A busy four-events-in-four-days week got off to a rousing start today at Redtail Landing GC at Nisku. Situated hard by the new horse race track near the Edmonton International Airport, today’s tournament featured some solid play from over 40 juniors on hand from across Alberta, and highlighted by the Tour’s first sudden-victory playoff of the 2019 season.
Reid Casavant of Westlock made a sensational greenside bunker shot to a foot on the first hole of the playoff and his resultant par was good for the victory over Devin Kucy of Camrose. Both players fired excellent rounds of 3-over par 75, considering the strong winds that buffetted the Redtail Landing layout, site of last summer’s Sun Life Alberta Mens Amateur Championship. Jaiden Webber of the Royal Mayfair and Broadmoor’s Jarrett Bossert finished T3 a shot back on 76. Spencer Florchuk of Stony Plain completed the Top Five a further stroke back with a 77.
Casavant, Webber and Florchuk were among the new qualifiers today for the season-ending Tour Championship. Other qualifiers today included Glendale’s Evan Couch (80) from the flight for boys born in 2005 & later, and Couch’s clubmate Ethan Wilson (78) who snagged a Wild Card spot.
Six junior girls were in the field today, and chalk held (that’s a horse racing term, which seems appropriate because players could watch the thoroughbreds doing their morning workouts on the race track next to the 5th fairway). Jayla Kucy of Camrose, the 2018 girls’ Tour Champion, won her fourth 2019 event in four starts with an 81, four shots clear of runner-up Brynne Davies of Earl Grey G&CC in Calgary. Suriya Suleman of the Royal Mayfair earned the Tour Championship spot up for grabs with her third-place finish.
The Tour heads an hour south down the QEII tomorrow for the Ponoka Junior Open, one of the four remaining charter members of the Tour dating back to 1996. Two more tournaments in the Calgary area are featured later this week; McKenzie Meadows GC in Calgary on Wednesday for an 8 a.m. shotgun start and then east to Strathmore on Thursday for a 9 a.m. lid-lifter. Entries are still open for both Calgary events, so give the courses a call to get in some good junior golf competition this week.
Boys Born in 2000, 2001 & 2002
1. Devin Kucy Camrose 75 PQ
T2. Jaiden Webber Royal Mayfair 76 Q
T2. Jarrett Bossert Broadmoor 76 PQ
4. Spencer Florchuk Stony Plain 77 WC
5. Connor Kurysh Glendale 80
6. Ethan Couch Glendale 81
Boys Born in 2003 & 2004
1. Reid Casavant Westlock 75 Q
2. Ethan Wilson Glendale 78 WC
3. Rory Wutzke Camrose 81
4. David Stang 85
5. Kaiden Wolfe Ponoka 87
6. Brody Theophile Stony Plain 92
Boys Born in 2005 & Later
1. Evan Couch Glendale 80 Q
T2. Peter Hlushak Stony Plain 84
T2 Carson Devlin Windermere 84
T4. Jace Shannon Forestburg 87
T4. Sahaj Klair Redtail Landing 87
6. Scott Levey Belvedere 89
1. Jayla Kucy Camrose 81 PQ
2. Brynne Davies Earl Grey 85 PQ
3. Suriya Suleman Royal Mayfair 101 Q
4. Mikayla Wood Redtail Landing 105
5. Eva Hogue Edmonton CC 108
6. Arianna Kibria Edmonton Petroleum Club 121
These are the Top Six and ties from each flight. These players all earned Titleist Order of Merit ranking points.
Q = Player qualified for Tour Championship at Wolf Creek Golf Resort on August 23.
WC = Wild Card qualifier for Tour Championship
PQ = Player had previously qualified for Tour Championship.