Southern Alberta: Junior News
Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 05:43 Monday, 16 January 2017 05:32
EDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Dunc Mills is quick to point out that his junior golf tour isn’t about having players make it to the big time, although having alumni such as Jennifer Ha and Ryan Yip, who have gained full time status on the LPGA Tour and the Web.com Tour respectively doesn’t hurt promotion-wise. But even if they don’t make it to those notable heights there are literally thousands of other young players who have grown to appreciate the game through their experiences after playing on the Alberta-based tour.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 October 2016 07:44 Friday, 28 October 2016 07:36
Congratulations to the 2016 MJT Cleveland Golf Players of the Year!
Six juniors were recognized based on their scoring averages in a required minimum number of MJT tournaments across the country, and were as follows:
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:36 Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:11
EDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — While only one person walks away with the award as the top performer in their specific category each year at the PGA of Alberta Awards Banquet, that doesn’t mean that dozens — no, hundreds — of others are equally as well qualified to take away the same honour.
Through a lengthy process the nominees for a dozen such awards are chosen and then from there a winner selected. Those were announced during the annual Buying Show, held on October 17-20, 2016, at the Expo Centre in Edmonton.
“It is difficult to select our finalists and it is equally as difficult to select just one individual to accept each award,” said the event’s emcee, Tom Greiner, who is the president of the PGA of Alberta board of directors. “The award nominees, and finalists in each category, are all deserving of receiving these awards.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 01:08 Tuesday, 24 May 2016 01:00
PONOKA, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Great things may come from small beginnings. That, in a nutshell, is how the popular McLennan Ross Junior Golf Tour can best sum up its first two decades of operation and what lies ahead in the future.
While not every kid that tees it up in the summer-long Alberta tour becomes a great player like a couple of past graduates — Jennifer Ha from Calgary and Tyler Saunders from St. Albert — what the youngster gain from competing is far more than just a solid golf game.
The tour provides kids, if they wish, a total of 24 events, two of them for two days, at a variety of stops from the bottom to the top of the province. Each is broken down by age groups and an overall winner on both the male and female sides.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 May 2016 04:48 Friday, 13 May 2016 04:39
VULCAN, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — You know you’ve had an impact on a community when something lis named in your honour. Such was the case for a longtime volunteer member at the Vulcan (AB) Golf Club, where the junior golf curriculum was recently rebranded as the Dusty Rhodes Junior Program.
About that tribute, which is fitting for a man who has donated almost a quarter century of his life to helping youngsters learn, and love, the game of golf, Vulcan’s new head professional, Gordon Brayton, spoke to what it takes to continue with something like this for so many years.
“This one is a little different (than most),” he began. “First of all, they have it on Friday afternoon, starting at one o’clock. The reason they do that is the kids get out of school at noon and they all walk here. With a small town course like this, those kids are future members; they’ll come back as adults.”
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