Rutherford Romps to Victory at First Ladies’ Championship
Day two at the Lakeside GC Ladies’ Championship saw a much needed return to a sunny sky and much preferred playing conditions for our competitors.
Our 2022 Ladies’ Championship Champion went wire-to-wire over two rounds and is: Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC). Katy played two excellent rounds for the Championship and shot an impressive 2-under par 70 for R1 in extremely difficult conditions. She followed it up with a great +2 over par 72 today to finish the event Even-par and prevail over her nearest competitor by a 9-stroke margin of victory. Katy had 5 Birdies on the card today and finished with a Championship total of: 144.
In solo Second Place was: Gina Nelson (Magrath GC) who was our 2 time defending Champion and had to relinquish the title this year but still played 2 great rounds. Gina carded a great even-par 72 today which included 3 Birdies but was unable to overcome the gap Katy established after R1. Gina finished the Championship at a great +9 over par with a Championship total of: 153.
Rounding out our Top-3 today was: Shaye Leidenius (Wolf Creek GR) who played two solid rounds for the Championship and carded a +6 over par today with 1 Birdie on the card. Shaye took 3rd place with a 3-stroke margin over her nearest competitor. Shaye finished with a Championship total of: 155.
Congratulations to our Day 2 Skins Winners: (Gina Nelson on #2 & #5, Katy Rutherford on #3, #4 & #12, Crystal Shapka on #8, Marsha Rogers on #10.
The PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program (separate from the PGA of Canada Mentorship Program) provides guidance and direction to first-year Members of the Association. The objective of the Mentorship Program is to create a group of Members who are passionate about their careers, the Industry and Association, leading to long-term commitment in the golf industry.
Members must have their Class "A" status within the Association in order to be a Mentor. We are in need of Mentors in all geographical locations of the province. We want to ensure the best support possible for our new Apprentice Professionals and this will be accomplished by pairing a Mentee with a Mentor that lives in a close proximity.
Expectations of Mentors
Commit to your Mentor/Mentee relationship(s) for a minimum of 1-year.
Be accountable for your Mentee and provide continuous support on an ongoing basis as needed.
Set parameters of the relationship with the Mentee and create a plan for goals/objectives on what both parties want achieve.
Attempt to meet in person with your Mentee twice (spring & fall). For example, this can be accomplished over a round of golf or at an Association tournament/event.
Provide feedback to the office by completing the Mentor Evaluation Form when required.
Top 100 Points All Mentors will receive 5Top 100 pointsmax. for their involvement in the Mentorship Program. These points are awarded annually. All Mentors must execute the action items as indicated and submit the Evaluation Form before being eligible to receive points. Points are ONLY awarded for the first-year of your pairing. Become A Mentor in 2024 If interested in being involved, click the link below to submit the "Become A Mentor" formbyJanuary 31st, 2024.After the form has been submitted, you will be added to the Mentor list (if eligible) and MAY be assigned a Mentee in February (depending on total number of Mentors/Mentees, and geographical location).
Become A Mentee in 2024 All new Members of the Association are automatically signed up to be a Mentee in the program. If you received your card in 2023, you will AUTOMATICALLY be assigned a Mentor in February of 2024.
If interested in being a Mentee and you are not a new Member as stated above, please contact[email protected]at the PGA office for more information. Mentors are assigned based on several factors including geographical location to the Mentee.
2024 Day Planner
There are only 6 hard copies of the 2024 Day Planner left!
If you want to purchase one of these, contact Marlene Sanderson [email protected]. The digital version is also available now for download (click link below).
Samuel Kirkness took home Low Club Professional honors, edging out teammate Weston Gillett , who made a 50-foot birdie on his final hole to force the playoff. Kirkness quickly answered with a 15-foot birdie to claim the Low Club Professional Trophy on the first sudden death hole.
Congratulations to all our professionals representing Alberta during the 5 PGA of Canada Championships, some notable accomplishments include:
EARLY BIRD Exhibitor registration isOPENfor the 2024 Calgary Golf Show!
