respect & Accountability
12:15pm-1:00pm Lunch  

1:00pm-
3:00pm

Kelly Hrudey MORE GOOD DAYS: Work Life Balance and Mental Health

For more information, CLICK HERE for the Spring Seminar information package. Hotel information available on the Education tab under Spring Seminar.

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Join Scott Cowx at The Golf Factory February 24th & 25th

Final days to register for the first Teaching Summit of 2024.

Scott Cowx (2019 PGA of Canada Teacher of the Year). With a career spanning nearly three decades, Cowx, a renowned coach in swing biomechanics, has educated over 3,300 coaches worldwide and uses the innovative HackMotion technology for enhanced golf instruction.

"Having participated in both online and in-person seminars led by Scott Cowx, I’ve experienced firsthand the profound impact he has on coaching and instruction skills. Cowx’s approach, deeply rooted in his expertise in swing mechanics and his effective use of HackMotion, significantly enhances a coach’s ability to prioritize swing adjustments and build rapport with clients. His methods not only improve coaching techniques but also offer practical strategies for generating year-round income through swing mechanics instruction. For coaches looking to retain clients, ensure steady income, and accelerate their professional growth, embracing the insights and technologies shared by Scott Cowx, like HackMotion, is invaluable." - Todd Haplen (Education Committee Chair)

The Golf Factory will play host to Scott from 9:00am-4:00pm both days with lunch provided on site. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your teaching toolbox and learn from one of the worlds top instructors.

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Stony Plain GC To Host 2024 PGA of Alberta Championship
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Stony Plain GC To Host 2024 PGA of Alberta Championship

Wes Heffernan looks to defend coveted title on PGA of Alberta competition calendar!

The PGA of Alberta has targeted Stony Plain Golf Course to play host to the 2024 PGA of Alberta Championship, presented by Cobra/Puma Golf and Mobilicab, August 19-20.

The flagship event on the summer calendar will see nearly 100 of the top PGA of Canada golf professionals from the Wild Rose province descend on the west side of Edmonton to battle it out for the prestigious title.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring the most significant event in 2024 to northern Alberta, and to Stony Plain Golf Club which promises to test Alberta’s best,” said Robert Rousselle, Executive Director, PGA of Alberta. “We look forward to working with the team at Stony Plain to stage another successful chapter in the events rich history.”

Calgary’s Wes Heffernan will be looking to add another chapter to the PGA of Alberta’s history books when he tees it up at Stony Plain this summer. Heffernan has had success on the diverse Stony Plain track. The 46-year-old fired rounds of 67-65 one year ago to take the 2023 Assistants’ Championship title.

 “Stony Plain is 6,800 yards on fun,” stated Jeff Cuthbertson, Executive Professional, Stony Plain Golf Course, who added the course has played host to multiple PGA of Alberta and Alberta Golf events throughout its history.

“There will be chances to score, but beware, there are stretches where you are just looking to hold on. We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to host the PGA of Alberta Championship, and I know the course will present a fair test of golf.”

Mitchell Fox a name that is sure to be on the leaderboard. The smooth-swinging bomber who has Indigenous roots with ties to the Blood reserve south of Calgary placed second at the 2023 PGA of Alberta Championship and was also runner-up to Heffernan at the Assistants’ Championship one year ago.

Players will have a relatively fresh slate of greens to take aim at when they roll into Stony Plain. All 18 greens were renovated in 2019.

Stay tuned for more Championship highlights leading to the full tournament schedule release on March 4th.


Deborah Zupan In Memorium
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Deborah Zupan In Memorium

Deborah Kathleen Zupan (March 9, 1952 - December 29, 2023)

It is with great sadness that the family of Debbie Zupan announces her passing on Friday, December 29, 2023.

Debbie will be greatly missed by her husband of 49 years, Cyril; her sisters, Susanne Gamache (Darrell), and Charleen Zdril; and her brother, Jerry Elless; and her extended Zupan and Gamache families. She was predeceased by her mother Alice, and father Ted.

Debbie enjoyed the winters in Arizona with her friends down south as well as many trips to Europe and Slovenija.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and Caregivers of Units 94/91/62/61 at the Foothills Medical Centre, the CareWest Glenmore, and Unit 32 of Honor Health Scottsdale for the comfort and care they provided.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, at St. Michael’s Catholic Community (800-85 St SW, Calgary) at 1:00 p.m. Father Edmund Vargus will be presiding. Following the Mass, a reception will be held at the Slovenian Canadian Club at 2335-16aSt SE.

Debbie was an ardent Volunteer for Calgary Meals on Wheels for 26 years. In lieu of flowers, friends and family wishing to make a memorial contribution are invited to donate to Calgary Meals on Wheels (5759 80th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2C 4S6) or at calgarymealsonwheels.com.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Deborah Kathleen Zupan Click Here


Scott Cowx Coming To Edmonton Teaching Summit
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Scott Cowx Coming To Edmonton Teaching Summit

The PGA of Alberta will be hosting it’s first Teaching Summit of 2024 on February 24th & 25th at The Golf Factory in Edmonton. 

Start your golf season by learning from Scott Cowx, 2019 PGA of Canada Teacher of the Year, who will be joining us to share his teaching philosophies and what he has learned working with countless PGA professionals. Scott most recently spoke at the 2023 PGA of America National Conference and is an author & researcher for multiple golf technology companies.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Teaching career of nearly 3 decades
  • Current professional clients on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Kornferry Tour
  • 3300+ Coaches worldwide educated under the Scott Cowx certified methodologies
  • 5 Juniors players coached over the past 25 years reaching Canadian national men’s and ladies teams
  • Pulpit Club Director of Instruction for the past 4 years

The Golf Factory will play host to Scott from 9:00am-4:00pm both days with lunch provided on site. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your teaching toolbox and learn from one of the worlds top instructors.

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PGA of Alberta Welcomes Thomas Powley as Education and Community Lead
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PGA of Alberta Welcomes Thomas Powley as Education and Community Lead

With a strong background in community sport, Thomas Powley has been given the nod to fill the role of Education and Community Lead for PGA of Alberta effective, February 1.

A recent graduate of Mount Royal University’s Health & Physical Education program with a major in Sport & Recreation Management, Powley brings an unwavering passion for the sport industry in Canada to Alberta’s golf industry. He began his professional career at Lululemon Athletica where he has served multiple positions including Product Operations Lead and Educator.

“Thomas brings energy, drive and a keen understanding of the golf community to this important administrative position,” said Robert Rousselle, Executive Director, PGA of Alberta. “We look forward to having him on our team as we continue to work towards better serving our more than 650 Members while delivering improved programming and events they need and deserve.”

