Haydamack & Kucy Battle the Conditions to Lead at the Junior Masters
After a windy and cool day at the Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Ponoka for the PGA of Alberta Junior Masters presented by Sundog Eyewear & TourTee, Zachary Haydamack of Mickelson National GC in the Boys’ Division and Jayla Kucy of Camrose GC in the Girls’ Division stood above the rest to hold the lead heading into Round 2 tomorrow.
Haydamack played bogey-free on the front nine and was sitting at 3-under after the 11 holes until making a few bogeys down the final stretch to finish at even par 71. Sitting right behind Haydamack is the 2020 Junior Masters Champion Carter Code (Glencoe G&CC) at 1-over 72. Code will be looking to repeat after winning by 3-strokes last year to win his first Junior Masters title. Five other players sit within 3 strokes of the lead heading into tomorrow at the Old Course.
In the 14 & Under Boys’ Division, Peter Hlushak (Stony Plain GC) had a stellar performance today to sit atop the leaderboard in his respective division. Hlushak fired a 3-over 74 today on the Links Course to give himself a healthy 3-stroke lead heading into tomorrow.
In the Girls’ Division, Kucy stayed calm under tough conditions today to finish at 3-over 74, giving herself a 2-stroke lead heading into round two. She started the round at 3-over after nine holes but dialed it in on the back nine and played even par golf to put herself in the lead. Right behind Kucy is Georgia Barr (Glencoe G&CC) at 5-over 76 and Aastha Savadatti (Canyon Meadows G&CC) at 6-over 77. Both players will try to put the pressure on the leader tomorrow as they tee off in the final group of the tournament at 10:20am.
In the 14 & Under Girls’ Division, Kali Yeske (Valley Ridge GC) took sole possession of first in her division after shooting an 83. Gabrielle Roznicki (Pinebrook G&CC) sits only one back of Yeske with at 84 setting up for an exciting battle tomorrow for the 14 & Under Division.
Players will take their talents over to the Old Course tomorrow (Sept. 3rd) at Wolf Creek GR for the final round and do everything they can to take home the 2021 Junior Masters title as well as their respective division.
Team Alberta Wins the InterZone Championship at The Winston GC
While the individual champion will be crowned later today (September 15th), the InterZone Championship was decided yesterday with the PGA of Alberta team consisting of Mitchell Fox, Wes Heffernan, Dillon Batsel and Riley Fleming winning by eight strokes over the PGA of Ontario to defend home turf! Congratulations on the exceptional play and keeping the trophy in Alberta.
On the individual side, the following six Alberta Professionals sit inside the top 10 at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada heading into the final round. The current leaders are Branson Ferrier of Ontario and Yohann Benson of Quebec at -7.
Register Today for the PGA of Alberta Buying Show Education Series
The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is excited to announce its 2021 Buying Show Education Sessions. This year’s aim was to highlight the local knowledge we have within the association, but also learn from what other professionals are doing in the province. Each of the 3 days, there will be an education session covering a different relevant topic related to the golf industry that will help to continue to grow the game.
October 19, 2021
Dean Ingalls is excited to be sharing some of his knowledge of merchandising within a Golf Shop. This will include different philosophies as well as techniques used recently to achieve great member communication and success within his shop. Further to this he will be discussing some keys to being hired year-round at golf facilities for Assistant and Associate Golf Professionals.
October 20, 2021
An open discussion on growing the game of golf and promoting your book of business. Todd Halpen, Randy Robb, Luke Workman and Paul Horton will be sharing their experiences as golf instructors to give insight on what has made them successful over many years. Josh Fleming has graciously agreed to mediate the event.
October 21, 2021
In this presentation Dr. Legg will discuss the importance of adapted programming for persons experiencing disability. David will review practical steps your club and staff can start doing immediately to be more inclusive, welcoming and diverse.
Masterful McGarry Victorious at MKRAK Seniors’ Championship
Day two at the The Ranch G&CC Seniors’ Championshippresented by MKRAK saw a continuation of the excellent summer weather and playing conditions for our competitors today.
Winning his first Seniors’ Championship in his second time competing in this event was: Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) who carded two excellent rounds to finish at +1 overall for the Championship. Greg carded a 1-under par 70 in Round 1 and followed it up with a 2-over 73 today to clinch the Championship by 1-stroke. Greg had 1 Eagle and 2 Birdies on the card and made an extremely timely Par on #18 to take home the Championship today.
In second was one of our Host Professionals: Scott Westman (The Ranch G&CC) who put together two great rounds of golf to finish the Championship at +2 overall. Scott carded 1-over par 72 for both Rounds and had 2 Birdies on the card today.
In third was: Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) who carded two solid rounds of golf to finish at +3 overall. Rounding out our Top-5, in a 2-way tie for fourth was: Grant Cammidge (Jagare Ridge GC), Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC).
Congratulations to our Super Senior Division (60+) winner Darrell McDonald (Mill Woods GC) who carded two excellent rounds to finish the tournament at +11 and in solo 11th place of the main Championship.
