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.
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship South presented by Nike Golf - R1 Complete
Round One of the Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship South presented by Nike Golf, is complete and it was a perfect day for golf at Heritage Pointe GC which is in great shape for being early in the season still. We had 32 Teams and 64 Professionals’ competing today.
Batsel Takes Home First Players Tour Title Of The Season
The first Players Tour event of the season at the beautiful Magrath GC is complete and was a successful day. With score-able conditions for most of the day, we saw some great scores on the Leaderboard today with 15 players under par or even. Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) rose to the top and takes home our first Players Tour Title of the season.
Starting his season off with an excellent round, Dillon carded an excellent round of 7-under 65 today with 6 Birdies on the card and only 1 bogey. Dillon carded a great 5-under 31 on the front 9 and followed it up with 34 on the back-9 to prevail by 3 strokes over his nearest competitors.
Finishing behind our Leader in a 2-way tie for 2nd after carding great 4-under par 68’s was: Jamie Gerlitz (Picture Butte GC) & Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre).
Congratulations to the 2 players that passed the Play Ability Test today hosted at Magrath GC. All players shot the target score or better - 81 (49 years & younger) or 83 (50 years & up) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada. Congratulations to the following:
The first event of the year will head south to Magrath GC on Wednesday, May 10th. We have 36 Professionals in the field who will test their skills and compete to kick the season off! The first tee time is set for 12:00 PM with the last time set to tee it up at 1:50 PM. The first PAT of the season goes out directly after the Professionals, good luck to all our competitors in both events!
Early Bird Exhibitor Registration Now Open for the 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show
Early Bird Exhibitor Registration for the 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show is Now Open!
The PGA of Alberta would like to invite you and your company to attend this annual Show being hosted on October 17th – 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre. Take advantage of early bird exhibitor registration until June 30th!
Attendee Registration for PGA Members and Green Grass Facilities will open August 1st, 2023 at 10 AM.
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.
Ready to register? Follow these step-by-step instructions to register as an Exhibitor for the 2023 PGA of Alberta Buying Show.
The registration process for Exhibitors is simple and can be completed online by visiting the PGA of Alberta website. Click on the following links for the Exhibitor Information Package which includes details on Exhibitor Benefits, Show Schedule, Booth Rates, Show Terms & Conditions, etc., or to register your company for the Show.
Nevin Thompson in Memoriam (1945-2023)
We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of Industry Member Nevin Thompson. He passed away last week at the age of 77 years. Nevin had a lengthy career as a Salesman and worked for Sunice / Bobby Jones for many years.
Our thoughts are with Nevin’s family and friends during this difficult time. Click the link below for his obituary.
The 2023 Alberta Teaching Summit is limited to 16 participants and spots are filling up fast. Register now to not miss out on the opportunity to learn and network with some of Alberta’s top instructors.
Registration Open for Assistants’ Board PD #5 and Seniors’ Division #2 Opens April 7th
Webinar #5 has been confirmed and will cover "Work/Life Balance and Mental Health Resources"
In the world of professional hockey, what plays out behind closed doors is just as important as what plays out on the ice itself. Former professional goaltender, Hockey Night in Canada broadcasterand NHL on Sportsnet analyst Kelly Hrudey will take us behind the scenes of his 15-year career with the NHL, sharing stories he lived from both inside and outside the locker room and work life balance while playing in the NHL. Kelly is an advocate for mental health awareness and has multiple foundations he represents to continue to spread the word and end the stigma.
This will be the last of five webinars produced by the assistants board with the intention of providing professional development for all assistants within the industry. This will produce an avenue for networking and relationship building so members can continue to further their careers.
April 18th, 2023
Zoom Conference Call
If you have any questions for Kelly, please write it in the comment box when registering.
Registration will open tomorrow, Friday, April 7th for the Seniors’ Division #1 Event at Lakeside GC just east of Calgary in Chestermere and is set for Tuesday, July 4thwith Tee Times starting at 9:00 AM.
Registration for the 2023 Play Ability Tests (PAT) is now open! Take note of the PAT schedule by clicking ’View Schedule’ below. There will be five PAT’S in total this season.
Be sure to pass this information on to anyone interested in becoming a member of the PGA of Canada at your facility! For more information on the steps to become a member, please refer to the PGA of Canada Membership Roadmap.
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 2023. 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. Once an Applicants account has been verified on the PGA of Canada website, they will be able to register for PAT’S.
Prospective members must meet the following entrance requirements:
Upload a photo to prove you are 18 years of age or older (driver’s licence with the birth date visible) -click hereto upload.
Upload a reference letter from your employer/direct report -click hereto upload.
Upload a reference letter from a PGA of Canada Class “A” Member -click hereto upload(*if your direct report is both your employer and a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member, only one letter of reference is required).
