The draw for the fourth Golf Supply House Series event at River Spirit GC is now posted. The event will be on Monday, June 4th. Field size is confirmed at 56 players with the purse set at $7,300. Crossover times begin at 8:00am.
New for this season, the Skins Pot for every GSH Series event will begin at $400 which is sponsored by IMPACT Tournament Systems. This boost into the Skins will bring added value for the participants by increasing the size of Skins available to be won.
Ethan Choi (Pincher Creek GC) reclaimed his Junior Masters title with a 5-under 135. Runner up in the boys division was Reid Svendsen (Links at Spruce Grove) with the low round of the day 3-under 68. Grace Bell (Glencoe G&CC) finished strong shooting a 77, bringing her 2 day total to 148 to claim the Junior Masters title for the girls. On day 2 with the low round of 73, Jenna Bruggeman (Derrick G&WC ) applied pressure to Bell. Bruggeman came up a little shy finishing a close second 3 shots back. Click here to view the round 2 results.
Wolf Creek Playing Ability Test – Final Results
The first PAT of the season is now complete. After a two-day grind at Wolf Creek GR, 4 players successfully passed their Playing Ability Test. Congratulations to the newest Members of the PGA of Canada; Cullen Wanvig of Winston GC (154) for achieving his Class A Membership Target Score, John Moug of HeatherGlen GC (157), Ryan Brown of Athabasca G&CC (159) & Randy Rook of Woodside GC (160) on achieving their CFM Target Score.
Choi & Bell Light It Up on Day 1 of Junior Masters
Grace Bell (Glencoe G&CC) shot a 1-over 71 to lead the girl’s division after round 1 of the Junior Masters presented by Sundog Eyewear at the Wolf Creek GR. Top score heading into day 2 is Ethan Choi (Pincher Creek GC), leading the boys division after shooting a low 4-under 66 on the Old Course. They will try to hold off the other competitors in pursuit of their respective Junior Masters title.
The draw is now posted for the annual Tournament of Champions event Sponsored by Callaway Golf and hosted this year at Red Deer G&CC. The event will see 44 teams of Professionals and their Club Champion from 2018 in a best-ball format to determine this years winners and their take of the $13,400 purse. Last years Champions of Jeff Cuthbertson & Jeff Murdoch (Stony Plain GC) are back once again to defend their title after shooting a 12-under in 2018 at McKenzie Meadows GC. The event will begin with at 9:30am on Monday, May 27th.
The rules of golf have changed substantially. Officials from Golf Canada, the United States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient made the most sweeping revisions to golf’s rules in more than 60 years this year. What does it mean to you? And did they go far enough? “The existing rule book was pretty complicated. They’ve made it easier to understand and they’ve simplified things,” said Dunc Mills, a level 2 referee with Alberta Golf, who has been helping with several clinics at golf courses across Alberta put on by Alberta Golf to explain the myriad of changes.
Serenity GC made their hosting debut at the fourth annual Golf Supply House Pro-Pro Scramble. Despite the chilly weather, the course was in great shape and players were treated to great round of golf. Riley Fleming (NGAD) and Scott Stiles (Bearspaw CC) captured the win posting a low score of 14-under 58. Finishing a close second shooting 13-under 59 was Spencer and Nick VanderMey (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC)
The brackets for annual PGA of Alberta Team Match Play Championship Sponsored by Srixon/Cleveland Golf has now been updated. Forty-nine teams from the North and South will compete all season long until one team is left standing as the Champions. Last year’s winners of Jamie Kureluk & Jordan Fenwick (GOLFTEC Calgary Midnapore) have teamed up again to defend their title against the competitive field.
2019 Junior Masters at Wolf Creek GR - Draw Now Posted
The PGA of Alberta Junior Masters Sponsored by Sundog Eyewear is a 36-Hole invitational Junior Golf Tournament organized each year by the PGA of Alberta. Players qualify for the Junior Masters by invitation based on their previous year’s position on the Golf Canada Junior Order of Merit. Invitations are extended to players in three age categories: 18 & Under, 16 & Under, and 14 & Under.
This year we have 59 of the top Junior Boys and Girls in the province with a highly competitive golf background competing at Wolf Creek GR next week on May 23rd & 24th. The Boys Division Champion from 2018, Ethan Choi (Pincher Creek GC), will be back to defend his title while the Girls Division will crown a new Champion.
The draw is now available for the 1st Playing Ability Test of the season at Wolf Creek GR on Thursday May 23rd. Tee times begin at 12:00pm on Thursday, May 23rd and will begin at approximately 11am on Friday, May 24th. The round 2 draw will be created immediately following the competition of round 1.
Another fantastic day of golf at The Ranch G&CC for the Team Match Play Championship – North Qualifier Sponsored by Srixon/Cleveland Golf. With both qualifiers now complete, the rankings have been determined and the brackets will be complete for the first round of the Championship. The bracket will be released on Friday, May 17th for the North. Today’s low round was shot by Craig McArthur (Affiliate) and Jacques Plouffe (Blackhawk GC), posting an 8-under 63 in the team best ball format.
