Red Deer's Bennett Love was victorious at the Maple Leaf Junior Tour Edge School Spring Classic on the weekend at River Bend Golf and Recreation Area. (Contributed photo)

Red Deerian golfers win on home turf

Eileen Park and Bennett Love picked up wins on the Maple Leaf Junior Tour in Red Deer

A dynamic field of elite young golfers put their skills on display over the weekend at the River Bend Golf and Recreation Area.

Red Deer’s Eileen Park once again found herself atop the leaderboard, posting a one-over-par 145 over 36 holes to win the U15 Girls age group at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour Edge School Spring Classic. Park won the event by 12 strokes and she had seven birdies in the final round.

“It feels great to win again. I knew I was going to win after day one with my score, and how confident I have been feeling about my preparation for this season,” said the 12-year-old Park.

“Highlight of the tournament for me this weekend was making seven birdies on the second day! The best part of my game this weekend was my driver.”

Saylar May of Rocky Mountain House was third in the age group with a two-round total of 165. Raylee Denton of Red Deer was seventh.

Red Deer’s Bennett Love also earned a win in the Peewee boys age group. Love, 11, shot a seven-over par 151 in the two-round event, winning by 16 strokes over Sylvan Lake’s Jacob Natomagan.

“It feels great to win, I’m happy with my scores and I realized on about 15 that I was securing the win. It was nice to shoot a 72 on the second day too! My irons helped me the best this weekend,” Love said.

Innisfail’s Brae Rogalczyck went 74,75 at the event to finish second in the Bantam Boys age group, just one stroke back of winner Tyler Kidd.

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Casey Sliva, 14, of Red Deer was third with a two-day score of 15-over 159.

Red Deer’s Michael Song was tied for seventh if the juvenile boys division with a 152.

Camrose product Jayla Kucy was tied for second in the female 15-19 age category. Shay Anderson of Stettler was fifth in the junior boys age group with a two day total of 146.

The next stop in the province is the highly anticipated MJT Humber College PGM Classic at Fairmont Banff Springs GC, in Banff, May 22-23.

 

Red Deer's Eileen Park had seven birdies in the final round of the Maple Leaf Junior Tour Edge School Spring Classic on the weekend at River Bend Golf and Recreation Area. (Contributed photo)