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Stony Plain GC Wins Tournament Of Champions Armstrong can?t be stopped at Alberta Men?s Amateur For A Select Few Glencoe Invitational Is A Great Event

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WINston For The Win!

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Markiw Reigns Supreme Despite Lack Of Play

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Risdon Is Back

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Kat Kennedy Wins Ladies Am

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The Bio Image From Riley Fleming's Twitter Account Shows A Swing So Fast It Looks Like He Is Swinging An Orange Whip Training Aid Riley has already won three PGA of Alberta tournaments this year and finished runner-up in two others

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BIRDIES FLY The inaugural Let hbridge Paradise Canyon Open on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit turned into a birdie-fest. Riley W heeldon of Comox shot 14-under and finished tied for 29th. It took six-under to make the 36-hole cut. T.T. Crouch of Mt . Vernon, Oh., beat Chris W illiams of Moscow, Id., and Zach W right of Bat on Rouge, La., on the second-hole of a sudden death playoff to win the $36,000 top prize in the $200,000 event. The trio had finished at 23-under par. Taylor Pendrit h of Richmond Hill, Ont ., was the low Canadian. He finished at 16-under par. PG 10 | AUG 2018


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St ony Plain GC W ins Tournament of Champions

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Winners Jeff Cuthbertson & Jeff Murdoch (Stony Plain GC) with sponsors Tory Nilson, Jim McCulley, Josh Brunner and host professional Richard Hardy. Team Stony Plain GC consisting of Executive Professional Jeff Cuthbertson and amateur Jeff Murdoch took home the 2018 Callaway Golf Tournament of Champions after posting a blistering low score of 12- under 60 on June 5th at McKenzie Meadows GC. PG 12 | AUG 2018

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was team Country Hills GC, The Winston GC, Dinosaur Trail G&CC, Glendale G&CC and Windermere G&CC who all posted scores of 8-under 64. CLICK HERE for all the results.

Team St ony Plain were able to finish the front nine with a 7-under 29 and rounded out the back nine with a 5-under 31. Coming in second place was team Inglewood G&CC where Jason St anier (Inglewood G&CC) and amateur Gerry MacDonald posted an 11-under 61. In a five-way tie for third place

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The drought is over and we don't just mean the dry- ish recent weather.

Armst rong can?t be st opped at Albert a M en?s Amat eur The drought is over for St. Albert?s A.J. Armstrong, and we don?t mean that just because of A.J. Armstrong From St. a downpour that halted Albert, Will Represent The third-round play during the Province On The Willilngdon 2018 Sun Life Financial Men?s Cup Team Along With Jesse Alberta Amateur Galvon and Patrick Murphy Championship. Who Finished Second And In mid-July, there was no stopping, or topping, St. Albert?s A.J. Armstrong at the RedTail Landing GC as he broke a lengthy streak of not finishing atop the field. Calgary?s Jesse Galvon did make a run at tracking the eventual champ PG 14 | AUG 2018

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For A Select Few Glencoe Invitational Is A Great Event Seen as one of the finest club- hosted tournaments in the country, those hoping to tee it up at the annual Glencoe Invitational must have a very solid resume. Past winners - guys like Graham DeLaet and Mackenzie Hughes who now reside on the PGA TOUR - bear that out. Glencoe?s head pro, Judy PG 15 | AUG 2018

Forschner, confirms there are definite criteria to be followed in order to receive an invite. ?You evaluate their tournament performances. Basically, it?s the

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WINston For The Win! Team Winston GC wins the Pro- Lady South at Redwood Meadows G&CC, sponsored by EFW Radiology. Dale Tomlinson and playing partner Nancy Bird posted a Team Net total of 10-under 62 to win by two shots. Dale Tomlinson also captured the individual pro-side by posting a tournament low 5-under 67. PG 16 | AUG 2018

Coming in second place was team NGA @McCall Lake where Dust in Risdon and playing partner Skyesong Alexis posted an 8-under 64. In a two-way tie for third place was team Pinebrook G&CC and Redwood Meadows G&CC shooting a 7-under 65. CLICK HERE to view full results CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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Dale Tomlinson won bot h t he t eam net and individual professional compet it ions EVENT Dat e

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National Golf Academy @ McCall Lake

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At last! Mt. Kidd Swings Back Into Action After the heartbreak of the loss of two iconic courses, after all the fear that something this good would never be put back together, the final pieces of the Kananaskis Country Golf Course rebuild have fallen into place.

back in the early 1980s are back in play, as the second nine of the Mt. Kidd eighteen re-opened.