Why Exhibit at the Calgary Golf Show? More than 4,000 passionate golfers attend the Calgary Golf Show each year and use the Show as a great resource to further their engagement with the game in a variety of ways. When you Exhibit at the Show, you’ll have the opportunity to raise the profile of your business or facility, while also selling (green fees, products, etc.) directly to consumers. With an indoor driving range, a massive Clearance Centre, and many other family friendly Show activities including a Long Drive Competition, there is something for all ages, ensuring Exhibitor access to a broad range of demographics.
Calgary Golf Show March 16th & 17th, 2023 | BMO Centre (Hall D)
Top 100 Points All PGA of Alberta members at a facility that pays for a booth at the Calgary Golf Show will receive 5 Top 100 points for the new program year!
Early Bird Deadline The Early Bird registration deadline isJanuary 10th, 2024. Be sure to take advantage of these discounted rates and don’t miss out on being a part of the Calgary Golf Show! If you have any questions about the Show, please contact Michelle Moody at [email protected]. Click link below to Register (login required).
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to have announced the winners of the 2023 PGA of Alberta Awards on October 18th 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.
Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists this year on a fantastic season! The following categories were recognised at the Awards Banquet this past week with recipients listed below.
PGA of Alberta and Duca del Cosma Form New Partnership
The Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with Duca del Cosma for the next two years!
Duca del Cosma will now be the Presenting Sponsor for three PGA of Alberta Players Tour tournaments during the 2024 & 2025 seasons at a North, South and Central venue.
About Duca del Cosma:
Duca del Cosma is all about bringing fashion, function, and unbeatable comfort to the world of golf. Inspired by the Italian lifestyle, their vibrant collections seamlessly merge fashion and golf, making them a must-have for golfers, whether they’re on the course or off it.
Having originated in Europe two decades ago, Duca del Cosma has consistently led the charge in redefining golf fashion. Their modern line of shoes is tailored to meet the demands of today’s golfers, seamlessly marrying chic Italian design with top-notch materials and expert craftsmanship. The result is an incredibly comfortable product that exudes style, both on and off the golf course.
As an award-winning brand, Duca del Cosma maintains an unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovative fashion. They consistently stay ahead of global fashion trends and integrate cutting-edge technology to enhance their luxury products. In today’s contemporary golf shoe market, their offerings stand out, seamlessly combining fashion, function, and supreme comfort in a way that sets them apart from traditional brands.
For more information, go to their website www.ducadelcosma.com or contact their Representative below:
VUED Joins PGA of Alberta as Exclusive Digital Display Provider
PGA of Alberta is excited to announce a new partnership with VUED through 2026!
VUED will be the Exclusive Digital Display Provider for the PGA of Alberta Buying Show, Spring Seminar and Calgary Golf Show.
VUED, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, is a prominent player in the digital out-of-home advertising industry. With the dedicated support of 200 high traffic VUED Hosts located across Alberta, we are fostering a local business coalition with a distinct advantage.
Out valued VUED Host partners enjoy a range of benefits, including complementary digital displays and collaborative campaign opportunities. Our advertising clients benefit from cost-effective precise targeting, and extensive exposure throughout the city.
Our mission is straight forward: to create a digital platform that helps businesses’ get seen by their target audience via strong strategic alliances. We take pride in commending a three-year partnership with the PGA and eagerly anticipate the remarkable achievements we can accomplish together.
For more information on advertising and how to become a VUED Host, please visit www.vued.ca or contact their Representatives below.
Melody Zhang -Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Awards Banquet Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 18th at the Calgary BMO Centre (after the second day of the Buying Show). The evening will kickoff with cocktails & appetizers at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:30pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D).
The 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show is approaching fast, make sure to register for all these great events. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out. Click the links below to find out more!
Cocktail Reception at Hotel Arts
October 17th, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hosted at Hotel Arts, less than a 10-minute walk from the BMO Centre, stop by to network and enjoy the night with fellow PGA Members. Complementary food and beverage will be provided by Gordon Food Service, Triple Bogey, and Tribal. There will also be live music, Canadian singer-songwriter JIMI (@jimisound), presented by G&G Brands.
October 18th, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
At the conclusion of Day-2, all attendees are welcome to attend the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet. The Cocktail Reception will start at 5:00 pm directly outside the front doors of the hall with food once again provided by Gordon Food Service. The Awards Banquet will follow in the Palomino Room. Come join us in celebrating all of our 2023 Award Winners!
