September 20th, 2019

Hat’s Martin wins Alberta Ladies Amateur golf title

By Sean Rooney on July 11, 2019.

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Becky Martin eyes her putt on the eighth hole at Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club during the final round of the Victoria Day Classic Monday, May 20, 2019. Alberta champion Martin's time at nationals is done, missing the cut by three strokes on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

EDIT: Original story stated Becky was first person regardless of gender from Medicine Hat to win an Alberta Amateur. Don Graham won men’s amateur twice in the 1970’s. Apologies for getting wires crossed with Kelly Risling, who thought we were just asking about women’s.

Medicine Hat’s Becky Martin has made history, winning the Alberta Ladies Amateur golf tournament.

At The Ranch Golf and Country Club near Edmonton Thursday, Martin shot a 4-under par 67 to finish 1-over the 54-hole event. She won the amateur by seven strokes, topping a field of 41 golfers, and also takes the mid-amateur crown for players 25 years of age and older.

According to local golfing legend Kelly Risling, Martin is the first woman from the city to win a provincial amateur crown.

Martin, who played NCAA golf for two seasons before injury problems ended her career there, went on to play the far shorter Canadian college seasons with her hometown Medicine Hat College Rattlers, winning the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference title twice and taking third at Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association finals once.

She was named Rattlers female athlete of the year this spring after finishing her last season at the college level.

Martin gets an automatic spot as part of the three-player Alberta team headed to Canadian amateur nationals in Red Deer July 23-26.

See Friday’s News for a full report.

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