Gord’s Alberta Golf Notes

The Winston Golf Club In Calgary (Formerly Known As The Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club), Is Hosting The PGA Assistants' Championship Of Canada In September - Image Courtesy Facility

With A Little Help From Their Friends

The golf club in the small town of Three Hills, AB., is looking for some help from a few friends. Or even from strangers. After a devastating flood this spring that wiped out their clubhouse, the golf community in the town is looking to raise $100,000 through online fundraising sources to construct a new facility and keep their club a viable option.

Originally built with volunteer labour and donated funds, the club will be applying for applicable provincial government grants to help with the rebuild, but those are often not enough. And of course, the club must match any funds that are awarded to them through this grant process. Thus, the use of gofundme.com to help raise the needed capital to put a new building in place, from the ground up.

For more on the campaign, or to donate to the cause, go to www.gofundme.com/rebuild-the-3hills-golf-clubhouse.

City Of Calgary Pondering Selling Off Golf Courses

With six public golf courses under their management, some councillors for the City of Calgary have decided that perhaps it’s time to sell of the recreational properties. Of the six courses, only one is making a profit and the rest lost in the area of $2M during three years, from 2015 to 2017.

A major problem with community-owned recreational facilities, such as indoor arenas, gymnasiums, and ball diamonds along with golf courses, is that often any profit from their operation is funnelled into other areas of the overall budget, meaning they can’t reap the rewards of their own hard work.

Not all elected officials appear on-side with this idea, with the idea of turning them over to private operators also being discussed in council as is the possibility simply turning the green golf spaces into green park spaces. The discussions involving this issue will continue at a later date.

Calgary Club To Host Canadian Championship

The Winston Golf Club in Calgary will be the host of the 2018 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada this coming fall. It was announced recently that the event, sponsored by Callaway Golf, will take place from September 16 - 19 at the course, originally built in 1923, the course was redesigned by Alberta architect Les Furber in 1992.

Players ranked inside the top 64 earn invites to the PGA Championship of Canada and the player ranked No. 1 at the conclusion of the championship earns an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open. Besides the individual tournament the 36-hole Inter-Zone competition, with each team made up of four players their respective PGA zone is contested over the first two rounds.

Spectators are more than welcome to come and watch some of the best club professionals in the country and there is no admission charge.

Dustin Johnson In Position To Become The King Of Pebble Beach

Little Did Alfie Lau Realize That He Was Being Sized Up By A Rogue Buck While Lau Was Covering The Marquee Group Of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jake Owen And Wayne Gretzky - Image Credit Unknown

By Alfie Lau

Dustin Johnson looks set to be the story of the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am so when I went out to see him play, I expected golfing greatness. Instead, I found something unique.

It would have been the most amusing obituary ever written and it would go something like this:

Golf reporter Alfie Lau died Friday afternoon near the fourth green of the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Golf Club after a charging buck took out Lau and two Monterey County sheriffs who were guarding the marquee group of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jake Owen and Wayne Gretzky.

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BC’s UFV Cascades Golf Teams Sweep CCAA National Championships

The UFV Cascades Golf Program Captured Both Men's & Women's Team Titles In The PING CCAA National Championships - Image Courtesy Chris Bertram/UFV Cascades

Daniel Campbell And Maddie Kapchinsky Take Individual Medals In Men’s & Women’s Events

By Dan Kinvig/UFV Cascades

If it wasn’t the greatest day in the history of the University of the Fraser Valley golf program, it was awfully close.

The Cascades completed an incredibly dominant run at the PING CCAA Golf National Championships on Friday, sweeping the men’s and women’s team competitions at Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby, Ont.

Both UFV teams won their respective titles by double-digit margins, and each produced an individual medalist. Daniel Campbell was the men’s individual champ, winning by eight strokes, and Maddie Kapchinsky took the women’s silver medal.

This marks the second championships for the Cascades men’s and women’s teams, and their second sweep – the Cascades claimed both titles in 2013, also winning the men’s and women’s individual silver and bronze medals that year.

Beyond that, there have only been two other occasions in CCAA history where the same program won both team banners, and both times it was the Humber Hawks, in 2003 and 2007.

Campbell’s victory was also of historical significance – he’s the first Cascades golfer, male or female, to win a CCAA individual crown. “I’m a little bit numb, to be honest,” UFV head coach Chris Bertram enthused afterward. “I can’t begin to explain how ecstatic I am for all our players and coaches. Everyone worked really hard this fall, and even harder this week. It was a battle, a really tough go, especially for our men’s team. But they played like champions today.”





The Cascades men’s team put together a clutch effort on Friday to seal the championship. They had opened a nine-stroke lead after Tuesday’s opening round, only to watch PACWEST conference rival UBC Okanagan cut it to four after Round 2 and to two after Round 3. What’s more, three other teams were within 14 strokes heading into the final round, meaning that not even a podium position was guaranteed.

