2021 Newsletter: The Summer Review
THE 2021 GOLF SEASON REVIEW
Alberta’s Open for Summer plan allowed all Alberta Golf competitions and events to be held this summer. All of our Men’s Championships were sold out, The McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour presented by Crowe MacKay saw another season with great attendance and the Interclub Championship was sold out again with a few clubs on the waitlist. The atmosphere at the events, including our Family Festival, UpSwing Recreational Series events and all of our Ladies Championships was outstanding with everyone in great spirits, appreciating the opportunity to get outside, see their friends and safely compete at the game they love.
Please enjoy the following content on all that Alberta Golf has done this summer as we transition to planning the 2022 golf season and take a moment to read this LETTER TO GOLFERS FROM MARK BAMFORD, PRESIDENT AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT ALBERTA GOLF
ALBERTA GOLF LAUNCHES UPSWING RECREATIONAL BRAND
During the summer Alberta Golf tested its new UpSwing brand that will have a full debut in 2022. Please watch the video below to find out more about UpSwing by Alberta Golf!
ALBERTA GOLF FOUNDATION
The Alberta Golf Association Foundation was established in 1994 and is focused on supporting students on their path to pursue a post-secondary education. In 2021 Alberta Golf distributed $53,000 in scholarships to 42 students.
SAFE SPORT UPDATE
Alberta Golf is committed to the Universal Code of Conduct and will continue to do everything we can to ensure our sport remains a leading example for all participants, free of all bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.
Thank you to all participants, parents, sponsors and volunteers for their continued support for Alberta Golf’s commitment to Safe Sport.
We have randomly selected 5 prize winners from all Safe Sport Pledge entries received throughout the year…congratulations to Pauline Erickson, Ryan Garbutt, Lynn Kuehn, Aastha Savadatti and Shawn Wilson. An Alberta Golf prize package valued at $200 will be sent to each contest winner.
ALBERTA GOLF FESTIVAL
UpSwing by Alberta Golf was proud to re-launch the 2021 Golf Festival presented by Shaw and the Shaw Charity Classic.
Families enjoyed a day on course July 5th at Cottonwood G&CC owning their own hole for 90 minutes to play it any way they wished! There was also expert instruction on hand along with a BBQ and fun games.
ALBERTA GOLF MOURNS THE PASSING OF BOB WYLIE
Alberta Golf mourns the passing of honoured Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Robert L. Wylie (Bob Wylie) who passed away Sunday, September 19th at the age of 91.
ALBERTA GOLF IDENTITY VIDEO AND RADIO COMMERCIAL
Please enjoy our Alberta Golf “For Everyone” identity video and 2021 radio commercial.
2021 ALBERTA GOLFER MAGAZINE
In 2021 the theme across the province is that we’re thankful for golf. Please enjoy the digital version of the 2021 Alberta Golfer Magazine.
BOB VILLENEUVE PLAYS ALL 320 PUBLIC GOLF COURSES IN ALBERTA
Edmonton’s Bob Villeneuve played in our UpSwing by Alberta Golf recreational event this summer at The Fairmont Banff Springs. It was the last of 320 public golf courses he’s played over the past 16 years!
KATY RUTHERFORD WINS CALGARY CITY LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Calgary’s Katy Rutherford had quite the summer, winning the Calgary City Ladies Championship, finishing runner-up in her pro debut at The DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada and teeing it up with the men at the ATB Financial Classic on The Mckenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada on her home course at Country Hills Golf Club.
BRANDON MARKIW WINS ALBERTA MENS MID AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
In late June Brandon Markiw outlasted 240 competitors winning The 2021 Alberta Mens Mid Amateur Championship held at The Edmonton Golf Club and The Ranch Golf and Country Club.
GRACE BELL AND PAXTON MAXWELL WIN U19 CHAMPIONSHIPS
In early July at Carstairs Community Golf Club, Grace Bell and Paxton Maxwell were crowned U19 Champions, both in dramatic fashion!
RILEY FLEMING WINS ALBERTA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
In mid July Riley Fleming won his 3rd Alberta Open Championship presented by SVR Lawyers title and collected the $8,000 first place prize with his 6-stroke victory at Wolf Creek Golf and RV Resort.
HAILEY KATONA WINS ALBERTA LADIES AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Also in mid July, Ontario’s Hailey Katona shot an incredible 29 on the back nine to capture the Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship at Broadmoor Public Golf Course in Sherwood Park.
KIM CARRINGTON WINS 5TH ALBERTA SENIOR LADIES TITLE
By late July the scene shifted to The Lethbridge Golf and Country Club where Kim Carrington won her 5th Alberta Senior Ladies Championship.
BRADEN O’GRADY WINS ALBERTA MENS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Edmonton’s Braden O’Grady shot an amazing final round 64 to capture the Alberta Mens Amateur Championship held the final week of July held at historical Calgary Golf and Country Club.
MAX SEKULIC WINS CANADIAN MENS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Max Sekulic from Rycroft, shot a final round 66 to win the 116th Canadian Mens Amateur Championship at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ontario.
SENAN FOLEY WINS ALBERTA SENIOR MENS CHAMPIONSHIP
In early August, Senan Foley went wire to wire to win the Alberta Senior Mens Championship held at Sturgeon Valley Golf and Country Club in St. Albert.
BRANDON MARKIW WINS MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Brandon Markiw’s impressive summer continued in early August by winning the Alberta Match Play Championship at River Bend Golf and Recreation Area in Red Deer.
6 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT U17, U15, U13 CHAMPIONSHIPS
At the U17, U15, U13 Championships held at Alberta Springs Golf Resort, Kalee Seto, Aastha Savadatti, Eileen Park, Brett Jones, Tyler Kidd and Jalen Apedoe were crowned champions.
ALBERTANS AMONG WINNERS AT NATIONAL JUNIOR SKILLS CHALLENGE
The National Junior Skills Challenge was held at TPC Toronto in late August with a great representation from Albertans.
JAYLA KUCY AND CHRISTIAN FLICK WIN TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP ON MCLENNAN ROSS ALBERTA JUNOR TOUR
The 25 event McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour presented by Crowe MacKay ended at the Tour Championship held at Wolf Creek Golf and RV Resort. Playing on the “Old Course” Jayla Kucy and Christian Flick were crowned champions.
EARL GREY GC AND INGLEWOOD G&CC WIN INTERCLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
The Alberta Interclub Championship was sold out this season with Earl Grey GC and Inglewood G&CC winning out of 45 Men’s and Women’s teams on a gorgeous day at Kananaskis Country Golf Course in early September.
SHIRO MANI CAPTURES SEASON ENDING ALBERTA MID MASTER CHAMPIONSHIP
In late September, Inglewood Golf and Curling Club hosted the Alberta Mens Mid Master Championship which saw Shiro Mani capture the title in dramatic fashion to cap off the 2021 Alberta Golf season.