PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals for 2020
The Association is proud to recognize the Top 100 PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals for 2020 as determined by the rankings in the Top 100 Programpresented by Foresight Sports Canada! The list below is the top 100 point earners for 2020 program year.
The Top 100 Program is based on a pre-determined measurable criteria designed to recognize Members who dedicate their time and demonstrate proven abilities in advancing the golf industry for the benefit of all Golf Professionals. The following areas where points are awarded are Education, Association initiatives, Tournaments and Volunteerism.
Congratulations to the following Professionals (click on a name to learn more):
Award Winner... Congratulations to Chris Ward of the Edmonton Petroleum G&CC on winning this year’s Top 100 Award! Chris finished the program year with 104 points to win by just one point! It was a goal of Chris’ this year to win the Award and he accomplished that by increasing his point total by 56 overall compared to last year, going from T-19th in the standings in 2019 to winning the title.
Cash Prizes... In addition to the Award winner, the Association is proud to award 10 cash prizes to the top point earners. Members needed to accumulate 76 points or more to earn a cheque this year. Congratulations to the following:
We look forward to an even better year for the Top 100 Program in 2021. October is when the new program year begins so stay tuned for more Top 100 news moving forward. Check out the 2020/21 Standings on the website or see where points are awarded by clicking the link below.
About Foresight Sports Canada… Foresight Sports produces the most trusted launch monitors in the world. The Foresights Sports GCQuad and the ceiling mounted GCHawk are world leaders in launch-monitor and golf-simulator technology and software, providing forward-thinking solutions to aid instruction, club fitting, and equipment innovation.
As the most trusted launch monitor in the world, Foresight Sports has more than 10,000 launch monitors in use in retail, residential, commercial, and driving range facilities around the world. The GCQuad and the GCHawk are trusted by the leading OEM’s for their indoor club fitting needs.
To learn more about the products, please visit www.foresightsports.com. For a demonstration, contact the Representative below:
Bryce has been a member of the Assistants’ Board since the beginning of 2019 and has been actively involved in the Association through all facets including committees, tournaments and education. He is the recent recipient of the PGA of Alberta Apprentice Professional of the Year Award in 2020 and a finalist for the National Award being announced on January 28th. Click here for more details.
The Assistants’ Board is in great hands moving forward with Bryce and the other Board members all striving towards making a positive impact for the Association and Assistant Professionals. Thank you to former Assistants’ Board President Sam Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) for all of your hard work over the past year.
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. Up to nine 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.
If you are interested in running for a position on the Assistants’ Board of Directors in 2021, please click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the Nomination form which can be submitted online. Deadline to submit your interest is Friday,January 22nd, 2021 (end of day).
Golf Show News
2021 PGA of Alberta Golf Shows Cancelled
Both 2021 Calgary & Edmonton Golf Shows will be cancelled this year due to COVID-19.
As the PGA of Alberta prides itself on being the Most Trusted Resource in Golf, we want to protect our Members, Exhibitors, Customers, and staff. These events will not be rescheduled to a later date in 2021. We want to keep everyone safe as that is the most important thing on our minds at the moment. Please remember to take care of yourself. Let’s bend the curve together.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments please contact:
PGA of Alberta Extends Partnership with Website Design Company Pixel Army
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to extend its partnership with website developer Pixel Army for 2021. Pixel Army will continue as the Presenting Sponsor of the Pro-Lady North which consists of one Professional paired up with a female amateur golfer in a team net stableford format.
Pixel Army has been a Proud Partner of the PGA of Alberta since 2017 supporting the Pro-Lady North event. They are responsible for creating and designing the revamped PGA of Alberta website launched at the beginning of 2018 making it more user and mobile friendly in addition to other enhancements.
"Pixel Army is proud to be once again partnering with the PGA of Alberta for the 2021 season", said Kevin Labbé, President at Pixel Army. "As our relationship has evolved throughout the past few years, we have felt a growing support from its membership. Our current sponsorship of the Pro-Lady North tournament has been a wonderful way for us to demonstrate our commitment back to the Association".
