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Two Weeks Away from the Final Play Ability Test of the Season
Play Ability Test News

Two Weeks Away from the Final Play Ability Test of the Season

We  are two weeks away from the fifth and final Play Ability Test of the 2022 season, hosted at Woodside GC in Airdrie on Thursday, September 1st. Congratulations to the 35 individuals that have already passed the PAT this season in Alberta.

Please 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.
  
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About the PAT…
The PAT is standardized testing all Applicants must pass in order to be eligible to apply for membership. All prospective Applicants are required to register with the PGA of Canada prior to registering for a PAT in 2022. Once an application has been accepted, the PGA of Canada will notify the PGA of Alberta office that there is a new Applicant who will be attempting a PAT. The PAT’s are conducted by the Zones.

Prospective members must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or higher
  • Currently working in the golf industry to be verified by your employer, and work a minimum of 400 paid hours per year by December 1st
  • Two reference letters, one from your employer and one from a PGA of Canada Class "A" Member
  • Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online
  • Pass a sanctioned Playing Ability Test

PAT Target Score...

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

PAT Process...
Step 1 - Register online at pgaofcanada.com - The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your first PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. After a year, you must re-register as an Applicant to register for and attempt a PAT.

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

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

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


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Finalists Revealed for all PGA of Alberta Awards
Awards News

Finalists Revealed for all PGA of Alberta Awards

The Association is excited to announce the final set of Finalists this year for the following Awards:
  

Club Professional of the Year Finalists...


Kyle_B.  Matt_Johnson  Sam_Kirkness  DM  Chris_Paskin

In alphabetical order by last name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Class "A" Professional of the Year Finalists...


Bryce_Halverson   David_MacComb_2   Marsha_Rogers   Kim_Valleau   Stephen_Yanitski

In alphabetical order by last name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Executive Professional of the Year Finalists...


Greg_Andrew   Brian_Bassen   Darren_Cooke   CR   SY

In alphabetical order by last name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Junior Leader of the Year Finalists...

Derek_Baker Chad_Feener_LR_2016 Nicola_Jeffries Shannon_Raina Stephen_Yanitski

  
In alphabetical order by last name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Teacher of the Year Finalists...
  
Mike_Belbin  Josh_Fleming  JR_2  Stiles_3  CY_2

  
In alphabetical order by last name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Awards Banquet
Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19
th 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 5:45pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D).

This is a complimentary event sponsored by 
Gordon Food Service, BPG & Levelwear, and all Exhibitors & Attendees are encouraged to attend. Click Here to register you and your staff for the Buying Show.
  

VIEW AWARD FINALISTS PAGE HERE


Finalists Revealed for Apprentice Professional, Coach, Retailer and Sales Rep of the Year Awards
Awards News

Finalists Revealed for Apprentice Professional, Coach, Retailer and Sales Rep of the Year Awards

The Association is excited to announce the first set of Finalists this year for the following Awards:

Apprentice Professional of the Year Finalists...


Ryan_Caines_2   Patrick_Frose   Michael_Nutt   Amy_Popkes_   Keenan_Vanderkooi_2

In alphabetical order by last name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Coach of the Year Finalists...


Derek_Baker     Darcy_Dhillon     Adam_Werbicki

In alphabetical order by last name. Click on a name below to learn more about them.


Retailer of the Year Finalists...

 
Banff_Springs_GC                             Evergreen_GC                                 Red_Deer         

                                                        


In alphabetical order by club name. Click on a club below to learn more about them.


Sales Rep of the Year Finalists...

Karly_Blake Tanice_Bosanko Colin_Gilliard_2 Brian_Howard Kristi_Larson


In alphabetical order by last name.

  • Karly Blake (Maui Jim)
  • Tanice Bosanko (Play Well Agencies)
  • Colin Gilliard (PING Canada)
  • Brian Howard (TaylorMade Golf Canada)
  • Kristi Larson (KL Agency)

Congratulations to all Finalists listed above! As mentioned previously, the following Award Finalists will be announced tomorrow (October 7th) at 1:00pm MST:

  • Class "A" Professional of the Year
  • Club Professional of the Year
  • Executive Professional of the Year
  • Junior Leader of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year

Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19th 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 5:45pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D). This is a complimentary event sponsored by Gordon Food Service, BPG & Levelwear, and all Exhibitors & Attendees are encouraged to attend. Click Here to register you and your staff for the Buying Show.

VIEW AWARD FINALISTS PAGE HERE


Open for Registration
Education News

Open for Registration

The Education Committee is excited to announce the return of in-person education, presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada, at the Buying Show. There will be a session each day of the show focusing on all aspects of Retail, Junior Programming, and Winter Coaching & Business. 

These sessions are open to all Members and Non-members attending the show, please note the date and time of each when registering. All three will be held in Arabian Room B and there is limited capacity so check the details right away. 

Top 100 Points: Attendees will receive 3 points/session

Click Here for more details and how to register


Also, for those looking to further their education after the Buying Show, there are currently 3 spots open for the Arizona Teaching Summit at Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, AZ from November 28th-30th. Attendees will get to learn from Peter and John Kostis who are two of the top instructors in the world. 

Click Here for more details and how to register


Award Finalists to be Revealed This Week
Awards News

Award Finalists to be Revealed This Week

The time has finally arrived! After reviewing nearly 90 Nominee applications and 10 hours of meetings by our Awards Committee and Sub-Committees, the PGA of Alberta is excited to soon announce this year’s Award Finalists! Beginning tomorrow, we will announce two sets of Award Finalists on the dates specified below at 1:00pm MST each day.

