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PGA Championship of Canada Returns to Edmonton’s Royal
PGA of Canada News

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.”

Click here to read the full press release from the PGA of Canada.

Annual General Meeting & Board Nominees
Association News

Annual General Meeting & Board Nominees

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.

Board of Directors Nominees - Click Here

Assistants’ Board of Directors Nominees 
- Click Here

Spring Seminar - Extra Educational Opportunities
Education News

Spring Seminar - Extra Educational Opportunities

The Education Committee is happy to announce that there will be 3 additional Education Events ran on the sidelines of the Spring Seminar this year!  We will be partnering with Alberta Golf who will  be providing a certification seminar on the new World Handicap System. Jason Glass will be doing a practical hands-on live evaluation session which will be possible to attend as either a participant or as an observer at a reduced rate. 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.  

Details are still coming together but look for R E G I S T R A T I O N to open for these events next week!
Space will be limited and registration will be on a first come first serve basis so, make sure to check back in for further updates.


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**Time and locations are still subject to change**

*Contact [email protected] with any questions*


PGA of Alberta Professionals Launch PRO TIP TUESDAY
Association News

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 

LINK >> https://vimeo.com/388536085

Example on how the "Pro Tip Tuesday" post is laid out on Instagram or Twitter  new-instagram-logo-png-transparent-light  twitter
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@PGAofAlberta @valleyridgegolfclub @Halverson33

#pgaofabprotiptuesday #pgaofalberta #promoteyourprofessional #mosttrustedresource

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]

Get your videos in now!

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Bud Loftus in Memoriam (1930-2020)
Association News

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
Education News

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.

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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

Click here for Speaker Biographies. 
S H O W  S C H E D U L E and Speaker topics coming soon!!

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**Withdrawal policy: Withdraw before the early bird deadline of February 9th to get a full refund and any withdrawal after will incur a 25$ penalty.**    

Click here for PARTNER HOTEL INFO.

Click here or the logo below for Gordon Food Service Info.

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Contact [email protected] with any questions or comments.


PGA of Alberta Announces Partnership with Hotel Arts
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Announces Partnership with Hotel Arts

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a partnership with Hotel Arts as 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.

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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.

For more information, please visit the Hotel Arts website at www.hotelarts.ca.
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Spring Seminar Keynote Speaker Announcement - Michael Breed
Education News

Spring Seminar Keynote Speaker Announcement - Michael Breed

We are happy to announce that another Keynote Speaker for the forthcoming 2020 Spring Seminar (March 2nd - 3rd) sponsored by EZ-GO & SuperSpeed Golf and hosted by The Derrick G&WC has been secured!

This Speaker is proudly  presented by the PGA of Canada Training AcademyTitleist and FootJoy.

It will be none other than..... Michael Breed!! 

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Michael Breed is among the most dynamic, engaging and entertaining teachers in the game. He hosts “A New Breed of Golf “ on Sirius XM PGA TOUR Radio weekdays from 8-10 AM, and the digital series, “A New Breed of Golf,” which is available on Facebook Watch and YouTube.

Michael leads the way in digital golf instruction, and previously hosted the highest rated golf instruction series on Golf Channel, The Golf Fix. He is a member of the PGA of America’s digital broadcast team for the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. He serves as the Chief Digital Instructor for Golf Digest, focused on innovating golf instruction and overseeing the “Best Young Teachers” program.


Named The PGA of America’s National Teacher of the Year in 2012, he operates the Michael Breed Golf Academy at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top instructors by Golf Digest and GOLF magazines. The Metropolitan PGA Section has recognized Michael for a number of awards, including Teacher of the Year (2000, 2009) - the only two-time winner – and the Horton Smith Award (2006, 2007, 2017).

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Follow Michael on twitter at @MichaelBreed OR on new-instagram-logo-png-transparent-light at @michaelbreed


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Spring Seminar 2020 - Matt Ginella - Keynote Speaker Announcement
Education News

Spring Seminar 2020 - Matt Ginella - Keynote Speaker Announcement

We are happy to announce that a Keynote Speaker for the forthcoming 2020 Spring Seminar sponsored by E-Z-GO & SuperSpeed Golf and hosted by The Derrick G&WC has been secured!

