Registration for the 2018 Playing Ability Tests is now open. The PGA of Alberta will be conducting 5 Playing Ability Tests (P.A.T) this year for those who are interested in becoming a PGA of Canada Member. Please register with the PGA of Canada prior to registering with the PGA of Alberta. After becoming a PGA of Canada applicant, please create a profile on the PGA of Alberta website . Once you have created a profile, you will be invited to register online for the PAT’s under the Tournament Schedule section of the website.
Take note of the 2018 PAT Schedule and find out more information by Clicking Here to be directed to the ’Become a Member’ section of the website. Please pass this information on to anyone interested in becoming a member of the PGA of Alberta at your facility!
For more information, please contact Britney Andersen by email or call the office at 403-256-8894.
Strong Showing by Alberta Pro’s at National Championship
To no surprise, PGA of Alberta Professionals dominated the leaderboard at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada hosted at The Winston GC, with six players finishing in the top ten. Congratulations to Riley Fleming (2nd, NGA Dome), Dustin Risdon (3rd, NGA @ McCall Lake), Albert Pistorius (T-4th, Pinebrook G&CC), Stefan Cox (6th, Calgary G&CC), Wes Heffernan (T-7th, Golf Canada Centre) and Craig Gibson (T-9th, Sirocco GC) on the top ten finishes at the Championship. Congratulations also to Marc-Etienne Bussieres of the Quebec zone on winning the Championship.
Special shout out to Riley Fleming who posted the round of the Championship on the final round shooting a 9-under 63 to propel himself to a second-place finish.
The PGA of Alberta invites you to attend the Buying Show Education Series during the 3-day Show. There will be three separate Buying Show Education Series Workshops throughout the course of the show. See the below details for more information on topics, dates and times. Registration is now live for all Buying Show Education components.
October 16 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM
It’s Showtime - Planning for the Buy Webinar
October 17 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IMPACT Tournament Systems - Enhance your Tournament Experience
October 18 @ 11:00AM - 12:00PM
2019 Golf Rule Changes - Everything you need to know
The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is proud to present the second annual 2018 winter “Teaching Summit” hosted in the Arizona area. This 3-day educational event will give a select group of PGA of Alberta members (16 participant’s max.) to observe interactive lessons with two of the most sought-after instructors in North America – Gabriel Hjertstedt and Martin Chuck. During the 8-hours of instruction each day, participants will take a 60-minute lesson to work on their own game as well as develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants take their lessons, always with the ability to ask questions in real time to both student and teacher.
The combined cost of taking a single lesson with each instructor would normally cost in excess of $800 CAD but PGA of Alberta members will have access to 16 hours of instruction at a fraction of that cost. Full details of the PGA of Alberta “Arizona Teaching Summit” and biographies of the both instructors can be found below.
*Please note that their are limited spots available and will be given on a first come first serve basis.
Every other year the PGA of Alberta sends a Compensation Survey to the membership to complete. The survey is a very important tool for our Association as it allows us to give our membership the most current earning potential in each area of the province based on their position. The more surveys that are filled out, the more accurate both the averages and high/low points will be. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey. Once completed, you will be sent a copy of the results.
Every Member will receive 5 PD points for completing the survey!
Alberta Assistants’ Team Sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf
Congratulations and good luck to Riley Fleming (NGA Dome), Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre), Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) and Dustin Risdon (NGA @ McCall Lake) who will be representing Team Alberta sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf, at the 2018 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada Inter-Zone Team Competition at The Winston GC in Calgary on September 16-19. Good luck to all Alberta Assistant Professionals competing at the Championship next week.
Round two of the Sunice/Bobby Jones Fall Championship at Royal Mayfair GC in Edmonton saw plenty of action throughout the round making for an exciting day. Conditions were much improved from round one for the field with temperatures hovering around 15 degrees and having no rain on the course.
After a hard fought battle on the course, Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) emerged as the 2018 Fall Championship winner thanks to his superb round one of 6-under 64. Wes followed up his opening round score with a solid 1-under 69 today to hold off all competitors and securing his place as the Champion with a two-day total score of 133 (7-under).
Not without competition, Heffernan was challenged all day by Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) who shot the round-two low 4-under 66. Stefan’s efforts today secured his 2nd place finish in the Championship which included four birdies and fourteen pars to fall two shy of Wes at 135 total (5-under).
