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Risdon Not Perfect In Scoring Forecast But Perfects Playing In Nasty Weather

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 05:20 Friday, 26 August 2016 05:06

Dustin RisdonEDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Perhaps in his next life Dustin Risdon will come back as a soothsayer rather than a pro golfer. Then again, after the success he’s carved out for himself on the PGA of Alberta’s playing calendar this year, maybe not.

Risdon, who won the Alberta PGA Championship for the second straight year, said after carding a 1-under 71 at the Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club in soggy, cold, windy weather he’d told former champ Darrel James the night before he figured minus-2 would do the trick in the weather-shortened 18-hole event.



An Unexpected Finish For Alberta Senior Men’s Championship Rookie

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 20:16 Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:22

Chris HairrellSTONY PLAIN, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Ever have a lottery ticket that was only one or two numbers away from the big prize? You know, one that wins you a few hundred or a few thousand dollars but was oh-so close to a few million? Yes? Well, give a warm welcome to your club’s newest member, Chris Hairrell.

No, he didn’t just about pocket a big cheque. What he did though was come within one shot of perhaps winning the biggest golf tournament he’d ever played in, the Guardian Capital Alberta Senior Men’s Championship. A bogey on his final hole of the 54-hole event and a birdie on the previous hole by the eventual champion, David Schultz, was the difference in this golf lottery.



Steady Play Earns David Schultz His First Alberta Golf Senior Title

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:29 Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:18

altSTONY PLAIN, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — For David Schultz, it was a case of “Happy birthday to me!”

Schultz, who had turned 59 the day before, drained a 12-foot putt on the 53rd hole of the 54-hole 2016 Guardian Capital Alberta Senior Men’s Championship to earn himself a one shot win in the provincial event, held at the perfectly groomed Stony Plain Golf Course. The win came the year after he finished second in the same event.

The finish came as a result of the Country Hills GC player’s birdie putt on 17 and a bogey by Chris Hairrell, who finished second, on his last hole of the tournament. In picking up his first-ever win at the senior level, Schultz led wire to wire, finishing at 2-under par.

He said it was a case of staying calm and taking what the course, with its large, tricky greens, gave him.



Southern Pros Wage Thrilling Battle Up North

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 08:11 Thursday, 28 July 2016 08:01

Dustin RisdonEDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — It’s supposed to be hard to follow up one great round of golf with another, but don’t tell that to Calgary’s Dustin Risdon, the 2016 Cobra Puma Golf PGA of Alberta Assistants’ Championship winner.

Risdon, who carded a stunning 10-under par 62 on the first day of the 36-hole event at the Mill Woods Golf Club in Edmonton, followed that up with an equally impressive 66 to edge out fellow Calgarian Wes Heffernan by one stroke when all was said and done.



Alberta’s Brad Fritsch Defeats Ollie Schniederjans in Playoff at the Servientrega Championship

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2016 23:05 Sunday, 10 April 2016 22:56

Brad FritschCanadian Press

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Alberta’s Brad Fritsch won the Servientrega Championship for his first Tour title, beating Ollie Schniederjans with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

The 38-year-old Fritsch shot a 1-under 71 in windy conditions to match Schniederjans at 11-under 277 at TPC Cartagena at Karibana. Fritsch earned $126,000 to jump from 108th to fifth on the money list with $129,790, with the top 25 at the end of the regular season earning PGA Tour cards.

“This is huge,” Fritsch said. “My whole golfing life I haven’t won a lot. This is easily the biggest win against the best field that I’ve ever faced. Obviously, it gives me a nice jump on getting my card for next year. To do something I’ve never really done before and to execute under pressure on 18, I love it.



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