Reporting to the Executive Director, Powley will work closely with the Tournament and Communications Coordinator as well as the Communications advisor. He will also be responsible for overseeing the partners; as well as supporting all staff members with administrative duties.

Powley brings a strong skillset in time management, proficiency in computer systems, and experience in event coordination and social media management to the position. His passion for events and engagement combines knowledge and creativity working with social media and as an independent freelance videographer.

Powley is also an accomplished athlete and aspiring coach. He played varsity rugby at Mount Royal University and is committed to giving back to the community through helping young athletes in sport. Powley was a sport development summer camp instructor at WinSport in 2019 and with aspiring alpine skiers learning to race competitively.

Please join us in welcoming Thomas Powley to the PGA of Alberta.


Hrudey Joins PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar
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Hrudey Joins PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar

In the world of professional hockey, what plays out behind closed doors is just as important as what plays out on the ice itself. Former professional goaltender, Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and NHL on Sportsnet analyst Kelly Hrudey will take us behind the scenes of his 17-year career with the NHL, sharing stories he lived from both inside and outside the locker room and work life balance while playing in the NHL.

Before launching his broadcast career, Kelly Hrudey spent 17 seasons as an NHL goaltender between Islanders, Kings, and Sharks. In 1987, Hrudey played in a four-overtime Game 7 thriller making 73 saves in a 3-2 Islander win over the Capitals. Prior to joining Sportsnet in 2014, he debuted Hockey Night in Canada radio in 2007. Today, he appears on Hockey Night in Canada and is also a regional colour commentator on the Calgary Flames broadcasts. 

Hrudey joined CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada full-time in 1998-99, following four years of contributing to the show on a part-time basis during his final four seasons in the NHL. In addition to his work as a studio analyst, Hrudey served as a co-host for the post-game show, After Hours, and also worked as a game analyst for western game broadcasts.

In 2007, Hrudey received a Gemini Award for Best Studio Analyst, recognizing his work on Hockey Night in Canada. In addition to his work with the NHL, Hrudey has covered three Olympic Winter Games including Salt Lake 2002, Torino 2006, and Sochi 2014.

Hrudey joined the NHL on Sportsnet team in August 2014, bringing more than 20 years of broadcast experience to his role. He is a studio analyst for NHL on Sportsnet national broadcasts, including Hockey Night in Canada, and is also a game analyst for Sportsnet’s Calgary Flames regional broadcasts.

Kelly resides in Calgary, AB, with his wife Donna. They have three daughters, Kaitlin, Megan, and Jessica Hrudey.

Kaitlin and her Husband, Hayden, started More Good Days Clothing company, with their focus to improve awareness about mental health by sharing stories through art, charity, and positive mental health messages.

Kelly is an advocate for mental health awareness and has multiple foundations he represents to continue to spread the word and end the stigma.

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Jim Jempson’s Tribute
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Jim Jempson’s Tribute

JAMES (JIM) HADLEY JEMPSON
April 29, 1948 – January 13, 2024

Jim, beloved husband of Shelley, suddenly yet peacefully passed away at the age of 75 surround by his loving Family.

Jim was a Loyal & Proud Husband, Father, Papa, Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend.  A Legend & Mentor in the Golf Industry and a cheerleader to us all in Life and Sport.

Jim leaves behind a community who have been profoundly impacted by his Guidance, Wisdom and Compassion. His genuine care for others has forever shaped the lives of those fortunate enough to have known him.

Born in Calgary in 1948 in the Community of Parkhill, Jim’s passion for Sports began at an early age. His Dad, Jimmy, was a professional hockey player & he was determined to follow in his footsteps.  

 After graduating from Viscount Bennett in 1966, Jim worked for Bud Loftus as a caddy at the Calgary Golf & Country Club, where he fell in Love with the property.  After 2 years at the club, he changed sports and moved to BC where he played Hockey for the Nelson Maple Leafs. Jim was proud to tell anyone who would listen, that he was part of the 1968 Cyclone Taylor Cup Championship Team.

In 1970 Jim was offered and accepted a Hockey Scholarship at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, where he was also a member of the golf team. After coming to the realization that he wasn’t going to make the NHL, Jim told us it was time to make a Life Decision, either Audition for Slap Shot 2 with Paul Newman and Hanson Brothers or “Get on with Life”. He chose to get on with Life and what a life it was!!

After moving back to Calgary With No Money and No Job, Jim returned to a familiar place to look for work, Willow Park Golf & Country Club.  His parents were original Members there, and Jim grew up playing Junior and Intermediate golf at the club.  Head Pro Bill Quilley hired him in April of 1971, Jim said he turned in his hockey stick and skates for a re-spike wrench, a shag bag to hand pick balls on the range and a wet towel to clean clubs.

By the end of June, he was the only Pro shop employee left and his probationary apprenticeship was in full swing resulting in a career that spanned over 50 years.

His passion for golf led him to the Royal Mayfair Golf and Country club in Edmonton under the leadership of Derek & Irene Gibson. Jim then accepted his first Head Professional job at Sturgeon Valley.  While in Edmonton, Jim and Shelley got together and eventually purchased a home in St. Albert.  According to Jim her contribution was the down payment and three children, his contribution was the mortgage payment and three used cars!

In 1982 Willow Park Golf & Country Club came calling!  Jim was offered & accepted the Head Professional Position. Shelley joined Jim in the Pro Shop which was the best move for “Me and Us” according to Jim.  As independent concessionaires, the dynamic duo in life and in business were recognized with numerous awards for their talent in merchandising and sales.

Jim has been the recipient of some notable awards and competitions including 1976 PGA of Alberta Championship, 1997 PGA Club Professional of the Year and 2003 PGA of Alberta Merchandiser of the year. Most recently Jim was recognized as the 4th member to receive the PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award in the Leadership Pillar.  Jim was also very proud to be a Life Member of the PGA of Canada.

Over his storied career Jim had the opportunity to play with Legends including Moe Norman, George Knudson, Stan Leonard, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bob Charles and the Great Arnold Palmer.

Jim was also a philanthropist at heart and during his lifetime he and Shelley contributed personally to numerous charities. The one that held a special place in his heart was the Willow Park Charity Classic.  It all began in 1988 with a simple conversation, a glass (or two) of Scotch and notes on a napkin between Jim and Willow Park owner Amos Carpenter. Together that day they created something very special. To date the tournament has donated over 12.7 million dollars to various Calgary Charities.

