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Heffernan Heats Up to Repeat at Fall Championship
Tournament News

Heffernan Heats Up to Repeat at Fall Championship

Round Two of the Sunice/Bobby Jones Fall Championship at the beautiful Royal Mayfair GC saw plenty of action throughout the round making for an exciting day for competitors and spectators alike. The course was in immaculate shape and playing conditions were again great setting up for a fantastic Second Round.

Defending Champion Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) came out firing today while also flirting with the course record which he ended up setting with an out-of-this-world 7-under 63. Wes had a magnificent round today managing to bag 8 birdies, 9 pars and only had one blemish (bogey) on his card for a two-day total score of 130 (10-under). Wes weighed in on his repeat with "It was really nice to finish out the season with a win again and continue my stellar play of the last month."

Finishing tied for 2nd with stellar 4-under par 136 totals for the Tournament and six back of Wes was; local fan favourite Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) (69-67), Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) (68-68) & Dustin Risdon (The Players Shack) (65-71).

Rounding out the top five & tied for possession of 5th at 1-under par overall was Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) (70-69) & Tyler LeBouthillier (Blue Devil GC) (71-68) who played solid golf over the two days finishing with tournament totals of 139.

Finishing in sole possession of 7th with a 140 Tournament total (even) (71-69) was Scott Stiles (The Winston GC) who played solid golf over both days.

Special thanks to long time Sponsor Sunice/Bobby Jones and to the entire Royal Mayfair staff for hosting yet another wonderful Fall Championship and having the course in such great shape. Next stop on the schedule is the Pro-Pro Best Ball at Priddis Greens G&CC on September 12th.

Click here for full Championship results.


PGA of Canada Scholarships Worth $2,000 - Apply Now
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada Scholarships Worth $2,000 - Apply Now

The PGA of Canada Foundation is awarding five Ian Webb Scholarships, worth $2,000 each, in support of PGA of Canada members (or their immediate family) pursuing post-secondary education.

The Foundation formally renamed its scholarship program to the ‘Ian Webb Scholarship Fund’ in honour of esteemed member Ian Webb, who passed away last September after a brave battle with cancer.

Applicants are required to meet the following criteria for consideration:

  • be a PGA of Canada Member or Apprentice in good standing OR a child, grandchild or spouse of a PGA of Canada Member or Apprentice (alive or deceased);
  • be engaged or will be engaged in a full-time formal education program as of September 2020;
  • be enrolled or accepted and registered at a university, college or other approved educational facility.  Applicants not yet enrolled, accepted or registered may apply for consideration, but no award will be paid until registration is confirmed.

Applications are judged by a three-member independent panel and awarded based on academic achievement and contributions to the community. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 26, 2020

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM

Questions? Contact:
PGA of Canada Foundation
Brittany Mullin
T: 519-853-5450 ext. 222
E: [email protected] 


PGA Championship of Canada Postponed
PGA of Canada News

PGA Championship of Canada Postponed

The 2020 PGA Championship of Canada has been postponed after careful consideration from the PGA of Canada and lead sponsors TaylorMade Golf Canada and adidas Golf.

In addition, the PGA of Canada has decided to pause its player rankings for 2020 given the uncertain impact of COVID-19 on events across the country.

“There is no denying this is an unpredictable year for professional tournaments,” said Adam LeBrun, managing director of championships and foundation at the PGA of Canada. “Given the uncertain nature of inter-provincial travel and other restrictions due to COVID-19, we felt it was prudent to postpone the championship and pause the association’s player rankings this year."

The PGA Championship of Canada presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada and adidas Golf was scheduled for July 6-10 at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta. 

Due to scheduling conflicts, Royal Mayfair is unable to host the tournament later in the season but has stated they are eager to work with the PGA of Canada to see the event return in the near future. 

“We are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to host the association’s top professionals this year, but we fully support the PGA of Canada’s decision to postpone the event," said Royal Mayfair’s director of golf Matthew Johnson. "It is our hope to return as a host venue for this prestigious championship in the near future."

The PGA of Canada and its partners continue to monitor COVID-19 developments across the country and will evaluate all opportunities to see the championship contested later in the season.
 
Click here to read full story.

Tournament Schedule Update – First Two Events in June Cancelled
Tournament News

Tournament Schedule Update – First Two Events in June Cancelled

After much discussion with the host venues, the following tournaments have unfortunately been cancelled this season due to several reasons relating to COVID-19. The tournaments being cancelled will not be rescheduled to a later date this year. The following have officially been cancelled:

  • GSH Series (1-day) / Seniors’ Division @ Willow Park G&CC on June 1st
  • Pro-Lady South @ Stewart Creek G&CC on June 9th

The Association will look to schedule both venues for the 2021 season. We are continuing to review tournaments from June 15th and forward to ensure we are making informed and responsible decisions for everyone involved as it pertains to COVID-19. More information will be released to the membership at the end of May. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

Please note the important updates below:

Withdrawal/Refunds
 - You will automatically be withdrawn from the tournaments mentioned above if you were registered. If you paid for one of the tournaments, your entry fee has already been refunded.

