2022 Cooke Insurance PEI Amateur Champions


Greg Rivard – RE/MAX Charlottetown named Official Realtor of the PEIGA

May 20, 2022 – The Prince Edward Island Golf Association is excited to announce a multi-year agreement that names Greg Rivard – RE/MAX Charlottetown as the Official Realtor for the PEIGA and title sponsor for the Greg Rivard – RE/MAX Charlottetown Amateur Tour One-day events and sponsor for the Men’s Mid-Amateur title which is presented annually at the Cooke Insurance PEI Amateur.

‘I am very excited to partner with the PEIGA in support of Amateur Golf in Prince Edward Island.’ said Greg Rivard. ‘This partnership with PEIGA coupled with my sponsorship for the Upcoming Island Open allows me to contribute to a sport that I feel passionate about. Golf is a growing industry not only in our province but across our country and I’m thrilled to join the golf community in this capacity.’

The PEIGA is looking forward to the added value this title sponsorship will bring to amateur golfers, for a full list of Amateur Golf events in PEI in 2022 click here.

We’re hiring

Apply for the Summer Sport Coordinator Position

The PEI Golf Association (PEIGA) is the governing body of golf across the province.  We are responsible for promoting the game of golf and providing programs to our members whether they are competitive or recreational players.  As the Provincial Sport Organization we work closely with Golf Canada and our member clubs to deliver introductory golf programs.

We are also responsible for running a provincial amateur championship, promoting the rules of golf, course rating and assisting local clubs with events that are part of the PEI Amateur Tour.

The PEIGA requires the services of a Summer Sport Coordinator for the 2022 golf season.

Click Here for the Full Job Posting

Submit resume and cover letter to peiga@peiga.ca

Application Deadline: April 22nd

Drs. Hickey Burke & Associates to Sponsor the PEI Junior Tour

February 16, 2022 – The Prince Edward Island Golf Association is excited to announce Drs. Hickey Burke & Associates as the title sponsor for the Drs. Hickey Burke & Associates PEI Junior Golf Tour, formerly the PEIGA OOM Junior Tour.  The Tour is a summer long event for youth under the age of 19, coordinated by Champion Golf Academy that includes six competitive events leading to a Tour Championship tournament complimented with CPGA clinics and instruction.

‘I am very excited to be able to partner with the PEIGA and Champion Golf Academy to support and add excitement to the PEI Junior Golf Tour.’ said Dr. Mark Burke, Owner.  ‘I have many fond memories and great friends from my own days on tour and want to help the great organizers make the player’s experience even more “tour like”.  Looking back, I gained many life skills on the PEI Junior Golf Tour learning to compete, striving for improvement, and relationship building skills that have all aided in my own professional life.  I am happy to watch this talented group of young players grow as athletes and leaders.’

The PEIGA is looking forward to the added value this title sponsorship will bring to junior golfers, along with creating a more competitive feel for the participants, which will help them as they prepare for Atlantic and National competitions.  Registration will open on March 15.  The 2022 schedule along with additional information can be found at HERE

About Drs. Hickey, Burke & Associates:

Established in 1988, Drs. Hickey, Burke & Associates is a locally owned and operated Optometry Clinic that settles for nothing less than delivering top level eye care.  Our goal is to make each and every patient’s experience with us a positive one.  Whether it is an eye examination with our excellent Optometrists and cutting edge technology, a search for that new pair of glasses or sunglasses with our well educated staff that will look and feel great, or being fit with contact lenses for the convenience they offer, we handle all eye care services.  With the support of our second clinic, Island Optical & Eyecare, we will always have you covered. Visit us at www.drshickeyburke.com for more information.

PEIGA Welcomes Junior Development Team Coach

The PEIGA is happy to introduce Travis Carr as the Junior Development Team and Canada Games Coach!

Travis was born in Marshfield, PEI on June 13, 1990. He picked up the game of golf at a young age and developed an instant passion for it. As a junior golfer, Travis represented Team PEI many times at Provincial, Atlantic and National competitions as a team member from 2005-2008.

With the intention of building a career in the golf industry, Travis studied at Holland College, where he completed the Golf Club Management and Professional Golf Management programs.