About Pixel Army… Pixel Army specializes in Website Design & Development, Digital Advertising & Search Engine Optimization. They design and develop custom websites from their home base of Edmonton, Alberta. Pixel Army builds visually appealing, highly functional sites that integrate with your entire organization; delving deep into organizational pain points to turn your website into an integral part of your overall strategy.
In their first 15-years their portfolio has expanded to include a wide variety of clients from a number of industries; small and large, private and public, for-profit and non-profit. Whoever the client, their talented team of designers & developers spend extra time on the small details to deliver websites that are tailored to each client’s unique requirements.
The Education Committee is excited to launch our new Professional Development Podcast series. With the impact of COVID-19 our committee agreed that we would not be able to provide our familiar educational offerings throughout the off-season. Like everything else, we were forced to adapt to the circumstances of the world. As you have seen we have moved our Spring Education Conference to an on-line format and now we are thrilled to launch our PGA of Alberta Podcast Series to replace our Professional Development seminars that are typically offered throughout the off-season.
This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. Our committee has enlisted the following guests for season 1 of the show; Dean Ingalls, Adam Werbicki, Riley Fleming, Bob Paley and Tahlon Sweenie. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry.
We hope you take the time to enjoy learning from each other. Happy New Year!
PGA of Canada National Awards - Good Luck to Alberta Professionals
The PGA of Canada is thrilled to announce the finalists for its 2020 National Awards. Each year, a National Selection Committee evaluates nominations from Professionals across Canada. Winners for each national award are traditionally recognized during PGA of Canada Night at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., however, this year will see winners revealed live during the Association’s virtual National Award Ceremony on Thursday, January 28th, 2021.
“We are blessed to have a family of over 3,600 professionals who proudly share their passion and expertise with golfers from coast-to-coast,” said Teejay Alderdice, the Association’s President. “On behalf of the PGA of Canada, I would like to congratulate all nominees and finalists for their outstanding accomplishments this year. I look forward to celebrating their collective achievements later this month during our virtual National Awards Ceremony.”
Good luck to the following PGA of Alberta Professionals up for a National Award in 2020:
Dean Ingalls(Silver Springs G&CC) - Murray Tucker Club Professional of the Year
Slade King (The Links of GlenEagles) - Dick Munn Executive Professional of the Year
Ben Van Deurzen(Stewart Creek G&CC) - Stan Leonard Class “A” Professional of the Year
Bryce Halverson (Valley Ridge GC) - Moe Norman Apprentice Professional of the Year
Todd Halpen(Golfuture) - George Knudson Teacher of the Year
Bill Dreger (Canmore G&CC) - Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year
Luke Workman (Glencoe G&CC Teaching Centre) - Ben Kern Coach of the Year
Chris DiPasquale (Par 3 Golf Academy at Bridge Valley Golf) - Warren Crosbie Community Leader of the Year
CLICK HERE to view all Finalists this year. To register for the PGA of Canada’s National Award Ceremony, please click the button below.
Run for the Board of Directors or Assistants Board - Deadline Jan. 22
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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. There will be four (4) spots open for election in 2021 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. There will be four (4) spots open for election in 2021 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. CLICK HERE to see the current Assistants’ Board.
PGA of Alberta Updated Office Hours - Closed Dec. 21st - Jan. 1st
The Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta would like to wish everyone and their families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Our office will be closed starting December 21st and will be open again on January 4th.
Registration NOW OPEN for the 2021 Digital Spring Seminar
Registration is now open for the 2021 PGA of Alberta Digital Spring Seminar! The 2021 Spring Seminarwill be heldFebruary 22nd & 23rd as a digital education Conference via the Whova App/Platform - which allows video integration with a variety of video hosting platforms, sharing of agendas with attendees for presentations, sharing of any presentation related documents the Speakers provide and many more features. Click here for a YouTube video on Whova. The Education Committee has diligently been working through the survey results from last year’s seminar, proposals received from various speakers on relevant industry topics and are excited for this year’s line-up.
