Thomson and Wingnean victorious at the Alberta Bantam & Novice Championships
Shannon and Brezovski take home the Novice championships
CLARESHOLM, Alta (Alberta Golf) – The 2017 Alberta Bantam & Novice Championships concluded today at the Bridges of Claresholm GC. On the boys side, day one leader Hunter Thomson backed up his impressive opening 67 with a steady, even par 72 in the final round to win by five strokes over a trio who finished at even par for the championship.
Thomson played solidly in the final round commenting that “today’s round was not that much different from yesterday. I just stuck with the same game plan that worked on the first day.” He made a closing birdie to cap off an impressive week and finish at five-under-par for the championship.
Thomson added that “this win really means a lot. To see Ethan Choi’s name on there twice and a few other successful golfers from Alberta… it really helps to have my name on there. It was a really good week. I am really happy.”
It was a come from behind victory on the girls side for Kaitlyn Wingnean of the Derrick Golf & Winter Club. Back to back 76’s was enough to win the Bantam Girls championship by two shots over day one leader Tillie Claggett.
Wingnean played well down the stretch saying after the round that “the front nine was not as good as I planned it to be, but on the back nine I stepped up my game.” She added that “this is my last year (of age eligibility). This is what I have been working towards. I really wanted to win the Bantam this year and am extremely happy I was able to accomplish that.”
Jace Shannon from Forestburg won the Novice Boys championship and Belle Brezovski from the Sturgeon Valley G&CC won the Novice Girls championship. Look for both next year as they compete in the Bantam championship.
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