After much review and consideration from the Board of Directors and Education Committee, the Spring Seminar will be virtual again this year. The dates are scheduled for March 2nd and 3rd, 2022.
The overall goal is to still provide a top tier event that will be beneficial for all members involved. Stay tuned next week for updates on speakers that will be presenting along with the opening of registration.
Thank you for your continued support for the PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar
Registration NOW Open
Registration for the 2022 PGA of Alberta Virtual Spring Seminar is now OPEN!
The seminarwill be held March 2nd & 3rd 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. Click here for a YouTube video on Whova.
The Education Committee has put together another exciting line-up of speakers to provide a top tier event focused on development and networking. Please note that discussions to confirm speakers is still on going and will be announced in the coming weeks. Speakers already confirmed will be highlighted in the news article section and education events tab of the website.
Please note that we are offering Early Bird Pricingto all our Members until February 11th! 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 Education Committee is excited to announce that it will be hosting a webinar on all facets of the Golf Genius Software which will be available to all members. This day will consist of a morning and afternoon session where members can choose to educate themselves on a topic most relevant to their club.
Golf Genius Software has many benefits which include;
Overall learning about Golf Genius Software
Tools and features for tournament and league set up
Tools and features to enhance the golf shop
Member knowledge can provide value to their club
To educate current PGA of Alberta members about the features of Golf Genius Tournament Management Software (GGTM) and Golf Shop Software (GGGS).
Date / Time:
February 1, 2022
We will offer an AM session and a PM session. Each session will cover the same material. If a participant chooses to attend the AM session, they are not required to attend the PM session but you may attend a different session in the PM.
9:30AM to 10:30AM – Session 1, 2, 3, or 4
10:30AM to 10:45AM – Break
10:45AM to 12:00PM – Continue session
12:00PM to 1:00PM - LUNCH
1:00PM to 2: 30PM – Session 1, 2, 3, or 4
2:30PM to 2:45PM – Break
2:45PM to 4:00PM – Continue session
Please click down below to learn more about what will be offered during the webinar.
"Foresight Sports Canada, the Canadian distributor for the San Diego, California based Foresight Sports, is extremely pleased to continue our partnership 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. "As a company committed to providing world leading information and metrics, we could not be happier with this fit. Thank you to all PGA Members who took advantage of the referral program over the past couple of years".
The PGA of Alberta Top 100 Program was launched 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 extended partnership, the PGA of Alberta will continue to offer 10 cash bursaries at a value of over $5,200! The annual Top 100 Award is given out to the member who accumulates the most points for the program year.
About Foresight Sports… Located in San Diego, California, Foresight Sports is a designer and manufacturer of performance analysis and game enhancement technologies. Their products include launch monitors, simulators, performance/entertainment software, and smart mobility solutions for a variety of sports and games.
In 2017, Foresight Sports unveiled its ground-breaking four-camera GCQuad launch monitor. Featuring complete ball, club head, and putting data in a compact and portable unit, the GCQuad set a whole new standard of accuracy for performance analytics, and has been awarded Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best Launch Monitor for four consecutive years.
Today, Foresight Sports is a total technology provider, with more than 15,000 GC launch monitors and golf simulation solutions in use in retail stores, driving ranges, commercial facilities, and homes worldwide. With engineering, manufacturing, and quality-assurance teams all located under one roof, Foresight Sports offers complete, vertically integrated solutions for every segment of the market.
To learn more about their products, please visit www.foresightsports.ca. For a demonstration, contact the Representative below:
Episode 4 is hosted by one of the education committee chairs Josh Fleming (Golftec Calgary Beacon Heights). Josh will sit down with the President of the PGA of Alberta Assistants Board Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC). Bryce talks about his career in golf, where he predicts the industry is going, and what being a golf professional means to him. Bryce is an amazing professional and this podcast is worth a listen.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as Brice McDermott hosts Barrett Jarosch on Training&Development/ Leadership
Craig Vogel hosts Martin Chuck on Effective Golf Instruction
The PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program (separate from the PGA of Canada Mentorship Program) provides guidance and direction to first-year Members of the Association. Developed in conjunction with the Assistants’ Board of Directors, the objective of the Mentorship Program is to create a group of Members who are passionate about their careers, the industry and Association, leading to long-term commitment in the golf industry.
IMPORTANT: Members must have their Class ’A’ status within the Association in order to be a Mentor. We are in need of Mentors in all geographical locations of the province. We want to ensure the best support possible for our new Apprentice Professionals and this will be accomplished by pairing a Mentee with a Mentor that lives in a close proximity.