Jim was “guilty” of sending out handwritten letters of congratulations and encouragement to award winners and new head professionals. He encouraged them to be faithful to their profession and pass on their skills to those that follow.

Jim encouraged them to make a difference in their pursuit of golf excellence.

Outside of Golf, Jim and Shelley loved to travel with trips to Bermuda, Florida, Palm Springs, Arizona, California, Cook Islands, Scotland, England and Wales just to name a few. Maui was their special place, where for over 30 years they enjoyed fun in the sun with their family and friends.

In retirement, Jim & Shelley spent many days travelling around Alberta watching their grandsons play hockey and lacrosse.  Jim always said he was on a personal mission to find the perfect arena hot dog!

"To the world he was a man, to us he was the world”

Jim is survived by his loving wife Shelley, his faithful fur buddy Oakley, his Children Kim Carrington (Joanne Johnson)

  • Martin Carrington
  • Tanya & Trevor Forbes, Grandsons Cody & Cale
  • Sister Ismay Seyer, Sister in Law Laurie Martin
  • Numerous & loving Nieces and Nephews
  • Jim was predeceased by his Mother Ismay and his Father Jim

We are grateful to the incredible team of Doctors and Nurses at the Rockyview General Hospital Coronary Care Unit for the kindness & compassion given to Jim and our Family during the short time he was in their care.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at a later date.

In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to:

Rockyview General Hospital Coronary Care Unit

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Canadian Cancer Society


Spring Seminar Registration Open Now!
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Spring Seminar Registration Open Now!

The 2024 Spring Seminar is scheduled for March 4th & 5th at The Derrick G&WC. This will be the second year returning to an in person event and the Education Committee is looking to build off momentum from 2023. Early Bird registration is open Now until February 21st at 4:00pm, don’t miss out on kick starting your 2024 season with the PGA of Alberta Flagship Education Event. 

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Speaker Announcements

Chris Dornan

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MEDIA MUSCLE WITH CHRIS DORNAN

FINDING YOUR STORY, BUILDING BRAND, UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACTS, NAVIGATING FOR SUCCESS

Chris Dornan is one of Canada’s most prolific sports PR consultants, providing media and public relations support over the last 20 years to many of Canada’s amateur and professional athletes and sport organizations.

Having represented Canada at nine Olympic and six Paralympic Games, along with countless major international events, Chris opened his own communications consulting company in 2008 — High-Performance Public Relations – where he provides communications support to Own the Podium along with five of Canada’s summer and winter sport organizations. He has played a key role in building brand and media opportunities for many of Canada’s most successful athletes in winter and summer sport. In addition, Chris is also the media director for two of the PGA TOUR’s leading Champions Tour events: Insperity Invitational (The Woodlands, TX) and Shaw Charity Classic (Calgary).

Media Muscle - the media and brand training leveraged by personal experiences with many of Canada’s top athletes 

What Chris will deliver…

  • Find Your Story.
  • Learn how to Build Your Brand and stay true to your Brand through good and bad days.
  • Learn how to create messages and communicate through stories in a compelling way that delivers results

Jeff Hay

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VARSITY GOLF RECRUITING: US COLLEGE GOLF RECRUITING SEMINAR

JEFF HAY is a professional consultant who has assisted hundreds of junior golfers and their families navigate the obstacles and challenges of the college golf recruiting process. He has extensive experience in placing golfers in all associations (NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA) and divisions.

Jeff’s knowledge and experience as a college golf advisor was developed over his 16 years as a Director of Golf at three full- time residential junior academies in Florida, including Core Golf Academy (2006-2016), Bishop’s Gate Golf Academy/IJGA (2017- 2019) and Sean Foley Performance (2019- 2022). In his role at each academy, his main focus was to ensure the quality of the golf program and monitor the progress and development of each and every student while assisting them in finding their “best fit” school and golf team at the collegiate level.

A life-long member of the PGA of Canada, Jeff’s passion for assisting junior golfers began when he was the Golf Professional at the National Golf Club of Canada, where he was also the lead instructor for the famed “Elite Junior Program” under the tutelage of former PGA Tour Professional and Canadian Golf Hall-of-fame inductee Ben Kern.

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PGA of Alberta Tees Off Ticket Sales for Calgary Golf Show
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PGA of Alberta Tees Off Ticket Sales for Calgary Golf Show

Only golf show in Alberta to feature enhanced exhibitors, exclusive show specials on equipment and clothing along with competitions and $30,000 in prizing

CALGARY—Mark your calendars Alberta golf fans!

The PGA of Canada golf professionals, retailers and industry leaders throughout the province will unite in Calgary’ BMO Centre (Hall D), March 16-17, to officially tee off the 2024 golf season with Alberta’s only golf and travel show.

More than 4,000 passionate golf enthusiasts from all facets of the game will connect at the 2024 edition of the annual golf celebration to discover the newest innovations, test the latest equipment and technology, capitalize on exclusive deals on golf getaways and build business opportunities.

“In an effort to enhance the golf show experience for our members, exhibitors and golf enthusiasts in the province, this is the first time in our history that we are holding one show in Alberta,” said Robert Rousselle, executive director, PGA of Alberta. “Working together with our members throughout the province, it is our shared goal to deliver an even stronger consumer product to create greater connections in the golf community with industry leaders and Canadian golf professionals, while further growing the game.”

The PGA of Alberta launched ticket sales (Click Here for More Information) for the show in January.  Calgary Golf Show general admission tickets: Adults $15; Seniors (65+) $13; Students (13+) $12, Kids (12 and Under) Free online or at the door.

Each ticket will provide access to the Indoor Driving Range, Clearance Centre, exclusive show specials from exhibitors, and a wide range of activities for all golf enthusiasts regardless of age or ability.

Doors open March 16 at 9 a.m. and on March 17 at 10 a.m. The first 50 paid people through the door each day will receive a FREE Canada Golf Card (card valued at $70+).

Manufacturers will be on-hand at the Indoor Driving Range with a new selection of product for attendees to test. Alberta’s top golf instructors will be there to provide tips and fine-tune your game with FREE lessons. Club fitting appointments at the show can also be booked in advance.

Put your tips to the test to win more than $30,000 in great prizes including green fees, equipment or golf destination packages while participating in one of several competitions that will be held including:

  • Long Drive Competition sponsored by PXG
  • Closest to the Pin Competition sponsored by Par2Pro
  • Upswing by Alberta Golf Presents So You Think You Can Putt Challenge
  • Long Putt Challenge
  • Chipping Challenge

All proceeds from contest registrations will support Kids Cancer Care.