Finishing third in the Championship one back of Cox was local favourite Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC). Playing at his home course, Mike had an excellent second round of 3-under 67 to finish with a total of 136.
Rounding out the top five was Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) finishing in fourth with a 139 (1-under) and Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) in fifth with a 141 (1-over).
Final tournament of the PGA of Alberta schedule is the Pro-Assistant hosted at Kananaskis Country GC on October 1 & 2.
Forty-four of Alberta’s top competitors teed off for round one at the newly formed PGA of Alberta Fall Championship hosted at Royal Mayfair GC and proudly sponsored by long-time PGA of Alberta partner, Sunice/Bobby Jones. The weary weather forced players to dress for cold and wet conditions throughout the day with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees. Fortunately the rain held off for the majority of the day giving the players almost ideal playing conditions.
Playing in his tenth event this season and hunting for his third victory is Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) who started his opening round at the 1:20pm time and finished with a 6-under 64 to give himself a commanding lead and only one off the course record. Wes was able to finish hole 18 with a beautiful 50-foot putt for birdie to increase his lead. Four strokes behind Wes in sole possession of second is Craig McArthur (Blackhawk GC) who finished round one with a score of 2-under 68. Close behind the two leaders in a four-way tie for third place is Riley Fleming (NGA Dome), Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC), local fan favorite Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) & Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) who finished the first 18 holes with a score of 1-under 69.
Close behind the leaders shooting an even-par round of 70 is Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC), Scott Borsa (Devon GC) & Braden Chown (Desert Blume GC). Round two is set for a competitive day of golf as there is 12 players that are plus one or better that all have the ability to put some pressure on the leaders.
Round two will resume tomorrow morning (Tuesday, September 11th) at 11am. Players will have a chance to improve upon their round one scores as the weather forecast is showing for minimal wind and temperatures reaching a high of 15 degrees. Follow the @PGAofAlberta on Twitter for live scoring updates tomorrow.
Attendee Registration is now Open. Register the staff at your facility for the 2018 PGA of Alberta Buying Show on October 16-18 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Remember to invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food and Beverage staff!
Our Buying Show continues to be the only “full scale” Show of its kind in Canada and it is with great pride that we host this Show every fall for our Members, Industry Suppliers and guests of the Industry. The Buying Show is an event that is restricted to PGA of Canada Members, Non-PGA of Canada Facilities and Golf Industry Merchandisers and Equipment Manufacturers.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, we want to thank you all in advance for continuing to support the Buying Show. We look forward to seeing you there!
Click here for more information including the schedule!
Tracy Moffatt Webinar is Cancelled
We regret to inform everyone that the Webinar with Tracy Moffatt on September 12th has officially been cancelled. We are looking at rescheduling the Webinar to be hosted during the Buying Show in October. Once details are confirmed we will alert the membership and begin promoting the re-scheduled date.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Quinn Logan at - [email protected] or 403-256-8894.
Team Match Play Championship - Finals
The Final matchups for the PGA of Alberta Team Match Play Championship have now been determined! The Finals for the Champion bracket side will be David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) & Craig McArthur (Blackhawk GC) from the North who will be battling against Jamie Kureluk (GOLFTEC Calgary) & Jordan Fenwick (GOLFTEC Calgary) from the South.
In the Consolation finals we have Weston Gillett (Drayton Valley GC) & Kevin Broderson (Lacombe G&CC) from the North playing against Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) & Mark Corrigan (Mickelson National GC) from the South.
Congratulations and good luck to all teams advancing to the finals which will be played at Red Deer G&CC on Thursday, September 13th!
The draw is now posted for the first round of the PGA of Alberta Fall Championship sponsored by Sunice Inc. which will be hosted this year at Royal Mayfair GC in Edmonton on September 10 & 11. Congratulations to everyone that qualified this year for the Championship which will see a field of 45 of Alberta’s top players who finished in the top of either the Golf Supply House Series money list or the overall individual money list from this season.
Tee times will start at 11am for both rounds of the Championship. Round one tee times were determined by overall individual money earned this season. The more money earned, the later the tee time.
Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) wins the 2018 PGA of Alberta Senior Championship with round one and two scores of 67-70, for a two-day total 137. Allred shot a round two low of 1-under to maintain his lead and to take home the championship. This is his fourth straight Senior Championship title and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Darryl James (NGA @ Shaganappi) finished alone in second with a two day total of 143. Not far behind Allred and James was Dean Walker (PGA of Alberta Member) who finished in third place by posting a two day total of 145.
Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) shot an impressive round of 75 on day 2 at Cottonwood G&CC to help her capture the Ladies’ Championship sponsored by Dexim Golfwear. Crystal Shapka (Priddis Greens G&CC) finished in second with Rhonda Carter (Canyon Meadows G&CC) taking home third place.
Rhonda Carter (Canyon Meadows G&CC) and Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) finish round one in a two-way tie for first place as they both posted scores of 75 at the Ladies Championship hosted by Cottonwood G&CC and sponsored by Dexim Golfwear. Close behind the co-leaders is Crystal Shapka (Priddis Greens G&CC) who shot a 76. Click here for round 1 results and round 2 draw.
Allred Seeks His Fourth Straight Championship
Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) is the round one leader of the Senior Championship at Cottonwood G&CC, sponsored by MKRAK. Scott was able to finish the day strong posting a round one score of 4-under 67, giving himself a commanding lead over the rest of the field in pursuit of his 4th consecutive Senior Championship. In sole possession of second place is Darryl James (NGA @ Shaganappi) who finished the day with a 1-over 72 and should be able to put the pressure on Scott for round 2. There is a four way tie for third place which should put some pressure on the two leaders going into round two. Click here for all the results.
TrackMan Level 1 Education Course Registration is Live
Registration is now live for the TrackMan Education Courses for the PGA of Alberta membership and non-members. Cody Miller and Ryan Cunningham will be hosting two separate TrackMan Level 1 Education Courses in Alberta in the month of September. These courses will be consistent with the Level 1 certification test through TrackMan University. All attendees will be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to pass this test online and begin working towards their level two certification.
Takeaways from this course; all attendees will be fully equipped to take the TrackMan Level 1 Certification test, note this is not required. Attendees will also have the ability to schedule time with both Ryan and Cody to come to your facility to provide further information.
The draw is now available for the first round of the PGA of Alberta Senior Championship sponsored by MKRAK Management Inc. Forty Professionals aged 50 and over will head to the beautiful Cottonwood G&CC next week on September 4 & 5 to compete for the title. Players will look to dethrone 5-time and reigning Champion Scott Allred of Elbow Springs GC who has won the last three Senior Championships in a row.
The winner will go on to represent the Alberta Zone at the 2019 PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada. Tee times will begin at 1:03pm for round one of the Championship.
Alberta’s finest female Professionals will head to Cottonwood G&CC on September 4th & 5th for the annual Ladies’ Championship sponsored by Dexim Golfwear. Tee times will begin at 12:36pm for round one of the Championship.
Invitations have been sent to all members who have qualified for the 2018 Sunice Fall Championship hosted at Royal Mayfair GC in Edmonton. This two-day 36-hole competition is comprised of the top 30 money leaders from the Golf Supply House Series and the top 20 money leaders from the Association’s individual money list who have not otherwise qualified.
After battling the wind and rain at Alberta Springs GR, 6 players successfully passed their Playing Ability Test. Congratulations to Austin Keller (River Spirit GC), Matthew Link (Strathmore GC), Garrett Thomas (Radium Resort), Jonathan West (Cottonwood G&CC) for passing the Class A Target Score of 155. Congratulations to Luke Anderson (Jasper Park Lodge GC) and Matt Dykstra (Windermere G&CC) for achieving the CFM Target Score of 160.
After a battle at The Hamptons GC in Calgary, four players stood above the rest to qualify for the Shaw Charity Classic event held at Canyon Meadows G&CC on August 31st - September 2nd. Congratulations to Gibby Gilbert III (63), Stephen Mondshine (68), Tom Werkmeister (68) and Michael Long (69) who claimed the four spots advancing to the Shaw Charity Classic. Special congratulations to Gibby Gilbert III for shooting the course record at The Hamptons GC with a 9-under 63.
A cool day in Leduc didn’t stop Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) from capturing the final Golf Supply House Series event of the year. Cantera shot a 2-under 69 to win by 1-shot over Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre). Host professional James Whitton (Leduc GC) had a great showing finishing a solo third with a 72.
Shaw Charity Classic Event Qualifier Draw – The Hamptons GC
The draw is now available for the Shaw Charity Classic Event Qualifier hosted at The Hamptons GC in Calgary on Tuesday, August 28th. Twenty-five players aged 50 years and older from throughout North America will compete for 4 spots advancing to the Shaw Charity Classic! Good luck to our two PGA of Alberta Professionals playing in the event, Scott Allred and Gord Courage!