Payment Processing Date - The payment processing date for tournaments has been delayed to June 10th. The office will not process any payments until that point pending we have an official start date.

Registration - Members are still able to register for future tournaments online. In the event a tournament gets postponed/cancelled, your registration will either transfer to the new date if postponed or you will be refunded if cancelled. Click here for the Tournament Eligibility Form.

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


2020 PGA of Canada Online AGM - Register Now
PGA of Canada News

2020 PGA of Canada Online AGM - Register Now

Given the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the PGA of Canada Annual General Meeting will be conducted online Thursday, June 4, 2020 11am MST. The AGM was originally scheduled for May 21 in Elbow, Sask.

All PGA of Canada Class “A” members and Apprentice Professionals are encouraged to attend, however, as per Association bylaws, only Class “A” members may vote.

Registration - Now Open
All attendees are required to register in advance. Further details, including a link to the Zoom meeting, will be provided to all registered participants closer to the AGM.  

Online Voting - Available Now
Class “A” members are eligible to vote online at www.pgaofcanada.com for each motion until June 4. A "pop-up" voting window will appear automatically when you log in to the member’s section of the website. You may need to log out and then log back in for the window to appear.

Please note: We encourage all eligible members to cast their votes ahead of time, however, if you would like to vote during the virtual meeting, we suggest using one device for voting and another to watch the virtual meeting.

Motions
To view the motions under consideration, click here

Minutes
To view past AGM minutes, click here

Audited Financial Statements
For past audited financial statements, click here.

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COVID-19 Resources at Your Facility - Signage & Face Coverings
Partner News

COVID-19 Resources at Your Facility - Signage & Face Coverings

With the recent good news about golf courses being able to open as early as Saturday, May 2nd, we wanted to send you information from our partners West Canadian Digital Imaging and Impact Canopy Canada for COVID-19 resources that you could use at your respective facilities. Please see the information below for COVID-19 related signage (West Canadian) and face coverings (Impact Canopy) for your facility .

West Canadian Digital Imaging – Physical Distancing Signage (Order Here)
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Impact Canopy Canada - Face Coverings (Order Here)
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Quantity

  • 250          $4.25 EACH
  • 1000        $4.15 EACH
  • 5000        $4.10 EACH
  • 10000      $3.95 EACH
  • 20000      $3.80 EACH

Alberta Golf Courses Allowed to Open This Weekend
Association News

Alberta Golf Courses Allowed to Open This Weekend

Albertans, dust off your golf clubs. As part of a staged economic relaunch strategy, Premier Jason Kenney announced Thursday that courses across the province will be allowed to open — with safety restrictions —  “as soon as this weekend.”

The divot-digging had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Clubhouses and pro shops will, for now, remain closed.

“It was about 15 seconds (after the announcement) that we had the first phone call asking to book a tee time,” said Matt Kirlin, PGA of Canada Member and Director of Golf at Lynx Ridge GC. “People are just so excited to get that first tee in the ground. And it’s really cool to see — as golf-industry operators, we’ve worked very hard to get this decision, and it makes it all worth it when you hear the excitement of Alberta golfers.”

Click here to read the full story from the Calgary Sun.
 

Top 100 Program – Current Standings
Top 100 News

Top 100 Program – Current Standings

As of April 28th, the current leader of the PGA of Alberta Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada remains to be Chris Ward from Edmonton Petroleum G&CC at 72 points! The current Top 10 in the standings are:

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Current leader Chris Ward

     1. Chris Ward (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) - 72 points
     2. Sean Thompson (Cottonwood G&CC) - 68 points
     3. Jeff MacGregor (Glendale G&CC) - 63 points
     4. Michael Graham
(Cottonwood G&CC) - 60 points     
5. Josh Fleming
(GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) - 57 points 
     6. Kyle Boyd (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) - 51 points
     7. Matt Seifert (Earl Grey GC) - 50 points
     8. Todd Halpen (Golfuture) - 49 points
     9. Taylor Van Tighem (Royal Mayfair GC) - 47 points
     T-10.  Kurtis Foote (Country Hills GC) - 45 points
T-10. Paul Horton
(Golf Channel Academy @ Heritage Pointe) - 45 points
             T-10. Michael McEachern 
(Country Hills GC) - 45 points 

The winner of the Top 100 Program will be recognized at the Awards Banquet in October. Remember that the Top 100-point earners will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for this program year. Learn more about the program and see where you currently sit in the standings by clicking the link below.