Awards Banquet & Cocktail Party (5:00pm - 7:30pm)
Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19th 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 5:45pm, held in the Palomino Room at the BMO Centre (located right beside Hall D). This is a complimentary event sponsored by Gordon Food Service, BPG & Levelwear, and all Exhibitors & Attendees are encouraged to attend. Click Here to register you and your staff for the Buying Show.

New This Year > Acceptance Speech – The winner of each Award will have the opportunity to say a few words on stage at the Awards Banquet. This will give everyone the chance to express their thoughts on winning an Award in front of their peers in attendance.

Awards Reveal Schedule
Thursday, October 6th @ 1:00pm

  • Apprentice Professional of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Retailer of the Year
  • Sales Rep of the Year

Friday, October 7th @ 1:00pm

  • Class "A" Professional of the Year
  • Club Professional of the Year
  • Executive Professional of the Year
  • Junior Leader of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year

Please remember that we will also announce the tournament Player of the Year and Jack Skellern Patron of the Year Awards during the Awards Banquet.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AWARDS PROCESS


PGA Buying Show 2 Weeks Away - Register Today
Buying Show News

PGA Buying Show 2 Weeks Away - Register Today

The PGA of Alberta Buying Show hosted on October 18–20 at the Calgary BMO Centre (Hall D) is only 2 WEEKS AWAY! Click Here to register you and your staff for the annual industry event.

>> Floor Plan
CLICK HERE to view the the floor plan and exhibitor booth numbers for the Buying Show. Please note the Floor Plan is subject to change.

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Invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food & Beverage staff to the Show

Gordon Food will have a booth within the 19th Hole giving members and facilities a great opportunity to review all their on course and clubhouse needs for future seasons. Click Here to register your F&B team.

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>> Corporate Afternoons - Invite Your Corporate Clients
Invite your corporate clients to attend the show on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon (2:00-5:00pm), preview product and place orders, saving you valuable time throughout the busy golf season. Please note, corporate clients must be accompanied by a PGA Professional on the Show floor at all times. Click Here to register a corporate client(s).
 
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Registered Exhibitors
With 78 vendors registered for the Show this year, companies are eager to see the membership and their teams in person after a two year hiatus. Click Here to view Exhibitor list with company website link.

>> Registered Facilities
Click Here to see if your facility is currently registered for the Buying Show.

>> How to Register
Registration is simple and can be completed online in minutes. In order to register, please note and the follow the steps below;

  1. Log into the PGA of Alberta website and go to the Events tab > Buying Show > 2022 Attendee Registration.
  2. Click “Register Now” and follow steps to officially register for the Buying Show.
  3. IMPORTANT - Make sure you click "+ Add Another Attendee" below Attendee Information to register multiple people from your facility.
Click Here to Register Your Facility

PGA of Alberta Partners with Triple Bogey Brewing Co. for Buying Show Cocktail Reception
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Partners with Triple Bogey Brewing Co. for Buying Show Cocktail Reception

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Triple Bogey Brewing Co. as Presenting Sponsor of the Buying Show Cocktail Reception. Festivities get underway after Day 1 of the Show, Tuesday, October 18th.

The Cocktail Reception will be hosted at Hotel Arts (10-minute walk from the BMO Centre) from 5:00-7:30pm. All attendees and exhibitors of the Buying Show are invited to the event which includes complimentary appetizers and Triple Bogey beverages!! It’s an event you don’t want to miss! Click here to let us know you and your team will be attending.

“Super stoked to be back in beautiful Alberta supporting my great friends at the PGA,” said Geoff Tait, Founder and President of Triple Bogey Brewing. “Looking forward to getting the party started and working in close collaboration with valued members and partners. Together we grow this game.”

About Triple Bogey Brewing Co…
Founded in 2014 by Geoff Tait (the guy who brought you Quagmire Golf) and wife Megan, the Triple Bogey Brewing Company has come a long way since cracking and crushing that very first can. The company has seen year over year growth, surpassing 3 million cans sold in 2021!

2022 was Triple Bogey’s biggest year to date. The brand’s unique brand of beverages are served at over 400 Golf Courses and in excess of 800 locations; including bars, restaurants, indoor golf facilities, driving ranges, LCBO and Grocery outlets. Alongside their family of refreshingly original favourites, the debut of Half & Half Hard Lemonade & Iced Tea crushed all expectations, proving history can repeat itself.

Triple Bogey offers 3 year round full flavoured Lagers (Blonde, Light, Amber) in addition to a Non-Alcoholic option. Hard Lime Seltzer entered the mix in 2020, while Half & Half Hard Lemonade & Iced Tea made its crazy popular debut in 2022. And let’s not forget the seasonal brew Hurry Hard!, for those winter crazed curling enthusiasts.

Headquartered in Toronto and brewed in London Ontario, Triple Bogey is locally concentrated but with demand at an all-time high has established distribution partners across Canada and begun to find the fairways (and more friends) in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Be sure to visit Triple Bogey Brewing Co. at the Buying Show at Booth #607! Click here to register your team for the Show.  Learn more at www.triplebogey.com or by contacting their representatives below:

Kristi Larson Sales Rep - Alberta
780-699-3948
[email protected]

Geoff Tait Owner/President
416-844-7702
[email protected]

Follow Triple Bogey on social media….
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TripleBogeyCo
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/triplebogeybrewing
Twitter - https://twitter.com/triplebogey
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/triplebogeyco


   
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New Leader in the Top 100 Program & Change to the Program Rotation Year
Top 100 News

New Leader in the Top 100 Program & Change to the Program Rotation Year

With the Top 100 Program presented by Foresight Sports Canada & TaylorMade Golf Canada finishing on September 30th, members are doing all they can to move up in the rankings to finish inside the exclusive top 100 list. Points in the following two categories have recently been awarded to members that qualify; Mentorship Program and PGA of Alberta Committee Involvement.

