Fun day at Innisfail parent-junior McLennan Ross Tour event

Alberta Golf (Innisfail) –
By Dunc Mills,
The 2019 McLennan Ross Alberta Golf Junior Golf Tour was back underway Tuesday at the always immaculate and difficult Innisfail G & CC. For the first time in the Tour’s 24-year history, the tournament was held as a parent-junior format giving many parents a delightful opportunity to join their kids and perhaps get a better understanding of what the juniors go through in tournament competition.
We had an excellent turnout of 24 partnership teams, consisting mostly of parents or grandparents with their offspring, but augmented by some surrogate parents recruited by Innisfail Head Professional Jim Boomer to give some ‘single’ juniors a chance to compete in the company of adult members of the Innisfail club.  It was hard to say who had more fun; the kids or their ‘new’ parents! 
Chase Bodoano of Broadmoor GC in Sherwood Park successfully defended his 2018 Innisfail Junior Open title as his 79 was the only score under 80 turned in by the juniors.  Innisfail has the well-deserved reputation as one of the more challenging courses on the McLennan Ross Junior Tour, and for good reason. The course was in terrific condition, with some of the fastest and smoothest greens we have seen so far this summer. Bodoano’s clubmate Jarret Bossert (81) was a single shot back in solo second, with the final podium slot taken by another Broadmoor player, Mitch Desjarlais.  All three players earned early-season tickets to the 2019 Tour Championship at Wolf Creek Golf Resort on Friday, August 23rd with their play today.   The host club’s Anthony Chatwood (83) also qualified for Wolf Creek, capturing the flight for boys born in 2003/04.
The younger boys born in or after 2005 had the luxury of playing from the shorter gold tees, and two youngsters turned in very impressive performances.  Aidan Fong of The Winston GC in Calgary and Chris Colberg of Valley Ridge GC tied for first in their flight with scores of 80, earning both players spots in the Tour Championship. We only had one junior girl on hand, as the balance of the province’s female junior competitors were otherwise occupied at Highwood playing in the provincial championship.  Earl Grey’s Brynne Davies fired a fine score of 89, also punching her ticket to Wolf Creek.
The Tour really kicks into high gear next week in the Calgary area.  The Kevin Hipple Memorial Junior Open is next up on Monday, July 8th at Pinebrook G&CC in Calgary, followed on Tuesday, July 9th in Carstairs and the Olds Junior Open next Wednesday, July 10th.  The new Tour event originally scheduled for Thursday, July 11th at River Spirit GC in Calgary has been cancelled.
Full Results
Boys Born in 2002, 2001 & 2002
Player                                      Home Club                                          Score
1.  Chase BODOANO              Broadmoor                                                  79  Q
2.  Jarret BOSSERT                Broadmoor                                                 81  WC
3.  Mitch DESJARLAIS          Broadmoor                                                 82  WC
4.  Dyson ZUKIWSKY            Red Deer GCC                                            87
5.  Andrew CHAPMAN           Pheasantback                                            97
Boys Born in 2003 & 2004
1.  Anthony CHATWOOD       Innisfail                                                     83 Q
2.  Cole FOX                              Innisfail                                                     85
3.  Jack CHIDLAW                  Country Hills                                            88
4. Reid WILLIAMSON           Olds                                                             97
Boys Born in 2005 & Later
T1. Aidan FONG                      The Winston                                             80 Q
T1. Chris COLBERG                Valley Ridge                                             80 Q
3. Brae ROGALCZUK              Olds                                                           82
4.  Ryan GARBUTT                 Windermere                                             89
5.  Kade McGOWAN               River Bend                                                95
6. Matthew MAYOWSKI        Drayton Valley                                         96
Junior Girls
1. Brynne DAVIES                Earl Grey                                                89 Q
Q = Player Qualified for Tour Championship at Wolf Creek Golf Resort on Aug. 23
WC  = Wild Card Qualifier for Tour Championship

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