Long-Term Player Development
Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) is a systemic approach developed and adopted by Golf Canada in partnership with the PGA of Canada to maximize a participant’s potential and involvement in our sport. The Long-Term Player Development Guide —version 2.0—marks the second iteration of the important blueprint which provides research, statistics and insight into Canada’s player development pathway. Included are findings and adjustments that have evolved within the sport of golf since the last version of the LTPD Guide was launched. LTPD is an extension of our goal to place Canada among the top golfing nations in the world.
High Performance Athlete Development
The High Performance Athlete Development program is designed to support athletes across the province by providing programs and services that ultimately help them reach their competitive goals in the sport. Support is provided to athletes, coaches and facilities who are committed to high performance. Team Alberta, the pinnacle of our High Performance program, provides access to world-class resources including coaching, nutrition, sport science, mental management, equipment and elite competitive opportunities. The program builds on the support team members have received in their development years from their family, clubs, personal instructors, and coaches. The High Performance Athlete Development program and Team Alberta are proudly supported by Golf Canada, Titleist, FootJoy, and Alberta Sport Connection.
2018 Player, Coach and Club Support Programs
Alberta Golf provides investment to players, clubs and coaches in support of our athlete development programs. Our objective is to ensure that all athletes who have been identified on world golf rankings have access to High Performance Coaching. Alberta Golf monitors ranking systems from around the globe as well as our National Golf Canada Rankings and invites players to apply to our tiered support programs.
If you are interested in pursuing a pathway to becoming an elite golfer, speak with your local golf professional about Alberta Golf’s Player Support Program. Our staff work with athletes by providing funding and resources to assist individuals in reaching their performance objectives. This includes: skills assessment, performance planning, sports psychology, nutrition, strength & conditioning, travel, equipment, grants and scholarships.
If your club is interested in Alberta Golf’s High Performance strategy, please contact us to learn how we can work together to grow your facility’s development programs. Our Get-Linked granting program provides facilities with co-operative funding to complement existing golf programs and our Future Links, driven by Acura resource library outlines a pathway to help golf facilities initiate and promote a successful program.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in coaching and developing local athletes in your region, contact us to find out more about Alberta Golf’s High Performance strategy. Our staff work with coaches by providing funding and resources to assist individuals in reaching their career objectives. This includes: coaching requirements, training, career planning, team support, travel, equipment, contract fees.
Alberta Golf will be inviting identified athletes and interested clubs and coaches to apply to the High Performance Athlete Development programs throughout the remainder of 2017. For more information please follow the links below:
2018 Player Support Tiers
TIER 1: NextGen Local Program
- The NextGen program is a local club level program designed by Alberta Golf to initiate a relationship between athletes showing interest in developing their skills and the local golf professional. Resources are made available by Alberta Golf to assist the local golf professional in showcasing golfers at their facility and provide athletes with a roadmap to success. This includes available competitions, clinics, training programs and shadowing opportunities.
- Athletes registered for the NextGen local program are invited (along with their parents) to two optional team competitions throughout the year (spring and fall) which are followed by an information session about Alberta Golf’s High Performance Athlete Development Program.
TIER 2: Regional Player Development Program
- The Regional Development program introduces coaching on a regional basis to individuals registered for selected camps which are offered four times throughout the season.Players in the Regional Development program are invited to participate in provincial team challenges and competitions organized by regional coaches.All players who have qualified for an interprovincial team at any time in their playing career are invited to participate in the Regional Player Development program.
- This program is ideal for individuals looking for additional coaching without the time commitment of Team Alberta, or those who are over the age of 19.
TIER 3: Team Alberta Provincial Program
- The Team Alberta Provincial program is the marquee component of Alberta Golf’s Player Support Program. 2018 marks the program’s tenth year with a proven track record of success enjoyed by athletes currently on the post-secondary circuit.
- Alberta Golf’s stable of world class coaches meet with all qualifying athletes on a regular basis to provide performance plans and review feedback during camps, competitions and at practice sessions on a year-round basis.
TIER 4: Alberta High Performance Squad Program
- The High Performance Squad program aims to support athletes who have met or surpassed the Tier 3 requirements but are ineligible for the support category based on age restrictions. Access to coaching, equipment, apparel and grants is made available to athletes who are invited to participate in this program.