The adjacent Mt. Lorette course had preceded its sister getting back into action opening earlier this spring, a long five years after a massive flood swept down the mountainside cascading over As of Wednesday, Aug. 1, all 36 the banks of the Evan Thomas holes of the Robert Trent Jones River, destroying 32 of the 36 Sr. design originally crafted holes. PG 18 | AUG 2018

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Browning, was done as planned and within the budgeted $18 million. ?It was slightly under budget,? Robinson commented.

?It?sa feeling that we?ve been excited about, and anticipating, for the last five years.? Darren Robinson Speaking to the excitement of seeing both courses fully back in operation for the first time since June of 2013, General Manager Darren Robinson proclaimed, ?It?s a feeling that we?ve been excited about, and anticipating, for the last five years." ?It feels really good to have the construction fully complete, all the contractors off site. That was a big milestone and happened in late June. That was something to celebrate, for sure.? The rebuild, headed by Gary PG 20 | AUG 2018

As to the golf landscape that now awaits one and all, the GM said the conditions at both courses couldn?t be better. ?It?s looking great. A lot of the holes were completed last year. We?re just putting the finishing touches on it now; getting the final elements of it together now and opening Wednesday,?

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Partners With Ducks Unlimited At In n i sf ai l, t hey ar e alw ays t hi n ki n g about m ot her n at ur e.

It continued during the move to 27 holes in 2004 which was definitely done with the mindset of not messing with the wetlands that Mother Nature had originally laid out. ?We definitely stuck our nose in and said we really wanted these areas left as pristine as we could,?said Innisfail Head Professional Jim Boomer. ?As we can see today how important that is to have what we have but to have it in such a nice natural setting.?

That mindset saw Innisfail become Audubon certified course in 2002 giving them the tools and help in maintaining good stewardship of the land, the birds, the bees and the butterflies. PG 22 | AUG 2018

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snowball rolling as well. The Junior Forest Wardens in Innisfail were delighted and quite excited to be involved in this project.?

Sweet , Chair Red Deer Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, approached the course about hosting a golf tournament for Ducks Unlimited. Part of the process was asking what else could be done for the tournament and the community. The project decided upon was having Junior Forest Wardens build nest boxes for the ducks which could open some eyes as to what Ducks Unlimited does in Central Alberta. It was a perfect fit. ?It raises their awareness about Ducks Unlimited and giving back to the community,?said Sweet. ?So, I started shopping around with different non-profits and local youth organizations to start that PG 24 | AUG 2018

Setting up room and board for these birds and animals means eventually word will get around in the critter community. ?We?re hoping different species (will show up)" said Mary Klassen, Innisfail Golf Club horticulturalist. "We have a lot of birds here and we?re hoping we?ll get new species. For instance, we just put up the purple martin birdhouse because we don?t have purple martins and we?ll see if we can attract some.? ?It?s something new and I?m learning from Ducks Unlimited as well,?she said. ?What we want to show people is that you can still be a well-manicured golf course, you can still have wildlife habitats and the golfers are not affected.?


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MJT Junior Boys Kaiden Nicholson, Low overall winner IMAGE COURTESY: MJT

Maple Leaf Juniors participate at The Derrick An impressive 120+ juniors were treated to both competition and learning at this quality Edmonton facility.

were competing for titles ĂĽin seven different age categories in the MJT Ford Series. The overall medalist in the tournament was MJT Junior Approximately 40 kids Boy, Kaiden Nicholson, 17, of attended the Tour?s Team Edmonton. Nicholson fired a Ford Go Golf! Junior Clinic for beginners while 80 golfers remarkable one-under-par, 139 (72, 67) to win by eight PG 26 | AUG 2018

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In the MJT Juvenile Boys 15 and 16 division Evan Mat t y, 15, of St. Albert distanced himself from the field with a final round 74 for a two-day total of 151. Cole Bergheim, 14, of Red Deer, AB, found the winner?s circle in MJT Bantam Boys 13 and 14 for the first time in 2018 with back-to-back rounds of 74 (148). Host club favourite, Tat e Jenna Bruggeman posted Bruggeman, 11, of the low total from the Edmonton, recorded his girls' divisions second win in the MJT CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Peewee Boys 12U division in as many tries this weekend shots over Connor Ackroyd, after firing consecutive 18, of St. Albert, AB (73, 74). sub-80 rounds of 78 and 75 Ot her winners... for a two-day total of 153. Michael Harrison, 23, of Sister Jenna Bruggeman, 14, Camrose, AB, took home the of Edmonton, claimed the Hoselton trophy for MJT Girls 15 ?18 division by eight Collegiate Boys 19 ? 23. This strokes over St ephanie marks the third victory in a Chelack, 16, of Calgary, AB. row for Harrison who plays In the MJT Girls U15 division, for the University of Alberta?s Kalee Set o, 12, of Edmonton, Augustana Vikings. PG 27 | AUG 2018

