Edmonton courses pitch in to help Fort McMurray golfers
With hundreds of Fort McMurray golfers in Edmonton, courses across the city have pitched in to help in any way they can. Chris McKenzie (Miskanaw GC) and Kevin Day, owner of Billy D’s Driving Range, put on a free clinic last Thursday with half a dozen Alberta of PGA Professionals giving their time for residents of Fort McMurray. “We wanted to do something to help anyone from Fort McMurray get their minds off their situation for a couple of hours,” said Day. Meanwhile, several courses are giving great deals to golfers from Fort McMurray. Click here to read the full story by Curtis Stock, Edmonton Journal.
Calgarian shoots stellar score at PGA of Alberta Junior Masters … and she's 14!
Calgary’s Annabelle Ackroyd needed only 68 strokes to complete a spin of the Links Course at Wolf Creek Resort during the PGA of Alberta’s Junior Masters. That terrific tally is even more impressive when you consider this stat — Ackroyd is 14 years old. “We’ve had some really good young players come through here, and they’re 17 or 18 years old and shooting that kind of score,” marvelled Ryan Vold, the director of golf at Wolf Creek, a top-notch 36-hole hangout near Ponoka that hosts both the Junior Masters and the McLennan Ross Junior Tour Championship. “But at her age, to shoot that, I thought it was quite a feat.” Click here to read the full article written by Wes Gilbertson, Calgary Herald.
Stefan Cox (Pinebrook G&CC) battled the hurricane like conditions to win the Golf Supply House Professional Series event hosted by Heritage Pointe GC. Stefan birdied #18 on his way to a 2-under 70. Dustin Risdon (National Golf Academy @ McCall Lake) finished in second, two shots behind with a 72. Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) rounded out the top three at one over par 73. Click here for all results.
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Ackroyd Claims Spot as Youngest Female Winner
14-year old, Annabelle Ackroyd, wins the 2016 Junior Masters and becomes the youngest female winner of the tournament hosted by Wolf Creek GR. The wet weather was not enough to stop her from shooting a two-day score of 1-over par 142.
14 & under: Tillie Claggett (Glencoe G&CC) wins first place with a total of 159 and in second is Kaitlyn Wingnean (Derrick G&WC) with a total of 162.
16 & under: Amanda Graham (Canmore G&CC) takes first place with a total of 156 and Lauren Koenig (Riverview GC) finishes in second with a total of 158.
18 & under: Sharmaine Rapisura (Canyon Meadows G&CC) shoots a 146 to come in first and Kenna Hughes (Willow Park G&CC) finishes second with a total of 148.
Click here for full Junior Masters results.
Congratulations to the following new Members who passed the Spring PAT at Alberta Springs GR; Austin Breure (Montgomery Glen G&CC), Tony Brown (Stewart Creek G&CC), Michael Graham (McKenzie Meadows GC), Keiron Hagerty (Calgary Elks Lodge G&CC), Josh Lockert (Woodside GC), Chris McDade (Priddis Greens G&CC), Ryan McDermott (The Links at Spruce Grove), Avrey Romano (Broadmoor GC), Jason Upton (Fort McMurray GC), Ashley Van Kroonenburg (Glencoe G&CC), Kolby Vold (Wolf Creek GR), Spencer Vrolson (Whitecourt G&CC) and Cody Yaremovich (Golf Town – Edmonton).
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Bogey Free Round Takes the lead for Round 1
The first Players’ Tour event sponsored by FlightScope, Jancor Agencies and Impact Canopies reminded everyone who the top golfers in Alberta are. The competitive field of forty-seven Professionals set out on Elbow Springs GC to keep scores below par for round one. Kevin Black (Redwood Meadows G&CC) took the lead with a bogey free round finishing with a 6-under 66 over Kasey Timms (Drayton Valley GC) whose 5-under 67 round was just shy of the lead. Strong performances seen by the majority of the field will make for an interesting day two as the leaderboard should see a great deal of movement. Click here for round 1 results and round 2 draw.
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2016 Junior Masters at Wolf Creek GR
The PGA of Alberta Junior Masters is a 36-Hole invitational Junior Golf Tournament organized each year by the PGA of Alberta. This event is sponsored by Sundog Eyewear and Global Sport Academy. It provides the top 40 boys and top 20 girls in the province with a highly competitive golf experience at the Wolf Creek GR. Click here to see the round one draw for the Boys and Girls divisions.
PGA of Alberta Professionals give back to Fort McMurray evacuees
On May 12th PGA of Alberta Professionals Rob MacGregor (Miskanaw GC), Bill McDougall (Billy D’s GC), Blair McDowell (Stony Plain GC), Jeff McDowell (Fort McMurray GC), Chris McKenzie (Miskanaw GC) and Shaun Westhaver, (Miskanaw GC) provided a free golf clinic for Fort McMurray residents evacuated due to the wildfires. Kevin Day (Billy D’s GC) generously donated the facility for the day to over 50 evacuees that attended. In addition to the Professionals providing instruction, Callaway, Cobra Puma Golf and Nike were on hand providing equipment. Organizer Chris McKenzie knows first-hand the impact of the Fort McMurray fires, having been evacuated himself, “this event was a way for residents to connect with each other and take some stress out with a few swings.”
WINDY DAY AT BLACKHAWK GC
Kent Fukushima battled tough conditions and a challenging golf course to win the Golf Supply House Professional Series Event hosted by Blackhawk GC. Fukushima scored a 1-under 70 on his way to a 3 shot victory. Dallas Cantera (Cardiff G&CC) and Chris Toth (Cardiff G&CC) tied for second with 1-over 73’s. Craig Gibson (Sirocco GC), Scott Smith (Bearspaw CC) and local professional David MacComb (Blackhawk GC) all finished strong with 74’s.
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PGA of Alberta Partners with E-Z-GO
The PGA of Alberta is excited to announce a new partnership with E-Z-GO as the Presenting Sponsor of the PGA of Alberta Awards Cocktail Reception in October. Since 1954, E-Z-GO has stood at the forefront of electric-vehicle technology and innovation in the golf industry. Click here to learn more about E-Z-GO.
Connaught Golf Club Head Professional, Trevor Ellerman, bested one of Canada’s better-known professionals — not to mention the entire field at a tournament in Lethbridge Monday. Click here to read the full story in the Medicine Hat News
Trevor Ellerman (Connaught GC) battled the rain, the wind and cold conditions at the Lethbridge CC to win the first Golf Supply House Professional Series Event of the season. Ellerman carded a 3-under par 69 on his way to victory. Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) and Eric Locke (Priddis Greens G&CC) tied for second with 2-under 70’s. Click here for all the results.