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We Are Golf releases Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)
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We Are Golf releases Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019)

The Canadian golf industry generated $18.2B in economic benefits across our nation in 2019, according to a recent economic analysis conducted by Group ATN Consulting Inc. on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).

According to The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019), the Canadian golf industry employs the equivalent of nearly 249,000 people through direct and spin-off effects and contributed to $10.6B in household income. The industry also contributed $4.5B in government tax revenue ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial) used to support a variety of programs for all Canadians.

Based on nationwide surveys completed by golfers and golf course operators in 10 provinces and three territories along with multiple industry data sources, The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) is a follow up to previous comprehensive and independent assessment studies (2014, 2009) of the economic impact of the golf industry in Canada. The $18.2B economic impact of golf represents a 14% increase in contribution to Canada’s GDP between 2013 and 2019.

The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) further reinforces the enormous financial, employment, charitable, tourism and positive environmental impact that the sport and the business of golf are affecting across Canada,” said Laurence Applebaum, Chair of We Are Golf and CEO of Golf Canada. “This third iteration of the study provides the golf industry with a powerful snapshot of the scale and magnitude that our sport has on the Canadian economy and within the communities where we live, work and play.”

The study presents economic insights for each of the 10 provinces and three territories from coast to coast. Also captured in the report are comparisons to international economic insights from select countries and regions including the United States, European Union, and Australia.

The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) was conducted on behalf of We Are Golf by Group ATN Consulting Inc., a world leader in economic development and analysis for communities, regions, and industries. Group ATN previously conducted the 2014 and 2009 Canadian Golf Economic Impact Studies (based on 2013 and 2008 data respectively) which have allowed the Canadian golf industry to benchmark the game’s economic impact over five-year periods.

“Every industry has its own unique circumstances to allow for, and the ability to repeat the same application of our model for Canadian golf is a significant advantage,” said Tom McGuire, Principal with Group ATN Consulting. “Beyond consistency, we have also been able to further improve certain aspects based upon learnings from the prior studies we did for the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).”

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GOLF IN CANADA (2019):

The game of golf accounts for an estimated $18.2B of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is up 14% from the $15.9B reported in 2014*. Included within the 2019 economic impact:

  • The golf industry directly employed nearly 150,000 full-time, full-year equivalent positions, representing many more individuals who are employed in the sector. This number grows to approximately 249,000 when accounting for direct, indirect, and induced employment.
  • The golf industry directly contributed $4.8B in household income, rising to $10.6B when considering the combined direct, indirect, and induced impacts.
  • The golf industry generated $4.5B in government tax revenue; including $1.8B in federal tax revenue and $2.1B in provincial tax revenue.
  • Conservatively, course operators invested $727M industry-wide on capital expenditures.

*Note that 2014 figures are adjusted by the consumer price index and reported as current dollars.

Additional Insights from The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019):

  • Employment – The golf industry is a significant job provider for youth with 48% of its workforce identified as students.
  • Travel – Canadians along with international visitors contributed to $8.6B in golf-related travel nationwide. Canadians made approximately 8M trips involving golf, including 3.0M in their home province and 1.8M outside their home province and abroad.
  • Golfer Spending – Golfers in Canada spent approximately $19.3B on items such as green fees, memberships, lessons, equipment, travel, hospitality, events, and other golf-related expenditures.
  • Canadian Course Operators – A total of 2,283 facilities were estimated to be operating in 2019, accounting for 2,043 courses (18-hole equivalent); course operators collectively spent approximately $3.8B in course expenditures.
  • Land management – Golf course operations manage between 155,000 and 175,000 hectares, including 30,000 to 35,000 hectares of wildlife and wetland area.
  • Charitable Impact – The golf industry generated an estimated $330M in charitable impact through more than 51,000 tournaments and events.
  • Golf Participation – Canadian golfers played an estimated 57.0M rounds in 2019.

Although released in 2020, The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019) does not factor in the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian golf industry.

“Establishing a baseline for the economic impact of our sport measured against pre-2020 Covid-19 spending is an important benchmark consideration for the integrity and continuity of the study,” added Applebaum. “Based on what we learned through the 2020 season, the safety of golf through this pandemic and the potential for a lift in participation and spending on the game, we are optimistic in looking ahead.”

Click here for additional information on the We Are Golf website.

PAT #4 Draw - Alberta Springs on August 3
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PAT #4 Draw - Alberta Springs on August 3

The draw is posted for the fourth Play Ability Test of the season hosted at Alberta Springs in Red Deer on Tuesday, August 3rd. Tee times will begin at 10:00am. Good luck to all 28 competitors going for their card!

Click here to view the field and draw


Bursary Program Now Open - Apply for a $750 Bursary
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Bursary Program Now Open - Apply for a $750 Bursary

The PGA of Alberta is proud to present a total of four (4) cash bursaries of $750 each to deserving Apprentice and Class A Assistant/Teaching Professionals who meet or exceed the bursary criteria as outlined on the website.

All Apprentice and Class A Professionals (who are not employed as Head/Executive Professionals) in good standing are eligible and encouraged to apply. Two of the bursaries will be reserved for seasonal Apprentice Professionals (working 9-months or less for their employer). 

Winners of the bursaries will be announced at the annual Awards Banquet after the second day of the Buying Show on Wednesday, October 20th. Click here to register you and your facility for the Buying Show if you have not done so already.

