PGA of Alberta Bursary Worth $750 - Deadline Extended
The deadline to apply for a Bursary has been extended to Monday, September 30th at 4pm. The PGA of Alberta is happy to present a total of four bursaries of $750 each to deserving Apprentice and Class A Assistant Professionals who meet or exceed the bursary criteria as outlined below.
All Apprentice and Class A Assistant Professionals (who are not employed as Head/Executive Professionals) are eligible and encouraged to apply. Two of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal Apprentice Professionals (working 9-months or less for their employer).
Winners of the bursaries will be announced at the annual Awards Banquet during the Buying Show on Wednesday, October 23rd.
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New PGA of Canada Partnership Provides Retail E-Commerce Solutions for Members
Amid the growing economic impact of COVID-19, the PGA of Canada is pleased to partner with Matchplay Golf Marketing to offer a professional, affordable and fast solution for members looking to take their retail operation online.
“Golf courses are facing many unique challenges right now, including the inability to reach their customers through traditional means,” says PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle. “We are proud to offer a timely, cost-effective opportunity for our members through Matchplay Golf Marketing, a great Canadian company that has a proven track record of providing innovative business solutions to facilities across our country and abroad. To supplement this initiative, the PGA of Canada will also conduct an online campaign encouraging golfers to support their local clubs."
Matchplay, known for their industry-leading marketing and communications efforts, has developed a fully responsive, golf-specific e-commerce platform that is customizable for both private and public golf shops.
At a time when golf courses are struggling with inventory, a digital pro shop allows clubs to engage customers immediately and offers long-term flexibility as facilities navigate beyond the effects of COVID-19. It also provides clubs with the opportunity to employ PGA of Canada professionals to assist in merchandising through this difficult employment period.
Education Committee - Dissolution & Reapplication Process
After another strong & successful year, the Education Committee would like to announce that the Committee has officially been dissolved and is commencing a new application process. If you wish to be considered for the 2020/2021 Education Committee, please submit a brief cover letter stating why you wish to be involved and a summary of your contributions to the Education Committee (or other Committees’) in recent years.
An active wait-list of members interested in joining the Education Committee will also be invited to submit a cover letter outlining their motivations for joining the group. All submissions should be sent to Aaron McKay ([email protected]) before the deadline of April 20, 2020. The new Committee will be announced by May 4.
Responsibilities The Education Committee shall meet as a Committee up to 4-times per year and at the call of the Chairs for:
Buying Show Education
Further education development that works within the scope of the PGA of Canada curriculum
The Chairs will provide a report on Committee activity at each Board of Directors meeting even if no formal Committee Meetings have taken place.
With the first year of the Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canadain the history books, the Association looks forward to building on the successes to further recognize members for their dedication and commitment while continuing to advance their careers through professional development.
New for 2020, the Top 100 Program will now reward points for attending education seminars/sessions or volunteerism within the golf industry at non-PGA of Alberta administered initiatives. For example, if a member attends an education event or volunteers with another golf organization, they will be eligible to receive Top 100 points for this.
All requests for points for non-PGA of Alberta administered initiatives must be submitted through the Extracurricular Approval form on the website. Some examples of outside education/volunteerism acceptable for Top 100 points will include (but not limited to):
Education Workshops must be administered by golf related organization OR if run by non-golf related organization, must be relevant to the golf industry
PGA of Canada Training Academy courses not eligible for points
Industry Volunteer at non-PGA of Alberta administered initiatives (Golf Clinic, Tournament Support, Junior Programs, etc.)
Must not be compensated in order to be eligible for Top 100 points
*Please note that PGA of Canada education (Tee Talks Live, CDC, CNC, Webinars, etc.) is already eligible for Top 100 points with submission of form (required education through PGA of Canada Training Academy courses not eligible for points).
Cash Prizes We are excited to expand our program this year by adding a new Presenting Sponsor mentioned above. With this new partnership, the PGA of Alberta will now be offering 3 additional cash prizes for a total of 10 at a value of over $5,200! The annual award will be given out at the Awards Banquet during the PGA of Alberta Buying Show to the member who accumulates the most points.
