Woodside Junior Open
BY DUNC MILLS
We had another ‘first-time’ event on Saturday, as the McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour made its inaugural visit to Woodside Golf Club in Airdrie. Judging from the well-organized event hosted by Head Professional Cam Latimer and his team and the season-high throng of 84 juniors from across the province, including 23 junior girls, this likely won’t be our last visit to Airdrie!
Aneesh Kaura of PInebrook got into the tournament as a last-minute replacement from the waiting list and he made the most of his opportunity. Filling in a slot with three junior girls as playing partners (lucky you, Aneesh!) , he sprinkled in five birdies on his card offset by a long bogey to post a Tour season-low 4-under par 66 to take home the overall Low Gross title.
Aneesh Kaura of Pinebrook
Patrick McLarty of Carnmoney, 13, had an excellent result of his own, firing a 3-under par 67 to capture his flight of younger players who competed from a shorter set of tees, but this was an outstanding result for this up-and-comer and it earned him a spot in next Friday’s Tour Championship in the process. Kaura also snagged a spot along with Christian Hansen (73) of River’s Edge GC in Okotoks. Cole Phillips of Willow Park (73) was tops among the boys born in 2006-07. Seth Marriott of Lacombe also toured the course in 73 shots, but he was already in the field for Wolf Creek.
Other boys’ Tour Championship spots went to Thijs van Lankvelt (76) of Wintergreen from the flight for boys born in 2001-2003, Wild Card qualifiers Ryker Flikinger (76) of Pine Hills, Jalen Apedoe (75) of Serenity GC, and the host club’s Chase Strang (76).
IMPORTANT – Ryker, Jalen, Chase and Cole – you were all gone by the time I was able to finally sort out who all the Wild Card qualifiers are, but you’re IN…go to www.albertagolfjuniors.org, download the Entry Form for the Tour Championship link for Wolf Creek, and get that off to Wolf Creek ASAP if you want to play next Friday. Reminder that the entry deadline is NOON on Wednesday. The Wolf Creek link also has the Information Letter for you about all the details of the event. Congrat’s to all the qualifiers.
In the Junior Girls’ division, we had another great turnout of 23 players! The boom in junior golf this summer, for whatever reasons you can think of, has really manifested itself in the fantastic increase in junior girls’ entries. Many of these kids are very young and just getting their first taste of tournament competition, but we all have to start somewhere and based on the talent on display and the enthusiasm of these young players, I have no doubt that many of these kids will rapidly move up the competition ladder in junior golf in our province very soon.
Two junior girls shot 80 today and tied for Overall Low Gross. Emily Cornwall of Springbank Links captured her age group (2001-2003) as did Tessa Ion of Pinebrook in the flight for girls born in 2006-07. Both earned their ticket to Wolf Creek next Friday, along with Olivia Johnson (82) of Silver Springs from the flight for girls born in 2008 & later.
Emily Cornwall (C) of Springbank Links with her parents.
Olivia, Tessa, Sydney and Taylor, if you’re reading this on Sunday, you’re in the same boat as those boys listed above that also had to leave before we were able to finalize all the qualifiers. Follow the instructions above and get your entry off to Wolf Creek. Due to the large number of girls entered today and overall for the year, we awarded three bonus Wild Card spots, which went to Cici Zhang (88) of Lynx Ridge, Sydney Chuong (86) of The Winston, and Taylor Foord (87) of Woodside
The Tour heads east on Monday to Desert Blume in Medicine Hat and then back to Nanton on Tuesday for the final ‘regular season’ event of the 2020 Tour schedule before the Tour Championship coming up this Friday at Wolf Creek.
OVERALL TOP TEN:
These scores are across all age groups. Boys of different ages played different sets of tees but for this listing, we have just shown all the gross scores.
1. Aneesh Kaura Pinebrook 66
2. Patrick McLarty Carnmoney 67
T3. Seth Marriott Lacombe 73
T3. Cole Phillips Willow Park 73
T3. Christian Hansen River’s Edge 73
6. Aidan Fong Country Hills 74
7. Jalen Apedoe Serenity 75
T8. Chase Strang Woodside 76
T8. Ryker Flikinger Pine Hills 76
T8. Cooper Chalcroft Country Hills 76
The following players finished in the Top Six and ties in each age group, thereby earning Titleist Order of Merit ranking points.
BOYS BORN IN 2001-2003
1. Seth Marriott Lacombe 73 PQ
2. Thijs van Lankvelt Wintergreen 76 Q
3. Kyle Schwartz Inglewood 80
4. Matthew Friedrick Brooks 86
BOYS BORN IN 2004-2005
1. Aneesh Kaura Pinebrook 66 Q
2. Christian Hansen River’s Edge 73 WC
3. Aidan Fong Country Hills 74 PQ
T4. Ryker Flikinger Pine Hills 76 WC
T4. Cooper Chalcroft Country Hills 76 PQ
6. Reid Williamson Olds 77
BOYS BORN IN 2006 & Later
( for the Order of Merit listing, I have lumped all these boys in one group, even though the boys born in 2008 & later played shorter tees.)
1. Patrick McLarty Carnmoney 67 Q
2. Jalen Apedoe Serenity 75 WC
3. Chase Strang Woodside 76 WC
T4. Matthew Keane Bearspaw 77
T4. Jake Gococo Willow Park 77
T4. Arthur Leyton Lynx Ridge 77
T4. Harley Mohr Ft. Saskatchewan 77
JUNIOR GIRLS BORN from 2001-2007
T1. Emily Cornwall Springbank Links 80 Q
T1. Tessa Ion Pinebrook 80 Q
T3.Olivia Leung The Winston 86 PQ
T3. Sydney Chuong The Winston 86 WC
5. Taylor Foord Woodside 87 WC
6. Cici Zhang Lynx Ridge 88 WC
GIRLS BORN IN 2008 & later ( played the Silver Tees)
1. Olivia Johnson Silver Springs 82 Q
2. Alessandra Sundquist Willow Park 83
T3. Jasmine Lazzari Heather Glen 86
T3. Justin Leon Lakeside 86
T3. Caden Hudson Apple Creek 86
6. Serin Girard River Bend 91
Thanks again to Head Professional Cam Latimer and his team at Woodside for putting on a terrific tournament on Saturday.