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Congratulations to the 5 players who passed the Play Ability Test today at Edmonton Garrison Memorial G&CC. The 5 players all successfully passed after shooting the target score (78) or better to become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada.

Name Score
Michael Zorn (River Ridge GC) 77
Austin Gendreau (River Ridge GC) 77
Ethan Rimmer (Miskanaw GC) 77
Cameron Boyd (Japser Park Lodge GC) 78
 Nicholas Heyland (Windermere G&CC)  78

Mitchell Fox Celebrates Five-Shot Win at PGA of Alberta Players Tour 2-Day Event
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Mitchell Fox Celebrates Five-Shot Win at PGA of Alberta Players Tour 2-Day Event

EDMONTON—Calgary’s Mitchell Fox made it look easy on Tuesday despite challenging conditions to close with a 5-under-par, 67 for a handy five-shot victory at the Players Tour 2-Day competition at the Cougar Creek Golf Resort near Edmonton.

The Apprentice Professional from the Speargrass Golf Course charged into Oil country, teeing up his work week by taking a two-shot lead into Tuesday’s final round of the 36-hold event. Fox was one of two players in the field of 45 to break par, posting a 69 on the 6,542-yard layout in Monday’s opening round.

The former Canadian Tour player mixed together one eagle with five birdies and two bogeys for a sizzling 67 in the final trip around the tree-lined, rolling layout to secure the win (69-67—136).

“I played really good today. It is the type of course that you have to find your way around it, and hit to certain spots, but the course is in great shape, it was a good day and I’m happy with how I played,” said Fox, the son of a Class A Professional who turned pro himself in 2007 before joining the PGA of Canada just four years ago.

Tyler LeBouthillier (365 Golf Inc.) was one of two other players behind Fox to card a round in the 60s in the final round.

LeBouthillier chalked up five birdies of his own to go along with one bogey to lock up second spot with rounds of 73-68—141. Adam Bruce (Northern Bear Golf Course) also fired a 68 to finish in a tie for fourth place at 145 with Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain Golf Course). Cuthbertson was one of just four players to go sub-par on Tuesday.

Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club), who was sitting in second spot at 71 after the opening round, dropped a spot on the leaderboard following a final-round 18-hole spin of 73 for a total of 144.

Complete Results:

The Pro-Senior Pro-Am, presented by Golf Trends Inc. and Levelwear is next on the 2024 tournament docket. A field of 46 teams will tee it up at Cardiff Golf and Country Club on June 20.

For more information on the PGA of Alberta calendar of events, please visit https://www.pgaofalberta.com/tournaments/registration/


Fox Leads by 2 After Round One at Cougar Creek GR
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Fox Leads by 2 After Round One at Cougar Creek GR

The first 2-day Players’ Tour event teed off today at Cougar Creek GR just west of Edmonton. After a rainy and windy start, the skies opened up to a beautiful afternoon for the 45 players in the field, who hope for calmer weather tomorrow morning as round 2 begins at 7:30am. 

Mitchell Fox (Speargrass GC) leads the field by 2 after five birdies lead to an opening round of 69. Following close behind is Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) who had three birdies of his own to finish the day with a 1-under 71.

Leaders After Round 1

Name Facility Score
Mitchell Fox Speargrass GC 69
Kevin Black Redwood Meadows G&CC 71
Scott Smith Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre 73
Levi McDermott Big Buck Golf Centre 73
Tyler LeBouthillier 365 GOLF 73
Matthew Mah Mill Woods GC 74
Jake Behiels Cougar Creek GR 75
Jeff Cuthbertson Stony Plain GC 75
Michael Thompson Windermere G&CC 75
Shawn Proulx River Ridge G&CC 75

Round 2 Draw
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Cookes Share Passion for Their Jobs as Golf Pros
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Cookes Share Passion for Their Jobs as Golf Pros

Right from Day 1, Chris Cooke may have been destined to follow his father, Darren, into the golf industry.

Darren has been a staple for the past 36 seasons at Canmore Golf & Curling Club where he serves the dual role of general manager and director of golf. Chris is now the head professional at neighbouring Silvertip Resort, another beauty in the Bow Valley.

“The day that Christopher was born, he didn’t go straight home from the hospital. He came to the golf course first,” Darren reminisced. “There was a group of old guys that played cards in the pro shop all winter long, so we had to come and show him off. So, the first stop was the golf course.

“And ever since then … ” 

Chris grew up at Canmore Golf & Curling Club, as much a constant as the stunning mountain views. It was, as he put it, both his “daycare” and “playground.”

He was only eight when he picked the range for the first time. When he was attending high school just down the street, Darren noticed that his lunch bill at the course was usually doubled. 

After Chris completed his collegiate golf career at the University of Central Arkansas, he ultimately decided to try for his pro card. 

He and his dad are now PGA of Alberta peers. When asked about his son, “proud” is the word that Darren uses most often.

“He always seemed to be where everybody came to have fun,” Chris said, sharing his childhood impressions of the life of a golf pro. “And when you get to work at a place where everybody goes to enjoy themselves, it makes for a pretty good work environment, for the most part. 

“We’re here to facilitate enjoyment, to facilitate camaraderie, to facilitate fun. It’s just such a great sport to be involved with.”

Now in his ninth season as a pro, Chris has even more appreciation for why his father has such a sterling reputation in the golf biz. Darren was the PGA of Alberta’s Club Professional of the Year in 2014. 

“He really cares about everyone else before himself,” Chris said. “There is no job that is too big or too small for him to take on, and I have always really respected him for that. Some people think, ‘Oh, as a golf pro, you just walk the range and teach a few lessons.’ They don’t tell you that sometimes you have to clean the bathrooms or once in a while, you have to do some real dirty jobs that aren’t very glorious. But it’s all about getting it done.” 

Whatever it is that you’re trying to get done, it helps to have somebody you can lean on for advice, experience or just a sounding board. For this father-son duo, that goes both ways. Golf isn’t the Cookes only shared passion. They also like to strap on the pads and tend the nets at the hockey rink.

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“We share a lot of conversations back and forth, and I learn a lot from him too,” Darren said. “With the PGA of Alberta and PGA of Canada, it’s always been about networking and helping each other and sharing. Of course, when it’s your family member, sometimes those conversations are easier and sometimes they’re a little more difficult.

“I know in our area, with all of the golf courses, you can ask anybody around here and you’ll get an honest answer about what’s going on. Everybody is willing to help out. And when it’s your son, you answer that phone quickly and maybe get it done a little quicker, because it’s a part of you.”

For the Cookes, golf has been a big part of their lives. This Father’s Day will be extra special for Chris — his first with a child of his own. His daughter, Ruth, was born last August. And yeah, she is already a regular at the course.  

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“Through the winter, there was a simulator set up in the Canmore pro shop,” Chris said. “So, I would take her around there quite frequently and we’d hang out with Grandpa and I’d hit a couple shots and she’d be cruising around and she just wanted to grab every golf club or every golf ball she could see. It’s cool to see her so excited already and I just want to continue to expose her to all the greatness that golf can deliver. If she chooses it as one of her pastimes, great. And if not, so be it. She’ll have a lot of other activities going on. But just the way she’s already grabbing that golf club, I think she’s going to be hooked.”