Your employer/direct report will automatically be sent an email to verify your golf industry employment. They must click a button in that email to verify that you are employed at the facility indicated in the registration process.
We are happy to announce that dates and venues have been confirmed for the KAILANI Pro-Pro Scramble and the Seniors’ Division #2 events for the 2023 season.
The KAILANI Pro-Pro Scramble is set for Monday, September 11th with a 2:00 PM Shotgun start at Bearspaw GC in NW Calgary with a 2:00 PM Shotgun start and 60 Team Field.
This stunning Par 71 layout measures 6868 yards of dramatic terrain set in a natural alpine amphitheatre. Whilst rewarding excellence, this Bill Newis design is also extremely playable but offers plenty of challenge. Bearspaw exploits every aspect of this impressive landscape, with water features weaving through 11 of the holes. Subtle elevation changes make for thought-provoking club selections as you navigate your way through generous tree-lined fairways. Each hole exudes individual characteristics making for diverse shot-making over 18 holes.
Due to the limited field size and anticipated demand for this event, the Registration opening datefor this event will be (April 11th) at 10:00 AM to ensure every Member has an equal opportunity in registering for this event.
The Seniors’ Division #2 Event and accompanying PAT has been confirmed at Lakeside GC just east of Calgary in Chestemere and is set for Tuesday, July 4thwith Tee Times starting at 9:00 AMfor the Seniors’ Division followed by the PAT players.
Submit your Tournament Eligibility Form now - click here.
Team Match Play North & Pro-Lady North Confirmed
We are happy to announce that venues and dates have been confirmed for the following events and will be open for Registration which is set to open on Monday, March 20th at 10:00AM.
Please remember that ALL Members must submit a Tournament Eligibility Form before they will be able to sign-up for any Tournaments.
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship - North When: Thursday, May 18th Where: RedTail Landing GC
EFW Radiology - adidas Golf Pro-Lady North When: Monday, August 14th Where: Mill Woods GC
Tournament Eligibility Form Now Live
The 2023 Tournament Eligibility Form is NOW available for submission online and can be accessed by clicking HERE. This form is required to be filled out by every member playing in a PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournament this year and is reviewed by the Office to confirm and set each Members Category Eligibility.
Tournament Registration opens next Monday, March 20th at 10 AMand the schedule is available by clicking HERE.
Our Tournament Program wouldn’t be possible without the support of our valued Partners, check out our Partners by click HERE.
The Show is family friendly and all ages are welcome! Our Junior Area will feature the following and more!
Face Painting Artist
Mini Putting Greens
Looking to get your hands on some golf gear which includes: Clubs, Balls, Bags, Apparel/Clothing , Shoes or accessories?
Look no further as the Clearance Center has a plethora of products to choose from, provided by 10 + facilities from the area.
Looking for some new clubs and a fitting session?
The Calgary Golf Show will be offering club fittings from top manufacturers to all participants with paid entry to the show. There are limited spots each day, so book now to take advantage of this exclusive special.
All proceeds from Club Fittings will go towards the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.
There are a multitude of fun and exciting activities & contests going on at the Show, some of which are:
Watch out for the Prize Patrol! They are on the loose and are armed with thousands of dollars worth of great prizes! This includes green fee packages, golf equipment and golf vacations! Prizes will be given away in all different sorts of ways such as skills competitions, trivia challenges, and other fun challenges that will get your competitive juices flowing. Prize examples include:
The 2023 Tournament Schedule is now live! Registration will open on Monday, March 20th at 10:00AM sharp. More event details will be released before the registration opening date. The 2023 Tournament Eligibility Form will be released soon and a communication/reminder will be sent out to all Members to submit their form before registration opens.
The following events will be released in the coming 2 weeks as details are still in negotiation being finalized with host venues.
Players Tour (2-Day) - North Event
Seniors’ Division #2 - South Event
Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship - North
2023 Ladies’ & Seniors’ Championship - Update
The PGA of Alberta Ladies’ & Seniors’ Championship presented by: Schooley Mitchell & MKRAK Management Inc. has been confirmed at the beautiful Silver Springs G&CC in NW Calgary on Monday, August 21st & Tuesday, August 22nd. Last year’s Ladies’ Championship had a field of 11 competitors and the wire-to-wire Champion was Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC). Katy will be looking to defend her title on home turf in 2023. Last year’s Seniors’ Championship had a field of 44 competitors and the Champion was Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) who reclaimed the title for an astounding 7th time in his career. We can’t wait to see who prevails at each respective Championship in 2023!
Nestled in northwest Calgary, Silver Springs G&CC prides itself on its championship par 72 golf course. Originally designed by Colorado course architect, Dick Phelps, the course winds itself through the coulees and plateaus of northwest Calgary and presents the player with a wide diversity of terrain and elevation changes for a challenging round accompanied by beautiful views.