After a recent point update, we now have a new leader in the program! Sam Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) has taken over top position in the standings at 88 points overall. Sam is aiming for his first Top 100 Award but was the winner of the former Professional Development Program back in 2018. The Professional Development Program was revamped in 2019 to today’s Top 100 Program.

The competition is not over yet though with our former point leader Greg Johnson (Inglewood G&CC) sitting only one point back of Sam at 87. This is setting up for an interesting finish to the program year as both Greg and Sam hail from the same club so bragging rights are on the line. Remaining in third place is Assistants’ Board President Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC) at 81 points.

Please remember that points are still being tallied and will continue to be tallied in the first week of October. Award Finalists for 2022 will be counted in this program year, as well as Extracurricular Approval Form submissions before the end of day on Friday, September 30th.

UPDATE FOR 2023 - NEW PROGRAM ROTATION YEAR
After review of the program, the Association will now use a calendar year moving forward for the program year rather than the previous October to September of the following year model. For 2023, the program year will begin October 1, 2022 and go until December 31, 2023 to cover the gap of the rotation change. After that year is finish, the Top 100 Program will run from a January 1 to December 31 timeline.

There are several reasons for this change in the program year rotation. One of the primary goals was to better spread out major Association programs and events allowing for a balanced calendar. The Association will be able to focus more on specific programs and events throughout the year with a more balanced schedule. Another objective was to increase engagement with the membership during the off-season. With the program year now ending December 31st, members will continued to be engaged with the program until the end of the year to ensure they are maximizing their point total.

The winner of the Top 100 program for 2023 will be recognized at the Annual General Meeting in March of 2024. The current top 10 in the standings (as of September 29th) are listed below.
  

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Current leader Sam Kirkness

1st  - Sam Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) - 88 points
2nd 
- Greg Johnson 
(Inglewood G&CC) - 87 points
3rd  Bryce Halverson (Carnmoney GC) - 81 points
4th  - Chad Feener (Leduc GC) - 76 points
5th  - Murray McCourt (The Ranch G&CC) - 74 points
6th  - Stephen Yanitski (Valley Ridge GC) - 73 points
7th  - Josh Fleming (365 GOLF) - 71 points
8th  - Matt Seifert (Golfutue YYC) - 69 points
9th  - Tyler Willner (Lakeside GC) - 68 points
10th  - Todd Halpen (Golfuture YYC) - 66 points
  

Cash Prize Increase
The PGA of Alberta will now be offering 20 cash prizes at the end of this program year valuing $8,200! The cash prizes will be sent after the Buying Show to the top 20 point earners for the program. 
See cash prize breakdown by clicking here.

New Cash Bonuses
In addition to the 20 cash prizes, the Association will also giveaway 8 cash bonuses of $100 each to the top point finisher(s) in the below member categories (number of cash bonuses dependent on total number of members in the categories). This added amount puts the cash prize total at $9,000 for the Top 100 Program (cash prizes + bonuses).

  • Apprentice Professionals - Top 2
  • Class “A” / Teaching Professionals - Top 3
  • Head / Head Teaching Professionals - Top 2
  • Executive Professionals - Top 1

Please note that cash prizes and the Top 100 Professional initiative are still based off the overall standings and not by the member category standings. Click here for standings by membership category.

How to Earn Points

See where you can earn points by clicking the link below and looking under the "Point Allocation" tab. Please remember that the program year officially ends on September 30th at 11:59pm. Click Here for the Extracurricular Approval form.

Top 100 Professionals
Remember that the Top 100 point earners will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for this program year. The annual Top 100 Award is given out to the member who accumulates the most points for the program year. 

Click Here to View Standings
   

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PGA Buying Show Less Than 1 Month Away - Register Today
Buying Show News

PGA Buying Show Less Than 1 Month Away - Register Today

The PGA of Alberta Buying Show hosted on October 18–20 at the Calgary BMO Centre is less than 1 month away! Click here to register you and your staff for the annual industry event.

Registered Exhibitors
With 77 vendors registered to date for the Show this year, companies are eager to see the membership and their teams in person after a two year hiatus. Click Here to view Exhibitor list.

Products Represented
You are also able to view the ’Products Represented’ by the registered vendors on the same page as the Exhibitor list. Click Here to view Products Represented at the Show.

Registered Facilities
Click Here to see if your facility is currently registered for the Buying Show.

Complimentary Food & Beverage at the Show
Gordon Food Service will be providing complimentary food and beverage options for ALL Exhibitors and Attendees located in the 19th Hole (centre of the floor plan) for the entire 3-days of the Buying Show! This will help your facility save costs as well as gives you a chance to try their food and re-energize yourself while at the Show.

Invite your General Manager, Facility Owner and Food & Beverage staff to the Show
Gordon Food will have a booth within the 19th Hole giving members and facilities a great opportunity to review all their on course and clubhouse needs for future seasons.

