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Resource Centre Update - COVID-19
Association News

Resource Centre Update - COVID-19

With last week’s various announcements regarding the new restrictions brought into effect by the province of Alberta, Chief Medical Officer and Alberta Health Services, we decided to consolidate the various COVID-19 related pages on our website to provide ease of access for all our Members.

We hope the updated Resource Centre Page (found under the "My Account" tab) will help with any questions you may have during these trying times and all information on these pages has come directly from Alberta Health Services or government of Alberta or Canada pages to ensure accuracy, consistent messaging and clarity. 

With all the hard-work being done on our Industry’s behalf by the tireless NAGA Alberta & all advocates, we have thankfully managed to remain open whereas so many others have not. While not easy to yet again be forced to endure making changes to operations and all the challenging facets that entails; we implore everyone to hang on and follow the new restrictions and guidelines that have been imposed. A recent article in the Calgary Herald by Wes Gilbertson helps shed some light on the current direction of lobbying and ongoing discussions with governmental persons.

Please click here to see the most recent update from NAGA Alberta and their most recent communication with the Chief Medical Officer - Dr. Hinshaw.

Click_here_(2)for the Covid-19 Resource Centre Page


New Venue Found for GSH Series & Seniors’ Division Events
Tournament News

New Venue Found for GSH Series & Seniors’ Division Events

We are happy to announce that LEDUC GC will host the available GSH Series and Seniors’ Division events later this season on Wednesday, August 25th. Leduc GC has previously hosted the Pro-Lady North in 2019 and also a GSH Series back in 2018. Thank you to all clubs that expressed interest in hosting these events.

Leduc GC is thrilled to showcase their new 9,500 sq. ft. facility that will feature their Pro Shop, Hackers Grill with wrap around patio, Boardroom, 220 person banquet hall, and underground storage with a state of the art two bay virtual golf facility.

Registration is NOW OPEN for these events and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Click the proper link below to sign up.

GSH Series - Register Here

Seniors’ Division - Register Here
  

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Team Match Play Championship North Bracket Round 1 Complete
Tournament News

Team Match Play Championship North Bracket Round 1 Complete

Yesterday saw the first-round matchups of the Srixon / Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship South bracket presented by Nike Golf. The event was hosted at Sturgeon Valley G&CC. 

The following teams were victorious in their respective matchup today:
Lavallee/Cantera, Mah/MacComb, Plouffe/McArthur, Robillard/ T. Robinson, Belbin/Cuthbertson, McCourt/Piercey, MacGregor/Cartier, Nelson/Leicht, K. Allred/Van Amsterdam, New/DiBartolo, Busetto/Bruce, Jackson/Behiels, Whitecotton/Chapman, Hnatiw/Wisser, Ranger/McDermott. Congratulations to these teams and good luck in the Second Round!

Click here for North Bracket (Winning Side) following Round 1

They will now move on to the second round and the remaining teams will shift to the consolation side. A randomized consolation side bracket will be shared later today with the teams that did not win their first matchup. Best of luck to all these teams in the Second Round!

**Teams are now responsible for scheduling and playing their respective matches B E F O R E the deadlines specified below. As the season has been condensed and shortened there will be N O tolerance for missed deadlines for completing your respective matches.** 

Deadlines for the matches are as follows:

Round

Deadline to Complete Match

Round 1

COMPLETE

Round 2

July 8th

Round 3

July 29th

Round 4

August 19th

Semi-Finals

September 9th

Finals
(North Winners vs South Winners)


September TBA @ Red Deer G&CC

Thank you to our Sponsors for this event and Sturgeon Valley G&CC for hosting us!


Team Match Play Championship South Bracket Round 1 Complete
Tournament News

Team Match Play Championship South Bracket Round 1 Complete

Yesterday saw the first-round matchups of the Srixon / Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship South bracket presented by Nike Golf. The event was hosted by the picturesque Lakeside GC in Chestermere. The day started with some difficult conditions but the later half of the bracket got to enjoy another beautiful sunny summer day.

The following teams were victorious in their respective matchup today:
McCluskey/Hill, Willner/Stef. Anderson, Halpen/G. Johnson, Fukushima/Corrigan, Smith/Keats, Gibson/Lavoie, Chown/Waters, Ritson/Luopa, Fox/Spriddle, Courage/Jenkinson, Fleming/Stiles, Black/Heffernan, Becker/Repp,  Keller/Suto, Robb/Cox, Freeman/Wade. Congratulations to these teams and good luck in the Second Round!

Click here for South Bracket (Winning Side) following Round 1

They will now move on to the second round and the remaining teams will shift to the consolation side. A randomized consolation side bracket will be shared later this week with the teams that did not win their first matchup. Best of luck to all these teams in the Second Round!