Bursary Criteria

  1. Participation in Association & Industry Events
  2. Volunteer Experience
  3. Education
  4. Work Experience & Responsibilities
  5. Reference Letter from employer
  6. Declaration

*Save Draft Feature*
You can now save your applications online before submitting! This feature on the website allows you to take your time with your application by being able to save your progress before submitting. Please follow the steps below to save your progress and revisit your saved application:

  1. You must be logged into your account to be able to save your draft.
  2. The "Save Draft" button is located at the bottom of every form on the website.
  3. Click the "Save Draft" button if you would like to save your progress and go back to the application at a later time.
  4. To find your Saved Drafts,  go to "My Account" or "Manage Account" after logging in to the website and select "My Saved Drafts".
  5. Once the application is complete, click "Submit Form" at the bottom of the application page.

Deadline
Bursary application and accompanying information must be submitted online no later than 
September 29th, 2021 by 4pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Marlene Sanderson at the PGA office 403-256-8894 or by email [email protected]


CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Halpen Hauls in Ping Canada Club Pro Championship at Hamptons GC
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Halpen Hauls in Ping Canada Club Pro Championship at Hamptons GC

Players were treated to wonderful day at the PING Canada Club Pro Championship hosted at the prestigious Hamptons GC. The course & elements provided an excellent challenge for players throughout the two days as they battled to keep scores low as possible.

It was an incredibly exciting day as the Leaderboard tightened up throughout the back-9 for our final few groups and ended up requiring a 2-Hole playoff to determine our 2021 Ping Canada Club Professional Champion. Todd Halpen (Golfuture YYC) and Darryl James ((National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) featured in our playoff and we had a near miss from Darryl on #1 for a Birdie to end it right there. Todd and Darryl then both had Birdie looks on #2 and Todd was able to drain his approximate 6-foot putt for the victory! 

Our 2021 Club Pro Champion is: Todd Halpen (Golfuture YYC) who followed up last week’s Pro-Senior victory with the Club Pro this week. Todd battled all day on a challenging course and had some ups and downs but, did enough to come from behind and force a playoff. Todd shot 37’s on the front and back today to card a 74 and finish with a Championship two-day total of: 146.

In sole possession of Second place was: Darryl James (National Golf Academy at Shaganappi) who put together two solid rounds and also managed to come from behind today and force the playoff. Darryl shot a 35 on the front-9 and followed up with a 36 on the back for a Round 2 score of 1-under par 71. Darryl finished with a Championship two-day total of: 146.

In a two-way tie for Third place, after both finishing with two-day championship totals of: 147, was: Pat Wilmot (Earl Grey GC) & Jeremy Maher (Modern Golf). Pat battled all day and finished the tournament at a very respectable +3 score. Jeremy played two consistent rounds and also finished at a +3 score overall.

In a three-way tie for Fifth place, all with two-day Championship totals of: 149, was: Adam Bruce (Leduc GC), Phil McCluskey (Riverbend G&RA) & Samuel Hart (Bearspaw GC).

In sole possession of Eighth place was: Host Professional, Gord Courage (Hamptons GC) who finished with a two-day Championship total of: 150.

Rounding out our Top-10 today, in a three-way tie for Ninth place, was: Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC), Kevin Day (Billy D’s GC) & Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) who all finished with two-day Championship totals of: 151. 

Click here for Final Championship results

Congratulations to our Day 2 Skins winners of: Pat Wilmot (Earl Grey GC) with an Eagle on #3 and Kurtis Foote (Country Hills GC) with an Eagle on 7!

Special Thank you to our Sponsor: Ping Canada for their continued support, without it, events like this would not be possible!

Thank you to our host venue: The Hamptons GC for a terrific two days at such a top-notch facility!


Junior Scholarship Program - Final Week to Apply for $1,000 Scholarship
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Junior Scholarship Program - Final Week to Apply for $1,000 Scholarship

One of the main focuses of the PGA of Alberta has been supporting Junior Golf. Alberta Golf Professionals use their expertise to create, organize and facilitate junior-oriented events including the PGA of Alberta Junior Masters. The Scholarship Program is another important step in the overall development of our current programming.

The mission of the PGA of Alberta is to provide junior golfers from around the province the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, while promoting and providing access to continued education. This program has presented over 50 scholarships since 1998.

Scholarships

There are four (4) Junior Scholarships available of $1,000 each awarded to deserving candidates. Two of these scholarships will be awarded to children of PGA of Alberta Members (no golf experience needed) and the other two will be awarded to Alberta Junior boys or girls, who meet the criteria.

Deadline

Scholarship deadline is this Friday, July 30th, 2021 by 4pm. Application forms and accompanying information must be sent to the PGA of Alberta office no later than this date.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Wilmot in the Lead after Round 1 at PING Club Pro Championship
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Wilmot in the Lead after Round 1 at PING Club Pro Championship

It was a beautiful day for Round 1 of the annual PING Club Pro Championship hosted this year at the serene Hampton’s GC in north-west Calgary. Conditions were excellent all day on a challenging course and it is in mint shape for our players.

In First place, coming out firing today in his first event of the season was: Pat Wilmot (Earl Grey GC) who carded a great 1-under par 71 with a 35 on the front 9 and 36 on the back 9. Pat had 5 Birdies on the card today.

In in a 2-way tie for 2nd is: last week’s Pro-Senior Champion, Todd Halpen (Golfuture YYC) & Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) who both shot solid even-par 72’s today.  Todd shot a 35-37 and had 5 Birdies on the card. Dallas also shot 35-37 and also had 5 Birdies on the card.

In sole possession of 4th was: Jeremy Maher (Modern Golf) who carded a respectable +1-over par 73 with 4 Birdies. 
Rounding out our Top-5 today was: Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) who carded a respectable +2-over par 74 today with 3 Birdies and 1 Eagle on the card.    


Click here for Round 2 DRAW.

Round 2 will resume early tomorrow morning (July 27th) at 8am.
Final group of: Cantera, Halpen and Wilmot tee it up at 10:00am sharp tomorrow!

