Springbrook native Chandler McDowell fired a seven under 71-66 to win the Maple Leaf Golf Tour event on the weekend at River Bend Golf Club. (Contributed photo)

Chandler McDowell goes low in win at River Bend

Chandler McDowell battled through the elements at River Bend Golf Club on the weekend to fire a brilliant seven under par 71-66 and win the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour event.

McDowell, a native of Springbrook claimed the low overall title as well as the junior boys 17-18 division win.

The victory also earned the 17-year-old a shortlisted spot on MJT’s Team West for the International Team Challenge (ITC) at Royal Niagara Golf Club in Niagara Falls, ON, September 22-24.

The local product was all the way down to eight-under through 11 holes Saturday on the way to his 66.

“It feels good to win as always, and gives me some confidence heading into the Glencoe Invitational,” he said in an MJT press release. “My key was ball striking, I think I hit 30 out of 36 greens this week.”

He wasn’t the only local winner on home soil either, as 20-year-old Logan Hill who plays for the RDC Kings grabbed a victory in the MJT Collegiate 19-23 age group. Hill shot 74-74 for a 148 and earned a three-stroke victory over Dakota Smith.

Samuel Hamelin was another Central Alberta golfer to pick up a win at the event, he put up rounds of 74 and 72 to earn a six-shot win over Colby Friedrich. It was his first MJT win and it also earned him a shortlisted spot on the MJT Team West for the ITC.

“It feels great to finally win,” he said in an MJT press release. “It’s about time that I played well for two days. I played very well (Sunday) which was nice. It is my first win on the MJT.”

In the bantam boys age group, Logan Graf finished third with a two-day total of 155. Cole Bergheim of Red Deer shot 159 and finished sixth.

Cam Duffin of Red Deer fired a 76-73 and was fourth in junior age group, while Tanner Smith finished sixth with a two-day total of 153.

byron.hackett@reddeeradvocate.com

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