Team Alberta 3-Peats At Canadian Assistants’ Championship

By Gord Montgomery, Senior Writer, Inside Golf

SPRUCE GROVE, Alberta — When Jeff Cuthbertson, the executive pro at the Stony Plain GC that played host to the Alberta Assistants Championship, told the winner, Calgary’s Wes Heffernan, that Team Alberta would be strong in the team event at the national finals, he wasn’t kidding. That team captured the Inter-Provincial title for the third time this week.

The victorious team led by Heffernan which included Mitchell Fox, Michael Harrison, and David MacComb, overcame a one-shot deficit to Team Ontario to defeat that foursome by one shot, minus-15 to minus-14 to claim the Wild Rose Province’s third such title. Team Alberta carded a second and final round in the team event of minus-9 to grab the title.

The top two teams literally ran away from everyone else in the event played at The Ranch G&CC just outside of Edmonton. Team B.C. placed third in the event with a score of minus-5 with Team Manitoba and Team Atlantic tied for fourth at minus-4.

In individual play, Heffernan continued his strong play by carding a second consecutive round of 5-under 66 to hold a one-shot lead over David Li Sherman from Ontario, who had rounds of 67-66. In third place is Devon Schade from Larters at St. Andrews Golf Club in Manitoba.

The third and final round is scheduled for Thursday, September 21, 2023, with the top 55 players having advanced to that stage of the tournament that began with over 110 competing for the top prize.

The Trio Ken Griffith, Brian Laubman, and James Varnam Captured The Senior Amateur Team Inter-Provincial Title As Well This Year. (Photo Courtesy Of Golf Canada)

Another Title, A Different Team

Interestingly enough, the win by the young professional guns follows the Inter-Provincial win by some older gents, as Team Alberta captured the Senior Amateur championship. The trio of Ken Griffith, Brian Laubman, and James Varnam. The trio finished at minus-12 and had a bit easier time with their title run as they defeated Team New Brunswick by seven shots.