Strong field set for RDGCC Skins Game

Guest associate pro Roy Hide will join four Canadian Professional Golf Tour players in the Red Deer Golf and Country Club Skins Game, Tuesday. The five-man lineup will include Skins Game veterans Mike Mezei and James Love, as well as James Lepp and Steven Lecuyer. The nine-hole event will tee off at 5 p.m. with the field pursuing a total purse of $15,000.

Guest associate pro Roy Hide will join four Canadian Professional Golf Tour players in the Red Deer Golf and Country Club Skins Game, Tuesday.

The five-man lineup will include Skins Game veterans Mike Mezei and James Love, as well as James Lepp and Steven Lecuyer. The nine-hole event will tee off at 5 p.m. with the field pursuing a total purse of $15,000.

Mezei has been a member of the Canadian Tour since 2005 and won the Winnipeg Free Press Classic two years later. The Lethbridge native was the top-ranked amateur and junior player in Canada in 2002 and in ‘03 won the Alberta Amateur three years after capturing the Canadian junior championship.

Love finished eighth in a Web.com Tour event — the Utah Championship — last year and in 2009 was the winner of the Canadian Pro Tour Championship. The Calgary native and Denver, Colo., resident, was a member of the Canadian national amateur team in 2005 and ‘06.

Lepp, from Abbotsford, B.C., is a two-time winner on the Canadian Tour and in 2005 became the first Canadian to win the NCAA championship while attending the University of Washington. He won seven times at the college level and was a four-time All-American.

In addition, Lepp was a medalist in the 2005 U.S. Amateur, was a runner-up on the Golf Channel series Big Break Greenbrier in 2012 and is the founder of Kikkor Golf.

Lecuyer, a native of Grimshaw, made seven of eights cuts on the Canadian Tour last year. He won the Alberta Amateur in 2010 and a year later took top honours in the Samford Invitational — an NCAA tournament — while representing the University of Central Arkansas and finished fifth in each of the Arkansas State Open and Texas State Open tournaments.

Lecuyer recorded 23 top-10 NCAA finishes during his time at Central Arkansas.