The Education Committee has confirmed three sessions this year. Please note the changes in dates and times when registering. These sessions will be hosted in Arabian Room B. See the details for each session below.
October 17th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Buying and Merchandising with Josh Walker (Evergreen GC)
2022 PGA of Alberta Retailer of the Year
October 18th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Golf Course Management presented byTagmarshal
October 18th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Round Table Discussion
Cox and Robb Claim Match Play Title
Congratulations to our 2023 Srixon/Cleveland Golf Match Play Champions.
Presented by Nike Golf
Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) & Randy Robb (Mickelson National Golf Academy) have finished a long Match Play Season on top of our 62-team field from the North and South that began back in May. Cox and Robb went undefeated throughout the summer winning 5 times to sit at the top of the South Division which led them to face off against David MacComb (Royal Mayfair GC) & Matthew Mah (Mill Woods GC) from the North. Both teams battled hard at River Bend G&RA but Cox and Robb pulled out the victory.
This marks the end of our 2023 Tournament Season!
Thank you to everyone who played this year along with all our sponsors and tournament hosts for making this another successful tournament season!
The Association Thanks Alan Riley
In 2003, Alan was the first PGA of Alberta Member to be awarded the Master Professional designation, a title that only 14 members in Canada held at that time. Today, Alan is one of three Master Professionals in Alberta and 25 in Canada. In 2016, Alan was selected by the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Teacher Category. Alan becomes the third Member in Alberta to receive this prestigious Award.
On behalf of the PGA of Canada & Alberta, thank you for:
Your unwavering loyalty.
Your relentless efforts developing your leadership facilitator skills.
Being a long-standing role model for professionals in Alberta.
Your pride, representation and commitment to the PGA of Canada & Alberta.
North Team Victorious In Consolation Final Of Team Match Play
After a hard fought battle and 21 holes of golf, including 3 playoff holes, our team from the North, featuring Geoff Carew (Windermere G&CC) & Graeme Nelson (The Derrick G&CC) prevailed in the Consolation Final of the Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship presented by Nike Golf. Our South team featured Austin Keller and Jacob Suto from Bearspaw GC.
It was a close match throughout, with neither team ever getting more then 1 Up for the duration of the Match. Each team had some chances to extend and stretch a lead at various times but were never able to create the separation needed to end it during the first 18 holes. There were some excellent shots, with Geoff & Graeme each sticking it to about 2.5 feet on a Par 3 respectively. The Playoff was complete on the third or 21st hole of the match, with Graeme Nelson draining a clutch approximate 15 foot birdie putt from just off the green after leaving his tee shot on the fringe/first cut and seeing his partner just miss a similar putt.
Last Week Left to Apply for a $1,000 PGA of Alberta Bursary
The PGA of Alberta is proud to present 4 bursaries each year to deservingApprentice Professionals and/or Class "A" Assistant/Teaching Professionalswho meet or exceed the Bursary criteria. The Association is pleased to continue awarding each bursary amount at $1,000 each!(previously $750).
All seasonal and year-round Apprentice Professionals and Class "A" Professionals (who are not employed as Head/Executive Professionals) are eligible and encouraged to apply. A minimum of two of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal Apprentice Professionals (working 9-months or less). All Information will be held in strict confidence.
Deadline to apply for a bursary is September 30th, 2023 (end of day). The bursaries will be awarded at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19th.
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Alberta 3-Peat At PGA Assistants’ Championship Of Canada Presented By Callaway Golf
Congratulations to our 2023 Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Team for a third consecutive year of Victory in the InterZone Championship at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf at the Ranch G&CC! It was a hard fought and exciting two-day InterZone competition with 6 Teams battling for National bragging rights and a total purse of $3,450.00.
Wes Heffernan,Mitchell Fox, David MacComb & Michael Harrison made up the 2023 Team and started the competition with an encouraging Round 1 Team Gross score of -6 but knew they’d need something special for Round 2 with Team Ontario coming out firing. Something special did indeed happen and our Team carded a scorching Round 2 Team Gross score of -9 which saw them vault into the lead after starting the day 1-stroke down to the Leaders from Ontario. They finished the two round event at a Team Gross of -15 and just nudged Ontario for the Title by 1-stroke; Wes fired a -5, Mitch a -3 and David a -1 during Round 2 which just was enough to prevail and keep the hardware in Alberta for another year!