**Teams are now responsible for scheduling and playing their respective matches B E F O R E the deadlines specified below. As the season has been condensed and shortened there will be N O tolerance for missed deadlines for completing your respective matches.** 

Deadlines for the matches are as follows:

Round

Deadline to Complete Match

Round 1

COMPLETE

Round 2

July 8th

Round 3

July 29th

Round 4

August 19th

Semi-Finals

September 9th

Finals
(North Winners vs South Winners)


September TBA @ Red Deer G&CC

Thank you to our Sponsors for this event and Lakeside GC for hosting us!


Tournament Payment Reminder
Tournament News

Tournament Payment Reminder

Please remember that the below events from July 5th forward will be processed TODAY (June 15th) at 4pm. Please withdraw before this point today to avoid any withdrawal penalties.

  • Assistants’ Championship @ Sirocco GC on July 5 & 6
  • GSH Series @ Links at Spruce Grove on July 12
  • Pro-Lady South @ Stewart Creek G&CC on July 13

The payment processing date for events moving forward beyond those listed above will return to the normal 28-days in advance policy. CLICK HERE to refresh yourself on our withdrawal policy.

How to Withdraw from an Event Online

  • Login to the website
  • Go to "My Registrations" under "My Account" or "Manage Account"
  • Click "Manage" beside the event you would like to withdraw from
  • Click withdraw on page and follow steps

How to Update Billing Profile/Credit Card Information on the Website

  1. Login to the website
  2. Go to your "Billing Profile" under "My Account’"or "Manage Account"
  3. To add a new card, click ‘Add Billing Profile’ at the bottom right and follow steps
  4. To remove cards, click ‘Edit’ beside the card you want to remove and then click ‘Delete’ at the bottom of the page.
  5. To update your new card for each tournament payment processing date, go to “My Registrations” on the website
  6. Go to “Manage” beside each tournament your registered for
  7. Click the new credit card you entered for payment and press save (you do not need to process payment if tournament is beyond 28 days out)

How to Enter your Partner’s Name on the Website

  1. Login to the website
  2. Go to "My Registrations" under "My Account" or “Manage Account”
  3. Click "Manage" beside the event you want to update your partner’s name
  4. For Pro-Pro Events - Scroll down and select your partner from the drop down list “Select Partner Name (Eligible Member)”
  5. For Pro-Am EventsScroll down and enter your partners name under “Enter Partner Name (Non-Member)” and valid Golf Canada index under “Partner Handicap”
  6. Look up their Index by CLICKING HERE to ensure their valid Golf Canada is accurate and their name is spelled correctly
  7. Click “Register Partner” once completed

Numrich Wins First Event of the Season
Tournament News

Numrich Wins First Event of the Season

Today’s first Golf Supply House Series of the season is dedicated to the late PGA of Alberta Member Corey Beaver, who sadly passed away earlier this year and was a member of the Sundre GC team.

The first event of the season was a resounding success with a massive field of 76 Professionals and hosted at the picturesque Sundre GC. The course was in immaculate condition and the weather was outstanding for our competitors for the majority of the day.

Grant Numrich of Red Deer G&CC rose to the top of the leader-board today and never looked back. With 3 birdies on the front-9 for a stellar 3-under par (33) start, Grant then carded 35 on the back-9 to finish today with a commanding 3-stroke lead on the rest of the field.

Rounding out our Top-10 today we have a 9-way tie for 2nd place at 1-under par (71): Stefan Cox, Dustin Risdon, Kent Fukushima, Wes Heffernan, Randy Robb, Riley Fleming, Keith Whitecotton, Dallas Cantera and Host Professional, Scott Shouldice.

Congratulations to our Skins winners’ of Wes Heffernan with an Eagle on #7 & Gary Hartford with a Birdie on #1!

Click here for Corey Beaver’s obituary


Tournaments are Back! Purchase your Hole in One Insurance for the Rest of the Season Today
Association News

Tournaments are Back! Purchase your Hole in One Insurance for the Rest of the Season Today

With competitions being allowed again in Alberta, create some excitement to your tournaments and club leagues by purchasing Hole in One Insurance through the PGA of Alberta HIO programIn partnership with Foster Park Brokers Inc., the HIO program provides members and non-members the opportunity to purchase affordable HIO insurance for your club, corporate and charity events!

Click Here for Member Testimonials

What Denominations Can I Purchase?
Any denomination from $1,000 to $50,000 per hole can be purchased online. Should you wish to purchase more than $50,000 per hole, please contact [email protected] for a custom quote. On coverage up to $100,000, PGA of Alberta members will always receive the best possible premium from Foster Park Brokers.

How Do I Purchase?
Coverage can be easily purchased on the PGA of Alberta website with the following steps:

  1. Login to the website and select ‘My Hole In One’ under ’Manage Account’ or ’My Account’
  2. Select the ’Create New Event’ button
  3. Follow the step-by-step instructions that will guide you through the easy purchasing process. It’s as simple as that!

*If you are a non-PGA of Alberta member and interested in purchasing, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA of Alberta office (see contact info below).

