Women’s golfing legend Sandra Palmer is the featured participant in this year’s Ninth Annual Junior Golf Foundation of Gull Lake Pro-Am Friday and Saturday.
Palmer, a native of Fort Worth, Tex., won 21 LPGA titles, including the 1975 U.S. Open championship.
She finished atop the LPGA money list that year and was also named LPGA player of the year.
Also among the 11 professionals participating in this year’s event are Canadian Tour winner Stuart Hendley, a former Lacombe resident and Wolf Creek Golf Resort pro who now lives in his hometown of Midland, Tex., and Red Deer native Adrienne White, a two-time Alberta amateur women’s champion and former LPGA Futures Tour member who now lives in Phoenix, Ariz.
Sam Randolph of Fort Worth, a PGA Tour winner and the top amateur in the 1985 and ‘86 Masters, and former LPGA member and Wolf Creek head pro Laura Witvoet of Ponoka.
Other participants include Dirk Ayers of Sarasota, Fla., a New York State champion with 20 professional wins worldwide, Canadian Tour veterans and winners Paul Devenport of New Zealand and Parry Parker of Mission Viejo., Calif., and two-time PGA winner Kris Tschetter of Warrington, Va.
Other participants are Bentley native Brandon Regnier, the head pro/general manager of Whitecourt Golf and Country Club and former member of the Gull Lake junior program, and Shelby Chrest of Red Deer, a Big Break competitor.
The adult/child nine-hole scramble goes today at 2 p.m., with the nine-hole Texas scramble and individual play events set to start at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s a huge deal for us. We’ve given out around $50,000 in scholarships over the years,” said event chairman George Smith.
“We have 40 teams in the adult/child scramble and 44 golfers playing Saturday — 11 teams with a pro in each group.”
The Gull Lake Golf Course is located on Highway 771, north of Bentley and on the northwest side of Gull Lake.