View Standings - Click Here

2020 Play Ability Test Information
Association News

2020 Play Ability Test Information

Registration for the 2020 Play Ability Tests (PAT) are now open! Take note of the PAT schedule by clicking the button below. Please pass this information on to anyone interested in becoming a member of the PGA of Alberta at your facility! For more information on the steps to become a member, please refer to the PGA of Canada Membership Roadmap.

View_Schedule_Button-01About the PAT…
The PAT is standardized testing all Applicants must pass in order to be eligible to apply for membership. All prospective Applicants are required to register with the PGA of Canada prior to registering for a PAT in 2020. Once an application has been accepted, the PGA of Canada will notify the PGA of Alberta office that there is a new Applicant who will be attempting a PAT. The PAT’s are conducted by the Zones.

Prospective members must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or higher
  • Currently work in the golf industry
  • Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online
  • Pass a sanctioned Playing Ability Test

PAT Target Score...

  • 1 round PAT
  • No maximum number of attempts per year
  • All PAT’s are open to all Applicants
  • For Men, 49 years of age & under - the course rating plus 
  • For Men, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 11 
  • For Women, 49 years of age & under- the course rating plus 13 
  • For Women, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 15

New PAT Process...
Step 1 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com - The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your 1st PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. After a year, you must re-register as an Applicant to register for and attempt a PAT.

Step 2 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com for all PAT’s - ($150 per each additional attempt)

If an Applicant is unsuccessful in each of their PAT attempts over the course of a season, those Applicants may try again the following season. Successful Applicants will pay membership dues for the upcoming season at that time. 

Click here for more information on the application process and the steps that need to be taken after becoming a member.


Open Forum Discussion #2
Education News

Open Forum Discussion #2

After last week’s success of our inaugural "Open Forum Discussion", the PGA of Alberta has decided to run a second “Open Forum Discussion” Webinar session on Zoom on Friday, May 1st at 11:00AM for up to 25 members . Furthermore, planning has begun to run an Assistants’ specific Zoom discussion next week, so, stay tuned for updates to come on this new initiative. 

Lack of communication and socializing with your peers’ are just but a few of the side results of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The PGA of Alberta would like to help with that by trying to incorporate a little more normalcy and socialization into our daily lives. This initiatives purpose is to share ideas and bring members together that are separated by social distancing, work closures, geography & other restrictions and organically generate some authentic conversation.

This second session will continue with the open discussion on "best practices on managing COVID-19 issues at your facility". After last week’s session, a follow up survey was sent out to participants to gather input on topics of value moving forward and this process will be repeated. The max capacity for this discussion will be 25 members to try and encourage an atmosphere of inclusivity that everyone is able to participate within comfortably. 

 
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PGA of Canada Launches Deferred Education Payment Plan
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada Launches Deferred Education Payment Plan

The PGA of Canada has launched a flexible payment program to support Apprentices continuing their Training Academy requirements and Class "A" members looking to pursue further professional development.

“We recognize that many members are under immense financial pressure right now,” says Chief Innovation Officer Matt Allen. “Our goal is to alleviate the immediate financial barrier to education so that Apprentices and Class “A” members are able to continue their professional journeys in a flexible and customizable manner."

Here’s how the deferred payment plan works:

Members are asked to make a down payment of $25 for asynchronous courses and $50 for live-instructed courses. Payment of the remaining course fees will not be required until December 1, 2020, and can be done incrementally or in full at any time leading up that date.

When you register for a course, the total applicable fee will populate in the ’Amount’ field. You can edit the amount you would like to pay upfront within this field as long as it is equal to or above the listed minimum payment (see image below).

PGA_of_CanadaAn invoice will be generated within your PGA of Canada member profile showing the outstanding amount, which can be paid in any frequency (e.g. weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc.) through the same process prior to December 1.

Please note:

  • The existing Training Academy refund policy still applies
  • Deferred payment is available for all course registrations prior to July 1. 

The PGA of Canada believes education lays the foundation for success and hope this solution offers you the opportunity to continue learning and growing as a PGA of Canada professional. If the aforementioned does not meet your needs, please contact the PGA of Canada Education team so they can try and find an alternative way to best support you.

Check Your Credits HERE

See Course Offerings HERE

Contact Education Team HERE


Tournament Schedule Update – Events in May Cancelled
Tournament News

Tournament Schedule Update – Events in May Cancelled

With continued uncertainty on the upcoming golf season and concerns on health and safety related to COVID-19, the PGA of Alberta has decided to cancel all tournaments in May unfortunately. The tournaments being cancelled will not be rescheduled to a later date in the season to prevent overloading the schedule in later months. The following list of tournaments have officially been cancelled:

    • Golf Supply House Series (1-day) @ Brooks GC on May 4th
    • Team Match Play Championship South @ Country Hills GC on May 11th
    • Team Match Play Championship North @ Sturgeon Valley G&CC on May 13th
    • Golf Supply House Series (2-day) @ Cardiff G&CC on May 19th & 20th

The Team Match Play Championship will be cancelled completely. We will not be doing a blind draw or any other format.

