Northern Alberta: Local News / Central Region

Alberta Golf Courses, Golfers Basking in Warm Weather

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2016 00:12 Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:23

altEDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — For many Alberta golf courses, and those that wander their green fair-ways, 2016 could be a banner year. This past winter has been short and thus the golf sea-son becomes a long one leading to more rounds for players and more revenue for facilities

For the most part, courses from the bottom of the province to the top have seen their ear-liest ever opening. In fact, things teed off in Calgary in February when Fox Hollow GC turned divot diggers loose on Feb. 16, albeit on temps.

“It was huge. People were just loving it,” said head pro Greg Griffith about those early gate crashers, adding the track moved to regulation greens around the middle of March.

While this may not have been a record for early opening, this year is the earliest ever they’ve been on “real greens,” said Griffith. “We’ve always opened up on temps but this stretch of being open is definitely the earliest.



Berube Relishes the Challenge of Keeping Golf in Alberta’s Forefront

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:43 Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:34

Phil BerubeCALGARY, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Stepping back onto the tee box in golf’s working world after a brief hiatus, Phil Berube knows he now has some rather large challenges in front of him.

Berube, the former longtime executive director of the PGA of Alberta who stepped away from that role a couple of years back, has returned to the game in a similar role with Alberta Golf, the province’s ruling amateur golf body. Now, he faces the task of keeping Albertans involved in the sport as the economy fluctuates wildly throughout oil country.



Alberta Golf Appoints New Executive Director

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2016 02:21 Saturday, 13 February 2016 02:18

Phil BerubeThe Board of Directors of Alberta Golf is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Berube as its Executive Director/CEO effective February 16, 2016.

Berube comes to Alberta Golf with over 20 years of experience in the golf industry having led the PGA of Alberta as Executive Director for 12 years from 2002 to 2013. Most recently Phil was Vice President, Corporate Partnerships for Junior Achievement Canada where he was responsible for ensuring necessary funding for all aspects of its strategic plan.



2016 Team Alberta Announcement

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 05:26 Friday, 05 February 2016 05:18

altCALGARY, Alberta (Alberta Golf) — Team Alberta has been announced for the upcoming season. 26 players from across the province will represent Alberta over the course of the season and will participate in a variety of provincial, national, and international events.

Returning to Team Alberta is Brendan McDougall, one of three players from last year’s team with a runner-up finish at the 2015 CNFL Western Championship. Landon Stellingwerff makes his return to Team Alberta after a T25 finish at the Glencoe Invitational in 2015. Logan Carver who finished T7 at the PGA Junior Masters in 2015, also makes his return to the team.

Several players from the 2015 Boys’ Development Team made the jump to Team Alberta in 2016. Those players include Max Sekulic, winner of the 2015 Nike Golf Junior Championship, Ethan Choi, 2015 Alberta Bantam Champion, and Michael Lavorato, who finished T7 at the PGA Junior Masters last year.



New Head Pro Knows She Must Still Prove Herself To Some

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:43 Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:21

by Gord Montgomery


Michelle Van Slyke may not have made Alberta golf history in the broadest sense of the term, but she did make history in a specific part of Alberta.
Van Slyke became the first woman head golf professional in the Edmonton area recently after accepting that job at the Country Side GC  near Sherwood Park following time as an associate pro at Edmonton’s Glendale G&CC.



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