Please note that we are offering Early Bird Pricingto all our Members NOW so take advantage while you can! Mark these dates in your calendar now, we hope you plan on attending this annual kick-off to the golf season in an albeit different but still exciting capacity this year!
The PGA of Alberta is delighted to form a new partnership with Nike Golf Canada heading into 2021. Next season, Nike Canada will be the new Title Sponsor of the annual Pro-Junior event which features one Professional paired up with a Junior Golfer in a team net stableford format.
Nike Canada will also be the new Presenting Sponsor of the Team Match Play Championship, one of the Associations premier events on the schedule! This increased partnership at both events next season will enhance the overall playing experience for our membership and junior amateurs alike. “Nike Canada is thrilled with this partnership and the opportunity to take the PGA of Alberta to the next level” a statement from Nike Golf Canada. “Nike Canada has always felt strong support in Alberta and are eager to solidify this relationship for many years to come. We at Nike Canada believe that these sponsorships demonstrates our organization’s commitment to the PGA of Alberta and its members moving forward".
About Nike Golf… Making products since the late 1990’s, Nike’s range has included clothing, footwear, bags and balls. Today, it focuses solely on what it has always been best at, producing world class golfing footwear, clothing, and accessories for both professional and amateur players.
Nike’s golf collection aims to achieve two things. Firstly, they focus on creating products which will enhance the players performance on the course and give him the advantage of wearing high quality golf gear. Secondly, Nike created products for the golfer who wants to be comfortable while looking stylish.
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Jason Day are only some of the big names within the PGA Tour Professionals wearing Nike’s golfing footwear. The main reason for Nike’s products being popular among world leading players is the game enhancing technology used to create them. Nike provides a wide range of shoes and golf clothing for both men and women, from summertime T-shirts and dresses to coats and jackets for the colder conditions.
For more information on products, Click Here to be directed to their website OR contact your local Sales Rep below: Tanner Fermaniuk - Northern Alberta Sales Rep E: [email protected] P: 780-232-0669
PGA of Alberta Expands Partnership with Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada for the 2021 Season
The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce an expanded partnership with Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada for 2021. In addition to Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada continuing as the Title Sponsor of the Team Match Play Championship, they will also be the Presenting Sponsor of the Pro-Junior event next season!
“Srixon/Cleveland is very excited to continue and expand our sponsorship with the PGA of Alberta” a statement from Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada. “We have felt a growing support in the Alberta golf community and we are certain that these sponsorships will continue to foster that relationship. Our current sponsorships align extremely well with both our values and the values of the PGA of Alberta. We at Cleveland-Srixon believe that the designation of ’Title Sponsor’ of the Team Match Play Championship, and ’Presenting Sponsor’ of the Pro-Junior demonstrates our commitment to the PGA of Alberta and all its members".
The Team Match Play Championship is one of the Associations premier events on the tournament schedule that lasts the entire duration of the season. The Championship will have an opening seeding round at the beginning of the season in the Edmonton and Calgary areas to determine team rankings for the round one bracket.
The PGA of Alberta runs one Pro-Junior event every year which consists of one Professional paired up with a Junior Golfer playing in a team net stableford format. The event features a maximum of 60 teams with a meal following the round.
About Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada... Cleveland Golfand Srixonenjoy a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. The professional staff includes players such as Hideki Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Inbee Park.
ClevelandGolf, founded in 1979, is a leading manufacturer specializing in short game technologies and solutions that benefit all golfers. Srixon, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to producing the highest quality, technically innovative golf balls that offer maximum performance to golfers of all levels of ability.
Srixon/Cleveland Golf remains steadfastly committed to providing “Tour-proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience playing the game of golf”.
For more information on products, click the following links for Srixon Golf and Cleveland Golf OR contact your local Sales Rep below:
Registration for the PGA of Canada’s National Award Ceremony, which will be conducted virtually on January 28th, 2021, at 5pm MST, is now open.
Traditionally held at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., this year’s celebration will bring together industry members, media, and PGA professionals in a safe and engaging digital format to recognize the PGA of Canada’s National Award winners.