Congratulations to our Day 1 Skins Winners: Brian Fast (Sirocco GC) with a Birdie on #2, Adam Bruce (Leduc GC) with an Eagle on #7, Todd Halpen (Golfuture YYC) with a Birdie on #9, Phil McCluskey (Riverbend G &RA) with a Birdie on #12 & lastly, Samuel Kirkness (Inglewood G&CC) with an Eagle on #16.


Top 100 Program - New Leader in the Standings
Top 100 News

Top 100 Program - New Leader in the Standings

As of July 23rd, the current leader in the standings of the Top 100 Program presented Foresight Sports Canada is Board Member Josh Fleming of GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights. Josh has finished in fourth place in each of the last two years of the Top 100 program so let’s see if he can maintain his lead down the final stretch to win the award for the first time.

The program year officially ends on September 30th so there’s still lots of time left to earn points and move up in the rankings. See past winners of the award here (please note it was the Professional Development Award from 2013 - 2018). The winner of the Top 100 Program will be recognized at the annual Awards Banquet in Calgary on October 20th. The current Top 10 in the standings are:


D___3340Current Leader Josh Fleming

  • 1st   Josh Fleming (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) - 53 points
  • 2nd   Chris Ward (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) - 50 points
  • 3rd   Logan Hill (River Bend G&RA) - 48 points
  • 4th   Bryce Halverson (Valley Ridge GC) - 47 points
  • 5th   Stephen Yanitski (Valley Ridge GC) - 46 points
  • 6th   Brad Gagne (McKenzie Meadows GC) - 43 points
  • 7th   Joseph Busetto (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) - 42 points
  • T-8th  Alexander Bunner (Belvedere G&CC) - 41 points
  • T-8th   Gary Hartford (Highlands GC) - 41 points
  • T-8th   Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC) - 41 points
  • T-8th   Jason Plosz (FootJoy - Acushnet Canada) - 41 points

How to Earn Points?
With the tournament season underway, one way to earn points is by playing in PGA of Alberta sanctioned tournaments (2 points/round, 10 max) and by performance at PGA of Alberta stroke-play events (2 points/round 75 & under, 10 max). See where else you can earn points by clicking the link below and looking under the "Point Allocation" tab.

*New Feature* - Standings by Membership Category
Want to see how you compare to other Professionals in the same membership category?  You can now do so by viewing the rankings in the following four membership categories; Apprentice Professionals, Class A Professionals, Head Professionals and Executive Professionals. *Please note that the cash prizes and Top 100 Professional initiative mentioned below are still based off the overall standings and not by the member category standings. Click Here for standings by membership category.

Top 100 Professional & Cash Prizes
Please remember that the Top 100 point earners will be recognized as a “Top 100 Professional” for this program year. Learn more about the program and see where you currently sit in the standings by clicking the link below.

The top 10 point earners for the 2021 program year will again receive a cash prize as an added incentive! Cash prizes total over $5,200! See the prize breakdown by clicking the link below and looking under the "Cash Prizes" tab.

View Standings - Click Here

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Halpen Hoists GolfTrends Inc Pro-Senior with Partner Newton at Turner Valley GC
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Halpen Hoists GolfTrends Inc Pro-Senior with Partner Newton at Turner Valley GC

Yesterday saw the second Pro-Am of the season hosted at the beautiful & pristine Turner Valley GC, sponsored by Golf Trends INC and was hugely successful. We had a massive field of 58 teams for a total of 116 competitors! The course was in outstanding shape and all the teams had an incredible experience at such a top-notch facility.

This year saw the event continue with the Team Net Stableford scoring format which kept things fun and exciting for the competition. The point allocation in this format is: 6 points for a Hole-in-One, 5 points for a Double-Eagle, 4 points for Eagle, 3 points for Birdie, 2 points for Par & 1 point for Bogey.

Our Champions were the team of: Todd Halpen (Golfuture YYC) & his partner Keith Newton who played an exceptional round to finish with 44 team points and won by retrogression! Todd carded an excellent score of 69, going 35 on the front-9 and following it up with a 34 on the back-9. Todd had 3 Birdies and 1 Eagle along the way. His partner, Keith Newton, carded a stellar 73 and chipped in with 4 timely birdies on their march to the Winners Circle.

In Second Place through retrogression was the team of: Chris Cooke (Silvertip GR) & Rick Guinn who also accumulated a superb 44 points today. Chris had a Birdie and an Eagle while Rick had an outstanding 6 Birdies on the card.

Finishing in Third through retrogression, also at 44 points was the team of: Jason Stanier (Inglewood G&CC) & Jim Saunders. Jason had a great 5 Birdies on the card and Jim pitched in with 3 timely Birdies of his own.

In solo Fourth, and finishing with a stellar 42 points was the team of: Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC) & Peter Blandy. Matt had 4 Birdies on the card and Peter chipped in with 4 Birdies of his own.

Rounding out our Top-5, also through retrogression and finishing with 41 points was the team of: Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) & Paul O’Donoghue. Stefan carded an excellent 67 with 5 Birdies on the card. 

Special thanks to our host course of:  Turner Valley GC for putting on such a top-notch event and to our Sponsor: Golf Trends INC. Without their continued support events like these would not be possible!

Click here for Money Payout Breakdown.

Click here for full Leaderboard results.


Whitecotton Waltzes in to Winners Circle at G.S.H. Cardiff G&CC
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Whitecotton Waltzes in to Winners Circle at G.S.H. Cardiff G&CC

Today saw the Round Two of the Golf Supply House Series event hosted at Cardiff G&CC. Our Leader after Round 1, Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) started the day with a healthy lead over his nearest competitors. After carding a solid Front-9 score of 34 and 3 birdies over the first 11 holes, Keith was able to cruise in to the Clubhouse with a commanding 5-stroke lead.