That would be a case of history repeating itself.

“There’s not many places I’d rather be other than the golf course or hanging out with my family,” Chris beamed. “And at the golf course, I get to do both.”


Who Says You Can’t Go Home
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Who Says You Can’t Go Home

Mathew MacDonald and Weston Gillett can look out the window and sometimes feel like they’re watching a rewind from their junior-golf days.

 

That’s one of the unique perks of working as head professional at the same course where you first fell in love with the sport. In MacDonald’s case, that would be Olds Golf Club. Gillett, meanwhile, learned the finer points of the game on the fairways and greens at Lacombe Golf & Country Club. 

“I can’t remember who came up with the term, but I was what they called one of the ‘grapes’ of the pro-shop, because I would just hang around,” MacDonald said with a chuckle. “There were weeks when I was out here seven straight days as a kid. It was basically whenever mom and dad were able to get me to the golf course, I was usually more than willing to go.

“So yeah, I can definitely see a part of myself in some of these youngsters.”

Gillett, his fellow PGA of Alberta pro, knows that feeling.

Long before he had an office at Lacombe Golf & Country Club, he was one of the young whippersnappers with a stall in the junior club storage area. 

Whenever he wanted to practice or play, he’d simply lace up his sneakers and walk to the course. When he arrived, he typically had to empty his pockets.

“Luckily, I didn’t live too far from here,” Gillett reminisced. “Back when I was a kid, the highway wasn’t as busy as it is now. I wouldn’t recommend walking anymore, but it wasn’t that busy back then. 

“So, I’d walk over, and then on the other side of the highway, there’s ball diamonds across

from our ninth hole. I used to walk up between the ball diamonds and the golf course and I’d find tons of golf balls. I remember never having to buy balls because I’d find them as I was walking.”

Gillett had such fond memories of his upbringing at Lacombe Golf & Country Club — and his stints as a high-schooler on the maintenance crew and pro-shop staff — that he admits there was a bit of apprehension as he pondered whether to apply to be the head pro in his hometown. He’s now in his sixth season in the role after making the move from Drayton Valley. 

“This golf course, this Club, it’s always been very important to me because it’s kind of where I grew up, and I didn’t want to go in and have a negative outlook if something were not to be quite as I perceived it,” Gillett explained. “But it’s been really good. It’s all been super positive.”

MacDonald is just getting settled into his new job as pro/manager at Olds. He worked up the road in Innisfail for the past three years. 

“This was always something that was in the back of my mind that I wanted to potentially do,” he said. “I mean, this course kind of gave me my start in the golf world — both as a back-shop kid when I was younger and again as I was starting to make my way into the professional ranks. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the town of Olds and for the golf course. When I had an opportunity to jump up and take the position, I jumped into it with both feet. It’s been a really fun experience so far. It’s very interesting. I always say it’s very weird that I get to sit on the other side of the same desk where I used to get in trouble if I did something wrong out here.

“But it’s been a lot of fun. Pretty cool.”

For Gillett, MacDonald, and other professionals now working at the same facilities where they were first introduced to the game, the best part isn’t the opportunity to occasionally relive their youth. 

 It’s the opportunity to influence the next wave. 

When Gillett was a smooth-swinging junior, Kevin Snell was head pro at Lacombe. He was delighted when Snell, a PGA of Alberta life member, stopped by on his first day on the job to offer his congratulations. 

“I see a lot of kids that come out here, and I see a little bit of myself in them,” said Gillett, now a proud father of three. “I was always treated really, really well by the previous pros when I was kid and they’d take me out to play. I know the first couple times that I played with Kevin when I was 12 or 13 years old, I was just in awe of what he could do with the golf ball. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t like Tiger Woods or anything. But to me, it was.

“I can remember walking in the shop and Kevin had his bag there with his name on it, and I thought that was so cool. I thought that was just one step below seeing Tiger Woods.”

MacDonald, too, can rattle off a list of pros who had a major impact on his growing love for golf and instilling the values that you learn while chasing birdies and pars — honesty, integrity, and responsibility to name a few.

“One of the things that I’ve always remembered is that those individuals always made time for me, always took time to say hello or come walk out on the putting green to see how I was doing,” MacDonald said. “They always made themselves very available. They were very generous with their time. And I always try to remember that — that I probably wouldn’t be here in the position that I’m in if it wasn’t for their encouragement, their kindness and their willingness to have that influence on my golf game and my life. I always try to remember that no matter what comes up, it’s the people first and making sure that people feel valued and welcomed. A simple tip on the driving range can go a long way toward helping a relationship grow. In my case, it helped me create a career out of it.”


Samuel Kirkness and Glenn Carr Take Playoffs to Win PGA of Alberta Players Tour Title
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Samuel Kirkness and Glenn Carr Take Playoffs to Win PGA of Alberta Players Tour Title

Kirkness claims 2024 title in second extra hole, Carr captures seniors crown after first playoff hole

EDMONTON—Samuel Kirkness and Glenn Carr proved victorious following extra holes at the Players Tour presented by Duca del Cosma at the Mill Woods Golf Course.

Kirkness (Inglewood Golf and Country Club) captured the main event in a two-hole playoff, while Carr (Lakeside Golf Club) triumphed in the first extra hole to take the seniors’ category. 

Kirkness – the 2023 Club Professional Championship winner – finished deadlocked at 70 with Wes Heffernan (Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Centre), Jacques Plouffe (Royal Mayfair Golf Club), Nick Vandermey and Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) following an 18-hole spin of the 6,778-yard track in Edmonton.

Kirkness, Heffernan and Whitecotton dropped Plouffe and Vandermey after matching pars on the first extra hole, a 381-yard par-4. The PGA of Alberta heavyweights exchanged shots to the green on the par-5 538-yard test where Kirkness solidified the title with a birdie.

A close battle also unfolded in the seniors’ division (golf professionals 50 and older) where Carr (Lakeside Golf Club) and Andre DiBartolo (Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Country Club) carded identical scores of 76.

Carr wasted little time putting his name in the history books as the 2024 winner, topping DiBartolo on the first extra hole – the 364-yard, par-4 10th hole.

Just over 100 players teed it up through the rainy conditions in the morning shotgun start.

Final Results - Main Field

Final Results - Seniors Division

For more information on the PGA of Alberta calendar of events, please visit https://www.pgaofalberta.com/tournaments/registration/


Operation 36 Teaching Summit Moves Location To Calgary
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Operation 36 Teaching Summit Moves Location To Calgary

The PGA of Alberta will be hosting its Summer Teaching Summit on June 5th and 6th  with a location change to Golf Future in Calgary, Alberta. 

Start your golf season by learning from Ryan Dailey, Co-Founder - Operation 36, who will be joining us to facilitate his level 1 coach certification from 8am - 3:30 pm both days. Each event is led by a team of PGA golf professionals who are on staff at Operation 36 HQ. These pros have run the program successfully and have helped thousands of golf pros execute successful programs. This will be the first time the certification has been hosted at a venue in Canada in 15 years.

We have the opportunity to offer the program at 50% off the regular rate at $500 to attend the level 1 certification course with food and beverage scheduled at Golf Future included.

