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Alberta Open golf championship kicks off

Central Alberta is well represented in the 54-hole Alberta Open golf championship, which opened Sunday morning at the Wolf Creek Golf Resort.

Alex Gerrard of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club has qualified after finishing in a tie for 18th at the Alberta U19 Championship in Carstairs last week.

Innisfail has a pair of entries in Ron Harder and Jace Ouellette, who is from Red Deer County. Bobby McKinlay of Bentley, Carter Graf of Sylvan Lake, Tim Boston of Ponoka and Michael and Andrew Harrison of Camrose round out the local field.

The 54-hole Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship also began Sunday in Edmonton at the Broadmoor Club.

Other championships on the horizon include the Alberta Senior Ladies, July 20-22 in Lethbridge, the Men’s Amateur, July 27-29 at the Calgary Golf and Country Club and the Senior Men’s championship, Aug. 3-5 in St. Albert.

There is also a pair of provincial titles to be determined in Red Deer in August.

The Alberta Match Play tournament goes Aug. 11-13 at River Bend and the Alberta U17, U15, U13 championship takes place Aug. 23-25 at Alberta Springs.

A pair of RDGCC members – Eileen Park and Logan Graf – turned in outstanding performances at the U19 finals.

Park, who is only 12, lost in the fourth extra hole to Grace Bell of Calgary Glenmore, in the girls championship.

The two tied at 219 in the 54-hole event. Park, who won the low net title, had rounds of 74, 72-73 while Bell was 76-73-70.

On the boys side Graf finished second at (64-72-71) 207, one stroke back of Paxton Maxwell of Magrath, who had rounds of 70-68-68.

Cole Bergheim of the RDGCC tied for 27th at 225 and Joe Kelly of Innisfail tied for 46th at 234.

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