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The MJT hosts more than 70 events across Canada, including free Ford Go Golf Junior Clinics, the MJT Mini Tour for 7-12 year olds, the Collegiate Tour for 19-23 year olds, and multi-day events for competitive players aged 11-18, which are also qualifiers for international competitions. squeaked out a one-shot victory over Belle Brezovski, 13, of St. Albert. The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour presented by Boston Pizza is Canada?s number one-played Junior Golf Tour as well as the only national junior tour run exclusively by PGA of Canada Professionals and the ?Road to College Golf?in Canada. For more info or to register, visit maplejt .com or call 1-877-859-4653. PG 28 | AUG 2018


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Winners Dallas Cantera &

The 2017 defending champions Dani Perl (Cardiff G&CC), and host professional Dallas Jeff Cuthbertson (Stony Cant era (Cardiff G&CC) with Plain GC) with sponsors partner Dani Perl shot a team Kevin Labbe & Amber total 9-under 63 June 25th to Pelechaty (Pixel Army) capture their second Pro-Lady North title in two years at their home course, sponsored by PG 30 | AUG 2018

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Pixel Army & EFW Radiology. Jeff Cut hbert son (Stony Plain GC) and partner Doris Bayrak finished with a 7-under 65 to capture sole possession of

second place. Jeff Cuthbertson also captured the individual pro side with a blistering 5-under 67.

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INDIVIDUALRESULTS: Player Facility Score Money Cuthbertson, Jeff Stony Plain GC 67 $680.00 Cantera, Dallas Cardiff G&CC 68 $530.00 Borsa, Scott Devon GC 69 $410.00 TEAMNETRESULTS:

Player Facility Partner Score Money Gift Cert

Cantera, Dallas Cardiff G&CC Perl, Dani 63 $680.00 $680.00 Cuthbertson, Jeff Stony Plain GC Bayrak, Doris 65 $530.00 $530.00 Borsa, Scott Devon GC Betchinski, Elaine 66 $410.00 $410.00

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Lee fares very well in Brit ain Jaclyn Lee came very close to winning the Ladies British Amateur earlier this year. Calgary?s Jacklyn Lee may not have come out on top at this year?s British Amateur but she sure as heck came close. Lee, from the Glencoe Club and a player for the Ohio State Buckeyes ladies golf team, lost out in the semi-finals of the prestigious amateur championship, falling to the eventual champion in the round of four. PG 34 | AUG 2018

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The last Canadian to make it asfar as the semi-finalsat this event was Hall of Fame member Marlene Streit in 1953. Lee had advanced to the semi-final after defeating Denmark?s Karen Fredgard 2 & 1 and then the Czech Republic?s Sara Kouskova 6 & 5 before falling to Germany?s Leonie Harm 6 & 5. In the final, Harm defeated Lee?s Ohio State teammate Stephanie Lau 3 & 2.

Lee With Ko PG 36 | AUG 2018

Having fun out here at the @RandA Ladies British Amateur Championship @Hillside_GC Props to @naomiko_golf for grinding out 2 matches with me today, on the bag. Twitter shot by Lee


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Winner Gage Murphy (Cardiff G&CC) with sponsor Clive Grant (GSH) and host professional Tyler Rumpel

Playoff Needed at Jagare Two extra holes were needed at Jagare Ridge GC June 18th to decide the winner of the Golf Supply House Series event. Gage Murphy (Cardiff G&CC) birdied both playoff holes to defeat Kasey Timms (Glendale G&CC) and Jeff Cut hbert son (Stony Plain GC). All three players finished the day with scores of 1-under 70?s. Keit h W hit ecot t on (The Quarry) finished 1 shot out of the playoff carding an even par 71. PG 38 | AUG 2018

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June 18, 2018 Jagare Ridge GC $7,050 71

INDIVIDUALRESULTS: Player Facility Score Money Murphy, Gage (Playoff Winner) Cardiff G&CC 70 $1,010.00 Cuthbertson, Jeff Stony Plain GC 70 $707.00 Timms, Kasey Glendale G&CC 70 $707.00


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Markiw was the only player to finish the 54 hole championship in red numbers.

