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Ladies’ Division Pro-Pro Scramble Finishes All Square With 2 Co-Champions After 3 Hole Playoff
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Ladies’ Division Pro-Pro Scramble Finishes All Square With 2 Co-Champions After 3 Hole Playoff

We had an exciting day for this year’s edition of the Ladies’ Division Pro-Pro Scramble sponsored by: KAILANI at the stunning Bearspaw GC. All 3 Teams finished at a great -1 under par 70 to force a playoff and after 3 holes in quickly fading light and 1 team being elimanted, are 2023 Co-Champions are the Teams from: Willow Park G&CC & Highlands GC comprising, Nicola Greaves + Gina Nelson & Winston GC (The) & Blue Devil GC comprising, Kim Valleau + Rhonda Carter. The Co-Champions will split the the Purse for the event with each team taking home, $ 650.00 split amongst themselves.

Final Results


PGA of Alberta Pros Battle Mother Nature in Opening Round
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PGA of Alberta Pros Battle Mother Nature in Opening Round

BEAUMONT, Alta.—Patience was the key for 64 PGA of Alberta professionals who teamed up for a head-to-head clash against their peers, not to mention Mother Nature, on a cool, rainy day to open the 2024 Srixon/Cleveland Team Match Play North presented by Nike on Thursday at the Coloniale Golf Club near Edmonton.

“It was a battle out there,” said David MacComb, head professional, Royal Mayfair Golf Club. “We knew we needed to be very patient and try not to get into too much trouble. It was a grind.”

MacComb and his partner Matthew Mah (Mill Woods Golf Club) had their hands full with an opening-round match against Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain Golf Club) and Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair Golf Club).

“It was a really tough draw with Mike and Jeff, who we also played last year. I work with Mike, and so I know how good he is,” said MacComb following a 4&3 victory.

“My partner and I ham and egged it pretty good. We both hit some poor shots but didn’t do it at the same time which was key, and we got away with a couple of short game saves. The course was great. It surprised a lot of people. It is awesome, a really cool place and it is not that easy.”

The Colonial Golf Club provided a gnarly test with difficult bunkers, large lakes and narrow fairways. Mother Nature threw another challenge into the mix with heavy rain plummeting down for most of the day on the lengthy track that stretches out to just over 7,000 yards from the tips.

“The course was in really good shape considering how much rain we got,” said Dallas Cantera, general manager, Cardiff Golf and Country Club who teamed up with his colleague Jeremy Lavallee for a 4&3 victory of their own over Kevin Day (Billy D’s Driving Range) and Grant Cammidge (Jagare Ridge Golf Club).

“The key was we needed to get the right yardages and figure out how long it would actually play, tried to stay warm and we just had to stay positive with the elements and not let it affect you. At the end of the day, we were just trying to make as many pars as we can and go from there.”

The remaining matches will be played at times and golf course locations in Northern Alberta decided by contestants throughout the remainder of the season.

“It’s a great event and is nice to have teams out there for match play,” added Cantera. “There is lots of good competition in the field. I enjoy getting to see some of the courses we might not normally play, and it is a good way to meet other pros.”

The opening rounds of the Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play – South Presented by Nike is slated for May 21 at Highwood Golf Course in High River.

Results: Thursday Round of 16 Matches

For more information on the PGA of Alberta calendar of events, please visit https://www.pgaofalberta.com/tournaments/registration/


Kim Valleau Swings into the Hall of Fame
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Kim Valleau Swings into the Hall of Fame

For Kim Valleau, this prestigious honour provided a reminder of past success, of her days as a trophy-collecting force on the post-secondary golf circuit. 

It presented a chance, too, to reflect on her path to a career in the sport that she loves. 

Valleau, now head professional at The Winston Golf Club in Calgary, was inducted this past week in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Hall of Fame.  

“It’s very meaningful to me,” Valleau said prior to Friday’s enshrinement ceremony in Red Deer. “I just feel like that’s where I really got into golf. I played competitive in high school, but it means a lot because I feel like that’s where I feel like my career in golf kind of started. Even though I didn’t think I’d be a golf pro when I was playing college golf, that’s what it turned into.”

