Southern Alberta: Pro News

BC’s du Toit Maintains Top Standing In Weekly Rankings

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 21:32 Thursday, 15 September 2016 21:24

altPositive movements for six of the Top-10 in Canada, while the remaining four maintained their standings, including top-ranked Jared du Toit, who begins the new collegiate season at No. 26 in the world.

Lawren Rowe gained 440 spots in the world rankings to move into the Top-20 in Canada after finishing in a tie for 23rd at the California State Fair Amateur. The University of Victoria Vike is coming off a solid summer in which he posted a runner-up finish at the Canadian University/College Championship and a tie for ninth at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. Fellow Canadian Patrick Murphy finished third at the same event, four strokes behind the winner.

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Superintendent, Crew, Credited With Keeping Course Playable

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 05:28 Friday, 26 August 2016 05:22

altEDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — This isn’t to say it rained all that much on the first day of the PGA of Alberta’s Championship, but there was a rumour of some guy building a huge boat, and a bunch of animals looking on, on the way out to the Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club.

Slammed by heavy rain and gusting winds, the first day of the 36-hole grand finale´ to the playing season was eliminated, cutting the event to a single day. And that only happened because of the great work done by superintendent Keith Blayney and his staff at the host site.

“We tried to get them out (for the first day) but it was too much water, too much continual rain,” the super super said. “It soaked in a bit (over night) and today we basically sent the whole crew out to do the bunkers. Then we sent everyone out to do the fairway landing areas, to get them the best we could.”

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Hugo Bernard Moves Up To No. 4 In Weekly Rankings

Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 01:41 Friday, 19 August 2016 01:24

Hugo BernardHugo Bernard added to his impressive season, coming from behind to claim the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. The result saw the Team Canada National Amateur Squad member climb 104 spots in the world amateur rankings, moving up to No. 4 in Canada. He becomes the first Canadian to win the National Men’s Amateur title since Team Canada Young Pro Squad member Mackenzie Hughes won back-to-back championships in 2011-12. He is the first Quebec native to win the competition since Craig Matthew of Montréal accomplished the feat in 1998. Bernard previously claimed medallist honours at the 2016 NCAA Division II Championship before capturing this year’s Alexander of Tunis event. The win earned the Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., native an exemption into the 2017 RBC Canadian Open and the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship.

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Henry Martell Pro-Am Invitational is the Hottest Ticket in Town

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:35 Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:17

Highlands Golf ClubEDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Call it the hottest ticket in town. And believe me, there is little to no chance that you or I will ever land one.

One of the most popular Pro/Am golf tournaments in Edmonton each and every year for the past three decades has been the Henry Martell Invitational presented by the Sawmill Prime Rib and Steak House, played out at the beautiful Highlands Golf Club. The 30-man pro end of the draw rarely sees anyone turn down the invite and if they do, there’s a huge waiting list looking for a vacancy. As for the amateurs, well, you pretty much have to be a club member to join in on the two-day affair.

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CFM Heffernan Adjusting to New Sort of Golf Life

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2016 21:22 Sunday, 03 July 2016 21:11

Wes HeffernanCALGARY, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — At some point in time, everyone goes through a dramatic change in life. Rarely though do they go through two such events in a short time like Calgarian Wes Heffernan.

Heffernan, a well-known name in Alberta, and Canadian, golf circles has seen his life transformed in two ways in the recent past, starting with the birth of his first child, a daughter. That in turn led to him to deciding to step away from the competitive golf world for a more stable payday with a full time gig as a teaching pro at the Golf Canada Centre.

“With that, you just don’t want to travel as much,” he said of watching his newborn beginning to discover life.

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