Expectations of Mentors…
Commit to your Mentor/Mentee relationship(s) for a minimum of 2-years
Be accountable for your Mentee and provide continuous support on an ongoing basis as needed
Set parameters of the relationship with the Mentee and create a plan for goals/objectives on what both parties want achieve
Attempt to meet in person with your Mentee twice (Spring & Fall). Example: This can be accomplished over a round of golf
Provide feedback to the office by completing the Mentor Evaluation Form when required
Top 100 Points… All Mentors will receive 5 Top 100 Points max. for their involvement in the Mentorship Program. These points are awarded annually. All Mentors must execute the action items as indicated and submit the Evaluation Form before being eligible to receive the points. Points are only awarded for the first year of the program. Form… If interested in being involved, click the link below to submit the "Become A Mentor" formby February 18th, 2022. After the form has been submitted, you will be added to the Mentor list (if eligible) and MAY be assigned a Mentee in March (depending on total number of Mentors/Mentees, and geographical location). Please ignore this form if you have already expressed interest in being a Mentor.
After much review and consideration from the Board of Directors, the Association has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 Calgary and Edmonton Golf Shows scheduled in March.
As we’ve all learned over the past two years, we still frequently see new developments related to COVID-19, and unfortunately it is no different starting off the new year with the Omicron variant taking hold of the world in unprecedented speed. The Association wants to keep everyone safe during these times and had to make the decision to postpone the Shows to 2023. If your facility purchased booth space at either Show this year, you will be refunded in full shortly.
Thank you for your support of the Alberta Golf Shows and for your understanding of this difficult decision. We look forward to bringing the Shows back in 2023 with the support of the entire industry.
PGA of Canada News
PGA of Canada Awards Night
The PGA of Canada is thrilled to announce that registration is officially open for the Virtual PGA of Canada National Awards, which begins at 5pm MST on Thursday, January 27. The Webcast will officially open and will begin running a pre-roll at 4:30pm MST prior to the beginning of the event at 5pm.
“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, President of the PGA of Canada.
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 January 27, 2022. In addition, seven Hall-of-Fame inductees will also be recognized.
“With Bob Weeks and Kayla Grey back as co-hosts, as well as PGA of Canada Class "A" Member Jean-Sébastien Légaré,this event promises to be an exciting evening for all,” said Alderdice. “I encourage everyone to join us as we celebrate our esteemed finalists and winners.”
Run for the Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board in 2022
If you are interested in running for a position on either the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors in 2022, please click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the online Nomination form. Deadline to submit your interest is Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 (end of day).
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 2022 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.
Three (3) spots are open for election in 2022 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Click here to see the current Assistants’ Board.
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Drake Mason in Memoriam (1955-2021)
We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of PGA of Alberta member Drake Mason. He passed away in December of 2021 at the age of 66 years. Drake had worked at a number of golf facilities in Alberta which include Pheasantback GC, Edmonton Springs GR, and Billy D’s Driving Range.
Drake joined the Association in 1978 and received his 25-Year milestone as a Class "A" Member in 2008. A Memorial Service was held for him on December 27th, 2021 in Edmonton.
Our thoughts are with Drake’s family and friends during this time. Click the link below for his obituary.
Episode 3 is brought to you by Judy Forshnerand Shannon Raina of The Glencoe G&CC. They will be sharing their thoughts and experiences on how they have built their careers as a female in the golf industry. They will be discussing;
How Judy started and has remained at The Glencoe G&CC for 35 years
Pro/Cons of being a female golf pro
The importance of learning/listening to every member of the team
Thank you to Judy and Shannon for sharing some insight into their successful careers
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as Josh Fleming hosts Bryce Halverson on Growing As A Professional
Brice McDermott hosts Barrett Jarosch on Training & Development/ Leadership
The PGA of Alberta wishes everyone a Happy New Year and a fantastic 2022 Golf Season which is a few short months away! Our office will be open again starting on Tuesday, January 4th. Click here for staff directory.
Top 100 News
PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals for 2021
With the new year upon us, the PGA of Alberta is proud to officially announce the TOP 100 PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals for 2021 as determined by the rankings in the Top 100 Programpresented by Foresight Sports Canada! The list below is the top 100 point earners for 2021 program year. These members will receive a custom Top 100 logo in the new year recognizing this accomplishment.
The Top 100 Program is based on 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):
Congratulations to Chris Ward of the Edmonton Petroleum G&CC on winning his second consecutive Top 100 Award! Chris had a terrific year within the Top 100 Program accumulating 83 points to cruise to a five point victory. Chris is the first member to win this award in back-to-back years (including the years of the former Professional Development Program).