It will be none other than..... Matt Ginella!!

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Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor’s Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.

Before the Golf Channel, Ginella was a senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer’s annual buddy trips to over 60 destinations around the country.

Mr. Ginella graduated from St. Mary’s College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003.

Follow Matt on twitter at @mattginellagc OR
 on new-instagram-logo-png-transparent-light at @Matt_Ginella


Submit Nomination for Board of Directors - 8 Days Until Deadline
Association News

Submit Nomination for Board of Directors - 8 Days Until Deadline

If you are interested in running for a position on either the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors, 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 is Friday, January 17th, 2020 by 4pm.

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- Both elections will be held at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at The Derrick G&WC in Edmonton, Alberta.

Click Here for Nomination Form

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Updated Office Hours
Association News

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Updated Office Hours

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 23rd and will be open again on December 30th. Please note the office will be closed on January 1st for New Year’s Day.


Play Ability Test Changes Coming into Effect in 2020
PGA of Canada News

Play Ability Test Changes Coming into Effect in 2020

After two years of extensive research and feedback from members, boards, zones, Golf Canada, International PGA’s and the Association’s exit surveys, the PGA of Canada is announcing updates to the Play Ability Test (PAT) process effective January 1, 2020.

While maintaining the integrity of playing ability, these updates streamline the PAT process and address several key areas identified as barriers to joining the association. The PGA of Canada has addressed the below points with the new PAT process:

  • The new PAT process will be consistent across the country, including the cost, which has been made more affordable for all prospective members.
  • The new PAT process standardizes and simplifies the registration process for PAT’s; applicants will register centrally on pgaofcanada.com for all PAT attempts moving forward.
  • Eliminating the IN and OUT scores; the PAT will be conducted over one 18-hole round.
  • Separate PAT target scores for men, women, and seniors, backed by handicap data from Golf Canada.

NEW PAT Process
Step 1 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com - The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your 1st PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. After a year, you must re-register as an applicant to register for and attempt at PAT.
Step 2 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com for all PAT’s - ($150 per attempt, PAT’s for 2020 to be posted online by April 1)

NEW PAT Exemption Process
Step 1 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com - at $325 plus tax
Step 2 - Submit your scores for a possible PAT Exemption (click here), using the online form at pgaofcanada.com (if successful, an additional fee of $25 plus tax applies).

Click here to learn more about the new PAT process including target scores.

PGA of Canada Unveils Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada Unveils Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada

The PGA of Canada in partnership with Golf Talk Canada is proud to unveil its Top 100 golf courses in Canada which features the top 50 public/resort and top 50 private venues across the country as voted on by PGA of Canada members.
 
“We are so excited to have our more than 3,600 PGA of Canada members from across the country come up with a list to call their own,” said PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle.

Alberta has a strong presence on the list as expected with 16 courses in total being named inside the Top 100. Congratulations to the following Alberta facilities:

Top Public/Semi-Private/Resort Courses

  • Banff Springs GC (#3)
  • Jasper Park Lodge GC (#4)
  • Stewart Creek G&CC (#11)
  • Kananaskis Country GC – Mt. Lorette (#14) & Mt. Kidd (#15)
  • Wolf Creek GR (#30)
  • Silvertip GR (#45)

Top Private Courses

  • Glencoe G&CC (#13)
  • Calgary G&CC (#15)
  • Blackhawk GC (#19)
  • Royal Mayfair GC (#26)
  • Priddis Greens G&CC – Hawk (#33) & Raven (#39)
  • Canyon Meadows G&CC (#35)
  • Earl Grey GC (#42)
  • Red Deer G&CC (#43)
Click here to view entire list.