“This annual celebration has grown into one of the most anticipated events in Canadian golf, and this year will be no different,” said the association’s president Teejay Alderdice. “While we can’t be together physically, we look forward to connecting and recognizing the efforts of our members and greater industry virtually.”
Finalists for each award, including the newly created Warren Crosbie Community Leader of the Year Award, will be announced the first week of January. Winners will be revealed live during the awards show.
“We’re keeping everyone in suspense this year—even the finalists,” said Alderdice, adding “it should make for an exciting evening.”
Bob Weeks and Ian Leggatt are slated to return as co-hosts for the evening’s festivities.
Registration is now open and all members, industry professionals, media, family, and friends are encouraged to attend.
PGA of Alberta Extends Partnership with Jancor Agencies for Two Years
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce an extended partnership with Jancor Agencies as the new Presenting Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Pro-Lady South event for the 2021 & 2022 seasons! The PGA of Alberta Pro-Lady consists of one Professional paired up with a female amateur golfer in a team net stableford format.
Jancor Agencies has been a Proud Partner of the PGA of Alberta since 2009 supporting various tournaments and Association events over the years. They have also been a long-time supporter of our annual Buying Show now held in Calgary.
About Jancor Agencies... In 2005, Jancor Agencies was created with the vision of helping golfers enjoy the game more, by providing the Canadian market with premium golf brands. Jancor Agencies is the Canadian Distributor for SkyCaddie, SkyTrak, TurfHound Tee Surfaces, Orange Whip, Tervis Tumblers, Impact Snap and Harry Taylor Golf.
Backed by a team of professionals with expertise in sales, marketing, distribution and customer service, Jancor Agencies offers a turn-key solution to partners outside of Canada, who wish to offer their brands to the Canadian market. Jancor’s team promises to provide the best experience possible to both our customers and our brand-partners. At Jancor, they believe in building brands, and not just selling products.
For more information on Jancor Agencies and to see what products they offer, please visit their website by clicking hereor contact:
PGA of Canada Bursary Opportunities worth $500 Each - Deadline Jan. 29th
Each year, the PGA of Canada Foundation awards up to twenty (20) bursaries of up to $500 each to encourage, promote and support Members and Apprentices pursuing professional development / educational opportunities.
A bursary award is contingent upon a Member or Apprentice completing one or more professional development opportunities during 2020. Bursaries are only valid for the cost of registration/tuition of any one or more professional development opportunities during the calendar year.
The deadline to apply is Friday, January 29th, 2021.
Spring Seminar 2021... The Education Committee is excited to announce that the 2021 Spring Seminar has been green-lit for operating as a digital education conference due to the ongoing uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Switching to a digital conference will allow us to provide a safe education alternative for our Members and provide the opportunity to try some new things in terms of format and technology which will benefit the show for years to come.
The Seminar will be held Monday, February 22nd& Tuesday, February 23rd 2021 via Zoom and supported by a digital app/platform to be determined. The Education Committee has diligently been working through the survey results from last year’s seminar, proposals received from various speakers on relevant industry topics and are looking forward to this year’s line-up. Mark these dates in your calendar now, we hope you plan on attending this annual kick-off to the golf season in an albeit different but still exciting capacity this year!
Introducing: The PGA of Alberta Podcast... We are equally excited to announce that preliminary work has begun on a new Education initiative for the winter off-season, introducing ThePGA of Alberta Podcast which is being spearheaded by the PD Series sub-committee. Topics and Speakers are currently being researched and developed and once they have been decided upon, recording and editing will commence.
The Podcast will have a strong local flavour to it, as we have so many amazing professionals in our Zone that can offer insight and expertise covering a wide range of relevant topics to their peers. Stay tuned for more updates as we progress on this initiative and please feel free to share any help, thoughts or suggestions with any Education Committee member or Aaron McKay ([email protected]).
Congratulations to our 2020 Championship Winners
Congratulations to this year’s Championship winners (listed below) for their stellar play against top competition in the Association. Most of the Champions listed below are multiple time winners and perform their best on the biggest stages of the season.
PGA of Alberta Championship & Assistants’ Championship Winner
PGA of Alberta Championship @ River Bend G&RA - Click here for Results *Riley has won this Championship two of the last three years (2018 & 2020)
Assistants’ Championship @ Stony Plain GC- Click here for Results *Riley is a perfect three for three in this Championship, winning the last three years in a row after becoming a PGA of Alberta member in 2018. **Riley was the only player to finish under par at 4-under. ______________________________________________________________________________________
Club Pro Championship Winner
Craig McArthur Head Teaching Professional at Edmonton Junior Golf at Jagare Ridge
Club Pro Championship @ Windermere G&CC - Click here for Results *Craig has won this Championship two of the last four years (2017 & 2020) **Craig won this Championship in a playoff battle against Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC). Both Craig and Jeff were the only players to shoot under par at 1-under. ______________________________________________________________________________________
Ladies’ Championship @ Valley Ridge GC - Click here for Results *Gina also won the Ladies’ Division Order of Merit title. ______________________________________________________________________________________
Seniors’ Championship Winner
Randy Robb Head Teaching Professional at Edge Golf Academy
Seniors’ Championship @ Valley Ridge GC - Click here for Results *This is Randy’s first Seniors’ Championship win. **This is Randy’s second major Championship title after winning the PGA of Alberta Championship in 1998 in a playoff against Scott Allred at Country Hills GC.
Congratulations to our 2020 Order of Merit Champions
We would like to recognize and congratulate our three PGA of Alberta Order of Merit Champions this year for their commitment and fantastic play during the 2020 tournament season. Josh Fleming,Wes Heffernan and new member Gina Nelson stood atop their respective divisions by accumulating the most Order of Merit points (see standings here) to be crowned this year’s Champions (see images below).
Head Pro Division
Josh Fleming Head Teaching Professional at GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights *First Order of Merit win for Josh
Wes Heffernan Apprentice Professional at Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre *Second Order of Merit win for Wes (won previously in 2017)
Gina Nelson Apprentice Professional at Magrath GC *First Order of Merit win for Gina
We Are Golf releases Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)
The Canadian golf industry generated $18.2B in economic benefits across our nation in 2019, according to a recent economic analysis conducted by Group ATN Consulting Inc. on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).
According toThe Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019),the Canadian golf industry employs the equivalent of nearly 249,000 people through direct and spin-off effects and contributed to $10.6B in household income. The industry also contributed $4.5B in government tax revenue ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial) used to support a variety of programs for all Canadians.
Based on nationwide surveys completed by golfers and golf course operators in 10 provinces and three territories along with multiple industry data sources,The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)is a follow up to previous comprehensive and independent assessment studies (2014, 2009) of the economic impact of the golf industry in Canada. The $18.2B economic impact of golf represents a 14% increase in contribution to Canada’s GDP between 2013 and 2019.
“The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)further reinforces the enormous financial, employment, charitable, tourism and positive environmental impact that the sport and the business of golf are affecting across Canada,” said Laurence Applebaum, Chair ofWe Are Golfand CEO of Golf Canada. “This third iteration of the study provides the golf industry with a powerful snapshot of the scale and magnitude that our sport has on the Canadian economy and within the communities where we live, work and play.”
The study presents economic insights for each of the 10 provinces and three territories from coast to coast. Also captured in the report are comparisons to international economic insights from select countries and regions including the United States, European Union, and Australia.
The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)was conducted on behalf ofWe Are Golfby Group ATN Consulting Inc., a world leader in economic development and analysis for communities, regions, and industries. Group ATN previously conducted the 2014 and 2009 Canadian Golf Economic Impact Studies (based on 2013 and 2008 data respectively) which have allowed the Canadian golf industry to benchmark the game’s economic impact over five-year periods.
“Every industry has its own unique circumstances to allow for, and the ability to repeat the same application of our model for Canadian golf is a significant advantage,” said Tom McGuire, Principal with Group ATN Consulting. “Beyond consistency, we have also been able to further improve certain aspects based upon learnings from the prior studies we did for the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).”
HIGHLIGHTS OFTHE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GOLF IN CANADA (2019):
The game of golf accounts for an estimated$18.2B of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is up 14% from the $15.9B reported in 2014*. Included within the 2019 economic impact:
The golf industry directly employed nearly 150,000 full-time, full-year equivalent positions, representing many more individuals who are employed in the sector. This number grows to approximately249,000when accounting for direct, indirect, and induced employment.
The golf industry directly contributed $4.8B in household income, rising to$10.6Bwhen considering the combined direct, indirect, and induced impacts.
The golf industry generated$4.5Bin government tax revenue; including $1.8B in federal tax revenue and $2.1B in provincial tax revenue.
Conservatively, course operators invested$727Mindustry-wide on capital expenditures.
*Note that 2014 figures are adjusted by the consumer price index and reported as current dollars.
Additional Insights fromThe Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019):
Employment– The golf industry is a significant job provider for youth with48%of its workforce identified as students.
Travel– Canadians along with international visitors contributed to$8.6Bin golf-related travel nationwide. Canadians made approximately8Mtrips involving golf, including 3.0M in their home province and 1.8M outside their home province and abroad.
Golfer Spending– Golfers in Canada spent approximately$19.3Bon items such as green fees, memberships, lessons, equipment, travel, hospitality, events, and other golf-related expenditures.
Canadian Course Operators– A total of2,283facilities were estimated to be operating in 2019, accounting for 2,043 courses (18-hole equivalent); course operators collectively spent approximately$3.8Bin course expenditures.
Land management– Golf course operations manage between155,000 and 175,000 hectares, including 30,000 to 35,000 hectares of wildlife and wetland area.
Charitable Impact– The golf industry generated an estimated$330Min charitable impact through more than51,000tournaments and events.
Golf Participation– Canadian golfers played an estimated57.0M roundsin 2019.
Although released in 2020,The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)does not factor in the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian golf industry.
“Establishing a baseline for the economic impact of our sport measured against pre-2020 Covid-19 spending is an important benchmark consideration for the integrity and continuity of the study,” added Applebaum. “Based on what we learned through the 2020 season, the safety of golf through this pandemic and the potential for a lift in participation and spending on the game, we are optimistic in looking ahead.”
NAGA Alberta receives Jack Skellern Patron of the Year Award
Congratulations to the National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) of Alberta for being honoured with the 2020 PGA of Alberta Jack Skellern Patron of the Year Award!
The Patron of the Year Award is presented annually on behalf of the Association to an individual or organization, for their support of the PGA of Alberta and the advancement of Professional Golf in the province.
During the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, NAGA Alberta worked closely with the Alberta Government and played a pivotal part in allowing golf facilities to open back up in a safe manner. Thanks to the work done by NAGA Alberta, golf facilities were able to open on May 2nd allowing golfers to get back outside and play the sport they love during these unprecedented time.
NAGA Alberta is made up of five different organization’s (listed below) that all played an important part in bringing golf back safely to the province. We would also like to recognize the efforts of Bruce McAllister who was contracted on behalf of NAGA Alberta to put golf’s best interests forward when working with the Alberta Government to bring golf back. NAGA Alberta consists of:
CLICK HERE to watch a short video of PGA of Alberta President Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) presenting the Award to NAGA Alberta and sharing a bit of the history of the Association.
Riley Fleming Wins his Second Player of the Year Award
Congratulations to none other than Riley Fleming of Lynx Ridge GC for winning his second PGA of Alberta Player of the Year Award! (previously won in 2018). Riley had another tremendous tournament season this year which included the following highlights:
Congratulations to Chris Ward of the Edmonton Petroleum G&CC on winning this year’s Top 100 Award as determined by the rankings in the Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada! The Top 100 Program is based on pre-defined measurable criteria designed to recognize Members who dedicate their time and demonstrate proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals.
Chris had a fantastic year within the Top 100 Program after accumulating 104 points throughout the program year to win by just one point! It was a goal of Chris’ this year to win the Top 100 Award and he accomplished that by increasing his point total by 56 overall compared to last year, going from T-19th in the standings in 2019 to winning the title this year.
It was an exciting race for the trophy this year, primarily between Chris and Sean Thompson after going back and forth at the end of the program year trying to secure first place. With the win, Chris prevents Sean from going back-to-back for the award after winning in 2019 and cements himself in the PGA of Alberta history books.
Cash Prizes... In addition to the Award winner, the Association is proud to award 10 cash prizes to the top point earners. Members needed to accumulate 76 points or more to earn a cheque this year. Congratulations to the following cash recipients who will receive their prize shortly:
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights
Valley Ridge GC
The Winston GC
Priddis Greens G&CC
Top 100 Professionals As part of this program, the PGA of Alberta acknowledges the Top 100 Professionals which are the top 100-point earners for the program year. The 2020 Top 100 Professionals will be officially announced within the next two weeks so stay tuned for more information!
We look forward to an even bigger year for the Top 100 Program in 2021. October is when the new program year begins so stay tuned for more Top 100 news moving forward. Check out the 2020 Standings on the website by clicking the link below.
Ryan Doucette of adidas Golf Wins Sales Rep of the Year
Congratulations to Ryan Doucetteof adidas Golf in Edmonton for winning the 2020 PGA of Alberta Sales Rep of the Year Award! Ryan has been a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada since 2003 and has been with adidas Golf for just over three years now. Click HERE to see Ryan’s reaction to winning the award.
Congratulations to Bill Dreger of Canmore G&CC for being named the PGA of Alberta Junior Leader of the Year! Click HERE to see Bill receiving the award today at his club. Congratulations to all members recognized as a Finalist for Junior Leader of the Year.
Stay tuned next week for the remaining PGA of Alberta Awards we will be handing (listed below)! Once again, thank you to everyone involved in our awards week for making it a smashing success! We will be handing out the following Awards next week:
Ben Van Deurzen named Class "A" Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Ben Van Deurzenof Stewart Creek G&CC in Canmore for winning the 2020 PGA of Alberta Class "A" Professional of the Year Award! Click HERE to see Ben’s reaction to winning the award.
Make sure to watch this afternoons award reveal at 1pm approx. for Junior Leader of the Year on Instagram. Click Read More below to see this year’s Finalists.
Dean Ingalls receives Club Professional of the Year Honour
Congratulations to Dean Ingalls of Silver Springs G&CC for winning the 2020 PGA of Alberta Club Professional of the Year Award! (see image below). This was a special day for Dean after winning two awards consecutively with the first being Retailer of the Year with Silver Springs G&CC. Click HERE to watch the live reaction and hear a few words from Dean after receiving the honour today.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s award unveiling’s for the following (October 30th):
Class "A" Professional of the Year(clickHERE for Finalists) - 10am MST approx.
Junior Leader of the Year (clickHERE for Finalists) - 1pm MST approx.
Silvers Springs G&CC Wins Second Retailer of the Year Award in three years
Congratulations to the team at Silver Springs G&CC for winning the 2020 PGA of Alberta Retailer of the Year Award! This is Silver Springs G&CC’s second Retailer of the Year win in three years after receiving the honour in 2018.
Click HERE to watch the live reaction of the team at Silver Springs G&CC receiving the award today.
Todd Halpen named 2020 Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Todd Halpen of Golfuture on being named the 2020 PGA of Alberta Teacher of the Year! (see image below). Click HERE to see Todd receiving the Award.
Luke Workman Wins his Second Coach of the Year Award
Congratulations to Luke Workmanof the Glencoe G&CC Teaching Centre for winning his second PGA of Alberta Coach of the Year Award! (previously won in 2018). Click HERE to see Luke’s reaction to winning the award.
Tomorrow (Oct. 28th) we will be announcing the recipient for the Teacher of the Year Award at approx.10am. See this year’s Finalists by clicking Read More below.
Bryce Halverson named Apprentice Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Bryce Halversonof Valley Ridge GC for being named the 2020 PGA of Alberta Apprentice Professional of the Year! Click HERE to see Bryce receiving the honour today at his club.
Make sure to tune in for this afternoons award reveal at 1pm for Coach of the Year on social media. Click Read More below to see this year’s Finalists.