It was abundantly clear, back when she was racking up birdies on behalf of the Mount Royal Cougars from 2003-07, that Valleau had a bright future in golf.

She won the ACAC’s individual crown in five consecutive seasons and helped the Cougars to claim the team title in four of those. Her Hall of Fame bio mentions “an unparalleled legacy of excellence and achievement on the course.” That’s lofty praise. 

“It’s pretty cool,” said Valleau, who hails originally from Nipawin, Sask. “To play college golf, it was a big deal to me. It was very important, a big part of my life. So, it’s nice to be recognized for that.”

It is, indeed, another stellar addition to a resume that also includes a double nod as both the PGA of Alberta’s Class A Professional-of-the-Year and the PGA of Canada’s Stan Leonard Assistant Professional of the Year in 2022. 

As a student-athlete standout at Mount Royal, Valleau earned an applied business degree in entrepreneurship, sport and recreation. While she’d work summer jobs in pro shops, often chasing morning shifts with afternoon rounds or practice sessions, she admits this wasn’t always her intended career path. 

“When I graduated from Mount Royal, I was actually working for the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier as the admin assistant, so I took care of all the volunteers,” Valleau reminisced. “And then our head professional at the time, Wayne Fairbairn, asked me, ‘Hey, do you want to try to get your pro card?’ I said, ‘Sure, I’m not really doing anything after the Brier ends.’ So, I went back to the golf course, took my Player Ability Test, which was two days at the time, and passed. And honestly, the rest is all history.”

Valleau has now been a fixture at The Winston — formerly known as Calgary Elks — for 15 years and was recently promoted to head professional. She is proof of the positive impact of the PGA of Alberta’s mentorship program, having benefitted from the opportunity to learn from her experienced counterparts and now sharing that expertise as a role model for the next wave. 

“I like the connections that you’re able to make through golf, whether it’s somebody that you’re playing with, playing against or serving members or making someone’s day,” Valleau said. “Working in the golf shop, you’re always asking, ‘How was your round?’ And you rarely hear, ‘Oh, I hit it straight sideways today.’ You never hear about the bad shots, right? You hear, ‘Oh, I hit it really close today on Hole 8’ or something like that. You always hear about the good things, which is awesome.”

These days, she should be hearing something else — ‘Congrats, Kim.’ After all, a Hall of Fame induction is a heck of an honour.


Team Red Tops Team Black at Inaugural Banff Springs Ryder Cup
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Team Red Tops Team Black at Inaugural Banff Springs Ryder Cup

BANFF, Alta.—Captains Robbie Johnson (Banff Springs Golf Club) and Amy Popkes (Silver Springs Golf and Country Club) set the tone for a Team Red victory at the PGA of Alberta’s inaugural Banff Springs Ryder Cup on a chilly Monday in the mountains.

The Red squad celebrated a 24.5 to 20.5 victory over Team Black in the Ryder Cup format that saw 60 PGA of Canada golf professionals from throughout Alberta square off on the 6,389-yard track rolled out alongside the scenic Bow River at the foot of Mount Rundle. Each team, featuring a mix of 30 men and women, played best ball on the front 9 and a scramble format on the back side.

The Team Red Captains won their match 3 UP over Team Black Captains, Josh Fleming (365 Golf) and Lisa Rosengarten (Glencoe Golf and Country Club).

Team Black was up early in the overall standings before Team Red came charging back, winning five of the final six matches on the course in the overall results.

It was the first year for the Banff Season Kick-Off event – a new initiative as the PGA of Alberta works together with its membership to create more competitive opportunities in a fun and welcoming environment for all players.

 

Complete Results of Matches:  

https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/10579445917818077630

For more information on the PGA of Alberta calendar of events, please visit https://www.pgaofalberta.com/tournaments/registration/


Taylor Jetten Captures first PGA of Alberta Win at Season-Opening Event
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Taylor Jetten Captures first PGA of Alberta Win at Season-Opening Event

Lethbridge pro defeats Medicine Hat’s Dillon Batsel in first extra hole

PICTURE BUTTE, Alta.— Taylor Jetten and Dillon Batsel grew up playing basketball and a bit of golf against each other in southern Alberta.