Our Champion: Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) followed up his incredible opening round of 8-under par (64) from yesterday with another solid Round of: 2-under par 70 to finish the tournament with a two-day total of 135. Keith dropped 4 Birdies today and finished with a 5-stroke lead over his nearest competitors.  

In Second Place was: Brady Karlson (Canyon Meadows G&CC) who carded our lowest Round 2 score today, carding an excellent 6-under par 66 with 5 Birdies and 1 Eagle on the card & finished the tournament at 5-under par with a two-day total 139. 

In a two-way tie for Third was: Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) and one of our host professionals, Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC) who both finished the tournament with two-day totals of 141. Matt had an awesome 7 Birdies on the card  today and finished today at 3-under par 69 and Kent finished with a respectable 1-over par 73.

Rounding out our Top-5 today, in sole possession of 5th was: Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) who finished the tournament at -1 with a two-day total of 142.

In Sixth was: Larry Petryk (Larry Petryk Golf Academy) who carded a solid 1-under par 71 today with 4 Birdies on the card. Larry finished the tournament at -1 with a two-day total of 143.

In Seventh was: Tyler Lebouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) who finished the tournament at +1 for a two-day total of 145.

Rounding out our Top-10, in a four-way tie for 8th was: Host Professional, Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC), Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC), Spencer Vandermey (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC) and Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC) who all finished with two-day totals of 147.

Congratulations to our Day 2 Skins winners: Glen DesRoche (Eagle on #3) & Tyler Willner (Eagle on #13).

Special thanks to our Sponsor: Golf Supply House for their continued support and to our Host Course: Cardiff G&CC for putting on an excellent event over both days.

FINAL RESULTS


Whitecotton Runs Wild at Day 1 of Cardiff G&CC
Tournament News

Whitecotton Runs Wild at Day 1 of Cardiff G&CC

Today saw the second two-day Golf Supply House event of the season hosted at the scenic Cardiff G&CC with 42 competitors in the field. Smoky conditions persisted throughout the day but the course was in great shape for all our competitors.   

Our Leader after Round 1: Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) who carded an incredible opening round of 8-under par (64) today while opening up a healthy lead on the field and his nearest competitors. Keith fired an excellent Front-9 score of 32 with 4 Birdies on the card and followed it up on the Back-9 with another excellent score of 32 with 4 more Birdies. 

In Second Place is: Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows G&CC) who carded a stellar 4-under par 68 today with 5 Birdies on the card.

In Third is: Dillon Batsel (Desert Blume GC) who carded a great 3-under par 69 today with 5 Birdies on the card.

In Fourth is: Larry Petryk (Larry Petryk Golf Academy) who carded a solid 1-under par 71 today with 4 Birdies on the card.

Rounding out our Top-5 today is: Matt Mah (Cardiff G&CC) who carded a solid even-par 72. 

Rounding out our Top-10 today, in a 6-way tie for 6th after carding +1-over-par (73) is: Clayton Frost (Jasper Park Lodge), Brady Karlson (Canyon Meadows G&CC), Ryan McDermott (The Links at Spruce Grove), Spencer Vandermey (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC), Tyler Lebouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) & Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC).

Tee times kick off at 8am sharp tomorrow (July 20th) with our final group of Whitecotton, Fukushima & Batsel heading out at 10:10am.

Congratulations to our Day 1 Skins winners: Keith Whitecotton (Birdie on #15), Glen DesRoche (Eagle on #13).

Click here to view round one results.

Click here to view round two draw.


Three Players Pass the PAT at Cardiff G&CC
Play Ability Test News

Three Players Pass the PAT at Cardiff G&CC

Congratulations to the three players that passed the Play Ability Test today hosted at Cardiff G&CC located North of Edmonton. All players shot the target score or better (79) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada and receive their card. Congratulations to the following:

Name

Facility

Score

Sam Fix

Vimy Ridge Golf Academy

78

Jody Noseworthy

Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC

78

Carter Doerkson

Grande Prairie G&CC

79

The next PAT is scheduled for August 3rd at Alberta Springs. Click here for the 2021 PAT schedule.

Click here for full PAT Results


PAT #3 Draw - Cardiff G&CC on July 19
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PAT #3 Draw - Cardiff G&CC on July 19

The draw is posted for the third  Play Ability Test of the season at Cardiff G&CC on Monday, July 19th. Tee times will begin at 2:20pm. Good luck to all 15 competitors going for their card!

Click here to view the field and draw


Season 2 of Podcast Now Live
Education News

Season 2 of Podcast Now Live

The Education Committee is thrilled to kick off season 2 of our Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta members. Our first guests will be Mr. Jim McCulley and Mr. Tory Nilson of Callaway Golf. They will be discussing a variety of topics including; how they both arrived at Callaway, demand vs inventory in the past year, and Callaway’s sponsorship of the Pro-Assistant Championship. Josh Fleming of GOLFTEC Beacon Heights is back to host Jim and Tory who also shed some light on what the future holds for the golf industry.

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Season 2 Episode 1 on Spotify

Click here for Season 2  Episode 1 on Apple


PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada headed to Lookout Point CC in October
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PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada headed to Lookout Point CC in October

The PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada has a date finalized on Canadian soil, as the PGA of Canada looks forward to hosting the top Head Professionals, Executive Professionals, Head Teaching Professionals and Master Professionals in the country at Lookout Point CC in Fonthill, Ontario.