TIER 5: Alumni Program
- The High Performance Alumni program aims to support athletes who have qualified for an interprovincial team during their playing career with Alberta Golf and/or have been in the top 50 on Golf Canada’s Order of Merit. High Performance Alumni Athletes will be invited to events throughout the season, as well as training camps at various locations in the province. Access to coaching, equipment, apparel and grants is made available to athletes who are invited to participate in this program.
Learn To Compete
The Learn to Compete Program is a framework that PGA of Canada members can use to foster the development of competitive junior aged athletes through a three-stage program that aligns with the various stages of Long-Term Player Development.
This program is designed to expose players to age/stage appropriate content through an identified set of core modules that are applicable to each stage of the program. Within each core module is a series of recommended “Areas to Cover” that the athletes should be exposed to as they progress through each level of the program.
Similar to the Future Links, Driven by Acura Learn to Play program, for athletes to progress to the next stage, they must demonstrate that they have achieved the benchmarks that have been established.
Junior Competitive Pathway
Resources for Players
Canada’s Junior Competitive Pathway is a valuable tool to assist players and parents in choosing appropriate competitions for junior aged players based on several factors including age, current tournament handicap and stage of development (based on the Long-Term Player Development Guide for Golf in Canada). The pathway also illustrates what level of PGA of Canada training / certification is recommended for coaching players at the various stages of development. An online and interactive version of the Canadian Junior Competitive Pathway can be found by clicking here.
Goal setting is a very important tool that can help athletes reach their peak mental and physical performances. By establishing a final destination and outlining a path to get there, success becomes more attainable. The powerpoint details the importance of smart goal settings, the different types of mental and physical goals, and how to set and achieve them. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.
Proper Training Methods
Research shows that no one attains world class performance without many hours of dedicated practice and attention to detail in their area of expertise. This power point explains the concept of deliberate practice and outlines effective practice strategies and drills for competitive golfers. Download the powerpoint presentation by clicking here.
Athletes from all sports spend a lot of time preparing themselves for competition and developing a great warm up is an essential step. Making a good warm-up routine part of your game will help you play better, avoid injuries, and improve performance. This power point takes you through seven simple warm up exercises that can be incorporated into your pre-game routine. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.
Research clearly shows that your eating and hydration schedule and what you eat and drink is important to help achieve your goal of high performance. This power point explains the importance of proper nutrition / hydration during training, pre-round, in-round and post-round situations along with sample menu / snack suggestions. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.
Traveling to competitions can be a new and challenging experience for players. Dealing with new conditions and ensuring players bring all the necessary equipment and gear can be easily controlled. This power point provides pre-travel, travel and on-site checklists to help eliminate distractions and allow players to focus on the competition in a healthy and prepared state. Download the power point by clicking here.
Custom Club Fitting
Properly fitted equipment provides the best opportunity for success, enjoyment, and opportunity. Club Fitting is facilitated by a professional who performs a series of tests utilizing specialized tools to discover optimized golf club specifications. To learn more about custom club fitting and equipment variables, click here.
Post-Secondary Golf Opportunities
Athletes aspiring to pursue post-secondary opportunities opportunities will find important information on both US and Canadian Collegiate golf including: the application process, admission requirements, training programs and scholarships. Download the powerpoint by clicking here.
Periodization involves creating very detailed training, competition and recovery plans in an effort to ensure that an athlete “peaks” at the right time. Click here for a full guide to volume and intensity of training and competition.
How to Make the National Team
While producing some of the best amateur players in the world, the National Team Program provides young players wit the best possible support service in facilitating their development. For more information on how to make the national team and what it entails, click here.
The Role of Parents and Coaches
Parents and coaches play a pivotal role in the development of high-performance athletes. In order for any athlete to succeed, a positive support system within a healthy environment must be established. To learn about the specific tasks and expectations of parents, guardians and coaches, click here.
Multi-Sport Games & Teams
Canada Summer Games
The CSG are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes. As the best in their age group, these young competitors come to the Games having trained long and hard to be among those chosen to represent their respective province or territory and compete for the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup. With the Canada Games poised as a key step in the development of Canada’s future stars, Canada Games athletes are Canada’s next generation national, international and Olympic champions.
Through a prospect selection model, Alberta Golf works closely with its athletes in preparation for these games. Team Alberta for this competition is made up of 3 boys and 3 girls under the age of 19 and are supported by coaches, volunteers and mission staff. For more information, visit canadagames.ca.