Congratulations to our 4 skins winners today: Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) with a Birdie on #7, Andre DiBartolo (Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC) with a Birdie on #8 & #17 and Bob MacDonald (Douglasdale GC) with a Birdie on #16.
Nelson Neatly Repeats at MKRAK Ladies’ Championship
Day two at the The Ranch G&CC Ladies’ Championshippresented by MKRAK saw a continuation of the excellent summer weather and playing conditions for our competitors today.
Our 2021 Ladies’ Championship Champion and our 2020 Defending Champion is none other than Gina Nelson of Magrath GC. Gina came from 1-stroke down on the Leader today to successfully defend her title. Gina finished the tournament at an excellent +6, carding 75 for Round 1 before turning it on today for Round 2 with a 73. She had 2 Birdies on the card today, one of which was an extremely timely Birdie on #18 to prevent a playoff.
In sole possession of Second Place was: Shaye Leidenius (Wolf Creek GR) who continued her noteworthy season and just came up short today. Shaye battled throughout the Championship and finished at a great +7 carding a Round 1 score of 74 and a Round 2 score of 75.
Rounding out our Top-3, in her first season with the PGA of Alberta was: Kate Griffiths (Advantage Golf Academy Inc.) who played two solid rounds of golf over the course of the Championship. Kate carded 77 for Round 1 and 80 for Round 2 with 2 Birdies on the card today.
Congratulations to our Day 2 Skins Winners: Olivia Nickel (Ranch G&CC) with a Birdie on #3, Kate Griffiths with Birdies on #10 & #16, Gina Nelson with Birdies on #11 & #18 and Shannon Werbicki with a Birdie on #13.
James & McGarry Share Lead at MKRAK Seniors’ Championship after Round 1
Today at The Ranch G&CC for our Seniors’ Championship presented by MKRAK saw some beautiful weather and playing conditions for all of our competitors.
After Round 1, we have a Two-Way tie for First Place: Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) and Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) who are our Leaders after each carding an excellent 1-under par 70’s respectively. Greg had 5 Birdies on the card today and Darryl had 6 Birdies himself to set us up for an exciting Round 2 tomorrow.
Rounding out our Top-5, in a Three-Way tie for Third Place is: Host Professionals from The Ranch G&CC, Murray McCourt & Scott Westman, and Blair Oko (Blair Oko Golf Academy) who all carded great 1-over par scores of 72 today to keep some heat on our pair at the top.
Leading our Super Senior Division (60+) is Darrell MacDonald (Mill Woods GC) who carded an excellent 2-over par 73 to hold a 1-stroke over his nearest competitors which will make for an exciting Round tomorrow!
First tee time is at 8:30am tomorrow and our last group tee’s it up at 10:10am sharp! Congratulations to our 5 skins winners today who each won $136 - Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) with 2 Skins on #6 & #9, Murray McCourt (Ranch G&CC) on #14, Andre DiBartolo (Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC) on #16 & Jerry Linquist (Lewis Estates GC) on #18.
Leidenius Leaps out to Lead at Ladies’ Championship at Ranch G&CC
Today at theThe Ranch G&CC for our Ladies’ Championship presented by MKRAK saw some beautiful weather and playing conditions for all of our competitors.
Leading the way after Round 1 and continuing her stellar play of this season is: Shaye Leidenius (Wolf Creek GR) who put together an excellent round today shooting a 3-over 74 with 3 Birdies on the card.
In Second Place and last year’s defending Champion is: Gina Nelson (Magrath GC) who sits only 1-stroke behind Shaye and carded a great 4-over 75 today with 4 Birdies on the card.
First tee time is at 10:20 AM tomorrow and our final group tee’s it up at 10:50 sharp. Final group consists of: Shaye Leidenius (Wolf Creek GR), Gina Nelson (Magrath GC) & Kate Griffiths (Advantage Golf Academy Inc.).
Congratulations to our skins winners today: Gina Nelson with a Birdie on # 12 and Kate Griffiths with a Birdie on # 15!
The Winston GC Set to Host PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada
100 of the country’s best Professional Golfers are set to play the fourth PGA of Canada National Championship of the season next week at The Winston Golf Club in Calgary.
Anticipation is at an all-time high as two years have passed since Wes Heffernan’s incredible final-round 64 at the 2019 Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf at TPC Toronto gave him a three-stroke win over Yohann Benson – both of whom are in the field in Calgary.
The Winston Golf Club lacks neither brawn nor beauty – and the championship may be decided on the difficult 225-yard island-green 17th hole. The course, which went through a massive re-design in 1992 at the hands of renowned architect Les Furber, proved to be a phenomenal test of golf when it previously hosted the Assistants’ Championship presented by Callaway Golf in 2018, when Marc-Etienne Bussieres posted a three-day mark of 15-under to claim a two-stroke win over our 2021 BetRegal PGA Championship of Canada winner Riley Fleming.
The North Teaching Summit has been officially rescheduled for Thursday, September 16th at Edmonton Petroleum Club. There are still spots available to register. The event will run from 9:00am -2:00pm with a round of golf to follow. We hope to see you there.