The PGA of Alberta will continue to evaluate tournaments in June and beyond to ensure we are making informed and responsible decisions with regards to everyone involved in the tournament program. More information will be released to the membership in the coming weeks as we continue to receive new updates regarding the golf season in Alberta.

Please note the important updates below:

Withdrawal
- You will automatically be withdrawn from the tournaments mentioned above if you were registered.

Refunds - If you paid for a tournament in May, your entry fee has already been refunded.

Payment Processing Date - The payment processing date for tournaments has been delayed to May 22nd. The office will not process any payments until that point pending we have an official start date.

Registration - Members are still able to register for future tournaments online. In the event a tournament gets postponed/cancelled, your registration will either transfer to the new date if postponed or you will be refunded if cancelled. Click here for the Tournament Eligibility Form.

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


April Issue of PGA of Alberta Magazine Highlights Industry Messages
Association News

April Issue of PGA of Alberta Magazine Highlights Industry Messages

The April issue of the PGA of Alberta digital magazine the “Golf Report” is now live! The magazine features many stories including a message from PGA of Alberta Executive Director & NAGA - Alberta’s President Robert Rousselle who makes a convincing case of why golf may be just what everyone needs right now.

Other topics include a look at a potential "new normal" where golf courses opening would be more than possible and a review of recent events and interviews with stakeholders on potential consequences.

Click here to view magazine

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PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program – Become a Mentee
Association News

PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program – Become a Mentee

With everything currently transpiring in the golf industry due to COVID-19, we would like to offer additional support to members by opening the PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program (separate from the PGA of Canada Mentorship Program) to all interested Apprentice Professionals in the Association as well as any Class A members that would like to be assigned a Mentor with more experience within the industry.

About the Mentorship Program…
The PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program provides guidance and direction to new members of the Association. Developed in conjunction with the Assistants’ Board of Directors, 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 to the golf industry.

Expectations of our Mentors…

  • Commit to the Mentor/Mentee relationship for a minimum of 2-years
  • Be accountable for their Mentee and provide continuous support to you on an ongoing basis as needed
  • Set parameters of the relationship with you and create a plan for goals/objectives on what both parties want achieved

Top 100 Points…
All Mentees will receive 3 Top 100 points for their involvement in the Mentorship Program. These points are awarded annually in September. All Mentees must attempt to be involved in the program and submit an evaluation form at the end of the season before receiving points.

Contact...
If interested in being assigned a Mentor, please contact [email protected] at the PGA office for more information. Mentors are assigned based on several factors including geographical location to the Mentee. Please ignore this message if you have already been assigned a Mentor this year.


New PGA of Canada Partnership Provides Retail E-Commerce Solutions for Members
PGA of Canada News

New PGA of Canada Partnership Provides Retail E-Commerce Solutions for Members

Amid the growing economic impact of COVID-19, the PGA of Canada is pleased to partner with Matchplay Golf Marketing to offer a professional, affordable and fast solution for members looking to take their retail operation online. 

“Golf courses are facing many unique challenges right now, including the inability to reach their customers through traditional means,” says PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle. “We are proud to offer a timely, cost-effective opportunity for our members through Matchplay Golf Marketing, a great Canadian company that has a proven track record of providing innovative business solutions to facilities across our country and abroad. To supplement this initiative, the PGA of Canada will also conduct an online campaign encouraging golfers to support their local clubs."

Matchplay, known for their industry-leading marketing and communications efforts, has developed a fully responsive, golf-specific e-commerce platform that is customizable for both private and public golf shops. 

At a time when golf courses are struggling with inventory, a digital pro shop allows clubs to engage customers immediately and offers long-term flexibility as facilities navigate beyond the effects of COVID-19. It also provides clubs with the opportunity to employ PGA of Canada professionals to assist in merchandising through this difficult employment period.

Click here for more information.

Education Committee - Dissolution & Reapplication Process
Association News

Education Committee - Dissolution & Reapplication Process

After another strong & successful year,  the Education Committee would like to announce that the Committee has  officially been dissolved and is commencing a new application process.  If you wish to be considered for the 2020/2021 Education Committee, please submit a brief cover letter stating why you wish to be involved and a summary of your contributions to the Education Committee (or other Committees’) in recent years.

An active wait-list of members interested in joining the Education Committee will also be invited to submit a cover letter outlining their motivations for joining the group. All submissions should be sent to Aaron McKay ([email protected]) before the deadline of April 20, 2020. The new Committee will be announced by May 4.

Responsibilities
The Education Committee shall meet as a Committee up to 4-times per year and at the call of the Chairs for:

  1. Spring Seminar
  2. PD Series
  3. Buying Show Education
  4. Further education development that works within the scope of the PGA of Canada curriculum

The Chairs will provide a report on Committee activity at each Board of Directors meeting even if no formal Committee Meetings have taken place.