Looking for some tips on how to make the best of your working from home situation? Team Canada Psychologist, Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, shares her guidance and resources to help you with your work from home activities. Click Read More below to view the article on the Golf Canada website.
Below are suggestions and tips that other experts have developed for working-from-home:
Video calls are a great way to feel connected.
It’s easy to get lost in texts, emails and social media. Set aside two times per day when you go through these. Focus on your to-dos the rest of the time.
Buy a plant for your workspace. It just feels good.
Go for a walk. It reboots your mind. Some of my best ideas have come on walks.
Set a start and end time each day.
Take advantage of the flexibility and extra work time without a commute.
Dress for work. This may not be the same as your in-office outfit, but if you wear your weekend sweats it will have an effect on your mindset.
Chat about life. Start every call with a few minutes about non-work things and non-COVID things if you can. Remember, we work with people not organizations.
Shared documents are awesome – try and pick one platform and stick with it.
Connect with your team once a day.
If you work from home, despite how wonderfully tempting they can be, don’t get distracted by laundry and tidying up. Do that when your workday is over.
Embrace the situation. If life has taught us anything, it’s that nothing stays the same for long.
In an ongoing effort to provide members with tailored guidance during this difficult time, we are pleased to offer the following complimentary resources to help you and your facility navigate the effects of COVID-19.
Be sure to check out the newly designed COVID-19 Member Resource Hub, which will be regularly updated with webinars, articles and other relevant information.
Webinars are free to join and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Recordings will be posted to the COVID-19 Member Resource Hub for those that are unable to attend the live sessions.
COVID-19: Avoiding the Rough - Planning for What’s Now and What’s Next - Ask the Expert When: Tuesday, March 31 @ 12:00 p.m. MST Description: During this 60-minute ’Ask the Expert’ webinar, international crisis management consultant and pandemic planning expert, Suzanne Bernier, will talk about and take questions on how and what golf professionals should be planning for and what to expect over the coming weeks and months, based on lessons learned from SARS, H1N1 and other infectious disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. LISTEN HERE
What’s Happening to My Investment Portfolio? When: Thursday, April 2 @ 1:00 p.m. MST Description: In this interactive, Q&A webinar, Drew Keith from Edward Jones will support PGA members who need guidance and direction on managing their personal finances during these difficult times. REGISTER HERE
COVID-19: Your Human Skills as a PGA Professional Have Never Been More Required Than They Are Today When: Friday, April 3 @ 11:30 a.m. MST Description: From Ian James of RetailTribe: I will show you how the solution to the problems we face right now is, in fact, a “human one”. Best of all it isn’t me who has decided that. It’s the thoughts of some of the smartest people in the world, academic futurists, who’ve been trying to work out how we navigate the AI / Machine Learning age we are entering. Your human skills have never been more required than they are today. In fact, never has the golf industry needed your human skills and expertise more than now. REGISTER HERE
Planning Beyond the First Wave of COVID-19 When: Tuesday, April 7 @ 9:30 a.m. MST Description: This webinar will present a planning and strategizing session that will assist you in preparing your immediate ramp up, plan your HR needs for that ramp up and plan for future impacts you may face with your organizations. An opportunity to chat and collaborate with the other attendees will allow you to hear what others are planning in your industry. REGISTER HERE
Teaching the Regular Golfer with Andrew Rice When: Tuesday, April 7 @ 4:00 p.m. MST Description: In this webinar, Andrew will cover the basic patterns and corresponding fixes that he see’s along with general principles we should all be working towards. REGISTER HERE
Access articles from business experts in critical areas like marketing, communications and human resources, designed specifically for golf industry professionals in times of crisis.
If there are additional resources or education topics we can help with during this time, please contact Matt Allen with your suggestions.
Congratulations to our 25-Year Class A Members in 2020
Congratulations to the following sixteen members for reaching their 25-Year milestone as a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada in 2020! All Members were recognized at the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting earlier in March for their outstanding dedication to the PGA of Canada and Golf Industry. With such an accomplishment, the National office will recognize each members milestone with a special certificate!