After taking a few rips, or ramping up your short game, guests can head over to the Clearance Centre that will be loaded with endless deals on clubs, clothing, and accessories.

This year’s show will also put a greater focus on engaging junior golfers to the game with a full slate of activities. Every junior at the show will receive a club to help them swing into their 2024 golf season. Junior-specific clinics will be held each day from 1 - 2 p.m. in addition to complimentary face painting and balloon twisting (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. both days) by Terrrrrific Face Painting.

“Whether you are a beginner or an avid golfer, it is our goal to make the Calgary Golf Show the place to be in Alberta, and a show you won’t want to miss,” added Rousselle. “This show is the first sign that a new golf season is around the corner and a great place to reconnect with friends in the game to map out your course for the season ahead.”

Find a new place to play at home or book a golf vacation from one of the more than 30 exhibitors.

Exhibitor options are still available until March 8 by Registering Here.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.albertagolfshows.com, or contact [email protected].


Last Week to Submit A Nomination for the 2024 Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board
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Last Week to Submit A Nomination for the 2024 Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board

Interested in running for a position on either the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors in 2024? If yes, click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the online Nomination Form. Deadline to submit your interest is this Friday, January 19th, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors sets all policies, rules and regulations for the PGA of Alberta, meeting on a quarterly basis to conduct the business affairs on behalf of the members.  There are between nine and twelve members elected to the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors, all are Class "A" members of the PGA of Canada. Elections to the Board are held every year at the Annual General Meeting in March and election terms are set at three years.

Four (4) spots are open for election in 2024 for the Board of Directors. Click here to see the current Board.

Assistants’ Board of Directors
Assistant Professionals (Class "A") and Apprentice Professionals also have a voice in the Association, through the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Up to nine Class "A" members or Apprentice Professionals are invited to run annually for two-year Committee terms on the Assistants’ Board of Directors, and upon election assume a portfolio, and attend Committee meetings consistent with those on the Board of Directors. 

Five (5) spots are open for election in 2024 for the Assistants’ Board of DirectorsClick here to see the current Assistants’ Board.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Click Here to Submit Your Nomination

Top 100 Professionals of 2023
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Top 100 Professionals of 2023

The PGA of Alberta is proud to officially announce the Top 100 PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals for 2023 as determined by the rankings in the Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada & TaylorMade Golf Canada. See the list below for more details! These Members will receive a custom Top 100 logo recognizing their accomplishment.

Award Winner - Jeff MacGregor (Glendale G&CC)

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This year saw another exciting finish with two members being tied for 2nd, Stephen Yanitski (Valley Ridge GC) and Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC), finishing just 2 points behind Jeff MacGregor (Glendale G&CC) who finished with an incredible 127 points.

This is the highest point total in the history of the Top 100 program, and thirteen Members finished the year with at least 100 points. This program continues to grow year after year, showcasing the development within the PGA of Alberta.

Special shout-out to the following facilities for all having multiple Professionals inside the Top 20 of the program this year; Golf Channel Academy at Cottonwood, Golfuture YYC, Valley Ridge GC/ Valley Ridge Golf Academy, and Ranch G&CC (The).

Top 100 Professionals 2023
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Anderson, Scott
Country Hills GC
PGA of Alberta Member 
Babkirk, Tyrel 
Apple Creek GC 
Nevada Bob’s (Grande Prairie)
Redwood Meadows G&CC
Boyd, Kyle
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
 
Stewart Creek G&CC
 Bunner, Alexander 
Belvedere G&CC
Busetto, Joseph
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
 
Carew, Geoff
Windermere G&CC
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC 
Cartier, Jacob
Glendale G&CC
 
Chow, Kevin
Blackhawk GC 
Chown, Braden
Bearspaw GC
Glendale G&CC
Silvertip GR
Cooke, Darren
Canmore G&CC
 
Copeland, Josh
Wainwright GC
 Donihee, Chris
Valley Ridge GC
Belvedere G&CC
Royal Mayfair GC
McKenzie Meadows GC
Foote, Kurtis
Valley Ridge Golf Academy
Freeman, Matt
Canyon Meadows G&CC 
Frose, Patrick
Royal Mayfair GC
PGA of Alberta Member
Sirocco GC
Gillett, Weston
Lacombe G&CC
Carnmoney GC
Ponoka GC
Woodside GC
Willow Park G&CC
Halpen, Todd
Golfuture YYC 
Halverson, Bryce
Carnmoney GC
Hanson, Leif 
PGA of Alberta Member
Glendale G&CC
Hardy, Richard
McKenzie Meadows GC
Harrison, Michael
Coal Creek GR
Hartford, Gary 
Highlands GC
Henzie, Dave
Cottonwood G&CC
Woodside GC
Golf Channel Academy at Cottonwood G&CC
Horton, Paul
Golf Channel Academy at Cottonwood G&CC
Edmonton CC
Johnson, Greg 
Golfuture YYC
Johnson, Robbie
Banff Springs GC
Kirkness, Samuel
Inglewood G&CC
Lee, Tommy
Carnmoney GC
 
Leicht, Tyler
The Derrick G&WC
Longley, Nic
Silver Springs G&CC
Coloniale GC
Luopa, Shaun
Strathmore GC
MacComb, David
Royal Mayfair GC
MacDermott, Brice
Windermere G&CC
MacGregor, Jeff
Glendale G&CC
Mackey, Joshua
Windermere G&CC
Mah, Matthew
Mill Woods GC
Modern Golf
McCluskey, Phil
River Bend G&RA
McCourt, Murray 
The Ranch G&CC
McDermott, Ryan
Royal Mayfair GC
Mills, Matthew
Douglasdale GC
Mills, Troy
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Nelson, Gina
Highlands GC
Nelson, Graeme
The Derrick G&WC
Inglewood G&CC
Cottonwood G&CC
Paskin, Chris
Valley Ridge GC
Pecman, Tyler
Mill Woods GC
Piercey, Shaun
The Ranch G&CC
The Hamptons GC
Plosz, Jason
FootJoy - Acushnet Canada
Popkes, Amy
Silver Springs G&CC
Mickelson National GC
Windermere G&CC
Wintergreen G&CC
The Glencoe G&CC
Rutherford, Katy
Silver Springs G&CC
Lakeside GC
Stewart Creek G&CC
Seifert, Matt 
Golfuture YYC
Glendale G&CC
Stanier, Jason
Inglewood G&CC
Stiles, Scott
Earl Grey GC
Bearspaw GC
The Hamptons GC
Windermere G&CC
Tomlinson, Dale
PGA of Alberta Member
Valleau, Kim
The Winston GC
Inglewood G&CC
Highlands GC
Vandermey, Nick
Windermere G&CC
Vandermey, Spencer
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
Westman, Scott
The Ranch G&CC
Willner, Tyler
Lakeside GC
Earl Grey GC
Wilson, John D.
Priddis Greens G&CC
Yanitski, Stephen
Valley Ridge GC
Willow Park G&CC
 

New for 2024 - Program Rotation Year
After internal review to align with PGA of Canada, the Association will revert to the original program rotation from October - September. For 2024, the program year will begin January 1, 2024 and run until September 30, 2024 including points for attending the 2023 Buying Show. This will allow the winner from each year to be nominated for the PGA of Canada’s Tex Noble Professional Development Award.


