Local sports briefs – July 24

Mitch Evanecz is in a familiar spot at the Alberta Amateur golf championship.

Evanecz back in first

CALGARY — Mitch Evanecz is in a familiar spot at the Alberta Amateur golf championship.

The 23-year-old from the Red Deer Golf and Country Club (RDGCC) leads the 72-hole amateur heading into today’s final round.

He was in the same place last year before slipping to fourth.

Evanecz, who shot 70-71 over the first two rounds, shot a four-under par 67 Thursday for a 208 total, three strokes ahead of Dan Cote of Cottonwood in DeWinton, Karl Parringon of Heritage Pointe in DeWinton and Neil Thomas of the Edmonton Country Club.

Cote shot a 69 while Parrington came in with a 70 and Thomas a 73.

Tom McKinlay Jr. of Lacombe moved into a tie for fifth place with Wilson Bateman of Blackhawk of Spruce Grove at 213, following a 69. McKinlay had a 69-75 during his first two rounds.

Bateman finished with a 70 Thursday.

Meanwhile, Carson Kallis of the RDGCC is in a four-way tie for ninth at 216 while Kyle Morrison of Red Deer is in a tie for 15th with Frank Van Dornick of Camrose at 218. Kallis and Morrison both shot 73 and Van Dornick a 76.

Ryan Swelin of Sundre, who now plays out of Calgary, is in a tie for 22nd at 220, following a 73.

River Bend ready for PGA of Alberta

One hundred and twenty of the top professionals in the province will be on hand Monday and Tuesday at the River Bend Golf Course for the 2009 Club Car-Titleist/Footjoy PGA of Alberta championship.

Darryl James, an apprentice at the National Golf Academy at McCall Lake in Calgary, is the two-time defending champion while Jamie Kureluk, an apprentice at the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club in DeWinton comes in as a two-time winner on the 2009 PGA of Alberta Tour.

Scott Allred of Elbow Springs Golf Club of Calgary, Mike Belbin of Edmonton’s Royal Mayfair Golf Club, who was the 2008 assistant pro champion, Brett Burgeson of Country Hills in Calgary and Jeff Murdoch of Nevada Bob’s Edmonton are among the pre-event favourities.

Fourteen Central Albertans have entered the 36-hole event, including Todd and Cody Fiske and Troy Gibb of the host club and Shaun Luopa and Roy Hide of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club. Other locals are Dave Drake of Pine Hills in Rocky Mountain House, Kevin Snell of Red Deer, who is classified as a retired member, Wade Bearchell of Olds Central Highlands Golf Club, Kevin Broderson of the Lacombe Golf and Country Club, Scott Anderson of Wolf Creek Golf Resort, Jeff Potter and Greg Risler of Pheasantback in Stettler and Ryan Doucette of Cougar Creek in Sundre.

Action gets underway both days at 7 a.m.

Teron tumbles

CALGARY — Jesse Teron of Red Deer had a tough final round to the 54-hole CN Future Links Junior Boys’ Western Championship Thursday.

Teron shot a six-over par 78 to slip from third to 11th place at 219, 10 stokes back of John Lee of Pitt Meadows, B.C.

Zak Griffiths of Red Deer had a final round 74 to finish in a six-way tie for 12th at 221.

Lee shot a 71 Thursday to finish one stroke ahead of Ryan Werre of Redcliffe, who came in with a 68.

Groenveld Pan-Am Games bound

Jessica Groeneveld, who was born and raised in Innisfail, has moved into the No. 1 ranking in the slalom on the Canadian senior women’s kayak team.

The 20-year-old reached the pinnacle on the Canadian standings during a competition in Ottawa that saw her beat Sarah Boudens of Pembrooke, Ont., who edged Groeneveld in the Olympic trials.

Groeneveld, who just returned from a European tour that saw her make stops in Spain, France and Slovakia, will compete in the Canadian championships Aug. 2 and the Pan-Am championships Aug. 3 at Kananaskis. She will then prepare for the World championships in Europe.

Medal haul for Armstrong

Merv Armstrong of Red Deer was a triple medalist at the Canadian master’s track and field championships in Kamloops.

Armstrong won the pentathlon and discus and was second in the javelin in the 70-74 year-old division.

Harry Reid of Red Deer won the 100-metres and the discus in the 80-84 year-old class and just missed setting the Canadian record in the 100m.

Eva Reid won the discus and was second in the shot put in the 70-74 year-old women’s division while Ellie Armstrong was second in the discus in the women’s 65-69 year-old class.

Merv Armstrong is preparing to compete in the World Police and Firefighters Games in Vancouver, Aug. 1-6.

Braves down Foothills

The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves downed Foothills 8-5 in bantam AAA baseball league play at Great Chief Park Wednesday.

Braves head coach Terry Letkeman spread the pitching around using six pitchers in the seven-inning contest.

Brandon Ballantyne, Mac Guckert, Mike Pinkney, Jonah Penner and Tyson Ethier all pitched one inning and Wyle Cunningham worked the fourth and fifth innings and picked up the win. Penner had a pair of singles while Cunningham, Ty Elliott and Mac Guckert added triples.

Razorbacks hold off Red Dogs

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The Red Deer Razorbacks finished their Parkland Baseball regular season on a high Thursday, knocking off the Rocky Red Dogs 6-4.

Tom Rodzinyak pitched five innings for the Razorbacks while giving up two earned runs on five hits while striking out eight to pick up the win. Tim Wiebe came in and closed out the final two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Curtis Welsh went two-for-three with an RBI, Greg Bosse went two-for-three with three runs scored, Devan Bell went 2-3 with a double ad Mitch Froehler had an RBI single for the Razorbacks.

Morgan King went the distance for the Red Dogs and gave up all six runs, four of them earned while striking out two.

The Razorbacks finished the season with a record of 12-8 and are currently in first place with a week of make up games to go. The Red Dogs are in second with a record of 9-6 but have five games to be made up.

Panthers to play Sliders in final

The Sports World Panthers will play the Topco Oilsite Sliders for the Red Deer Ladies Fastball championships on Tuesday.

The Panthers beat the Bandits 5-1 to win their Best-of-three semifinal in three games.

Jen Potts went the distance on the mound for the Panthers.

The Panthers are also coming off of winning gold at the intermediate B provincials in Edmonton on Sunday, beating the Calgary Renegades 6-3 in the final. Tannis Wik had a bases clearing double in the sixth to vault the Panther ahead for good.

The Sliders beat Budal Ice in their Game 3 Thursday, but no score was available at press time.

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