After a two-day grind at Wolf Creek GR, two players successfully passed their Playing Ability Test. Congratulations to Marcus Meneghetti of Silver Springs G&CC (155) & Shane Garbutt of Glendale G&CC (156), on being the newest Member of the PGA of Canada and achieving their CFM Target Score.
PGA of Alberta Partners with Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada
The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce an official partnership with Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada!
Starting in 2019, Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada will become the Title Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Team Match Play Championship held throughout the season. Furthermore, this tournament will again have an opening round at the beginning of the season at a venue to be announced and will be known as the “Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada Team Match Play Championship”.
Both organizations are thrilled with this new partnership. Long-time supporter of the PGA of Alberta Buying Show, Srixon/Cleveland Golf have always felt a strong support in the Alberta community and are eager to solidify this relationship for many years to come. This partnership with Srixon/Cleveland Golf as the “Title Sponsor” of the Team Match Play demonstrates the organization’s dedication to the PGA of Alberta and all its Members.
About Srixon/Cleveland Golf Canada Corporation: Cleveland Golfand Srixonenjoy a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. The professional staff includes players such as Hideki Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Inbee Park.ClevelandGolf, founded in 1979, is a leading manufacturer specializing in short game technologies and solutions that benefit all golfers. Srixon, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to producing the highest quality, technically innovative golf balls that offer maximum performance to golfers of all levels of ability.
Srixon/Cleveland Golf remains steadfastly committed to providing “Tour-proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience playing the game of golf”.
Exhibitor registration is now open for both the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Shows in March. The registration DEADLINE is February 9th. With limited space we recommend you register as soon as possible. For more information on both the Edmonton and Calgary Golf Shows click the link below.
The newest issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live! Content in this issue includes a recap of the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet, update on the new PGA of Canada Training Program, the new Fort McMurray GC Clubhouse, and more!
Born on June 11, 1956 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Paul Lowe joined the PGA of Canada in 1978 starting his career in golf at the Bridgewater G&CC in Fort Erie, Ontario where he worked for seven seasons. Once achieving his Class ‘A’ status, Paul moved to Henderson Lake Golf Club under the guidance of Jim McLaughlin before accepting his first Head Professional position at the Hillcrest Sports Centre in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1986. A number of moves across Western Canada within a year and a half brought him back to Henderson Lake to accept the Head Professional position where he remained for 28 years. It wasn’t long after this move that he began to stand out as a leader in the golf industry. Considered by his peers as a mentor in junior golf, retail, customer service, teaching and playing, Mr. Lowe has inspired many golf professionals to be the best version of themselves both on and off the course. He can be quoted by many saying, “treat the person off the street with the same quality you would give your best member”.
Under the mentorship of Jim McLaughlin, Paul learned the ‘Junior-Junior Program’ from the son of Jack McLaughlin, the very person that introduced it to the PGA of Canada and learned the importance of strong Junior Programs. With this guidance combined with his passion and commitment to junior development made his program one of the best in Southern Alberta at the time. This program that was held out of Henderson Lake provided an introduction to the game and stimulated the interest of golf to juniors in Lethbridge and the surrounding area. As soon a junior became a member at the Henderson Lake, they were automatically enrolled in this program with no extra charge for instruction. With two other Golf Professionals, Paul went on to implement a Junior Super League which included ten clubs in the Southern Alberta area including Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Calgary and High River. Above the instruction that he provided, Paul made it his goal to start the Henderson Lake GC Junior Scholarship Program. To date, approximately $90,000 has been raised for the Scholarship Program. His innovative junior development ideas were recognized by the PGA of Alberta in 1998 & 2006 when he won Junior Leader of the Year. He was nominated three more times in this category and once for Club Professional of the Year in 2014.
Mike Mezei, writer for SCOREGolf and past PGA Tour Canada winner, and Dunc Mills, Executive Director of the McLennan Ross Junior Golf Tour both commended Paul for outstanding dedication to both Henderson Lake and junior golf in Canada in their 2014 articles.
In a further effort to develop Golf Professionals in Alberta, Paul, Brian Huculak, the current Executive Professional at the Lethbridge CC and the Director of Lethbridge College at the time introduced the PGA Golf Management Program to the College. The three were instrumental in building the noteworthy program which many PGA of Canada golf professionals were enrolled in.
Receiving the Life Professional designation in 2015, Paul remains to be active in the Association and continues to be a role model to many members. He takes great care of the ones in whom he sees great potential in and always inspires them to grow into Golf Professionals of their own. The Association is pleased to recognize Paul as the third Member to receive the PGA of Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award in the Leadership Category.