Here is the link to the education portal Operation 36 will use to post updates, schedule, and any other information leading up to the summit: Operation 36 - Education Portal

Registration opens Friday, May 3rd at 10 am 

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Celebrating The Life Of Jim Jempson
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Celebrating The Life Of Jim Jempson

Celebrating Jim’s amazing 75 years, Guest Speakers, Tributes and Videos will be full of laughs, smiles and tears.

You can join the Celebration via the live stream link below at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 2nd.

Live Stream Link


National Golf Day Highlights Golf’s Positive Impact on Canadians
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National Golf Day Highlights Golf’s Positive Impact on Canadians

New Economic Impact Study Released

OTTAWA, May 23, 2024 – After a four-year pause due to COVID-19, the National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) are on Parliament Hill leading National Golf Day and discussing with Parliamentarians the many positive benefits of golf for Canadians.

The golf industry representatives are also releasing the results of a new Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study highlighting golf’s financial contributions and incredible popularity as the number one participation sport in Canada.

National Golf Day also celebrates golf’s physical and mental health benefits, its safe sport attributes, social merits, environmental stewardship, diversity, life skills for youth, and economic value to the business community. National data indicates that hundreds of thousands of Canadians have entered the sport since Covid-19, totaling six million Canadian golfers and further strengthening golf’s status as the number one participation sport in the country.

“Canadians played 74 million rounds of golf in 2023, a considerable 24% increase from the last Study in 2019,” stated Jeff Calderwood, CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada, and Chair of NAGA.

“Existing golfers have been playing more often and new golfers have been taking up the game at impressive levels,” said Calderwood. “The broad appeal of golf as a safe, healthy, outdoor recreation that can be enjoyed by all ages, genders, abilities, and budgets, anywhere in Canada, generates continued growth in the game. The impressive economic impacts that are then generated reflect that popularity.”

NAGA conducts an economic impact study every five years to measure such financial contributions as employment, charitable support, tourism, and gross domestic product. The sport and business of golf are thriving post-pandemic and continue to be an important economic engine for Canadians and their communities across Canada. Some of the highlights from the Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study include:

  • Golf contributes a massive amount to Canada’s GDP at $23.2 billion, an increase of $4 billion since the previous Study
  • Golf supports 237,000 person-years of employment, illustrating its importance as a vital source of livelihood for countless Canadians. Nearly 135,000 Canadians work directly in golf, with 45,000 being student employment.
  • Golf-related activities generated over $14.2 billion in labour income, sustaining families and generating significant economic spin-off spending.
  • $382 million was raised through golf activities for charities across Canada, a return to the pre-Covid-19 range and tops among all participation sports.
  • Approximately 6 million Canadians played golf in 2023, an all-time high for the number one participation sport in the country, generating 74 million rounds played.
  • Golfer spending totalled $14.2 billion in 2023.
  • Golf course operations contributed $8.1 billion to Canada’s GDP.
  • Capital expenditure by golf course operations in 2023 was $907 million.
  • Taxes paid to governments by the Canadian golf industry were $4.7 billion in 2023.

“Golf is a sport that brings so many benefits to Canadians – not just the economic contributions. It is also a holistic solution to many of life’s necessities and an activity that can enjoyed for a lifetime,” said Laurence Applebaum, CEO, Golf Canada.

“Golf is a healthy, safe activity, promoting environmental stewardship, providing exceptional social value, and is great for business. And importantly, we’re seeing tremendous diversity in our growth with incredible levels of engagement,” said Applebaum. “In addition, the recent success of our Canadian LPGA and PGA Tour Pros has further propelled the enthusiasm for the sport, with such stars on the world stage as Brooke Henderson and Nick Taylor.”

  • Other attributes of Canadian golf include:
  • 18 holes of golf burns up to 2000 calories, a very healthy 15 km walk and active exercise in nature.
  • 95% of golfers in Canada feel that golf is very good for their mental health, which has also been clinically proven.
  • 83% of Canadian golfers state that the social aspects of golf are important to them and improve their lives.
  • Spectator interest in professional golf is at an all-time high. The RBC Canadian Open and CPKC Women’s Open are setting records for attendance and commercial success.
  • Golf is a trusted Safe Sport environment for both recreational and competitive play.
  • Canadian golf has been experiencing great diversity, including a 6% increase in active women golfers and 33% growth in BIPOC golfers in 2023.
  • Off-course golf including simulator play and virtual golf experiences have bolstered the growth in participation.
  • Sustainable golf has become a leading environmental stewardship movement in Canadian golf, with golf courses throughout the country embracing sustainability pledges and best practices.

Golf flourished during the pandemic as the nature of the sport easily allowed for social distancing while delivering a social recreation experience that could not be found elsewhere.

With golf now better recognized as an important part of the solution, and all of the health, social and economic benefits, the positive spotlight on golf and its impact on Canadian communities has since sustained most of that increased demand.

In summary, the study clearly shows that golf is good for Canada and Canadians.


Silver Springs Professional Duo Open Match Play Mission with Win in High River
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Silver Springs Professional Duo Open Match Play Mission with Win in High River

HIGH RIVER, Alta.—Be assured the mixed team of PGA of Alberta professionals, Randy Hunter and Katy Rutherford, are driven to win the Srixon/Cleveland Team Match Play – South presented by Nike that teed off Tuesday at Highwood Golf.

But, the lone male-female tandem from Silver Springs Golf and Country Club are on a mission this summer far greater than wrapping their hands around the coveted team trophy. They, along with the 62 other pros from southern Alberta who teed it up for the season-long team event, are also on a mission to grow the game.

“I’m a huge proponent of professional golfers playing golf. I highly encourage it at the Club. I highly encourage Katy to go play in any event she needs too, and to play PGA of Alberta events, networking, to see everybody playing,” said Hunter, head golf professional, Silver Springs Golf and Country Club, who added that Nic Longley – an apprentice professional from his Club – also teed it up on Tuesday.

“I think it is also great to play with a fellow teammate at Silver Springs and very important to get out and play in these events, support these events and show the PGA of Alberta that we are nice and strong.”

Rutherford, the reigning PGA of Canada Brooke Henderson Female Player of the Year winner, was one of three women to mix it up with the men in Tuesday’s opening round of 16 matches. Carmen Kinas (Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club) and Nicola Greaves (Willow Park Golf and Country Club) also supported the mission to get more women playing competitively, or for fun and fitness.

“There are lots of (women) in the industry. It is just kind of paving the way to let everybody else know that we are here, that we are great golfers and that we want to compete,” added Rutherford. “It’s great to show face and have good representation more and more in each event.”

Calgary’s Rutherford and Hunter let their golf clubs do the talking on Tuesday in High River, winning their opening match 2&1 in a hard-fought affair over Mathew MacDonald (Olds Golf Club) and Dylan Wood (Innisfail Golf Club).

“It was a great match, a great golf course,” said Hunter. “We were all square sitting through nine and then had to put the pedal down on the back nine which was great. We made some birdies and coming home there were some fun holes. It was a great match, great to get out here to play with Katy and great to get the win.”

With the Team of MacDonald and Wood driving the green on the 15th and 16th holes of the 6,500-yard, par-71 layout that puts a premium on hitting fairways and greens, it was critical to make birdies for those seeking a ticket to the second round of the season-long event.