Following that, Travis attained his professional status in 2014 and recently received his Class “A” member status through the PGA of Canada. At the 2020 PGA of Canada awards, Travis received the honor of Class “A” professional of the year in the Atlantic Zone. He is now a finalist for the national award which will be selected in January, 2021.

Over his 17 years of employment in the golf industry, Travis has worked many different jobs including turf maintenance, back shop attendant, pro shop attendant, junior program coordinator and teacher. Although he enjoys all areas of golf course operations, he has become particularly passionate about teaching golf and more specifically junior player development.

Aside from using his competitive golfing background, Travis uses the most up to date technology to help improve his students. This includes: Flight Scope (a 3D Doppler tracking radar which measures the launch and flight of the golf ball and provides quantitative data about a player’s golf swing and performance), BodiTrak (a pressure-sensing mat that helps athletes understand how they interact with the ground), as well as, SuperSpeed Training (an overspeed training program used widely on all major tours, designed to gradually develop more clubhead speed).

Aside from golf, Travis is a competitive CrossFit athlete and has a keen interest in fitness and nutrition. Last year he travelled to Ottawa to get certified as a L1 CrossFit coach and he currently coaches CrossFit in the offseason.

Travis is always trying to stay up to date and evolve as a professional and aspires to use his knowledge to improve golfers of all skill levels and ultimately grow the game of golf here on Prince Edward Island.

The PEIGA will be announcing details for the Junior Development Team Program in early January.

COVID-19 Updates

Golf Course Guidelines: Phase 4

Golf course operators on Prince Edward Island are required to implement the measures noted below to protect the health and safety of employees and players on Island courses. Additional workplace guidelines and public health measures required to be followed by all businesses can be found in the Renew PEI Together document found at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/renew-pei-together

Public Health Measures:

Course Operation:

Lessen Touch Points:

Education/Best Practices:

Cleaning and Sanitizing:

PEIGA Welcomes New Executive Director

The Prince Edward Island Golf Association (PEIGA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Griffin as their new Executive Director.

Alison’s experience in sport, recreation and communication will be an asset to PEIGA that will allow the association to continue serving members and facilities while growing the sport of golf.

“I am very excited to be joining PEIGA in the ED role, I thank the Board of Directors for this opportunity.” said Griffin. “My predecessor implemented a variety of programs and built positive relationships with members, operators and partners and I look forward to contributing to the exceptional reputation PEIGA has provincially and nationally.

Alison is originally from O’Leary, PEI and has a diploma in Sport and Recreation Management from Holland College. She was the Executive Director for the Western Region Sport and Recreation Council from 2011-2017 and most recently, the Manager of Communications for the Department of Health with the Government of Nunavut in Iqaluit.  Alison also served on the Canada Games Mission Staff for Team PEI in 2015 and 2017 and managed the Team Nunavut Youth Ambassador Program for Arctic Winter Games in 2018 and Canada Games in 2019.

“ Sean’s leadership and continued support has left PEIGA in a great place and although this golf season will be very different from any other, I’m looking forward to seeing what our association can accomplish with Alison as our Executive Director and our current board of directors.” stated PEIGA President, Melissa Castle

Alison Griffin, Executive Director PEIGA


9 golf things we’re still thinking about from the 2020 PGA Show ⛳️?

PGA Show 2020

The PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando is one of the most vibrant opportunities for golf industry members to connect in the New Year.

This year’s edition was no different.

Thousands of attendees packed the floor of the Orange County Convention Center – they say there are 10 miles worth of walkable area on the convention floor – and pushed through a windy and cold (by Orlando standards) demo day at Orange County National Golf Center’s 400-yard-in-diameter driving range.

The PGA of Canada put on a spectacular evening, as it does every year, to honour many deserving award winners from the year-that-was in Canadian golf, including a special award in 2020 to the president of Golf Canada, Charlie Beaulieu.

Charlie Beaulieu - Golf Canada president

That wasn’t the only Canadian connection at this year’s show, as you’ll see when you read on.

The PGA Show is a unique event, and Golf Canada wants to give you an inside look at the goings on from Florida.

Here are the nine things we’re still thinking about from the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show.


The PGA Show draws attendees and exhibitors from all around the world, but it was great to see some strong Canadian connections in 2020.

