Same game, same time, this year

The Red Deer Golf and Country Club Skins Game will have a familiar look this year. The June 28 event will feature the exact same lineup that competed for the roughly $8,000 in prize money last year.

Red Deer Golf and Country Club pro Ken Frame watches eventual winner Mike Mezei tee off during last year’s Skins Game at the RDG&CC.

Red Deer Golf and Country Club pro Ken Frame watches eventual winner Mike Mezei tee off during last year’s Skins Game at the RDG&CC.

The Red Deer Golf and Country Club Skins Game will have a familiar look this year.

The June 28 event will feature the exact same lineup that competed for the roughly $8,000 in prize money last year.

Mike Mezei of Lethbridge is back to defend the title he won for the first time in 2010, and will be joined by fellow Canadian Professional Golf Tour players Wes Heffernan of Calgary, Kris Wasylowich of Lethbridge and James Love of Denver, and RDG&CC pro Ken Frame.

“It’s an excellent field. We’re quite happy we could keep it together,” Frame said Monday.

“We’re hoping we can attract a little more interest this year by the fact we’ve moved the tournament back one week to avoid the Young Guns tournament (at Alberta Springs) which has conflicted with our date the last few years.

“This new date also works well with the Canadian Tour schedule.”

Mezei captured the 2010 title with $5,750 in skins.

He nearly duplicated the feat accomplished by current PGA Tour player Graham DeLaet a year earlier, but narrowly missed an eight-foot birdie put on the ninth and final hole which would have netted him at least a chip-off for the entire $8,000 pot.

Mezei has competed in one Canadian Tour event this season, finishing seventh at the Mexican PGA Championship in Mazatlan.

He sits with $3,964 in 2011 earnings, while Love — formerly of Calgary — Heffernan and Wasylowich have yet to play on the Canadian Tour this year.

Thanks to a cash donation by Red Deer bank manager Bernie Papp, the Skins Game pros will offer lessons to junior golfers prior to the event.

The Red Deer Golf and Country Club will also host the men’s Central Alberta Amateur July 30 to Aug. 1.

Meanwhile, the Alberta Amateur central qualifying tournament will be held July 5 at Olds, and Sundre Coyote Creek will stage the provincial senior men’s championship Aug. 9-11.

For the younger set, Red Deer River Bend will host Nike Golf Junior Series and Canadian Junior Golf Association Junior Linkster Series events May 28-29, and Wolf Creek Resort will be the site of a Nike Junior Series tournament June 18-19.

Wolf Creek will also welcome the McLennan Ross Sun Junior Tour championship event Aug. 29.

Other McLennan Ross Sun tournaments to be held in Central Alberta are set for July 11 at Rocky Mountain House Pine Hills, July 13 at Lacombe, July 19 at Ponoka, July 20 at Wetaskiwin, July 28 at Stettler Pheasantback, Aug. 8 at Innisfail and the following day at Olds.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Image from Facebook)
Rocky Mountain House store bars vaccinated customers

‘No proof the vax works and no proof it does not shed’

Bloc Québécois MP Sebastien Lemire rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 12, 2021. A Bloc Québécois MP has apologized for taking a screen shot of a Liberal MP who inadvertently appeared nude during virtual proceedings in the House of Commons last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Bloc Québécois MP apologizes for taking nude photo of Liberal MP William Amos

‘I have no idea how that photo made its way into the media’

FILE - This Sunday, June 25, 2017, file photo shows TK Holdings Inc. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. A driver in South Carolina is the latest person to be killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator. Honda says that a faulty driver’s air bag blew apart in a crash involving a 2002 Honda Accord in Lancaster County, South Carolina. The company wouldn’t give details of the Jan. 9, 2021, crash near Charlotte, North Carolina, nor would it identify the person who was killed. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
South Carolina driver killed by exploding air bag inflator

Drivers can check to see if their vehicles have been recalled

Hospital staff shift the body of a COVID-19 patient on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance at a specialized COVID-19 hospital in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Low on beds, oxygen, India adds global high 314K virus cases

Government rushing oxygen tankers to replenish hospital supplies

A traveler wearing a protective mask, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, walks through the nearly empty JetBlue terminal at Logan Airport in Boston, Friday, May 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Charles Krupa
JetBlue expanding wings with service to Vancouver from New York and Boston

JetBlue will have to compete with Canadian airlines

Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall was used as a vaccination clinic on Wednesday. A steady stream of people came to get their COVID-19 shots either by appointment or as walk-ins. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
No long lineups at walk-in vaccination site in Red Deer

A steady stream of people walked into Westerner Park on Wednesday to… Continue reading

FILE - In this March 19, 2021, file photo, people take pictures of the Olympic rings installed by the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo. The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated. This of course is spilling over to concerns about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that open in just over three months.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)
Olympic bodies launch competitive series in virtual sports

Olympic body hopes to reach more young people

Linda Tomlinson
Gardening: Leave the lawn until the soil is dry

Spring is arriving, Alberta style with warm days, cold days and snow.… Continue reading

Silent protests were held recently in response to Red Deer Public Schools’ decision to reject a Pride Week in favour of a Diversity Week. Some former employees at Red Deer Public are saying the decision is misguided. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Letter: School board silencing Pride Week concern

While it has been our practice to not comment on matters arising… Continue reading

Anderson scores twice as Canadiens down Oilers 4-3

Anderson scores twice as Canadiens down Oilers 4-3

New York Liberty guard Kia Nurse (5) shoots next to Indiana Fever's Kamiah Smalls during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. Nurse isn't just one of Canada's finest female basketball players, she's becoming a popular voice of the game as well. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Phelan M. Ebenhack
Canadian basketball star Nurse is carving out space in sports broadcasting at just 25

Canadian basketball star Nurse is carving out space in sports broadcasting at just 25

Most Read