M arkiw reigns supreme despit e lack of play Golf is hard enough, let alone being really hard when you don?t get to play much. At least that?s the theory. That though isn?t true for Brandon Markiw, who captured the Alberta Mid Amateur title by five shots despite playing less than a dozen rounds this year. The Edmonton golfer topped the huge field at the event that was split between the Stony Plain Golf Course and the PG 42| AUG 2018

Glendale Golf & CC, finishing with a solid 3-under for the 54-hole event, the only player to break par. On his way to the title, Markiw carded rounds of 68-75 (in tremendously windy conditions)-70. Close behind Markiw were St. Albert?s Phil Mckenzie who was alone in second and Stony Plain?s Jeff Murdoch and Canmore?s Jamie Cart wright who tied for third.


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Risdon is Back Dust in Risdon (NGA @M cCall Lake) is back on t he t op of t he leaderboard firing a 6-under 66 t o capt ure t he Golf Supply House Event host ed at St ony Plain GC on July 9, 2018. This was Risdon?s first win of the season. Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Calgary Centre) and Dallas Cant era (Cardiff G&CC) both shot 4-under to tie for second place. Skins W inners: $460.00/person (#1 Day, Kevin, #4 Cant era, Dallas, #13 Pederson, Adam)

Winner Dustin Risdon (NGA @McCall Lake) with sponsor Clive Grant (GSH) and host professional Robb James

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National Golf Academy @McCall Lake

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Cantera, Dallas

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Grows the Game at Stampede Breakfast

The first ever Stampede Breakfast event hosted at the Golf Canada Calgary Centre was a day filled with fun for all who attended. In partnership with Alberta Golf and the Golf Canada Calgary Centre, the event saw over 400 people throughout the morning taking part in free golf tips, junior activities, and of course a

complimentary pancake breakfast. Thank you to everyone who supported the inaugural event including our dedicated Professionals Gary Slatter (PGA of Alberta Member), Joel Douglas (Cottonwood G&CC), Mat t Seifert (Earl Grey GC) and Sean Murray (Bearspaw CC) for volunteering their time to grow the game to the youth. Looking to get the PGA on Wheels RV at your community event? CLICK HERE for the 2018 PGA on Wheels event criteria and application form.

Ev ent s That hav e Been Hel d This Year 1. Annual Go Girl Event

Collicutt Centre, Red Deer

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2. All Sport One Day

Glenmore Athletic Centre, Calgary

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Golf Canada Calgary Centre

Sunday, July 8, 2018 (9am - 12pm)

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K at K enned y Kennedy uses record round to top field and claim Ladies Alberta Amateur. In a major competition there?s nothing batter than besting the course record ? especially when it propels you to victory. That was exactly what Okotoks golfer Kat Kennedy did on her run to the 2018 Sun Life Financial Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship, when a final round 66 propelled her to

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L to R: Kenna Hughes, Kat Kennedy, Skyesong Alexis the win. That round helped her to a one-stroke win over U.S. player Sydney Colwell. The 54-hole event, played at Calgary?s Willow Park GC, was plagued by weather delays but that didn?t dampen the 23-year-old Albertan?s run at the title, her first. PG 51 | AUG 2018

Joining Kennedy on the Team Alberta roster for the national women?s championship will be Calgary?s Kenna Hughes and Wetaskiwin?s Skyesong Alexis, who waltzed to a 12-shot victory in the Mid-Amateur division.


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Entering the final round on June 13th, at 4- under, Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) was able to maintain his day one lead over the rest of the competition. The warm weather and ideal course conditions for round two made for a perfect day at PG 52 | AUG 2018

Winner Riley Fleming (NGA Dome) with sponsor Clive Grant (GSH) and host professional Tyler LeBouthillier

Lynx Ridge GC as 55 competitors battled it out to win the first two-day event of the Golf Supply House Series. Riley finished round two with a 6-under 65 finishing with two birdies on the last three holes to claim his third victory of the season with a 67-65-132. Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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Centre) was able to climb his way up the leaderboard to capture sole possession of second place as he followed up his impressive round one with an eagle on 16 which put him only three strokes back at 71-64-135. Finishing in a two-way tie for third place was Dillon Batsel (Connaught GC) and Nicholas Vander Mey (Windermere G&CC) who both finished the tournament with a total of 139. Finishing in sole possession of fifth place was Dustin Risdon