Dormie Workshop – founded by some brothers in Nova Scotia – has quickly become the authoritative name in leather goods. Dormie’s headcovers are world class (you can buy yours from Golf Canada’s website) and this year brothers Jeff and Todd Bishop announced they would be expanding Dormie’s line to include golf bags, luggage, glove covers and more. Dormie has also entered into a partnership called “The Collective” with two other hip golf companies, Foray (clothing) and Asher (gloves).

Dormie Headcovers

While Dormie is expanding its assets line, 2UNDR remains committed to supporting the assets of the male golfers out there.

The British Columbia-based underwear company has continued its relationship with star Rickie Fowler and its line of performance undergarments have continued to be well received by many on the PGA TOUR as well as on the course and off.



Once you’ve reached legend status in golf you just need one name. Tiger, Jack, Arnie, Rory, Annika… you know exactly who they are.

The same goes for Scotty (Cameron) and (Bob) Vokey.

Vokey, a Canadian Golf Hall of Famer, was on-hand this year to launch the new Vokey SM8 wedges, while Cameron happily showed off his new line called Special Select.

The Special Select line blends timeless design with modern craftsmanship, while the SM8’s have seen innovation in three key areas – distance & trajectory control, spin, and grinds.

Both the SM8 line of wedges and the Special Select putters are Tour-proven, look amazing, and are perfect for your bags in 2020.


Canadian golf had a banner year in 2019 and as we look ahead to 2020, our stars will not only be playing well, but looking good too.

During the PGA Show Levelwear announced it had re-signed some of Canada’s biggest stars in golf including Corey Conners, Michael Gligic, and Taylor Pendrith. The company, based just north of Toronto, had re-signed Adam Hadwin – Canada’s top-ranked male golfer – last year, and its new gear for men and women was on display in Orlando.

It’s likely that Conners and Hadwin will be representing Canada at the Olympics later this summer, and adidas had in its booth the uniforms that Team USA and Team Canada would be wearing on the golf course in Tokyo – with some solid red-and-white accents (of course).

2020 Canadian Olympic Golf Uniforms from adidas


While 2020 will mark the third year Canada has legalized cannabis, it’s not nationally legal across the United States. However, 2020 was a big year at the PGA Show for vendors who produce a variety of CBD products aimed at calming the mind and body of golfers, as many states are starting to legalize it.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a product derived from cannabis but doesn’t cause a ‘high’ like another cannabinoid, THC. Instead, CBD oil – when mixed in chewing gum or edibles has the potential to relax its chewer. When combined with other oils or muscle creams, it provides a new kind of soothing feeling.

While not for everybody, the lines at each of the CBD booths showed that people were at least interested in trying something different.

And, since both CBD and THC are fully legal across Canada, it won’t be the only time interest in the products will be sparked.


You’re supposed to have fun playing golf. While there were plenty of products at the PGA Show that promoted this, there were two that really stood out.

The first were pushcarts from Walker Trolleys. Brad Payne, who used to work as a designer for Apple, designed the cart. It made its debut at the PGA Show, and it’s a combination of sleek and practical, with whitewall tires, a polished aluminum frame, and a leather handle – plus a customizable canvas storage system. Look for them at some premium golf facilities across North America this summer.

Many golfers – while they’re walking or riding – like to listen to music on the course these days. But Bushnell has invented a new product for 2020 that combines the world of tunes with the world of tight approaches. The Bushnell Wingman is a Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a GPS yardage device. So while you’re rocking out to Rush or The Tragically Hip this summer, you’ll only be interrupted by a voice telling you how far it is to the front, middle, or back of the green you’re staring down.


A big trend not just in golf but also in the worlds of retail, technology, and more, is encouraging companies and the general public to be more environmentally friendly.

At the PGA Show this year, for the first time, there were shirts and shoes made out of recycled plastic water bottles. That’s just one example of clothing companies making a concerted effort to try to be more environmentally conscious.

Canadian shaft maker ACCRA also announced at the PGA Show it would be launching a new shaft called the Eco-Satin (a version of its i-Series shaft). Eco-Satin uses fewer chemicals on the finish and nearly 40 litres less water than normal.