The official practice round is scheduled for October 25, while the three-round competition will run from October 26-28.  For more information on the event and to view the full PGA of Canada National Championship schedule, please click here.


Cox Captures Pro-Lady South with Partner Strother
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Cox Captures Pro-Lady South with Partner Strother

Today saw the first Pro-Am of the season hosted at the stunning Stewart Creek G&CC, sponsored by Jancor Agencies & EFW Radiology and was hugely successful. The course was in outstanding shape and all the teams had an incredible experience at such a top-notch facility nestled in the Rockies.

This year saw the event continue with the Team Net Stableford scoring format which kept things fun and exciting for the competition. The point allocation in this format is 4 points for Eagle, 3 points for Birdie, 2 points for Par & 1 point for Bogey.

Our Champions were the team of: Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) & his partner Sue Sthrother who played an exceptional round to finish with 46 team points to win by 1! Stefan carded an outstanding Course Record of 63 (previous record of 64) with a respectable 34 on the front-9 which was followed up with a ridiculous 29 on the back-9. Stefan carded 7 Birdies and 1 Eagle along the way. His partner Sue chipped in with 2 timely net birdies on their march to victory.

In Second Place through retrogression for the 2nd year running ,was the team of: Dale Tomlinson (The Winston GC) & Stephanie Bird  who accumulated a superb 45 points today.

Finishing in Third through retrogression also at 45 points was the team of: Glen DesRoche (Picture Butte GC) & Tanya Bezooyen.

In Fourth, also through retrogression and finishing with 44 points was the team of: Dustin Risdon (Dustin Risdon School of Golf) & Sandy Deeg.

In Fifth, also through retrogression and finishing with 44 points was the team of: Matt Freeman (Canyon Meadows G&CC) & Barb Stretch.

In Sixth, also through retrogression and finishing with 44 points was the team of:  Brian Bassen (Strathmore GC) & Deb Dancey.

Special thanks to our host course of  Stewart Creek G&CC for putting on such a top-notch event and to our Sponsors: Jancor AgenciesEFW Radiology. Without their continued support events like these would not be possible!

Click here for Money Payout Breakdown.

Click here for full  Leaderboard results.


Five Players Pass the PAT at The Links at Spruce Grove
Play Ability Test News

Five Players Pass the PAT at The Links at Spruce Grove

Congratulations to the five players that passed the second Play Ability Test of the season today hosted at The Links at Spruce Grove located just West of Edmonton. All players shot the target score or better (79) to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada and receive their card. Congratulations to the following:

Name

Facility

Score

Scott Lancaster

Cardiff Golf & Country Club

77

Jeff Orser

Inglewood Golf & Curling Club

77

Evan Sinclair

Glendale Golf & Country Club

78

Matthew Mills

Douglasdale Golf Course

78

Zachary Lightfoot

Banff Springs Golf Club

79

The next PAT is scheduled for July 19th at Cardiff G&CC. Click here for the 2021 PAT schedule.

Click here for full PAT Results


Heffernan Back in Winners Circle with GSH Series Win
Tournament News

Heffernan Back in Winners Circle with GSH Series Win

After a perfect day of weather at The Links at Spruce Grove, Wes Heffernan of Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre moves back to the winners circle after a stellar performance today at the third Golf Supply House Series of the season.

In typical Heffernan fashion, Wes played a bogey-free round today which included 5 birdies and 1 eagle to finish at 7-under 65 and win the tournament by a convincing three strokes. This marks the first win of the season for Wes after winning two PGA of Alberta events last year.

Finishing in second place was the likes of Kasey Timms (Royal Mayfair GC) and Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) after both shooting excellent rounds of 4-under 68. 

Falling one back of Timms and Fox was Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC) taking fourth place with a 3-under 69. Rounding out the top five was another solid tournament player Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) shooting a solid 2-under 70.

Since there were no skins winners today at the event, the skins money has been added to the purse and distributed accordingly based on payout percentages. Congratulations to all players that earned a cheque.

Click Here for Full Results

The next GSH Series on the schedule is the 2-day event at Cardiff G&CC on July 19 & 20. Registration deadline is this Wednesday, July 14th at 4pm so if you are interested in playing, please sign up before then. Click Here to register.


PAT #2 Draw - The Links at Spruce Grove on July 12
Play Ability Test News

PAT #2 Draw - The Links at Spruce Grove on July 12

The draw is now available for the 2nd Play Ability Test of the season at The Links at Spruce Grove on Monday, July 12th. Tee times will begin at 10:20am. Good luck to all 14 competitors going for their card!

Click here to view the field and draw


Staff Update - The PGA of Alberta Welcomes Brendan Ethier
Association News

Staff Update - The PGA of Alberta Welcomes Brendan Ethier

The PGA of Alberta is pleased to introduce Brendan Ethier as the newest member to the Zone staff in the position of Tournament & Education Coordinator. Brendan’s role will consist of coordinating the Education portfolio from the Spring Seminar to the Podcast Series as well as being present at PGA of Alberta tournaments this season. Many Assistant Professionals already had the chance to meet Brendan earlier this week at the Assistants’ Championship at Sirocco GC.

Brendan graduated from the University of Jamestown in North Dakota with a degree in Exercise Science. He has a strong passion for sports and is looking forward to meeting more of the membership at upcoming events. Brendan can now be reached by email at [email protected].

Click here to view entire staff listing


2021 Awards Program - Nominate a Deserving Member Today
Awards News

2021 Awards Program - Nominate a Deserving Member Today

Nominations for the 2021 PGA of Alberta Awards Program is NOW OPEN!

Each year the PGA of Alberta recognizes several Members and Industry Representatives for their achievements throughout the season and their career, as well as for their contributions to the Association and the game of golf. We encourage all Members and industry affiliates to become a part of our Awards Program by nominating an individual or facility that you feel is deserving of an Award.