“Just staying patient (was the key). This golf course definitely has some drivable holes at the end, so par definitely didn’t leave you out of it. You had to make birdies here to win a hole, so definitely staying patient and staying in the mix,” said Rutherford.

The remaining matches will be played at times and golf course locations in Southern Alberta decided by contestants throughout the remainder of the season.

Results: Tuesday Round of 16 Matches

For more information on the PGA of Alberta calendar of events, please visit https://www.pgaofalberta.com/tournaments/registration/


Welcome To The Association
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Welcome To The Association

Congratulations to the 7 players who passed the Play Ability Test today at Highwood Golf. The 7 players all successfully passed after shooting the target score (79) or better to become an Apprentice Professional of the PGA of Canada.

Name Score
Robert Wilkie (Priddis Greens G&CC) 71
Devon Timson (Stewart Creek GR) 76
Dylan Bells (Willow Park G&CC) 76
Cole Charrois (365 GOLF) 78
Jae Hyun Jeong (Banff Springs GC) 78
Steve Madden 79
Matthew Zeiter 79

 

 


PGA of Alberta Pros Battle Mother Nature in Opening Round
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PGA of Alberta Pros Battle Mother Nature in Opening Round

BEAUMONT, Alta.—Patience was the key for 64 PGA of Alberta professionals who teamed up for a head-to-head clash against their peers, not to mention Mother Nature, on a cool, rainy day to open the 2024 Srixon/Cleveland Team Match Play North presented by Nike on Thursday at the Coloniale Golf Club near Edmonton.

“It was a battle out there,” said David MacComb, head professional, Royal Mayfair Golf Club. “We knew we needed to be very patient and try not to get into too much trouble. It was a grind.”

MacComb and his partner Matthew Mah (Mill Woods Golf Club) had their hands full with an opening-round match against Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Plain Golf Club) and Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair Golf Club).

“It was a really tough draw with Mike and Jeff, who we also played last year. I work with Mike, and so I know how good he is,” said MacComb following a 4&3 victory.

“My partner and I ham and egged it pretty good. We both hit some poor shots but didn’t do it at the same time which was key, and we got away with a couple of short game saves. The course was great. It surprised a lot of people. It is awesome, a really cool place and it is not that easy.”

The Colonial Golf Club provided a gnarly test with difficult bunkers, large lakes and narrow fairways. Mother Nature threw another challenge into the mix with heavy rain plummeting down for most of the day on the lengthy track that stretches out to just over 7,000 yards from the tips.

“The course was in really good shape considering how much rain we got,” said Dallas Cantera, general manager, Cardiff Golf and Country Club who teamed up with his colleague Jeremy Lavallee for a 4&3 victory of their own over Kevin Day (Billy D’s Driving Range) and Grant Cammidge (Jagare Ridge Golf Club).

“The key was we needed to get the right yardages and figure out how long it would actually play, tried to stay warm and we just had to stay positive with the elements and not let it affect you. At the end of the day, we were just trying to make as many pars as we can and go from there.”

The remaining matches will be played at times and golf course locations in Northern Alberta decided by contestants throughout the remainder of the season.

“It’s a great event and is nice to have teams out there for match play,” added Cantera. “There is lots of good competition in the field. I enjoy getting to see some of the courses we might not normally play, and it is a good way to meet other pros.”

The opening rounds of the Srixon/Cleveland Golf Team Match Play – South Presented by Nike is slated for May 21 at Highwood Golf Course in High River.

Results: Thursday Round of 16 Matches

For more information on the PGA of Alberta calendar of events, please visit https://www.pgaofalberta.com/tournaments/registration/


Kim Valleau Swings into the Hall of Fame
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Kim Valleau Swings into the Hall of Fame

For Kim Valleau, this prestigious honour provided a reminder of past success, of her days as a trophy-collecting force on the post-secondary golf circuit. 

It presented a chance, too, to reflect on her path to a career in the sport that she loves. 

Valleau, now head professional at The Winston Golf Club in Calgary, was inducted this past week in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Hall of Fame.  

“It’s very meaningful to me,” Valleau said prior to Friday’s enshrinement ceremony in Red Deer. “I just feel like that’s where I really got into golf. I played competitive in high school, but it means a lot because I feel like that’s where I feel like my career in golf kind of started. Even though I didn’t think I’d be a golf pro when I was playing college golf, that’s what it turned into.”

It was abundantly clear, back when she was racking up birdies on behalf of the Mount Royal Cougars from 2003-07, that Valleau had a bright future in golf.

She won the ACAC’s individual crown in five consecutive seasons and helped the Cougars to claim the team title in four of those. Her Hall of Fame bio mentions “an unparalleled legacy of excellence and achievement on the course.” That’s lofty praise. 

“It’s pretty cool,” said Valleau, who hails originally from Nipawin, Sask. “To play college golf, it was a big deal to me. It was very important, a big part of my life. So, it’s nice to be recognized for that.”

It is, indeed, another stellar addition to a resume that also includes a double nod as both the PGA of Alberta’s Class A Professional-of-the-Year and the PGA of Canada’s Stan Leonard Assistant Professional of the Year in 2022. 

As a student-athlete standout at Mount Royal, Valleau earned an applied business degree in entrepreneurship, sport and recreation. While she’d work summer jobs in pro shops, often chasing morning shifts with afternoon rounds or practice sessions, she admits this wasn’t always her intended career path. 

“When I graduated from Mount Royal, I was actually working for the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier as the admin assistant, so I took care of all the volunteers,” Valleau reminisced. “And then our head professional at the time, Wayne Fairbairn, asked me, ‘Hey, do you want to try to get your pro card?’ I said, ‘Sure, I’m not really doing anything after the Brier ends.’ So, I went back to the golf course, took my Player Ability Test, which was two days at the time, and passed. And honestly, the rest is all history.”

Valleau has now been a fixture at The Winston — formerly known as Calgary Elks — for 15 years and was recently promoted to head professional. She is proof of the positive impact of the PGA of Alberta’s mentorship program, having benefitted from the opportunity to learn from her experienced counterparts and now sharing that expertise as a role model for the next wave. 

“I like the connections that you’re able to make through golf, whether it’s somebody that you’re playing with, playing against or serving members or making someone’s day,” Valleau said. “Working in the golf shop, you’re always asking, ‘How was your round?’ And you rarely hear, ‘Oh, I hit it straight sideways today.’ You never hear about the bad shots, right? You hear, ‘Oh, I hit it really close today on Hole 8’ or something like that. You always hear about the good things, which is awesome.”

These days, she should be hearing something else — ‘Congrats, Kim.’ After all, a Hall of Fame induction is a heck of an honour.


Team Red Tops Team Black at Inaugural Banff Springs Ryder Cup
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Team Red Tops Team Black at Inaugural Banff Springs Ryder Cup

BANFF, Alta.—Captains Robbie Johnson (Banff Springs Golf Club) and Amy Popkes (Silver Springs Golf and Country Club) set the tone for a Team Red victory at the PGA of Alberta’s inaugural Banff Springs Ryder Cup on a chilly Monday in the mountains.