How to Register
Registration is simple and can be completed online in minutes. In order to register, please note and the follow the steps below;

  1. Log into the PGA of Alberta website and go to the Events tab > Buying Show > 2022 Attendee Registration.
  2. Click “Register Now” and follow steps to officially register for the Buying Show.
  3. IMPORTANT - Make sure you click "+ Add Another Attendee" below Attendee Information to register multiple people from your facility.
Click Here to Register Your Facility

Only 3 Days Left to Apply for a $1,000 Bursary
Association News

Only 3 Days Left to Apply for a $1,000 Bursary

The PGA of Alberta is proud to present 4 bursaries each year to deserving Apprentice Professionals and/or Class "A" Assistant/Teaching Professionals who meet or exceed the Bursary criteria. The Association is pleased to increase the bursary amount this year to $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 at 11:59pm. The bursaries will be awarded at the Awards Banquet in Calgary on Wednesday, October 19th.

*Save Draft Feature*
Please remember you can save your applications online before submitting. This allows you to complete an application form intermittingly rather than all at once. Please follow the steps below.

  1. You must be logged into your account to be able to save your draft. 
  2. Save Draft button is located at the bottom of every application form on the website.
  3. To find Saved Drafts, please go to "My Account" or "Manage Account" and click ’My Saved Drafts’.
  4. Submit when finished!
Click Here for Application Form

Allred Reclaims Seniors’ Championship for 7th Time
Tournament News

Allred Reclaims Seniors’ Championship for 7th Time

Day two at the Lakeside GC Seniors’ Championship presented by MKRAK & Schooley Mitchell saw a much needed return to a sunny sky and much better conditions for our competitors.

Our 2022 Seniors’ Champion is: Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) who carded two excellent 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 an excellent 3-under 68 today to clinch the Championship by 5-strokes. Scott had 4 Birdies on the card today and is in possession of the PGA of Alberta Seniors’ Championship for the 7th time now in his career.

In a two-way tie for Second Place was: Kent Fukushima (PGA of Alberta Member) & Randy Robb (Mickelson National Golf Academy) who put together two great rounds of golf to finish the Championship at even-par overall. Kent and Randy both finished with Championship totals of: 142.

In Fourth was: Gord Courage (The Hamptons GC) who played two solid consistent rounds of golf carding +1-over 72’s each day to finish with a Championship total of 144.
Rounding out our Top-5, in a 3-way tie for 5th Place was: Grant Cammidge (Jagare Ridge GC), Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) & Kevin Day (Billy D’s GC) who all played two solid rounds for the Championship, finishing at +3-over par overall with Championship totals of: 145.

Congratulations to our Super Senior Division (60+) winner: Dean Walker (PGA of Alberta Member) who carded two great rounds to finish the tournament at +12 and in solo 13th place of the main Championship division. 

Congratulations to our 3 skins winners today: Kent Fukushima with a Eagle on #4, Bob McArthur with a Birdie on #9 & Jason Stanier with a Birdie on #13.

Special thanks to our Sponsors:  MKRAK & Schooley Mitchell .
Host facility: Lakeside GC

Click here for Final Results

Rutherford Romps to Victory at First Ladies’ Championship
Tournament News

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.

Special thanks to our Sponsor:  MKRAK
Host facility: Lakeside GC

Click here for Final Results

Randy Robb Rolling After R1 of Seniors’ Championship at Lakeside GC
Tournament News

Randy Robb Rolling After R1 of Seniors’ Championship at Lakeside GC

Today saw Day 1 of  of The Seniors’ Championship presented by MKRAK  & Schooley Mitchell and hosted at the always welcoming Lakeside GC. The course is in great shape, however, conditions were tough for the field with our first fall seasonal weather arriving today.

After Round 1, our Leader is: Randy Robb (Mickelson National Golf Academy) who carded an excellent 3-under par 68 in difficult conditions at best. Randy carded a even-par 35 on the front-9 and followed it up with a stellar 3-under par 33 on the back-9. Randy had 6 Birdies on the card today.

In 2nd Place is: Scott Allred (Elbow Springs GC) who carded a great 2-under par 69 in difficult conditions. Scott carded 1-over par 36 on the front-9 and followed it with a great 3-under par 33 on the back-9. Scott had 3 Birdies on the card today.

Rounding out our Top-5, in a 4-way tie for 3rd is: Kevin Day (Billy D’s GC), Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi), Gord Courage (The Hamptons GC) & Jason Stanier (Inglewood G&CC) who all carded +1-over par 72’s today to remain well in contention for the 2022 Seniors’ Championship.

In Seventh Place is: Kent Fukushima (PGA of Alberta Member) who carded +2-over par 73.
In Eighth Place is: Grant Cammidge (Jagare Ridge GC) who carded a +3-over par 74.
In Ninth Place is: Gord Newis (The Glencoe G&CC) who carded a +4-over par 75. 
Rounding out our Top-10, in a 4-way tie, after carding +6-over par 77’s is: Bob MacDonald
(Douglasdale GC), Andrew Fox (Ardmore GC), Bruce Hardy (Glendale G&CC) & Scott Bergdahl (Lakewood GR).

 

Leading our Super Senior Division (60+) is Darrell MacDonald (Mill Woods GC) who carded an excellent 2-over par 73  to hold a 1-stroke over his nearest competitors which will make for an exciting Round tomorrow!

First tee time is at 9:00 AM tomorrow and our last group tee’s it up at 10:57am sharp.
Congratulations to our 1 Skins winner today who won $900 - Scott Bergdahl (Lakewood GR) with a Birdie on #9.

 Click here for Round 1 Results

Round 2 Draw

Katy Rutherford Rollicks to Lead After R1 of Ladies’ Championship
Tournament News

Katy Rutherford Rollicks to Lead After R1 of Ladies’ Championship

Today saw R1 of the Ladies’ Championship at the beautiful  Lakeside GC and saw the course in mint shape for our competitors but the first frigid fall conditions throughout the day which made for a  challenging round.

