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Preview: 2018 Alberta Junior & Juvenile Championships

Sundre –The provinces top junior and juvenile golfers will descend upon Sundre, Alberta this week for the Alberta Junior Boys and Girls Championships.

Considered the most prestigious prize in provincial junior golf, the Alberta Junior Championships have a long and storied history of talented youngsters who have the dream of one day playing at the highest levels.

“We are extremely excited about the week ahead in Sundre,” said Stephen Wigington, Alberta Golf’s Manager of Competitions. “We have two great golf courses with a track record of hosting high level amateur competitions. The juniors this week are in for a treat as they look to mark their names in the history books.”

KEY INFO

Alberta Junior and Juvenile Girls Championship
Dates: July 2-4th
Course: Coyote Creek Golf &RV Resort
Yards/Par: 5,858 yards/ 71
Field: 26
2017 champions:
Junior: Kehler Koss (@KehlerKoss)
Juvenile: Annabelle Ackroyd (@Anna_Ackroyd)
Format: 54 holes of stroke play
Social: #abjuniors

Alberta Junior and Juvenile Boys Championship
Dates: July 3-6th
Course: Sundre Golf Club
Yards/Par: 6,778 yards/72
Field: 125
2017 champions:
Junior: Max Sekulic (@Maxsekulic)
Juvenile: Kai Iguchi (@KaiIguchi)
Format: 72 holes of stroke play with a 36-hole cut
Social: #abjuniors

LOOKING BACK

Both Max Sekulic and Kehler Koss won by a single shot thanks to strong play on the closing holes of the championships. They both took home the titles in their final year of junior golf and over a number of rising stars in the juvenile ranks who will look to capture the trophies in 2018.

HISTORY

The Alberta Junior Boys Championship was first contested in 1938. The Juvenile division was added in 1983. The Alberta Junior Girls Championship record book dates back to 1932 with the juvenile division added in 1973.

2013 – Nicholas Scrymgeour; Jaclyn Lee

2014 – Tyler Saunders; Jaclyn Lee

2015 – Andrew Harrison; Katy Rutherford

2016 – Jaxon Lynn; Kenna Hughes

2017 – Max Sekulic; Kehler Koss

NOTABLES

  • Annabelle Ackroyd – 2017 Alberta Juvenile Champion; 2018 USGA Junior Girls and Women’s Amateur Qualifier
  • Taylor Stone – 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Western Champion; 2016 Alberta Juvenile Champion
  • Kaitlyn Wingnean – 2017 Alberta Bantam Girls Champion
  • Kai Iguchi – 2017 Alberta Juvenile Champion; 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Western Champion
  • Ethan Choi – Alberta High Performance Squad member
  • Hunter Thomson – 2017 Alberta Bantam Boys Champion

FAST FACTS

  • Junior Boys Competitors will be playing for one of 14 quota positions in the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship. The national championship will be contested at the beautiful and historic Medicine Hat G&CC July 30 – August 2nd.
  • The Canadian Junior Girls Championship is being held at Beach Grove Golf Club, in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, July 31- Aug 3.
  • The top three boys and girls at weeks end will earn their spot on the respective Alberta Junior Interprovincial Teams.

ABOUT THE COURSES

Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort
Coyote Creek was designed for maximum enjoyment, the course is friendly for the beginner and challenging for the low handicapper. It features four different teeing areas to allow golfers to choose the yardage that fits their ability. The fairways are quite generous in size to allow off-centre shots to find the short grass. Sand bunkers were placed in optimum positions to penalize stray shots. The greens at Coyote Creek have been the main topic of conversation amongst golfers after their round. Always fast, the greens have lots of slope and slight undulations making putting the toughest challenge on this championship course.

More information on Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort can be found here.

Sundre Golf Club
Experience nature’s beauty at one of Alberta’s elite golf courses: the completely rebuilt Sundre Golf Club. The Sundre Golf Club features 18 challenging holes of golf, practice facilities, a renovated clubhouse with pro shop and restaurant, club and cart rentals, and professional golf instruction. The 18-hole course has exquisite water features, rolling greens and plenty of trees, making it stimulating for all skill levels. This club is located halfway between Red Deer and Calgary.

More information on the Sundre Golf Club can be found here.

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