Top 100 Points - Each member will receive 5 Top 100 points for being a part of the Committee (see more information here).

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


Top 100 Program - Changes for 2020
Top 100 News

Top 100 Program - Changes for 2020

With the first year of the Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada in the history books, the Association looks forward to building on the successes to further recognize members for their dedication and commitment while continuing to advance their careers through professional development.

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New for 2020, the Top 100 Program will now reward points for attending education seminars/sessions or volunteerism within the golf industry at non-PGA of Alberta administered initiatives. For example, if a member attends an education event or volunteers with another golf organization, they will be eligible to receive Top 100 points for this.

All requests for points for non-PGA of Alberta administered initiatives must be submitted through the Extracurricular Approval form on the website. Some examples of outside education/volunteerism acceptable for Top 100 points will include (but not limited to):

Examples

  • Education Workshops (Junior Golf, Teaching, Coaching, Golf Operations, etc.)
    • Education Workshops must be administered by golf related organization OR if run by non-golf related organization, must be relevant to the golf industry
    • PGA of Canada Training Academy courses not eligible for points
  • Industry Volunteer at non-PGA of Alberta administered initiatives (Golf Clinic, Tournament Support, Junior Programs, etc.)
    • Must not be compensated in order to be eligible for Top 100 points

*Please note that PGA of Canada education (Tee Talks Live, CDC, CNC, Webinars, etc.) is already eligible for Top 100 points with submission of form (required education through PGA of Canada Training Academy courses not eligible for points).

Point Breakdown

  • Education Workshops
    • 3 points per education workshop
    • Up to a maximum of 6 points
    • Points subject to approval
  • Industry Volunteer
    • 3 points per event volunteered (3-hours min.)
    • Up to a maximum of 6 points
    • Points subject to approval
Click Here for Full Point Allocation Breakdown


Any submissions made using the Extracurricular Approval form may be accompanied by supporting documentation that verifies your participation in the activity described.

Please note that Top 100 points earned from PGA of Alberta events/initiatives are automatically added to member totals and do not require a submission using this form.

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Cash Prizes
We are excited to expand our program this year by adding a new Presenting Sponsor mentioned above. With this new partnership, the PGA of Alberta will now be offering 3 additional cash prizes for a total of 10 at a value of over $5,200! The annual award will be given out at the Awards Banquet during the PGA of Alberta Buying Show to the member who accumulates the most points.

2020 Top 100 Cash Prizes
Place Cash Prize
Winner $1,300
2nd $1,000
3rd $800
4th $600
5th $450
6th $350
7th $250
8th $200
9th $150
10th $125
Click Here to View Standings

Helpful Tips on Working From Home
Association News

Helpful Tips on Working From Home

Looking for some tips on how to make the best of your working from home situation? Team Canada Psychologist, Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, shares her guidance and resources to help you with your work from home activities.  Click Read More below to view the article on the Golf Canada website.

Below are suggestions and tips that other experts have developed for working-from-home:

  1. Video calls are a great way to feel connected.
  2. It’s easy to get lost in texts, emails and social media. Set aside two times per day when you go through these. Focus on your to-dos the rest of the time.
  3. Buy a plant for your workspace. It just feels good.
  4. Go for a walk. It reboots your mind. Some of my best ideas have come on walks.
  5. Set a start and end time each day.
  6. Take advantage of the flexibility and extra work time without a commute.
  7. Dress for work. This may not be the same as your in-office outfit, but if you wear your weekend sweats it will have an effect on your mindset.
  8. Chat about life. Start every call with a few minutes about non-work things and non-COVID things if you can. Remember, we work with people not organizations.
  9. Shared documents are awesome – try and pick one platform and stick with it.
  10. Connect with your team once a day.
  11. If you work from home, despite how wonderfully tempting they can be, don’t get distracted by laundry and tidying up. Do that when your workday is over.
  12. Embrace the situation. If life has taught us anything, it’s that nothing stays the same for long.
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PGA of Canada COVID-19 Update
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada COVID-19 Update

In an ongoing effort to provide members with tailored guidance during this difficult time, we are pleased to offer the following complimentary resources to help you and your facility navigate the effects of COVID-19.

Be sure to check out the newly designed COVID-19 Member Resource Hub, which will be regularly updated with webinars, articles and other relevant information.


Webinars are free to join and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Recordings will be posted to the COVID-19 Member Resource Hub for those that are unable to attend the live sessions. 

