Kirkness and Douglas Newly Elected President and Vice President of Assistants’ Board
Association News

Kirkness and Douglas Newly Elected President and Vice President of Assistants’ Board

Congratulations to Sam Kirkness of Priddis Greens G&CC on being elected President of the PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Board of Directors. Sam has been a member of the Assistants’ Board since 2017 and has been actively involved in the Association through all facets including committees, tournaments and education.

Being appointed as the new Vice President of the Assistants’ Board was Joel Douglas of Inglewood G&CC. Like Sam, Joel has been an active Association member since passing his PAT in 2014 and has been on the Assistants’ Board since the beginning of 2018.

The Assistants’ Board is in great hands with Sam, Joel, and the other five Board members all working hard to make a positive impact for the PGA of Alberta.

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Sam Kirkness Joel Douglas

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

GSH Series Draw – Lakeside GC
Tournament News

GSH Series Draw – Lakeside GC

Lakeside GC will play host to the third Golf Supply House Series of the season and their first tournament since 2014.  The event will see another field size of over 50 Professionals competing for the $6,650 purse. Tee times will begin at 8am on July 6th.

Located in beautiful Chestermere, Alberta, Lakeside’s meticulously manicured layout awaits you with large greens and many attractive yet challenging water features.

Winner of the 1-day GSH Series event will receive 20 Order of Merit points.

Click here to view the draw.

2020 Awards Nomination Now Open!
Association News

2020 Awards Nomination Now Open!

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. Members and Industry Partners are given the opportunity to vote for deserving individuals in the following categories of Awards, presented to recipients at the Annual Awards Banquet in the fall.

PGA of Alberta Awards Criteria

The Awards Process:

  • Based on application forms received by each Member who has been nominated by one of their peers or industry affiliates, their application is graded by an Awards Sub Committee.
  • The Sub Committees for each Award are comprised of past winners of that particular Award.
  • The 5 Nominees whose application ranks the highest from Members of the sub-committee are presented to the Selection Committee as Finalists.
  • The Selection Committee reviews all Award Finalists & submits confidential votes based on a point system.
  • Awards are presented to the recipients with the most total accumulated points.

The finalists and application forms are forwarded to the PGA of Alberta Selection Committee Members who then submit confidential votes based on a point system. The Award recipient for each category is the Member who receives the most total accumulated points from the Selection Committee.

On October 1st, the top five Nominees who have completed the Application Form and ranked the highest in their respective Award categories, as voted on by the PGA of Alberta Award Selection Committee, will be advertised on the PGA of Alberta as Finalists, from which one will be selected as the Award Winner.

The ultimate goal of the Awards Program is to recognise the accomplishments of many Members and Industry Representatives through a nomination process.  

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Open Forum Friday #3
Education News

Open Forum Friday #3

Come join The Education Committee - PD Series sub-committee over the lunch hour this Friday, July 3rd from 12:00PM - 1:00PM for our weekly offering of: Open Forum Friday,  for up to 100 of our Members’ to have a chance to get together and discuss a variety of topics like: Corporate Events & Sales, Lesson Protocols & Procedures, Managing Member & Guest Expectations, Work/Life Balance  & discussing the "Covid-19 Response Protocol for Suspected Case" document from the PGA of Canada.

The third session will be moderated by Education Committee Member - Bryce Halverson. There will be an agenda shared the day prior with related info. Please feel free to send in any questions/comments/issues that are coming up or being dealt with at your respective facility that you’d like to see some discussion about. We hope to have a variety of members that will be attending that can offer some differing perspectives from Public, Semi-Private & Private courses. This week we are moving to a R.S.V.P. based model for this session, if you want to attend please email  [email protected] to receive the meeting link. All members encouraged to attend!

*Please email R.S.V.P & all topics/questions/concerns to [email protected]*

**Check out the video from our first  Session here --->

Date Time Location
July 3rd 12:00PM - 1:00PM Zoom Conference

PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada Cancelled
PGA of Canada News

PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada Cancelled

Given ongoing restrictions and uncertainty related to COVID-19, the PGA of Canada has cancelled the 2020 PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada, originally scheduled for Aug. 4-7 at Le Parcours du Vieux Village in Bromont, Que.

The national championship will return to Vieux Village in 2021, though dates for next year have yet to be confirmed.

The PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada was first conducted in 1938 as part of the PGA Championship of Canada before evolving into a stand-alone tournament in 1973. This is the first time since 1946 the event will not be contested.

The PGA of Canada continues to actively review its national championship schedule for the remainder of the season. To date, the Association has cancelled the DCM PGA Women’s Championship and postponed the PGA Championship of Canada presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada and adidas Golf as a result of the pandemic.

Should a national event take place in the fall, the PGA of Canada plans to designate a category within the championship to provide senior members with an opportunity to compete. 

For all national championship updates, visit

PGA of Canada Hall of Fame - Reminder of July 1st Deadline to Nominate
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada Hall of Fame - Reminder of July 1st Deadline to Nominate

The PGA of Canada Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the extraordinary contribution and accomplishments of our members to the game of golf in Canada and around the world. Deserving members will be inducted on a regular basis.