Accra shafts


One of the largest – and most impressive – booths on the PGA Show floor in 2020 was that of Foresight. Foresight has made golf launch monitors and HD simulators for nearly a decade. The San Diego-based company now has more than 10,000 of their products in retailers, courses, homes, and driving ranges across North America.


In 2020 it was focused on launching the GCHawk, which is actually an overhead-mounted launch monitor (versus setting the machine on the ground). The GCHawk captures data from every club in the bag, and no matter if you’re a lefty or righty, you don’t need to set yourself up any differently.

It’s hard to beat the Foresight digital experience, and seeing it in action at the PGA Show was truly impressive.


There is only one part of a golfer’s gear that is used on every single shot plus every single step during a round – his or her shoes.

This year at the PGA Show we saw copious kicks, from modern to classic. If they were tech-first or comfort-first, all the shoes we saw were designed for golfers in mind and to make every swing and every step even more comfortable.

A couple of shoes that really stood out were from FootJoy. The company literally has ‘foot’ in the name – so you know every year you’ll see some solid options. New for 2020 is the Tour X, a shoe inspired by FJ’s vast network of Tour players. You’ll also see an expansion of its FJ Flex line (including another custom design coming for the RBC Canadian Open…) including the Coastal and LE1 – perfect for on-course or off.

Also jumping out at us for 2020 given their fresh design concepts were the Ignite PWRADAPT CAGED shoe from Puma – with a focus on locked-in stability and comfort – and adidas’ new CODECHAOS line, which features several spikeless models with style inspired by running shoes.



One thing for certain whenever thousands of golfers and golf industry professionals get together – it’s clear the game has gone global.

Many of the companies above have headquarters in the U.S., with key offices across Canada, Europe, and into Asia. You could sit at a table with people from five different countries, and three or four different languages could be spoken. The PGA of America put on plenty of informative discussions during the show that tapped into global knowledge, while representatives from the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour, Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada, and the USGA – amongst many others – were all mixing it up during the week.

The USGA, in particular, had a special new announcement for 2020. Just weeks prior to the show it, along with the R&A and Golf Canada, brought forth the World Handicap System (WHS), and it was a hot topic at the PGA Show. Industry professionals learned more about how they can best work with their members and public players this year and moving forward. The WHS provides all golfers a consistent measure of playing ability (more here).

Just like many new and innovated pieces of technology at the PGA Show, the World Handicap System is built to make golf more fun.

Your golf handicap is changing – find out why it matters

World Handicap System coming to Golf Canada in 2020

Welcome to Golf Handicaps for Dummies: Why having a handicap is not a handicap.

No, I’m not calling you a dummy, but if you’re a golfer of any ability who doesn’t maintain an accurate and consistent handicap, you’re not taking advantage of one of the fundamentals that makes golf the most democratic of sports. And that’s just dumb.

With all due respect, you can’t go one-on-one with a pro basketball player or hope to score on an NHL goalie. They’re not going to let you shoot at a basket that’s lower than regulation or a net that’s 10 feet wide and six feet high.

But golf’s handicap system allows you to compete on an equitable basis with players who are more or less accomplished than you are. Maintaining a handicap also allows you to monitor your progress every time you play. It’s an integral part of your golf experience.

And, starting Jan. 8, the new World Handicap System makes that scenario even more attractive. More user-friendly, in other words.

“The new system gives golfers an increased opportunity to have fun and compete equitably across all skill levels and ages,” says Shaun Hall, Golf Canada’s senior manager of handicap & course rating.

“You don’t have to be a competitive golfer. If you simply enjoy playing, having a handicap makes the game more enjoyable and allows you to track whether you’re improving.”

I reached out on Twitter with the question, “Do you maintain a handicap and why?”  and received some testimonials.

Ontario golfer Donal Byrne says, “I’m a huge fan of keeping a handicap. I was thrilled to have closed the season inside of 20 [Handicap Index] for the first time. We should celebrate everyone who plays, no matter how they play. I just won’t play anyone who doesn’t have a handicap for money!”

And from Charlottetown, Jeff Craig, whose Twitter profile says he’s “dedicated in my quest to break par,” says, “It bugs the Hell out of me when someone [without a handicap] says, ‘Well, I usually shoot in the mid-80s and wants to play for something.’”

