Submit Nomination for Board of Directors - 8 Days Until Deadline
If you are interested in running for a position on either the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board of Directors, please click the link below (login required) for more information and to be directed to the Nomination form which can be submitted online. Deadline to submit is Friday,January 17th, 2020 by 4pm.
Annual General Meeting - Both elections will be held at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at The Derrick G&WC in Edmonton, Alberta.
Congratulations to our 25-Year Class A Members in 2020
Congratulations to the following sixteen members for reaching their 25-Year milestone as a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada in 2020! All Members were recognized at the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting earlier in March for their outstanding dedication to the PGA of Canada and Golf Industry. With such an accomplishment, the National office will recognize each members milestone with a special certificate!
Glenn Boswell (Glencoe G&CC) Shelley Charlton(Pinebrook G&CC) Cameron Code (Edson GC) Bob Davidchuk(Canal at Delacour) Dana Down (Canmore G&CC) Bill Dreger (Canmore G&CC) Judy Forshner (Glencoe G&CC) Rick Gross (PGA of Alberta Member) Jerry Linquist (Lewis Estates GC) Ray Meria (Life Member) Jay Myren (Priddis Greens G&CC) Blair Oko(Blair Oko Golf Academy) Douglas Rowswell (Broadmoor GC) Rick Thompson (Edson GC) Steven Thomson (Glencoe G&CC) John Wilson(Montgomery Glen GC)
Important NAGA Update
"We are Golf"
COVID-19 Update- Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses
To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.
We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for golf professionals and club operators across the country.
The PGA of Canada and its nine Zones are committed to providing updated resources and tips for members that are currently working at facilities that remain open for business, as well as members that are in self-isolation or those off of work as a result of COVID-19.
As always, please adhere to the latest guidelines published by local, provincial and federal authorities with respect to COVID-19.
Prevent the Spread
All Albertans are encouraged to take personal steps to help prevent the spread. To protect yourself and others:
stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
wash hands often
cover coughs and sneezes
avoid touching face with unwashed hands
avoid travel outside Canada
self-isolate for 14 days if returning from travel outside Canada or were exposed to COVID-19
Monitor Your Symptoms
If you have symptoms, like a dry cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing:
This will be a temporary program for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate because they meet the Government of Alberta’s published criteria for self-isolation, including persons who are the sole care-giver for a dependent who must self-isolate because they meet the public health criteria, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated.
A one-time payment of $1,146 will be distributed to bridge the gap until the federal emergency payments begin in April.
We expect the program to be available through a simple online application this week and that funds will be deposited in the accounts of eligible recipients beginning at that time.
More information on how to apply will be available soon.
All members have access to free, professional and confidential counselling, coaching and consulting services through the PGA of Canada Member Assistance Program provided by FSEAP. These services can help you manage personal, family, and/or work-related concerns.
FSEAP is working diligently to ensure strong business continuity through these turbulent times. Their services are expected to remain seamless but may be delivered through telephone or video rather than in person given the nature of current events.
Services can be accessed 24/7 online or toll-free by calling 1-844-720-1212.
We are please to introduce our Virtual Golf Show! With COVID-19 cancelling the Golf Shows this year we still wanted to offer our consumers All The Deals!
With a click of a mouse you can still get the deals offered at the Golf Shows. We pride on being "The Most Trusted Resource in Golf" and with Golf Season around the corner lets start looking forward to brighter days on the links!
Please note there will be new deals coming in daily!
PGA of Alberta Office Hours Update
The Zone office staff will be working remotely but will remain reachable by email and phone during regular business hours (8:30am - 4:30pm MST) Monday through Friday to ensure continued support for our members and partners during these difficult times.
After many years of hard work and service, the PGA of Alberta RV has officially retired. The Association sold the RV at the end of February this year after buying it back in 2013.
Members and avid golfers alike will remember the PGA RV being present at many different Association events over the years including PGA on Wheels community events, Tournaments, Buying Show and our Golf Shows.
After many useful years with the RV as a Tournament/Event vehicle, it was decided to sell it and purchase an additional trailer for use at events. Stay tuned for the new trailer design coming soon.
