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PGA of Alberta Hands Out Year-End Awards

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:36 Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:11

Lauren BrescacinEDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — While only one person walks away with the award as the top performer in their specific category each year at the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet, that doesn’t mean that dozens — no, hundreds — of others are equally as well qualified to take away the same honour.

Through a lengthy process the nominees for a dozen such awards are chosen and then from there a winner selected. Those were announced during the annual Buying Show, held on October 17-20, 2016, at the Expo Centre in Edmonton.

“It is difficult to select our finalists and it is equally as difficult to select just one individual to accept each award,” said the event’s emcee, Tom Greiner, who is the president of the PGA of Alberta board of directors. “The award nominees, and finalists in each category, are all deserving of receiving these awards.”



Highlights Of The 2016 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Season

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 20:20 Tuesday, 18 October 2016 20:12

Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR CanadaThe Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada’s fourth season in 2016 was highlighted by record-breaking performances on the course, a milestone in charitable giving by tournaments, a continuation of alumni proving themselves on both the Tour and the PGA TOUR.

Competitive highlights included Dan McCarthy’s record-breaking season, marked by four victories, two of which were seven-stroke wins, and the new all-time record for single-season earnings. Past members of the Mackenzie Tour proved successful as well, with Tony Finau earning his first career PGA TOUR win and 14 players earning a spot in the Tour Finals, including six who went on to earn PGA TOUR cards. Among the six were three former Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit winners – Mackenzie Hughes (2013), Joel Dahman (2014) and J.J. Spaun (2015) – who earned their maiden PGA TOUR cards for the 2016-17 season.



PGA of Alberta Announces 2016 Awards Finalists

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 October 2016 19:16 Sunday, 09 October 2016 19:04

altEach 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.

Members and Industry Partners are given the opportunity to vote for deserving individuals in the following categories of Awards, presented to recipients at the Annual Awards Banquet in the fall:



Risdon Has A Year To Remember

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 01:49 Wednesday, 28 September 2016 01:40

Dustin RisdonCALGARY, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — If history does indeed repeat itself you can be guaranteed Dustin Risdon can’t wait for the 2017 golf season.

Risdon, a teaching pro at the National Golf Academy at McCall Lake in Calgary, pretty much dominated the winner’s side of the PGA of Alberta tournament schedule this past year, finishing first in all but one of the eight events he entered. And he finished second in that one.

The most impressive part, perhaps, of this past season for the former Canadian Tour (now Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada) player was that he won the three biggest championships on the provincial playing calendar: the Assistants’ Championship, the PGA of Alberta Championship and the Tour Championship.



BC’s du Toit Maintains Top Standing In Weekly Rankings

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 21:32 Thursday, 15 September 2016 21:24

altPositive movements for six of the Top-10 in Canada, while the remaining four maintained their standings, including top-ranked Jared du Toit, who begins the new collegiate season at No. 26 in the world.

Lawren Rowe gained 440 spots in the world rankings to move into the Top-20 in Canada after finishing in a tie for 23rd at the California State Fair Amateur. The University of Victoria Vike is coming off a solid summer in which he posted a runner-up finish at the Canadian University/College Championship and a tie for ninth at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. Fellow Canadian Patrick Murphy finished third at the same event, four strokes behind the winner.



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