On a blustery Monday afternoon, they squared off once again – this time on the ninth tee box at Picture Butte Golf Club – to determine the winner of the season-opening PGA of Alberta Players Tour Series after the two southern cowboys matched rounds of 67s in an 18-hole spin around the 6,500-yard track.

When the dust finally settled around the first hole of overtime, the par-5 ninth green, it was Jetten – an assistant professional at the Lethbridge Country Club – taking his first career PGA of Alberta title.

“It was great. I got lucky out there on a couple of big putts and got lucky on a few of the bounces,” said Jetten, who added the course was in great early-season condition. “It’s early (in the season) and a lot of the other boys probably haven’t played a lot, but we got lucky in southern Alberta and have gotten out a few times. It’s always windy so it kind of played to my advantage with all of the wind today.”

Jetten secured the $900 winner’s cheque after getting the best of his Medicine Hat rival and defending champion of the event, Batsel, with a par on the first extra hole.

“I remembered earlier that 14 years ago I lost in a playoff in my Junior Club Championships, so I was like ‘hey you got another shot’ and I just wanted to capitalize on it,” added Taylor. “I got a little lucky on the playoff where he (Dillon) miss hit a few shots, and I snuck out the win.”

Batsel, a six-year associate professional from Desert Blume Golf Club, took home $600 for the runner-up finish. A trio of players – Michael Harrison (Coal Creek Golf Resort), Eric Locke (Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club), and Scott Stiles (Earl Grey Golf Club) all posted 68s to share third-place money of $450 each.

The tee sheet for the first PGA of Alberta event on the 2024 slate featured 50 professionals from across the province.

“We were very excited to have the opportunity to bring our community of golf professionals together once again in Picture Butte for the season-opener,” said Robert Rousselle, executive director, PGA of Alberta. “We are grateful to head professional, Dean Sklarenko, and his staff for hosting our community this week. Congratulations to each of the participants.”

A newly created Team Event, Banff Season Kick-Off, will be held at Banff Springs Golf Club, May 13. For more information on the PGA of Alberta calendar of events, please visit The Tournament Registration Page.

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Celebrating The Life Of Jim Jempson
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Celebrating The Life Of Jim Jempson

Celebrating Jim’s amazing 75 years, Guest Speakers, Tributes and Videos will be full of laughs, smiles and tears.

You can join the Celebration via the live stream link below at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 2nd.

Live Stream Link


Top 10 Benefits of the PGA of Alberta HIO Program
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Top 10 Benefits of the PGA of Alberta HIO Program

 

HOLE-IN-ONE INSURANCE is now available for the 2024 golf season! For more information about the HIO program and to submit your event, click the button below. 

 

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TOP 10 BENEFITS OF THE PGA OF ALBERTA HIO PROGRAM

  1. Competitive industry rates
  2. Prize Premiums available from $500 - $50,000
  3. Fixed-rate for field sizes from 32 to 199 players
  4. Easy to purchase online
  5. Easy payment options
  6. Purchase for one event OR an entire season’s worth of events at once
  7. Modify your events by contacting the office based on any changes that occur throughout the season
  8. Fees/Premiums are waived if the tournament is canceled due to inclement weather
  9. No dealing with the insurance company directly
  10. Supporting the Association and golf industry

 

Questions?
If you have any questions on how this program can work for you, please contact Marlene Sanderson by email ([email protected]) or phone (403-256-8894).


Golf’s Front-Line Ambassadors: The Pro
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Golf’s Front-Line Ambassadors: The Pro

While this is the start of their busy season, or what some might call their crazy season, you won’t catch any golf professional complaining.

As Matt Johnson, the general manager at Royal Mayfair and president of the PGA of Alberta’s Board of Directors, put it: “This is the start of a pretty heavy sprint, but we all look forward to this time of year. There are no bad days when you’re open in April.”

As April gives way to May, most courses across the province are now up and running for the 2024 season.