New for this year, the PGA of Alberta has added one Ladies’ division event to the schedule to give female Professionals another opportunity to compete against one another rather than just the Ladies’ Championship. The Ladies’ division will tee off immediately after the GSH Series event that day and will play for a small purse.
Seniors’ division events will again be added to the schedule this year, one north and one south. Members must be 50-years and older by the tournament date to be eligible to participate. This will give members 50-years and older an opportunity to play in more events during the season playing against their peers of a similar age. The Seniors’ division will tee off immediately after the GSH Series and will play from a reduced yardage as well as for a small purse. Eligible members may only play in the GSH Series or Senior’ division, not both.
2020 Tournament Season - Registration Opens TODAY @ 10am
Tournament Registration opens TODAY @ 10am (March 11th) for ALL tournaments on the website. 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 right away. Click link below for form .
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.
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.
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 17 & 18, payment will not be processed until July 20th (Payment Processing Date) as indicated on the tournament page itself.
Lastly, for a full update on the upcoming PGA of Alberta tournament season such as the new withdrawal policy, tournament eligibility, shorts policy, Pro-Am scoring format, etc. click link below.
"Foresight Sports Canada, the Canadian distributor for the San Diego, California based Foresight Sports, is extremely pleased to partner with the PGA of Alberta’s Top 100 Program to support PGA members in education and professional development" said Garett Jenkinson, Territory Manager and PGA of Alberta member (Golf Performance Canada at Elbow Springs). "As a company committed to providing world leading information and metrics, we could not be happier with this fit with the PGA of Alberta".
The PGA of Alberta Top 100 Program was introduced in 2019 and is based on pre-defined measurable criteria designed to recognize members who dedicate their time and proven abilities in advancing the Association’s interests for the benefit of all Golf Professionals.
With this new partnership, the PGA of Alberta will now be offering 3 additional cash bursaries for a total of 10 at a value of over $5,200! The annual award is given out at the Awards Banquet during the PGA of Alberta Buying Show to the member who accumulates the most points from October to September of the following year.
The PGA Win-Win Referral Program As a PGA of Alberta member, Foresight Sports know your customers love golf. If you refer one of them to Foresight Sports, you will be eligible to receive a commission on their purchase!
To sign up for the Win-Win Program and be eligible for referral commissions, please CLICK HERE or contact Garett Jenkinson for details (contact info below).
About Foresight Sports Canada… Foresight Sports produces the most trusted launch monitors in the world. The Foresights Sports GCQuad and the ceiling mounted GCHawk are world leaders in launch-monitor and golf-simulator technology and software, providing forward-thinking solutions to aid instruction, club fitting, and equipment innovation.
Foresight uses quadrascopic camera technology to measure the club and the golf ball independently to provide users the best golf ball and golf club delivery information available. The GCQuad is golf’s only portable launch monitor which can provide comprehensive golf ball and golf club data for every club in the bag, from driver all the way to the putter.
As the most trusted launch monitor in the world, Foresight Sports has more than 10,000 launch monitors in use in retail, residential, commercial, and driving range facilities around the world. The GCQuad and the GCHawk are trusted by the leading OEM’s for their indoor club fitting needs.
To learn more about the products, please visit www.foresightsports.com. For a demonstration, contact the Representative below:
Thank you all 140+ members and guests for attending the 2020 edition of the PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar sponsored by E-Z-GO and hosted at the world-class facility The Derrick G&WC. A special thank you goes out to our sponsor Gordon Food Service for providing all attendees first class food and beverage throughout the two-day event.
Lastly, thank you to our lineup of talented Speakers for motivating our members heading into the 2020 season; Michael Breed (presented by Titleist/FootJoy), Matt Ginella, Nick Clearwater, Gia Bocra Liwski, Jason Glass and Darren Lexa. We hope to see everyone back next year in 2021! Click here to view some pictures taken from the event.
Club Pro Championship & Tournament Eligibility Form - Submit Now!
Club Pro Championship The Club Pro Championship will be hosted at Windermere G&CC in Edmonton on July 26/27 which is a Sunday/Monday. Registration will open on March 11th @ 10am along with all other tournaments.