In total, nine Awards are up for nomination which include the following:

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

The importance of the Awards Program, on both a Provincial and National scale, is something the Association does not take lightly. Under the guidance of the Awards Committee, the program has evolved over the years and we believe that by placing a strong focus on the Nomination Process, it will ensure that as many deserving individuals as possible are being recognized. In the past 20 years we have had the honour as an Association of recognizing 31 Provincial winners go on to win at a National level, 10 of which were Murray Tucker Club Professional of the Year recipients!

Please note the following points for the 2021 Awards Program;

  • Top 100 Points - Every member that submits a nomination form BEFORE August 4th will receive 2 Top 100 points for this program year. The maximum points you can receive is 2 total, even if you nominate more than one person.
  • Video Bio - All members who are nominated for an Award will have the option to submit a short video bio in addition to their application form.
  • Nomination(s) – We encourage all PGA of Alberta Professionals and industry affiliates to nominate a deserving individual in each of the Award categories. Self-nominations are not permitted.
  • Awards Banquet - The 2021 PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet will reveal this year’s recipients on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Calgary BMO Centre (after the second day of the Buying Show).
  • Awards Criteria - Click Here to see the Awards criteria.
    • Coach of the Year Nominees must be certified within Golf’s National Coach Certification Program Competition stream (Coach of New Competitors, Coach of Developing Competitors).
    • Teacher of the Year Nominees must have achieved certified status in at least one context within the instruction stream of the National Coaching Certification Program for Golf in Canada (Instructor of Beginner Golfers, Instructor of Intermediate Golfers, Instructor of Advanced Golfers).
  • Deadline - Nominations for all awards will close at the end of day on Tuesday, Aug. 31st
CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE

Fleming 4-Peat at Assistants’ Championship
Tournament News

Fleming 4-Peat at Assistants’ Championship

Today saw Round 2 of the Assistants’ Championship sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf at the idyllic Sirocco GC. The course continued to be in fantastic shape and we had a very tight day at the top of the Leaderboard with a major seesaw battle to place in our Top 10. Our defending Champion Riley Fleming and Grant Numrich found themselves all square at 9-under par after 36 holes so a sudden death playoff ensued which started on hole #1.

After a tough battle all day, some serious grinding and aforementioned playoff, our 4X defending Champion is: Mr. Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC) who battled all day to maintain his lead and managed to bring it back from sitting 2-strokes down on our Leaders at one point today. Riley had 1 Eagle and 3 birdies on the card today and made an extremely timely Birdie on the 17th hole. Riley managed to 2-putt from just off the green on the first playoff hole to be victorious with a par.

In sole possession of 2nd is: Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC) who carded an unreal 7-under par 65 today and was battling at the top of our Leaderboard all day. Grant had an excellent 7 Birdies on the card today and forced a playoff. Grant finished the tournament with a 2-day total of -9.

In sole possession of 3rd is: Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) who carded an excellent 5-under par 67 today with 1 Eagle and 4 Birdies on the card. Wes finished the tournament with a 2-day total of -8.

Rounding out our Top-5, in a two-way tie for 4th is: Home Course Professional Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) and Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) who both finished the tournament with a 2-day total of -5. Craig carded a 4-under par 68 today and Dillion carded 2-under par 70.

In a three-way tie for 6th is: Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC), Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) and Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) who all finished the tournament with a 2-day total -4. 

Rounding out our Top-10 for the tournament, in a two-way tie for 9th is: Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC) & Scott Stiles (Earl Grey GC) who both finished the tournament with a 2-day total of -3.

Congratulations to our Day 2 Skin Winner: Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) with an Eagle on #3.

Special thanks to our Sponsor: Cobra Puma Golf for their continued support. Special thank you to our host venue of Sirocco GC for putting on an excellent event.      

FINAL RESULTS 


Riley Not Ready To Relinquish Assistants’ Championship
Tournament News

Riley Not Ready To Relinquish Assistants’ Championship

Today saw Round 1 of the Assistants’ Championship sponsored by Cobra Puma Golf at the scenic Sirocco GC. The course is in fantastic shape and helped inspire some low scores on the Leaderboard today which made for an exciting day for all.

 Picking right back up where he left off last year and our 3X defending Champion is: Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC) who carded an exceptional 8-under par 64 today whilst keeping his scorecard blemish free with an impressive 8 birdies on the day. Riley carded a 33 on the front-9 and 31 on the back-9.

In a two-way tie for 2nd place is: Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) and Scott Stiles (Earl Grey GC) who both carded stellar 5-under par 67’s today. Mitchell carded 31 on the front-9 and 36 on the back-9 & Scott carded 33 on front and 34 on the back.

 Rounding out our Top-5 today in a three-way tie for 4th is: Eric Locke (Priddis G&CC), Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) & Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) who all carded stellar 3-under par 69’s respectively to remain within reach of our Leader with low rounds needed tomorrow.

 In a 6-way tie for 7th and rounding out our Top-10 today is: Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC), Nick Vandermey (Windermere G&CC), Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC), Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC), Grant Numrich (Red Deer G&CC) & Graeme Nelson (The Derrick G&WC) who all carded great rounds of 2-under par 70’s.

Congratulations to our Day 1 Skins winners: Stefan Cox (Calgary G&CC) who had a Hole-in-One on #7 today, Ryan McDermott (Links at Spruce Grove) who had 2 Skins with Eagles’ on # 2 & 8, Jared Nicolls with an Eagle on #9 and Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC) with an Eagle on #7. 

First tee time is 7AM sharp tomorrow, our final group of Fleming,Fox & Stiles tee off at 1040! 