Lynx Ridge GC Lead The Way at Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant
Round Two of the Pro-Assistant at the spectacular Jasper Park Lodge GC and sponsored by Callaway Golf was hugely successful. We had a packed field of 55 teams and 110 Professionals. This year saw a continuation of the 6-6-6 format of play with Teams playing: Scramble (6-holes), Scotch Ball (6-holes), Best Ball (6-holes) which makes for an extremely exciting Leaderboard with plenty of movement throughout both Rounds.
Congratulations to our Champions today who hail from: Lynx Ridge GC (Matthew Kirlin & Riley Fleming) who put together two outstanding rounds of golf and carded a ridiculous 13-under par 58 today to finish the tournament at an unbelievable 20-under par!Matt and Riley tore the course up today with 7 Birdies and 3 Eagles on the card.
In Second place was last year’s Champions and the Team representing: Modern Golf (Jeremy Maher & Jeff Diduck) who played two exceptional rounds of golf and carded an excellent 11-under par 60 today to finish the tournament at an exceptional 19-under par!
In sole possession of Third Place was Team representing: Redwood Meadows G&CC (Kevin Black & Murray Walter) who played two excellent rounds of golf and carded an awesome 8-under par 63 today to finish the tournament at an excellent 18-under par! Team Redwood Meadows G&CC had 7 Birdies on the card and 1 Eagle on the card.
Rounding out our Top-5, in a two-way tie for Fourth Place was the Teams representing: Royal Mayfair GC (Matt Johnson & David MacComb) and Speargrass GC (Jacob Manz & Mitchell Fox). Team Royal Mayfair played two excellent rounds of golf and carded a stellar 8-under par 63 today with 9 Birdies on the card. They finished the tournament at an excellent 17-under par. Team Speargrass GC played two great rounds of golf and carded a stellar 5-under par 66 today with 6 Birdies on the card to also finish at an excellent 17-under par.
Congratulations to Cory Seaman (Turner Valley GC) for winning the closest-to-the-pin competition today on the par 3 fifteenth hole with an excellent shot.
The PGA of Alberta is proud to present a total of four (4) cash bursaries of $750 each to deserving Apprentice and Class A Assistant/Teaching Professionals who meet or exceed the bursary criteria as outlined on the website.
All Apprentice and Class A Professionals (who are not employed as Head/Executive Professionals) in good standing are eligible and encouraged to apply. Two of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal Apprentice Professionals (working 9-months or less for their employer).
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Speargrass GC’s Strong Showing at Round 1 of Pro-Assistant to Sit in Solo First
Today saw the third last event of the season at the spectacular Jasper Park Lodge GC and sponsored by Callaway Golf. We had a huge field of 55 teams comprised of 110 Professionals playing today who saw a return to some excellent summer conditions for our competitors. This year saw a continuation of the 6-6-6 format of play with Teams playing: Scramble (6-holes), Scotch Ball (6-holes), Best Ball (6-holes).
Leading the Pack after a blistering Round One today and last week’s Pro-Pro Best Ball Champions is the Team representing: Speargrass GC (Jacob Manz & Mitchell Fox) who carded an outstanding 11-under par 60 today. Jacob and Mitch had 7 Birdies and 2 Eagles on the card today.
In sole possession of Second Place is the Team representing: Redwood Meadows G&CC (Kevin Black & Murray Walter) who carded an excellent 10-under par 61 today. Kevin and Murray had 7 Birdies and 2 Eagles today with only 1 blemish to show.
In sole possession of Third Place is the Team representing: Royal Mayfair GC (David MacComb & Matt Johnson) who carded an excellent 9-under par 62 today. David and Matt had 9 Birdies today with a blemish free card to show.
In a three-way tie for Fourth Place is the Teams representing: Mickelson National Golf Academy (Dave Nikirk & Randy Robb), Bearspaw GC (Braden Chown & Gord Courage) & Modern Golf (Jeff Diduck & Jeremy Maher). All three teams carded great 8-under par 63’s today to remain well in contention for Round 2 tomorrow.
In a three-way tie for Seventh Place is the Teams representing: Cardiff G&CC (Dallas Cantera & Matthew Mah), GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights (Craig Vogel & Josh Fleming) & Lynx Ridge GC (Matthew Kirlin & Riley Fleming). All three teams carded great 7-under par 64’s today and hope to put some heat on the top of the Leaderboard tomorrow.
Rounding out our Top-10 today, in a six-way tie is the Teams representing: Miskanaw GC (Ben Matthews & Chris McKenzie), Heritage Pointe GC (David Robinson & Jared Nicolls), River Bend G&RA (Logan Hill & Phil McCluskey), Inglewood G&CC (Greg Johnson & Sam Kirkness), Big Buck Golf Centre (Garrett Fraser & Sean Mills) & Jasper Park Lodge GC Host Professionals (Tahlon Sweenie & Robert Johnson). All six Teams carded stellar 6-under par 65’s today with a low round needed tomorrow to move up the Leaderboard.
