Thomson and Claggett lead after day one at the Alberta Bantam & Novice Championships
Shannon and Brezovski lead the Novice Championships
CLARESHOLM, Alta (Alberta Golf) – Day one of the 2017 Alberta Bantam & Novice Championships proved to be a tough test as the field of youngsters faced difficult conditions at the Bridges of Claresholm GC. The field battled strong winds and several players shot very respectable numbers in what for many of the golfers was their first provincial championship round.
Last year’s runner-up Hunter Thomson, of the Glencoe G&CC, distanced himself from the field in the first round with consistently strong play off the tee.
“My mental game was strong. I only missed two fairways, the driver was on. I did not miss many greens, and my putting was very good. No three-putts. I am overall just very happy with the round.”
Thomson only made one bogey on the day and holds a five-shot heading into tomorrow’s second and final round.
“I will go into round two with the same game plan. I am pretty happy with today’s round obviously and I am looking to continue that tomorrow.”
Thomson’s club-mate Marko Banic sits alone in second place. The third-place finisher last year bounced back nicely by making an eagle on the par five second hole, after opening with a double-bogey on the first hole of the championship.
Tillie Claggett, also of the Glencoe G&CC, leads the Bantam Girls Championship by one shot over the Derrick Golf & Winter Club’s Kaitlyn Wingnean. Wingnean made an eagle on the par five eighteenth, and when Claggett made double-bogey on the closing hole her lead was slashed by four strokes. That exchange will make for a competitive final round tomorrow.
Jace Shannon from Forestburg leads the Novice Boys Championship and Belle Brezovski from the Sturgeon Valley G&CC leads the Novice Girls Championship.
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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.