Southern Alberta: Local News

Golf Back in the Olympics After 112 Years, But for How Long

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 18:51 Tuesday, 28 June 2016 18:46

Shane LowryCanadian Press

AKRON, Ohio (Doug Ferguson/AP) — For the longest time, golf’s biggest headache in preparing for a return to the Olympics was getting a new course built in Rio de Janeiro.

That seems like a nuisance compared with its next major hurdle.

Who’s going to play?

Ten eligible players over the last two months have pulled out of the Olympics, six of the specifically citing concerns about the Zika virus. The last week alone was particularly devastating to a sport wanting to make a good impression after being gone from the games for 112 years.

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Team Canada’s Maddie Szeryk Qualifies for U.S. Women’s Amateur

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2016 19:04 Monday, 27 June 2016 19:00

Jessica Ip, Kelsey Murphy, and Maddie SzerykBRAMPTON, Ontario (Taylor Craig/Golf Canada) — Local and international amateur golfers gathered at the Brampton Golf Club to compete for three available exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa., from August 1-7. Kelsey Murphy of Plymouth, Mich., claimed medallist honours with a 4-under 67 showing.

The 21-year-old sunk five birdies and was bogey-free until her final hole to secure a four-stroke victory.

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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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Berube Relishes the Challenge of Keeping Golf in Alberta’s Forefront

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:43 Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:34

Phil BerubeCALGARY, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Stepping back onto the tee box in golf’s working world after a brief hiatus, Phil Berube knows he now has some rather large challenges in front of him.

Berube, the former longtime executive director of the PGA of Alberta who stepped away from that role a couple of years back, has returned to the game in a similar role with Alberta Golf, the province’s ruling amateur golf body. Now, he faces the task of keeping Albertans involved in the sport as the economy fluctuates wildly throughout oil country.

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