Leading the way in difficult conditions is: Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC) who carded an outstanding 2-under par 70 today. Katy carded a great 3-under 33 on the front and followed it up with a solid +1-over 37 on the back-9 to hold a 6-stroke lead over her nearest competitor. Katy had 1 Eagle and 3 Birdies on the card.

In Second Place is: Rhonda Carter (Blue Devil GC) who carded a great +4-over par 76 today in tough conditions. Rhonda carded +4-over par 40 on the front and followed up with a even-par 36 on the back-9 to keep some heat on Katy at the top. 

Rounding out our Top-3 is: Shaye Leidenius (Wolf Creek GR) who carded a solid +5-over par 77 in tricky conditions. Shaye carded a +4-over 40 on the front and followed it up with 1-over 37 on the back-9. Shaye had 1 Birdie today.

First tee time is at 11:06 AM tomorrow and our final group tee’s it up at 11:33 AM. Congratulations to our skins winners today with 7 Skins paying out: Katy Rutherford with a Skin on: #4, #8, #9 & #17. 
Rhonda Carter on # 2 & #6 and Carmen Kinas on # 13! Each Skin pays out: 31 $.

Click here for Round 1 Results
Round 2 Draw

Team Alberta Wins the InterZone Competition at the PGA Assistants’ Championship
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Team Alberta Wins the InterZone Competition at the PGA Assistants’ Championship

While the individual champion will be crowned later today (September 14th), the InterZone Championship was decided yesterday with the Cobra Puma Golf PGA of Alberta team consisting of Mitchell Fox, Wes Heffernan, Michael Harrison, and Jared Nicolls winning by 11 strokes over the PGA of Quebec! Congratulations on the exceptional play and keeping the trophy in Alberta after winning last year at The Winston GC.

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Fox Retains Lead and Heffernan Fires Course Record at PGA Assistants’ Championship
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Fox Retains Lead and Heffernan Fires Course Record at PGA Assistants’ Championship

Following up on an eight-birdie 66 on Monday, Kevin Stinson of British Columbia was quick out of the gate during the second round, making five birdies in his opening seven holes to take the lead from Mitchell Fox. However, a flurry from Fox late in the round, as he did during the first round, gave Fox the lead right back. 
 
“It felt good today, no bogeys and no holes where I had a chance to make bogey, it was cleaner today and I seem to like those last six holes,” said Fox, in reference to the final six holes which he has played 8-under par over the course of the past two days, including an eagle on 17 each round.

For the full leaderboard from the second round of the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf, click here.
 
“I hit driver and had 270 yards to the pin in the back and had 60 feet and made it from there. A little different from yesterday,” laughed Fox, who hit it to a foot on the hole during round one. 
 
The Inter-Zone Championship wrapped up after the second round, with the Alberta squad claiming the event for the second time in as many years – this time by 11 strokes. 
 
The team consisting of: Wes Heffernan, Mitchell Fox, Jared Nicolls and Michael Harrison managed to beat Quebec by 11 strokes.  
 
Along with the leader, Fox, team member Heffernan played a large part in the team’s victory, firing a course-record 63 on Tuesday.
 
“It was one of those rounds where Kevin (Stinson) got off to such a hot start so right away I was five, six or seven behind him,” said Heffernan. “I had to get going so I made an eagle on No. 5 and played the par fives six under, which helps things, and I made a few putts coming in, and signing for a 63 is pretty cool.” 
 
The final round of the PGA Assistant’s Championship of Canada is today (September 14th). Click the above link to follow the live scoring.

Click here for full story by Brendan Stasiewich of the PGA of Canada.


Lynx Ridge GC Succesfully Defend Their Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant Title
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Lynx Ridge GC Succesfully Defend Their Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant Title

Round Two of the Pro-Assistant at the spectacular Jasper Park Lodge GC and sponsored by Callaway Golf was hugely successful. We had a solid field of 53 teams and 106 Professionals. This year saw a continuation of the 6-6-6 format of play with Teams playing: Scramble (6-holes), Scotch Ball (6-holes), Best Ball (6-holes) which makes for an extremely exciting Leaderboard with plenty of movement throughout both Rounds. 

Our 2022 Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant Champions are our 2021 Defending Champions who hail from: Lynx Ridge GC - (Matthew Kirlin + Riley Flemingwho put together two outstanding rounds of golf and carded an excellent 7-under par 64 today to finish the tournament at an awesome 13-under par! Matt and Riley tore the course up today with 8 Birdies on the card to clinch their 2-peat by 1-stroke over their nearest competitors.

In Second place was the Team representing:
Cardiff G&CC - (Dallas Cantera + Matt Mah) who played two great rounds of golf and carded an excellent 7-under par 64 today to finish the tournament at 12-under par. Dallas and Matt had 1 Eagle and 5 Birdies on the card today.
 
In a two-way tie for Third Place was the Teams representing: Speargrass GC - (Jacob Manz + Mitchell Fox) & Windermere G&CC - (Jason Hnatiw + Nick Vandermey) who all played two great rounds of golf. Team Speargrass carded an awesome 6-under par 65 today to finish the tournament at an excellent 11-under par. Team Winderemere G&CC carded a great 5-under par 66 to finish the tournament at an excellent 11-under par as well.