PGA of Alberta Members Take Home Three National Awards
Association News

PGA of Alberta Members Take Home Three National Awards

The PGA of Alberta is proud to announce that three members from Alberta won a 2019 PGA of Canada National Award! All three members were also the recipients of the matching provincial award in October and have been recognized nationally for their dedication and achievements this past year. Our winners from Alberta are:

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Chris Cooke (Kananaskis Country GC) – Moe Norman Apprentice Professional of the Year

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Sam Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC) – Stan Leonard Class “A” Professional of the Year

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Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) – Mike Weir Player of the Year

Chris, Sam, and Wes will all be recognized at the PGA of Canada Awards Night in January taking place at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations to all the other National Award Winners and Finalists.

Click here to learn more about this years winners.

PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals for 2019
Association News

PGA of Alberta Announces Top 100 Professionals for 2019

The Association is proud to recognize the Top 100 PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals for 2019 as determined by the rankings in the Top 100 Program! The Top 100 list below is the top 100 point earners for 2019.

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 Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals. The following areas where points are awarded are Education & Employment, Association initiatives and Tournaments.

“The Top 100 Program was an initiative introduced for the 2019 season and helped the PGA of Alberta identify and celebrate those Members who go above and beyond to make our Association one of the strongest in the country" said PGA of Alberta President Greg McGarry.

"The Top 100 Golf Professionals of 2019 are an impressive group of individuals demonstrating key qualities such as leadership, professionalism and dedication to their craft.  We look to grow on it’s success for years to come.”