Staff Update - PGA of Alberta Welcomes Chris Dornan
Association News

Staff Update - PGA of Alberta Welcomes Chris Dornan

PGA of Alberta Welcomes Chris Dornan as New Communications Advisor

In an effort to raise awareness of its members, events and programs throughout the province, the PGA of Alberta has named accomplished communications consultant, Chris Dornan, in a newly-created role of communications advisor.

Dornan has come a long way from his days of play-by-play commentary of the games and exploits of his siblings and friends on a quiet cul-de-sac in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to becoming one of Canada’s most prolific sports PR consultants.

The common thread? Storytelling. And creativity.

Dornan has provided media and public relations support over the last 25 years, specializing with many of Canada’s amateur and professional athletes and sport organizations. Having represented Canada at nine Olympic and five Paralympic Games, along with countless major international events, Dornan opened his own communications consulting company in 2008 — High-Performance Public Relations – where he provides communications support to Own the Podium along with a number of Canada’s summer and winter sport organizations. He has played a key role in building brand and media opportunities for many of Canada’s most successful athletes.

Having launched his career with Golf Canada (1997-2000), Dornan has since made a professional return to the sport as the media director for two of the PGA TOUR’s leading Champions Tour events: Shaw Charity Classic (Calgary) and Insperity Invitational (The Woodlands, TX) where he continues to work closely with the TOUR communications and business affairs teams, along with the players at each of his events. Dornan has also continued to support Golf Canada’s communications team over the years when called upon: providing advice and counsel while serving on communications committees; leading Olympic Team announcements; and he was the lead media advisor on-the-ground for Canada’s golf team at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games in November.

“There is an obvious professional and business fit with bringing Chris on board to support our increasing operational responsibilities, while helping to tell the important stories of the people in our membership,” said Robert Rousselle, executive director, PGA of Alberta. “A strategic and creative thinker, Chris brings a wealth of media and communications experience and relationships in and outside of our community to the role, with extensive knowledge of the golf industry in Alberta, across Canada and internationally.”

A journalism graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto (now Toronto Metropolitan University), Dornan spent two years in a public relations agency with a client-base that included: Molson, Nike Canada; and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment before moving west to Calgary to take on the role of director of communications with the Calgary Olympic Development Association (now WinSport) for six years. He has also worked as a news reporter with CTV in Saskatoon, and as a freelance writer for numerous magazines and newspapers across the country.

Dornan has also done work for the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Alberta Government, WestJet, Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Luge Canada, Triathlon Canada, Ski Jumping Canada, Nordiq Canada, Hockey Canada, Swimming Canada, Curling Canada, Speed Skating Canada, Taekwondo Canada, Karate Canada, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, Edge Sport School, Canada Winter and Summer Games and Haywood Securities.

He and his wife Lisa are raising two “Texadians” – born in Texas and now enjoying life as dual citizens – who have fallen in love with the Calgary community while making friends and learning important life lessons as they pursue their own love of sport and play on the ice, at the ballpark, in the pool, and while working with PGA of Alberta golf professionals at their home course, Pinebrook Golf and Country Club.

For more information on his work, please visit www.chrisdornan.ca


Stephen Yanitski named PGA of Canada Class "A" Assistant Professional of the Year
PGA of Canada News

Stephen Yanitski named PGA of Canada Class "A" Assistant Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Stephen Yanitski of Valley Ridge GC for receiving the 2023 Stan Leonard Class "A" Assistant Professional of the Year Award! This Award is the highest honour the Association can bestow on a working Class “A” Assistant Professional at a golf course whose total contributions to the game best exemplify the PGA of Canada Class “A” Assistant Professional.

About Stephen

"Education and professional development have played a central role in my development as a golf professional and as a rounded community sport participant. I have taken every opportunity throughout my career to expand my knowledge base and skill set as a golf professional and manager of community recreation and sport."

  • PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board Member since 2020
  • Education Committee Member since 2019
  • 2021 PGA of Alberta Junior Leader of the Year
  • SAIT Head Coach for 5 years
  • 2021 ACAC Coach of the Year

Stephen will be recognized during the PGA of Canada Awards Night at the PGA Show in Orlando on January 24th, 2024. Click Here for more information on the National Awards Program.

 


Katy Rutherford Wins PGA of Canada Female Player of the Year
PGA of Canada News

Katy Rutherford Wins PGA of Canada Female Player of the Year

Congratulations to Katy Rutherford of Silver Springs G&CC winning 2023 Brooke Henderson Female Player of the Year Award! The Brooke Henderson Female Player of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding female player among the ranks of the PGA of Canada membership. 

2023 Accomplishments
  • Co-low PGA of Canada professional at the ORORO PGA Women’s Championship of Canada
  • PGA of Alberta Women’s Championship - Runner Up
  • PGA of Alberta Order of Merit Championship - Ladies’ Division

Katy received a PAT exemption in August of 2021 and achieved her Class "A" status in March of 2023. Katy will be recognized during the PGA of Canada Awards Night at the PGA Show in Orlando on January 24th, 2024. Click Here for more information on the National Awards Program.


Featured Facility Friday & Pro Tip Tuesday
Association News

Featured Facility Friday & Pro Tip Tuesday

Featured Facility Friday

Looking to promote your facility this off-season? Take advantage of the Associations social media initiative where we feature a new facility every Friday in the off-season on our X and Instagram accounts (~ 8,500 followers!).

How It Works

All you have to do is submit the required information on the form (see link below) to have your facility featured! Please note that facilities will be selected at random and all information must be filled in to be considered (unless noted as optional on form). In the event we have more submissions than Fridays available, we will store your information to be used the following off-season.

Important

To prevent having multiple submissions from the same facility, please collaborate with your staff/team to ensure only one application is sent for the initiative.

