Education

Education

It is the goal of the PGA of Alberta along with the Education Committee to support our Members with continued educational initiatives to assist them with the provision of superior instruction, club management and promotion of the game to ensure the most relevant Industry information is available to them at all times.

The PGA of Alberta is dedicated to providing Apprentice Professionals and Class A Members with opportunities to better themselves as golf professionals. As a Member, you have access to a tremendous body of world class education through our Professional Development Series, Spring Seminar, and Buying Show Education Series.

The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is excited to announce its 2021 Buying Show Education Series. This year’s aim was to highlight the local knowledge we have within the association, but also learn from what other professionals are doing in the province. Each of the 3 days, there will be an education session covering a different topic related to the golf industry that will help to continue to grow the game. 

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October 19, 2021

 Dean is excited to be sharing some of his knowledge of merchandising within a Golf Shop.  This will include different philosophies as well as techniques used recently to achieve great member communication and success within his shop. Further to this he will be discussing some keys to being hired year-round at golf facilities for Assistant and Associate Golf Professionals.

October 20, 2021

An open discussion on growing the game of golf and promoting your book of business. Todd Halpen, Randy Robb, Luke Workman and Paul Horton will be sharing their experiences as golf instructors to give insight on what has made them successful over many years. Josh Fleming has graciously agreed to mediate the event. 

October 21, 2021

In this presentation Dr. Legg will discuss the importance of adapted programming for persons experiencing disability. David will review practical steps your club and staff can start doing immediately to be more inclusive, welcoming and diverse. 

Dates Location Capacity Cost
October 19th-21st 2021 Zoom Conference Call Unlimited Members- $15, Non-Members- $25

Click Here to see Dean Ingalls

Click Here to see Alberta’s First- Class Instructors

Click Here to see Dr. David Legg

The Professional Development Series have been designed by the PGA of Alberta Education Committee to assist members in all membership categories gain the knowledge they need to perform their duties at the golf club. 

This year’s Education topics have been pinpointed by the Education Committee and from the various surveys of our members throughout the year as skills that are necessary in order to lead any Golf Professional down a path of success in the industry, no matter what your career aspirations – Teacher, Head Professional, General Manager, etc.

The PGA of Alberta Podcast

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The Education Committee is excited to launch our new Professional Development Podcast series. With the impact of COVID-19 our committee agreed that we would not be able to provide our familiar educational offerings throughout the off-season. Like everything else, we were forced to adapt to the circumstances of the world. As you have seen we have moved our Spring Education Conference to an on-line format and now we are thrilled to launch our PGA of Alberta Podcast Series to replace our Professional Development seminars that are typically offered throughout the off-season.

This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. After the success of season 1, our committee has worked hard to bring you a line up of new guests that will continue to help you learn and develop. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry.The Education Committee is thrilled to continue season 2 of our Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta members. Our next guest will be Mr. Bob Weeks of TSN who is a renowned reporter and analyst  in the sporting world. He will be giving some insight on a variety of topics including; the retention of the golf boom from the past year, how golf as adapted for the average person, his thoughts on a fun/social approach to golf, and the most recent Olympics in Tokyo. Troy Mills has graciously agreed to host Bob as he also shares his golf experiences not only as a reporter but a player as well. 

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Season 2 Episode 2 on Spotify

Click here for Season 2  Episode 2 on Apple

The Education Committee is excited to announce that the 2021 Spring Seminar Presented by Gordon Food Service, E-Z-GO, and Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers has been green-lit for operating as a digital education conference due to the ongoing uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Switching to a digital conference will allow us to provide a safe education alternative for our members and provide the opportunity to try some new things in terms of format and technology which will benefit the show for years to come.

The Seminar will be held Monday, February 22nd & Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 , and will be held via the Whova App/Platform - which allows video integration with a variety of video hosting platforms, sharing of agendas with attendees for presentations, sharing of any presentation related documents the Speakers provide and many more features. Click here for a YouTube video on Whova. The Education Committee has diligently been working through the survey results from last year’s seminar, proposals received from various speakers on relevant industry topics and are excited for this year’s line-up.

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The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee and its Teaching Summit Sub-Committee are happy to present our annual “Teaching Summit” initiative with a slightly different look, feel & summer dates after a brief hiatus from the ongoing pandemic. With the ongoing uncertainty for international travel the decision was made to keep the respective events local this year, take advantage of some of the incredible local talent we have within our Association for the Instructors’ and make use of some of the many top-notch facilities we are lucky to have in our Zone. 


This year’s  North and South events will only be 1-day sessions and will be contingent on restrictions being eased in terms of  allowable instruction & allowable group sizing. Due to the ongoing restrictions and concern for even inter-provincial travel - a North & South event have been set with the clearly stated aim that - Members will try to attend their local event before trying for the other option.

Registration for each event opens at 4:00PM on Monday, June 7th. Registration’s will capped at 1 solo entry per Member and it will be on a First-Come-First-Served basis so make sure to mark the date in your calendar! 
The names of the 4 Instructors/Facilitators will be announced on Monday, May 31st.    

Both events will consist of 4-hours of instruction, 1 hour of lunch & networking and to finish a round of golf with your peers. Registered attendees will be polled for their preferences on topics of instruction. Participants will get a chance to work on their own game as well as develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants with the instructors; always with the ability to ask questions in real time to both student and teacher to create an open learning atmosphere for all.

TOP 100 POINTS – Each member will receive 5 Top 100 points for attending the Teaching Summit (5 points max). Click here to view standings.


South Teaching Summit Details & Dates

Date Location Capacity Cost Instructors Announcement Date Registration Opening Date TOP 100 POINTS
Monday, July 19th  Priddis Greens G&CC 10 Members $200 Monday, May 31st  Monday, June 7th @ 4:00PM  5 total

North Teaching Summit Details & Dates

Date Location Capacity Cost Instructors Announcement Date Registration Opening Date TOP 100 POINTS
Monday, August 23rd  Edmonton Petroleum G&CC 10 Members $200 Monday, May 31st  Monday, June 7th @ 4:00PM  5 total

Click here for the South event page

Click here for the North event page

Please contact me at ([email protected]) with any questions/comments/concerns.