Tournament Eligibility Form The 2020 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 Wednesday, March 11th.
Congratulations to the following Members on being elected to the Assistants’ Board of Directors:
Michael McEachern (Country Hills GC, newly elected)
Shane Garbutt (Blackhawk GC, newly elected)
Stephen Yanitski (Valley Ridge GC, newly elected)
Taylor Van Tighem (Royal Mayfair GC, newly elected)
Joel Douglas (Inglewood G&CC, re-elected)
2020 Tournament Season - What to Expect
With the 2020 tournament season just around the corner, we wanted to provide an update on what to expect for the summer! PLEASE NOTE: Tournament Registration will open for ALL tournaments on Wednesday, March 11th @ 10am. Please read the information below for important updates on registration as well as other new initiatives being implemented this season.
Tournament Registration Process After review by the Committee, registration for all tournaments will open for all tournaments on March 11th. Members will not have to pay for the event until 28-days prior to the tournament date. This will allow members to better plan their schedules in advance when determining which events they will sign up for.
Withdrawal Policy The withdrawal policy will see a few changes 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 (Thursday prior to event date) = 50% Refund of entry fee
Withdrawal after draw is posted, after Registration Deadline = No Refund
Tournament Eligibility There will be several changes to tournament eligibility this season that will allow members to play in more events. As we want to increase participation as much as possible, the following changes will be implemented:
Category II and III Members will now be able to participate in the Pro-Junior, Pro-Lady, and Pro-Senior Pro-Ams and the Pro-Pro Best Ball and Scramble team events. The Tournament of Champions and Pro-Assistant will remain Category I eligibility only as members must be employed at an approved facility to participate as per the conditions of competitions.
Category III will also be eligible to play in the Team Match Play Championship. Registration will come on a first come, first serve basis. There will be no restrictions or priority given on when a certain category can register.
Tournament Skins/Entry Fee Tournament Skins will now be added to the entry fee for all stroke play events which are the Golf Supply House Series and Championships. Since the vast majority of members play skins at tournaments, it was decided to include the $20 per round into the entry fee to make it easier for members to enter skins and not have to carry cash to the tournament.
Impact Tournament Systems will continue to sponsor the Skins attached to all GSH Series events. There will again be a starting skins pot at all GSH events.
Pro-Assistant The event will be hosted at Jasper Park Lodge GC this year on September 8 & 9. The Association has not held a tournament in Jasper since 2011 so we are excited for the opportunity to go back and host the Pro-Assistant there. The tournament will be an afternoon start day 1 and morning start day 2.
The office will announce several room blocks shortly for the event so we encourage you to sign up once registration opens and secure your room as early as possible to take advantage of the preferred rates.
Team Match Play Championship The Team Match Play Championship will keep the same format as last year with the opening rounds being held at the beginning of the season to determine teams seedings. The opening rounds will be hosted at:
South Event – Country Hills GC on May 11th
North Event – Sturgeon Valley G&CC on May 13th
The format for the opening rounds will again be a 2-man best ball qualifier to determine rankings for the first round of the Team Match Play Championship. Purse money will be attached to the qualifiers for the top placing teams.
After the opening qualifying rounds, matches will resume as normal with the brackets being created based on the results from the qualifiers. The top ranking teams from the qualifiers will play the bottom ranking teams. If byes are needed due to an uneven number of teams, the byes will go to the top finishing teams from the qualifier.
All teams will be guaranteed the qualifying round plus the first round of the tournament, two rounds total. If you lose your opening match (after the qualifier), the team will be knocked out of the tournament.
Removal of Fall Championship After much discussion, it was decided to remove the Fall Championship from the 2020 season as it has been increasingly difficult to justify the cost of running this event. With the removal of the Championship, the Association can spread the sponsorship dollars to other tournaments to increase purses.
Pro-Ams - Net Stableford The format this season for Pro-Ams will be a Net Stableford for the Pro-Junior, Pro-Senior, and Pro-Lady’s. This will ensure scoring is transparent and the focus remains on the team aspect while giving Pro-Ams a fresh new format.
