Southern Alberta: Local News / Calgary & Area

Mickelson National Will Fill A Niche In Calgary Area

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 12:12 Monday, 13 October 2014 10:52

by Gord Montgomery


The Mickelson National Golf Club, now under construction near Calgary, will be a one-of-a-kind facility in that area, and perhaps even in all of Alberta, says the man in charge of the operation, Barry Ehlert.
In a phone interview, Ehlert, who heads up the Windmill Golf Group, said the idea of a high-end golf course in that part of the province is what is missing from the sport’s landscape at present.



A Foe We All Know Sidelines Vlooswyk at Re/Max World Long Drive Championship

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 17:23 Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:44

by Gord Montgomery


Each and every one of us who has ever swung a golf club in fun or competition knows that evil little being that lives inside us all.
The one who shows up at the worst possible time; the one who has bitten every one of us.... from the best professionals like Rory McIlroy at the Masters to Phil Mickelson at some point in virtually every tournament he plays to Tiger you and I on a Saturday morning with a few bucks on the line.
You know of whom I speak, none other than… Mr. Hit-It-Crooked.



Calgary’s Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada Drawing Worldwide Buzz

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 02:25 Thursday, 02 October 2014 02:18

altThere are all sorts of ways to measure the buzz surrounding the soon-to-be-under-construction Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada.

Membership inquiries.

Media coverage.

And this ...

"We launched a website — — and it's been amazing. When you type in Phil Mickelson, we're several pages in on the Google search, but it's starting to creep up there pretty quick," said Barry Ehlert, the managing partner of Windmill Golf Group.



Going for Gold: Mike Belbin Does it Again

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 00:34 Monday, 22 September 2014 00:27

altCALGARY, Alberta — The 2014 edition of the Tour Championship sponsored by Fletcher did not disappoint any of the spectators as Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair GC) wins another PGA of Alberta event to add to his resume. After starting the day tied for fourth, Belbin played a solid front nine with a 1-under, 35 and carding two birdies. On the back nine, he turned it into second gear starting off with an eagle on the par 5 10th and birdie on the 11th. He finished the remaining seven holes 1-under to put himself tied for the lead with Gord Courage at 2-under. At the beginning of the day, Belbin remarked, "My goal for today is 68, that's what I'm focused on". Belbin was right on the money with his prediction shooting the low round of the day, a stellar 4-under. This is Belbin's fourth PGA of Alberta win on the tournament circuit in 2014 and with his efforts today, he takes home $4,250 in winnings.



Course Conditions Leave Players Frustrated at Tour Championship

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:50 Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:48

altCALGARY, Alberta — Tough conditions at The Hamptons GC for the Fletcher Tour Championship made life difficult for the 43 professionals involved in today's tournament. From the challenging pin locations, to the fast greens, players were left with few positive words to say about their round one performance. Round one leader Kent Fukushima said he has played the course a few times but only recently came to truly understand how to play the course. It obviously showed as Fukushima sits by himself at the top at 1-under 71 to be the lone player under par.



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