Top 100 Golf Professionals

Adams, Corbin
Jagare Ridge GC
Gillett, Weston
Lacombe G&CC
McDonald, Darrell
Mill Woods GC
Allred, Scott
Elbow Springs GC
Goplin, Trevor
Derrick G&WC
McDowell, Blair
Northern Bear GC
Anderson, Scott
Winston GC
Gordon, Tiffany
Carnmoney GC
McEachern, Michael
Woodside GC
Babkirk, Tyrel
Apple Creek GC
Graf, Kevin
Serenity GC
McEvay, Mike
Goose Hummock GR
Behiels, Jake
Cougar Creek GR
Graham, Michael
Cottonwood G&CC
Palenchuk, Keith
Earl Grey GC
Belbin, Mike
Royal Mayfair GC
Greiner, Tom
Calgary G&CC
Paley, Bob
Kananaskis Country GC
Black, Kevin
Redwood Meadows G&CC
Halverson, Bryce
Winston GC
Pecman, Tyler
Highlands GC
Borsa, Scott
Devon G&CC
Hancock, Cody
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
Petryk, Larry
Raven Crest G&CC
Bruce, Adam
Glendale G&CC
Hartford, Gary
Highlands GC
Plosz, Jason
Affiliate
Busetto, Joseph
Glendale G&CC
Heffernan, Wes
D.M. Golf Performance Centre
Raina, Shannon
Glencoe G&CC
Cantera, Dallas
Cardiff G&CC
Henzie, Dave
Nanton GC
Repp, Doug
HeatherGlen GC
Carter, Alan
Edmonton CC
Hnatiw, Jason
Windermere G&CC
Robb, Randy
Edge Golf School
Carter, Rhonda
PGA of Alberta Member
Horton, Paul
Heritage Pointe Golf Academy
Robertson, Curtis
Valley Ridge GC
Carter, Terry
National Golf Academy Dome
James, Darryl
National Golf Academy @ Shaganappi
Rogers, Marsha
Derrick G&WC
Cartier, Jacob
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
James, Robb
Stony Plain GC
Scheller, J.D.
Turner Valley GC
Chan, Stuart
Willow Park G&CC
Jenkinson, Garett
Golf Performance Canada @ E.S.
Seifert, Matt
Earl Grey GC
Chow, Kevin
Blackhawk GC
Johnson, Greg
Inglewood G&CC
Smith, Scott
Pinebrook G&CC
Chown, Braden
Desert Blume GC
Johnson, Matt
Royal Mayfair GC
Stanier, Jason
Inglewood G&CC
Christenson, Gary
Sturgeon Valley G&CC
Karlson, Brady
Canyon Meadows G&CC
Stiles, Scott
Winston GC
Cooke, Chris
Kananaskis Country GC
Kirkness, Samuel
Priddis Greens G&CC
Stringer, Richard
PGA of Alberta Member
Courage, Gord
Hamptons GC
Komick, Tyler
PGA of Alberta Member
Sweenie, Tahlon
Jasper Park Lodge GC
Cuthbertson, Jeff
Stony Plain GC
Kruger, Blaine
Stony Plain GC
Tanner, Jeremy
Highlands GC
DiBartolo, Andre
Jagare Ridge GC
Latimer, Cameron
Woodside GC
Taylor, Carson
Winston GC
DiPasquale, Chris
Bridge Valley GC
Laugher, Ron
Priddis Greens G&CC
Thompson, Sean
Cottonwood G&CC
Douglas, Joel
Inglewood G&CC
Lavallee, Jeremy
Royal Mayfair GC
Timms, Kasey
Royal Mayfair GC
Drummond, Graeme
Inglewood G&CC
Lavoie, Shawn
Canyon Meadows G&CC
Tomlinson, Dale
Winston GC
Dyki, Evan
Blackhawk GC
LeBouthillier, Tyler
GOLFTEC Calgary Heights
Van Kroonenburg, Ashley
PGA of Alberta Member
Dzieciuch, Edmund
Apple Creek GC
Locke, Eric
Priddis Greens G&CC
Van Tighem, Taylor
Royal Mayfair GC
Fast, Brian
Sirocco GC
MacComb, David
Blackhawk GC
Vandermey, Nick
Windermere G&CC
Feener, Chad
Leduc GC
MacDonald, Mathew
Henderson Lake GC
Vandermey, Spencer
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
Fleming, Josh
GOLFTEC Beacon Heights
MacGregor, Jeff
Inglewood G&CC
Vaughan, Jason
Miskanaw GC
Fleming, Riley
National Golf Academy Dome
MacKinnon, Jennifer
Earl Grey GC
Ward, Chris
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC
Foote, Kurtis
Country Hills GC
Mah, Matthew
Mill Woods GC
Ward, Jeff
Brooks GC
Forshner, Judy
Glencoe G&CC
Maher, Jeremy
PGA of Alberta Member
Weich, Jordan
Earl Grey GC
Freeman, Matt
Canyon Meadows G&CC
McArthur, Craig
Affiliate
Westman, Scott
Ranch G&CC
Garbutt, Shane
Glendale G&CC
McCluskey, Phil
River Bend G&RA
Willner, Tyler
Lakeside GC
Gibson, Craig
PGA of Alberta Member
McCourt, Murray
Ranch G&CC
Wilson, John D.
Priddis Greens G&CC

Award Winner...
Congratulations to Sean Thompson of Cottonwood G&CC, winner of the Top 100 Award this year after accumulating the most points (91) to win by a margin of 10. Sean was the winner of the Award in 2017 (formerly the Professional Development Program) and has been ranked consistently in the top 10 over the last five years.

“I am incredibly proud to be the recipient of the inaugural Top 100 Award" said Sean. "Outside of doing a good job at our various facilities, I view it as our responsibility as Golf Professional’s to grow the game at every opportunity and to have an award that recognises Professional’s for developing their skills to better service the local golfing community is a great asset for our Association"


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Cash Prizes...
In addition to the Award winner, the Association is proud to have awarded seven cash prizes to the top point earners for the program year. Members needed to accumulate 65 points or more to earn a cheque. Congratulations to the following cash recipients:

Place

Name

Points

Cash Prize

Winner

Sean Thompson

91

$1,200

2nd

Sam Kirkness

81

$900

3rd

Dale Tomlinson

71

$700

4th

Josh Fleming

70

$500

T - 5th

Jeff MacGregor

66

$287

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Craig Gibson

66

$287

7th

Eric Locke

65

$125

We look forward to another successful year of the Top 100 Program in 2020. The Buying Show always begins a new year for the program so stay tuned for Top 100 news moving forward. Check out the updated Standings on the website and see where you currently rank on the leaderboard.