Glenn Boswell (Glencoe G&CC) Shelley Charlton(Pinebrook G&CC) Cameron Code (Edson GC) Bob Davidchuk(Canal at Delacour) Dana Down (Canmore G&CC) Bill Dreger (Canmore G&CC) Judy Forshner (Glencoe G&CC) Rick Gross (PGA of Alberta Member) Jerry Linquist (Lewis Estates GC) Ray Meria (Life Member) Jay Myren (Priddis Greens G&CC) Blair Oko(Blair Oko Golf Academy) Douglas Rowswell (Broadmoor GC) Rick Thompson (Edson GC) Steven Thomson (Glencoe G&CC) John Wilson(Montgomery Glen GC)
Important NAGA Update
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COVID-19 Update- Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Government introduces Canada Emergency Benefit to help works and businesses.
To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.
We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for golf professionals and club operators across the country.
The PGA of Canada and its nine Zones are committed to providing updated resources and tips for members that are currently working at facilities that remain open for business, as well as members that are in self-isolation or those off of work as a result of COVID-19.
As always, please adhere to the latest guidelines published by local, provincial and federal authorities with respect to COVID-19.
Prevent the Spread
All Albertans are encouraged to take personal steps to help prevent the spread. To protect yourself and others:
stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
wash hands often
cover coughs and sneezes
avoid touching face with unwashed hands
avoid travel outside Canada
self-isolate for 14 days if returning from travel outside Canada or were exposed to COVID-19
Monitor Your Symptoms
If you have symptoms, like a dry cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing:
This will be a temporary program for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate because they meet the Government of Alberta’s published criteria for self-isolation, including persons who are the sole care-giver for a dependent who must self-isolate because they meet the public health criteria, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated.
A one-time payment of $1,146 will be distributed to bridge the gap until the federal emergency payments begin in April.
We expect the program to be available through a simple online application this week and that funds will be deposited in the accounts of eligible recipients beginning at that time.
More information on how to apply will be available soon.
All members have access to free, professional and confidential counselling, coaching and consulting services through the PGA of Canada Member Assistance Program provided by FSEAP. These services can help you manage personal, family, and/or work-related concerns.
FSEAP is working diligently to ensure strong business continuity through these turbulent times. Their services are expected to remain seamless but may be delivered through telephone or video rather than in person given the nature of current events.
Services can be accessed 24/7 online or toll-free by calling 1-844-720-1212.
We are please to introduce our Virtual Golf Show! With COVID-19 cancelling the Golf Shows this year we still wanted to offer our consumers All The Deals!
With a click of a mouse you can still get the deals offered at the Golf Shows. We pride on being "The Most Trusted Resource in Golf" and with Golf Season around the corner lets start looking forward to brighter days on the links!
Please note there will be new deals coming in daily!
PGA of Alberta Office Hours Update
The Zone office staff will be working remotely but will remain reachable by email and phone during regular business hours (8:30am - 4:30pm MST) Monday through Friday to ensure continued support for our members and partners during these difficult times.
After many years of hard work and service, the PGA of Alberta RV has officially retired. The Association sold the RV at the end of February this year after buying it back in 2013.
Members and avid golfers alike will remember the PGA RV being present at many different Association events over the years including PGA on Wheels community events, Tournaments, Buying Show and our Golf Shows.
After many useful years with the RV as a Tournament/Event vehicle, it was decided to sell it and purchase an additional trailer for use at events. Stay tuned for the new trailer design coming soon.
Effective immediately March 13th, 2020 both the Calgary & Edmonton Golf Shows will be cancelled as per Alberta Health Services Regulations and mandated from the Government of Canada.
As the PGA of Alberta prides itself on being the Most Trusted Resource in Golf, we want to protect our Members, Exhibitors, Customers, and staff. These events will not be rescheduled to a later date in 2020. Given the timing we apologize for all the inconveniences this may cause. We want to keep everyone safe as that is the most important thing on our minds at the moment. Please remember to take care of yourself.
Prevention to help you avoid getting COVID-19
To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:
Wash your hands often and well
Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands
If you have any questions, concerns or comments please contact:
New for this year, the PGA of Alberta has added one Ladies’ division event to the schedule to give female Professionals another opportunity to compete against one another rather than just the Ladies’ Championship. The Ladies’ division will tee off immediately after the GSH Series event that day and will play for a small purse.