Prize Giveaway

As you’ll see in the form, please let us know if your facility is willing to donate a prize giveaway to help increase engagement with your post! This is OPTIONAL and not mandatory but will help increase the amount of viewers for your post. Prize could be green fees, merchandise, lesson, gift card, golf simulator usage, etc. As part of this giveaway, viewers will need to follow your facility’s account along with other conditions in order to be eligible to win.

Past Examples

Below are a few posts from past years. This will give you an idea of the exposure your facility will receive as part of this initiative:

  • Example #1 - Apple Creek GC Click here to see post
    • Apple Creek GC gained 55 followers in the four days after the post
    • 2,683 impressions on post
    • 154 likes on post
  • Example # 2 - Edmonton Petroleum G&CC - Click here to see post
    • Edmonton Petroleum G&CC gained 51 followers in the four days after the post
    • 2,749 impressions on post
    • 194 likes on post
  • Example #3 - Stewart Creek G&CC - Click here to see post
    • Stewart Creek G&CC gained 99 new followers in the four days after the post
    • 3,792 impressions on post
    • 326 likes on post

If you want your facility featured, DEADLINE to submit the form is January 31st, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]PLEASE NOTE - Priority will automatically be given to facilities that were not part of the initiative last year.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT FORM


Pro Tip Tuesday

Pro Tip Tuesday is a social media initiative that showcases your skills as a Golf Professional to help bring exposure to you and your facility. The Association wants to give golfers a reason to check out the PGA of Alberta Instagram account, including your own! We will start posting Pro Tip Tuesday submissions in January.

How Do You Become A Part Of Pro Tip Tuesday?

All you need to do is create a quick tip video between 30 seconds to 2 minutes and submit using the Dropbox link below. One video will be posted per week during the off-season beginning in January.

In addition to golf instruction tips, we are allowing other categories of submissions for Pro Tip Tuesday including the following:

  • Fashion tips - Types of apparel to wear on certain days, clothing accessories, latest fashion trends, etc.
  • Technology tips - Different technologies to utilize to improve game, technology features most golfers are unaware of, new technology in the golf industry, etc. 
  • Rules of Golf tips - New rules in the game, common rules the average player is unaware of, proper rule procedures, etc.
  • Etiquette tips - Things the average player should be doing on the golf course, how to best fix a divot/ball mark, pace of play etiquette, etc.
Video Tips
  1. Be Professional. You are representing the Association so ensure you look and act the part.
  2. Intro. State your name, club, and position as the intro to your video.
  3. Length. Ensure your video is between 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
  4. Rehearse. Practise your video tip a few times before the final "shoot".
  5. Setting. Make sure there’s no noise/visual distractions around you so viewers can focus on you. Your video can be shot indoors or outdoors.
Look at past examples of Pro Tip Tuesday videos for inspiration:
Top 100 Points

Everyone who participates in Pro Tip Tuesday will earn 3 Top 100 points for the program year. You can only receive 3 points per year. We recommend doing more than one video but a max of 3 points will be rewarded for the Top 100 program.

Deadline

Deadline for submission is January 31, 2024.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT FORM

Dropbox Link > CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT VIDEO WHEN COMPLETE


PGA of Canada National Awards - Good Luck to Alberta Professionals
Awards News

PGA of Canada National Awards - Good Luck to Alberta Professionals

The PGA of Canada is thrilled to announce the finalists for its 2023 National Awards.

“We are blessed to have a family of over 3,800 professionals who proudly share their passion and expertise with golfers from coast to coast,” said Gord Percy, the Association’s President. “On behalf of the PGA of Canada, I would like to congratulate all finalists for their outstanding accomplishments this year. I look forward to celebrating their collective achievements.”

Each year, a National Selection Committee evaluates nominations from professionals across Canada. Winners for each national award will be recognized during PGA of Canada Night at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

Good Luck to the following Alberta Professionals up for a National Award in 2023:

  • Chris Paskin (Valley Ridge GC) - Murray Tucker Club Professional of the Year
  • Steven Young (Banff Spring GC) - Dick Munn Executive Professional of the Year
  • Josh Fleming (365 GOLF) - George Knudson Teacher of the Year
  • Stephen Yanitski (Valley Ridge GC) - Stan Leonard Class “A” Professional of the Year 
  • Elizabeth Carr (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) - Moe Norman Apprentice Professional of the Year
  • Nicola Greaves (Willow Park GC) - Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year
  • Scott Stiles (Earl Grey GC) - Ben Kern Coach of the Year
  • Silvertip Resort (Head Professional - Chris Cooke) - Pat Fletcher Retailer of the Year
  • Garrett Hadfield (Rundle Park GC) - Warren Crosbie Community Leader of the Year
  • Lyndon King (Collicutt Siding GC) - Warren Crosbie Community Leader of the Year
  • Carson Taylor (Winston GC (The)) - Warren Crosbie Community Leader of the Year
  • Chris DiPasquale (Par 3 Golf Academy at Bridge Valley Golf) - Warren Crosbie Community Leader of the Year
  • Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC) - Brooke Henderson Female Player of the Year
  • Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) - Mike Weir Player of the Year
  • Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) - Mike Weir Player of the Year

Click Here to view all Finalists.


Nominations Now Open
Association News

Nominations Now Open

Interested in running for a position on either the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors in 2024? If yes, click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the online Nomination Form. Deadline to submit your interest is Friday, January 19th, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors sets all policies, rules and regulations for the PGA of Alberta, meeting on a quarterly basis to conduct the business affairs on behalf of the members.  There are between nine and twelve members elected to the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors, all are Class "A" members of the PGA of Canada. Elections to the Board are held every year at the Annual General Meeting in March and election terms are set at three years.

Four (4) spots are open for election in 2024 for the Board of Directors. Click here to see the current Board.

Assistants’ Board of Directors
Assistant Professionals (Class "A") and Apprentice Professionals also have a voice in the Association, through the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Up to nine Class "A" members or Apprentice Professionals are invited to run annually for two-year Committee terms on the Assistants’ Board of Directors, and upon election assume a portfolio, and attend Committee meetings consistent with those on the Board of Directors. 

Five (5) spots are open for election in 2024 for the Assistants’ Board of DirectorsClick here to see the current Assistants’ Board.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Click Here to Submit Your Nomination


REMINDER - 
SAVE DRAFT FEATURE
You can save your forms 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 form on the website
  3. To find Saved Drafts, please go to "My Account" or "Manage Account" > My Saved Drafts
  4. Click "Edit" beside the form you want to update
  5. Submit when finished

Final Education of 2023
Education News

Final Education of 2023

The PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board will be presenting 5 webinars from December - April with the intention of providing professional development for all Assistants within the industry. This will provide an avenue for networking and relationship building so members can continue to further their careers. Details for each webinar will be released closer to each date, they will all be from 10:00am-11:15am on Zoom.

