Preview: 2019 Alberta Junior Championship
Alberta Golf (High River) – The province’s top junior boys and girls will descend upon High River, Alberta this week for the 2019 Alberta Junior Championship.
Considered the most prestigious prize in provincial junior golf, the Alberta Junior Championship has a long and storied history of talented youngsters who have the dream of one day playing at the highest level.
Alberta Junior Championship
Dates: July 2-5th
Course: Highwood Golf Club
Yards/Par Boys: 6,476 – 70 Yards/Par Girls: 5,839 – 70
Junior Boys: Chandler McDowell
Junior Girls: Annabelle Ackroyd
Format: 4 rounds stroke play – Boys cut to low 60 and ties after 36 holes; Girls cut to low 12 and ties after 54 holes.
It was a youth movement at the 2018 Alberta Junior Girls Championship hosted by the Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort. The leaders in the final group were all sixteen years-old or younger. Annabelle Ackroyd of the Glencoe G&CC in Calgary had three birdies on the closing nine and went bogey-free in the same stretch to take the title.
At the 2018 Alberta Junior Boys Championship also in Sundre at Coyote Creek, it was a runaway for Red Deer Country Club golfer Chandler McDowell who won the championship by 11 strokes.
The Alberta Junior Boys Championship was first contested in 1938. The Alberta Junior Girls Championship record book dates back to 1932 with the juvenile division added in 1973.
2013 – Nicholas Scrymgeour; Jaclyn Lee
2014 – Tyler Saunders; Jaclyn Lee
2015 – Andrew Harrison; Katy Rutherford
2016 – Jaxon Lynn; Kenna Hughes
2017 – Max Sekulic; Kehler Koss
2018 – Chandler McDowell; Annabelle Ackroyd
- Annabelle Ackroyd – 2018 Alberta Junior Champion
- Ryan Hodgins – 2018 Alberta Juvenile Champion
- Ethan Choi – Alberta High Performance Squad member
- Tommy McKenzie – 2019 Future Links Western Champion
- Junior Boys Competitors will be playing for one of 15 quota positions in the 2019 Canadian Junior Boys Championship. The national championship will be contested at the beautiful Covered Bridge G&CC in Hartland, New Brunswick August 12-15th.
- The Canadian Junior Girls Championship is being held on home soil at the storied Lethbridge Country Club, July 30- Aug 2.
- The top three boys and girls at weeks end will earn their spot on the respective Alberta Junior Interprovincial Teams.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Highwood Golf was established as a non-profit corporation in August of 1958 located in High River Alberta, 30 minutes South of Calgary. It is wholly owned by shareholders and is a semi-private facility welcoming anyone to play, dine and enjoy social time in a beautiful, friendly setting.
A new 10,000 square foot clubhouse was completed in 2010 and hosts a variety of meetings, events, weddings and celebrations. A fully stocked pro shop, locker rooms, meeting space, 200 person banquet hall, restaurant and snack bar complete the package. The Foxes Den restaurant is a popular spot for golfers and locals to dine offering fresh, casual fare.
The Highwood, as it is locally known, operated 27 holes of golf from 1992 until June 20th, 2013. Eighteen holes reopened in June of 2014 (Heritage and Mountainview Nines). Four new holes will open in June of 2015 briging the Highwood up to 22 holes of championship golf. A new grass tee driving range and short game area were opened in the summer of 2014. In cooperation with the Town of High River, a flood mitigation dike project was completed in 2014 through and around our property.
More information on Highwood Golf can be found here.