Seniors’ Division Seniors’ Division will again be added to two 1-day events this year, one in the North and one in the South. Members must be 50-years and older by the tournament date to be eligible to participate. This will give members 50-years and older an opportunity to play in more events during the season playing against their peers of a similar age. Locations will be announced shortly.
Ladies’ Division Similar to the Seniors’ Division events, we will be adding a Ladies’ Division event to the GSH Series to give female Professionals another opportunity to compete against one another rather than just the Ladies’ Championship. Location will be announced shortly.
Shorts Policy We will be removing the temperature policy for wearing shorts at tournaments this season. Members are permitted to wear shorts at any tournament they choose as long as the dress code policy including the host club’s policy is adhered to.
PGA of Alberta Expands Partnership with Tribal Sportswear
We are delighted to announce an extended partnership with Tribal Sportswear as a Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 PGA of Alberta Buying Show Cocktail Reception hosted at Hotel Arts after day 1 of the Show. Tribal Sportswear will now also be a Presenting Sponsor of the Opening Welcome Breakfast at the Show introduced in 2019 at the BMO Centre.
All attendees and exhibitors of the Buying Show are invited to attend both complimentary events which will be held on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. Mark this date in your calendar now!
“Tribal has committed to another two-year partnership with the PGA of Alberta as a corporate sponsor” says Western Canadian Sales Rep Jordy Shnier. “We’re looking forward to another amazing year with this wonderful association!”
Opening Welcome Breakfast 2019
About Tribal Sportswear… Tribal is so much more than best-in-class women’s clothing. Currently represented in many of Canada’s top 100 PGA courses, Tribal’s golf collection has tripled in the last 3 years!
The newest generation assortment of technical gear made with sun protection fabric, offers the following properties: UPF 50+ , moisture wicking, cool & lightweight, breathable and quick dry fabrications with our signature fits, great price and “on point” fashion! There truly is something for everyone!
For more information on Tribal Sportswear, please visit their website here or contact Jordy Shnier below.
Michael Jordon (Jordy) Shnier, Western Canadian Sales Rep Tribal Sportswear Email: [email protected] Phone: 204-293-7507
Spring Seminar - Take Advantage of Extra Educational Opportunities
The Education Committee is happy to offer 3 additional Education Events ran on the sidelines of the Spring Seminar this year! This is the final week to REGISTER. Click the links below to sign up NOW. Time is still subject to change. Contact [email protected] with any questions.
We will be partnering with Alberta Golf who will be providing a certification seminar on the new World Handicap System.
Last but not least, we are excited to have Nick Clearwater of GOLFTEC who will be running a live instruction seminar with the ability to attend and receive instruction or just observe at a reduced rate.
Digital Magazine – 2020 Alberta Golf Shows Preview
The Alberta Golf Show edition of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live. Content in this issue includes highlights of the 2020 Calgary Show (March 21 & 22) and Edmonton Show (April 4 & 5), information about the upcoming PGA of Alberta education seminar, the top rated courses in Alberta as voted by PGA of Canada Professionals and more great content! Click the link below to view the magazine and see what’s happening within the golf industry.
Reasons to Attend the Alberta Golf Shows
Million Dollar Clearance Centre - Clubs, bags, shoes, accessories, we have it all!
FREE golf lessons from PGA of Canada Professionals
Prizes, prizes, prizes. Over $30,000 of prizes will be given away over the two days
Exhibitors. See what’s new and exciting coming out for the 2020 season
Driving Range - Test out the latest and greatest technology from the equipment manufacturers
Speaker presentations at the 19th Hole. Grab a refreshment and listen to the awesome speakers we have at the Show
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a new partnership with AHEADas an official Presenting Sponsor of the 2020/’21 PGA of Alberta Pro-Junior golf tournament. The location of the Pro-Junior along with the entire tournament schedule will be announce Day 1 of the Spring Seminar on March 2nd.
About AHEAD… Founded in 1995, AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel, and accessories to the green grass, resort, and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to more than 20 years of continued growth and expansion.
AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the USGA, PGA of America, Ryder Cup, and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Jim Furyk and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam wear AHEAD exclusively.