Thank you to our presenting Sponsors - Schooley Mitchell & MKRAK Management Inc. for their continued support of the Association and of our Tournament Program, without their support our events would not be possible!
Golf Show News
Official Cancellation Notice - 2023 Edmonton Golf Show
After much discussion and consideration, The PGA of Alberta Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to officially cancel the 2023 Edmonton Consumer Golf Show scheduled for April 1 - 2, 2023. The cancellation is due to a variety of reasons; paramount being the lack of registered exhibitors does not allow the PGA of Alberta to execute a show at the high standard expected, and deserved, by our valued consumers and exhibitors.
If you purchased a ticket to attend, please contact us at [email protected] and a full refund will be taken care of.
A Message from the Promotions & Communications Chair ChrisSchatzmann
Throughout the last 4 months the Edmonton Golf Show committee, the Promotions and Communications committee and PGA of Alberta Administration have exhausted all existing avenues to promote exhibitor attendance to the 2023 Edmonton Golf Show. With exhibitor levels well below what the show traditionally maintained the PGA of Alberta will be unable to execute an Edmonton Golf Show that would provide adequate value to the consumers attending the show. In addition, we do not believe the presentation of the show would align with the high standards of the PGA of Alberta and our associated partners. Following consultation with the PGA office and the board executive, and with consideration of brand impact, the decision has been made to officially cancel the Edmonton Golf Show. A discussion and review of future plans for the Edmonton Golf Show will be undertaken by the Association.
Spring Seminar Only 6 Days Away
The PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar is scheduled for March 6th and 7th at The Derrick G&WC. There are currently 4 spots available for anyone who wants to join the kick off event of the season.
Reminders for the Seminar
Visit the PGA of Alberta table for registration prior to breakfast day 1. Doors will open at 8:00am
Business Dress Code is required for all participants of the Seminar
One Week Left to Vote for Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board Seats
There is one week left to vote in the 2023 Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board Elections; make sure you get your vote in now! Voting is being conducted via Simply Voting again this year so check your inbox for your Election Information message if you haven’t voted already. Voting closes at 9:45 AM sharp during the AGM on Monday, March 6th.
Board of Directors Election (5 Nominees) Four (4) spots are open for election in 2023 for the Board of Directors. Online voting via Simply Voting officially opened on Tuesday, February 14thand will close just after the start of the AGM on March 6th, 2023.
Assistants’ Board of Directors Election (13 Nominees) Four (4) spots are open for election in 2023 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Online voting via Simply Voting officially opened on Tuesday, February 14thand will close just after the start of the AGM on March 6th, 2023.
Cobra Puma Golf & Club Car PGA of Alberta Championship Update & 2023 Tournament Update
The Cobra Puma Golf & Club Car PGA of Alberta Championship is confirmed and set for Wintergreen G&CC in Bragg Creek on Monday, July 10th & Tuesday July 11th, 2023. Last year’s Championship had 90 players in the field with Riley Fleming claiming the Championship after carding 65 & 63 over his 2 rounds. Who will rise to the top at Wintergreen G&CC this year?
Just 30 minutes west of Calgary, Wintergreen G&CC offers a picturesque golf course surrounded by tall forests, open fields and rolling hills. Here, mountain streams intersect with tree-lined fairways to create a golf course that is challenging for the expert golfer, yet still accommodating and playable for the novice. Wintergreen features an 18-hole championship course with a full-service practice facility for short game, putting and driving as well as a spacious clubhouse and lounge with a relaxed, country atmosphere.
Thank you to our Sponsors - Cobra Puma Golf & Club Car LLC for their continued support of the Association and of our Tournament Program, without their support our events would not be possible!
2023 Tournament Update
The 2023 Tournament Schedule Release Date has been set for, Monday, March 6th during Day 1 of the Spring Seminar.
The 2023 Tournament Eligibility Form will be live for submissions prior to Registration opening date
The 2023 Tournament Registration Opening Date has been set for, Monday, March 20th at 10:00 AM sharp.
Just Under 2 Weeks Left to Vote for 2023 Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board
The 2023 Election window for the Board of Directors and Assistants’ Board officially opened on Tuesday, February 14th and will close after the start of TheAnnual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, March 6th, 2023, at The Derrick Golf and Winter Club (3500 119 St NW) in Edmonton. Start time will be 9:00 AM and voting will close at 9:45 AM.
Board of Directors Election (5 Nominees) Four (4) spots are open for election in 2023 for the Board of Directors. Online voting via Simply Voting officially opened on Tuesday, February 14thand will close just after the start of the AGM on March 6th, 2023.
Assistants’ Board of Directors Election (13 Nominees) Five (5) spots are open for election in 2023 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Online voting via Simply Voting officially opened on Tuesday, February 14thand will close just after the start of the AGM on March 6th, 2023.