“No matter how many years you’ve been doing this, it’s always exciting,” said Tiffany Gordon, who has 35 years of experience in the golf industry — probably just as many awards and accolades — and is now the director of clubhouse operations and membership ambassador at Carnmoney. “You grind down and you do a bunch of work through the winter and you’re always working on new ways to do things or ways to make things better or to keep things going. But you miss the people, right? It’s exciting when you open the gates, and you get everybody out playing golf again. I think that rejuvenates everyone.”

The people are the best — and the biggest — part of this business, which is why the PGA of Alberta has launched a new season-long storytelling campaign to help you get to know the more than 670 golf professionals across the Wild Rose Province.

There are plenty of great, and inspiring, stories to tell.

There are familiar names, those who have chased birdies on some of the biggest stages in the sport, and compelling family connections — spouses, sons following their fathers, a set of twin siblings. There are life members eager to share their years of experience and wisdom and not-so-long-ago junior golf standouts who are now growing the game as mentors and role models for young girls and boys.

Whether at a top-end private club, a dedicated fitting or practice centre or an off-the-beaten-path rural course, the common bond for all PGA of Alberta golf professionals is a passion for this great game and a tremendous pride for their place in it.

“We wear a lot of hats, and we do a lot of things, but most importantly we’re ambassadors for the game,” said Gordon, the PGA of Alberta’s national director. “We could be doing anything from teaching and coaching to running events to managing facilities to playing to heading up associations or being involved at the Board level. There’s really nothing that we don’t touch, and that’s pretty special.

“There’s a number of opportunities for us to lead in the game and what you do is you just promote how good this game is for people, in general. Whether you’re at a private club, a public club, a resort, the most important thing is we’re encouraging people to play the game. Because it’s good for them. It’s good for families. It’s good for couples. It’s good for women. It’s good for every aspect of your community. That’s the great thing about being an ambassador, too, is all that community-driven opportunity that we have.”

Because as the 800,000 golfers across the province — all of them ready to be digging divots rather than shovelling snow — return to their favourite courses to tee up a new season, it’s likely the first face they will see is a PGA of Alberta professional.

“We’re kind of the front desk for your experience at any club,” Johnson said. “We feel like we’re leaders in understanding what the expectation of the golfer is. Nothing against the other departments at the clubs, but we deal one-on-one with the golfers more than anyone else does and so it’s up to us to promote the game of golf, engage people in the game of golf, make it fun, make it enjoyable, and knock down barriers for all to feel welcome and enjoy this game.”

This responsibility is not taken lightly by any of Alberta’s golf professionals – even those cutting their teeth in the business, including Dillon Batsel who is in his sixth year as an associate professional at Desert Blume Golf Course down in Medicine Hat.

“I think all golf professionals understand we are integral to developing a positive culture for people who play golf and enjoy the game at our facilities,” said Batsel. “For me personally, it is all about the people. I love seeing, helping and spending time with people who share my passion for the game.”

Inspired to chase a career in golf by his junior program coordinator, Terry Meidinger, while playing as a youngster growing up in Medicine Hat, Batsel is keen to pay it forward and positively influence a new generation of birdie seekers.

“Watching Terry run our junior program, he cultivated a lot of why I was drawn to golf (helping me understand the role of working in a pro shop) – you have to work hard, play hard because I think while we are busy, it is important to carve out a little time to play. That is important for people to see us playing,” added Batsel, who also particularly looks forward to the return of the adrenaline rush felt while helping guests improve their games.

“I think that is what we all teach for. We strive to put a smile on the face of the person taking the lesson, seeing someone new to the game hit their best shot, or helping someone struggling with a certain aspect of their game overcome it. It is great when you feel like you are marginally responsible for giving them hope.”

That positive sentiment of golf being back is felt by golf professionals opening the tee sheets at public and private courses all around Alberta.

“It’s exciting to be a golf pro at this time of year,” added Johnson. “You wake up in the morning and you look forward to going to work because it’s usually a positive environment. You see people with huge smiles on their faces, especially when they’re coming back to golf. That energy, it’s infectious.”


Operation 36 Teaching Summit Featuring Ryan Dailey
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Operation 36 Teaching Summit Featuring Ryan Dailey

The PGA of Alberta will be hosting its Summer Teaching Summit on June 5th and 6th at Red Deer G&CC in central Alberta. 