COVID-19: Avoiding the Rough - Planning for What’s Now and What’s Next - Ask the Expert
When: Tuesday, March 31 @ 12:00 p.m. MST
Description: During this 60-minute ’Ask the Expert’ webinar, international crisis management consultant and pandemic planning expert, Suzanne Bernier, will talk about and take questions on how and what golf professionals should be planning for and what to expect over the coming weeks and months, based on lessons learned from SARS, H1N1 and other infectious disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics.
LISTEN HERE

What’s Happening to My Investment Portfolio?
When: Thursday, April 2 @ 1:00 p.m. MST
Description: In this interactive, Q&A webinar, Drew Keith from Edward Jones will support PGA members who need guidance and direction on managing their personal finances during these difficult times.
REGISTER HERE

COVID-19: Your Human Skills as a PGA Professional Have Never Been More Required Than They Are Today
When: Friday, April 3 @ 11:30 a.m. MST
Description: From Ian James of RetailTribe: I will show you how the solution to the problems we face right now is, in fact, a “human one”. Best of all it isn’t me who has decided that. It’s the thoughts of some of the smartest people in the world, academic futurists, who’ve been trying to work out how we navigate the AI / Machine Learning age we are entering. Your human skills have never been more required than they are today. In fact, never has the golf industry needed your human skills and expertise more than now.
REGISTER HERE

Planning Beyond the First Wave of COVID-19
When: Tuesday, April 7 @ 9:30 a.m. MST
Description: This webinar will present a planning and strategizing session that will assist you in preparing your immediate ramp up, plan your HR needs for that ramp up and plan for future impacts you may face with your organizations.  An opportunity to chat and collaborate with the other attendees will allow you to hear what others are planning in your industry.
REGISTER HERE

Teaching the Regular Golfer with Andrew Rice
When: Tuesday, April 7 @ 4:00 p.m. MST
Description: In this webinar, Andrew will cover the basic patterns and corresponding fixes that he see’s along with general principles we should all be working towards.
REGISTER HERE


Access articles from business experts in critical areas like marketing, communications and human resources, designed specifically for golf industry professionals in times of crisis.

Using Conversational Marketing to Communicate with Your Golfer
Marketing Your Golf Club During COVID-19 
Dealing with Today: Keeping Your Team Engaged Through Uncertainty

We’ve compiled a list of the latest financial resources available to individuals and businesses from the federal government.

CLICK FOR GUIDE

If there are additional resources or education topics we can help with during this time, please contact Matt Allen with your suggestions.


Congratulations to our 25-Year Class A Members in 2020
Association News

Congratulations to our 25-Year Class A Members in 2020

Congratulations to the following sixteen members for reaching their 25-Year milestone as a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada in 2020! All Members were recognized at the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting earlier in March for their outstanding dedication to the PGA of Canada and Golf Industry. With such an accomplishment, the National office will recognize each members milestone with a special certificate!

Glenn Boswell (Glencoe G&CC)
Shelley Charlton (Pinebrook G&CC)
Cameron Code (Edson GC)
Bob Davidchuk (Canal at Delacour)
Dana Down (Canmore G&CC)
Bill Dreger (Canmore G&CC)
Judy Forshner (Glencoe G&CC)
Rick Gross (PGA of Alberta Member)
Jerry Linquist (Lewis Estates GC)
Ray Meria (Life Member)
Jay Myren (Priddis Greens G&CC)
Blair Oko (Blair Oko Golf Academy)
Douglas Rowswell (Broadmoor GC)
Rick Thompson (Edson GC)
Steven Thomson (Glencoe G&CC)
John Wilson (Montgomery Glen GC)


Important Statement from NAGA - We Are Golf
Association News

Important Statement from NAGA - We Are Golf

We Are Golf (The National Allied Golf Associations/NAGA) are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our members, golfers, staff, volunteers and industry stakeholders as well as every Canadian in the communities where we live, work and play.

The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented and difficult time for Canadians. We Are Golf fully supports the recommendations and guidelines of Health Canada, the World Health Organization and regional public health experts to stop the community spread of the virus. As leaders in an industry that employs more than 300,000 Canadians and includes nearly six million golfers from coast to coast, our priority above all else is the health and safety of our people and our communities.

Where governments have not mandated the temporary closure of golf courses, operators of those facilities should take every health and safety precaution. We Are Golf also advocates for the essential need for golf course property maintenance during any of the temporary closures to be ready for operation while taking every health and safety precaution.

We look forward to better and healthier days and when the time is right for Canadians to return to recreational normalcy, clubs and courses will be ready to welcome golfers back to the tee.

Golf Canada | PGA of Canada | National Golf Course Owners Association - Canada | Canadian Society of Club Managers | Canadian Golf Superintendents Association


COVID-19 Update-  Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Association News

COVID-19 Update- Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Government introduces Canada Emergency Benefit to help works and businesses.

To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.

Full announcement here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html

Read the full Federal Aid Update

PGA of Canada Update

We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for golf professionals and club operators across the country.

The PGA of Canada and its nine Zones are committed to providing updated resources and tips for members that are currently working at facilities that remain open for business, as well as members that are in self-isolation or those off of work as a result of COVID-19.

As always, please adhere to the latest guidelines published by local, provincial and federal authorities with respect to COVID-19.