The Calgary Consumer Golf Show is just over a month away and excitement is building! The Show is a great opportunity to engage with the strong consumer demand seen throughout the wider industry and across the province over the last 3 years. The Golf Shows provide the perfect opportunity to promote your facility/business to thousands of passionate golfers before the start of the 2023 golf season. The Calgary Show sees approx. 4,500+ attendees and the Edmonton Show sees approx. 3,000+ attendees.
Exhibiting at the Shows allows your facility/company to sell green fees (bundle packs), products, memberships, league play, simulator leagues, lesson packages, etc., all while exposing your brand to the new and growing golf interested demographic in a fun environment. Leveraging access to this upswing in market sentiment can benefit all Exhibitors whether a company or facility. With the cancellation of the Golf Shows over the last three years, the 2023 Shows will give the PGA of Alberta and Exhibitors the chance to give back to Albertans that have supported golf facilities and the industry during the pandemic.
Calgary Golf Show | March 18 & 19, 2023at the BMO Centre
A message from Chris Schatzmann - Golf Show Chairman
With member club registrations drastically behind forecasted levels, the Association wants to ensure the Calgary and Edmonton consumer golf shows remain successful events on the calendar for years to come. On behalf of the PGA of Alberta, I urge you act to get your club involved in 2023. Although recent business levels at your facilities might have you considering not participating, now is the time to get involved and to build off the momentum given to us over the last few years.
Chris Schatzmann PGA of Alberta Promotions & Communications Director
Golf Show News
Still Time to Register - Consumer Golf Shows
The Consumer Golf Shows are fast approaching with the Calgary Show just over a month away (March 18th & 19th, 2023) and the Edmonton Show set for April 1st & 2nd, 2023. There is still room for Exhibitors to register for either Show, with the Calgary Show Registration Deadline set for Friday, March 10th, 2023 & Edmonton Show Registration Deadline set for Friday, March 24th, 2023.
Avid golfers from all over the province attend the Golf Shows and use them as a great resource for golf trips, golf education, PGA of Alberta Facility awareness and prospective golf memberships. The consumer shows also features a discount clearance golf centre, where golfers can find great deals on past years’ clubs, balls, shoes and apparel.
Why Exhibit at the Shows?
#1 - Promote your business to over 7,000+ passionate golfers throughout the province. The Calgary Show sees approx. 4,500+ attendees and the Edmonton Show sees approx. 3,000+ attendees.
#2 - Your business has the opportunity to sell green fees (bundle packs), products, memberships, lesson packages, league play, simulator leagues, and whatever else your facility/company has to offer to the thousands of golfers in attendance. This will help offset the cost of your booth!
#3 - Take advantage of the upswing of new golfers the industry has experienced over the last three years. This is a perfect opportunity to expose your brand to new demographics in a fun environment.
#4 - Support the Association and Industry - With the cancellation of the Golf Shows over the last three years, the 2023 Shows will give the PGA of Alberta and Exhibitors the chance to give back to Albertans that have supported golf facilities and the industry during the pandemic.
#5 - Top 100 Points - New this year, all PGA of Alberta members at a facility that exhibits at either Golf Show will receive 5 Top 100 points for the program year! See standings HERE.
#6 - As the Golf Industry is thriving and seeing unprecedented demand over the last few years, it is more important than ever to ensure marketing, and consumer outreach in today’s current marketplace.
The PGA of Alberta Mentorship Program provides guidance and direction to new Members of the Association (Apprentice Professionals). Developed in conjunction with the Assistants’ Board of Directors, 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 to the golf industry.
Top 100 Points… Mentors - All Mentors will receive 5 Top 100 Points for their involvement in the Mentorship Program. Points are awarded annually in September. All Mentors must execute the action items as indicated and submit the Evaluation Form before being eligible to receive the points. Points are only awarded for the first year of the program.
This will be the third of five webinars produced by the assistants board with the intention of providing professional development for all assistants within the industry. This will produce an avenue for networking and relationship building so members can continue to further their careers.
February 22nd, 2023
Zoom Conference Call
*Reminder this is free to all members and each participant will receive 2 Top 100 Points/ Webinar*
Board of Director & Assistants’ Board Elections - Nominee Bios Now Available
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta will be held on Monday, March 6th, 2023, at The Derrick Golf and Winter Club (3500 119 St NW) in Edmonton. Start time will be 9:00am.
Board of Directors Election (5 Nominees) Four (4) spots are open for election in 2023 for the Board of Directors. Online voting via Simply Voting will officially open on Tuesday, February 14th and will close just after the start of the AGM on March 6th, 2023.
Assistants’ Board of Directors Election (13 Nominees) Four (4) spots are open for election in 2023 for the Assistants’ Board of Directors. Online voting via Simply Voting will officially open on Tuesday, February 14th and will close just after the start of the AGM on March 6th, 2023.