 
Rounding out our Top-5, in a 2-way tie for Fifth Place was the Teams representing: Sirocco GC - (Craig Gibson + Dru Bolen) and Leduc GC - (James Whitton + Kasey Timms). Team Sirocco GC carded 5-under par 66 and Team Leduc GC carded 4-under par 67 today to finish the event at 10-under par.

In a two-way tie for Seventh Place was the Teams representing: GOLFTEC Sherwood Park - (Adam Bruce + Khushmanraj Singh Sandhu) & Canyon Meadows G&CC - (Matt Freeman + Shawn Lavoie) who both finished the tournament at 9-under par.

Rounding out our Top-10, in a 4-way tie for was the Teams representing: Ranch G&CC (The) - (Scott Westman + Shaun Piercey), Windermere G&CC - (Brice MacDermott + Cam Martens), Silver Springs G&CC - (Katy Rutherford + Randy Hunter) & Mickelson National Golf Academy (Dave Nikirk + Randy Robb) who all finished the tournament at 8-under par.

Special thanks to Jasper Park Lodge GC and Callaway Golf  for helping make another excellent event happen in difficult circumstances this year!

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Nikirk & Robb In the Lead After R1 at Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant
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Nikirk & Robb In the Lead After R1 at Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant

Today saw the second last event of the season at the spectacular Jasper Park Lodge GC and sponsored by Callaway Golf.  We have a solid field of 53 teams comprised of 106 Professionals playing today who had to brave the brisk fall weather but were treated to some good summer heat this afternoon. This year saw a continuation of the 6-6-6 format of play with Teams playing: Scramble (6-holes), Scotch Ball (6-holes), Best Ball (6-holes).

Leading the Pack after an excellent Round One today is the Team representing: Mickelson National Golf Academy (Dave Nikirk + Randy Robb) who carded an outstanding 7-under par 64 today. Dave and Randy had 8 Birdies on the card today.

In 5-way tie for Second Place is the Teams representing: River Bend G&RA(Logan Hill + Phil McCluskey), Lynx Ridge GC (Matthew Kirlin + Riley Fleming), Leduc GC (James Whitton + Kasey Timms) & Canyon Meadows G&CC (Matt Freeman + Shawn Lavoie) who all carded great 6-under par 65’s today to be right in hunt for the title tomorrow.

In a 6-way tie for Seventh Place after all carding 5-under par 66’s today is the Team representing: Innisfail GC (Jace Ouellette + Mathew MacDonald), Sirocco GC (Craig Gibson + Dru Bolen), Riverside Golf Academy (Matthew Cook + Rob McLeay), Cardiff G&CC (Dallas Cantera + Matt Mah), Speargrass GC (Jacob Manz + Mitchell Fox), Silver Springs G&CC (Katy Rutherford + Randy Hunter) &  Windermere G&CC (Jason Hnatiw + Nick Vandermey) who all remain well in contention for the title tomorrow.

The first tee time is now set for: 8:28 AM tomorrow and our final grouping of: Mickelson National Golf Academy (Dave Nikirk + Randy Robb) & River Bend G&RA (Logan Hill + Phil McCluskey)  are set to tee it up at: 11:56 AM.

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Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant - Draw Now Available
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Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant - Draw Now Available

The Callaway Golf Pro-Assistant is just around the corner and is all set for next Tuesday and Wednesday at the stunning Jasper Park Lodge GC. Tee times start at 11 AM sharp for Round 1 and is set for a 8:12 AM start for Round 2. Last year’s defending Champions hail from Lynx Ridge GC - Matt Kirlin & Riley Fleming who will look to retain the title this year. The format for play will remain a 6/6/6 set with Scramble followed by Scotch Ball finished with Best Ball.

The Draw is now available, please click here.

 


Pistorius & Smith victorious at Team Match Play South Best Ball Event
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Pistorius & Smith victorious at Team Match Play South Best Ball Event

The rescheduled Team Best Ball event is now complete for the Srixon / Cleveland Golf Team Match Play Championship South presented by Nike Golf. Thirteen Teams competed at Woodside GC today in the excellent summer conditions and we saw some great scores on the leaderboard.

Congratulations to Albert Pistorius + Scott Smith (Country Hills GC) & (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) for shooting the low round of the day with a scorching score of 9-under 61 in the team best ball format. Albert and Scott bested their nearest competitors today by 2-strokes to win the event.

Finishing alone in second place was the team of: Brady Karlson (Canyon Meadows G&CC( + Taylor Irvin (Country Hills GC)  firing an excellent 7-under 63 today.

Thank you to our Title Sponsors Srixon and Cleveland Golf, our Presenting Sponsor Nike Golf, and host venue Woodside GC for an excellent event.

Results.


4 Players Pass Last PAT at Woodside GC
Play Ability Test News

4 Players Pass Last PAT at Woodside GC

Congratulations to the 4 players that passed the Play Ability Test today hosted at Woodside GC.
All players shot the target score or better (78) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada. Congratulations to the following:

Name

Facility

Score

Colton Robb Mickelson National GC 73
Zachary Newis Maple Ridge GC

76

Benjamin Owens Lynx Ridge GC

76

Clayton Eisler Royal Mayfair GC

77


Eligibility Criteria Update for the 2023 Junior Masters
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Eligibility Criteria Update for the 2023 Junior Masters

The 2023 Play Golf Alberta Junior Masters presented by Sundog Eyewear and Tour Tee, is an invitational event open to Alberta residents 18 years of age and under as of August 1st, 2023. Please read below the updated eligibility guidelines for next year’s event.

In alignment with Golf Canada’s National Championship Eligibility Guidelines, a player’s age as of August 1st, 2023, is used to determine eligibility.