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The PGA of Alberta would like to invite you to attend the 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show on October 17 – 19 at the Calgary BMO Centre in Hall D !The purpose of the Buying Show is to bring Golf Professionals, Equipment Manufacturers, and Sales Representatives all together in the same building, in order for them to prepare their inventories for the following season.
Over the course of the three days, nearly 1,200 people gather from across the province, and country, to look at what’s new and exciting in the golf industry. 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 Equipment Manufacturers/Businesses.
The Show will be hosted in Calgary at the BMO Centre (Hall D) in Stampede Park.We are excited to build off the success of previous shows which include easy transportation in & out of the city, increased networking opportunities, and walking distance from our preferred hotel partner, Hotel Arts.
If you have any questions about the Show, please contact Michelle Moody ([email protected]). Click on the "Exhibitor Hub" or "Attendee Hub" tab below for more details and to get started with your registration.
Parking and Wi-Fi are both complimentary for Exhibitors and Attendees.More details related to parking will be released closer to the Show. A code for Wi-Fi access will be given at the Show.
There are 5 Ticket Types for Attendees. Please read through the descriptions below to ensure you register using the correct category.
PGA of Alberta Member
PGA of Alberta Professionals who have paid their annual dues and work within Alberta.
PGA of Canada Member (Outside of Alberta)
PGA of Canada Professionals who have paid their annual dues and are working in a Zone outside of Alberta.
Individual(s) working at a facility with an employed PGA of Alberta/Canada Professional and are not Members of the PGA of Canada and do not pay annual dues. This ticket type is for Facility Owners, General Managers, Food & Beverage Staff, and Employees at a course or a guest who is somehow affiliated with a facility.
Individual(s) whose facility is a Member of the National Golf Course Owner’s Association and does not have a PGA of Canada Professional employed at their facility.
Please note NGCOA Members are only eligible to attend on Day 2 (October 18) & Day 3 (October 19) of the Buying Show.
Green Grass Facility
Individual(s) who are attending the Buying Show on behalf of a facility that does not have a PGA of Canada Professional employed at the course and is not a Member of the NGCOA. There is a $75.00 per person charge for this ticket type when purchased in advance online and a $125.00 per person charge when purchased at the door.
Please note those representing Green Grass Facilities are only eligible to attend on Day 2 (October 18) & Day 3 (October 19) of the Buying Show.
Looking for more information on the benefits of attending the 2023 Buying Show? Click on the button to download our Attendee Package for further details on all the Show has to offer Attendees this year!
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Bill Dreger In Memoriam
We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of PGA of Alberta member Bill Dreger.
Bill has been a lifelong member of the Association becoming a Class "A" member of the PGA of Canada in 1994 and receiving his 25-year milestone in 2020. He passed away in 2023 at the age of 57 years.
William Darcy Dreger, "Billy" born in Didsbury, Alberta has passed away in his beloved mountains of the Bow Valley. He is survived by his wife Mayuko, sons, Benjamin and Yoshi Dreger of Canmore, two sisters, Joy Hoerle of Red Deer, AB. and Gaye Pauls of Calgary, AB, plus numerous other family members.
He will also be greatly missed and deeply mourned by his second family, the Canmore golf community.
Please join for a Celebration of Bill’s Life on Wednesday, September 13th at 2:00 pm at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club.
No flowers by request. Friends wishing to remember Billy are encouraged to make contributions in support of the Canmore Junior Golf program at the Canmore Golf Course in his memory.
Call Emily at the Canmore G&CC directly at 403-678-5959 ext. 236 if donating by CC. She will process payment and email the receipt.
Locke & Kirkness Claim 2023 KAILANI Pro-Pro Scramble Title
Today saw the KAILANI Pro-Pro Scramble presented by: E-Z-GO hosted at the beautiful Bearspaw GC. The course and weather were fantastic for a round of September Golf. We had a stacked field of 60 teams encompassing 120 total players in the mixed division and 3 teams in the Ladies’ Division field. It was a very exciting day with the Leaderboard jammed packed at the Top and lots of movement throughout the day.
