Southern Alberta: Local News / Calgary & Area

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.

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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.

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Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee Moves Up to No. 7 on Amateur Rankings

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2016 22:38 Thursday, 03 March 2016 22:28

altGolf Canada – Week of February 29, 2016

Golf Canada National Team member Jaclyn Lee climbed 135 spots in the world rankings and moved up to No. 7 in Canada after finishing in a tie for ninth at the Westbrook Invitational. It was the first career Top-10 result for the freshman out of Calgary.

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Golfers Will Be Well Rewarded For Attending Shows

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 01:03 Wednesday, 17 February 2016 00:53

Golf Mesquite NevadaEDMONTON, Alberta, and CALGARY, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Never let it be said you don’t get anything for free anymore. Or maybe better put, that you don’t get much for your dollar.

You see, for the small entry fee you’ll pay out to walk into the PGA of Alberta Golf Shows in both Calgary and Edmonton, there’s a wealth of goodies to walk away with. There is of course the promotional material and deals that golf clubs attending the shows will offer but beyond that, there are also a lot of goods that some lucky fans will rake in.

Here is a list of what’s being offered at both shows as of Friday, February 5. It is likely, although not assured, that more prizes will be added to these lists prior to the shows taking place, on March 5-6 in Edmonton and March 19-20 in Calgary.

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Alberta PGA Consumer Golf Shows Offer Lots to See, Do, and Win

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 00:44 Wednesday, 17 February 2016 00:19

altEDMONTON, Alberta, and CALGARY, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — While actual outdoor tee times may still be in somewhat short supply in Wild Rose Country, the PGA of Alberta’s Consumer Golf Shows in Edmonton and Calgary are, for many winter-weary golf ball wallopers, the harbinger of better things to come.

From testing out new club models on the indoor driving range to taking part in the yearly Long Drive contests, from puttering around in the multi-course Clearance Centre area to testing your skills in the Putting Challenge and hoping you’re lucky enough to cash in on one of the many prize giveaways, these shows have something for everyone. And more.

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