View Standings - Click Here

Awards Recap Issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine Now Live
Association News

Awards Recap Issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine Now Live

The newest issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine, the Golf Report, is now live! This magazine is in partnership with Inside Golf covering the latest Association and Industry news. Inside this issue includes stories on the following:

  • PGA of Alberta Buying Show and Award Winners
  • Interview with Club Professional of the Year, Greg Kincade
  • New World Handicap System Being Rolled Out in 2020
  • PGA of Alberta Bursary and Scholarship Recipients
  • Early Bird Registration for 2020 Alberta Golf Shows
Click here to view magazine.

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Two Alberta Pro’s Inside Top 10 at Head Pro Championship
PGA of Canada News

Two Alberta Pro’s Inside Top 10 at Head Pro Championship

Both Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) and Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) sit inside the top 10 at 5-under after two rounds at the PGA Head Pro Championship of Canada hosted at the Wigwam GC in Arizona. Both players will need to have miraculous rounds to catch leader Gordon Burns from Ontario after shooting a blazing 17-under to lead by seven strokes over his nearest competitor going into the final round.

Sitting just outside the top 10 is Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) having another terrific performance at the Head Pro Championship at 3-under.

Click here for full results and live scoring throughout the round.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Team Alberta Heads South to Wigwam GC for National Championship
PGA of Canada News

Team Alberta Heads South to Wigwam GC for National Championship

Good luck to our Cobra Puma Golf Head Pro Team who will be representing Alberta in the Inter-Zone Competition at the 2019 PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada. The Championship this year is taking place at Wigwam GC in Litchfield Park, Arizona on December 2-5. Good luck to the 14 Alberta Professionals competing at the Championship next week!

This years team consists of our 2019 PGA of Alberta Club Pro Champion Scott Borsa (Devon G&CC), Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC), Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC) and Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC).

Click here for more information and to view the field.

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2020 Golf Show Early Bird Registration
Golf Show News

2020 Golf Show Early Bird Registration

The early bird registration deadline for both the Calgary and Edmonton Golf Shows is on December 13th, 2019 which is right around the corner. Take advantage of the early bird rates and don’t miss your chance on great savings and being a part of the Alberta Golf Shows.

Reasons to attend the Golf Show are to gain access to approximately 8,000 passionate golfers throughout the province, have access to our million dollar clearance centre, sell green fees and memberships and expose your brand or facility to new demographics in a fun environment. Attending the show can help increase the number of golfers walking into your clubhouse as well as increased sales in memberships.

For more information on how to register, rates and deadlines please visit the link below.

https://www.pgaofalberta.com/events/golf-shows/

Any questions or concerns please contact our events coordinator Ashley Van Kroonenburg at [email protected]  


2019 Buying Show – Thanks for Attending
Buying Show News

2019 Buying Show – Thanks for Attending

Thank you to everyone who attended and played a part in the 2019 edition of the PGA of Alberta Buying Show hosted at the BMO Centre in Calgary on October 22 - 24. The Show featured several new components this year that added value to all Attendees while bringing more excitement to the Show throughout the week. New components included:

  • Opening Breakfast with David Hearn
  • Complimentary F&B throughout the week supplied by Gordon Food Service
  • Cocktail Reception @ Hotel Arts after Day 1
  • Roger Cleveland Presentation @ Hotel Arts

We are proud to run the largest Buying Show in Canada each year and it would not be possible without the continued support from our Exhibitors, Partners, Members and Attendees!

We wish everyone a great off-season this year and hope to see you back in 2020! Click here to view a few photos from the Show on our Instagram account.


2019 Award Winners
Association News

2019 Award Winners

The PGA of Alberta announced the winners of the annual awards on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Calgary BMO Centre. Individuals were recognized for their achievements throughout the season and their career, as well as for their contributions to the Association and the game of golf.

Some of the categories recognised included Club Professional, Teacher, Junior Leader and Executive Professional of the Year! Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees! See winners below.