Congratulations to the Closest to the Pin Winner on hole #9- Leif Hanson
The first tee time is at 9:00 am sharp tomorrow and our final grouping of Team Speargrass GC (Jacob Manz & Mitchell Fox) and Team Redwood Meadows G&CC (Kevin Black & Murray Walter) are going out at 1:30 PM.
Haydamack & Kucy Steer the Course to Win the 2021 Junior Masters
The 2021 edition of the PGA of Alberta Junior Masters presented by Sundog Eyewear & TourTee is now officially in the books. Round 2 today saw plenty of fantastic golf being played by the talented field of juniors showing why they are the top players in the province.
Winning her first Junior Masters title in the Girls’ Division was Jayla Kucy of Camrose GC. Jayla played fantastic golf over the two-days shooting 74-79 to win by just a single stroke over Sydney Bisgrove of Canyon Meadows G&CC. Sydney started the day six strokes back of the lead and did everything she could to force a playoff but fell just short after shooting 80-74. Rounding out the top 3 was Georgia Barr of Glencoe G&CC after firing 76-80 for the tournament to finish three back of the lead. Congratulations to the following winners of their respective Flight:
16 & Under - Sydney Bisgroveof Canyon Meadows G&CC
14 & Under - Gabrielle Roznicki of Pinebrook G&CC
In the Boys’ Division, shooting an even par 71-70 to win the Junior Masters for the first time was Zachary Haydamack of Mickelson National GC. Zachary cruised his way to victory by six strokes over his nearest competitor and was only one of two players in the field to shoot even par for either round. Finishing in second was the likes of Cole Bergheim of Red Deer G&CC after carding 74-73 for the two rounds. Rounding out the top 3 was Brett Jones of Glencoe G&CC with 76-72 for the tournament. Congratulations to the following winners of their respective Flight:
18 & Under - Cole Bergheim (Red Deer G&CC)
16 & Under - Brett Jones (Glencoe G&CC)
14 & Under - Charlie Gillespie (Canyon Meadows G&CC)
Thank you to all our players, sponsors, and of course Wolf Creek GR for hosting another Junior Masters event.
Five Players Pass the last PAT of season at Alberta Springs GR
Congratulations to the five 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:
Draw Available for the PGA of Alberta Junior Masters on September 2 & 3
The PGA of Alberta Junior Masters sponsored by Sundog Eyewear & TourTee is a 36-Hole invitational Junior Golf event organized each year by the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta. Celebrating its 31styear in 2021, this event was initiated to provide elite level competition to a limited field of Alberta’s top junior golfers.
This year we have 55 Junior Boys and Girls with a highly competitive golf background competing at Wolf Creek GR in Ponoka this week on September 2nd & 3rd. The Boys Division Champion from 2020, Carter Code (Glencoe G&CC), will be back to defend his title while the Girls Division will crown a new Champion this year!
Fox & Manz Take Home The Hardware at G&G Pro-Pro Best Ball at Heritage Pointe GC
Today saw the Pro-Pro Best Ball Events sponsored by G&G Golf Company, hosted at the immaculate and pristine conditioned Heritage Pointe GC. Our competitors enjoyed an amazing day on the course with the summer weather returning and some excellent scores on the Leaderboard! We had a massive field of 52 teams encompassing 104 total players in the Main-Draw.
Our Winning team today was: Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) & Jacob Manz (Speargrass GC) who carded an absolutely scorching 10-under par 62 with a ridiculous 7 Birdies & 1 Eagle on the front-9 for an 8-under par 28 and followed it up on the back-9 going 2-under par for a total of 34.
In sole possession of Second Place was the team of: Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC) & Cullen Wanvig (Winston GC) who carded an outstanding 8-under par 64 going 34-30 on the front and back 9’s respectively with 7 Birdies and 1 Eagle on the card today.
In a three-way tie for Third Place was the teams of: Matt Freeman & Brady Karlson (Canyon Meadows G&CC), Josh Fleming & Tyler LeBouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) & Darrell McDonald (Mill Woods GC) and Brent Chapman (Northern Bear GC) who all carded excellent rounds of 7-under par 65’s today.
In a three-way tie for Sixth Place was the teams of: Scott Smith (Pinebrook G&CC) & Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre), Phil McCluskey (River Bend G&RA) & Dale Tomlinson (Winston GC) and Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) & Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC) who all carded great rounds of 6-under par 66’s today.
Rounding out our Top-10, in a three-way tie for Ninth Place was the teams of: Host Professionals, David Robinson & Jared Nicolls (Heritage Pointe GC), Bryce Halverson (Valley Ridge GC) & Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) and Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC) & Jeff Murdoch (PGA of AB Member) who all carded solid rounds of 5-under par 67’s today.
Thank you to our Sponsor: G&G Golf Company & Host Facility, Heritage Pointe GC for putting on such an incredible event!