 

December 18th, 2023 - Increasing Employment Term & Building Brand Recognition 

Panelists

  • Cameron Cox (Glen Abbey GC)
  • David MacComb (Royal Mayfair GC)
  • Kim Valleau (Winston GC(The))
  • Pat Wilmot (Earl Grey GC)


Mark Your Calendars For Future Webinars!

January 15th, 2024 - Creating and Establishing  Your Own "Business & Brand"

February 6th, 2024 - Industry Trends (Fashion, Purchasing, Event Types, Leagues, etc.)

March 12th, 2024 - Understanding Compensation Structures, Negotiating Contracts, KPI’s and Bonuses

April 9th, 2024 - Work/Life Balance: Mental and Physical Health

*Reminder this is free to all Members and each participant will receive 2 Top 100 Points/ Webinar up to a maximum of 6*


Mentorship Program
Association News

Mentorship Program

The PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program (separate from the PGA of Canada Mentorship Program) provides guidance and direction to first-year Members of the Association. The objective of the Mentorship Program is to create a group of Members who are passionate about their careers, the Industry and Association, leading to long-term commitment in the golf industry.


Click Here to see Program Feedback from Mentors/Mentees

IMPORTANT

Members must have their Class "A" status within the Association in order to be a Mentor. We are in need of Mentors in all geographical locations of the province. We want to ensure the best support possible for our new Apprentice Professionals and this will be accomplished by pairing a Mentee with a Mentor that lives in a close proximity.

Expectations of Mentors

  • Commit to your Mentor/Mentee relationship(s) for a minimum of 1-year.
  • 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). For example, this can be accomplished over a round of golf or at an Association tournament/event.
  • Provide feedback to the office by completing the Mentor Evaluation Form when required.

Top 100 Points
All Mentors will receive 5 Top 100 points max. for their involvement in the Mentorship Program. These points are awarded annually. All Mentors must execute the action items as indicated and submit the Evaluation Form before being eligible to receive points. Points are ONLY awarded for the first-year of your pairing.

Become A Mentor in 2024
If interested in being involved, click the link below to submit the "Become A Mentor" form by January 31st, 2024. After the form has been submitted, you will be added to the Mentor list (if eligible) and MAY be assigned a Mentee in February (depending on total number of Mentors/Mentees, and geographical location).  

Click Here for Mentor Form


Become A Mentee in 2024

All new Members of the Association are automatically signed up to be a Mentee in the program. If you received your card in 2023, you will AUTOMATICALLY be assigned a Mentor in February of 2024.

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


2024 Day Planner

There are only 6 hard copies of the 2024 Day Planner left!

If you want to purchase one of these, contact Marlene Sanderson [email protected]. The digital version is also available now for download (click link below).

Download 2024 Day Planner


Kirkness Takes Home Low Club Professional
Tournament News

Kirkness Takes Home Low Club Professional

The PGA of Canada Head Professional Championship presented by Callaway Golf was hosted at Iberostar Playa Paraiso GC in Cancun, Mexico. Alberta was represented by 11 professionals including; Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC), Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC), Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) and Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC), who formed the Alberta Team during competition. 

Samuel Kirkness took home Low Club Professional honors, edging out teammate Weston Gillett , who made a 50-foot birdie on his final hole to force the playoff. Kirkness quickly answered with a 15-foot birdie to claim the Low Club Professional Trophy on the first sudden death hole.


Congratulations to all our professionals representing Alberta during the 5 PGA of Canada Championships, some notable accomplishments include:

PGA Championship of Canada

Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) - T3rd

Eric Locke (Priddis Greens GC) - T7th

PGA Women’s Championship of Canada

Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC) - T6th overall and tied for the lowest PGA of Canada Member

PGA Senior’s Championship of Canada

Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) - T26th

PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada

Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) - 2nd

Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) - T5th

Levi McDermott (Big Buck Golf) - T7th

The Assistants’ team also defended their title thanks to the efforts of David MacComb (Royal Mayfair GC), Michael Harrison (Coal Creek GR), Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) and Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre).

PGA Head Pro Championship of Canada

Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) - T5th and Low Club Professional

Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC) - T5th

Scott Stiles (Earl Grey GC) - T8th


Register Your Facility Today!
Golf Show News

Register Your Facility Today!

 EARLY BIRD Exhibitor registration is OPEN for the 2024 Calgary Golf Show! 

Why Exhibit at the Calgary Golf Show?
More than 4,000 passionate golfers attend the Calgary Golf Show each year and use the Show as a great resource to further their engagement with the game in a variety of ways. When you Exhibit at the Show, you’ll have the opportunity to raise the profile of your business or facility, while also selling (green fees, products, etc.) directly to consumers. With an indoor driving range, a massive Clearance Centre, and many other family friendly Show activities including a Long Drive Competition, there is something for all ages, ensuring Exhibitor access to a broad range of demographics. 

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Calgary Golf Show
March 16th & 17th, 2023 | BMO Centre (Hall D)

Top 100 Points
All PGA of Alberta members at a facility that pays for a booth at the Calgary Golf Show will receive 5 Top 100 points for the new program year!

Early Bird Deadline
The Early Bird registration deadline is January 10th, 2024. Be sure to take advantage of these discounted rates and don’t miss out on being a part of the Calgary Golf Show! If you have any questions about the Show, please contact Michelle Moody at [email protected]. Click link below to Register (login required).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER & VIEW MORE INFORMATION


Off-Season Education Opportunities
Education News

Off-Season Education Opportunities

November 23rd, 2023

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March 4th & 5th, 2024

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To Be Announced...

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2023 PGA of Alberta Award Winners
Awards News

2023 PGA of Alberta Award Winners

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to have announced the winners of the 2023 PGA of Alberta Awards on October 18th at the Calgary BMO Centre. Individuals were recognized for their achievements throughout the season and their career, as well as for their contributions to the Association and the game of golf.

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists this year on a fantastic season! The following categories were recognised at the Awards Banquet this past week with recipients listed below.