The draw for the Golf Supply House Pro-Pro Scramble is now posted. Thirty-six team will compete in the team scramble format at Serenity GC in Rocky View County on Tuesday, May 21st to determine this years Champions. The purse is set at $9,700 and the shotgun will begin at 11am.
Serenity GC Now Hosting Pro-Pro Scramble Next Week!
After unforeseen course conditions at Blue Devil GC, the Pro-Pro Scramble will change venues to Serenity GC in Rocky View County next week. The date of the event will remain the same on Tuesday, May 21st and the start time will be an 11am shotgun. Serenity GC is very excited to now be hosting the Pro-Pro Scramble and will provide players with a great day of golf.
If you wish to register for the event, please click here. Deadline to register is Thursday, May 16th at 4pm.
The Hamptons GC to Host Golf Supply House Series Event in July
The Hamptons GC will now host the eighth Golf Supply House Series event of the season on July 16th. The Hamptons GC is no stranger to hosting PGA of Alberta tournaments which include the Fall Championship (former Tour Championship) in 2014 and the Shaw Charity Classic Event Qualifier the last several years.
Great Day at Canyon Meadows G&CC for Team Match Play South
Players were treated to a fantastic day of golf today at Canyon Meadows G&CC for the Team Match Play Championship – South Qualifier Sponsored by Srixon/Cleveland Golf. With the round now complete, players have determined their rankings for the first round of the Championship. The bracket will be released on Thursday, May 16th for the South. Low round of the event goes to home course Professional Brady Karlson (Canyon Meadows G&CC) and Taylor Irvin (Silver Springs G&CC) after shooting a 10-under 62 in the team best ball format.
Once again the PGA of Alberta is thrilled to offer four Junior Scholarships of $1,000 each. Two of these scholarships will be awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members, which doesn’t require any golf experience to apply! The other two scholarships will be awarded to Alberta Juniors who meet the specific criteria outlined on our website.
For more information on the PGA of Alberta scholarships please Click Here. Deadline to apply is July 12th, 2019 at 4pm.
Playoff at Highlands GC
A playoff was needed for the second straight Golf Supply House Series Event. Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC) birdied the third playoff hole at the Highlands G&CC, to capture the title. Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) continued his excellent start to the season with his second straight runner up finish. Both players had exceptional rounds carding 1-under 70’s. Finishing in a tie for third was Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) and Craig McArthur (PGA of Alberta Member) one shot off the pace.
For the second year in a row, the PGA on Wheels program attended the Annual Go Girl event at the Collicutt Centre in Red Deer to help grow the game to young girls. Over 120 girls participated in the PGA on Wheels and received golf instruction from PGA of Alberta Members. Thank you to the following Professionals for taking time out of their day to support the program and help grow the game: Chris Ward (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC), David MacMicken (Brooks GC), John Deneer (PGA of Alberta Member), Logan Hill (River Bend G&RA) and Sean Thompson (Cottonwood G&CC). If you are interested in volunteering at future PGA on Wheels events, please click here to be directed to the volunteer form.
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship Draws
The draws are now posted for Team Match Play Championship sponsored by Srixon & Cleveland Golf. This year will have two opening rounds for the Championship, one North and one South. Forty-seven teams from throughout Alberta will compete against each other all season to determine this years winners. The purse is set at $16,100.
The format for the opening round will be a two-person Best-Ball Qualifier to determine rankings for the first round of the Team Match Play Championship. This will help create more excitement surrounding the event as teams now determine their rankings based on their performance at the Qualifier.
After the Qualifiers are completed, matches will resume as normal with the brackets being created based on the results from the Qualifier. The top-ranking teams from the Qualifiers will play the bottom ranking teams. All teams will be guaranteed the Qualifying round plus the first round match up.
The draw is now posted for the second Golf Supply House Series of the season being hosted at Highlands GC in Edmonton on Monday, May 13th. The field of 63 players will compete for a purse size of $8,000. Tee times begin at 8:00am. Winner of the 1-day GSH Series event will receive 20 Order of Merit points.
Continuing again for 2019 is the starting skins pot thanks to our sponsor IMPACT Tournament Systems. The starting pot for all 1-day GSH Series events will be $250.
The tournament season has officially begun for the PGA of Alberta after a beautiful day in Lethbridge for the Golf Supply House Series at Henderson Lake GC. After a hard-fought day on the course, we needed extra holes to determine a winner after Justin Stoski (Lethbridge CC) and Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) both shot even par (70) after 18-holes. After hitting his drive 10-yards over the green on the first playoff hole, Stoski got it up and down for birdie to edge out Gibson and win the opening tournament of the season. Stoski also won a skin of $232.50 to add to an already successful day. Only shooting 1-stroke back of the lead in a three-way tie for third was Matt Kirlin (Lynx Ridge GC), Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) and Dustin Risdon (The Players Shack).