(NGA @McCall Lake) who finished with a two-day total of 140 and fought to the very end with a birdie on 18. Day 1 Skins W inners: $335/each #5 Terry Carter #7 Kasey Timms #13 Chris Cooke #16 Nicholas Vander Mey Day 2 Skins W inner: $1300 #8 Keaton Allred

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71

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Player Facility R1 Score R2 Score Total Score Money Fleming, Riley National Golf Academy Dome 67 65 132 $1,950.00 Heffernan, Wes Golf Canada Centre 71 64 135 $1,325.00 Batsel, Dillon Connaught GC 69 70 139 $1,037.00 Vander Mey, Nicholas Windermere G&CC 71 68 139 $1,037.00 PG 53 | AUG 2018


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Team GrosswinnersCraig Gibson & Mathew Betker (Sirocco GC) Team Net winnersJacquesPlouffe & Sonny Assaly (Blackhawk GC) and Low Pro winner Wes Heffernan (Golf Canada Centre) with host professional Kevin Chow

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Team Sirocco GC shot an 8-under par score of 63 t o edge out t he compet it ion at Blackhawk GC July 11t h. The team of Craig Gibson and Mathew Betker of Sirocco GC took home Low Gross honours in the 2018 Pro-Junior. Jacques Plouffe and Sonny Assaly of Blackhawk GC combined for PG 54 | AUG 2018

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Blackhawk GC

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Golf Canada Centre

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Blackhawk GC

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$475.00

Broderson, Kevin

Lacombe G&CC

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$337.00

VanderMey, Nicholas

Windermere G&CC

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Blackhawk GC

Assaly, Sonny

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Windermere G&CC

Kortbeek, Eric

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Born, Payton

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Broderson, Chase

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Strathmore GC

Allan, Korbin

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Winner Keith Whitecotton (The Quarry) with host professional Aaron Miller

W hit ecot t on Howls at W olf Creek Starting the second Batsel (Connaught GC). round July 4,th at Despite the unfavorable 5- under 65, Keith weather forecast and the cool Whitecotton (The morning breeze the sun made Quarry) found himself in an appearance and turned into contention being only an excellent day to play golf. three strokes back of the The playing conditions for round two gave all 50 round 1 leader Dillon PG 58 | AUG 2018

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putting his 80-yard pitch shot half an inch away from going in for eagle. It was an exciting finish as Keith and Dillon battled it out until the very Keith was able to draw from his consistent round 1 play and end. Finishing in a two-way tie for finished round two with a third place was Jeff 2-under 68 coming in with Cuthbertson (Stony Plain GC) fourteen pars, three birdies and one bogey to claim his first and Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) who both finished victory of the season with a 65-68-133. Batsel was able to the tournament with a total of 136. Finishing in sole capitalize on his good play possession of fifth place was from round 1 to clinch sole possession of second place by Scott Stiles (Inglewood G&CC) who finished with a two-day carding a 62-72-134 and total of 138. almost tying Keith on 18 by competitors a chance to battle it out to win the second two-day event of the Golf Supply House Series.

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Annabelle Ackroyd has qualified for pair of high-profile events Ackroyd has qualified for a pair of high-end tournaments in the U.S. The 16-year-old has stamped her ticket to both the U.S. Girls?Junior Championship and the U.S. Amateur. To top all that off, she?ll then head to the University of Minnesota, in 2019, on a full scholarship. PG 60 | AUG 2018

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It seems that a lot of great young female golf talent is coming out of the Glencoe Golf & CC in Calgary.


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"I wear two pairs of pants while golfing... In case I get a hole in one." A very funny post to instagram by @randiwardle while enjoying a round at spectacular Canmore Golf & Curling Club earlier this year. PG 61 | AUG 2018


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he commented two days prior to that happy happening at Mt. Kidd. ?We?re pretty excited about it. It?s just going to be exciting to have all 36 holes open for people to be playing and be operating two 18-hole courses instead of a 27-hole facility,?where the public played one of two nines on Lorette and the open nine on Kidd. Still, Robinson said things went well with 27 holes in play. ?It?s worked out exceptionally well. It was a cool experience for our guests getting to play

configurations they normally wouldn?t get to play, something that wouldn?t exist during normal operations.? All that?s driven out of mind now though with the reopening of Kidd?s entire layout. While it will look much the same as it did prior to the flood, there have been a couple of changes made to enable better visuals and playability, much the same as was done with the Lorette eighteen as it was brought back to life. ?On Mt. Kidd the most significant change is on the

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On Mt. Kidd the most significant change is on the 11th hole. We took the tee boxes from in the trees and moved them right alongside the river. The engagement with the river is extraordinary. 11th hole. We took the tee boxes from in the trees and moved them right alongside the river. The engagement with the river is extraordinary. Then we took the green complex and moved it about 50 to 60 yards back. It also engages the river on the back of the green. ?Then, like everywhere else the layout is pretty much the same. We?ve improved elements of each hole whether that was bunker placement, cart path location, green contours,? Robinson explained.