The Red squad celebrated a 24.5 to 20.5 victory over Team Black in the Ryder Cup format that saw 60 PGA of Canada golf professionals from throughout Alberta square off on the 6,389-yard track rolled out alongside the scenic Bow River at the foot of Mount Rundle. Each team, featuring a mix of 30 men and women, played best ball on the front 9 and a scramble format on the back side.

The Team Red Captains won their match 3 UP over Team Black Captains, Josh Fleming (365 Golf) and Lisa Rosengarten (Glencoe Golf and Country Club).

Team Black was up early in the overall standings before Team Red came charging back, winning five of the final six matches on the course in the overall results.

It was the first year for the Banff Season Kick-Off event – a new initiative as the PGA of Alberta works together with its membership to create more competitive opportunities in a fun and welcoming environment for all players.

 

Complete Results of Matches:  

https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/10579445917818077630

For more information on the PGA of Alberta calendar of events, please visit https://www.pgaofalberta.com/tournaments/registration/


Taylor Jetten Captures first PGA of Alberta Win at Season-Opening Event
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Taylor Jetten Captures first PGA of Alberta Win at Season-Opening Event

Lethbridge pro defeats Medicine Hat’s Dillon Batsel in first extra hole

PICTURE BUTTE, Alta.— Taylor Jetten and Dillon Batsel grew up playing basketball and a bit of golf against each other in southern Alberta.

On a blustery Monday afternoon, they squared off once again – this time on the ninth tee box at Picture Butte Golf Club – to determine the winner of the season-opening PGA of Alberta Players Tour Series after the two southern cowboys matched rounds of 67s in an 18-hole spin around the 6,500-yard track.

When the dust finally settled around the first hole of overtime, the par-5 ninth green, it was Jetten – an assistant professional at the Lethbridge Country Club – taking his first career PGA of Alberta title.

“It was great. I got lucky out there on a couple of big putts and got lucky on a few of the bounces,” said Jetten, who added the course was in great early-season condition. “It’s early (in the season) and a lot of the other boys probably haven’t played a lot, but we got lucky in southern Alberta and have gotten out a few times. It’s always windy so it kind of played to my advantage with all of the wind today.”

Jetten secured the $900 winner’s cheque after getting the best of his Medicine Hat rival and defending champion of the event, Batsel, with a par on the first extra hole.

“I remembered earlier that 14 years ago I lost in a playoff in my Junior Club Championships, so I was like ‘hey you got another shot’ and I just wanted to capitalize on it,” added Taylor. “I got a little lucky on the playoff where he (Dillon) miss hit a few shots, and I snuck out the win.”

Batsel, a six-year associate professional from Desert Blume Golf Club, took home $600 for the runner-up finish. A trio of players – Michael Harrison (Coal Creek Golf Resort), Eric Locke (Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club), and Scott Stiles (Earl Grey Golf Club) all posted 68s to share third-place money of $450 each.

The tee sheet for the first PGA of Alberta event on the 2024 slate featured 50 professionals from across the province.

“We were very excited to have the opportunity to bring our community of golf professionals together once again in Picture Butte for the season-opener,” said Robert Rousselle, executive director, PGA of Alberta. “We are grateful to head professional, Dean Sklarenko, and his staff for hosting our community this week. Congratulations to each of the participants.”

A newly created Team Event, Banff Season Kick-Off, will be held at Banff Springs Golf Club, May 13. For more information on the PGA of Alberta calendar of events, please visit The Tournament Registration Page.

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Top 10 Benefits of the PGA of Alberta HIO Program
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Top 10 Benefits of the PGA of Alberta HIO Program

 

HOLE-IN-ONE INSURANCE is now available for the 2024 golf season! For more information about the HIO program and to submit your event, click the button below. 

 

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TOP 10 BENEFITS OF THE PGA OF ALBERTA HIO PROGRAM

  1. Competitive industry rates
  2. Prize Premiums available from $500 - $50,000
  3. Fixed-rate for field sizes from 32 to 199 players
  4. Easy to purchase online
  5. Easy payment options
  6. Purchase for one event OR an entire season’s worth of events at once
  7. Modify your events by contacting the office based on any changes that occur throughout the season
  8. Fees/Premiums are waived if the tournament is canceled due to inclement weather
  9. No dealing with the insurance company directly
  10. Supporting the Association and golf industry

 

Questions?
If you have any questions on how this program can work for you, please contact Marlene Sanderson by email ([email protected]) or phone (403-256-8894).


Golf’s Front-Line Ambassadors: The Pro
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Golf’s Front-Line Ambassadors: The Pro

While this is the start of their busy season, or what some might call their crazy season, you won’t catch any golf professional complaining.

As Matt Johnson, the general manager at Royal Mayfair and president of the PGA of Alberta’s Board of Directors, put it: “This is the start of a pretty heavy sprint, but we all look forward to this time of year. There are no bad days when you’re open in April.”

As April gives way to May, most courses across the province are now up and running for the 2024 season.

“No matter how many years you’ve been doing this, it’s always exciting,” said Tiffany Gordon, who has 35 years of experience in the golf industry — probably just as many awards and accolades — and is now the director of clubhouse operations and membership ambassador at Carnmoney. “You grind down and you do a bunch of work through the winter and you’re always working on new ways to do things or ways to make things better or to keep things going. But you miss the people, right? It’s exciting when you open the gates, and you get everybody out playing golf again. I think that rejuvenates everyone.”

The people are the best — and the biggest — part of this business, which is why the PGA of Alberta has launched a new season-long storytelling campaign to help you get to know the more than 670 golf professionals across the Wild Rose Province.

There are plenty of great, and inspiring, stories to tell.

There are familiar names, those who have chased birdies on some of the biggest stages in the sport, and compelling family connections — spouses, sons following their fathers, a set of twin siblings. There are life members eager to share their years of experience and wisdom and not-so-long-ago junior golf standouts who are now growing the game as mentors and role models for young girls and boys.

Whether at a top-end private club, a dedicated fitting or practice centre or an off-the-beaten-path rural course, the common bond for all PGA of Alberta golf professionals is a passion for this great game and a tremendous pride for their place in it.

“We wear a lot of hats, and we do a lot of things, but most importantly we’re ambassadors for the game,” said Gordon, the PGA of Alberta’s national director. “We could be doing anything from teaching and coaching to running events to managing facilities to playing to heading up associations or being involved at the Board level. There’s really nothing that we don’t touch, and that’s pretty special.

“There’s a number of opportunities for us to lead in the game and what you do is you just promote how good this game is for people, in general. Whether you’re at a private club, a public club, a resort, the most important thing is we’re encouraging people to play the game. Because it’s good for them. It’s good for families. It’s good for couples. It’s good for women. It’s good for every aspect of your community. That’s the great thing about being an ambassador, too, is all that community-driven opportunity that we have.”

Because as the 800,000 golfers across the province — all of them ready to be digging divots rather than shovelling snow — return to their favourite courses to tee up a new season, it’s likely the first face they will see is a PGA of Alberta professional.

“We’re kind of the front desk for your experience at any club,” Johnson said. “We feel like we’re leaders in understanding what the expectation of the golfer is. Nothing against the other departments at the clubs, but we deal one-on-one with the golfers more than anyone else does and so it’s up to us to promote the game of golf, engage people in the game of golf, make it fun, make it enjoyable, and knock down barriers for all to feel welcome and enjoy this game.”