What are the Benefits of PGA of Alberta HIO Program?

  • Competitive industry rates
  • Easy to purchase online
  • Purchase for one event OR for an entire season worth of events at once
  • Modify your events by contacting the office based on any changes that occur throughout the season
  • Fees/Premium waived if tournament is cancelled due to inclement weather
  • No dealing with the insurance company directly
  • Supporting the Association

Important Items to Note
Electronic scorecards are acceptable as long as they can still be signed by the winner (digital signature acceptable).

Elevated flag/holes will NOT be permitted for HIO Insurance. However, clubs are still able to purchase insurance as long as the ball drops and stays in the hole after coming to a rest. There are NO requirements for a specific depth of the hole.

Questions?
If have any questions on how this program can work for you, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA of Alberta office (E: [email protected] OR P: 403-256-8894 / TF: 1-888-866-6140).

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PGA of Canada Now Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations - Deadline July 1
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada Now Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations - Deadline July 1

The PGA of Canada Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the extraordinary contribution and accomplishments of our members to the game of golf in Canada and around the world. Deserving members will be inducted on a regular basis.

A Committee of Past Presidents, Honorary Directors, Members, and representatives of the golf industry is responsible for reviewing nominations and selecting individuals for induction.

Once elected, the nominee is officially inducted at a special ceremony. Virtually housed, the Honoured Member’s portrait and biography are then enshrined in the PGA of Canada Hall of Fame.

Nominations must be received no later than July 1st to be eligible for selection the following year.

All nominations must be submitted electronically using this online form together with all supporting documentation (see link below). If you require additional information with the online form, please contact Darcy Kral at [email protected] or 1.800.782.5764 ext.224.

Click here for Hall of Fame Nomination Form

3-Way Tie for First Place inside the Top 100 Program
Top 100 News

3-Way Tie for First Place inside the Top 100 Program

With the golf season well underway, we wanted to provide a standings update on the PGA of Alberta Top 100 Program. This is year three of the revamped Top 100 Program (formerly the Professional Development Program) presented by Foresight Sports Canada. The Top 100 Program is based on pre-defined measurable criteria and is designed to recognize PGA of Alberta members who dedicate their time and demonstrate proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals.

As of June 3rd, we have a 3-way tie for top spot between Alex Bunner (Belvedere G&CC), Stephen Yanitski (Valley Ridge GC) and Assistants’ Board President Bryce Halverson (Valley Ridge GC), all sitting at 39 points for this program year. All three members will continue to add points to their total in hopes of being named this year’s Top 100 Award recipient at the Awards Banquet in October. Last year’s winner Chris Ward (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) is sitting within striking distance at 36 points as he looks to be the first member in PGA of Alberta history to win the Top 100 Award in back-to-back years! The current Top 10 in the standings are:
   

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Current Co-Leaders: Stephen Yanitski (left), Alex Bunner (centre),  Bryce Halverson (right)

T-1st  Alexander Bunner (Belvedere G&CC) - 39 points
T-1st  Stephen Yanitski (Valley Ridge GC) - 39 points
T-1st  Bryce Halverson (Valley Ridge GC) - 39 points
4th  Brad Gagne (McKenzie Meadows GC) - 37 points
T-5th  Mike Matuch (Silver Springs G&CC) - 36 points
T-5th  Josh Fleming (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) - 36 points
T-5th  Chris Ward (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) - 36 points
T-5th  Logan Hill (River Bend G&RA) - 36 points
T-5th  Tyler Pecman 
(Highlands GC) - 36 points
T-10th Josh Copeland (Wainwright GC) - 33 points
T-10th Kyle Boyd
(Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) - 33 points


How to Earn Points?

There’s still lots of time to earn points and move up in the rankings as this program year finishes at the end of September. A few areas where members can receive points right now is by attending education webinars or workshops, volunteering within the industry or just by completing the Compensation Survey (if not done so already). See where you can earn points by clicking the link below and looking under the "Point Allocation" tab.

*New Feature* - Standings by Membership Category
Want to see how you compare to other Professionals in the same membership category as yourself?  You can now do so by viewing the rankings in the following four membership categories; Apprentice Professionals, Class A Professionals, Head Professionals and Executive Professionals. *Please note that the cash prizes and Top 100 Professional initiative mentioned below are still based off the overall standings and not by the member category standings. Click Here for standings by membership category.

Top 100 Professionals & Cash Prizes
Please remember that the Top 100 point earners will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for this program year. Learn more about the program and see where you currently sit in the standings by clicking the link below.

The top 10 point earners for the 2021 program year will again receive a cash prize as an added incentive! Cash prizes total over $5,200! See the prize breakdown by clicking the link below and looking under the "Cash Prizes" tab.

