The Summer Review 2020

Golf season is on the back nine 
2020 saw the arrival of Covid-19 in Alberta, and golf was part of the solution in our province for exercise, the economy and mental health. The NAGA-AB Coalition worked with government in the spring to get courses open and this summer we saw huge participation on courses across Alberta for recreational play, new players trying out the sport, Alberta Golf junior programs and our Championship tournaments.
Please enjoy the material below recapping what’s happened at Alberta Golf the past 3 months as the game of golf helps people return a level or normalcy to their lives.
McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour sees Decade high participation
Six months ago, who could have predicted how the golf industry as a whole and junior golf in particular would have experienced such a resurgence? From days back in March and April when we weren’t even sure we would have a golf season in Alberta this year, the industry has enjoyed its best season in a decade or more.  Families and kids have been flocking to golf courses everywhere, and the McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour rolled out a series of 22 tournaments all over Alberta so that young players could help sharpen their games with excellent competition on outstanding golf courses. The tour wrapped up with The Tour Championship on August 28th at Wolf Creek Golf Resort.
Dunc Mills achieves quarter century on Alberta Junior Tour
For the past 25 years there has been one constant on the McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour, Dunc Mills has been the tournament director.

Watch Video: 1 on 1 with Dunc Mills 

Alberta Golf Foundation launches new website
The Alberta Golf Association Foundation was established in 1994 and is focused on supporting students on their path to pursue a post-secondary education. Please check out our new website, your support goes a long way.
Alberta Golf partners
with belairdirect
Alberta Golf and belairdirect have teamed up to provide Alberta Golf Members and their families living in the province with a special discount on insurance.
Alberta Golfer Magazine: 
digital version
The 2020 Alberta Golfer Magazine is now in digital form.
24 courses across Alberta made up 2020 Youth on Course program
The second season for Youth on Course in Alberta was a big success. This is the second season for Alberta offering this U.S. based program to provide youth aged 6-18 affordable life-changing opportunities through golf. Youth in Alberta can golf for $5 or less at 24 courses and since the program came to the province in 2019 there has been a big increase in junior public players. In 2020 more than 600 new public junior players took advantage of the program with over 6,000 rounds played.
Golf Canada partners with First Tee to establish First Tee-Canada
Together, the partnership will bring First Tee’s youth development emphasis to strengthen Golf Canada’s junior golf activities – previously conducted under the Future Links brand – that reach kids in schools and at golf facilities. The innovative First Tee curriculum will focus on empowering young people to build their strength of character through the game of golf.
Alberta Golf Radio commercial and TV video PSA
Alberta Golf is proud to provide for all levels of golfers from the hackers to the high performers, from the young to the young at heart. Alberta Golf is “For Everyone” Please check out our Radio commercial that ran on TSN1260 Radio YEG Golf Show in Edmonton and News Talk 770 CHQR Radio in Calgary. A Television PSA will also be running across the province until November.
Golf Canada tees up new all-in-one Golf App with innovative
Canada’s largest golf community is about to become more connected with the launch of the new Golf Canada app.
The user-friendly app launched August 5 is now available to all golfers nationwide to record and track their scores, trace where they have played and provide detailed game statistics as a game improvement tool. The app is free to download and can be used by golfers at any level of skill.
Alex Large plays large to capture 2020 Alberta Mens Mid Am
Alex Large of Canmore used 7 straight birdies at Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort in Sundre during the final round to win the Alberta Mens Mid Am.

Alberta Mens Mid Am recap here

14-year-old Yeji Kwon wins rain shortened Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship
Due to heavy rain at Lakeside Golf Club in Chestermere in early July, the final round of the Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship was deemed unplayable for competition and Yeji Kwon won the 36-hole event.
Glencoe Golfers Ackroyd and Thomson dominate Alberta U19 Championships
Annabelle Ackroyd capped off her amazing Alberta Junior career with the threepeat, winning by 6 strokes for her third straight Alberta Junior Girls Championship at The Links at Spruce Grove. Fellow Glencoe Golf and CC member Hunter Thomson joined Ackroyd with an equally impressive 8 shot wire to wire victory.

Alberta U19 Championship recap

Kim Carrington defends Alberta Senior Ladies Championship
For the 4th time in the past 6 years Kim Carrington of Calgary stands alone in Alberta as your Senior Ladies Champion. The 2019 champion defended her title with a very solid 1 over par 73 at The Glendale Golf and Country Club for a 5 shot victory over 2016 champion Lynn Kuehn.

Alberta Senior Ladies Championship recap

Michael Valk wins Alberta Mens Amateur Title blocks from where he grew up
21-year-old Michael Valk grew up right beside The Medicine Hat Golf and CC and in mid July used a 6 under stretch from holes 9 to 14 to secure the 2020 Alberta Mens Amateur Title on the famed track founded in 1913.

Alberta Mens Amateur Championship recap

AJ Armstrong captures first pro title at Alberta Open at Wolf Creek
In late July the final round of the Alberta Open Championship presented by SVR Lawyers saw the first real drama this season at an Alberta Golf event after a number of blowout victories in 2020. AJ Armstrong made a dramatic par save on the 18th hole for a one shot win over 2019 champion Andrew Harrison.
Grant Oh captures first Alberta Senior Mens Title
In early August, Silver Springs golfer Grant Oh out dueled James Varnam from Edmonton to capture his first ever Alberta Senior Mens Championship victory.
Max Sekulic defends Alberta Match Play Title
Max Sekulic defended his Alberta Match Play Championship by defeating Tommy McKenzie with a 2UP victory at Jagare Ridge in Edmonton.
6 Champions crowned in Red Deer at U17, U15, U13 Championships
Alberta Spring Golf Resort was a great host for the top junior golfers in the province competing for a provincial title. The 36-hole format over 2 days saw 6 trophies handed out.
Canyon Meadows Golf & CC sweeps Interclub Championship in Kananaskis
Alberta Golf’s final Championship of the season saw 42 Men’s & Ladies teams from across the province represent their home club in the 2020 Interclub Championship. The annual host Kananaskis Country Golf Course put on another great show and so too did mother nature. Despite a chilly start, the sun came out to showcase the stunning scenery on the 36-hole layout west of Calgary. Canyon Meadows won both the Men’s and Ladies competition.

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