The Bridges of Claresholm is set to host the Alberta Bantam & Novice Championships

57 Boys and Girls aged 14 and under to compete over 36 holes



CALGARY, Alta (Alberta Golf) If there is any question about where to identify the top young golfers in the province, look no further than the Alberta Bantam & Novice Championships. This year, 57 eager youngsters will descend on the Bridges of Claresholm GC in what will be their major tournament of the year.

Flashback to last year’s championship where a talented 14-year-old named Ethan Choi from Pincher Creek shot an incredible round of 59. While it is unlikely to see that kind of magic again this year, surely there will be some incredible golf on display from those looking to work their way up the junior ranks.

“It is exciting that we have some of last year’s top finishers back in action again in 2017”, says the events Tournament Director, Stephen Wigington. “We are happy about the test that this course will present to these talented golfers. Perhaps most importantly, we are encouraged about the increase in participation this year, especially in the novice division for those aged 12 and under.”


Hunter Thomson – 2016 runner-up
Marko Banic – 2016 third place

Tillie Claggett – 2016 third place
Jayla Kucy – 2016 sixth place

Full list of past champions


  • First contested in 1996
  • Bantam Boys and Girls Format – 36 holes of stroke play competition
  • Novice Boys and Girls Format – 36 holes of stableford competition


  • Boys Championship tees – 6,185 yards, par 72
  • Girls Championship tees – 5,566 yards, par 72
  • Boys Novice tees – 5,566 yards, par 72
  • Girls Novice tees – 4,589 yards, par 72



The Alberta Golf Association was incorporated as a society in 1912 and continues today as a not for profit Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) operating as Alberta Golf. As the PSO, we are commited to realizing the positive impacts of golf on individuals and communities across Alberta. Our vision is that through golf, Albertans will enjoy a high quality of life, improved health and wellness, a strong sense of community, economic benefits and personal fulfillment. Alberta Golf hosts 13 annual provincial championships in order to identify the best golfers in various age and gender catergories. A mix of nearly 1,500 pro and amateur golfers compete on high quality member facility courses across the province. Championships are hosted by a core team of staff and over 100 volunteers. The tournaments promote competition, build pride in the community, support charitable giving and inspire future generations of golfers. They also serve as an opportunity for golfers to qualify for national amateur championships.

Anthony Stirling
Tournament Coordinator
Alberta Golf
(p) 403-999-2615

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