Click Here for Standings & Information
  

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2021 Shaw Charity Classic Qualifying Events - Register Today
Tournament News

2021 Shaw Charity Classic Qualifying Events - Register Today

The PGA of Alberta is excited to host two Qualifying events for the 2021 edition of the Shaw Charity Classic held at Canyon Meadows G&CC. This year the Shaw Charity Classic will be held a bit earlier in the season on August 13th-15th.

The Pre-Qualifier, which is open to Amateurs and Professionals aged 50 years and older by the day of the event, will be taking place at Valley Ridge GC in Calgary on Friday, August 6th. The Top 5 scores from the Pre-Qualifier will advance to the next stage noted below.

Players who advance from the Pre-Qualifier will compete in the Event Qualifier on Monday, August 9th hosted at Elbow Springs GC, the final stage before the Shaw Charity Classic. The Top 4 scores from the Event Qualifier will go on to play in the 2021 Shaw Charity Classic!

DEADLINE to register for the Pre-Qualifier is Friday, July 30th by 5pm MST. For more information on eligibility and how to register, please click Read More below.

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Mobile Scoring – Download the Golf Genius App Today
Tournament News

Mobile Scoring – Download the Golf Genius App Today

This season we will be utilizing mobile scoring through the Golf Genius software to avoid exchanging scorecards.

  • Players will be emailed the necessary information in advance of the event and use their phone to score for one of their playing partners.
  • NO physical scorecards will be given at events.

DOWNLOAD THE APP - All players need to download the FREE Golf Genius App before their first event.  Click the link below to download on your phone.

TUTORIAL VIDEO - CLICK HERE to watch a short video from Golf Genius on Digital Scorecard Player Instructions so you know what to expect at events.


Association News

2021 Junior Scholarships - Now Open

Once again the PGA of Alberta is offering FOUR Junior Scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving applicants. Two of these scholarships will be awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members, which doesn’t require any golf experience to apply! The other two scholarships will be awarded to Alberta Juniors who meet the specific criteria outlined on our website. Deadline is Friday, July 30th2021 by 4pm.

For more information OR to apply, please click here.

PGA of Alberta Partners with WizGolf for 2021 Championship
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Partners with WizGolf for 2021 Championship

The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce a new partnership with WizGolf for this year’s PGA of Alberta Championship hosted at River Bend G&RA in August!

The Championship is the flagship event on the Association’s schedule featuring approximately 100 of Alberta’s top Professionals competing for the largest purse of the season. WizGolf will be a Co-Title Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Championship alongside TaylorMade and adidas Golf. Click here to learn more about the Championship.

“We are proud to become Champion partners with the PGA of Alberta” said KJ Wi, General Manager of WizGolf. “We are confident to become a game-changer in indoor golf and golf in general".

About WizGolf…
Launched in 2019, WizGolf is the ultimate destination for year-round indoor golf. Large HD screens with state-of-the-art technology along with E6 golf technology give you access to more than 90 golf courses from around the world. One trip to WizGolf gets you swinging your clubs on courses from Hawaii to Mexico.

During COVID-19, WizGolf has faced hardship just like everyone else around the globe. During the lockdown, WizGolf has actively been working to develop a launch monitor of their own. After numerous trials and developments, WizGolf is now a proud founding company of “Wiz-I” Launch Monitor. Click here to watch a short video on their Launch Monitor.

For more information on WizGolf, please visit their website by clicking here or contact:

KJ Wi - General Manager
E: [email protected]
T: 403-938-7733

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Junior Masters Rescheduled to September
Association News

Junior Masters Rescheduled to September

The 2021 PGA of Alberta Junior Masters sponsored by Sundog EyewearTour Tee has been rescheduled to September 2 & 3 after review of the recent government restrictions effecting the golf industry. The event will still be hosted at Wolf Creek GR in Ponoka. We are pleased to keep this event on the schedule to provide the top juniors in the province with a highly competitive golf experience through our partnership with Wolf Creek GR.

For more information on the event, please click here.

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Corey Beaver in Memoriam (1993-2021)
Association News

Corey Beaver in Memoriam (1993-2021)

We are saddened to announce the recent passing of PGA of Alberta member Corey Beaver. Corey joined the PGA of Canada in 2015 and received his Class A status at the beginning of 2020. He was most recently the Assistant Golf Professional at Sundre GC and previously worked at Jasper Park Lodge GC and Station Creek GC in Ontario. Corey passed away at the age of 27.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a time of celebration to honour Corey’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St, Truro, N.S.

Our deepest condolences goes out to his family and friends during this difficult time. Click the link below for Corey’s obituary.
  

Click Here for Obituary

Professional Development Podcast - Episode 6
Education News

Professional Development Podcast - Episode 6

The Education Committee is happy to present the sixth and final episode in Season 1 of our new Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta Members. Our final guests will be two incredible Ladies’ from our Association: Ms. Gina Nelson of Magrath GC and Ms. Nicola Jeffries of Willow Park G&CC. They will be discussing a variety of topics which include, their life, dreams, journey in the golf industry, what makes them tick, inspires and motivates themselves with today’s Host, Ashley Van Kroonenburg of our Association & PGA of Alberta Staff Member.