The Shaw Charity Classic will be taking place at Canyon Meadows G&CC from August 29th to September 2nd.
Congratulations to the five competitors who shot 76 or better today at Elbow Springs GC for the Pre-Qualifer. Chris Hunsucker, Jim Karr, Stephen Mondshine, Tim Bogue and Gord Courage all qualified for the main Event Qualifier at The Hamptons GC on Tuesday, August 28th. The Shaw Charity Classic will be taking place at Canyon Meadows G&CC from August 29th to September 2nd.
Tracy Moffatt will be hosting a live Webinar for the PGA of Alberta on September 12th. This Webinar is available for all PGA of Alberta Members as well as Non-Members.
The Buying Show in Edmonton is fast approaching! Building off her 2018 Spring Seminar presentations, this Webinar session will help you develop a buying plan for the 2018 Buying Show. During this hands on two-way interactive Webinar, Tracy will look at key numbers you need to review and forecast for next year and then take those numbers and develop a simple buying plan for the upcoming season. Additionally, vendor analysis and planning for the upcoming season will also be discussed. This Webinar is designed for anyone from your facility that has any involvement with the Buying Show process. General Managers, Head Pro’s, Teaching Pro’s and Assistant Professionals are all encouraged to participate.
Leduc GC is ready to host the ninth and final Golf Supply House Series event of the season taking place on August 27th in Leduc, AB. The event will see a competitive field of 54 players competing for a purse of $7,050.00. Tee times will begin at 9:00am with the last tee time at 11:50am.
This tournament will be the last opportunity for members to earn money to qualify for the Fall Championship (formerly the Tour Championship) being hosted at Royal Mayfair GC on September 10 & 11. Click here to view the money earned list for this season (*Fall Championship is based on Individual money earned).
Round two of the PGA of Alberta Championship sponsored by Club Car LLC, TaylorMade and adidas Golf saw a brisk start to the day as the early tee-times had to deal with cool winds. As the leaders from round one teed off in the afternoon, they saw much warmer temperatures and minimal wind. All in all it was tremendous playing conditions throughout the day which helped encourage low scores as the deep leaderboard battled it out to the very end.
Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) started the day off with the outright lead sitting at 6-under 66. Maintaining his consistent round one play, Fleming was able to build upon his opening round score by coming into the Clubhouse with a 4-under 68 which put him at a two-round total of 10-under 134, cementing his second Association Championship victory of the season. Riley had an excellent second round posting 14 pars and 4 birdies. Exchanging the lead all day with Fleming in a showdown until the final putt on 18 was Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) who finished in sole possession of second place. Heffernan was able to draw from his round one play with a 4-under 68 to finish the Championship with a two-day total of 9-under 135. In third place Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) finished with a two-day total of 7-under 137. Rounding out the top 5 in a two-way tie for fourth place was Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) and Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) who both finished with a 5-under 139.
In a three-way tie for 6th place was Braden Chown (Desert Blume GC), Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) & Jason Stanier (Inglewood G&CC) who shot a two-round total of 140. Close behind Chown, Cox and Stanier was Dustin Risdon (NGA @ McCall Lake) and Scott Stiles (Inglewood G&CC) who were both at a 3-under 141.
The next Championship on the PGA of Alberta schedule is the Ladies’ and Senior Championship hosted by Cottonwood G&CC in Foothills, Alberta. On September 4th, approximately 45 of the top Female and Senior Professionals in Alberta will compete for their respective titles.
PGA of Alberta Championship Draw - River Bend G&RA
The time has finally come! The draw is now available for the first round of the prestigious PGA of Alberta Championship Sponsored by long time partners Club Car LLC, TaylorMade & adidas Golf. Players will once again head to River Bend G&RA on August 20 & 21 for the second consecutive year to compete in the two round stroke play event. The Championship this year will see a field of 93 competitors from throughout Alberta hoping to take home a piece of the largest purse of the season which is $34,200! Tee times for both rounds will begin at 7:30am.
Winner of the Championship will be awarded 40 Order of Merit points and will be that much closer to securing a spot on the Alberta Assistants’ or Club Pro Team. Click here to view the current standings.
The latest issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live. Content in this issue includes stories on the Rebuild at Kananaskis Country GC; Recap on PGA of Alberta Tournaments; Stampede Breakfast at the Golf Canada Calgary Centre, and more!