Our 2023 Champions, hailing from: Inglewood G&CC & Priddis Greens G&CC and comprises: Samuel Kirkness + Eric Locke. They carded an absolutely scorching -13 under par 58 with an outstanding 3 Eagles & 7 on the card. They fired a mere 27 strokes on the front-9 for a ridiculous -9 and followed it up with 1 more Eagle and 2 Birdies for a back-9 total of -4 under par 31. With a playoff looming, Sam and Eric made an very timely Birdie on their last hole to prevail by 1 stroke over their nearest competitors.
In sole possession of Second Place, was: Josh Berze + Matt Bean from Priddis Greens G&CC. They carded an unreal -12 under par 59 and were the only other team to fire in the 50’s. They fired an excellent -5 under par 31 on the front-9 and followed it up with -7 under par 28 on the back-9.
Ladies’ Division Pro-Pro Scramble Finishes All Square With 2 Co-Champions After 3 Hole Playoff
We had an exciting day for this year’s edition of the Ladies’ Division Pro-Pro Scramble sponsored by: KAILANI at the stunning Bearspaw GC. All 3 Teams finished at a great -1 under par 70 to force a playoff and after 3 holes in quickly fading light and 1 team being elimanted, are 2023 Co-Champions are the Teams from: Willow Park G&CC & Highlands GC comprising, Nicola Greaves + Gina Nelson & Winston GC (The) & Blue Devil GC comprising, Kim Valleau + Rhonda Carter. The Co-Champions will split the the Purse for the event with each team taking home, $ 650.00 split amongst themselves.
Earl Grey GC Captures 2023 Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant Title
Round Two of the Pro-Assistant at the spectacular Jasper Park Lodge GC and sponsored by Callaway Golf was a successful day. We had a strong field of 60 teams and 120 Professionals competing. This year saw a continuation of the 6-6-6 format of play with the order shifted again and Teams playing: Best Ball (6-holes),Scotch Ball (6-holes) & Scramble (6-holes) which made for an extremely exciting Leaderboard with plenty of movement throughout both Rounds.
Our 2023 Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant Champions hail from: Earl Grey GC (Pat Wilmot + Scott Stiles) who put together two outstanding rounds of golf and carded an excellent -8 under par 63 today to finish the tournament at an unreal -14 under par! Pat and Scott tore the course up today with 8 Birdies on the card to clinch the 2023 Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant Title for the first time. They fired 22 strokes on the Best Ball format, 21 on Scotch Ball and finished with 20 on the Scramble portion.
In a 2-way tie for Second place, finishing with 2-Day totals of -10, were the Teams representing: GOLFTEC Edmonton (Jordan Maclean + Oliver Brown) & Lynx Ridge GC, X2 Defending Champions (Kaleb Gorbahn + Matthew Kirlin) who kept some heat on the Leaders all day. Jordan & Oliver played two great rounds and carded a -2 under 69 today. Matt & Kaleb played two great rounds of golf and carded a -5 under par 66 today.
GOLFTEC Edmonton Leads Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant After Round 1
Today saw Round One of the second last event of the season at the spectacular Jasper Park Lodge GC and sponsored by Callaway Golf. We have a stacked field of 60 teams comprised of 120 Professionals playing who had to brave some cool and rainy conditions throughout the day. Our Defending Champions from the last 2 Year’s are the team representing Lynx Ridge GC.
This year saw a continuation of the 6-6-6 format of play but a change in the order of play with Teams playing: Best Ball (6-holes), Scotch Ball (6-holes) & Scramble (6-holes).
Leading the Pack after an excellent Round One today is the Team representing: GOLFTEC Edmonton (Jordan Maclean + Oliver Brown) who carded an outstanding -8 under par 63 today. Jordan and Oliver had 8 Birdies on the card today. They carded 23-21-19 (Best Ball, Scotch & Scramble) to hold a 2-stroke over their nearest competitors.
The PGA of Alberta is proud to award five Junior Scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving candidates this year. Three of the Scholarships are awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members and two are awarded to competitive junior golfers in Alberta who meet specific criteria. We are pleased to award the following individuals the 2023 scholarships:
Thank you to everyone that applied this year. We wish everyone the best of luck in their post-secondary education.