This responsibility is not taken lightly by any of Alberta’s golf professionals – even those cutting their teeth in the business, including Dillon Batsel who is in his sixth year as an associate professional at Desert Blume Golf Course down in Medicine Hat.

“I think all golf professionals understand we are integral to developing a positive culture for people who play golf and enjoy the game at our facilities,” said Batsel. “For me personally, it is all about the people. I love seeing, helping and spending time with people who share my passion for the game.”

Inspired to chase a career in golf by his junior program coordinator, Terry Meidinger, while playing as a youngster growing up in Medicine Hat, Batsel is keen to pay it forward and positively influence a new generation of birdie seekers.

“Watching Terry run our junior program, he cultivated a lot of why I was drawn to golf (helping me understand the role of working in a pro shop) – you have to work hard, play hard because I think while we are busy, it is important to carve out a little time to play. That is important for people to see us playing,” added Batsel, who also particularly looks forward to the return of the adrenaline rush felt while helping guests improve their games.

“I think that is what we all teach for. We strive to put a smile on the face of the person taking the lesson, seeing someone new to the game hit their best shot, or helping someone struggling with a certain aspect of their game overcome it. It is great when you feel like you are marginally responsible for giving them hope.”

That positive sentiment of golf being back is felt by golf professionals opening the tee sheets at public and private courses all around Alberta.

“It’s exciting to be a golf pro at this time of year,” added Johnson. “You wake up in the morning and you look forward to going to work because it’s usually a positive environment. You see people with huge smiles on their faces, especially when they’re coming back to golf. That energy, it’s infectious.”


Travel Craft Joins Tournament Schedule For Pro-Junior
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Travel Craft Joins Tournament Schedule For Pro-Junior

Travel Craft will be a Presenting Sponsor for the Pro-Junior during the 2024 season!

"Travel Craft is proud to be a sponsor and partner of the PGA of Alberta," said Stephen Melling, President of Travel Craft. "Our services are focused on providing memorable golf club travel experiences. Our packages are custom designed to obtain this goal."

About Travel Craft...
For Clubs who wish to offer member trips: we work with you to plan, price, market, and solidify the experiences you desire. For Clubs who arrange their own member trips: our logistics reduce your time commitment and provide insurance coverage options for your participants. As a registered and accredited travel agency we receive net group pricing that saves your members money and allows us to provide complimentary host offerings. Call us today and let’s get you to spectacular golf locations!

For more information, please visit www.travelcraft.ca or contact their Representative below:

Stephen Melling - President
[email protected]
(403) 393-0883


PGA of Alberta and Motocaddy Form New Partnership
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PGA of Alberta and Motocaddy Form New Partnership

Motocaddy distributed by MKRAK is very excited to once again be a sponsor of the PGA of Alberta as a Presenting Sponsor for the Tournament of Champions.

As golfers ourselves, we know the game is all about having fun – whether that’s a social round with your friends or in a tournament," said Adriana Molano, MKRAK. "Millions of golfers around the World can testify that golf’s physical and mental wellness benefits are as compelling as the challenge of hitting a perfect shot. In the past, walking golfers had a simple choice between carrying their clubs or using a pushcart."

About Motocaddy...
We are here to tell you that there is an even better option – an electric trolley! Think motorized pushcart with a vast array of features to allow you to get all the benefits of walking the course, without hindering your performance, and lowering the risk of injury! You don’t need to take our word for it though. Independent research found that an electric trolley is regarded as the "most satisfying" way to transport your clubs around the course, with around half of owners wishing they’d made the switch sooner!

For more information please visit www.motocaddy.ca or www.mkrak.ca or contact their Representative below:

Shawn Stewart - Northern Alberta
[email protected]
(780) 220-7888

Longman Agency - Southern Alberta
[email protected]
(403) 607-1160

Teena Margaritis - Head Office
[email protected]
(514) 212-1618


365 GOLF Joins PGA of Alberta Mentorship Tournament
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365 GOLF Joins PGA of Alberta Mentorship Tournament

365 GOLF will be the new Presenting Sponsor for the Mentorship Tournament during the 2024 & 2025 seasons.

"At 365 GOLF, we’re dedicated to cultivating a vibrant community where passion for the game intertwines with unmatched coaching opportunities and a genuine love for golf," said Josh Fleming, Director of Player Development. "This event is a testament to dedication, offering a platform for experienced pros and aspiring talents to exchange experiences, wisdom, and laughter both on and off the course."

About 365 GOLF
What is our mission here at 365 GOLF? It is very simple and boils down to this: bringing enjoyment and inspiration to every golfer’s game. Having fun should come first, and we aim to do so in all areas of your game—long game, short game, putting, the mental side of the game, course management, etc. You can expect to achieve your goals for the game of golf with our fun, engaging, and customizable coaching programs.

365 GOLF coaches are dedicated to creating an inclusive and inviting atmosphere where every golfer, regardless of their background or skill level, is welcomed and supported in their journey. They believe in the power of diversity, recognizing that golf is a sport for everyone to enjoy.

For more information, visit 365golf.ca or contact their representative below:

Josh Fleming  - Director of Instruction
Phone: (587) 576-4653
Email: [email protected]

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Monday, March 18th
Tournament News

Monday, March 18th

PGA of Alberta Tournament Registration will open Monday, March 18th at 10:00am.

Reminder: All Members registering for any tournament must fill out a Tournament Eligibility Form prior to registration. Click here: https://www.pgaofalberta.com/tournaments/tournament-eligibility-form/

Banff Spring Kick-Off - New Event for 2024

Banff Springs will host a season kick-off for the 2024 season. This event will be a Ryder Cup format where 60 players will be divided into two teams. Players will then be paired with someone from their team to compete against a twosome from the the opposing team in a match (9-hole best ball, 9-hole scramble). 

Designed to be a social event where Members can network with other PGA Members within the association. There will be no purse but prizing will be available during and after the round. 

This will be an 8:30am shotgun, followed by a meal and prize presentation. The famous par 3 "Devil’s Cauldron" will be played with heritage clubs. 

There will be a room block available for those looking to stay at Fairmont Banff Springs on Sunday, May 12th (double occupancy rooms). This will be in conjunction with a horse race organized by the Banff Springs staff. 


PGA of Alberta and Levelwear Expand Partnership
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PGA of Alberta and Levelwear Expand Partnership

The Association is excited to announce that Levelwear has expanded it’s partnership to become the new Presenting Sponsor for the Pro-Senior.

“On behalf of everyone at Levelwear, we are ecstatic to be able to expand upon our partnership with the PGA of AB through 2025 with the addition of Presenting Sponsor of the Pro-Senior event," said Bob Else, Director of Sales. "As a small Canadian-owned and designed company, we truly value the support, dedication, and loyalty we receive from the PGA of Alberta membership and feel it’s imperative as a brand and company we reciprocate upon this mutual support.”