This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. Our committee has enlisted the following guests for season 1 of the show; Dean Ingalls, Bob Paley, Riley Fleming, Tahlon Sweenie, Adam Werbicki and last but not least, Gina Nelson & Nicola Jeffries. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry. 

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Episode 6 on Spotify

Click here for Episode 6 on Apple


Professional Development Podcast - Episode 5
Education News

Professional Development Podcast - Episode 5

The Education Committee is happy to present the fifth episode in our new Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta Members. Our fifth guest will be Mr. Adam Werbicki of The Derrick Golf & Winter Club. He will be discussing a variety of topics which include, his life, journey in the golf industry & the plethora of experiences that come from running a highly regarded & well recognized national junior program with our Host, Chris Ward of The Edmonton Petroleum Club  & PGA of Alberta Education Committee Member. 

This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. Our committee has enlisted the following guests for season 1 of the show; Dean Ingalls, Bob Paley, Riley Fleming, Tahlon Sweenie and Adam Werbicki. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry. 

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Episode 5 on Spotify

Click here for Episode 5 on Apple


Registration Now Open for the 2021 Play Ability Tests
Association News

Registration Now Open for the 2021 Play Ability Tests

Registration for the 2021 Play Ability Tests (PAT) is now open! Take note of the PAT schedule by clicking the button below. There will be five PAT’s in total this season. Please pass this information on to anyone interested in becoming a member of the PGA of Alberta at your facility! For more information on the steps to become a member, please refer to the PGA of Canada Membership Roadmap.

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About the PAT…
The PAT is standardized testing all Applicants must pass in order to be eligible to apply for membership. All prospective Applicants are required to register with the PGA of Canada prior to registering for a PAT in 2021. Once an application has been accepted, the PGA of Canada will notify the PGA of Alberta office that there is a new Applicant who will be attempting a PAT. The PAT’s are conducted by the Zones.

Prospective members must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or higher
  • Currently working in the golf industry to be verified by your employer, and work a minimum of 400 hours per year
  • Two reference letters, one from your employer and one from a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member
  • Pass a sanctioned Play Ability Test
  • Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online

PAT Target Score...

  • 1 round PAT (18 holes)
  • No maximum number of attempts per year
  • All PAT’s are open to all Applicants
  • For Men, 49 years of age & under - the course rating plus 
  • For Men, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 11 
  • For Women, 49 years of age & under- the course rating plus 13 
  • For Women, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 15

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 a PAT.

Step 2 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com for all PAT’s - ($150 plus tax per each additional attempt)

If an Applicant is unsuccessful in each of their PAT attempts over the course of a season, those Applicants may try again the following season. Successful Applicants will pay membership dues for the upcoming season at that time. 

Click Read More below for more information on the application process and the steps that need to be taken after becoming a member.

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Dale Tomlinson & Matt Johnson named President/Vice President of Board of Directors
Association News

Dale Tomlinson & Matt Johnson named President/Vice President of Board of Directors

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At the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting, Greg McGarry of the Glendale G&CC officially passed the torch to the new PGA of Alberta President Dale Tomlinson from The Winston GC. Dale has been a Board Member since 2011 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the Association as he moves into his new role as the 29th President of the PGA of Alberta. At the AGM, Dale officially announced Matt Johnson from the Royal Mayfair GC as the new Vice President.

We would like to give a special thank you to Greg McGarry for all of his efforts over the last two years as President of the Association. See the picture below of Greg McGarry receiving a recognition plaque for his years of service as President. 

Click Here to view past Presidents.

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Professional Development Podcast - Episode 4
Education News

Professional Development Podcast - Episode 4

The Education Committee is happy to present the fourth episode in our new Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta Members. Our fourth guest will be Mr. Tahlon Sweenie of Jasper Park Lodge GC. He will be discussing a variety of topics which include, his life, journey in the golf industry and what it’s like working at, operating and bringing success to a highly renowned resort course. with our Host, Troy Mills of Jasper Park Lodge GC & PGA of Alberta Education Committee Member. 

This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. Our committee has enlisted the following guests for season 1 of the show; Dean Ingalls, Adam Werbicki, Riley Fleming, Bob Paley and Tahlon Sweenie. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry. 

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Episode 4 on Spotify

Click here for Episode 4 on Apple


Tournament Registration Opens TODAY @ 10am
Tournament News

Tournament Registration Opens TODAY @ 10am

Tournament Registration opens TODAY @ 10am (Tuesday, March 16th) for ALL tournaments on the website (click here for full schedule). We have a great line up of tournaments from Championships, Golf Supply House Series, Pro-Ams, and Pro-Pro Team Events.