Seniors’ division events will again be added to the schedule this year, one north and one south. Members must be 50-years and older by the tournament date to be eligible to participate. This will give members 50-years and older an opportunity to play in more events during the season playing against their peers of a similar age. The Seniors’ division will tee off immediately after the GSH Series and will play from a reduced yardage as well as for a small purse. Eligible members may only play in the GSH Series or Senior’ division, not both.
2020 Tournament Season - Registration Opens TODAY @ 10am
Tournament Registration opens TODAY @ 10am (March 11th) for ALL tournaments on the website. We have a great line up of tournaments from Championships, Golf Supply House Series, Pro-Ams, and Pro-Pro Team Events.
Please submit your Tournament Eligibility Form online NOW if you have not done so already to ensure you can sign up for tournaments right away. Click link below for form .
1. Sign up for multiple tournaments at once by clicking the "Add Another Tournament" option. This allows you to sign up for all your desired tournaments and only going through the registration process once. See image below.
2. You can click the "Register" button beside the tournament on the schedule page as seen in the image below to register or click on the tournament itself, then click on the green "Register" button. Either option works.
3. Check which Categories are eligible for each tournament by clicking on the tournament itself, and then looking under "Event Eligibility".
4. Click the "Pay Later" option when going through registration. Payments will go through manually on the website 28-days prior to each individual tournament you have signed up for. Example - You sign up for the PGA of Alberta Championship on August 17 & 18, payment will not be processed until July 20th (Payment Processing Date) as indicated on the tournament page itself.
Lastly, for a full update on the upcoming PGA of Alberta tournament season such as the new withdrawal policy, tournament eligibility, shorts policy, Pro-Am scoring format, etc. click link below.
"Foresight Sports Canada, the Canadian distributor for the San Diego, California based Foresight Sports, is extremely pleased to partner with the PGA of Alberta’s Top 100 Program to support PGA members in education and professional development" said Garett Jenkinson, Territory Manager and PGA of Alberta member (Golf Performance Canada at Elbow Springs). "As a company committed to providing world leading information and metrics, we could not be happier with this fit with the PGA of Alberta".
The PGA of Alberta Top 100 Program was introduced in 2019 and is based on pre-defined measurable criteria designed to recognize members who dedicate their time and proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals.
With this new partnership, the PGA of Alberta will now be offering 3 additional cash bursaries for a total of 10 at a value of over $5,200! The annual award is given out at the Awards Banquet during the PGA of Alberta Buying Show to the member who accumulates the most points from October to September of the following year.
The PGA Win-Win Referral Program As a PGA of Alberta member, Foresight Sports know your customers love golf. If you refer one of them to Foresight Sports, you will be eligible to receive a commission on their purchase!
To sign up for the Win-Win Program and be eligible for referral commissions, please CLICK HERE or contact Garett Jenkinson for details (contact info below).
About Foresight Sports Canada… Foresight Sports produces the most trusted launch monitors in the world. The Foresights Sports GCQuad and the ceiling mounted GCHawk are world leaders in launch-monitor and golf-simulator technology and software, providing forward-thinking solutions to aid instruction, club fitting, and equipment innovation.
Foresight uses quadrascopic camera technology to measure the club and the golf ball independently to provide users the best golf ball and golf club delivery information available. The GCQuad is golf’s only portable launch monitor which can provide comprehensive golf ball and golf club data for every club in the bag, from driver all the way to the putter.
As the most trusted launch monitor in the world, Foresight Sports has more than 10,000 launch monitors in use in retail, residential, commercial, and driving range facilities around the world. The GCQuad and the GCHawk are trusted by the leading OEM’s for their indoor club fitting needs.
To learn more about the products, please visit www.foresightsports.com. For a demonstration, contact the Representative below:
Thank you all 140+ members and guests for attending the 2020 edition of the PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar sponsored by E-Z-GO and hosted at the world-class facility The Derrick G&WC. A special thank you goes out to our sponsor Gordon Food Service for providing all attendees first class food and beverage throughout the two-day event.
Lastly, thank you to our lineup of talented Speakers for motivating our members heading into the 2020 season; Michael Breed (presented by Titleist/FootJoy), Matt Ginella, Nick Clearwater, Gia Bocra Liwski, Jason Glass and Darren Lexa. We hope to see everyone back next year in 2021! Click here to view some pictures taken from the event.
