By Ryan McCracken on June 14, 2018.
Our wonderful little golf community in the sunny south will be on the national golf stage not once, but twice this season.
Hosting two national championships in one season is a rare occurrence for any city. These types of high-profile events benefit the local golf scene, as well as our economy.
The first to hit our city will be the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, featuring 156 of the top male juniors from across our country. The players will overtake the Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club from July 29 to August 2, with competitors representing the various provinces and territories.
Our city will also be represented at the championship, as the host club is granted one exemption into the tournament. They will be hosting a 36-hole event this month — open to junior members of club — to determine the winner of the coveted spot. I have no doubt the course and our community will be proudly represented by the eventual winner of the spot.
The four-round event will cut the field of 156 down to the low 72 players (and ties) for the final two rounds. The caliber of play will be exceptional, and certainly something you will want to come witness live so mark the dates in your calendar.
As you could well imagine, an event of this magnitude requires a large volunteer force to keep things running smoothly. The club requires a total of 115 volunteers, covering a wide variety of things, from scoring, on-course management, pace-of-play monitoring and driving range attendants.
It is a fabulous opportunity for those in the community to get involved and show support. The opportunities are not limited to adults. The club has numerous volunteer roles which can be filled by juniors across our community as well.
All volunteers receive a free hat and a Golf Canada shirt; however, to ensure proper sizing, you need to register on the Golf Canada website by June 30. To date, the club has roughly 70 volunteers committed.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please contact the club’s general manager, Cam Jacques, at 403-529-6930 (extension 105) for more information. You may also sign up to volunteer online, by visiting golfcanada.ca. Click on the competitions page and following the information from there to register today.
The second championship to overtake our city will happen in the fall, as the Medicine Hat College Rattlers proudly play host the national collegiate championship in October. The tournament will showcase the top male and female collegiate players from across Canada.
Stay tuned as I will preview that event later this summer.
Trevor Moore is a PGA of Canada professional and a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor with the Titleist Performance Institute. Based in Medicine Hat, he runs his Advantage Golf Academy out of Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course and coaches the Medicine Hat College Rattlers golf teams. For comments or questions, you can contact him via his website http://www.trevormoore.ca or follow him on Twitter @trevormooreinc.
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