Western Canada Summer Games
The WCSG provides an opportunity for Alberta’s top juvenile athletes (U17) to test their athletic talent against the rest of the west. The WCSG were established in 1975 as a multi-sport event to provide development opportunities for amateur athletes and to help them advance their skills in a competitive, but friendly environment. The games serve to broaden the exposure of talented athletes and provide a training ground for national and international level competitions. The four western provinces and the three territories send teams to these games, which are held every four years.
Through a prospect selection model, Alberta Golf works closely with its athletes in preparation for these games. Team Alberta for this competition is made up of 4 boys and 4 girls under the age of 17 and are supported by coaches, volunteers and mission staff. The 2019 Western Canada Summer Games are being hosted by the province of Saskatchewan in Swift Current August 9-18, 2019. More information on the host can be found at 2019wcsg.ca
Alberta / Montana Ryder Cup
The Junior Ryder Cup events was established in 1992 as an annual event between the Alberta Golf Association and the Montana Golf Association. The host club rotates each year and is traditionally hosted at the Lethbridge Country Club and the Whitefish Lake Golf Club. The cross border battle has a rich history of talented youngsters who have used the event as a developmental opportunity on their competitive golf journey. Many Ryder Cup alumni have gone on to have very successful collegiate, amateur and professional golf careers.
Through a prospect selection model at the Alberta Junior Championships, Alberta Golf works closely with its athletes in preparation for this competition. Team Alberta for this competition is made up of 6 boys and 6 girls with two players from each age group (Under 15, 16 and 17). Priority may be given to those athletes involved in the tier two regional player development program. Like age groups and genders compete with each other. The teams play a practice round on day one, four ball match play in the morning and foursome match play in the afternoon on day two and singles match play on day three. Matches tied after 18 holes remain tied and there are three points up for grabs per match. The teams play for the McGlenn-McBride Cup for the boys and the Tournament Cup for the girls. In the event of a tie, co-winners are declared.
Junior America’s Cup Team
The JAC has showcased some of the best junior golfers throughout the western region since 1973, with Alberta joining in 1977. The competition brings together an elite international field of 18 teams of the top four boys representing 12 western states, 2 Canadian Provinces and Mexico competing in a team format. Team results are based on the lowest three gross scores of the four team members. Players also compete for low individual medalist honors. Many former participants have gone on to become successful PGA Tour professionals. For more information, visit junioramericascup.net.
The GJAC was established in 1978 under the leadership of Joan Teats from the state of Washington. Eleven teams participated including Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, Idaho, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Washington. Each team consists of the top four girls from each state/province. These golfers exemplify not only outstanding skill and experience, but also true sportsmanship, discipline, courtesy and strength of character.
The tournament is a 54-hole competition with teams counting three scores and throwing out the team’s highest score. The event also includes a practice round, opening and closing ceremonies, a tournament banquet and a social event. Being chosen to represent your state/province to play in the Girls Junior America’s Cup is one of the highest honors in girls’ junior golf. For more information, visit gjac.org.
Through a prospect selection model, Alberta Golf works closely with the Canadian Junior Golf Association. Click here for more information.
Pacific Coast Amateur
The PCA Championship is conducted by the Pacific Coast Golf Association which is made up of member associations on the west coast of North America. It is one of the oldest amateur championships in North America dating back to 1901. The Morse Cup Team Competition has been held as part of the PCA Championship since the tournament’s rebirth in 1967. Each Member Association that belongs to the PCGA designates three players as its Morse Cup team. The best two of three scores each day during the first two days of the 72-hole championship count for the team score. The Morse Cup team trophy was donated by Samuel F. B. Morse, founder and developer of Pebble Beach Company and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Alberta Golf has had success at the PCA Championship highlighted by two individual victories by Mike Knight and Jordan Irwin in back-to-back fashion in 2007 and 2008.
The 52nd PCA Championship will be held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, CA July 24-27, 2018. Team Alberta is selected for the following years championship by results in several events:
- Alberta Match Play Champion
- SVR Alberta Open – Low Amateur
- Sun Life Financial Alberta Mens Amateur Champion
For more information, visit pacificcoastamateur.com.
Interprovincial Team Alberta
The top three finishers at each provincial championship qualifying to represent their province as Team Alberta at the interprovincial competition at the respective national championship. Alberta Golf has a rich history of success at the national level. For more information on qualifying for a national championship, visit our competitions page.