Hall of fame nominees must be— or have been— a PGA of Canada member; be at least 55-years-old; and have made an extraordinary national or international contribution to the game of golf.

Elected in four categories—Club Professional, Player, Teacher/Coach and Administrator — nominees achievements must be in the form of dedication to his/her club; playing accomplishments on a national and world stage; promoting the game through teaching and player development or; exceptional contribution(s) to the industry.

Nominations must be received no later than July 1st. All nominations must be typed or sent electronically. Each nomination must be seconded. Individuals may not nominate themselves; be a director on the national board; an employee of the PGA of Canada or; be a member of the PGA of Canada Hall of Fame selection committee.

For more information about the PGA of Canada Hall of Fame, visit

To download the nomination form and guidelines, CLICK HERE

Dave Mayes in Memoriam
Association News

Dave Mayes in Memoriam

We are saddened to announce that PGA of Canada Honourary Life Member and first ever Executive Director of the PGA of Alberta (1986-2000) Dave Mayes has recently passed away.

After making great contributions to our Association, Dave was awarded the PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award in the Association Builder category in 2004 for his work as Executive Director that helped to build a family of golf professionals into the prominent figures of the game in Alberta, and shape the Alberta Zone of the PGA of Canada into a leader in the industry.

Our condolences goes out to his family and friends during this difficult time. More information on the Memorial Service will be provided once confirmed.

Click here to learn more about Dave.

PGA of Canada Scholarships Worth $2,000 - Deadline to Apply June 26th
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada Scholarships Worth $2,000 - Deadline to Apply June 26th

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


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

Tournament of Champions - New Date Announced
Tournament News

Tournament of Champions - New Date Announced

The Tournament of Champions Sponsored by Sunice/Bobby Jones has been rescheduled to Monday, July 20th still being hosted at Glendale G&CC in Edmonton. We are pleased to keep this event on the schedule as it’s a favourite for many Head/Executive Professionals and their club champions.

Please note that the new payment processing date for this event will now be June 22nd @ 4pm (28-days prior to event date) and eligible members will have until July 6th @ 4pm to withdraw and receive a full refund (2 weeks prior to event date).

For more information on the Tournament of Champions or to register, please click here.

2020 Hole in One Program Now Open - Purchase Today!
Association News

2020 Hole in One Program Now Open - Purchase Today!

Add some excitement to your tournaments and club leagues this year by purchasing Hole in One Insurance through the PGA of Alberta HIO program! In partnership with Foster Park Brokers Inc., the HIO program provides members and non-members the opportunity to purchase affordable HIO insurance for your club, corporate and charity events!

Click Here for Member Testimonials

What Denominations Can I Purchase?
Any denomination from $1,000 to $50,000 per hole can be purchased online. Should you wish to purchase more than $50,000 per hole, please contact [email protected] for a quote. On coverage up to $100,000, PGA of Alberta members will always receive the best possible premium from Foster Park Brokers.

How Do I Purchase?
Coverage can be easily purchased on the PGA of Alberta website with the following steps:

  1. Login to the website and select ‘My Hole In One’ under ’Manage Account’ or ’My Account’
  2. Select the ’Create New Event’ button
  3. Follow the step-by-step instructions that will guide you through the easy purchasing process. It’s as simple as that!

*If you are a non-PGA of Alberta member and interested in purchasing, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA of Alberta office (see contact info below).

What are the Benefits of PGA of Alberta HIO Program?

  • Competitive industry rates
  • Easy to purchase online
  • Purchase for one event OR for an entire season worth of events at once
  • Modify your events by contacting the office based on any changes that occur throughout the season
  • Fees/Premium waived if tournament is cancelled due to inclement weather
  • No dealing with the insurance company directly
  • Supporting the Association

Important Items to Note
Electronic scorecards are acceptable as long as they can still be signed by the winner (digital signature acceptable).

Elevated flag/holes will NOT be permitted for HIO Insurance. However, clubs are still able to purchase insurance as long as the ball drops and stays in the hole after coming to a rest. There are NO requirements for a specific depth of the hole.

If have any questions on how this program can work for you, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA of Alberta office (E: [email protected] OR P: 403-256-8894 / TF: 1-888-866-6140).


2020 Junior Scholarships - Now Open
Association News

2020 Junior Scholarships - Now Open

Once again the PGA of Alberta is offering FOUR Junior Scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving applicants. Two of these scholarships will be awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members, which doesn’t require any golf experience to apply! The other two scholarships will be awarded to Alberta Juniors who meet the specific criteria outlined on our website. Deadline is Friday, July 31st2020 by 4pm.

For more information OR to apply, please click here.

REMINDER: PGA of Canada Online AGM (June 4th) - Register Now
PGA of Canada News

REMINDER: PGA of Canada Online AGM (June 4th) - 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 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.

To view the motions under consideration, click here

To view past AGM minutes, click here

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


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:

 - 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]

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)
(Click images below for pdf format)


Impact Canopy Canada - Face Coverings (Order Here)
(Click image below for pdf format)



  • 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:

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 - 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 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. 



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:

- 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


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.

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.

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
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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.

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):


  • 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.

Click Here for Form

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
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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
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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
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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
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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.

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