Please submit your Tournament Eligibility Form online NOW if you have not done so already to ensure you can sign up for tournaments when registration opens. Click link below for form. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Click Here for Eligibility Form (login required to submit)

Helpful Tips for Registration

1. Sign up for multiple tournaments at once by clicking the "Add Another Tournament" option. This allows you to sign up for all your desired tournaments and only going through the registration process once. See image below.

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2. You can click the "Register" button beside the tournament on the schedule page as seen in the image below to register or click on the tournament itself, then click on the green "Register" button. Either option works.

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3. Check which Categories are eligible for each tournament by clicking on the tournament itself, and then looking under "Event Eligibility".

4. Click the "Pay Later" option when going through registration. Payments will go through manually on the website 28-days prior to each individual tournament you have signed up for. Example - You sign up for the PGA of Alberta Championship on August 16 & 17, payment will not be processed until July 19th @ 4pm (Payment Deadline) as indicated on the tournament page itself.

Lastly, for a full update on the upcoming PGA of Alberta tournament season such as the withdrawal policy, tournament eligibility, event formats, etc. click link below.

CLICK HERE to READ MORE


Presenting the PGA of Alberta Marketplace
Association News

Presenting the PGA of Alberta Marketplace

The PGA of Alberta prides itself on being different, along with bringing new ideas to life.

The PGA of Alberta Marketplace is a hub for all Golf courses in Alberta that employ a PGA of Canada Professional. This hub will allow you to search individual courses quickly and easily with all the information you’ll need to get on the links. 

The Marketplace is divided up into sectors; Teaching Facilities, Private, Semi-Private, Public and Resort courses. PLUS don’t forget to check out the Caddy Shack to search for all the NEW 2021 clubs. 

Are you looking for a deal? Well we have those too. Search under the Show Specials to find spectacular golf deals. Be sure to check in weekly as the deals have just begun. 

This Marketplace will be online until the end of the season.  Be sure to use this hub for all your PGA of Alberta Golf Course needs.

Click here to view the Marketplace


2021 Hole in One Insurance Program Now Open - Purchase for the Entire Season Today!
Association News

2021 Hole in One Insurance Program Now Open - Purchase for the Entire Season Today!

Add some excitement to your tournaments and club leagues this season by purchasing Hole in One Insurance through the PGA of Alberta HIO program! In partnership with Foster Park Brokers Inc., the HIO program provides members and non-members the opportunity to purchase affordable HIO insurance for your club, corporate and charity events!

Click Here for Member Testimonials

What Denominations Can I Purchase?
Any denomination from $1,000 to $50,000 per hole can be purchased online. Should you wish to purchase more than $50,000 per hole, please contact [email protected] for a custom quote. On coverage up to $100,000, PGA of Alberta members will always receive the best possible premium from Foster Park Brokers.

How Do I Purchase?
Coverage can be easily purchased on the PGA of Alberta website with the following steps:

  1. Login to the website and select ‘My Hole In One’ under ’Manage Account’ or ’My Account’
  2. Select the ’Create New Event’ button
  3. Follow the step-by-step instructions that will guide you through the easy purchasing process. It’s as simple as that!

*If you are a non-PGA of Alberta member and interested in purchasing, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA of Alberta office (see contact info below).

What are the Benefits of PGA of Alberta HIO Program?

  • Competitive industry rates
  • Easy to purchase online
  • Purchase for one event OR for an entire season worth of events at once
  • Modify your events by contacting the office based on any changes that occur throughout the season
  • Fees/Premium waived if tournament is cancelled due to inclement weather
  • No dealing with the insurance company directly
  • Supporting the Association

Important Items to Note
Electronic scorecards are acceptable as long as they can still be signed by the winner (digital signature acceptable).

Elevated flag/holes will NOT be permitted for HIO Insurance. However, clubs are still able to purchase insurance as long as the ball drops and stays in the hole after coming to a rest. There are NO requirements for a specific depth of the hole.

Questions?
If have any questions on how this program can work for you, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA of Alberta office (E: [email protected] OR P: 403-256-8894 / TF: 1-888-866-6140).

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PGA of Alberta and Impact Canopy Canada Extend Partnership
Partner News

PGA of Alberta and Impact Canopy Canada Extend Partnership

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a continued partnership with Impact Canopy Canada Inc. for 2021! Impact Canopies will be a new Presenting Sponsor of the Buying Show Welcome Breakfast held on the first day of the Show this year on Tuesday, October 19th.

The Welcome Breakfast was introduced to the Buying Show in 2019 at the BMO Centre in Calgary. All attendees and exhibitors of the Show are invited to this complimentary breakfast which begins at 8am, 1-hour before the Show officially opens at 9am.

“At Impact, we value our strong partnership with PGA of Alberta”, said Rachel Hart, Marketing Manager with Impact Canopy. “We are delighted to continue our involvement through 2021, this year as Presenting Sponsor of the Buying Show Welcome Breakfast. We would not miss this opportunity to connect face to face with members or the chance to showcase new and exciting products that will have courses covered from tee to green. We look forward to developing new and building continued relationships.”