PGA Championship of Canada Returns to Edmonton’s Royal
The PGA Championship of Canada presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada and adidas Golf returns to Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton July 6-10, for the fourth time in the event’s 99-year history. The last time it was there, “The King” Arnold Palmer took home the title.
“Royal Mayfair Golf Club’s rich heritage and pristine conditions make it the perfect venue for our association’s most prestigious championship,” said PGA of Canada President Mark Patterson. “We are delighted to see our top professionals return to such an iconic facility and thank Director of Golf Matt Johnson and the entire membership for sharing their club with us.”
Established in 1922, Royal Mayfair Golf Club remains one of the longest-standing private clubs in Edmonton. An impressive list of golfers have graced the fairways there, from LPGA TOUR players Lorena Ochoa and Lydia Ko (both CN Women’s Open champions) to golf legend Arnold Palmer, who won the PGA Championship of Canada in 1980—known then as the Labatt’s International Golf Classic.
“Our club is honoured to welcome back the PGA Championship of Canada presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada and adidas Golf,” said Johnson. “It’s pretty special to host this event on the 40th anniversary of Palmer winning at Royal Mayfair."
Last year’s winner Dustin Risdon from Calgary, Alta. bested Vancouver’s Oliver Tubb 3&1 to claim his second national PGA title. “This is one trophy in Canadian golf that I really wanted to win,” said Risdon. “If you look at the names on the trophy it’s amazing and now my name will be on there too for the rest of time.”
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta will be held on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at The Derrick Golf and Winter Club (3500 119 St NW) in Edmonton. Start time will be 9:00am.
Elections for the PGA of Alberta Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board will be held at the AGM. Please click on the below links to view this years Nominees for each respective Board. If you did not receive information on the AGM, please contact the PGA office.
Assistants’ Board of Directors Nominees -Click Here
PGA of Alberta Professionals Launch PRO TIP TUESDAY
What is "Pro Tip Tuesday" you ask? It’s a social media platform that will show off your skills as a Golf Professional, help bring exposure to you and your club AND will give golfers a reason to check out the PGA of Alberta Social and your own!
Who can be apart of "Pro Tip Tuesday"? All PGA of Alberta Golf Professionals! This is for you!
How do I become apart of "Pro Tip Tuesday"? All you need to do is create a quick golf tip video between 30 seconds to 2 minutes and use the specific hash tag #pgaofabprotiptuesday @pgaofalberta and the PGA of Alberta staff will re-post your video on their stories and platforms every Tuesday. One video will be posted per week. You can also send your videos to [email protected]
Video Tips 1. Be Professional. You are representing the Association so ensure you look and act the part. 2. Intro. State your name, club, and position as the intro to your video. 3. Length. Ensure your video is between 30 seconds to 2 minutes. 4. Rehearse. Practise your video tip a few times before the final "shoot". 5. Setting. Make sure there’s no noise/visual distractions around you so viewers can focus on you. Your video can be shot indoors or outdoors (weather permitting).
Here is a example post of "Pro Tip Tuesday" done by Valley Ridge GC PGA of Alberta Professional Bryce Halverson
Example on how the "Pro Tip Tuesday" post is laid out on Instagram or Twitter Halverson 33 Looking to add more distance? Learn how to create a bigger turn and add more club head speed with this simple drill that you can work on at home during those snowy days!
Tagging the PGA of Alberta and using the hashtag #pgaofabprotiptuesday will give the staff the opportunity to see your post, and will allow them to add your video into the schedule to be released on their social media.
Incentive Anyone who participates in the "Pro Tip Tuesday" program for 2020 will earn 3 Top 100 points. You can only receive 3 points per year. We recommend doing more than one video but a max of 3 points will be rewarded for the Top 100 program.
"Pro Tip Tuesday" will be launching February 4th and will be posted every Tuesday until May 1st and then posted every second Tuesday during the peak season as we understand how busy everyone is during the season. If you have any questions please contact the office 403-256-8894 or email [email protected]
Get your videos in now!
Bud Loftus in Memoriam (1930-2020)
We are saddened to announce the passing of Bud Loftus, PGA of Canada Life Member and PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Bud passed away on January 24th at the age of 89.
