Wednesday, April 21, 2021

AROUND THE GREENS: Shaw Charity Classic will be missed this week

AROUND THE GREENS: Shaw Charity Classic will be missed this week

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I’ll see you there. I’ll be watching from the bridge.


Two of Calgary’s top teen talents are going back to school with bragging rights after winning provincial golf titles last week.

Congrats to Georgia Barr (Glencoe) and Jon Vinge (Pinebrook) on claiming their respective age-category crowns against the rest of Alberta’s rising stars.

Barr finished two spins of Alberta Springs in 5-over 149 to top the leaderboard among U-17 girls, while Vinge fired even-par 144 to beat the rest of the U-15 boys.

Meanwhile, Riley Fleming closed on a heater — three birdies over his final four holes — to triumph at the PGA of Alberta Championship at River Bend. A teaching professional at Lynx Ridge, Fleming signed for a two-day tab of 11-under 133 to have his name engraved on that trophy for the second time.


A double-dip in Kananaskis Country? 

I have played both the Mount Kidd and Mount Lorette layouts several times since the post-flood restorations but never on back-to-back days. 

Until next weekend, that is, and I can’t wait. 

I’m always pumped to take aim at the island-green on the iconic fourth hole on Mount Kidd, although I tell everyone the best shot on that side is from the top of a steep staircase on No. 6. No matter what tee-blocks you’ve chosen, you have to make this climb. 

And I love the run of four straight riverside assignments, including a pair of picturesque Par-3s, on the home-stretch of the Mount Lorette layout. 

I can’t wait to hit all those shots on the same weekend. Thirty-six holes of that sort of scenery? Yes, please.

Maybe I can finally decide which of the sibling stunners is my favourite. Maybe.

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