Prevent the Spread

All Albertans are encouraged to take personal steps to help prevent the spread. To protect yourself and others:

  • stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
  • wash hands often
  • cover coughs and sneezes
  • avoid touching face with unwashed hands
  • avoid travel outside Canada
  • self-isolate for 14 days if returning from travel outside Canada or were exposed to COVID-19
Monitor Your Symptoms

If you have symptoms, like a dry cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing:

 Resources

We care about your well being. here is the updated employment rule changes as per the Government of Alberta.

Click Here for updates on Employment Support 
from the Alberta Government

Emergency Isolation Support
  • This will be a temporary program for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate because they meet the Government of Alberta’s published criteria for self-isolation, including persons who are the sole care-giver for a dependent who must self-isolate because they meet the public health criteria, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated.
  • A one-time payment of $1,146 will be distributed to bridge the gap until the federal emergency payments begin in April.
  • We expect the program to be available through a simple online application this week and that funds will be deposited in the accounts of eligible recipients beginning at that time.

More information on how to apply will be available soon.

Golf Club Owners and Managers

The associations are continuing their efforts to better understand the regulations on golf clubs during this critical period of the year. You can make a business request at the following link to contribute to this process: https://www.sondage.mtess.gouv.qc.ca/index.php/916397?newtest=Y&lang=fr.

Member Assistance Program (MAP)

All members have access to free, professional and confidential counselling, coaching and consulting services through the PGA of Canada Member Assistance Program provided by FSEAP. These services can help you manage personal, family, and/or work-related concerns. 

FSEAP is working diligently to ensure strong business continuity through these turbulent times. Their services are expected to remain seamless but may be delivered through telephone or video rather than in person given the nature of current events. 

Services can be accessed 24/7 online or toll-free by calling 1-844-720-1212.

Resources

Virtual Golf Show Now Live
Association News

Virtual Golf Show Now Live

 

We are please to introduce our Virtual Golf Show! With COVID-19 cancelling the Golf Shows this year we still wanted to offer our consumers All The Deals!

With a click of a mouse you can still get the deals offered at the Golf Shows. We pride on being "The Most Trusted Resource in Golf" and with Golf Season around the corner lets start looking forward to brighter days on the links!

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Please note there will be new deals coming in daily! 


PGA of Alberta Office Hours Update
Association News

PGA of Alberta Office Hours Update

The Zone office staff will be working remotely but will remain reachable by email and phone during regular business hours (8:30am - 4:30pm MST) Monday through Friday to ensure continued support for our members and partners during these difficult times.

Click here for office staff contact information.


The PGA says Goodbye to the Tournament RV
Association News

The PGA says Goodbye to the Tournament RV

After many years of hard work and service, the PGA of Alberta RV has officially retired. The Association sold the RV at the end of February this year after buying it back in 2013.

Members and avid golfers alike will remember the PGA RV being present at many different Association events over the years including PGA on Wheels community events, Tournaments, Buying Show and our Golf Shows.

After many useful years with the RV as a Tournament/Event vehicle, it was decided to sell it and purchase an additional trailer for use at events. Stay tuned for the new trailer design coming soon.

Click here to view some pictures of the RV in its heyday.


PGA of Alberta Golf Shows Cancelled
Golf Show News

PGA of Alberta Golf Shows Cancelled

Effective immediately March 13th, 2020 both the Calgary & Edmonton Golf Shows will be cancelled as per Alberta Health Services Regulations and mandated from the Government of Canada.

As the PGA of Alberta prides itself on being the Most Trusted Resource in Golf, we want to protect our Members, Exhibitors, Customers, and staff. These events will not be rescheduled to a later date in 2020. Given the timing we apologize for all the inconveniences this may cause. We want to keep everyone safe as that is the most important thing on our minds at the moment. Please remember to take care of yourself.

Prevention to help you avoid getting COVID-19

To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:

  • Wash your hands often and well
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands

If you have any questions, concerns or comments please contact:

[email protected], 403-256-8894 Ext 503

[email protected], 403-256-8894 Ext 502


Tournament News

Ladies’ & Seniors’ Division Venues Announced

Ladies’ Division

New for this year, the PGA of Alberta has added one Ladies’ division event to the schedule to give female Professionals another opportunity to compete against one another rather than just the Ladies’ Championship. The Ladies’ division will tee off immediately after the GSH Series event that day and will play for a small purse.

Venue
> Lakeside GC on July 6th - Sign up here if eligible

Seniors’ Division

Seniors’ division events will again be added to the schedule this year, one north and one south. Members must be 50-years and older by the tournament date to be eligible to participate. This will give members 50-years and older an opportunity to play in more events during the season playing against their peers of a similar age.  The Seniors’ division will tee off immediately after the GSH Series and will play from a reduced yardage as well as for a small purse.  Eligible members may only play in the GSH Series or Senior’ division, not both.