Click here for Round 1 Results.


Belbin and Mah Victorious at Pro-Pro Scramble
Tournament News

Belbin and Mah Victorious at Pro-Pro Scramble

Today saw the Pro-Pro Scramble sponsored by E-Z-GO, Pixel Army & BPG Buying Group, hosted at the immaculate and pristine conditioned Edmonton Petroleum G&CC. Temperatures and scores on the Leaderboard were scorching all day! We had a massive field of 56 teams encompassing 112 total players. 

Our Winning team today was: Matthew Mah (Cardiff G&CC) & Mike Belbin (The Royal Mayfair GC) who carded an absolutely scorching 12-under par 60 with a ridiculous 7 birdies on the front-9 for a 29 and followed it up with an excellent 5 more birdies for a back-9 total of 31. 

Tied for Second Place was the teams of: Josh Fleming & Tyler Lebouthillier (GOLFTEC Calgary Beacon Heights) & Samuel Hart (Bearspaw GC) & Gord Courage (The Hamptons GC) who carded excellent rounds of 11-under par 61’s. Fleming and Lebouthillier had 11 birdies on the card and Hart & Courage had 10 birdies and 1 eagle.

Tied for Fourth Place and rounding out our Top-5 was the teams of: Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) & Jeremy Lavallee (Northern Bear GC) and Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre) & Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) who carded stellar 10-under par 62’s respectively.

Thank you to our Sponsors: E-Z-GO, Pixel Army & BPG Buying Group & Host Facility, Edmonton Petroleum G&CC for putting on an incredible event!

Click Here for Results


Jeffries & Nelson Win Ladies’ Division at Pro-Pro Scramble
Tournament News

Jeffries & Nelson Win Ladies’ Division at Pro-Pro Scramble

Today saw the Pro-Pro Scramble sponsored by E-Z-GO, Pixel Army & BPG Buying Group hosted at the immaculate and pristine conditioned Edmonton Petroleum G&CC. Temperatures and scores on the Leaderboard were scorching all day!

Our Ladies’ Division had 4 total teams today: Nicola Jeffries (Willow Park G&CC) & Gina Nelson (Magrath GC), Marsha Rogers (Derrick G&WC) & Shannon Werbicki (Royal Mayfair GC), Kim Valleau (The Winston GC) Carmen Kinas (Canyon Meadows G&CC) and Lisa Rosengarten (Glencoe G&CC) & Rachel Wiebe (Windermere G&CC).

After a battle on the course, our Ladies’ Division Champions are Nicola Jeffries & Gina Nelson who carded a stellar 6-under par 66 with 6 birdies on the card to win with a 2-stroke lead over their nearest competitors!

In second place today was the team of: Marsha Rogers (Derrick G&WC) & Shannon Werbicki (Royal Mayfair GC) who carded a great round of 5-under par 68!

Click Here for Results

Thank you to our Sponsors: E-Z-GO, Pixel Army & BPG Buying Group & Host Facility, Edmonton Petroleum G&CC for putting on an incredible event!


PGA of Alberta Renews Partnership with EFW Radiology
Partner News

PGA of Alberta Renews Partnership with EFW Radiology

The PGA of Alberta is delighted to announce a renewed partnership with EFW Radiology as the preferred medical imaging partner of the Association!

EFW Radiology will continue as the Title Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Pro-Lady event which features one Professional paired up with a female Golfer in a team net stableford format. The Pro-Lady is being held this season at Stewart Creek G&CC in Canmore on July 13th. Learn more about the tournament here.

About EFW Radiology…
EFW Radiology provides comprehensive diagnostic and interventional imaging services in Calgary and the surrounding areas. They perform more than 600,000 imaging procedures, consultations, second opinions, and studies every year. They are driven by their values of Compassion, Trust and Meaning.

For more information on EFW Radiology, please visit their website by clicking here. To make an appointment, please call 403-541-1200.
   

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The Buying Show is Back! Exhibitor & Attendee Registration Now Open
Buying Show News

The Buying Show is Back! Exhibitor & Attendee Registration Now Open

The PGA of Alberta would like to invite you to attend the 2021 PGA of Alberta Buying Show on October 19th – 21st! 

The Show will again be hosted in Calgary at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park (Hall D). We are excited to build off the success we had at the 2019 Show in Calgary, and continue that momentum for this years Show which included easy transportation in & out of the city, increased networking opportunities and walking distance from our preferred hotel partner Hotel Arts. See photos on the 2019 Show by clicking here.

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Our Buying Show continues to be the only “full scale” show of its kind in Canada and it is with great pride that we host this show every fall for our Members, Industry Suppliers and guests of the Industry. The Buying Show is an event that is restricted to PGA of Canada Members, Non-PGA of Canada Facilities and Golf Industry Equipment Manufacturers.

Exhibitor & Attendee Registration for this year’s Buying Show is NOW OPEN! Click one of the links below to register.

For more information on the Show including full itinerary, please go to our website HERE.

Complimentary Food & Beverage at the Show

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In 2021, Gordon Food Service will again be offering 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.

With this dynamic partnership, we ask all Clubs/Facilities to bring their F&B Managers and staff as we want to continue to build this aspect of the Show. By partnering with Gordon Food Service, this is going to give members and facilities a great opportunity to review all their on course and clubhouse needs for the 2022 season and beyond!