The PGA of Alberta is proud to present 4 bursaries ($1000 each) to deserving Apprentice Professionals and/or Class "A" Assistant/Teaching Professionals who meet or exceed the Bursary criteria as outlined below. The Bursary Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 18th.
All seasonal and year-round Apprentice Professionals and Class A Professionals (who are not employed as Head/Executive Professionals) are eligible and encouraged to apply. A minimum of two of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal Apprentice Professionals (Working 9-Months or Less). All Information will be held in strict confidence.
Please submit the online application form by September 30th, 2023.
Heffernan Hoists Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship For Second Consecutive Year
Today saw Round 2 of the Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship at the beautiful Stony Plain GC and the scores and weather were sizzling! The course continued to be in amazing shape for our competitors. Congratulations to our two female professionals in the field, Gina Nelson(Highlands GC) & Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC) who both carded -1 under par 71’s today which set a new Official Tournament Female Course Record that they now co-share!
Continuing his incredible play this season, adding another Championship to his trophy case, was: Wes Heffernan(Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) who successfully defended his 2022 Assistants’ Title and put together two exceptional rounds for the Championship while setting the new Official Tournament Course Record at Stony Plain GC with his exceptional -7 under par 65 today.
Wes carded an unreal -7 under par 65 today which included: 1 Eagle, 6 Birdies and only 1 bogey blemish. He fired a staggering 6-under 30 on the front-9 with 1 Eagle and 4 Birdies. Wes followed it up with 1-under par 35 on the back-9. He finished the Championship at -12 under par with an outstanding Championship two-day total of 132.
In sole possession of 2ndPlace was: Mitchell Fox(Speargrass GC) who kept the heat on Wes all day and put together two excellent rounds just coming up short by 1-stroke. Mitch carded an immaculate -6 under par 66 today with no blemishes on the card, firing -3 under par 33 on the front-9 and followed it up with another -3 under par 33 on the back. Mitch had 6 Birdies on the card today and finished with a Championship two-day total 133.
In a two-way tie for 3rd Place, both finishing the Championship at -5 under par with two-day totals of 139 was: Kaleb Gorbahn(Lynx Ridge GC) & Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC). Kaleb playing in his first PGA of Alberta event, carded a great -5 under par today, firing -4 under par 32 on the front-9 and following it up with a 35 on the back. Dillon carded a solid -3 under par 69 today firing 35 on the front-9 and following it up with 34 on the back.
Rounding out our Top-5, in a three-way tie for 5th Place, all finishing the Championship at -4 under par with two-day totals of 140 was: Christopher Horton(Golf Channel Academy at Cottonwood G&CC), Braden Chown (Bearspaw GC) & David MacComb (Royal Mayfair GC).
Three Tied In Lead After R1 Of Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship
Today saw Round 1 of the Assistants’ Championship sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf at the beautiful Stony Plain GC The course is in immaculate shape, conditions were excellent, which equated to a jammed Leaderboard at the Top with 17 players even or under par. It was an exciting day and sets us up for an even better Round-2 and the pitched battle at the Top for who takes home the 2023 Cobra Puma Golf Assistants’ Championship. Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) is our defending Champion prevailing at The Derrick G&WC last summer.
Our Leaders after R1, in a three-way tie, are: Defending Champion, Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) who came out firing today and carded an outstanding -5 under par 67. Wes carded a 35 on the front-9 and followed it up with a 32 on the back-9. Wes had 2 Eagle, 3 Birdies on the card today to go into tomorrow looking to 2-Peat as Assistants’ Champion.
3X former Assistants’ Champion Mike Belbin(Royal Mayfair GC) who carded a gem of a round with no blemishes to show today. Mike fired a -5 under par 67 today, carding a 33 on the front-9 and following it up with a 34 on the back-9. Mike had 5 birdies on the day and will look to add another Assistants’ Title to his collection.
Mitchell Fox(Speargrass GC) who fired an excellent round of -5 under par 67 today, carding a 32 on the front-9 and following it up with a 35 on the back-9. Mitch had 8 Birdies on the card and will look to keep it going in the final group for R2 tomorrow and his first Assistants’ Championship Title.