Venues
#1 - Willow Park G&CC on June 1st - Sign up here if eligible
#2 - Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC on August 4th - Sign up here if eligible


2020 Tournament Season - Registration Opens TODAY @ 10am
Tournament News

2020 Tournament Season - Registration Opens TODAY @ 10am

Tournament Registration opens TODAY @ 10am (March 11th) for ALL tournaments on the website. We have a great line up of tournaments from Championships, Golf Supply House Series, Pro-Ams, and Pro-Pro Team Events.

Please submit your Tournament Eligibility Form online NOW if you have not done so already to ensure you can sign up for tournaments right away. Click link below for form .

Click Here for Eligibility Form (login required to submit)

Helpful Tips for Registration

1. Sign up for multiple tournaments at once by clicking the "Add Another Tournament" option. This allows you to sign up for all your desired tournaments and only going through the registration process once. See image below.

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2. You can click the "Register" button beside the tournament on the schedule page as seen in the image below to register or click on the tournament itself, then click on the green "Register" button. Either option works.

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3. Check which Categories are eligible for each tournament by clicking on the tournament itself, and then looking under "Event Eligibility".

4. Click the "Pay Later" option when going through registration. Payments will go through manually on the website 28-days prior to each individual tournament you have signed up for. Example - You sign up for the PGA of Alberta Championship on August 17 & 18, payment will not be processed until July 20th (Payment Processing Date) as indicated on the tournament page itself.

Lastly, for a full update on the upcoming  PGA of Alberta tournament season such as the new withdrawal policy, tournament eligibility, shorts policy, Pro-Am scoring format, etc. click link below.

CLICK HERE to READ MORE


Foresight Sports Canada Becomes Newest Partner of the PGA of Alberta
Partner News

Foresight Sports Canada Becomes Newest Partner of the PGA of Alberta

The PGA of Alberta is very excited to announce a brand new partnership with Foresight Sports Canada as the Associations Presenting Sponsor of the Top 100 Program for the next two years!

"Foresight Sports Canada, the Canadian distributor for the San Diego, California based Foresight Sports, is extremely pleased to partner with the PGA of Alberta’s Top 100 Program to support PGA members in education and professional development" said Garett Jenkinson, Territory Manager and PGA of Alberta member (Golf Performance Canada at Elbow Springs). "As a company committed to providing world leading information and metrics, we could not be happier with this fit with the PGA of Alberta".

The PGA of Alberta Top 100 Program was introduced in 2019 and is based on pre-defined measurable criteria designed to recognize members who dedicate their time and proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals.

With this new partnership, the PGA of Alberta will now be offering 3 additional cash bursaries for a total of 10 at a value of over $5,200! The annual award is given out at the Awards Banquet during the PGA of Alberta Buying Show to the member who accumulates the most points from October to September of the following year.

Click here to view the current Top 100 standings!

The PGA Win-Win Referral Program
As a PGA of Alberta member, Foresight Sports know your customers love golf. If you refer one of them to Foresight Sports, you will be eligible to receive a commission on their purchase!

To sign up for the Win-Win Program and be eligible for referral commissions, please CLICK HERE or contact Garett Jenkinson for details (contact info below).

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About Foresight Sports Canada…
Foresight Sports produces the most trusted launch monitors in the world. The Foresights Sports GCQuad and the ceiling mounted GCHawk are world leaders in launch-monitor and golf-simulator technology and software, providing forward-thinking solutions to aid instruction, club fitting, and equipment innovation.

Foresight uses quadrascopic camera technology to measure the club and the golf ball independently to provide users the best golf ball and golf club delivery information available. The GCQuad is golf’s only portable launch monitor which can provide comprehensive golf ball and golf club data for every club in the bag, from driver all the way to the putter.

As the most trusted launch monitor in the world, Foresight Sports has more than 10,000 launch monitors in use in retail, residential, commercial, and driving range facilities around the world.  The GCQuad and the GCHawk are trusted by the leading OEM’s for their indoor club fitting needs.

To learn more about the products, please visit www.foresightsports.com. 
For a demonstration, contact the Representative below:

Garett Jenkinson, Territory Manager
P: 403-861-0551
E: [email protected]


Thank you for Attending the Spring Seminar!
Education News

Thank you for Attending the Spring Seminar!

Thank you all 140+ members and guests for attending the 2020 edition of the PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar sponsored by E-Z-GO and hosted at the world-class facility The Derrick G&WC. A special thank you goes out to our sponsor Gordon Food Service for providing all attendees first class food and beverage throughout the two-day event.

Lastly, thank you to our lineup of talented Speakers for motivating our members heading into the 2020 season; Michael Breed (presented by Titleist/FootJoy), Matt Ginella, Nick Clearwater, Gia Bocra Liwski, Jason Glass and Darren Lexa.

We hope to see everyone back next year in 2021! Click here to view some pictures taken from the event.

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