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Greg Kincade (Edmonton CC), Club Professional of the Year
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Murray McCourt (The Ranch G&CC), Executive Professional of the Year
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Sam Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC), Assistant Professional of the Year - Class A
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Chris Cooke (Kananaskis Country GC), Assistant Professional of the Year - Apprentice Professional
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Derek Baker (Derek Baker Golf Academy), Teacher of the Year
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Lyndon King (Collicutt Siding GC), Junior Leader of the Year
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Randy Robb (Edge Golf School), Coach of the Year
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Sean Thompson (Cottonwood G&CC), Top 100 Award
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Jared Engel (adidas Golf), Sales Representative of the Year
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Red Deer G&CC, Retailer of the Year (Private)
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Sirocco GC, Retailer of the Year (Public)
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Golf Supply House, Jack Skellern Patron of the Year
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Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre), Player of the Year
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Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC)Head Professional Order of Merit Champion
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Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC)Ladies’ Order of Merit Champion
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Riley Fleming (NGA Dome)Assistant Professional Order of Merit Champion

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PGA of Alberta Bursary Recipients

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to present four bursaries of $750 each to the following deserving Assistant Professionals in the Association:

  1. Chris Cooke (Kananaskis Country GC)
  2. Jennifer MacKinnon (Earl Grey GC)
  3. Scott Stiles (The Winston GC)
  4. Michael McEachern (Woodside GC)

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who applied.

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David Hearn to Attend Buying Show Welcome Breakfast
Buying Show News

David Hearn to Attend Buying Show Welcome Breakfast

The PGA of Alberta Buying Show just keeps getting better and better as we have lined up Canadian Professional Golfer David Hearn to attend and say a few words at the opening Welcome Breakfast on Day 1 of the PGA of Alberta Buying Show on Tuesday, October 22nd.

David will also be attending the Buying Show on behalf of the Greg Norman Collection / Mint Green Group booth (#504) at the Show. The Canadian golf icon will be present at their booth from 9:00 - 11:30am on Day 1 only so make sure to get there early!

The Breakfast will begin at 8am on the opening day at the BMO Centre (Hall C) with the food and beverage portion being supplied by Gordon Food Service (Booth #707). See the menu for the breakfast below.  David will say a few words at approximately 8:45am.

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About David Hearn…
Rookie of the Year on PGA Tour Canada in 2002, Brantford’s David Hearn has had a long and successful career spanning several professional tours. After playing in Canada and Asia early in his career, Hearn broke through in 2004, winning on both PGA Tour Canada and the Web.com Tour.

In 2014-2015, Hearn collected eight Top 25 finishes, including four Top 10 results and narrowly being the first Canadian in over 60 years to win Canada’s national tournament – the RBC Canadian Open.

His 2015-2016 campaign was full of strong consistent performances with fourteen top 30’s including two top 10’s.  It was highlighted by a July trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the XXXI Olympiad.  It was the first-time golf had been included in the Summer Olympics since 1904.  Hearn attempted to defend Canada’s title 112 years in the making, resulting in a T30 finish.

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Breakfast Menu (Tuesday, October 22nd, 8:00am - 9:30am)

  • Assortment of fresh cut fruit
  • Assortment of freshly baked pastries and Danishes
  • Bacon/Sausage
  • Scrambled Western Omelette
  • Pancakes w/ Baileys Whipped Cream and Pomegranate Balsamic Glaze
  • Waffles w/ Baileys Whipped Cream and Pomegranate Balsamic Glaze
  • Potato Wedges w/ Garlic Aioli, Jalapeno Lime Aioli, and Chipotle Aioli options

Click here to see the full Buying Show Itinerary!


Top 10 Reasons Why You Need to be at the 2019 PGA of Alberta Buying Show
Buying Show News

Top 10 Reasons Why You Need to be at the 2019 PGA of Alberta Buying Show

Here are the Top 10 reasons why you need to be at the 2019 PGA of Alberta Buying Show this year at the Calgary BMO Centre on Oct. 22-24.