EXCLUSIVE MEMBER SPECIALMembers of the PGA of Alberta are able to take advantage of exclusive specials on select Impact Canopies Canada products such as Canopies, Marquee Tents, Flags, Table Covers, Banners, Custom Face Covers, and more!

Click Here for Exclusive Special

About Impact Canopies Canada…
Impact Canopies has a 20-year history of helping leading organizations create exciting and highly visible branding campaigns and marketing initiatives. Impact Canopies Canada Inc. was formed in 1999 and has more than a decade of experience manufacturing and distributing all styles of canopies, pop-up tents, and accessories.

Today, Impact Canopies makes up the only true North American custom instant canopy brand. With Canadian offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Impact Canopy’s custom canopies, pop-up tents, banners, flags, inflatables, and more are widely available throughout North America at numerous convenient locations. Through the Impact Canopy offices, you can expect an extensive inventory, an available rental fleet, and expert sales & service advice. Click here to read various testimonials about Impact Canopies.

For more information on Impact Canopies Canada and to see what products they offer, please visit their website by clicking here or contact:

Jared TerMarsch – Event Branding Specialist
T: 403-501-4360
E: [email protected]


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Congratulations to our 25 & 50 Year Class A Members in 2021
Association News

Congratulations to our 25 & 50 Year Class A Members in 2021

Congratulations to the following 14 members for reaching their 25 & 50 Year milestone in 2021 as a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada! All members were recognized at our Annual General Meeting on March 9th for their outstanding dedication to the Association and golf industry. With such an accomplishment, the National office will recognize each members milestone with a special gift!

50 Years
  • Wayne Stark (Life Member)
25 Years
  • Andrew Penner (McKenzie Meadows GC)
  • Art New (Canada Golf Card Driving Range)
  • Cathy Burton (Class A Professional)
  • Cliff Kryway (Class A Professional)
  • David Nikirk (Mickelson National GC)
  • Gary Lecuyer (Class A Professional)
  • Gerry Collett (Links at Spruce Grove)
  • Greg Griffith (Fox Hollow GC)
  • Jamie Driscoll (Trestle Creek GR)
  • Scott Bergdahl (Lakewood GR)
  • Scott Holland (Silvertip GR)
  • Tiffany Gordon (Carnmoney GC)
  • Todd Fiske (Class A Professional)

Club Pro Championship & Team Match Play South Venues Announced
Tournament News

Club Pro Championship & Team Match Play South Venues Announced

Club Pro Championship
The Club Pro Championship will be hosted at The Hamptons GC in Calgary on July 26/27.

Team Match Play Championship South
The opening round for the Team Match Play Championship in the South will be hosted at Lakeside GC in Chestermere on May 10th.

Seniors’ Division Events
Members must be 50-years and older by the tournament date to be eligible to participate. This will give these members an opportunity to play in more events during the season against their peers of a similar age. The Seniors’ Division will tee off immediately after the GSH Series it’s attached to and will play from a reduced yardage as well as for a small purse. Eligible members may only play in the GSH Series or Seniors’ Division, not both.

Venues
#1 - Belvedere G&CC on June 9th
#2 - Inglewood G&CC on August 9th

Tournament Eligibility Form Reminder
The 2021 Tournament Eligibility Form is now available on the PGA of Alberta website. The form is required to be filled out by every member playing in a PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournament this year.

After the form has been submitted and approved by the PGA of Alberta office, the member will receive notification by email stating they are able to register for events online once registration opens on Tuesday, March 16th at 10am.
 

Click Here for Eligibility Form (login required to submit)

Congratulations to Newly Elected Board and Assistants’ Board of Directors
Association News

Congratulations to Newly Elected Board and Assistants’ Board of Directors

Congratulations to the following Members on being elected to the Board of Directors today (March 9th) at the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting:

Congratulations to the following Members on being elected to the Assistants’ Board of Directors:

Click the following links to view the current Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board.


Tournament Schedule Now Live
Tournament News

Tournament Schedule Now Live

The 2021 tournament schedule is now live on the website! Be sure to check out the schedule and mark your calendar with your favourite events.

Tournament Registration will open for ALL tournaments on Tuesday, March 16th @ 10am. Please read the information below for important updates on the tournament program and new initiatives being implemented this season so you know what to expect.

Tournament Registration
Tournament registration will follow the same process as last season allowing members to register for all events once opened. Members will not have to pay for each event until 28-days prior to the tournament date.

Eligibility Form
The 2021 Tournament Eligibility Form is now available on the PGA of Alberta website. The form is required to be filled out by every member playing in a PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournament this year.

After the form has been submitted and approved by the PGA of Alberta office, the member will receive notification by email stating they are able to register for events online once registration opens on Tuesday, March 16th at 10am. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT FORM.