In a two-way tie for Second Place, both carding great -3 under par 69’s today was: Austin Keller (Bearspaw GC) & David MacComb (The Royal Mayfair GC). Austin fired a 35 on the front-9 and followed it up with a 34 on the back-9, with 5 Birdies on the card. David fired a 32 on the front-9 and followed it up with a 37 on the back-9, with 5 Birdies on the card.
Congratulations to our Day 1 Skins winners: Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) with an Eagle on # 6 & # 10, Tom Flockhart (Golfuture YYC) with an Eagle on # 8, Simon Butterfield (Blackhawk GC) with a Birdie on # 14 and Connor Beeston (Raven Crest G&CC) with an Eagle on # 15.
Membership and Employment Committee Formation & New Roster Set
We are excited to announce that the new Membership & Employment Committee has been formed for the remainder of 2023 and for 2024. Thank you to all the applicants who have volunteered their time and passion to help support our Membership.
"Jeff and I are looking forward to working closely with the new members of the Committee. We are extremely pleased the we have Members from both Public and Private facilities that will bring in their personal experience and club experiences to help engage in constructive conversation to make sure all sides of the business are represented."
The Membership & Employment Committee will sit with a minimum of 8 Members and maximum of 12 and will meet at minimum twice annually to address and review the PGA of Alberta’s Membership & Employment related matters.
Committee Responsibilities list below for a general outline of what is expected from Committee members.
PGA of Alberta By-Laws.
New Member Orientation.
Job Posting Standards.
Membership & Employment Initiatives.
Association Resource Centre.
Retention and attraction of Golf Professionals in Alberta.
Proactively obtain input from fellow members on their level of satisfaction of the Membership & Employment portfolio and consider suggestions for improvement.
Interacting with other Committees as required on operations and activities that may overlap.
Undertake other activities as may be assigned by the Board of Directors from time to time.
Review the Terms of Reference on an annual basis and make any recommendations for change.
Review with the Executive Director any breach of member misconduct and make recommendations for any fines or suspensions to the Board of Directors for any case related to employment or membership.
Nelson Reclaims Ladies’ Championship Title
Today saw the final round of the 2023 Ladies’ Championship at the beautiful Silver Springs G&CC with the course in fantastic shape for our competitors and conditions were overcast but still great for our competitors.
Our 2023 Ladies’ Champion went wire-to-wire over two rounds and gets her hands back on the trophy after winning the Championship in 2020 and 2021: Gina Nelson (Highlands GC). Gina played two excellent rounds for the Championship and shot an impressive -3 under par 69 for R2 today. Gina had an excellent blemish free round today, carding a 1-under par 35 on the front-9 and followed it up with a 2-under par 34 on the back-9, with 3 Birdies today to prevail over her nearest competitor by 3-strokes. Gina finished with a two-day Championship total of 143 (-1 overall).
In solo Second Place, last year’s Champion, was: Katy Rutherford(Silver Springs G&CC) who played 2 great rounds and finished 3-strokes back from the top. Katy carded an excellent -1 under-par 71 today which included 4 Birdies. Katy carded a 37 on the front-9, followed it up with a 34 on the back-9 and finished with a two-day Championship total of 146 (+2 overall).
Rounding out our Top-3 today was: Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) who played 2 solid rounds of golf, carding a 79 in R1 and a 76 today to finish the Championship with a two-day 155 (+11 overall).
Congratulations to our Day 2 Skins Winners: Gina Nelson (Birdies on #6 & #11 & #13), Katy Rutherford (Birdies on #2, #15 & #18), Crystal Shapka (Birdie on #5), Carmen Kinas (Birdie on #16) & Elizabeth Carr (Birdie on #17).
Petryk Capturers First Seniors’ Championship Title
Today saw the final round of the 2023 Seniors’ Championship at the beautiful Silver Springs G&CC with the course in fantastic shape and conditions were overcast but still great for our competitors.
Our 2023 Seniors’ Champion, after a hard fought 3-hole playoff (#18, #10 & #18) is: Larry Petryk (Larry Petryk Golf Academy) who prevailed to take home the Title. Larry carded the round of the day firing a -5 under par 67, carding a 34 on the front-9 and following it up with a 33 on the back to force a playoff . Larry finished with a two-day Championship total of 139 (-5 overall) after shooting even-par 72 for Round 1.