MacKinnon & Shapka Best Field at G&G Pro-Pro Best Ball Ladies’ Division at Heritage Pointe GC
Today saw the Pro-Pro Best Ball Ladies’ Division Event sponsored byG&G Golf Company, hosted at the stunning and immaculately conditioned Heritage Pointe GC. Our competitors enjoyed an amazing day on the course with the summer weather returning and some excellent scores on the Leaderboard!
Our Ladies’ Division had a full field with 6 total teams today: Jennifer MacKinnon (Earl Grey GC) & Crystal Shapka (Calgary G&CC), Nicola Jeffries (Willow Park G&CC) & Gina Nelson (Magrath GC), Shannon Raina (Glencoe GC) & Kim Valleau (Winston GC), Lisa Rosengarten & Judy Forshner (Glencoe G&CC), Amy Popkes (Carnmoney GC) & Ronda Carter (Blue Devil GC) and Tiffany Gordon (Carnmoney GC) & Shelley Charlton (Pinebrook G&CC).
After a battle on the course today, our Ladies’ Division Champions are: Jennifer MacKinnon (Earl Grey GC) & Crystal Shapka (Calgary G&CC) who carded a great 74 with 3 Birdies today.
In second place today was the team of: Nicola Jeffries (Willow Park G&CC) & Gina Nelson (Magrath GC) who kept the heat on our eventual Champions all day, only falling short by 1-stroke to finish at 75.
Thank you to our Sponsor:G&G Golf Company & Host Facility, Heritage Pointe GC for putting on such an incredible event!
Play Ability Test News
PAT #5 Draw - Alberta Springs on September 2
The draw is posted for the fifth and final Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Alberta Springs in Red Deer on Thursday, September 2nd. Tee times begin at 10:00am. Good luck to the 28 competitors going for their card!
Congratulations to our 2021 Junior Scholarship Recipients
Each year the PGA of Alberta is proud to award four Junior Scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving candidates. Two of the Scholarships are awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members and the other two are awarded to competitive junior golfers in Alberta who meet specific criteria. We are pleased to award the following individuals the 2021 scholarships:
Thank you to everyone that applied this year. We wish everyone the best of luck in their post-secondary education.
The Education Committee is thrilled to continue season 2 of our Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta members. Our next guest will be Mr. Bob Weeks of TSN who is a renowned reporter and analyst in the sporting world. He will be giving some insight on a variety of topics including; the retention of the golf boom from the past year, how golf as adapted for the average person, his thoughts on a fun/social approach to golf, and the most recent Olympics in Tokyo. Troy Mills has graciously agreed to host Bob as he also shares his golf experiences not only as a reporter but a player as well.
After a sunny day at Leduc GC, Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) stood a top of the leaderboard at the sixth Golf Supply House Series event this season. Today’s event had a field of 33 professionals who were treated to a flawlessly conditioned golf course and beautiful fall day.
Kevin carded a 4-under 67 today to secure a 3 shot victory over the field. Kevin came out with 1 Birdie and 1 Bogie on the front 9 to shoot a respectable even par 35. He then caught fire on the back with 5 birdies and just 1 bogie to finish with a 4-under 32. This marks Kevin’s first victory of the season after finishing in the money at the PGA of Alberta Championship, Club Pro Championship, and 3 pervious Golf Supply House events.
Finishing in a tie for second was David MacComb (Royal Mayfair GC) and Marcus Clift (Coloniale GC) after shooting great rounds of 1-under 70. Both David and Marcus battled through the day to finish as the only other pros under par.
Rounding out our top 5, finishing in a tie for fourth was Dustin Risdon (Dustin Risdon School of Golf) and Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) shooting an even par 71. Both professionals carded 35-36 with 4 birdies on the card.
Congratulations to our Skins Winners today; Craig McArthur (Glendale G&CC) with Birdies on holes 3 and 5, Marcus Clift (Coloniale GC) with a birdie on 4, Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC) with a birdie on 7, and Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) with a birdie on 15. David MacComb (Royal Mayfair GC) and Jeff Tell (The Ranch G&CC) also won skins today with eagles on holes 9 and 18 respectively. Congrats to all the players who earned a cheque today.
Today was the second Seniors’ Division event of the season at the flawless Leduc GC. Players were treated to a beautiful fall day and even better course conditions.
Taking home the trophy today was Andre DiBartolo (Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC) who shot a very respectable 1-over 72. Andre carded a 35-37 with 3 birdies on the day to finish 3 shots clear of the field.
In solo second was Murray McCourt (The Ranch G&CC) who shot a 4-over 75 with a card of 37-38. Murray had 2 birdies on the day.
Congratulations to our Skins Winners on the day; Andre DiBartolo (Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC) with a birdie on hole 2, Art New (Canada Golf Card Driving Range) with a birdie on 5, Scott Orban (McKenzie Meadows GC) with a birdie on 15, and Murray McCourt (The Ranch G&CC) with a birdie on 16.
There is now 1 week left to nominate a deserving Professional or Sales Representative for a PGA of Alberta Award in 2021. Nominations for all Awards will close at the end of day on Tuesday, Aug. 31st. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted a nomination.
