Well, the tournament season is officially upon us, and the first Major of the year is over. So many of you put hard work and lots of preparation and strategy into this 2-day Stableford event. $96 was given away as 50/50 and the other half was donated to the Red Cross for Fort McMurray Fire Relief. And with everyone participating in the side snips games, there was some extra incentive on the line!
The D Flight was a close one - tied after the first round, but Gordon Desjarlais of Red Deer found his groove on the 2nd day and came out victorious.
The C Flight featured a great battle between the 12-16 handicap players, some being thankful for the Stableford format not penalizing them for a couple blowup holes. Tour Rookie Lewis Klinck, also from Red Deer, snagged his first [Major] victory on the AGT!
To have a B Flighter shoot the same Stableford score as the Champ Flight is an impressive feat. Only ahead of Leduc's Clem Lozeau by 1 point after the first round, Calgary's Jordan Kopelchuk fired a 2nd round 31 points to take his first tournament on the Alberta Golf Tour.
Arguably the most nail-biter finish happened in the A Flight between Thomas Reid of Airdrie and Mike Rowe of Fort McMurray. Tied after the first round, Mike was heading into the 18th hole on day 2 with a 1 point lead. After Thomas hit his 18th tee shot fat with no line to the green, Mike thought he had it in the bag with a par. Thomas hit a blind high fade 5 iron from 250 on top of the hill, ended up stuffing it to 4 feet and made the birdie for the win.
After an unbelievable round of 73 and 34 Stableford points on day 1, Brad Borggard had a 6 point lead going into day 2. Tim Boston was able to close the gap, but not quite enough, and Brad came out on top of the Champ Flight in the first Major of the season.
For full results from all Flights, click here.
Congratulations to all who played! Our next events are:
Saturday, June 4 @ Coal Creek
Monday, June 6 @ Cottonwood
Saturday, June 11 @ Riverbend
Monday, June 13 @ Springbank
Don't forget to register, as they close a week prior to the tournament. In the mean time, check out the highlight reel from Canmore, and catch y'all soon!
The Alberta Golf Tour is Alberta's only premier flighted amateur competition open to all skill levels, ages, and genders.