Thank you to everyone who attended and played a part in the 2018 PGA of Alberta Buying Show. We are proud to run the largest Buying Show in Canada each year and it would not be possible without the continued support from our Exhibitors, Partners and Attendees! We wish everyone a great off-season this year and we hope to see you back in 2019. Statistics for the Show will be released shortly to Exhibitors and PGA of Alberta Members.
PGA of Alberta Bursary Recipients
The PGA of Alberta along with Callaway Golf is pleased to present eight bursaries of $1,000 each to the following deserving Candidates for Membership and Assistants’: Braden Chown (Desert Blume GC), Bryce Halverson (The Winston GC), Carson Taylor (Cottonwood G&CC), Chad Feener (Leduc GC), John Deneer (Bearspaw CC), Jordan Fenwick (GOLFTEC Calgary), Nick Becker (Silver Springs G&CC) and Shannon Raina (Sirocco GC). Congratulations and thank you to everyone who applied.
The PGA of Alberta announced the winners of the annual awards on Wednesday, October 17th at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Individuals were recognised for their achievements throughout the season and their career, as well as for their contributions to the Association and the Game of Golf. Categories that were recognised include Club Professional, Teacher, Lifetime Achievement, and the Association`s inaugural Executive Professional of the Year. Congratulations to all of the winners! Click read more to view this year’s winners.
The Awards issue of the PGA of Alberta Digital Magazine... the "Golf Report" is now live! Content in this issue includes an overview of the 2018 Award Finalists, a recap of recent PGA of Alberta Championship winners, feature on Ladies’ Champion Marsha Rogers, Tiger vs. Phil’s epic 9-million dollar match, and much more! Award winners will be announced at the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet on Oct 17th.
Due to the recent cancellation of the Pro-Assistant, Callaway Golf will now sponsor the PGA of Alberta Bursary Program for the 2018 season. With the new sponsorship from Callaway Golf, we are now offering EIGHT bursaries total of $1,000 each!! A minimum of four of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal CFM’s working 9-months or less for their employer.
With the recent change to the Bursary Program, the DEADLINE has been extended to Friday, October 5th at 12pm! If you have not applied already, this is a perfect opportunity to submit your application which can be done online for a chance to win one of the eight bursaries worth $1,000 to help further develop yourself as a Golf Professional.
Thank you to Callaway Golf for sponsoring the 2018 Bursaries!
The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce the 2018 Awards Finalists! Winners will be announced at the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 17th at the Edmonton Expo Centre. All members and partners of the PGA of Alberta are encouraged to join us for this evening of recognition and celebration. The Cocktail Party will start at 5:00pm and the Awards Banquet will start at approximately 5:30pm. Good luck to all of the 2018 Finalists!
The team from the South of Jordan Fenwick (GOLFTEC Calgary) and Jamie Kureluk (GOLFTEC Calgary) are your 2018 PGA of Alberta Team Match Play Champions after a cold and hard-fought battle at the Red Deer G&CC. Fenwick and Kureluk won the match on the second playoff hole against the North team of David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) and Craig McArthur (Blackhawk GC). The match was a back and forth contest all day long which included five hole-out shots, one being an eagle by MacComb on a par 4.
The winning team of Fenwick and Kureluk will walk away with $3,000 each in prize money after winning five matches throughout the season to become the Champions.
Strong Showing by Alberta Pro’s at National Championship
To no surprise, PGA of Alberta Professionals dominated the leaderboard at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada hosted at The Winston GC, with six players finishing in the top ten. Congratulations to Riley Fleming (2nd, NGA Dome), Dustin Risdon (3rd, NGA @ McCall Lake), Albert Pistorius (T-4th, Pinebrook G&CC), Stefan Cox (6th, Calgary G&CC), Wes Heffernan (T-7th, Golf Canada Centre) and Craig Gibson (T-9th, Sirocco GC) on the top ten finishes at the Championship. Congratulations also to Marc-Etienne Bussieres of the Quebec zone on winning the Championship.
Special shout out to Riley Fleming who posted the round of the Championship on the final round shooting a 9-under 63 to propel himself to a second-place finish.
The PGA of Alberta invites you to attend the Buying Show Education Series during the 3-day Show. There will be three separate Buying Show Education Series Workshops throughout the course of the show. See the below details for more information on topics, dates and times. Registration is now live for all Buying Show Education components.
