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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.

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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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A Thrilling Finish for Brett Hogan Earns Him the Win at the 2016 Scott Venturo Alberta Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:39 Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:34

Brett HoganEDMONTON, Alberta (Alberta Golf) — Brett Hogan of The Glencoe Golf & Country Club took the win with a tournament total of 134 (-10) for the Scott Venturo Alberta Open Championship at RedTail Landing Golf Club. After losing the lead to Calgary’s Wes Heffernan early in the round, Hogan chipped-in on the 18t to win by two strokes.

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Stanley Thompson Challenge

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2016 18:01 Thursday, 09 June 2016 17:49

Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course(Gord Montgomery/iG) — My Dear Alberta Friends,

Please forgive me for not writing sooner, but given the state of affairs I find myself in over the past while, it has truly been rather difficult to keep in touch.

However, that being said, I think you’ll forgive my negligence with this special offering I have for you to enjoy two of my favourite golf facilities in Western Canada — the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club.

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Alberta Golf Courses, Golfers Basking in Warm Weather

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2016 00:12 Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:23

altEDMONTON, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — For many Alberta golf courses, and those that wander their green fair-ways, 2016 could be a banner year. This past winter has been short and thus the golf sea-son becomes a long one leading to more rounds for players and more revenue for facilities

For the most part, courses from the bottom of the province to the top have seen their ear-liest ever opening. In fact, things teed off in Calgary in February when Fox Hollow GC turned divot diggers loose on Feb. 16, albeit on temps.

“It was huge. People were just loving it,” said head pro Greg Griffith about those early gate crashers, adding the track moved to regulation greens around the middle of March.

While this may not have been a record for early opening, this year is the earliest ever they’ve been on “real greens,” said Griffith. “We’ve always opened up on temps but this stretch of being open is definitely the earliest.

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