By Mo Cranker on September 13, 2017.
If 2017 was the year for Little League baseball in the city, then 2018 will be the year for Canadian Junior Golf in Medicine Hat.
The Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club announced Monday it will be hosting a national junior boys tournament next summer.
“We’re really excited to share the big news. We’re going to be hosting the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Golf Championship,” said course general manager Cam Jacques. “The Championship will run from July 29 to Aug. 2 next year. This will include one practice round and four 18-hole rounds for the players. There will be a cut after the second round, so we’re expecting the boys to be on top of their game and to see some really good golf.”
There will be 156 golfers — age 14-18 — from all over Canada at the course over the four-day span. Jacques says he, and the rest of the staff are excited for the event.
“This is national, so we’re excited to host something on this big of a scale,” he said. “We’ve hosted some provincial stuff before, both men’s and ladies, but national events are definitely bigger. We’re doing a bit to the course this year, with a couple of the greens, so it will be a bit different next year. We’re really looking forward to this.”
Outside of showcasing the Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club, Jacques says he is excited for what the tournament can bring to the city.
“It really isn’t just about the golf, but about all of the people coming to our city,” he said. “We know that with tournaments, families travel and stay in hotels. They check out the night life and other events in their spare time. This is going to bring a lot of people to the Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club during the rounds of golf, but, on a grander scale, people are going to be here in our city. This will hopefully be a good showcase for the city.”
Note: This story and its headline have been corrected to reflect that this is a national tournament, not an international one. The News apologizes for the error.
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