The Parkland Golf Academy (PGA) is an exciting skill development program open to students of all genders from Grades 6 through 9. Under the guidance of qualified CPGA Golf Professionals, students will be working on all aspects of the game and the Rules of Golf. Parkland Golf Academy will provide a rigorous, relevant, academic, and comprehensive golf program designed to meet each individual students needs and is committed to improving each student athletes confidence, individual playing skills, and overall athletic development. On average students will be on the driving range, putting green or on the golf course two times per week. In addition, our athletes will receive golf specific physical training throughout the semester by certified trainers.
As part of the development program for the months of February, March and possibly the start of April, PGA students will be at On Par Virtual Golf in Spruce Grove once a week were they will receive CPGA golf instruction. PGA students will also have the opportunity to play golf at the virtual golf facility.
Cost: TBD per month. This includes all programming costs, midday transportation to facilities and apparel.
Dryland Location: EHA Development Centre (11072-261 Street, Acheson, AB)
Transportation: Students will be bused to the facilities for the golf program, where they can be picked up at the end of the day.
For information on the Flex and R&D days please visit Parkland Student Athlete Academy (PSAA)
The Golf schedule runs on a six-day rotation. Below is a sample three-week schedule:
All training sessions will be at the EHA Development Centre
click here for Golf Specific Training Overview
click here to view the Athlete Evaluation Form
The golf program is a collaboration between a number of organizations, made to deliver a strong, well-rounded program focused on developing complete golfers.
Vee is a fully certified “Class A” PGA of Canada golf instructor who graduated from Grant Macewan University’s Professional Golf Management Program. His extensive background and experience as both a player and instructor will help make your instruction time rewarding, enjoyable, and memorable. Vee enjoys meeting new people every day and takes great pride in being able to coach a wide variety of skill levels as well as tailoring programs for the individual.
While Vee is always pushing his students to succeed and enjoy the game, it is his great patience and teaching philosophy that make him unique. His love of the game and positive attitude are a great match for newcomers and experienced golfers alike.
Ryan McDermott has been an Assistant Golf Professional in the Canadian Professional Golf Association for 5 years now. In addition, Ryan has been employed with the Links at Spruce Grove for the past 10 golf seasons. Through this, Ryan has led several youth golf camps, while also administering individual golf lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. With a recent partnership with Alberta Golf, Ryan has co-led Junior Development Camps, focusing on furthering youth development within the game of golf.
As a professional, instructor, and leader within the golf industry, Ryan has displayed his commitment and passion to golf in continuing to grow the game for young athletes. Ryan brings an exciting and technical outlook on the game of golf, challenging and advancing youth golfers to the next level.
Richelle Cygan is an honours graduate of the NAIT Personal Fitness Trainer diploma program, and an accredited Personal Trainer with the prestigious Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists, who was mentored by Simon Bennett (Head Strength and conditioning coach for the Edmonton Oilers) and his colleagues for 100 hours where she learned about program design and implementation for athletes at AAA, WHL and NHL levels, and gained valuable insight to a variety of sports programming.
Richelle has been personal training since 1998, specializing in youth athletics for the last eight years. She is headed into her third year with the Alberta Junior Hockey League where she is a consultant for the Spruce Grove Saints, and is working towards a Physiotherapy Assistant diploma from Medicine Hat College. Richelle is also Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified and is proud to help with general nutrition.