In Second Place, last year’s defending Champion and just coming up short in the playoff was: Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) who carded two great rounds to finish at 5-under par overall for the Championship. Scott carded a great 2-under par 69 in Round 1 and followed it up with a solid 2-under 70 today.
In a two-way tie for Third Place, finishing with two-day Championship total’s of Even-Par, 144 was: Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC) & Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi). Jeff fired a 75 & 69 and Darryl carded 69 & 75.
Rounding out our Top-5, in solo possession of Fifth Place was: Kent Fukushima (PGA of Alberta Member) who played two solid rounds of golf for the Championship, carding 72 for Round 1 and 74 for Round 2 and finishing with a two-day Championship total of 146 (+2 overall).
Congratulations to our Super Senior Division (60+) winner: Brian Bassen(Strathmore GC) who carded two great rounds to finish the tournament at +9 and Tied for 13th place of the overall Seniors’ Championship field.
Congratulations to our 2 skins winners today: Richard Stringer (Country Hills GC) with a Birdie on #12 and Scott Westman (The Ranch G&CC) with a Birdie on #18 who both take home $ 410 each!
After Round 1, in a Two-Way tie for First Place was: Last year’s defending Champion, Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) & former Champion, Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) who both carded excellent -3 under par 69’s today to open up a 2-stroke lead over their nearest competitor and setup for a heated battle tomorrow. Scott carded even-par 36 on the front-9 and followed it up with a great 3-under par 33 on the back-9 with 3 Birdies. Darryl started hot today with a 3-under par 33 on the front-9 with 1 Eagle and 2 Birdies. He followed it up with an even-par 36 on the back.
In solo Third Place is: Phil McCluskey (River Bend G&RA) who carded a great 1-under par 71 today to remain well in contention and slot into our Final group. Phil fired a 34 on the front-9 with 2 Birdies and a 37 on the back-9.
Rounding out our Top-5, in a 4-way tie for Fourth Place, after all carding even-par 72’s is: Jason Stanier (Inglewood G&CC), Kent Fukushima (PGA of Alberta Member), Ron Laugher (Priddis Greens G&CC) & Larry Petryk (Larry Petryk Golf Academy) who remain in the hunt with low rounds needed tomorrow.
Leading our Super Senior Division (60+) is Ron Laugher (Priddis Greens G&CC) who carded an excellent even-par 72 and sitting tied 4th in the overall division.
First tee time is at 12:12 PM tomorrow and our last group tee’s it up at 2:00 PM. Congratulations to our 1 Skins winner today who won $840 - Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) with an Eagle hole-out on the Par 4 Sixth hole today.
Nelson Nabs The Lead After R1 Of Ladies’ Championship
Today saw R1 of the Ladies’ Championship at the beautiful Silver Springs G&CC with the course in mint shape for our competitors.
Leading the way and our 2020 and 2021 Ladies’ Championship Winner is: Gina Nelson (Highlands GC) who carded an excellent +2-over par 74 today. Gina played steady golf today and carded 37’s on both 9’s to hold a 1-stroke lead over her nearest competitor and to comfortably sit in the final group going out.
In solo Second Place, last year’s defending Champion is: Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC) who carded a great +3-over par 75 today. Katy played consistent golf today, carding 37 on the front-9 and 38 on the back-9 to sit 1-stroke off the lead and setting up a great battle for tomorrow’s final group.
In solo Third Place is: Jennifer MacKinnon (Earl Grey GC) who carded a solid +6-over par 78 today. Jennifer carded 38 on the front-9 and 40 on the back-9 to fill out our final group tomorrow and remain in contention with a low round needed tomorrow.
Rounding out our Top-5 is: Carmen Kinas (Canyon Meadows G&CC) and Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) who both carded +7-over par 79’s today and will try to keep some heat on the final group.
First tee time is at 11:36 AM tomorrow and our final group tee’s it up at 12:03 PM.
Congratulations to our 1 skins winner today: Elizabeth Carr (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) with a Birdie on #11 and will payout $ 220.
Congratulations to the 14 players who passed the Play Ability Test #5 today at Highwood Golf. The 14 players all successfully passed after shooting the target score (79) or better (49 years & younger) to become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada.