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Preview: 2018 Sun Life Financial Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship

CALGARY – The 2018 Sun Life Financial Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship is set to begin Monday with sixty-one players competing for the prestigious title. The 54-hole stroke play tournament field is made up of competitors who range from age 12 to 69.

“Willow Park will be a tremendous setting for this year’s championship,” said Brooke Kollesavich, Alberta Golf’s Competitions Assistant and this week’s Tournament Director. “The course is in fantastic condition and the players will be tested on Willow’s familiar speedy greens.”

Kollesavich goes on to add that “the field of competitors represents many juniors, amateurs, mid ams, mid masters and even a handful of seniors. Not only will this make for great competition, but it will provide an opportunity for mentorship and life-long friendships.”

KEY INFO

Dates: July 9-11

Course: Willow Park Golf & Country Club

Yards/Par: 6,034 yards/72

Field: 61

2017 Champion: Sabrine Garrison (@sabrinegarrison)

2017 Mid Amateur & Mid Master Champion: Andrea Kosa (@yourgolfbody)

Format: 54 holes of stroke play

Social: #abladiesam

LOOKING BACK

The 2017 Sun Life Financial Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship saw Sabrine Garrison of the Country Hills GC fire a final round two-under-par 70 to narrowly edge Andrea Kosa of the Glencoe G&CC by two shots.

Kosa nearly picked up the “triple” but settled for both the Mid Amateur and Mid Master Championships.

Garrison is a former two-time Alberta Juvenile Champion. She recently graduated from the University of Minnesota and will be attending Medical School this Fall.

HISTORY

The Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship was first contested in 1929. The Mid Amateur and Mid Master divisions were added to the event in 2003 and 2010, respectively. Sun Life Financial has been a proud sponsor of the event since 2002.

2010–Ashley Smith

2011–Nicole Zhang

2012–Jocelyn Alford

2013–Jocelyn Alford

2014–Jaclyn Lee

2015–Jennifer Ha

2016–Jaclyn Lee

2017–Sabrine Garrison

NOTABLES

  • Sabrine Garrison– 2017 Alberta Ladies Amateur Champion
  • Andrea Kosa– 2017 Alberta Mid Amateur & Mid Master Champion
  • Kehler Koss– 2017 Junior Girls Champion
  • Kim Carrington– 2017 Senior Ladies Champion
  • Annabelle Ackroyd – 2018 Alberta Junior & Juvenile Girls Champion
  • Taylor Stone – 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Western Champion
  • Kaitlyn Wingnean – 2017 Alberta Bantam Girls Champion

FAST FACTS

  • There are three contests up for grabs this week. The Amateur Championship which is open to all competitors, the Mid Amateur Championship for those aged 25 and over, and the Mid Master Championship for those aged 40 and over.
  • The top three competitors at weeks end will make up Team Alberta at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Marine Drive GC in Vancouver, BC – July 24-27th.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Gracefully winding through Calgary’s south-east, Willow Park Golf & Country Club is a haven in a hurried world. Established in 1965, Willow Park Golf & Country Club is where people want to be. Willow Park Golf & Country Club is a challenging yet walk-able course. Beautiful tree-lined fairways weave through 135 acres of formidable rough, manicured turf, ponds and bunkers. Established in 1965, the course mission remains true — cultivating a community merging golf with friends. There is something for everyone — men, ladies, seniors, couples and juniors. From fine golf to creative tournament and social events.

More information on the Willow Park Golf & Country Club can be found here.

ABOUT THE SPONSOR

Sun Life Financial has served Canadians for 150 years. With an array of products and services, Sun Life is able to offer trusted solutions for customer’s needs. Beyond business, Sun Life is committed to operating in a socially responsible way and acting as a good corporate citizen. Sun Life Financial has been a dedicated sponsor of the Sun Life Financial Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship for 16 years.

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