#1 - One stop shop for all your BUYING – Visit our 80+ Companies/Exhibitors and view 100’s of Brands at one venue. Be a proud supporter of PGA of Alberta Association.

#2 - Come Network with your Fellow Golf Professionals throughout the three days at the Show.

#3 - Astonishing Food & Beverage segment – Bring your F&B Team to build your clubs menu! Amazing Food Services and Beer Samples at all Events Served by Gordon Food Service. Support our New Partners.

#4 - Build relationships with top Company Executives & your local Reps.

#5 - Amazing Education opportunities available for all Members and Guests.

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#6 - Complimentary Grand Opening Breakfast Celebration on Tuesday morning (Oct. 22) - Come meet Canadian Professional Golfer David Hearn presented by Greg Norman/Mint Green Group, TourTee by Sundog and breakfast served by Gordon Food Service.

#7 - Cocktail Reception on Tuesday night at Hotel Arts - Come celebrate with us and listen to Roger Cleveland’s Presentation - Chief Designer for Callaway. The evening is Sponsored by Gordon Food Service, Tribal Sportswear, Sleeman Breweries & Hotel Arts. Sign Up Here.

#8 - PGA of Alberta Awards Evening. Opening with a dazzling cocktail reception with great food to start your evening presented by Jancor Agencies, Inside Golf, and Gordon Food Service. See Award Finalists here.

#9 - FREE Lunch served daily at the 19th Hole on the Show floor supplied by Gordon Food Service.

#10 - Easy access to venue by walking, train, bike,etc. PGA of Alberta also offers free parking on site if needed.

Come and Support our Partners, Companies and Events.  Be sure you don’t miss all the excitement!


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Roger Cleveland to Speak at Buying Show Cocktail Reception
Buying Show News

Roger Cleveland to Speak at Buying Show Cocktail Reception

We are excited to announce that Roger Cleveland of Callaway Golf will be the guest speaker at the Buying Show Cocktail Reception after Day 1 of the Buying Show on October 22nd!

Roger Cleveland, founder of Cleveland Golf, joined Callaway Golf Company in January 1996 and now serves the Research & Development and Pro Tour Divisions as Callaway’s Chief Designer. His craftsmanship and expertise make him one of the most sought-after clubmakers in the world, and he regularly applies his personal touch to the equipment of many of golf’s leading professionals. Find Mr. Cleveland’s full bio below for more information.

The Reception will begin at 5pm on October 22nd at Hotel Arts which is a short walk from the BMO Centre. Mr. Cleveland presentation will be from 6–7pm and will be open to PGA Members only.

This is a complimentary event - all Attendees & Exhibitors of the Buying Show are welcome to attend the Cocktail Reception portion of the evening from 5-6pm. Please find below important details for the Cocktail Reception.

Confirm your spot at the Cocktail Reception by clicking Register Now below. As mentioned, this is a FREE event to attend.

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Roger Cleveland, founder of Cleveland Golf, joined Callaway Golf Company in January 1996 and now serves the Research & Development and Pro Tour Divisions as Callaway’s Chief Designer. His craftsmanship and expertise make him one of the most sought-after clubmakers in the world, and he regularly applies his personal touch to the equipment of many of golf’s leading professionals.

Mr. Cleveland has brought his vision, experience and craftsmanship to a number of Callaway Golf products. Mr. Cleveland is renowned for combining his depth of experience working with the Tour and combining this with the technological expertise of Callaway Golf’s renowned R & D Team to bring outstanding products to you year after year. He has also garnered considerable knowledge of the short game working with the talented CG Tour Staff.

Mr. Cleveland founded Cleveland Golf in 1979, using the professional tours as a testing ground and the inspiration for his designs. He was Chief Designer and President until that company was sold in 1990 to Skis Rossignol S.A. of France. Following the sale of the company, Mr. Cleveland served in a senior executive position with an emphasis on club design.