Start your golf season by learning from Ryan Dailey, Co-Founder - Operation 36, who will be joining us to facilitate his level 1 coach certification from 9 am - 4 pm both days. Each event is led by a team of PGA golf professionals who are on staff at Operation 36 HQ. These pros have run the program successfully and have helped thousands of golf pros execute successful programs. This will be the first time the certification has been hosted at a venue in Canada in 15 years.

We have the opportunity to offer the program at 50% off the regular rate at $500 to attend the level 1 certification course with food and beverage courtesy of Red Deer G&CC included.

Here is the link to the education portal Operation 36 will use to post updates, schedule, and any other information leading up to the summit: Operation 36 - Education Portal

Registration opens Friday, May 3rd at 10 am 

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Travel Craft Joins Tournament Schedule For Pro-Junior
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Travel Craft Joins Tournament Schedule For Pro-Junior

Travel Craft will be a Presenting Sponsor for the Pro-Junior during the 2024 season!

"Travel Craft is proud to be a sponsor and partner of the PGA of Alberta," said Stephen Melling, President of Travel Craft. "Our services are focused on providing memorable golf club travel experiences. Our packages are custom designed to obtain this goal."

About Travel Craft...
For Clubs who wish to offer member trips: we work with you to plan, price, market, and solidify the experiences you desire. For Clubs who arrange their own member trips: our logistics reduce your time commitment and provide insurance coverage options for your participants. As a registered and accredited travel agency we receive net group pricing that saves your members money and allows us to provide complimentary host offerings. Call us today and let’s get you to spectacular golf locations!

For more information, please visit www.travelcraft.ca or contact their Representative below:

Stephen Melling - President
[email protected]
(403) 393-0883


PGA of Alberta and Motocaddy Form New Partnership
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PGA of Alberta and Motocaddy Form New Partnership

Motocaddy distributed by MKRAK is very excited to once again be a sponsor of the PGA of Alberta as a Presenting Sponsor for the Tournament of Champions.

As golfers ourselves, we know the game is all about having fun – whether that’s a social round with your friends or in a tournament," said Adriana Molano, MKRAK. "Millions of golfers around the World can testify that golf’s physical and mental wellness benefits are as compelling as the challenge of hitting a perfect shot. In the past, walking golfers had a simple choice between carrying their clubs or using a pushcart."

About Motocaddy...
We are here to tell you that there is an even better option – an electric trolley! Think motorized pushcart with a vast array of features to allow you to get all the benefits of walking the course, without hindering your performance, and lowering the risk of injury! You don’t need to take our word for it though. Independent research found that an electric trolley is regarded as the "most satisfying" way to transport your clubs around the course, with around half of owners wishing they’d made the switch sooner!

For more information please visit www.motocaddy.ca or www.mkrak.ca or contact their Representative below:

Shawn Stewart - Northern Alberta
[email protected]
(780) 220-7888

Longman Agency - Southern Alberta
[email protected]
(403) 607-1160

Teena Margaritis - Head Office
[email protected]
(514) 212-1618


365 GOLF Joins PGA of Alberta Mentorship Tournament
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365 GOLF Joins PGA of Alberta Mentorship Tournament

365 GOLF will be the new Presenting Sponsor for the Mentorship Tournament during the 2024 & 2025 seasons.

"At 365 GOLF, we’re dedicated to cultivating a vibrant community where passion for the game intertwines with unmatched coaching opportunities and a genuine love for golf," said Josh Fleming, Director of Player Development. "This event is a testament to dedication, offering a platform for experienced pros and aspiring talents to exchange experiences, wisdom, and laughter both on and off the course."

About 365 GOLF
What is our mission here at 365 GOLF? It is very simple and boils down to this: bringing enjoyment and inspiration to every golfer’s game. Having fun should come first, and we aim to do so in all areas of your game—long game, short game, putting, the mental side of the game, course management, etc. You can expect to achieve your goals for the game of golf with our fun, engaging, and customizable coaching programs.