October 16 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM
It’s Showtime - Planning for the Buy Webinar
October 17 @ 12:00PM - 1:00PM
IMPACT Tournament Systems - Enhance your Tournament Experience
October 18 @ 11:00AM - 12:00PM
2019 Golf Rule Changes - Everything you need to know
The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is proud to present the second annual 2018 winter “Teaching Summit” hosted in the Arizona area. This 3-day educational event will give a select group of PGA of Alberta members (16 participant’s max.) to observe interactive lessons with two of the most sought-after instructors in North America – Gabriel Hjertstedt and Martin Chuck. During the 8-hours of instruction each day, participants will take a 60-minute lesson to work on their own game as well as develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants take their lessons, always with the ability to ask questions in real time to both student and teacher.
The combined cost of taking a single lesson with each instructor would normally cost in excess of $800 CAD but PGA of Alberta members will have access to 16 hours of instruction at a fraction of that cost. Full details of the PGA of Alberta “Arizona Teaching Summit” and biographies of the both instructors can be found below.
*Please note that their are limited spots available and will be given on a first come first serve basis.
Every other year the PGA of Alberta sends a Compensation Survey to the membership to complete. The survey is a very important tool for our Association as it allows us to give our membership the most current earning potential in each area of the province based on their position. The more surveys that are filled out, the more accurate both the averages and high/low points will be. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey. Once completed, you will be sent a copy of the results.
Every Member will receive 5 PD points for completing the survey!
Alberta Assistants’ Team Sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf
Congratulations and good luck to Riley Fleming (NGA Dome), Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre), Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) and Dustin Risdon (NGA @ McCall Lake) who will be representing Team Alberta sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf, at the 2018 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada Inter-Zone Team Competition at The Winston GC in Calgary on September 16-19. Good luck to all Alberta Assistant Professionals competing at the Championship next week.
Round two of the Sunice/Bobby Jones Fall Championship at Royal Mayfair GC in Edmonton saw plenty of action throughout the round making for an exciting day. Conditions were much improved from round one for the field with temperatures hovering around 15 degrees and having no rain on the course.
After a hard fought battle on the course, Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) emerged as the 2018 Fall Championship winner thanks to his superb round one of 6-under 64. Wes followed up his opening round score with a solid 1-under 69 today to hold off all competitors and securing his place as the Champion with a two-day total score of 133 (7-under).
Not without competition, Heffernan was challenged all day by Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) who shot the round-two low 4-under 66. Stefan’s efforts today secured his 2nd place finish in the Championship which included four birdies and fourteen pars to fall two shy of Wes at 135 total (5-under).
Finishing third in the Championship one back of Cox was local favourite Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC). Playing at his home course, Mike had an excellent second round of 3-under 67 to finish with a total of 136.
Rounding out the top five was Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) finishing in fourth with a 139 (1-under) and Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) in fifth with a 141 (1-over).
Final tournament of the PGA of Alberta schedule is the Pro-Assistant hosted at Kananaskis Country GC on October 1 & 2.
Forty-four of Alberta’s top competitors teed off for round one at the newly formed PGA of Alberta Fall Championship hosted at Royal Mayfair GC and proudly sponsored by long-time PGA of Alberta partner, Sunice/Bobby Jones. The weary weather forced players to dress for cold and wet conditions throughout the day with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees. Fortunately the rain held off for the majority of the day giving the players almost ideal playing conditions.
Playing in his tenth event this season and hunting for his third victory is Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) who started his opening round at the 1:20pm time and finished with a 6-under 64 to give himself a commanding lead and only one off the course record. Wes was able to finish hole 18 with a beautiful 50-foot putt for birdie to increase his lead. Four strokes behind Wes in sole possession of second is Craig McArthur (Blackhawk GC) who finished round one with a score of 2-under 68. Close behind the two leaders in a four-way tie for third place is Riley Fleming (NGA Dome), Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC), local fan favorite Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) & Greg McGarry (Glendale G&CC) who finished the first 18 holes with a score of 1-under 69.
Close behind the leaders shooting an even-par round of 70 is Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC), Scott Borsa (Devon GC) & Braden Chown (Desert Blume GC). Round two is set for a competitive day of golf as there is 12 players that are plus one or better that all have the ability to put some pressure on the leaders.
Round two will resume tomorrow morning (Tuesday, September 11th) at 11am. Players will have a chance to improve upon their round one scores as the weather forecast is showing for minimal wind and temperatures reaching a high of 15 degrees. Follow the @PGAofAlberta on Twitter for live scoring updates tomorrow.
Attendee Registration is now Open. Register the staff at your facility for the 2018 PGA of Alberta Buying Show on October 16-18 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Remember to invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food and Beverage staff!
Our Buying Show continues to be the only “full scale” Show of its kind in Canada and it is with great pride that we host this Show every fall for our Members, Industry Suppliers and guests of the Industry. The Buying Show is an event that is restricted to PGA of Canada Members, Non-PGA of Canada Facilities and Golf Industry Merchandisers and Equipment Manufacturers.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, we want to thank you all in advance for continuing to support the Buying Show. We look forward to seeing you there!