But on Friday, the Cascades fired a collective score of 295, the second-best team round of the week and 13 strokes better than any of their nearest five pursuers going into the day. Their four-round score of (+56) was good for a 16-stroke margin ahead of runner-up UBCO (+72), with Humber (+76) taking bronze.

“It was a tough night last night,” Bertram said. “We felt like we’d let a few teams back into it, and we were feeling some pressure. We talked about getting off to a good start, and our big guns went out and got a few early birdies and we rode it from there. We got into a bit of bogey trouble around 10, 11 and 12, and then we were able to right the ship. Coming down the stretch we played great and managed to pull away.”

Campbell, a first-year Cascade who transferred to UFV from Skagit Valley College, was dominant throughout the week. The Bellingham, Wash. product carded rounds of 71, 72, 74 and 71 to finish at even par for the tournament, eight strokes ahead of UBCO’s James Casorso (+8). Charles-Eric Belanger (+9) of the Champlain St. Lawrence Lions won bronze, and UFV’s Zach Olson (+10) finished one stroke off the individual podium in a tie for fourth.

Kyle Claggett (+22) for the tournament, T-17 overall, was among the heroes for the Cascades on Friday, firing an even-par 72, and All-Canadian Ben Whiton (+32, T-31) and Cole Briggs (+42, 45th) each posted two rounds that counted towards the team score over the course of the week.

Campbell said that Royal Ashburn played tough all week, but that it reminded him of a course back home in Washington state that he plays often – Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine. “It was mostly just keeping it in play off the tee – I found a lot of fairways this week,” Campbell said, breaking down his approach.

“It feels awesome. The individual (gold medal) was a plus, but to win the team tourney, that was more of the goal. Even the guys who didn’t travel with us this week, they made us a better team this season. It was a great team effort.”

Bertram termed Campbell’s performance, “absolutely rock-solid.” “He played this golf course almost perfectly – he almost didn’t miss a shot over four rounds of golf,” Bertram said. “To play this place at even par is incredible – it’s such a tough course, but he dissected it. He made it look easier than it really is.”

There wasn’t much drama for the Cascades women’s team on Friday – they led by 22 strokes at the start of the day, and ended up winning by 21 with a combined score of 59 over par for the week. The defending champ Georgian College Grizzlies and Champlain St. Lawrence Lions tied for second at +80.

The women’s individual race, in contrast, was a thriller. Kelowna, B.C. product Kapchinsky came into the day tied with Champlain St. Lawrence’s Sarah-Eve Rheaume for the lead, and she played the front nine at even par to open a three-stroke lead. Kapchinsky’s back nine was solid, too, at two over par, but Rheaume played that stretch at one-under, highlighted by an eagle on the par-five 14th, to force a playoff.

They played the par-four 18th again, and Kapchinsky left her approach shot short of the green while Rheaume found the dance floor but was left with a long birdie putt. After chipping on, Kapchinsky missed a slippery downhill 10-footer for par, and Rheaume was able to two-putt for the win.

UFV’s Emery Bardock (+43), the first-round leader, finished fifth overall, and fellow All-Canadian Hannah Dirksen (+47) was eighth. “We were ranked No. 3 coming in here, but I think our players all felt we were the team to beat,” Bertram said. “Those are three really talented players and tough competitors, and they weren’t taking their foot off the gas for one second.”

“Maddie played great,” Bertram added. “She hung in there today, and had the lead for most of the day. She just got beat by some incredible golf (from Rheaume). They fought neck-and-neck down the stretch, and it could have gone either way. She deserves huge congratulations.”

“I feel grateful for this experience,” Kapchinsky said. “Gold for our team and silver individually is one of the coolest experiences I’ve had. It’s the first national championship I’ve ever played in, and being part of a team is really special to me.”

The PING CCAA National Championships mark the conclusion of the Cascades’ fall season. Their spring campaign culminates with hosting the Canadian University/College Championship, May 29 to June 1 at Chilliwack Golf Club.

Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor’s Fast Start; Allenby Advances In Europe; Cordova Bay Wins RBC Scramble

Abbotsford, BC's Nick Taylor Is Off To A Good Start For The 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season - Image Courtesy SportBox

By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor has his 2018 PGA TOUR season off to a fast start. After finishing tied for ninth at the season-opening Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., Taylor followed up with a tie for 13th place Sunday at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

Taylor closed with a seven-under par 65 to finish at 12-under par. That was 12 shots behind winner Pat Perez, who beat runner-up Keegan Bradley by four strokes. Taylor has made $292,450 in the first two events of the 2018 season and stands ninth on the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup points list.

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