365 GOLF coaches are dedicated to creating an inclusive and inviting atmosphere where every golfer, regardless of their background or skill level, is welcomed and supported in their journey. They believe in the power of diversity, recognizing that golf is a sport for everyone to enjoy.

For more information, visit 365golf.ca or contact their representative below:

Josh Fleming  - Director of Instruction
Phone: (587) 576-4653
Email: [email protected]

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Monday, March 18th
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Monday, March 18th

PGA of Alberta Tournament Registration will open Monday, March 18th at 10:00am.

Reminder: All Members registering for any tournament must fill out a Tournament Eligibility Form prior to registration. Click here: https://www.pgaofalberta.com/tournaments/tournament-eligibility-form/

Banff Spring Kick-Off - New Event for 2024

Banff Springs will host a season kick-off for the 2024 season. This event will be a Ryder Cup format where 60 players will be divided into two teams. Players will then be paired with someone from their team to compete against a twosome from the the opposing team in a match (9-hole best ball, 9-hole scramble). 

Designed to be a social event where Members can network with other PGA Members within the association. There will be no purse but prizing will be available during and after the round. 

This will be an 8:30am shotgun, followed by a meal and prize presentation. The famous par 3 "Devil’s Cauldron" will be played with heritage clubs. 

There will be a room block available for those looking to stay at Fairmont Banff Springs on Sunday, May 12th (double occupancy rooms). This will be in conjunction with a horse race organized by the Banff Springs staff. 


PGA of Alberta and Levelwear Expand Partnership
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PGA of Alberta and Levelwear Expand Partnership

The Association is excited to announce that Levelwear has expanded it’s partnership to become the new Presenting Sponsor for the Pro-Senior.

“On behalf of everyone at Levelwear, we are ecstatic to be able to expand upon our partnership with the PGA of AB through 2025 with the addition of Presenting Sponsor of the Pro-Senior event," said Bob Else, Director of Sales. "As a small Canadian-owned and designed company, we truly value the support, dedication, and loyalty we receive from the PGA of Alberta membership and feel it’s imperative as a brand and company we reciprocate upon this mutual support.”

About Levelwear...
Levelwear is where life and style become one. We’ve taken our 35-year history in apparel manufacturing and used it to create innovative, premium quality athletic and lifestyle apparel to keep you performing at a higher level. Detail, style, and comfort—we proudly do it all. Step onto the course in unmatched style with our Levelwear performance enhancing golf apparel. Expertly designed with mobility in mind, our wide range of polos, bottoms, and mid-layer pieces will keep you comfortable from your first swing to your last.

Levelwear has supported the PGA of Alberta through the Awards Cocktail Reception since 2022 and they are excited to join PGA of Alberta Members out on the course for 2024.

For more information, visit https://ca.levelwear.com/ or contact their representative below:

Dani Pacheco | Sales Representative
Cell: 587.999.1060  | Email: [email protected]

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Congratulations to the Elected Board and Assistants’ Board of Directors
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Congratulations to the Elected Board and Assistants’ Board of Directors

Congratulations to the following members on being elected to the Board of Directors on (March 4th) at the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting:

Congratulations to the following members on being elected to the Assistants’ Board of Directors:

Click the following links to view the entire Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board.


Trestle Creek Golf Resort to Host 2024 Seniors & Ladies’ Championship
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Trestle Creek Golf Resort to Host 2024 Seniors & Ladies’ Championship

Trestle Creek Golf Resort will play host to its first ever PGA of Alberta event when it welcomes the Seniors and Ladies’ Championship presented by Schooley Mitchell, August 26-27, 2024.

Located 45 minutes west of Edmonton, Trestle Creek Golf Resort will offer a spectacular 18-hole championship test. Designed by Brad Dupuis, who has also built courses for Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Peter Dye and Von Hagge Design throughout the world over the last four decades, is sure to offer a fun competition for Alberta’s top Seniors and Ladies’.

“We are super excited to be hosting the PGA of Alberta Seniors and Ladies’ Championship,” said Art New, who is entering his second year as the Head Golf Professional at Trestle Creek Golf Resort. “This layout, is so much fun to play and has some of the most challenging greens in the province!"