Special shout-out to the following facilities for all having multiple Professionals inside the top 10 of the program this year; Edmonton Petroleum G&CC, Valley Ridge GC, and Inglewood G&CC.
Cash Prizes In addition to our Award winner, the Association is proud to award 10 cash prizes to the top point earners. Members needed to accumulate 57 points or more to earn a cheque this year. Congratulations to the following:
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:
PGA of Canada National Awards - Good Luck to Alberta Professionals
The PGA of Canada is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2021 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, Florida, however, this year will see winners revealed live during the Association’s virtual National Award Ceremony on Thursday, January 27th, 2022.
"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 PGA of Canada President Teejay Alderdice. “On behalf of the PGA of Canada, I would like to congratulate all nominees and finalists for their outstanding accomplishments this year.”
Good luck to the following Alberta Professionals up for a National Award in 2021:
CLICK HERE to view all Finalists. Early in 2022, registration for the virtual National Award Ceremony will be live.
PGA of Alberta Office Hours Update - Closed Dec. 20th - Jan. 3rd
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 20th and will be open again on Tuesday, January 4th.
Episode 2 is focused on the relationship between a golf professional and the head superintendent. Matt Johnson and Wade Peckham discuss how they have worked together over the past 8 years to improve and progress The Royal Mayfair GC. Topics discussed will include;
Renovations and facility upgrades
Taking care of the course in the early/off seasons
What they look for when hiring
How they both entered the industry
Thank you to Troy Mills (Jasper Park Lodger GC) for hosting this episode of the podcast. Stay tuned for future episodes of this season going live every 2 weeks.
We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of former PGA of Alberta Member and PGA of Canada member Richard "Rick" Martison. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta on November 19th at the age of 78.
Rick joined the PGA of Canada in 1965 and in 67-68 became one of the first Canadians to play on the Australian Tour. After his touring career, Rick shifted focus back to Canada and in 1971 landed the head professional role at Silver Springs Golf and Country Club where he remained for 25 years before retiring. Five years later Rick found himself drawn back to the golf industry where he served as the General Manager at Country Hills where he finished out his career in 2006.
Our thoughts are with Rick’s family and friends during this difficult time. Click the link below for obituary.
The Assistants Board is excited to present their second webinar on "Increasing Employment Term at Your Facility & Building Brand Recognition". The talented panelists will be sharing their experiences and keys to excelling within the golf industry which will include;
Kevin Chow- Blackhawk GC
Tyler Willner- Lakeside GC
Jae Maegaard- Paradise Canyon GR
Marsha Rogers- The Derrick G&WC
This will be the second of four webinars produced by the assistants board with the intention of providing professional development for all assistants within the industry. This will produce an avenue for networking and relationship building so members can continue to further their careers.
2022 Golf Shows - Early Bird Registration Now Open
EARLY BIRD registration is NOW OPEN for the 2022 Calgary & Edmonton Golf Shows in March! These Shows are a great opportunity for you to promote your facility and programs to over 7,000 passionate golfers throughout the province. Exhibiting at the Shows gives your facility the opportunity to sell green fees and memberships and expose your brand to new demographics in a fun environment. The upcoming Shows are scheduled as follows:
TOP 100 POINTS - New this year, all PGA members at a facility that exhibits at either Golf Show will receive 5 Top 100 points for the new program year! See standings HERE.
The Early Bird registration deadline is DECEMBER 15thfor both Shows. Be sure to take advantage of these rates and don’t miss out on being a part of the Alberta Golf Shows! If you have any questions about the Shows, please contact Trevor Rioux at [email protected]. Register above (login required).
Kevin Hunter in Memoriam (1950-2021)
We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of former PGA of Alberta President and PGA of Canada member Kevin Vincent Hunter. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario on November 10th at the age of 70.
Kevin joined the PGA of Canada in 1973 and was the President of the PGA of Alberta from 1983 - 1984. As per his request, there will be no funeral. Celebrations of life with Kevin’s friends and family have, and will continue to take place privately. A more public celebration of life will take place in the springtime.
Our thoughts are with Kevin’s family and friends during this difficult time. Click the link below for obituary.
Callaway Golf Canada Named Jack Skellern Patron of the Year
Congratulations to Callaway Golf Canada for being honoured with the 2021 PGA of Alberta Jack Skellern Patron of the Year Award! This Award is presented annually on behalf of the Association to an individual or organization for their support to the PGA of Alberta and the advancement of Professional Golf in the province. Callaway is now a three-time recipient of this Award, winning previously in 2000 and 2009!
