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Alberta Golf Shows Teed Up And Ready To Go

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 05:26 Wednesday, 08 February 2017 05:16

altEDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Despite some cold and snowy weather, the annual PGA of Alberta Consumer Golf Shows are set to tee off another golf season.

The two-day shows in Edmonton and Calgary, March 11-12 and March 25-26 respectively, will feature a wide variety of vendors and lots of giveaways and product demonstrations, said the shows’ co-chair, Murray McCourt. And while the number of courses and clubs showcasing their offerings is about as large as it can get at both venues, McCourt did note there is always the hope that more golfers, both experienced and newbies, than ever before will show up.

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Kananaskis Country Golf Course Rebuild Right On Schedule

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 05:32 Monday, 06 February 2017 17:33

Kananaskis Country Golf CourseKANANSKIS COUNTRY, Calgary (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Patience is a virtue. No matter how eager you are as an amateur hack or a seasoned pro in the golfing world to get back onto two of Alberta’s golfing gems, good things do indeed come to those who wait.

Case in point: the rebuild of the beautiful, and fun to play Mt. Kidd and Mt. Lorrette tracks at the Kananaskis Country Golf Course.

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New Indoor Facility Offers Everything, And More, For Calgary Golfers

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:27 Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:44

Grand Slam Golf AcademyCALGARY, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — No matter that Santa Claus got beaten to the punch on the Calgary golf scene this past December, it’s unlikely the jolly old elf was too upset about the gift that Larry Dafoe deposited in the laps of the city’s divot diggers.

Dafoe, the owner and general manager of the newest indoor golf facility in Calgary, said he decided to play Santa by venturing into this field for one very simple reason: “We can do it all,” he said of his shining new virtual reality/short game practice centre, the Grand Slam Golf Academy, that is already seeing an amazing amount of use.

“Right now, everybody that’s come in here, we haven’t had a single negative comment. They’re saying the simulators are playing as expected; like pro golfers, PGA instructors, scratch handicappers coming in and saying it’s exactly what they expect to see outside, which you don’t get everywhere.”

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Calgary Man Tops Field In PGA Tour Volunteer Challenge

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 17:06 Tuesday, 03 January 2017 20:29

altPALM SPRINGS, California/CALGARY, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — John Hamaliuk likes to spread the wealth around whether through volunteer work or charitable donations. When he combined both in a recent PGA-sponsored event however, he came away as a bemefactpr on both ends.

Hamaliuk, who has been a volunteer for a number of PGA and LPGA events over the past 17 years put that practice into play last year by winning the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge. Through that, he lined the pockets of a foundation in his winter home of Cathedral City, Calif. to the tune of $10,000 US.

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Dustin Risdon Switches Modes

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 07:37 Sunday, 27 November 2016 23:36

Dustin RisdonCALGARY, Alberta — Change is good. As such, Dustin Risdon has decided that a change in his golfing life — more or less — is the best thing for him going forward.

No, that doesn’t mean he’s not going to play any tournament golf anymore. Rather, he’s going to switch modes within the game and in doing so provide more time and energy to another part of the sport he’s never really dealt with heavily before — that of teaching.

Risdon, who was a decorated amateur player and a longtime playing pro said recently that he’s found that’s the place he now wants to be in the game because it offers him a security he’s never really had in his professional life before.

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