Click here for more information including the schedule!
Tracy Moffatt Webinar is Cancelled
We regret to inform everyone that the Webinar with Tracy Moffatt on September 12th has officially been cancelled. We are looking at rescheduling the Webinar to be hosted during the Buying Show in October. Once details are confirmed we will alert the membership and begin promoting the re-scheduled date.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Quinn Logan at - [email protected] or 403-256-8894.
Team Match Play Championship - Finals
The Final matchups for the PGA of Alberta Team Match Play Championship have now been determined! The Finals for the Champion bracket side will be David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) & Craig McArthur (Blackhawk GC) from the North who will be battling against Jamie Kureluk (GOLFTEC Calgary) & Jordan Fenwick (GOLFTEC Calgary) from the South.
In the Consolation finals we have Weston Gillett (Drayton Valley GC) & Kevin Broderson (Lacombe G&CC) from the North playing against Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) & Mark Corrigan (Mickelson National GC) from the South.
Congratulations and good luck to all teams advancing to the finals which will be played at Red Deer G&CC on Thursday, September 13th!
The draw is now posted for the first round of the PGA of Alberta Fall Championship sponsored by Sunice Inc. which will be hosted this year at Royal Mayfair GC in Edmonton on September 10 & 11. Congratulations to everyone that qualified this year for the Championship which will see a field of 45 of Alberta’s top players who finished in the top of either the Golf Supply House Series money list or the overall individual money list from this season.
Tee times will start at 11am for both rounds of the Championship. Round one tee times were determined by overall individual money earned this season. The more money earned, the later the tee time.
Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) wins the 2018 PGA of Alberta Senior Championship with round one and two scores of 67-70, for a two-day total 137. Allred shot a round two low of 1-under to maintain his lead and to take home the championship. This is his fourth straight Senior Championship title and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Darryl James (NGA @ Shaganappi) finished alone in second with a two day total of 143. Not far behind Allred and James was Dean Walker (PGA of Alberta Member) who finished in third place by posting a two day total of 145.
Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) shot an impressive round of 75 on day 2 at Cottonwood G&CC to help her capture the Ladies’ Championship sponsored by Dexim Golfwear. Crystal Shapka (Priddis Greens G&CC) finished in second with Rhonda Carter (Canyon Meadows G&CC) taking home third place.
Rhonda Carter (Canyon Meadows G&CC) and Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) finish round one in a two-way tie for first place as they both posted scores of 75 at the Ladies Championship hosted by Cottonwood G&CC and sponsored by Dexim Golfwear. Close behind the co-leaders is Crystal Shapka (Priddis Greens G&CC) who shot a 76. Click here for round 1 results and round 2 draw.
Allred Seeks His Fourth Straight Championship
Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) is the round one leader of the Senior Championship at Cottonwood G&CC, sponsored by MKRAK. Scott was able to finish the day strong posting a round one score of 4-under 67, giving himself a commanding lead over the rest of the field in pursuit of his 4th consecutive Senior Championship. In sole possession of second place is Darryl James (NGA @ Shaganappi) who finished the day with a 1-over 72 and should be able to put the pressure on Scott for round 2. There is a four way tie for third place which should put some pressure on the two leaders going into round two. Click here for all the results.
TrackMan Level 1 Education Course Registration is Live
Registration is now live for the TrackMan Education Courses for the PGA of Alberta membership and non-members. Cody Miller and Ryan Cunningham will be hosting two separate TrackMan Level 1 Education Courses in Alberta in the month of September. These courses will be consistent with the Level 1 certification test through TrackMan University. All attendees will be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to pass this test online and begin working towards their level two certification.
Takeaways from this course; all attendees will be fully equipped to take the TrackMan Level 1 Certification test, note this is not required. Attendees will also have the ability to schedule time with both Ryan and Cody to come to your facility to provide further information.
The draw is now available for the first round of the PGA of Alberta Senior Championship sponsored by MKRAK Management Inc. Forty Professionals aged 50 and over will head to the beautiful Cottonwood G&CC next week on September 4 & 5 to compete for the title. Players will look to dethrone 5-time and reigning Champion Scott Allred of Elbow Springs GC who has won the last three Senior Championships in a row.
The winner will go on to represent the Alberta Zone at the 2019 PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada. Tee times will begin at 1:03pm for round one of the Championship.
Alberta’s finest female Professionals will head to Cottonwood G&CC on September 4th & 5th for the annual Ladies’ Championship sponsored by Dexim Golfwear. Tee times will begin at 12:36pm for round one of the Championship.