Each year the PGA of Alberta recognizes several Members and Industry Representatives for their achievements throughout the season and their career, as well as for their contributions to the Association and the game of golf. We encourage all Members and industry affiliates to become a part of our Awards Program by nominating an individual or facility that you feel is deserving of an Award.
In total, nine Awards are up for nomination which include the following:
Apprentice Professional of the Year
Class "A" Professional of the Year
Club Professional of the Year
Executive Professional of the Year
Junior Leader of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Coach of the Year
Retailer of the Year
Sales Rep of the Year
Please note the following points for the 2021 Awards Program:
Video Bio - All members who are nominated for an Award will have the option to submit a short video bio in addition to their application form.
Nomination(s) – We encourage all PGA of Alberta Professionals and industry affiliates to nominate a deserving individual in each of the Award categories.
Awards Banquet - The 2021 PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet will reveal this year’s recipients on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Calgary BMO Centre (after the second day of the Buying Show). Click here to register for the Buying Show.
Awards Criteria- Click Here to see the criteria for each Award.
Coach of the Year Nominees must be certified within Golf’s National Coach Certification Program Competition stream (Coach of New Competitors, Coach of Developing Competitors).
Teacher of the Year Nominees must have achieved certified status in at least one context within the instruction stream of the National Coaching Certification Program for Golf in Canada (Instructor of Beginner Golfers, Instructor of Intermediate Golfers, Instructor of Advanced Golfers).
The Compensation Survey is a very important tool for our Association as it allows us to give our membership the most current earning potential in each area of the province based on their position. The more surveys that are filled out, the more accurate both the averages and high/low points will be.
Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey. Once completed, you will be sent a copy of the results.
Important Aspects to the Compensation Survey
Each member will only be able to submit one survey for approval between Oct 1 - Sept 30 each year.
Top 100 Points - Every Member will receive 5 Top 100 points for completing the survey!
Your information will be kept confidential and will be used only for statistical purposes.
GSH Series & Seniors’ Division at Leduc GC on August 25 - Registration Deadline Extended
Sign up today for the second last GSH Series and final Seniors’ Division event of the season hosted at LEDUC GC on Wednesday, August 25th. First tee time is at 8:00am (GSH Series).
Leduc GC is thrilled to showcase their new 9,500 sq. ft. facility that features their Pro Shop, Hackers Grill with wrap around patio, Boardroom, 220 person banquet hall, and underground storage with a state of the art two bay virtual golf facility.
Click the proper link below to sign up NOW! The registration deadline has been extended to Monday, August 23rd @ 4pm.
Batsel Bests Field to Win PGA of Alberta Championship at River Bend G&RA
Today saw Round 2 of the PGA of Alberta Championship hosted at the sprawling and beautiful River Bend G&RA, proudly Sponsored by PGA of Alberta partners: TaylorMade Golf, adidas Golf and our proud new partner, WizGolf.
River Bend G&RA continued to be in excellent condition for Round 2 with the aggressive play and low scores continuing today which made for an extremely exciting day. Weather conditions were slightly more difficult and colder today but remained decent throughout for our competitors. 30 competitors finished at even-par or better which made for an exciting day on the Leaderboard.
Our 2021 PGA of Alberta Championship Champion is: Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) who continued his outstanding play from Round 1 into Round 2 and kept the pedal to the floor throughout the Championship as his competitors were nipping at his heels all day. Dillion came out firing and carded an outstanding 5-under par 31 on the front-9, he had 2 Eagles (#4 & #8) and 2 Birdies. He then followed it up by carding 1-under par 35 on the back-9 which proved to be enough for him to capture this year’s Championship. Dillon finished the Championship with a two-day total of -14 and overall total score of 130.
In sole possession of Second Place and tying the Course Record of 63 was: Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) after carding an absolutely scorching Round 2 and our lowest score of either Round by firing a ridiculous 9-under par 63 today. Dallas carded a 5-under par 31 on the front-9 which he then followed up with an equally excellent 32 on the back. He managed to card a blemish free Round and had a jaw-dropping 9 Birdies today to vault up the Leaderboard into Second Place. Dallas finished the Championship with a two-day total of -11 and overall total score of 133.
In two-way tie for Third Place was: Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) who put together two excellent Rounds over the Championship. Wes carded a stellar 6-under par 66 today, firing 33 on the front and back-9. Wes had 6 Birdies on the card today and helped keep some heat on the top of Leaderboard throughout. He finished the Championship with a two-day total of -10 and overall total score of 134. Also tied for Third Place was: Scott Stiles (Earl Grey GC) who played two excellent Rounds for the Championship. Scott carded a great 4-under par today, firing 34 on the front and 34 on the back-9. Scott had 5 Birdies on the card and finished the Championship with a two-day total of -10 & overall total score of 134.
Rounding out our Championship Top-5 in sole possession of Fifth was: Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) who put together 2 stellar Rounds over the Championship. Mitch carded a great 6-under par 66 today, going 32 on the front and 34 on the back-9. He dropped 7 Birdies today and finished the Championship with a two-day total of -9 & overall total score of 135.