The public has been flocking back to the mountainside beauties since times were teed up again in the spring, with hardly anyone skipping out on their appointed round(s). And if for some reason someone has to cancel, there is a method for others to fill those slots without a lot of trouble. ?Demand has been extraordinary and it?s looking good for the balance of the season, too,?Robinson commented. ?We?re very strongly booked for August and the first half of September. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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Bob Paley ?But there?s always opportunities. Don?t always assume we?re full,?he continued on about snagging an elusive tee time. ?Plans change, things happen. People cancel from time to time so we want to encourage people to check. We have a point-of-sales system now that allows people to put their name on a Wait List when they phone the reservation office, so if things open up it lets us phone people and offer up those times.? In closing, Robinson said of finally being rid of the stressors

Cal McNeelly of the past five years before and during the rebuild: ?It?s definitely highly rewarding and a highlight of our professional careers, for myself, Bob (Paley, head pro) and our superintendent Cal (McNeelly). The end of the construction was something to be celebrated and it was a real honour for us to have gone through this, the three of us together, and with everybody else that contributed. There are a lot of great things to celebrate.?

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And now, it?s tee time once again at both Mt. Lorette and Mt. Kidd. Let the celebrations begin! For t ee t imes, and to get your name on the Wait List for openings that come up, go to their website at kananaskisgolf.com or call 1-877-591-2525, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are special Alberta resident rates in place but you must present a valid ID (driver?s license).

About The Author Gord isa retired sportseditor of two weekly newspapersin the Edmonton area and isa member of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. He isnow in his10th year of writing for Inside Golf. He can be reached at noraltagolf@gmail.com. He?salso on Twitter at @Gordinsidegolf and on Instagram at @gordinsidegolf2.

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me? . ?I just kept trying to stay down and extending that winless streak, but it never quite calm. I kept trying to play the way I had been playing for the came to fruition. first three days ? keep hitting Armstrong, who is about to fairways, keep hitting the enter his senior year at greens.? Washington State U where he When asked when his last win had take place, Armstrong had to think long and hard about that. ?Honestly, I haven?t had a win in a while. My last win would have been ? geez ? um ? I want He did have to look beside him though, when Galvon got off to a to say it was the Edmonton Junior (2013). It?s tough to win fiery start on the final day, in college. I?ve been playing picking up four shots on the pretty good golf this summer front nine to pull even with Armstrong before the St. Albert but sometimes that doesn?t translate into tournament golf.? man regained the lead that he A.J. said in closing he?ll return to managed to retain. He put the college this coming fall to wraps on the championship by complete his schooling and after rolling in a huge birdie putt on that he hopes to play mini-tour the final hole to finish at golf in Arizona following that, 19-under par, two clear of looking for wins that come Galvon. sooner than his latest one did. ?Jesse got off to a crazy start,? plays for the Cougars, grabbed the first-day lead at the four-day event with a course record-tying 64 and never looked back on his way to the title.

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quality of their play. There are also two tourney qualifiers that are held, one for club members and another for players-at-large who feel they can measure up. From those two events eight players are chosen and they join players who sit in the top 50 of Golf Canada?s Order of Merit, provincial champions, Willingdon Cup team members, members of Canada?s national team and recommendations from other clubs."

fairways. To play in the event, where he was tied for the lead last year before falling to eventual champ Pryce Beshoory, is a childhood dream come true. This year, coming off his second straight PGA of Alberta Match Play Championship, McDougall had high hopes of taking that step up to the champion?s chair. He would end up finishing 7th bouncing back from an opening 7-over 79 to be one of only two players to shoot under par in the final round. ?You need confidence here. It?s huge,?he said about playing the Forest, a track that is firm and fast.

One local who did get the opportunity to compete this was Brendan McDougall, who attends school in North Carolina. He is familiar with the For more visit Glencoe having grown up on its glencoeinvitational.com

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