Junior Golf Programs
As Canada’s national junior golf program, Future Links, driven by Acura has delivered world-class programming to over 1.4 million juniors since its inception in 1996. Over that period, Future Links has remained committed in leading the charge to provide new and insightful junior programming at affordable costs. Developed in conjunction with the PGA of Canada, Future Links offers a suite of programs: Golf in Schools; Learn to Play; Junior Skills Challenge; Mobile Clinics; PGA Junior League; Order of Merit and Girls Club.
Future Links is at the core of Canada’s Long-Term Player Development framework, aimed at guiding Canadian golfers along a pathway to reach their full potential. Future Links, driven by Acura Championships consist of six regional junior golf tournaments aimed at providing exceptional Canadian junior male and female golfers with the opportunity to develop his or her skills and showcase his or her talents at the highest level of tournament golf.
Developed by Physical and Health Education Canada, in partnership with Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada, Golf in Schools has been designed to enable elementary school teachers “regardless of their golf knowledge, skill or background” the ability to deliver essential physical education through the sport of golf. Each school is outfitted with a full set of plastic golf clubs and equipment. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, the Golf in Schools Program is bringing the game of golf to Canadian schools. This program has been developed for teachers to provide students the opportunity to develop aspects of physical literacy related to the sport of golf and increase student knowledge and appreciation for the sport of golf.
In continuation of the program’s focus to provide cutting-edge lesson plans, learning resources have evolved with the addition of the Life Skills curriculum, developed from research conducted by the University of Ottawa. This extension places added focus on integrating transferable life skills such as honesty and respect into the Golf in Schools lesson plans.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Golf in Schools program, how professional Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet supports the program and how you can bring the Golf in Schools program to your school.
For all things related to junior golf, including camp and clinic look-up, tournament schedule and results, news, tips and more visit Golf Canada Juniors.
Community Golf Programs
We are passionate about growing the game of golf in this country. Introducing new golfers and females to the game and providing them with opportunities to develop their skills is an integral part of our efforts to foster participation.
Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru
The Golf Fore the Cure program, presented by Subaru, is the largest national grassroots female recreational golf program in Canada. The program was created to grow women’s participation in the game of golf by introducing them to the sport through fun, non-intimidating activities, while also featuring unique partnerships with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation that add awareness and fundraising components to support the fight against breast cancer.
With the help of volunteers from across the country, the Golf Fore the Cure program has exposed more than 100,000 women to the game of golf and raised $5.1 million dollars in support of breast cancer research initiatives over the past eight years.
The Golf Fore the Cure program is all about using the sheer power of women playing the game of golf to make a difference.
The annual Golf Fore the Cure campaign culminates in a National Event that recognizes the outstanding efforts of female golfers from across the country. It is a celebration of the success of the entire Golf Fore the Cure campaign and it recognizes all those that have contributed to a future without breast cancer. In September, individuals, friends, and corporate teams come together to enjoy a great day of golf, food and camaraderie.
A portion of entry fees for the GFTC Ladies Team Classic is donated directly to the Golf Fore the Cure Program
Why Run a Golf Fore the Cure Event?
- Golf Canada and Subaru continue to offer this program at no cost to you
- Funds raised at each event can be allocated to help fund breast cancer support and information programs within your community
- Receive a free event kit with prizes, signage and all necessary tournament materials
- Join the Canadian Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer and contribute to this meaningful cause that touches thousands of women each year
- All sites registered will be entered into a draw to win a Fitbit Flex and Golf Canada Prize Pack!
When and Where Can I Register?
Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru event registration is now open for the 2017 season. Register your site and secure your event date by clicking here.
For more information and to fund-raise online, click here, or contact:
She Swings She Scores
She Swings She Scores is a program designed to introduce girls aged 6-12 to the sport of golf. She Swings She Scores focuses on girls currently participating in sports by encouraging them to try golf at local tournaments and community events. The goal of the program is to bring golf directly to girls and provide opportunities for players and teammates to learn the sport together in a fun, safe and developmental environment
Girls and their teammates will be encouraged to participate in field trips to local golf courses, where they will have the opportunity to try the game at a golf facility. PGA of Canada professionals and Community Golf Coaches will lead girls through the fundamentals of the sport.
Support for She Swings She Scores is provided by Alberta Sport Connection and Sport Canada.
Contact us if you think She Swings She Scores should visit your community.