In a two-way tie for Sixth Place was: Dustin Risdon (Dustin Risdon School of Golf) and Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) who both finished the Championship with two-day totals of -8 & overall total scores of 136. Dustin carded an excellent 6-under par today, going 31 on the front and 35 on the back-9 with a blemish free card and 6 Birdies. Stefan carded a great 4-under par 68 today, going 33 on the front and 35 on the back-9 with 7 Birdies.
In a two-way tie for Eighth Place was: Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) and Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC) who both finished the Championship with two-day totals of -7 & overall total scores of 137. Mike carded a solid 3-under par 69 today, firing a 33 on the front and 36 on the back-9 with 4 Birdies. Riley carded a respectable 1-under par 71 today, going 34 on the front and 37 on the back-9 with 6 Birdies on the card.
Rounding out our Championship Top-10, in a three-way for Tenth Place was: Tyler LeBouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights), Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) & Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC) who all finished the Championship with two-day totals of -6 & overall total scores of 138. Tyler carded an excellent 6-under par today, firing 33 on the front and back-9 with a blemish free card and 6 Birdies. Eric fired a solid 3-under par today, carding 35 on the front and 34 on the back-9 with 5 Birdies. Weston carded a respectable 1-under par 71 today, going 37 on the front and 34 on the back-9 with 2 Birdies.
Congratulations to our Day 2 Skins Winners who each won $653.33/person. Shawn Proulx (River Ridge G&CC) with an Eagle on #1. Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) with an Eagle on #4,
Big thank you to our Sponsors: TaylorMade Golf, adidas Golf and our proud new partner, WizGolf whose support make events like this possible! Last but not least, host venue: River Bend G&RA for helping us put on yet another successful and great Championship!
Batsel Bulls His Way to Top at PGA Championship at Riverbend G&RA
98 of Alberta’s top Professionals’ tee’d off at the fifth consecutive PGA of Alberta Championship hosted at the picturesque and always welcoming River Bend G&RA, proudly Sponsored by PGA of Alberta partners: TaylorMade Golf, adidas Golf and our proud new partner, WizGolf.
River Bend G&RA is in excellent shape, leaving our competitors with the opportunity to play aggressive and go low. Conditions were good throughout the morning and early afternoon before the rain moved in for the tail end of the field. We have an exciting Leaderboard set for Round 2 tomorrow, with 35 players even-par or better.
Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) came ready to play today and is our Clubhouse Leader after Round 1. Dillon has been on a run of excellent tournament finishes of late, winning last week’s event and placing highly in multiple others. Dillon carded an excellent 3-under par 33 on the front-9 with 4 Birdies. He then followed it up with an outstanding 5-under par 31 on the back-9 with 1 Eagle and 4 Birdies. Dillon holds a 2-stroke lead over his nearest competitors going into Round 2 tomorrow.
Breathing down our Leader’s neck, in a two-way tie for Second Place after carding great 6-under par 66’s today is: Scott Stiles (Earl Grey GC) & our Defending Champion, Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC). Scott put together a blemish free round today, firing 33 on the front and back with 6 Birdies on the card. Fresh off his PGA Championship of Canada victory at the start of August, Riley put together a great round today. He carded a front-9 score of 4-under par 32 and followed it up with a 2-under par 34 with 8 Birdies on the card. Both will look to go low tomorrow and heap some pressure onto Dillon.
In sole possession of Fourth Place on our congested Leaderboard today is: Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC) who is still in the hunt and only sitting back by 3-strokes on our Leader. Weston carded a great 5-under par 67 shooting an outstanding 5-under par 31 on the front-9 which he followed up with a 36 on the back-9. Weston had 7 Birdies on the card today.
In a 3-way tie for Fifth Place, still in contention but needing low round’s tomorrow, after all carding opening Round 1 scores of: 4-under par 68’s is: Former Champion, Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC), this season’s Pro-Lady South Champion, Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) and Former Champion, Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre).
Rounding out our Top-10, in a 4-way tie for Eighth Place, after all carding Round 1 scores of: 3-under par 69’s is: Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC), Jared Nicolls (Heritage Pointe GC) & Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) & finally, David MacComb (Royal Mayfair GC). Mitch, Jared & Eric all carded 33-36 with Mitch having 4 Birdies on the card, Jared also with 4 Birdies and finally, Eric with 6 Birdies. David carded 32-37 with 7 Birdies today.
In a 6-way tie for Eleventh Place, after all carding solid Round 1 scores of: 2-under par 70’s is: Jason Stanier (Inglewood G&CC), Dustin Risdon (Dustin Risdon School of Golf), Jeremy Maher (Modern Golf), Host Professional Phil McCluskey (River Bend G&RA), Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC), Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC).
Rounding out our Top-20 today, in a 7-way tie for Eighteenth Place, after all carding respectable Round 1 scores of: 1-under par 71’s is: Scott Anderson (Winston GC), Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC), Evan Van Amsterdam (Highlands GC), Todd Halpen (Golfuture YYC), Adam Bruce (Leduc GC), Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) and lastly, Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC).