Important Component’s to the 2021 Buying Show

  • There will be a ‘New Product Section’ highlighting the innovative products coming out in 2022.
  • Exhibitors that are entirely new to the PGA of Alberta Buying Show have the opportunity to rent a booth at a reduced size and rate. This space will be shared with other first time Buying Show exhibitors.
  • A welcome breakfast presented by Gordon Food Service & Impact Canopies will again be offered before the opening of the Show on Day 1 (Oct. 19th). All attendees and exhibitors of the Buying Show are invited to attend this complimentary breakfast.
  • Save the Date: The PGA of Alberta will be hosting a Cocktail Reception after Day 1 of the Show (Oct. 19th) hosted at Hotel Arts (short walk from the BMO Centre) and presented by Tribal. All Exhibitors and Attendees are encouraged to attend.
  • Save the Date: The PGA of Alberta Awards Evening will be Wednesday, Oct. 20th. The evening will kickoff with cocktails at 5:00pm and will be followed by the Awards Banquet at 5:30pm. All Exhibitors and Attendees are encouraged to attend.
  • PGA of Canada members may schedule appointments in the hour before the set hours (8:00am – 9:00am) on Wednesday, Oct. 20th and Thursday, Oct. 21st and the hour after (5:00pm-6:00pm) on Tuesday, Oct. 19th.
  • NGCOA and Green Grass attendees are welcome to attend all day and make appointments both Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st. Only facilities with a PGA of Canada Professional may attend the show on Tuesday, October 19th.

Preferred Hotel - Hotel Arts Calgary - Book Your Room Today!!

 

We hope to see you at the Show!

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Resilient Riley Hangs On at GSH Series at Highwood Golf
Tournament News

Resilient Riley Hangs On at GSH Series at Highwood Golf

Round 2 of the Golf Supply House Series 2-Day Event at Highwood Golf provided excitement throughout the day after an incredible Round 1 yesterday. The day started with what appeared to be an insurmountable lead for Riley Fleming (Lynx Ridge GC) but two of our competitors, Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) & Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) managed to tighten things up at the top and make it an extremely interesting day on the Leaderboard.

Riley managed to grind it out and made some timely birdies today to end up victorious after breaking the course record yesterday. Riley carded an even-par (71) today to finish the tournament at -10 with a two-day total of 132. His birdie on #17 helped provide the 1 stroke cushion that he ended up winning by.

Right behind in sole possession of 2nd Place was Dillion Batsel (Desert Blume GC) who played an excellent round today carding 5-under par for a 66. Dillion dropped 5 birdies today to finish the tournament only 1-stroke off the lead (-9) with a two-day total of 133.

In sole possession of 3rd Place was Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) who carded the lowest Round 2 score of our competitors today. Mitchell played an outstanding round today carding a 6-under par 65. Mitch rattled in 6 birdies today! In sole possession of 4th Place was Weston Gillett (Lacombe G&CC) who shot 1-under par today to finish the tournament at -5. Rounding out our Top 5 was Marcus Clift (Coloniale GC) who shot even-par (71) today to finish the tournament at -4. 

Congratulations to our Day 2 Skins winners of: Matt Yeo (Goose Hummock GR) who won 2 skins with a birdie on #7 & #18, Brady Karlson (Canyon Meadows G&CC) with an eagle on #4 & finally, Zander Ritson (Earl Grey GC) with a birdie on #14.

Special thank you to our Sponsor: Golf Supply House & our Host course of Highwood Golf for putting on an outstanding event!

CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS


PGA of Alberta Staff Updates
Association News

PGA of Alberta Staff Updates

Please be advised of the recent staff changes at the PGA of Alberta office. Ashley Van Kroonenburg is no longer working for the PGA of Alberta. She is still however working in the golf industry at Canmore G&CC. We wish Ashley the best of luck in new role at the club and look forward to seeing her at future Association events.

Trevor Rioux will be shifting over to our Events role (Buying Show, Awards, Golf Shows, etc.) as well as remaining the point of contact for several other Association programs. Please send any questions to him pertaining to the events above moving forward ([email protected]).

Aaron McKay is now the main point of contact for the tournament program this season. Please send any questions to him pertaining to tournaments moving forward ([email protected]).

Lastly, the Association is currently in the process of hiring a new person for the role of Education & Tournament Coordinator. The office has already interviewed several candidates and should have a new person in place in the coming weeks.

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PGA of Canada Ian Webb Scholarships - Deadline to Apply June 25
PGA of Canada News

PGA of Canada Ian Webb Scholarships - Deadline to Apply June 25

In an effort to promote and foster ongoing education for PGA of Canada Members and Apprentices, The Webby Fund - in support of the PGA of Canada Foundation - will offer scholarship funding of varying amounts to qualified and selected applicants who are engaged in continuing their education through full-time studies. 

These scholarships are also open to Sons/Daughters, Grandchildren or Spouses of PGA of Canada Members to help further academic achievements.

The annual deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 25th, 2021, and the Evaluation Forms must be received by July 2nd, 2021. For a copy of the 2021 PGA of Canada Foundation Scholarship Application, click here.

For more information, click here.


Eight Players Pass the first PAT of the Season at Highwood Golf
Play Ability Test News

Eight Players Pass the first PAT of the Season at Highwood Golf

Congratulations to the eight players that passed the first Play Ability Test of the season hosted today at Highwood Golf. All players shot the target score or better (79) in the hot conditions to successfully pass and become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada. Congratulations to the following:

Name

Facility

Score

Brance Orban

Taber GC

69

Chris Donihee

Mickelson National GC

72

Taylor Finlayson

The Links of GlenEagles

74

Quinn Conroy

The Links of GlenEagles

75

Dylan Wood

Henderson Lake GC

76

Jeff Diduck

Modern Golf

77

Matthew Friedrick

Brooks GC

78

Tyler Lautner

Blue Devil GC

78

The next PAT is scheduled for July 12th at The Links of Spruce Grove. Click here for the 2021 PAT schedule.

Click here for full PAT results.