Born on June 25th, 1930 in Vancouver, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, AB, George (Bud) Loftus first started playing golf at the young age of 6 at the Edmonton’s Victoria Golf Course. He started his career at the Highlands G&CC in 1948 under the wings of Head Professional Henry Martell as an employee and a player. He became later one of the PGA of Canada’s most distinguished Golf Professionals.
During that time, he worked as the Head Professional at the Willowdale GC (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) and the Regal GC (now The Winston GC in Calgary), as well as an Assistant Professional at the Calgary G&CC. In 1962, he made his formal application to the PGA of Canada and became Head Professional at the Calgary G&CC in 1963, where he would remain until 1975. In 1988, after brief stints as Head Professional at the Shuswap Lake Estates GC in BC and the Edson GC in Alberta, Bud decided to retire from his career in golf.
Bud became just the third Member to receive the PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award in the Player Category, joining fellow PGA of Canada Members Henry Martell and Frank Fowler.
More information on the Memorial Service will be provided once confirmed. Click Here to learn more about Bud.
Spring Seminar Registration NOW OPEN - Early Bird Pricing Available
Registration is now open for the 2020 PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar, presented by E-Z-GO and SuperSpeed Golf on March 2nd and 3rd at the Derrick G&WC! We have an incredible couple of days lined up with some exceptional speakers to Educate, Motivate and Inspire! We are extremely excited to also announce that Gordon Food Service (GFS) will be providing all food and beverage services throughout the duration of the Seminar. After rocking the Buying Show last fall we are very excited to see what they have in store for us. We are again offering Early Bird pricing - register before February 9th, 2020 to take advantage of great savings.
2020 Confirmed Speakers
> Michael Breed - Host of "A New Breed of Golf" on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio, Chief Digital Instructor for Golf Digest
> Matt Ginella - Golf Advisor’s Editor-at-Large & Host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel
> Nick Clearwater - Vice President of Instruction for GOLFTEC
> Gia Bocra Liwski - Founder of Golf Experiences For Her, LPGA Top 50 Instructor and Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America > Jason Glass - Owns and operates Tour Performance Lab and Kinetica Golf Performance, Consultant for many teams and professional athletes from PGA Tour, NFL and NHL, Head of the Titleist Performance Institutes Fitness Advisory Board
PGA of Alberta Announces Partnership with Hotel Arts
The PGA of Alberta is pleased to announce a partnership with Hotel Artsas an official Presenting Sponsor, Accommodation Sponsor and the host venue of the Buying Show Cocktail Reception held after the first day of the PGA of Alberta Buying Show. The Show will be held on October 20-22 in 2020 at the Calgary BMO Centre with the Cocktail Reception hosted on October 20th at Hotel Arts.
The PGA of Alberta looks forward to continuing to host the Cocktail Reception as the event was well attended at Hotel Arts in October, 2019 with members being treated to an elegant evening of food, drinks, and entertainment. The best part is - Hotel Arts is just a short walk away from the BMO Centre making the event very accessible for all attendees.
About Hotel Arts Group… In the heart of downtown Calgary, Hotel Arts is steps away from the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. For business or pleasure, Hotel Arts offers a dynamic travel experience with a unique and refreshing connection to the city.
The Hotel Arts story began in 2005 when a team of local investors purchased and transformed an old Holiday Inn in Calgary’s Beltline/Victoria Park. They had a vision to create a different kind of hotel in the city – design-centric, fashion-forward and innovative in its culinary offerings.
Hotel Arts has become a place where locals and tourists alike feel like they belong. This sense of belonging remains part of their everyday culture, and they foster it through their personalized service and boutique experience.
Spring Seminar Keynote Speaker Announcement - Michael Breed
We are happy to announce that another Keynote Speaker for the forthcoming 2020 Spring Seminar (March 2nd - 3rd) sponsored by EZ-GO & SuperSpeed Golf and hosted by The Derrick G&WC has been secured!
This Speaker is proudly presented by the PGA of Canada Training Academy, Titleist and FootJoy.
It will be none other than..... Michael Breed!!