Club Pro Championship & Tournament Eligibility Form - Submit Now!
Club Pro Championship The Club Pro Championship will be hosted at Windermere G&CC in Edmonton on July 26/27 which is a Sunday/Monday. Registration will open on March 11th @ 10am along with all other tournaments.
Tournament Eligibility Form The 2020 Tournament Eligibility Form is now available on the PGA of Alberta website. The form is required to be filled out by every member playing in a PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournament this year.
After the form has been submitted and approved by the PGA of Alberta office, the member will receive notification by email stating they are able to register for events online once registration opens on Wednesday, March 11th.
Congratulations to the following Members on being elected to the Assistants’ Board of Directors:
Michael McEachern (Country Hills GC, newly elected)
Shane Garbutt (Blackhawk GC, newly elected)
Stephen Yanitski (Valley Ridge GC, newly elected)
Taylor Van Tighem (Royal Mayfair GC, newly elected)
Joel Douglas (Inglewood G&CC, re-elected)
2020 Tournament Season - What to Expect
With the 2020 tournament season just around the corner, we wanted to provide an update on what to expect for the summer! PLEASE NOTE: Tournament Registration will open for ALL tournaments on Wednesday, March 11th @ 10am. Please read the information below for important updates on registration as well as other new initiatives being implemented this season.
Tournament Registration Process After review by the Committee, registration for all tournaments will open for all tournaments on March 11th. Members will not have to pay for the event until 28-days prior to the tournament date. This will allow members to better plan their schedules in advance when determining which events they will sign up for.
Withdrawal Policy The withdrawal policy will see a few changes as follows:
Withdrawal up to 28-days prior to event date, before Payment Deadline = 100% Refund
Withdrawal after Payment Deadline but 14-days prior to event date = $50 Administration Charge
Withdrawal less than 14-days prior to event date but before Registration Deadline (Thursday prior to event date) = 50% Refund of entry fee
Withdrawal after draw is posted, after Registration Deadline = No Refund
Tournament Eligibility There will be several changes to tournament eligibility this season that will allow members to play in more events. As we want to increase participation as much as possible, the following changes will be implemented:
Category II and III Members will now be able to participate in the Pro-Junior, Pro-Lady, and Pro-Senior Pro-Ams and the Pro-Pro Best Ball and Scramble team events. The Tournament of Champions and Pro-Assistant will remain Category I eligibility only as members must be employed at an approved facility to participate as per the conditions of competitions.
Category III will also be eligible to play in the Team Match Play Championship. Registration will come on a first come, first serve basis. There will be no restrictions or priority given on when a certain category can register.
Tournament Skins/Entry Fee Tournament Skins will now be added to the entry fee for all stroke play events which are the Golf Supply House Series and Championships. Since the vast majority of members play skins at tournaments, it was decided to include the $20 per round into the entry fee to make it easier for members to enter skins and not have to carry cash to the tournament.
Impact Tournament Systems will continue to sponsor the Skins attached to all GSH Series events. There will again be a starting skins pot at all GSH events.
Pro-Assistant The event will be hosted at Jasper Park Lodge GC this year on September 8 & 9. The Association has not held a tournament in Jasper since 2011 so we are excited for the opportunity to go back and host the Pro-Assistant there. The tournament will be an afternoon start day 1 and morning start day 2.
The office will announce several room blocks shortly for the event so we encourage you to sign up once registration opens and secure your room as early as possible to take advantage of the preferred rates.
Team Match Play Championship The Team Match Play Championship will keep the same format as last year with the opening rounds being held at the beginning of the season to determine teams seedings. The opening rounds will be hosted at:
South Event – Country Hills GC on May 11th
North Event – Sturgeon Valley G&CC on May 13th
The format for the opening rounds will again be a 2-man best ball qualifier to determine rankings for the first round of the Team Match Play Championship. Purse money will be attached to the qualifiers for the top placing teams.
After the opening qualifying rounds, matches will resume as normal with the brackets being created based on the results from the qualifiers. The top ranking teams from the qualifiers will play the bottom ranking teams. If byes are needed due to an uneven number of teams, the byes will go to the top finishing teams from the qualifier.
All teams will be guaranteed the qualifying round plus the first round of the tournament, two rounds total. If you lose your opening match (after the qualifier), the team will be knocked out of the tournament.
Removal of Fall Championship After much discussion, it was decided to remove the Fall Championship from the 2020 season as it has been increasingly difficult to justify the cost of running this event. With the removal of the Championship, the Association can spread the sponsorship dollars to other tournaments to increase purses.
Pro-Ams - Net Stableford The format this season for Pro-Ams will be a Net Stableford for the Pro-Junior, Pro-Senior, and Pro-Lady’s. This will ensure scoring is transparent and the focus remains on the team aspect while giving Pro-Ams a fresh new format.
Seniors’ Division Seniors’ Division will again be added to two 1-day events this year, one in the North and one in the South. Members must be 50-years and older by the tournament date to be eligible to participate. This will give members 50-years and older an opportunity to play in more events during the season playing against their peers of a similar age. Locations will be announced shortly.
Ladies’ Division Similar to the Seniors’ Division events, we will be adding a Ladies’ Division event to the GSH Series to give female Professionals another opportunity to compete against one another rather than just the Ladies’ Championship. Location will be announced shortly.
Shorts Policy We will be removing the temperature policy for wearing shorts at tournaments this season. Members are permitted to wear shorts at any tournament they choose as long as the dress code policy including the host club’s policy is adhered to.
PGA of Alberta Expands Partnership with Tribal Sportswear
We are delighted to announce an extended partnership with Tribal Sportswear as a Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 PGA of Alberta Buying Show Cocktail Reception hosted at Hotel Arts after day 1 of the Show. Tribal Sportswear will now also be a Presenting Sponsor of the Opening Welcome Breakfast at the Show introduced in 2019 at the BMO Centre.
All attendees and exhibitors of the Buying Show are invited to attend both complimentary events which will be held on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. Mark this date in your calendar now!
“Tribal has committed to another two-year partnership with the PGA of Alberta as a corporate sponsor” says Western Canadian Sales Rep Jordy Shnier. “We’re looking forward to another amazing year with this wonderful association!”
Opening Welcome Breakfast 2019
About Tribal Sportswear… Tribal is so much more than best-in-class women’s clothing. Currently represented in many of Canada’s top 100 PGA courses, Tribal’s golf collection has tripled in the last 3 years!
The newest generation assortment of technical gear made with sun protection fabric, offers the following properties: UPF 50+ , moisture wicking, cool & lightweight, breathable and quick dry fabrications with our signature fits, great price and “on point” fashion! There truly is something for everyone!
For more information on Tribal Sportswear, please visit their website here or contact Jordy Shnier below.
Michael Jordon (Jordy) Shnier, Western Canadian Sales Rep Tribal Sportswear Email: [email protected] Phone: 204-293-7507
Spring Seminar - Take Advantage of Extra Educational Opportunities
The Education Committee is happy to offer 3 additional Education Events ran on the sidelines of the Spring Seminar this year! This is the final week to REGISTER. Click the links below to sign up NOW. Time is still subject to change. Contact [email protected] with any questions.
We will be partnering with Alberta Golf who will be providing a certification seminar on the new World Handicap System.
Last but not least, we are excited to have Nick Clearwater of GOLFTEC who will be running a live instruction seminar with the ability to attend and receive instruction or just observe at a reduced rate.
Digital Magazine – 2020 Alberta Golf Shows Preview
The Alberta Golf Show edition of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live. Content in this issue includes highlights of the 2020 Calgary Show (March 21 & 22) and Edmonton Show (April 4 & 5), information about the upcoming PGA of Alberta education seminar, the top rated courses in Alberta as voted by PGA of Canada Professionals and more great content! Click the link below to view the magazine and see what’s happening within the golf industry.
Reasons to Attend the Alberta Golf Shows
Million Dollar Clearance Centre - Clubs, bags, shoes, accessories, we have it all!
FREE golf lessons from PGA of Canada Professionals
Prizes, prizes, prizes. Over $30,000 of prizes will be given away over the two days
Exhibitors. See what’s new and exciting coming out for the 2020 season
Driving Range - Test out the latest and greatest technology from the equipment manufacturers
Speaker presentations at the 19th Hole. Grab a refreshment and listen to the awesome speakers we have at the Show
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a new partnership with AHEADas an official Presenting Sponsor of the 2020/’21 PGA of Alberta Pro-Junior golf tournament. The location of the Pro-Junior along with the entire tournament schedule will be announce Day 1 of the Spring Seminar on March 2nd.
About AHEAD… Founded in 1995, AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel, and accessories to the green grass, resort, and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to more than 20 years of continued growth and expansion.
AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the USGA, PGA of America, Ryder Cup, and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Jim Furyk and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam wear AHEAD exclusively.
PGA Championship of Canada Returns to Edmonton’s Royal
The PGA Championship of Canada presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada and adidas Golf returns to Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton July 6-10, for the fourth time in the event’s 99-year history. The last time it was there, “The King” Arnold Palmer took home the title.
“Royal Mayfair Golf Club’s rich heritage and pristine conditions make it the perfect venue for our association’s most prestigious championship,” said PGA of Canada President Mark Patterson. “We are delighted to see our top professionals return to such an iconic facility and thank Director of Golf Matt Johnson and the entire membership for sharing their club with us.”
Established in 1922, Royal Mayfair Golf Club remains one of the longest-standing private clubs in Edmonton. An impressive list of golfers have graced the fairways there, from LPGA TOUR players Lorena Ochoa and Lydia Ko (both CN Women’s Open champions) to golf legend Arnold Palmer, who won the PGA Championship of Canada in 1980—known then as the Labatt’s International Golf Classic.
“Our club is honoured to welcome back the PGA Championship of Canada presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada and adidas Golf,” said Johnson. “It’s pretty special to host this event on the 40th anniversary of Palmer winning at Royal Mayfair."
Last year’s winner Dustin Risdon from Calgary, Alta. bested Vancouver’s Oliver Tubb 3&1 to claim his second national PGA title. “This is one trophy in Canadian golf that I really wanted to win,” said Risdon. “If you look at the names on the trophy it’s amazing and now my name will be on there too for the rest of time.”
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta will be held on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at The Derrick Golf and Winter Club (3500 119 St NW) in Edmonton. Start time will be 9:00am.
Elections for the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board will be held at the AGM. Please click on the below links to view this years Nominees for each respective Board. If you did not receive information on the AGM, please contact the PGA office.
Assistants’ Board of Directors Nominees -Click Here
PGA of Alberta Professionals Launch PRO TIP TUESDAY
What is "Pro Tip Tuesday" you ask? It’s a social media platform that will show off your skills as a Golf Professional, help bring exposure to you and your club AND will give golfers a reason to check out the PGA of Alberta Social and your own!
Who can be apart of "Pro Tip Tuesday"? All PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals! This is for you!
How do I become apart of "Pro Tip Tuesday"? All you need to do is create a quick golf tip video between 30 seconds to 2 minutes and use the specific hash tag #pgaofabprotiptuesday @pgaofalberta and the PGA of Alberta staff will re-post your video on their stories and platforms every Tuesday. One video will be posted per week. You can also send your videos to [email protected]
Video Tips 1. Be Professional. You are representing the Association so ensure you look and act the part. 2. Intro. State your name, club, and position as the intro to your video. 3. Length. Ensure your video is between 30 seconds to 2 minutes. 4. Rehearse. Practise your video tip a few times before the final "shoot". 5. Setting. Make sure there’s no noise/visual distractions around you so viewers can focus on you. Your video can be shot indoors or outdoors (weather permitting).
Here is a example post of "Pro Tip Tuesday" done by Valley Ridge GC PGA of Alberta Professional Bryce Halverson
Example on how the "Pro Tip Tuesday" post is laid out on Instagram or Twitter Halverson 33 Looking to add more distance? Learn how to create a bigger turn and add more club head speed with this simple drill that you can work on at home during those snowy days!
Tagging the PGA of Alberta and using the hashtag #pgaofabprotiptuesday will give the staff the opportunity to see your post, and will allow them to add your video into the schedule to be released on their social media.
Incentive Anyone who participates in the "Pro Tip Tuesday" program for 2020 will earn 3 Top 100 points. You can only receive 3 points per year. We recommend doing more than one video but a max of 3 points will be rewarded for the Top 100 program.
"Pro Tip Tuesday" will be launching February 4th and will be posted every Tuesday until May 1st and then posted every second Tuesday during the peak season as we understand how busy everyone is during the season. If you have any questions please contact the office 403-256-8894 or email [email protected]
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Bud Loftus in Memoriam (1930-2020)
We are saddened to announce the passing of Bud Loftus, PGA of Canada Life Member and PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Bud passed away on January 24th at the age of 89.
Born on June 25th, 1930 in Vancouver, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, AB, George (Bud) Loftus first started playing golf at the young age of 6 at the Edmonton’s Victoria Golf Course. He started his career at the Highlands G&CC in 1948 under the wings of Head Professional Henry Martell as an employee and a player. He became later one of the PGA of Canada’s most distinguished Golf Professionals.
During that time, he worked as the Head Professional at the Willowdale GC (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) and the Regal GC (now The Winston GC in Calgary), as well as an Assistant Professional at the Calgary G&CC. In 1962, he made his formal application to the PGA of Canada and became Head Professional at the Calgary G&CC in 1963, where he would remain until 1975. In 1988, after brief stints as Head Professional at the Shuswap Lake Estates GC in BC and the Edson GC in Alberta, Bud decided to retire from his career in golf.
Bud became just the third Member to receive the PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award in the Player Category, joining fellow PGA of Canada Members Henry Martell and Frank Fowler.
More information on the Memorial Service will be provided once confirmed. Click Here to learn more about Bud.
Spring Seminar Registration NOW OPEN - Early Bird Pricing Available
Registration is now open for the 2020 PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar, presented by E-Z-GO and SuperSpeed Golf on March 2nd and 3rd at the Derrick G&WC! We have an incredible couple of days lined up with some exceptional speakers to Educate, Motivate and Inspire! We are extremely excited to also announce that Gordon Food Service (GFS) will be providing all food and beverage services throughout the duration of the Seminar. After rocking the Buying Show last fall we are very excited to see what they have in store for us. We are again offering Early Bird pricing - register before February 9th, 2020 to take advantage of great savings.
2020 Confirmed Speakers
> Michael Breed - Host of "A New Breed of Golf" on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio, Chief Digital Instructor for Golf Digest
> Matt Ginella - Golf Advisor’s Editor-at-Large & Host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel
> Nick Clearwater - Vice President of Instruction for GOLFTEC
> Gia Bocra Liwski - Founder of Golf Experiences For Her, LPGA Top 50 Instructor and Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America > Jason Glass - Owns and operates Tour Performance Lab and Kinetica Golf Performance, Consultant for many teams and professional athletes from PGA Tour, NFL and NHL, Head of the Titleist Performance Institutes Fitness Advisory Board
PGA of Alberta Announces Partnership with Hotel Arts
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a partnership with Hotel Artsas an official Presenting Sponsor, Accommodation Sponsor and the host venue of the Buying Show Cocktail Reception held after the first day of the PGA of Alberta Buying Show. The Show will be held on October 20-22 in 2020 at the Calgary BMO Centre with the Cocktail Reception hosted on October 20th at Hotel Arts.
The PGA of Alberta looks forward to continuing to host the Cocktail Reception as the event was well attended at Hotel Arts in October, 2019 with members being treated to an elegant evening of food, drinks, and entertainment. The best part is - Hotel Arts is just a short walk away from the BMO Centre making the event very accessible for all attendees.
About Hotel Arts Group… In the heart of downtown Calgary, Hotel Arts is steps away from the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. For business or pleasure, Hotel Arts offers a dynamic travel experience with a unique and refreshing connection to the city.
The Hotel Arts story began in 2005 when a team of local investors purchased and transformed an old Holiday Inn in Calgary’s Beltline/Victoria Park. They had a vision to create a different kind of hotel in the city – design-centric, fashion-forward and innovative in its culinary offerings.
Hotel Arts has become a place where locals and tourists alike feel like they belong. This sense of belonging remains part of their everyday culture, and they foster it through their personalized service and boutique experience.