About Levelwear...
Levelwear is where life and style become one. We’ve taken our 35-year history in apparel manufacturing and used it to create innovative, premium quality athletic and lifestyle apparel to keep you performing at a higher level. Detail, style, and comfort—we proudly do it all. Step onto the course in unmatched style with our Levelwear performance enhancing golf apparel. Expertly designed with mobility in mind, our wide range of polos, bottoms, and mid-layer pieces will keep you comfortable from your first swing to your last.

Levelwear has supported the PGA of Alberta through the Awards Cocktail Reception since 2022 and they are excited to join PGA of Alberta Members out on the course for 2024.

For more information, visit https://ca.levelwear.com/ or contact their representative below:

Dani Pacheco | Sales Representative
Cell: 587.999.1060  | Email: [email protected]

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Congratulations to the Elected Board and Assistants’ Board of Directors
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Congratulations to the Elected Board and Assistants’ Board of Directors

Congratulations to the following members on being elected to the Board of Directors on (March 4th) at the PGA of Alberta Annual General Meeting:

Congratulations to the following members on being elected to the Assistants’ Board of Directors:

Click the following links to view the entire Board of Directors or Assistants’ Board.


Trestle Creek Golf Resort to Host 2024 Seniors & Ladies’ Championship
Tournament News

Trestle Creek Golf Resort to Host 2024 Seniors & Ladies’ Championship

Trestle Creek Golf Resort will play host to its first ever PGA of Alberta event when it welcomes the Seniors and Ladies’ Championship presented by Schooley Mitchell, August 26-27, 2024.

Located 45 minutes west of Edmonton, Trestle Creek Golf Resort will offer a spectacular 18-hole championship test. Designed by Brad Dupuis, who has also built courses for Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Peter Dye and Von Hagge Design throughout the world over the last four decades, is sure to offer a fun competition for Alberta’s top Seniors and Ladies’.

“We are super excited to be hosting the PGA of Alberta Seniors and Ladies’ Championship,” said Art New, who is entering his second year as the Head Golf Professional at Trestle Creek Golf Resort. “This layout, is so much fun to play and has some of the most challenging greens in the province!"

“Trestle Creek is not about your good shots, but it is definitely about where you miss! It’ll be fun to watch some of the best seasoned professionals taking this challenge on.”

The Seniors and Ladies’ Championship is unique event that consists of two separate tournaments held in conjunction with each other. Gina Nelson and Larry Petryk, who emerged victorious in 2023, are sure to be on everyone’s radar as we inch closer to the 2024 Championship.

"I’m looking forward to defending this year’s PGA of Alberta Seniors Championship at Trestle Creek Golf Resort,” said Petryk, who captured the 2023 title following a three-hole playoff at Silver Springs Golf and Country Club.

“This will be an excellent venue for this tournament, and it will provide a significant challenge. The field always includes a tremendous history of players with numerous accomplishments both on and off the course.  I’m very thankful for the privilege to participate and hopefully can find some similar success once again.”

Gina Nelson captured her third Ladies’ title in 2023 after winning back-to-back championships in 2020 and 2021.

“I am excited to get to try and defend my Ladies’ Championship title this summer on a fun and challenging venue that is sure to be a great test for a Championship,” added Nelson. “I’m thankful to Art New and his team for hosting this event, it is definitely something to look forward to this season.”

A full 2024 tournament schedule will be released on March 4.


Assistants’ Championship Returns to Sirocco Golf Club in 2024
Tournament News

Assistants’ Championship Returns to Sirocco Golf Club in 2024

The contenders for the PGA of Alberta’s Assistants’ Championship presented by Cobra Puma Golf will head back to Sirocco Golf Club.

A true links course that winds its way through the Pine Creek Valley that hosted the prestigious event for Assistant professionals in Alberta in 2021, will welcome the tournament back August 6-7 in 2024.

Time will tell if Wes Heffernan can capture a third straight title. The accomplished Calgarian first hoisted the trophy in 2022 at The Derrick Golf and Winter Club before successfully defending his title one year ago at Stony Plain Golf Club.

“I am very excited to defend this year at a golf course that I have played well before,” said Heffernan. “This is always a great tournament test and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

Designed by Architect Bill Robinson, every hole on the 7,185 yard par-72 design offers unique challenges and unparalleled beauty. Sirocco boasts gritty character that presents a comprehensive challenge to golfers of all abilities.

“We are excited and honoured to host the prestigious 2024 PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Championship and look forward to crowning a champion,” said Craig Gibson, Head Professional, Sirocco Golf Club. “Players will be tested off the tee box and will be required to place their approach shots into the correct areas on the green or will face some treacherous putts. The course will provide plenty of birdie opportunities, but a big number is not far away at any moment if players lose concentration.”


Tournament Registration

Tournament Eligibility Form Now Live: All Members wishing to participate in tournaments are required to submit the PGA of Alberta Tournament Eligibility Form below prior to having their event registration accepted and confirmed.

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Schedule Release: The PGA of Alberta tournament schedule will be released for viewing on March 4 at the AGM.

Tournament Registration: All tournaments will be open for registration on Monday, March 18 at 10:00am.


Spring Seminar Less Than A Week Away
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Spring Seminar Less Than A Week Away

Only 15 Spots Remaining!

Registration Closes March 1st at 4:00pm

The 2024 Spring Seminar is quickly approaching, join us to learn from the exceptional line-up of speakers, indulge in the amazing food provided by Gordon Food Service and a chance to network with fellow PGA of Alberta Members during the Cocktail Reception at the conclusion of day 1 with beverages provided by Triple Bogey!

Reminders for the Seminar

  • Visit the PGA of Alberta table for registration prior to breakfast day 1. Doors will open at 8:00am
  • Business Dress Code is required for all participants of the Seminar
  • The Annual General Meeting will start at 9:00am on March 4th, all Members are welcome to attend
  • Stay and enjoy the cocktail reception at the conclusion of the presentations on March 4th
  • All food will be provided at the Seminar for all attendees

Spring Seminar Information Package 

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Top 100 Points - Every Member that attends the Spring Seminar will receive 5 Top 100 points per day (10 points total) for this program year


Club Professional Championship Heads to Calgary Golf and Country Club in 2024
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Club Professional Championship Heads to Calgary Golf and Country Club in 2024

The PGA of Alberta is bringing its Club Professional Championship to the Calgary Golf and Country Club in 2024.

The oldest private golf club in the province that spirals along the Elbow River, will play host to the top club professionals July 22-23.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Members of the Calgary Golf & Country, we are honoured to host the 2024 Ping Club Professional Championship,” said Philip Nurse, Executive Manager, Calgary G&CC. “The PGA of Alberta and the Calgary G&CC are synonymous with tradition and an overall love for the game of golf. It is with great pleasure that we extend our warmest welcome to all Club Professionals joining us for this year’s event.”

The 2024 event will be a special one for the Head Professional of the Calgary Golf & Country Club, Tom Greiner, who announced he is retiring at the end of this year.

“As we seize this moment to spotlight the premier professionals in the province, it is with a mixture of reverence and nostalgia that the Calgary Golf & Country Club acknowledges Tom Greiner, during this, his final season,” added Philip. “Tom has dedicated more than four decades of his career to the Calgary Golf & Country Club, earning him the status of a respected PGA member.”

The field is sure to attract the province’s top playing professionals including Samuel Kirkness. The Inglewood Golf and Curling Club pro will set out to successfully defend his 2023 title.