Mr. Cleveland was born in Long Beach, California, and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. He currently resides in West Los Angeles with his wife, Yoshiko, and son, Justin.

Cocktail Reception Sponsors...

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PGA of Alberta Partners with TourTee for Buying Show Welcome Breakfast
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Partners with TourTee for Buying Show Welcome Breakfast

The PGA of Alberta has partnered with TourTee by Sundog Eyewear as the Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming Buying Show Welcome Breakfast held on the first day of the Show on Tuesday, October 22nd just outside of Hall C at the BMO Centre.

The Welcome Breakfast is a new event this year at the Buying Show beginning at 8am and will create some excitement before the Show officially opens at 9am. All attendees and exhibitors of the Buying Show are invited to attend this complimentary breakfast!

About TourTee…
Introducing TourTee, a new innovative technology that allows you to hit up to 12 yards further!  The patented and USGA approved TourTee is made from a co-moulded construction using a durable plastic base and rubberized head. The unique "Cupped" top patented design with sharpened tip make teeing up the ball extremely easy, even with hardened tee boxes.

At 3.15’’ in length, the TourTee works well with virtually any driver and is designed to deliver a low spin launch for added distance. Also available in low a profile 1.70” for use with Irons. Virtually unbreakable, a single tee can last many rounds. Also conveniently doubles as a groove cleaner and divot repair tool, eliminating pocket clutter.

For more information on TourTee, please visit their website at www.sundogeyewear.ca/tourtee or contact Corey Austin at [email protected].

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PGA of Alberta Announces 2019 Awards Finalists
Association News

PGA of Alberta Announces 2019 Awards Finalists

The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce the 2019 Awards Finalists! Winners will be announced at the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Calgary Stampede BMO Centre. These Awards include:

  • Club Professional of the Year
  • Executive Professional of the Year
  • Assistant Professional of the Year – Class A & Apprentice Professional
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Junior of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sales Rep of the Year
  • Retailer of the Year – Private & Public

All Members, Exhibitors and Partners of the PGA of Alberta are encouraged to join us for this evening of recognition and celebration! The Cocktail Party will begin at 5pm and the Awards Banquet will start at 5:30pm. Good luck to all Finalists!

Click here to view Finalists

PGA of Alberta Partners with Tribal Sportswear for Cocktail Reception
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Partners with Tribal Sportswear for Cocktail Reception

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Tribal Sportswear as the Presenting Sponsor of the Buying Show Cocktail Reception after Day 1 of the Show on Tuesday, October 22nd.

The Cocktail Reception will be immediately after the conclusion of the Buying Show on the first day and will be hosted at Hotel Arts (walking distance from BMO Centre) in Calgary from 5-7pm. All attendees and exhibitors of the Buying Show are invited to attend the complimentary event!

The Reception will also feature a well-known special guest speaker from within the golf industry so it will be an event you do not want to miss!

About Tribal Sportswear…
Tribal Sportswear is much more than best-in-class women’s clothing. Their mission is to deliver on-trend collections that make you look and feel your best, for enjoying life’s adventures in comfort and style.

Founded in 1971 in Montreal, Canada, Tribal Sportswear began as a women’s pants separates brand. Over the past 40 years, the brand has evolved into a fully merchandised lifestyle collection and fashionable golf and leisure line designed for on and off the course.

Tribal Sportswear is stepping up their golf game with a new high-performance collection featuring a UPF50 fabric. Available in Spring 2020, this fashionable assortment offers sun protection, moisture-wicking and quick drying properties. Click here for a teaser of what’s to come at this years Buying Show.

For more information on Tribal Sportswear, please visit their website here or contact Jordy Shnier at [email protected].


PGA of Alberta Bursary Worth $750 - Deadline Extended
Association News

PGA of Alberta Bursary Worth $750 - Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for a Bursary has been extended to Monday, September 30th at 4pmThe 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.

Bursary Criteria

  1. Participation in Association & Industry Events
  2. Volunteer Experience
  3. Education
  4. Work Experience & Responsibilities
  5. Reference Letter
  6. Declaration

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