Cara Vanderham of Innisfail

Vanderham swings into scholarship

A year ago Cara Vanderham was graduating from high school in Innisfail and had no idea what the future held, although she wanted golf to play a major role in it. Today the 19-year-old is preparing to attend the California University of Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh, on a golf scholarship.

A year ago Cara Vanderham was graduating from high school in Innisfail and had no idea what the future held, although she wanted golf to play a major role in it.

Today the 19-year-old is preparing to attend the California University of Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh, on a golf scholarship.

“When I graduated last year I started writing to a number of schools and the coach there started talking to me every week and offered me a scholarship,” explained Vanderham while attending the McLennan Ross/Sun Junior Golf Tour media day at Wolf Creek Golf Resort Tuesday.

“I couldn’t be more excited. It’s what I’ve been working towards.”

Vanderham will leave for university on Aug. 20 and jump right into the golf program.

“I have to be there five days before school starts for a tournament,” she said.

“Then school begins on the 27th. I really don’t know what I’m getting myself into yet, but it will be awesome. It’ll be exciting to travel all over and play golf, practice every day and play tournaments on weekends.”

It’s tournament play that Vanderham feels has given her the experience and developed her game to the point where she could get a scholarship.

“Playing tournaments you learn so much about your game,” she said. “There is so much difference between playing in a tournament and just playing regular golf. I know I like tournament play because of the intensity and the adrenalin rush.”

Vanderham first took up the game when she was eight and got into tournament play when she was 12.

“I didn’t know anything then compared to now,” she said, adding her mental game has been the biggest improvement over the years.

She also credits the McLennan Ross tour for much of her development.

“It’s been very important. I started playing it when it came to my home course and played it every year. I play some other events, but I love this tour.”

Vanderham won the McLennan Ross championship last year at Wolf Creek, but won’t be around to defend her title this year.

“I start school the day of the tour final. I’m not worried about it, but I’ll still play some events.”

She will also compete in the Alberta Ladies Amateur, where she tied for 18th last year, and the Canadian Amateur.

“I’m 19 so I’m not eligible for the junior provincials, but I’m looking forward to the Amateur as it’s tougher competition and better experience as I’m playing against older women and it’s more competitive. It’s something that will help prepare me for college golf.”

Vanderham hasn’t played any tournaments so far this year.

“I enjoy skiing in the winter and golf in the summer. But it will be different down there as they start golf in February. Different, but good as I feel I’m ready to take golf more seriously.”

One of the McLennan Ross tournaments she will compete in this summer is the stop at the Innisfail Golf and Country Club on July 3.

The tour also stops in Rocky Mountain House on July 9, Lacombe, July 11, Ponoka, July 16, Camrose, July 19 and Olds, Aug. 15.

Overall there are 24 events, including the tour final at Wolf Creek, Aug. 27.

drode@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

UPDATED: Officials tour Hwy 2/Gaetz Avenue interchange

Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman and local MLAs visit construction site

Bike thefts becoming ‘significant problem’ in Red Deer

Residents are sounding the alarm on the growing problem of bike theft… Continue reading

Red Deer approves 10 cannabis retail stores

Locations approved around the city

One trillion litres of sewage leaked into lakes and rivers over last five years

OTTAWA — Last Wednesday, a team of people from the Lake Ontario… Continue reading

Woman bitten at Red Deer dog park

Dog owners reminded to control their pets

WATCH: A horse was neglected by its owner. Now the horse is suing

ESTACADA, Ore. - Justice is an 8-year-old American quarter horse who used… Continue reading

Red Sox old-timer’s memorabilia going up for sale

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Some items belonging to one of the Boston Red… Continue reading

Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The rival Koreas announced Monday that North… Continue reading

Charlottesville anniversary: Peaceful protests, few arrests

WASHINGTON — Thousands of people wanting to send a message that racism… Continue reading

‘I believe music heals people’: 12-year-old records tribute for shooting victims

YARMOUTH, N.S. — Twelve-year-old Josh Cochrane of Yarmouth, N.S., watched the news… Continue reading

Fallen officers’ families gather with Justin Trudeau after tragedy

The prime minister laid flowers at the growing memorial to the four victims of Friday’s violence

Fallen officers’ families gather with prime minister after tragedy

FREDERICTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with families of fallen Fredericton… Continue reading

Liberals showcase benefits of billions spent on infrastructure projects

OTTAWA — Little more than a year before the next federal election,… Continue reading

Fredericton parade ‘a way to celebrate even in the midst of this grief’: mayor

FREDERICTON — Two days after four people were gunned down in a… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month