Highlights of the World Handicap System

On a personal note, my wife loves the game and posts every score. Her pride in seeing her handicap decrease is evident. Because she is diligent about maintaining her handicap and improving her skills, she was able to win the ladies’ net championship at her club. As a side note, she plays annually in a member-guest at another club where you must have an official Golf Canada Handicap Index to participate.

When she first took up golf, she had waffled about establishing a handicap because, in her words, “I don’t think I’m good enough to have a handicap.”

And that’s the most common excuse recreational golfers give for not caring about a handicap. “I’m not good enough.” Hall disputes that, especially given the fact that under the new system the maximum Handicap Index (which replaces the previous “Handicap Factor” in Canada) has been raised to 54.0 for both men and women. Previously, it was 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women.

Another significant change is to Equitable Stroke Control (ESC). Starting in 2020, net double bogey on any hole is the maximum allowed, whether it’s a par 3, par 4 or par 5. So, for handicap purposes, you can count a maximum of two strokes over par plus any strokes you are entitled to, based on the stroke allowance for that hole.

Obviously, from its name, the World Handicap System is now accepted globally, meaning the same parameters are in place no matter where you play, a boon for Canadians who travel and golf outside the country. As before, all scores can be conveniently posted on the Golf Canada Score Centre, club kiosk or Golf Canada app from your phone or tablet.

3 more significant innovations

  1. Only three 18-hole scores (or the equivalent combination of nine-hole scores) are needed to establish a Handicap Index. Previously, the minimum was five. What golfer doesn’t play more than 54 holes in a season?
  2. Only eight of your lowest 20 most recent scores will be used to calculate your Handicap Index, rather than the previous 10.
  3. And a Playing Conditions Calculation will analyze how you played that day compared to your expected performance on that particular course, taking into account weather and course setup.

Don’t ask me how that last one works, because I’m a tech dummy.

If you want to delve deeper into the mechanics and details of the new World Handicap System, click here.

But even if you don’t, don’t be a dummy. Take advantage of the new World Handicap System in 2020.

Rules of Golf Webinar for PEI Golf Association Members

Thanks to Golf Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI Golf Association Members will once again be able to participate in a weekly webinar that will cover the “new” Rules of Golf.  The webinar will take participants through all the major changes rule by rule and it will also include practice questions that will help prepare for the Level 2 rules exam.

Here are the details:

1. The program runs one night per week (Thursday) for 13 weeks. Each session lasts 2-2.5 hours including a fifteen minute break. Intended start date is Thursday January 9/2020.
2. The program accommodates two types of participants. Active participants (a total of four) and auditors. Active participants are those intending to write the Level 2 Rules exam in April/2020. Auditors may be Level 2, 3 or 4 officials under the former scheme (2016) who want to re-certify under the 2019 code. For information: the former four levels have been reduced to three as of 2019. Level 2 is now designated “provincial” and level 3 is “national” certification. Auditors may also include prospective new officials who may wish to become certified at some point in the future.
3. Each week will include some slides and videos on the rules followed by some questions on the rules of golf. The latter begin in Week 3. These are Practice Problems of the type that appear on rules exams. Only Active Participants will be responding to these problems online. But answers will be provided for every attendee during the session.
4. If the slide presentation of any rule does not get finished during a session, participants are expected to review that rule on their own time.
5. Please contact Sean Joyce at peiga@peiga.ca with any questions or if you would like to register.
Equipment Needed to Participate:
1. The 2019 Official Guide to the Rules of Golf. There are two other publications you may wish to obtain. One is the smaller “Rules of Golf” and the other is the, even smaller, Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf. The Player’s Edition will not be used in the course. But the Rules of Golf is useful because it has an index that the Guidebook does not have. All are available at nominal cost from the PEI Golf Association.
2. Computer with internet access. Tablets or smartphones may also work. Computer is best.
3. Noise-cancelling computer headset with microphone. USB corded versions cost about $30. USB or Bluetooth wireless headsets start about $80. But, any “gaming” headset should work. Built-in computer microphones usually provide too much feedback to be useful.

For additional information on the Rules of Golf please visit Golf Canada’s website – https://golfcanada.ca/rules-of-golf/