There will be thirty-nine spots for boys and twenty-one spots for girls in total to form the field of sixty players.  Invitations for the 2023 PGA of Alberta Junior Masters will be sent in March 2023 to all eligible players.

Players qualify in the U19, U17, and U15 Divisions based on results from the 2022 Alberta Golf Provincial Championships and 2022 Maple Leaf Junior Tour Order of Merit Standings (highest ranked results by age division).  

Player Exemptions
Two discretionary exemptions are also available per gender events.  Applications for these exemptions must be submitted to the Junior Masters Committee no later than March 31st, 2023. Please submit the online exemption form prior to this date. Click here for form.

If there are no accepted exemptions from the four reserved invitations they will be distributed as follows:

  • 1 - U17 Flight - Boys
  • 1 - U15 Flight - Boys
  • 1 - U19 Flight - Girls
  • 1 - U15 Flight - Girls

If a player is unable to accept the invitation, the next highest-ranked player based on the set criteria below will be invited to take this spot.

  • U19 Boys Division (12)
    • 4 eligible players from the U19 Provincial Championship results
    • 2 eligible players from the U17 Provincial Championship results
    • 3 eligible players from the MJT OOM (Alberta, Junior Boys)
    • 3 eligible players from the MJT OOM (Alberta, Juvenile Boys)
  • U17 Boys Division (15)
    • 4 eligible players from the U17 Provincial Championship results
    • 3 eligible players from the U15 Provincial Championship results
    • 4 eligible players from the MJT OOM (Alberta, Juvenile Boys)
    • 4 eligible players from the MJT OOM (Alberta, Bantam Boys)
  • U15 Boys Division (10)
    • 3 eligible players from the U15 Provincial Championship results
    • 2 eligible players from the U13 Provincial Championship results
    • 3 eligible players from the MJT OOM (Alberta, Bantam Boys)
    • 2 eligible players from the MJT OOM (Alberta, Peewee Boys)
  • U19 Girls Division (13)
    • 4 eligible players from the U19 Provincial Championship results
    • 3 eligible players from the U15 Provincial Champion results
    • 6 eligible from the MJT OOM (Alberta, 15-19 Girls)
  • U15 Girls Division (6)
    • 2 eligible players from the U15 Provincial Championship results
    • 1 eligible player from the U13 Provincial Championship results
    • 3 eligible players from the MJT OOM (Alberta, U15 Girls)

U15 Divisions Yardage:  To ensure the competition is set up using fair standards for all players, competitors in the U15 Divisions will play from reduced yardage, however, they will forfeit the opportunity to compete for the overall title.  Players in these divisions who wish to compete for the overall title must indicate their intention to waive this opportunity at the time of registration.

*New for 2023 – The overall winner will automatically receive an invitation to participate in the next year’s Junior Masters as long as they meet the age eligibility.

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Locke & Kirkness Victorious at G&G Brands Pro-Pro Best Ball
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Locke & Kirkness Victorious at G&G Brands Pro-Pro Best Ball

Today saw the Pro-Pro Best Ball events sponsored by G&G Brands hosted at the beautiful and always excellent The Ranch G&CC. Our competitors enjoyed an amazing day for the event with the summer weather continuing and some excellent scores on the Leaderboard! We had a massive field of 63 teams encompassing 126 total players in the Mixed Team Division. 

Our Winning team today was: Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) + Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) who carded an outstanding 13-under par 58 and were victorious over their nearest competitors by 2-strokes. Eric and Sam had 2 Eagles & 8 Birdies today to bring home the hardware again. Both players prevailed in this event and same venue in 2017 and the good vibes for them continue at The Ranch G&CC.

In Second Place was: Taylor Irvin (Country Hills GC) + Jeremy Maher (Modern Golf) who carded an excellent 11-under par 60 with 7 Birdies & 2 Eagles today. In two-way tie for Second Place was the team of: Kevin Giesbrecht + Colin Yarchuck (Glencoe G&CC) Scott Smith + Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) who both carded excellent 10-under par 61’s.

Rounding out our Top-5 today, in a three way tie for Fifth Place was the teams of: David MacComb + Jacques Plouffe (Royal Mayfair GC), Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC) + Shaye Leidenius (Wolf Creek GR)
& Kent Fukushima (PGA of Alberta Member) + Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC) who all carded 9-under par 62’s.    

In a two way tie for Eighth Place was: Chris Toth + Cody Hancock (Sturgeon Valley G&CC) Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC) + Carmen Kinas (Canyon Meadows G&CC) who carded 8-under par 63’s. Rounding out our Top-10 was the team of: Kasey Timms + James Whitton (Leduc GC) who carded a 7-under par 64. 

Thank you to our Sponsor: G&G Brands & Host Facility, The Ranch G&CC for putting on yet another incredible event!

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Raina & Rutherford & Rogers & Werbicki Tie for 1st in Ladies’ Division
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Raina & Rutherford & Rogers & Werbicki Tie for 1st in Ladies’ Division

Today saw the Pro-Pro Best Ball events sponsored by G&G Brands hosted at the beautiful and always excellent host The Ranch G&CC. Our competitors enjoyed an amazing day for the event with the summer weather continuing and some excellent scores on the Leaderboard!

Our Ladies’ Division was comprised of 3 teams: Shannon Raina (Earl Grey GC) + Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC)Shannon Werbicki (Royal Mayfair) + Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) Crystal Shapka (Calgary G&CC) + Jennifer MacKinnon (Earl Grey GC).