First Golf Supply House Series Event of the Season at Henderson Lake GC
The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce the first draw of the 2019 tournament season which is the southern Alberta Golf Supply House Series being hosted at Henderson Lake GC in Lethbridge on Monday, May 6th. Field size is confirmed at 34 players with the purse set at $4,700. Tee times begin at 10:00am. Winner of the 1-day GSH Series event will receive 20 Order of Merit points.
Continuing again for 2019 is the GSH Series starting skins pot thanks to our sponsor IMPACT Tournament Systems. The starting pot for all 1-day GSH Series events will be $250.
Registration for our 2019 Playing Ability Tests will officially open on April 15th for all PAT events on our schedule. If you know anyone who is interested in joining the Association and becoming a Golf Professional please share the below link with them. It is crucial to try and recruit as many new members as we can to help sustain the Association’s long term goals and visions.
Did you know that more Canadians participate in golf than any other sport? 5.7 million Canadian golfers play over 60 million rounds of golf annually. Golf is especially popular with middle-aged and older Canadians.
Canadian physical activity guidelines recommend adults over 18 should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity per week in bouts of at least 10 minutes.
Many people assume golf is a leisure activity and that golfers do not reach a high enough level of intensity to be counted toward their weekly activity goals. However, although not as intense as some sports, a golfer who walks a 9 or 18 hole course expends enough energy to classify golf in the moderate intensity group, meeting the physical activity guidelines.
Walking 18 holes carrying or pushing your clubs takes around four hours, requires 11,000 to 17,000 steps, covers 4-8 miles and expends 500 to 2,400 calories. If you add in a few hills, take more strokes, cover more ground between shots or are a little less fit, the numbers are more likely to be in the higher ranges. Using a cart decreases the overall numbers by 50% but it’s still better than sitting at home.
We hope everyone is excited for the 2019 PGA of Alberta tournament season! Our first tournament opens for registration today at 10am which is the Henderson Lake GC Golf Supply House Series on May 6th. Be sure to read the below information so you are aware of all tournament registration policies for this season.
Registration Process Members will now register for tournaments 28-days prior to the event date and not all at once for the entire season. The reason for changing the registration process is to reduce the amount of withdrawals we see leading up to events as well as minimize the number of waitlists.
Payment Payment will now be required at the time of registration and members will still have the ability to withdraw 2-weeks before the event with no penalty. After the 2-week mark, a withdrawal penalty will be incurred. If a member withdraws after the draw has been posted (Thursday of the week prior to event), they will forfeit their entire entry fee.
Withdrawal Penalty The withdrawal fee has been increased to $50 this year. This increase is to further discourage members from signing up for events they are unsure they will play in. Please note the Withdrawal Deadline date on the tournament page.
If you have not submitted the 2019 Tournament Eligibility Form already, please do so by clicking here.
Hole-In-One Insurance Program Now Open!
The PGA of Alberta is excited to launch the 2019 Hole-In-One Program. Once again, the PGA of Alberta is working in conjunction with Foster Park Brokers (FPB) to provide all Members and Non-Members with the opportunity to purchase Hole-In-One Insurance for your corporate, charity, and club events for the 2019 golf season!
Benefits of purchasing HIO Insurance through PGA of Alberta
Competitive industry rates
Easy to purchase online
Purchase for one event or for an entire season worth of events at once!
Supporting the Association
This program provides members with preferred pricing on prize limits ranging from $500 to $50,000. FPB is also able to accommodate prize limits up to $1,000,000 outside of the program. Coverage can be purchased on the PGA of Alberta website by logging in to your member profile and selecting ‘My Hole In One’. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through the easy purchasing process. It’s as simple as that!
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Golf Shows in Edmonton & Calgary. Both Shows we’re full of enthusiastic golfers who are excited for the upcoming season. With your support, the PGA of Alberta is proud to have raised over $11,000 for our partner charities Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta (Edmonton) and Kids Cancer Care Foundation (Calgary). We wish everyone a great golf season and we hope to see you back at the Shows next year!
Golf Show News
Digital Magazine – 2019 Calgary Golf Show Preview
The Calgary Golf Show edition of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live. Content in this issue includes highlights of the 2019 Calgary Golf Show this weekend on March 23 & 24 at the BMO Centre (Hall B), information on attending exhibitors, speakers at the 19th hole, and other important Association updates. Click the link below to view the magazine and see what’s happening at the Golf Show this year.
Reasons to Attend the Golf Show
Million Dollar Clearance Centre - Clubs, bags, shoes, accessories, we have it all!
FREE golf lessons from PGA of Canada Professionals.
Prizes, prizes, prizes. Over $50,000 worth of prizes will be given away over the two days.
Driving Range - Test out the latest and greatest technology from the equipment manufacturers.
New for this year, the PGA of Alberta has added two Seniors’ Division events to the tournament schedule built for members 50-years and older. This year’s locations will be Turner Valley GC on June 10th and Cougar Creek GR on August 12th. These events will give members that are 50-years and older an opportunity to play in more tournaments during the season and compete against their peers of a similar age. The Seniors’ division will tee off immediately after the 1-day GSH Series event and will play from a reduced yardage as well as for a small purse.