“Trestle Creek is not about your good shots, but it is definitely about where you miss! It’ll be fun to watch some of the best seasoned professionals taking this challenge on.”

The Seniors and Ladies’ Championship is unique event that consists of two separate tournaments held in conjunction with each other. Gina Nelson and Larry Petryk, who emerged victorious in 2023, are sure to be on everyone’s radar as we inch closer to the 2024 Championship.

"I’m looking forward to defending this year’s PGA of Alberta Seniors Championship at Trestle Creek Golf Resort,” said Petryk, who captured the 2023 title following a three-hole playoff at Silver Springs Golf and Country Club.

“This will be an excellent venue for this tournament, and it will provide a significant challenge. The field always includes a tremendous history of players with numerous accomplishments both on and off the course.  I’m very thankful for the privilege to participate and hopefully can find some similar success once again.”

Gina Nelson captured her third Ladies’ title in 2023 after winning back-to-back championships in 2020 and 2021.

“I am excited to get to try and defend my Ladies’ Championship title this summer on a fun and challenging venue that is sure to be a great test for a Championship,” added Nelson. “I’m thankful to Art New and his team for hosting this event, it is definitely something to look forward to this season.”

A full 2024 tournament schedule will be released on March 4.


Assistants’ Championship Returns to Sirocco Golf Club in 2024
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Assistants’ Championship Returns to Sirocco Golf Club in 2024

The contenders for the PGA of Alberta’s Assistants’ Championship presented by Cobra Puma Golf will head back to Sirocco Golf Club.

A true links course that winds its way through the Pine Creek Valley that hosted the prestigious event for Assistant professionals in Alberta in 2021, will welcome the tournament back August 6-7 in 2024.

Time will tell if Wes Heffernan can capture a third straight title. The accomplished Calgarian first hoisted the trophy in 2022 at The Derrick Golf and Winter Club before successfully defending his title one year ago at Stony Plain Golf Club.

“I am very excited to defend this year at a golf course that I have played well before,” said Heffernan. “This is always a great tournament test and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

Designed by Architect Bill Robinson, every hole on the 7,185 yard par-72 design offers unique challenges and unparalleled beauty. Sirocco boasts gritty character that presents a comprehensive challenge to golfers of all abilities.

“We are excited and honoured to host the prestigious 2024 PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Championship and look forward to crowning a champion,” said Craig Gibson, Head Professional, Sirocco Golf Club. “Players will be tested off the tee box and will be required to place their approach shots into the correct areas on the green or will face some treacherous putts. The course will provide plenty of birdie opportunities, but a big number is not far away at any moment if players lose concentration.”


Tournament Registration

Tournament Eligibility Form Now Live: All Members wishing to participate in tournaments are required to submit the PGA of Alberta Tournament Eligibility Form below prior to having their event registration accepted and confirmed.

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Schedule Release: The PGA of Alberta tournament schedule will be released for viewing on March 4 at the AGM.

Tournament Registration: All tournaments will be open for registration on Monday, March 18 at 10:00am.


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

Only 15 Spots Remaining!

Registration Closes March 1st at 4:00pm

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

Reminders for the Seminar

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

Spring Seminar Information Package 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Schedule

March 4th

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

March 5th

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

1:00pm-
3:00pm

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Deborah Zupan In Memorium
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Deborah Zupan In Memorium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Notable Accomplishments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jim Jempson’s Tribute
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Jim Jempson’s Tribute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to:

Rockyview General Hospital Coronary Care Unit

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Canadian Cancer Society


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

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

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Speaker Announcements

Chris Dornan

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MEDIA MUSCLE WITH CHRIS DORNAN

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

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

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

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

What Chris will deliver…

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

Jeff Hay

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VARSITY GOLF RECRUITING: US COLLEGE GOLF RECRUITING SEMINAR

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

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

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

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

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

CALGARY—Mark your calendars Alberta golf fans!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All proceeds from contest registrations will support Kids Cancer Care.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click Here to Submit Your Nomination

Top 100 Professionals of 2023
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Top 100 Professionals of 2023

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

Award Winner - Jeff MacGregor (Glendale G&CC)

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

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

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

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

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