11 more players are residing at even-par 72 after Round 1 and will need to go low quickly tomorrow to have a hope at catching our Leader at the top. Championship Day will be everyone trying to catch our Leader, Dillon Batsel and make for an extremely exciting finish. Be sure to watch from the bleachers above and looking down onto the 18th green! Round two will resume tomorrow morning (Tuesday, August 20th) at 7:30am. Final group of Batsel, Fleming & Stiles will tee it up at 12:02pm.
Congratulations to our Day 1 Skins winner: Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) who had the sole Skin of the day with an Eagle on #1.
Follow along on the live scoring Leaderboard once Round 2 begins (click here) to see all the changes in real time!
Alan Killian in Memoriam (1961-2021)
We are saddened to announce the recent passing of PGA of Alberta Life Member Alan Roy Killian. Alan passed away on August 8th at the age of 60.
Alan was born on February 8th, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta to Roy and Georgina Killian. After graduating from NAIT with a Civil Engineering degree, Alan was drawn to his love of sports and in 1984 became a Golf Professional with the PGA of Canada. His golf career began at the Kananaskis GC and he would go on to have a 20-year career as a Head Professional in Calgary, culminating with many wonderful years at the Inglewood G&CC.
Beyond his love for playing, Al’s passion was teaching golfers the skills to improve their golf game and thereby their enjoyment of the game. Once his golf career ended, he would go on to reinvent himself and became a Certified Financial Planner with Investors Group where he could continue to teach and support others, but this time in the realm of finance.
There will be a celebration of Alan’s life, to be held on Thursday, August 19th, 2021, at the Deerfoot Meadows location of the Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill, the address being: 7995 11 Street S.E., Calgary. The event will run from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and all friends and family are invited to come at their leisure. The Killian family asks that if you have a memory or story to share involving Alan, to please bring a written copy to drop off in a collection box, as in the months and years to come they will treasure the chance to read them again and again.
Our thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends during this difficult time. Click the link below for Alan’s obituary.
Cardiff’s Cantera & Telenko Conquer at Tournament of Champions at Willow Park G&CC
The annual Tournament of Champions sponsored bySunice/Bobby Jonessaw some great weather and a mint conditioned Willow Park G&CC giving players an absolutely first class golf experience from start to finish!
Today’s Tournament of Champions Winners are: The team of, Cardiff G&CC, comprised of: Professional, Dallas Cantera and Club Champion, Adam Telenko who carded a scorching team gross round of 10-under 61 to prevail by 1-stroke over their nearest competitors. Dallas had an exceptional 8 Birdies and 1 Eagle on the card for an excellent 63. His partner Adam chipped in with 2 timely Birdies today to help the cause.
In Second Place, through retrogression, was: The team of, Mickelson National Golf Academy, comprised of: Professional, Randy Robb and Club Champion, Dustin Yeager who carded an excellent team round of 8-under 63. Their team had 5 Birdies and 2 Eagles on the card today.
In Third Place, also through retrogression, was: The team of, Picture Butte GC, comprised of: Professional, Jamie Gerlitz and Club Champion, Kris Wasylowich who also carded an excellent team round of 8-under 63. Their team had 6 Birdies and 1 Eagle on the card.
In Fourth Place, also through retrogression, was: The team of, Windermere G&CC, comprised of: Professional, Jason Hnatiw and Club Champion, Barrett Jarosch who carded a great team round of 6-under 65. Their team had 7 Birdies on the card today.
In Fifth Place, also through retrogression, was: The team of, Leduc GC, comprised of: Professional, Adam Bruce and Club Champion, Joel Conrad who also carded a great team round of 6-under 65. Adam had 5 Birdies and Joel had 2 timely Birdies himself.
Thank you to our Title Sponsor Sunice / Bobby Jones for the continued support of the Association and host venue Willow Park G&CC for putting on such a first-class event.
Register Today for the PGA of Alberta Buying Show on Oct. 19-21
The PGA of Alberta would like to invite you to attend the 2021 PGA of Alberta Buying Show on October 19th – 21st!
The Show will be hosted in Calgary at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park (Hall D). We are excited to build off the success we had at the 2019 Show in Calgary and continue that momentum for this years Show which included easy transportation in & out of the city, increased networking opportunities and walking distance from our preferred hotel partner Hotel Arts. See photos on the 2019 Show by clicking here.
The Buying Show is an event that is restricted to PGA of Canada Members, Non-PGA of Canada Facilities and Golf Industry Equipment Manufacturers. For more information on the Show including full itinerary, please go to our website HERE.
Click the link below to register you and your Facility NOW. IMPORTANT - Make sure you click "+ Add Another Attendee" below the Attendee Information to register multiple people for the Buying Show.
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#9- PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening (Oct. 20). The evening will kickoff with food and cocktails at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:30pm. Food served by Gordon Food Service.
#10 - Easy access to venue by walking, train, bike, etc. PGA of Alberta also offers free parking on site if needed.
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