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THREE FOR THREE
After winning the Assistants and PGA Championships, Dustin Risdon (NGA @ McCall Lake) capped off his unbelievable season by winning the 2016 Tour Championship sponsored by SUNICE Inc. and hosted by Sundre GC. Risdon shot a course record 64 on day 2 for a two day total of 11-under par, to win by 8 shots over his nearest competitor Wes Heffernan (Canada Golf Centre). Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) rounded out the top three at 2-under. Click here for all the results.
STORY OF THE SUMMER
Another day started with perfect conditions then turned cold and rainy which was similar to the golf at the Tour Championship sponsored by SUNICE Inc hosted by Sundre GC. The players started hot in the great conditions and then finished cold in the rain. Dustin Risdon (NGA @ McCall Lake) holds the day 1 lead at 3-under par with Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) sitting one behind. Click here for all day 1 results.
After caddying at Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary Professional Dustin Risdon will tee it up at PGA of Alberta Tour Championsip
He’s admittedly more passionate now about teaching than swinging his own sticks. For local instructor Dustin Risdon, that short-term gig — lugging the weaponry for Spain’s Miguel Angel Martin during the 2016 Shaw Charity Classic — was all about gaining knowledge to share with his students. After donning a caddie bib last week, Risdon should be wearing a bullseye Tuesday-Wednesday at the PGA of Alberta’s Sunice Tour Championship at Sundre Golf Club. “Obviously, everything has gone my way,” said Risdon, who has a sparkling scoring average of 67.11 in eight PGA of Alberta get-togethers this season. “I didn’t plan on playing this well. But I got the Assistants Championship and the PGA Championship, so I guess this would be the last one on the list.” Click here to read the full article by Wes Gilbertson – Calgary Sun.
Sunice Tour Championship Draw Now Posted
Sundre GC will host the 2016 Sunice PGA of Alberta Tour Championship next week on Sept. 6th & 7th. The top 10 money leaders from this years’ Players’ Tour events, the top 10 money leaders from this years’ Professional Series events, and the top 30 overall individual money leaders were all invited to play in this two day 36-hole competition. Two time defending Champion Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) will lead the charge against 46 other top Professionals in Alberta. Tee times begin at 1pm on Tuesday, Sept. 6th and 8am on Wednesday, Sept. 7th. Please click here to see the current field and draw.
MacCOMB FINISHING STRONG
With the season winding down David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) shot his best tournament round of the season to win the final Golf Supply House Professional Series Event of the season. Under great conditions MacComb had an eagle and eight birdies to shot a 5-under 67. Joey Sereda (Highlands GC) finished a close second with a 4-under 68. Spencer Vandermay (Lewis Estates GC) and Blaine Kruger (Stony Plain GC) finished tied for third at 3-under. Click here for all the results.
PGA of Alberta Champion Dustin Risdon
Click here to watch a short interview with the PGA of Alberta Champion Dustin Risdon (National Golf Academy @ McCall Lake) who shot a 1-under 71 at Edmonton Petroleum G&CC to win the Championship.
Six Advance to the Shaw Charity Classic
Six players qualify for the Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic on Aug. 31 - Sept. 4 at Canyon Meadows G&CC. Clark Dennis & Bob Niger had the low rounds of the day both shooting 3-under 69’s, followed by Jeff LeMaster, Miguel Angel Martin & John Inman with 1-under 71's. Jose Coceres received the final qualifying spot with an even par 72. Click here for more information.
Four pass the Playing Ability Test at Alberta Springs GR
Congratulations to the following new members; Graeme Drummond (McKenzie Meadows GC), Evan Dyki (The Quarry GC), Shae Wagner (Boulder Creek GC), and Chris Ward (Edmonton Petroleum G&CC).
Canyon Meadows G&CC ready for golf's legends and the Shaw Classic
“It’s funny because this is Year 4 and every year has been a bit of a different buildup as far as excitement goes,” said Matt Freeman, the Head Pro at the club which is once again hosting the Shaw Charity Classic tournament. “This year I would say there’s a little more hype based on the field and the new players coming. The last-gasp qualifier for the Classic goes on Tuesday, August 30th at The Hamptons Golf Club, with 28 golfers teeing off in hopes of snaring one of six entries. Included in the group are three Calgarians: Scott Allred, Gord Courage and Darryl James. Click here to read the full article.
Calgary Golf Professional, Darryl James, battling recent back injury in bid for Shaw spot
Darryl James is shooting to qualify for the Shaw Charity Classic. James has already teed it up twice against the PGA Tour Champions stars and is hoping to experience it all over again as the senior birdie-machines return to Canyon Meadows, but the 55-year-old has been bothered by a lower-back injury since being rear-ended in a traffic accident late last week. An instructor at National Golf Academy at Shaganappi, James was among the success stories at the qualifier in 2014 and received an exemption last summer. Click here to read the full article by Wes Gilbertson - Calgary Sun.