 “I am very excited to compete against the best players in the province at one of the best venues in the province,” said Samuel. “A huge thank you to Tom and his team for hosting, and I look forward to celebrating his amazing career. Calgary G&CC is going to be a great venue for the PGA of Alberta Club Professional Championship, and I’m excited to try and defend the title in 2024.”

Once again, the Club Professional Championship is made possible thanks to the generous support of PING in their continued investment in the PGA of Alberta.

Further Championship highlights will be communicated soon, with the complete 2024 tournament schedule being released on March 4.


Last Chance to Register for Flagship Education Events
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Last Chance to Register for Flagship Education Events

Spring Seminar Early Bird Registration will end tomorrow, February 21st at 4:00pm

The PGA of Alberta Spring Seminar is less than 2 weeks away! There are limited spots remaining, so don’t miss out on a chance to start the season at The Derrick G&WC with our talented line up of speakers. All food will be provided for breakfast and lunch both days, and stick around for the cocktail reception following day 1 to network with other Members throughout the province that are attending.

Schedule

March 4th

Time Presentation Topic
8:00am-
9:00am
Breakfast   
9:00am-10:30am Annual General Meeting  
10:30am-10:45am Break  
10:45am-12:15pm Chris Dornan FINDING YOUR STORY: Building Brand, Understanding The Impacts and Navigating For Success
12:15pm-1:00pm Lunch  
1:00pm-
2:00pm
John Deneer  ALBERTA GOLF: Information to Serve You, Your Members and Your Business
2:00pm-
3:00pm
Brad Smith  THE VALUE OF A NAME: Improving Sales and Service Through Personalized Marketing
3:00pm-
3:15pm
Break  
3:15pm-
4:15pm
Chris Reid  TAKE CARE OF YOUR COURSE’S MOST IMPORTANT ASSET: Your Customer
4:15pm-
7:00pm
Cocktail Reception  

March 5th

Time Presentation Topic
8:00am-
9:00am
Breakfast   
9:00am-11:00am Jeff Hay VARSITY GOLF RECRUITING: US College Golf Recruiting Seminar
11:00am-11:15am Break  
11:15am-12:15pm Stacey Meyer  WORKING WITH YOUNG ATHLETES: Resilience, Respect & Accountability
12:15pm-1:00pm Lunch  

1:00pm-
3:00pm

Kelly Hrudey MORE GOOD DAYS: Work Life Balance and Mental Health

For more information, CLICK HERE for the Spring Seminar information package. Hotel information available on the Education tab under Spring Seminar.

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Top 100 Points - Every Member that attends the Spring Seminar will receive 5 Top 100 points per day (10 points total) for this program year


Join Scott Cowx at The Golf Factory February 24th & 25th

Final days to register for the first Teaching Summit of 2024.

Scott Cowx (2019 PGA of Canada Teacher of the Year). With a career spanning nearly three decades, Cowx, a renowned coach in swing biomechanics, has educated over 3,300 coaches worldwide and uses the innovative HackMotion technology for enhanced golf instruction.

"Having participated in both online and in-person seminars led by Scott Cowx, I’ve experienced firsthand the profound impact he has on coaching and instruction skills. Cowx’s approach, deeply rooted in his expertise in swing mechanics and his effective use of HackMotion, significantly enhances a coach’s ability to prioritize swing adjustments and build rapport with clients. His methods not only improve coaching techniques but also offer practical strategies for generating year-round income through swing mechanics instruction. For coaches looking to retain clients, ensure steady income, and accelerate their professional growth, embracing the insights and technologies shared by Scott Cowx, like HackMotion, is invaluable." - Todd Haplen (Education Committee Chair)

The Golf Factory will play host to Scott from 9:00am-4:00pm both days with lunch provided on site. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your teaching toolbox and learn from one of the worlds top instructors.

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Top 100 PointsEvery Member that attends the Teaching Summit will receive 5 Top 100 points.


Stony Plain GC To Host 2024 PGA of Alberta Championship
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Stony Plain GC To Host 2024 PGA of Alberta Championship

Wes Heffernan looks to defend coveted title on PGA of Alberta competition calendar!

The PGA of Alberta has targeted Stony Plain Golf Course to play host to the 2024 PGA of Alberta Championship, presented by Cobra/Puma Golf and Mobilicab, August 19-20.

The flagship event on the summer calendar will see nearly 100 of the top PGA of Canada golf professionals from the Wild Rose province descend on the west side of Edmonton to battle it out for the prestigious title.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring the most significant event in 2024 to northern Alberta, and to Stony Plain Golf Club which promises to test Alberta’s best,” said Robert Rousselle, Executive Director, PGA of Alberta. “We look forward to working with the team at Stony Plain to stage another successful chapter in the events rich history.”

Calgary’s Wes Heffernan will be looking to add another chapter to the PGA of Alberta’s history books when he tees it up at Stony Plain this summer. Heffernan has had success on the diverse Stony Plain track. The 46-year-old fired rounds of 67-65 one year ago to take the 2023 Assistants’ Championship title.

 “Stony Plain is 6,800 yards on fun,” stated Jeff Cuthbertson, Executive Professional, Stony Plain Golf Course, who added the course has played host to multiple PGA of Alberta and Alberta Golf events throughout its history.

“There will be chances to score, but beware, there are stretches where you are just looking to hold on. We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to host the PGA of Alberta Championship, and I know the course will present a fair test of golf.”

Mitchell Fox a name that is sure to be on the leaderboard. The smooth-swinging bomber who has Indigenous roots with ties to the Blood reserve south of Calgary placed second at the 2023 PGA of Alberta Championship and was also runner-up to Heffernan at the Assistants’ Championship one year ago.

Players will have a relatively fresh slate of greens to take aim at when they roll into Stony Plain. All 18 greens were renovated in 2019.

Stay tuned for more Championship highlights leading to the full tournament schedule release on March 4th.


Deborah Zupan In Memorium
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Deborah Zupan In Memorium

Deborah Kathleen Zupan (March 9, 1952 - December 29, 2023)

It is with great sadness that the family of Debbie Zupan announces her passing on Friday, December 29, 2023.

Debbie will be greatly missed by her husband of 49 years, Cyril; her sisters, Susanne Gamache (Darrell), and Charleen Zdril; and her brother, Jerry Elless; and her extended Zupan and Gamache families. She was predeceased by her mother Alice, and father Ted.

Debbie enjoyed the winters in Arizona with her friends down south as well as many trips to Europe and Slovenija.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and Caregivers of Units 94/91/62/61 at the Foothills Medical Centre, the CareWest Glenmore, and Unit 32 of Honor Health Scottsdale for the comfort and care they provided.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, at St. Michael’s Catholic Community (800-85 St SW, Calgary) at 1:00 p.m. Father Edmund Vargus will be presiding. Following the Mass, a reception will be held at the Slovenian Canadian Club at 2335-16aSt SE.

Debbie was an ardent Volunteer for Calgary Meals on Wheels for 26 years. In lieu of flowers, friends and family wishing to make a memorial contribution are invited to donate to Calgary Meals on Wheels (5759 80th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2C 4S6) or at calgarymealsonwheels.com.

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