Callaway Golf Canada has been a partner of the PGA of Alberta since 1998 and has supported numerous Association initiatives over the years which include the tournament program, education, golf shows, and the annual Buying Show. Their genuine interest and passion for the Association and members has helped forged a strong and meaningful relationship for over twenty years.
CLICK HERE to watch a short video of PGA of Alberta Vice President Matt Johnson presenting the Award to Bruce Carroll, General Manager at Callaway Golf Canada (pictured below).
Callaway Golf Canada General Manager - Bruce Carroll
Pro Tip Tuesday is Coming Back
Pro Tip Tuesday is a social media initiative created in 2019 that will show off your skills as a Golf Professional and help bring exposure to you and your club. The Association will give golfers a reason to check out the PGA of Alberta Instagram account, including your own! We will start posting Pro Tip Tuesday submissions in December.
How do you become a part 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 and handle @pgaofalberta and the PGA of Alberta will re-post your video on their Instagram account every Tuesday. One video will be posted per week. We ask you to submit your video using the Dropbox link below in case you do not post on your own account.
Be Professional. You are representing the Association so ensure you look and act the part.
Intro. State your name, club, and position as the intro to your video.
Length. Ensure your video is between 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
Rehearse. Practise your video tip a few times before the final "shoot".
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).
Look at past examples of Pro Tip Tuesday videos below for inspiration:
Top 100 Points Everyone who participates in Pro Tip Tuesday will earn 3 Top 100 points for the new program year. 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.
Deadline Deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, December 10th for submission.
Interested in Hosting a 2022 PGA of Alberta Tournament?
Interested in supporting the Association and hosting an event for the 2022 Tournament Season at your facility or club? This year we ran approximately 20-25 different events over the course of the season. Next year we will be looking to operate a similar number of events.
The groundwork is currently being laid for the 2022 season and the Office and Tournament Committee are currently looking for interested parties to express their interest and if known, what type of event and date range is the preference for the facility.
Types of events include:
Individual Stroke Play - 1 or 2 Day (Golf Supply House Series)
Please contact me at: ([email protected]) to submit your facilities name to our list of prospective 2022 Tournament Venues.
Dillon Batsel Wins Player of the Year Award
Congratulations to Dillon Batsel of Desert Blume GC for winning his first PGA of Alberta Player of the Year Award! Dillon had a tremendous tournament season this year which included the following accolades:
Congratulations to Fort McMurray GCfor being named the 2021 PGA of Alberta Retailer of the Year! Click HERE to see Head Professional Kyle Corriveau’s reaction.
The Player of the Year Award will be revealed this afternoon (Nov. 5) at approximately 2pm. Click Read More to see previous winners.
Chris Schatzmann Receives Club Professional of the Year Award
Congratulations to Chris Schatzmann of Stewart Creek G&CC for receiving the PGA of Alberta Club Professional of the Year Award! Click HERE to see Chris’ reaction.
The final Awards for the 2021 program year will be revealed in the coming days. Click Read More to see this year’s Finalists and Award Recipients.
Rick Lea Named Sales Rep of the Year
Congratulations to Rick Lea of Cobra Puma Golf for winning this year’s PGA of Alberta Sales Rep of the Year Award! Click HERE to see Rick’s reaction to receiving the honour.
Click Read More to see this year’s PGA of Alberta Finalists and Award Recipients.
Patrick Coli Receives Executive Professional of the Year Honour
Congratulations to Patrick Coli of Carnmoney GCfor receiving the PGA of Alberta Executive Professional of the Year Award! Click HERE to see Patrick receiving the honour today at his club.
With only a few Awards left to giveaway, make sure to tune in tomorrow for more exciting live reveals. Click Read More to see this year’s PGA of Alberta Finalists and Award Recipients.
How to Choose Your Career Path
The Assistants Board is excited to present a webinar on "Understanding Differences in Facility Types & How to Choose Your Career Path". This will give knowledge on how to select a successful golf career based on aspirations and environment. The members of the panel will be;
Bob Paley- Kananaskis GC
Murray McCourt- The Ranch G&CC
Tahlon Sweenie- Jasper Park Lodge GC
Shelley Charlton- Pinebrook G&CC
They will be discussing pros and cons of a facility type, public vs private, is there value of having experience in multiple facilities, and many more topics.
The date is set for November 10th, 2021 from 10:00am-11:00am with a question period to follow.