Michael Breed is among the most dynamic, engaging and entertaining teachers in the game. He hosts “A New Breed of Golf “ on Sirius XM PGA TOUR Radio weekdays from 8-10 AM, and the digital series, “A New Breed of Golf,” which is available on Facebook Watch and YouTube.
Michael leads the way in digital golf instruction, and previously hosted the highest rated golf instruction series on Golf Channel, The Golf Fix. He is a member of the PGA of America’s digital broadcast team for the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. He serves as the Chief Digital Instructor for Golf Digest, focused on innovating golf instruction and overseeing the “Best Young Teachers” program.
Named The PGA of America’s National Teacher of the Year in 2012, he operates the Michael Breed Golf Academy at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top instructors by Golf Digest and GOLF magazines. The Metropolitan PGA Section has recognized Michael for a number of awards, including Teacher of the Year (2000, 2009) - the only two-time winner – and the Horton Smith Award (2006, 2007, 2017).
Spring Seminar 2020 - Matt Ginella - Keynote Speaker Announcement
We are happy to announce that a Keynote Speaker for the forthcoming 2020 Spring Seminar sponsored by E-Z-GO & SuperSpeed Golf and hosted by The Derrick G&WC has been secured!
It will be none other than..... Matt Ginella!!
Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor’s Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.
Before the Golf Channel, Ginella was a senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer’s annual buddy trips to over 60 destinations around the country.
Mr. Ginella graduated from St. Mary’s College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Updated Office Hours
The Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta would like to wish everyone and their families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Our office will be closed starting December 23rd and will be open again on December 30th. Please note the office will be closed on January 1st for New Year’s Day.
PGA of Canada News
Play Ability Test Changes Coming into Effect in 2020
After two years of extensive research and feedback from members, boards, zones, Golf Canada, International PGA’s and the Association’s exit surveys, the PGA of Canada is announcing updates to the Play Ability Test (PAT) process effective January 1, 2020.
While maintaining the integrity of playing ability, these updates streamline the PAT process and address several key areas identified as barriers to joining the association. The PGA of Canada has addressed the below points with the new PAT process:
The new PAT process will be consistent across the country, including the cost, which has been made more affordable for all prospective members.
The new PAT process standardizes and simplifies the registration process for PAT’s; applicants will register centrally on pgaofcanada.comfor all PAT attempts moving forward.
Eliminating the IN and OUT scores; the PAT will be conducted over one 18-hole round.
Separate PAT target scores for men, women, and seniors, backed by handicap data from Golf Canada.
NEW PAT Process Step 1- Register online atpgaofcanada.com- The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your 1st PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. After a year, you must re-register as an applicant to register for and attempt at PAT. Step 2- Register online atpgaofcanada.comfor all PAT’s - ($150 per attempt, PAT’s for 2020 to be posted online by April 1)
NEW PAT Exemption Process Step 1- Register online atpgaofcanada.com- at $325 plus tax Step 2- Submit your scores for a possible PAT Exemption (click here), using the online form atpgaofcanada.com(if successful, an additional fee of $25 plus tax applies).
PGA of Canada Unveils Top 100 Golf Courses of Canada
The PGA of Canada in partnership with Golf Talk Canada is proud to unveil its Top 100 golf courses in Canada which features the top 50 public/resort and top 50 private venues across the country as voted on by PGA of Canada members.
“We are so excited to have our more than 3,600 PGA of Canada members from across the country come up with a list to call their own,” said PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle.
Alberta has a strong presence on the list as expected with 16 courses in total being named inside the Top 100. Congratulations to the following Alberta facilities:
PGA of Alberta Members Take Home Three National Awards
The PGA of Alberta is proud to announce that three members from Alberta won a 2019 PGA of Canada National Award! All three members were also the recipients of the matching provincial award in October and have been recognized nationally for their dedication and achievements this past year. Our winners from Alberta are:
Chris Cooke (Kananaskis Country GC) – Moe Norman Apprentice Professional of the Year
Sam Kirkness (Priddis Greens G&CC) – Stan Leonard Class “A” Professional of the Year
Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) – Mike Weir Player of the Year
Chris, Sam, and Wes will all be recognized at the PGA of Canada Awards Night in January taking place at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations to all the other National Award Winners and Finalists.