August 25, 2020


Nanton Junior Open


Get out a huge ribbon and put a bow around the 2020 ‘regular season’ for the McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour!   We had our last event of the 2020 schedule yesterday in Nanton, one of the four remaining charter members of the Tour dating back to our first year in 1996 (Lacombe, Innisfail and Ponoka).  In many ways, the Nanton event was a microcosm (I’ve been waiting 25 years to use that word in a write-up) of this year.  A sold out field. Lots of kids new to junior golf tournaments.  A big field of girls.  And loads of fun!

The Nanton event was the final opportunity for juniors to get in a Tour event before heading back to school and before the 25th annual Tour Championship coming up this Friday.  It was also the Last Chance Saloon for any kids who hadn’t yet earned their way into the field at Wolf Creek and we were able to put some smiles on several youngsters’ faces who had been trying all summer to get that coveted Tour Championship entry.  Tour regular Jeremy Hart of Sirocco GC was best in the boy’s division on Monday, firing a steady 4-over par 75 to beat Braeden van Dusen of Lethbridge CC and Mateo Kern of Canyon Meadows by a single shot.  Connor Czirjak of The Winston GC was another shot back in solo 4th on 77, but had maybe the biggest grin of the day as his play nailed down a spot for Wolf Creek after several close calls over the course of the summer.  Kern and van Dusen also punched their tickets to Ponoka for Friday with their efforts on Monday.

Nanton Junior Boys Champion Jeremy Hart of Sirocco GC

Boys’ Wild Card spots went to John Vinge (80)  of Pinebrook, along with  clubmates Alex Nekich (78) and Braden Petro (78) of Lethbridge CC.  It was nice to see a ‘bounce-back’ round from Nekich who had had a rough day on Monday at Desert Blume in Medicine Hat. ( Don’t ask!) The final two Wild Card spots went to the Lehmann Brothers, Ben and Zach, of Willow Park, both of whom also shot 80.

In the junior girls’ division, Emily Cornwall of Springbank Links took down her second Tour win in four days (Woodside) with a fine 76 to best a big field of 15 girls.  Many of these youngsters were playing in their first or second tournament, but hopefully the experience will help whet their appetites for more competitive opportunities next year.  New qualifiers today were Justine Leon (89) of Lakeside GC in Chestermere, along with Brooklyn Campbell  of Didsbury and Neige Dunn of The Hamptons, both on 93.  Congratulations to all the kids who qualified on Monday.



1. Jeremy Hart                                          Sirocco                         75

T2. Mateo Kern                                         Canyon Meadows        76

T2. Braeden van Dusen                            Lethbridge CC              76

4. Connor Czirjak                                      The Winston                 77

T5. Braeden Petro                                     Lethbridge CC              78

T5. Alex Nekich                                         Lethbridge CC              78

T7. Tai Robichaud                                    The Hamptons             80

T7. John Vinge                                          Pinebrook                     80

T7. Ben Lehmann                                     Willow Park                  80

T7. Zach Lehmann                                    Willow Park                  80


The following players were the Top Six and ties in each age group, thereby earning Titleist Order of Merit ranking points.


BOYS BORN IN 2001-2003

1. Braeden van Dusen                            Lethbridge CC                76 PQ

T2. Braeden Petro                                  Lethbridge CC                 78 Q

T2. Alek Nekich                                      Lethbridge CC                 78 Q

4. Tai Robichaud                                    The Hamptons                  80 PQ

5. Kyle Schwartz                                     Inglewood                         81

T6.Brennan Tailfeathers                          Paradise Canyon          84

T6.Keith Hosford                                     Northern Bear                84


BOYS BORN IN 2004-05

1. Jeremy Hart                                     Sirocco                            75 PQ

2. Connor Czirjak                                 The Winston                  77 Q

T3. John Vinge                                     Pinebrook                       80 WC

T3. Ben Lehmann                                Willow Park                     80 WC

5. Reid Williamson                               Olds                                 85

6. Zach Moulaison                               Carstairs                          86



1. Mateo Kern                                     Canyon Meadows                76 Q

T2. Tom Dyack                                    Willow Park                         80 PQ

T2. Jalen Apedoe                                Serenity                                80 PQ

T2. Zach Lehmann                             Willow Park                         80 WC

5. Cole Phillips                                    Willow Park                          82

6. Jake Gococo                                   Willow Park                          83



1. Emily Cornwall                               Springbank Links                   76 PQ

T2. Olivia Leung                                 The Winston                           89 PQ

T2. Justine Leon                                 Lakeside                                  89 Q

4. Carla van Remmen                         Pinebrook                              90 PQ

T5. Brooklyn Campbell                       Didsbury                                93 WC

T5. Neige Dunn                                  The Hamptons                        93 WC


Ba-da-ba-da-ba-dahhh, that’s all, folks!

See you at The Wolf on Friday!

Location: Nanton
Pro: Dave Henzie
Phone: (403) 646-2050
Website: http://www.nantongolfclub.com