Junior golfers go low at Jordan Brand Memorial tournament

Edmonton’s Ryan Garbutt won the Jordan Brand Memorial Lacombe Junior Open monday, with a low score of 79. (Photo courtesy of Alberta Junior Golf)

The McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour is drawing young golfers out of the woodwork this summer.

Monday, at Lacombe Golf and Country Club it marked the fourth straight full tee sheet this summer for the tour, which got underway on July 2.

Despite tricky conditions in the Jordan Brand Memorial Lacombe Junior Open, Ryan Garbutt came out on top of the one-day event, firing a 79. He was the only player in the field to break 80. Spencer Florchuk of Fort Saskatchewan shot 80 and a pair of local Lacombe products, Danny Humbke and Seth Marriot finished tied for third at 81.

With the win, Garbutt became one of the few players aged 13 and under who have won a McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour event outright in the Tour’s 25-year history.Brady Burns of Lacombe finished tied for first in the Boys born in 2004-05 category with an 84 and Alyssa Kanngiesser was third with a 94 in the junior girls age group.

Wednesday’s event, at the Olds Golf Club is sold out. The next stop after that is RedTail Landing GolfClub in Nisku. The Alberta Junior Tour Championships is at Wolf Creek Golf Resort on Aug. 28.

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