Withdrawal Policy
The Withdrawal Policy for 2021 will be as follows:

  • Withdrawal up to 28-days prior to event date, before Payment Deadline = 100% Refund
  • Withdrawal after Payment Deadline but 14-days prior to event date = $50 Administration Charge
  • Withdrawal less than 14-days prior to event date but before Registration Deadline = 50% Refund of entry fee
  • Withdrawal after draw is posted, after Registration Deadline = No Refund

The registration deadline date will be moved from Thursday’s to Wednesday’s at 4pm of the week prior to the event date. This gives host venues and players more time to plan their schedules in advance.

Assistants’ Championship Eligibility
New for the 2021 season, Category II members working full-time in the golf industry (35+ hours/week for period of employment, minimum 5 months) will be eligible to compete in the Assistants’ Championship. This decision will help our Association align better with the PGA of Canada’s eligibility rule and was supported by feedback from the tournament survey. Life Members or any other member exempt into Category II but does not work full-time in the golf industry will remain ineligible for the Assistants’ Championship.

Tournament of Champions Eligibility
Class A Assistant/Teaching Professionals working full-time at an approved golf course will now be eligible to play in the Tournament of Champions with their respective Club Champion. Opening the eligibility for this event will result in better participation and more flexibility for the clubs.  Please note Apprentice Professionals remain ineligible.

PGA of Alberta Championship
River Bend G&RA in Red Deer will host the PGA of Alberta Championship this season. Based on survey results, the majority of respondents who played in the Championship last year were in favour of going back to River Bend in 2021.

After this season, we will be moving the Championship back to a Calgary and Edmonton rotation so make sure you play in this prestigious event one last time at River Bend!

Team Match Play Championship
The opening seeding rounds will be brought back for the Team Match Play Championship this season. The format for the opening seeding round will be team best ball to determine the team’s position for the brackets.

Pro-Assistant
We are pleased to be bringing the event back to Jasper Park Lodge GC in 2021. For anyone that missed the event last season, be sure to take advantage this time around since feedback from the tournament survey was overwhelming. The office will announce several room blocks in the coming weeks. We encourage you to sign up once registration opens (if eligible) and secure your room as early as possible to take advantage of the preferred rates.

Pro-Ams
The format for Pro-Am events (Pro-Junior, Pro-Senior and Pro-Lady) will continue as a Team Net Stableford in 2021. This will ensure scoring is transparent and the focus remains on the team aspect for these events.

Ladies’ Division
For 2021, we will be adding a Ladies’ Division to all our Pro-Pro team events to give female Professionals more opportunities to compete against each other in addition to the Ladies’ Championship. Based on survey feedback from female Professionals, team events are the most preferred tournaments which include the Best Ball, Scramble, and Team Match Play. More details will be released in April for the Team Match Play format.

To register, please sign up for the team event you want to play in and during the registration process, please indicate who your partner will be.

Seniors’ Division
We will again be hosting two Seniors’ Division events added to Golf Supply House Series events. Members must be 50 years or older by the tournament date to be eligible to participate in this division.

If eligible, we encourage you to participate this season as it gives you the opportunity to play in more events with members of a similar age.

Skins
Tournament Skins will again be included as part of the entry fee for all stroke play events this season (Golf Supply House Series and Championships).

COVID-19 Tournament Guide
After careful consideration, a Tournament Guide was created last season in response to COVID-19 that all players had to follow. This guide covers policies on arrival time, bunkers, scoring, flagsticks, etc. These policies are still being reviewed for the 2021 season. As we get closer to the start of the season in May, we will update the membership on this guide and any policies in effect.

Click Here to View Tournament Schedule

Annual General Meeting Reminder - TOMORROW @ 10am
Association News

Annual General Meeting Reminder - TOMORROW @ 10am

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta will be held tomorrow on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 starting at 10:00am. The AGM will be held virtually this year through Zoom.

Voting for the Board & Assistants’ Board is being executed online through a secure voting platform. If you did not receive an email communication on Feb. 16th, please contact [email protected]. Please note there will be no floor nominations this year. 

Please click Read More below to be directed to the AGM information and Zoom Link if you did not previously receive (login required). All attendees of the AGM will receive 3 Top 100 points.

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Professional Development Podcast - Episode 3
Education News

Professional Development Podcast - Episode 3

The Education Committee is happy to present the third episode in our new Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta Members. Our third guest will be Mr. Riley Fleming of Lynx Ridge GC. He will be discussing a variety of topics which include, his life, journey and all the highs and lows that can come in golf with our Host, Josh Fleming of GOLFTEC Beacon Heights & PGA of Alberta Education Committee Member. In this week’s episode, Riley will share some insight on what it was like being a touring pro and also his love for teaching golf & where that has taken him now.

This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. Our committee has enlisted the following guests for season 1 of the show; Dean Ingalls, Adam Werbicki, Riley Fleming, Bob Paley and Tahlon Sweenie. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry. 

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Episode 3 on Spotify

Click here for Episode 3 on Apple