The Ladies’ had a great battle on the course today and after some great play; two teams - Shannon Raina (Earl Grey GC) + Katy Rutherford (Silver Springs G&CC)Shannon Werbicki (Royal Mayfair) + Marsha Rogers (The Derrick G&WC) tied for 1st Place after carding excellent 1-under par 70’s. Both teams had 4 Birdies on the card today.

Thank you to our Sponsor: G&G Brands & Host Facility, The Ranch G&CC for putting on yet another incredible event!


Play Ability Test Draw - Woodside GC on September 1st
Play Ability Test News

Play Ability Test Draw - Woodside GC on September 1st

The draw is now posted for the fifth and final Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Woodside GC in Airdrie on Thursday, September 1st. Tee times begin at 2:00pm.

Good luck to the 21 players going for their Professional status with the PGA of Canada! Follow the scoring next week on the link below.

Click here to view the draw/scoring link for next week.


PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada Hosted at Connaught GC in Medicine Hat
PGA of Canada News

PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada Hosted at Connaught GC in Medicine Hat

If this week’s PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada is anything like what unfolded in Quebec in 2021, golf fans in Medicine Hat, Alberta that head to Connaught GC this Wednesday to Friday are in for a treat.

Schedule of Events, Pairings and Full Purse Breakdown

This year, 43 of the top Senior Professionals in Canada are set to compete at the par-72 Connaught GC, where conditions are spectacular. Good luck to the 17 Professionals from Alberta competing at the Championship. “It is incredible to see how excited the Medicine Hat community is to have this event in the city,” said PGA of Canada Managing Director of Championships Akash Patel. “The golf-course staff has been fantastic to work with and the layout itself will be a great test of golf for some of the most well-respected professionals in the industry.

“It is fantastic that we now have GOLFTEC as the presenting sponsor of the event. The work they do to provide employment opportunities for PGA of Canada professionals is terrific for the industry as the sport continues to grow at an unprecedented rate in Canada.”  
In addition to sponsoring the Seniors’ PGA Championship of Canada, GOLFTEC also launched a ‘Pass the PAT’ program in partnership with the PGA of Canada that has helped multiple aspiring professionals pass the Playing Ability Test. For more information, click here.

Championship Quick Facts

  • Datea: August 24-26
  • Field Size: 43 players (16 players in Super Seniors Division) 
  • Course Details: Par 72 / 6,698 yards
  • Purse: $26,500 ($7,000 first place)
  • Super Seniors Purse: $3,500 ($1,000 first place)
  • Format: 54-hole individual stroke play 
  • 2021 Seniors’ PGA Champion: Dennis Hendershott

Click here for full article on the PGA of Canada website.
  

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Final Day to Submit an Award Nomination
Awards News

Final Day to Submit an Award Nomination

Nominations for the 2022 PGA of Alberta Awards Program have been extended until Wednesday, August 24th (end of day). Members and Industry Partners have until the end of today to nominate an individual or facility they feel is deserving of an Award this year. In total, nine Awards are up for nomination:

Please note the following for the 2022 Awards Program:

Coach of the Year Award Eligibility - Nominees must be certified within Golf’s National Coach Certification Program Competition stream (Coach of New Competitors, Coach of Developing Competitors) to be eligible to be a Finalist and win the Award.

Nomination(s) – We encourage all PGA of Alberta Professionals and Industry Partners to nominate a deserving individual in each of the Award categories.

Awards Criteria - Click Here
to view the criteria for each Award.


Video Bio Submissions - All members who are nominated for an Award are highly encouraged to submit a short video bio in addition to their application form.

Awards Banquet (Save the Date) - Award winners will be revealed at the Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 19th at the Calgary BMO Centre (after day two of the Buying Show).

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE

Only 8 spots remaining
Education News

Only 8 spots remaining

The Education Committee is excited to announce the return of the Arizona Teaching Summit. This year’s event will be held and Grayhawk GC with facilitators Peter and John Kostis. See below for all details;

Location: Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, AZ

Dates: November 28th & 29th, 2022

Facilitators: Peter & John Kostis

Participants: 16 max

Cost: $1200 CAD

The cost for this event will cover the two full days of instruction from Peter and John Kostis along with a round of golf at a premier facility. Once registration has been completed, details for other possible enjoyment opportunities will released such as an NFL game, a BBQ and golf at other courses.

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Change of Format Doesn’t Stop Heffernan
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Change of Format Doesn’t Stop Heffernan

The last Golf Supply House event of the year was greeted with a foggy morning at Mickelson National GC. The course was in fantastic condition and the sun broke through to provide a beautiful day of golf.

Leading the field in the Stableford format was: Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) with a final score of 27 points. Wes had 2 birdies and an eagle on the front then followed it up with 5 birdies on the back.

Finishing in second place, 4 points back, was: Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) who finished up with 23 points. Dillon started the day with eagle on the front 9 and carded 2 birdies on the back.

In a tie for 3rd and rounding out our top 5 was: John McKiernan (Academy at Golf Town - Calgary), Jared Nicolls (Rad Golf), and Albert Pistorius (Country Hills GC) with 22 points each.

Thank you to your sponsor Golf Supply House for putting on 7 amazing events for all the pros this season. Also, thanks to Mickelson National GC for providing a pristine venue.

 

 


Congratulations to the 2022 Junior Scholarship Recipients
Association News

Congratulations to the 2022 Junior Scholarship Recipients

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 2022 scholarships:
  
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Thank you to everyone that applied this year. We wish everyone the best of luck in their post-secondary education.

Click here for more information on the Scholarship Program