  • Club Professional of the Year
  • Executive Professional of the Year
  • Class "A" Professional of the Year
  • Apprentice Professional of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Junior Leader of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sales Rep of the Year
  • Retailer of the Year
  • Jack Skellern Patron of the Year
  • Player of the Year
  • Order of Merit Division Champions

Club Professional of the Year

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Chris Paskin
Valley Ridge GC


Executive Professional of the Year

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Steven Young

Banff Springs GC 


Class "A" Professional of the Year

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Stephen Yanitski

Valley Ridge GC


Apprentice Professional of the Year

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Elizabeth Carr

Edmonton Petroleum G&CC


Teacher of the Year

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Josh Fleming

365 GOLF


Junior Leader of the Year

Nicola_Greaves      

Nicola Greaves

Willow Park G&CC


Coach of the Year

Scott_Stiles   

Scott Stiles

Earl Grey GC


Sales Representative of the Year

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Karly Blake
Maui Jim
   


Retailer of the Year
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Silvertip Resort
Head Professional - Chris Cooke


Jack Skellern Patron of the Year
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Cobra Puma Golf

Premier Partner


Player of the Year

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Wes Heffernan
Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre
  


Order of Merit Champion - Head Pro Division

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Kevin Black
Redwood Meadows G&CC
  


Order of Merit Champion - Ladies’ Division

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Katy Rutherford
Silver Springs G&CC
  


Order of Merit Champion - Assistants’ Division

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Mitchell Fox
Speargrass GC


PGA of Alberta and Duca del Cosma Form New Partnership
Partner News

PGA of Alberta and Duca del Cosma Form New Partnership

The Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with Duca del Cosma for the next two years!

Duca del Cosma will now be the Presenting Sponsor for three PGA of Alberta Players Tour tournaments during the 2024 & 2025 seasons at a North, South and Central venue.

About Duca del Cosma:

Duca del Cosma is all about bringing fashion, function, and unbeatable comfort to the world of golf. Inspired by the Italian lifestyle, their vibrant collections seamlessly merge fashion and golf, making them a must-have for golfers, whether they’re on the course or off it.

Having originated in Europe two decades ago, Duca del Cosma has consistently led the charge in redefining golf fashion. Their modern line of shoes is tailored to meet the demands of today’s golfers, seamlessly marrying chic Italian design with top-notch materials and expert craftsmanship. The result is an incredibly comfortable product that exudes style, both on and off the golf course.

As an award-winning brand, Duca del Cosma maintains an unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovative fashion. They consistently stay ahead of global fashion trends and integrate cutting-edge technology to enhance their luxury products. In today’s contemporary golf shoe market, their offerings stand out, seamlessly combining fashion, function, and supreme comfort in a way that sets them apart from traditional brands.

For more information, go to their website www.ducadelcosma.com or contact their Representative below:

Clive Grant - Clive Grant Golf Services
(403) 830-4240
[email protected]

 


VUED Joins PGA of Alberta as Exclusive Digital Display Provider
Partner News

VUED Joins PGA of Alberta as Exclusive Digital Display Provider

PGA of Alberta is excited to announce a new partnership with VUED through 2026!

VUED will be the Exclusive Digital Display Provider for the PGA of Alberta Buying Show, Spring Seminar and Calgary Golf Show.

About VUED:

VUED, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, is a prominent player in the digital out-of-home advertising industry. With the dedicated support of 200 high traffic VUED Hosts located across Alberta, we are fostering a local business coalition with a distinct advantage.

Out valued VUED Host partners enjoy a range of benefits, including complementary digital displays and collaborative campaign opportunities. Our advertising clients benefit from cost-effective precise targeting, and extensive exposure throughout the city.

Our mission is straight forward: to create a digital platform that helps businesses’ get seen by their target audience via strong strategic alliances. We take pride in commending a three-year partnership with the PGA and eagerly anticipate the remarkable achievements we can accomplish together.

For more information on advertising and how to become a VUED Host, please visit www.vued.ca or contact their Representatives below.

Melody Zhang - Marketing and Public Relations Manager 
(403) 400-5058
[email protected]
James Wang Co-Founder 
(403) 918-0269
[email protected] 

2023 PGA of Alberta Awards Finalists
Awards News

2023 PGA of Alberta Awards Finalists

The Association is excited to announce the Finalists this year for the following Awards:

Apprentice Professional of the Year Finalists...


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In alphabetical order by first name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Class "A" Professional of the Year Finalists...


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In alphabetical order by first name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Club Professional of the Year Finalists...


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In alphabetical order by first name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Coach of the Year Finalists...


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In alphabetical order by first name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Executive Professional of the Year Finalists...


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In alphabetical order by first name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Junior Leader of the Year Finalists...

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In alphabetical order by first name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Retailer of the Year Finalists...

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In alphabetical order by first name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Sales Rep of the Year...
  
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In alphabetical order by first name. 

  • Colin Gilliard (PING Canada)
  • Karly Blake (Maui Jim)
  • Neil McGonagle (Golf Trends Inc.)
  • Ryan Doucette (adidas Golf Canada)
  • Tanice Bosanko (Play Well Agencies)

Teacher of the Year Finalists...
  
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In alphabetical order by first name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Awards Banquet
Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 18
th at the Calgary BMO Centre (after the second day of the Buying Show). The evening will kickoff with cocktails & appetizers at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:30pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D).

This is a complimentary event sponsored by 
Gordon Food Service, Levelwear, and all Exhibitors & Attendees are encouraged to attend. Click Here to register you and your staff for the Buying Show.


Mark Your Calendars!
Buying Show News

Mark Your Calendars!

The 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show is approaching fast, make sure to register for all these great events. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out. Click the links below to find out more!

Cocktail Reception at Hotel Arts

October 17th, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Hosted at Hotel Arts, less than a 10-minute walk from the BMO Centre, stop by to network and enjoy the night with fellow PGA Members. Complementary food and beverage will be provided by Gordon Food Service, Triple Bogey, and Tribal. There will also be live music, Canadian singer-songwriter JIMI (@jimisound), presented by G&G Brands.

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Awards Banquet

October 18th, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

At the conclusion of Day-2, all attendees are welcome to attend the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet. The Cocktail Reception will start at 5:00 pm directly outside the front doors of the hall with food once again provided by Gordon Food Service. The Awards Banquet will follow in the Palomino Room. Come join us in celebrating all of our 2023 Award Winners!


Education Sessions

The Education Committee has confirmed three sessions this year. Please note the changes in dates and times when registering. These sessions will be hosted in Arabian Room B. See the details for each session below.

October 17th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Buying and Merchandising with Josh Walker (Evergreen GC)
2022 PGA of Alberta Retailer of the Year
 
October 18th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Golf Course Management presented by Tagmarshal
 
October 18th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Round Table Discussion
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