Braden O’Grady from the Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club watches his putt on nine sail past the hole June 2 during the final round of the Western Canadian Junior Championship. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Braden O’Grady from the Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club watches his putt on nine sail past the hole June 2 during the final round of the Western Canadian Junior Championship. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Wolf Creek plays host to top junior golfers

One area golfer does well, earns spot at Canadian championship

It took until final day, but many of the top junior golfers in Canada got some great golfing weather along the QEII.

A total of 126 boys and girls hit the Links Course at Wolf Creek Golf Resort May 31 to June 2 for the 2019 Future Links, Driven by Acura Western Canadian Junior Championship.

The three-round event is a qualifier for the respective Canadian Junior Golf Championships, with the girls going July 30 to Aug. 2 at the Lethbridge Country Club and the boys running from Aug. 12 to 15 at the Covered Bridge Golf and Country Club in Hartland, New Brunswick. The top five, and ties, get the chance to play for a Canadian title.

Calgary’s Annabelle Ackroyd, who golfs out of the Glencoe Golf and Country Club, went tee to tee in the 54-hole girls championship to claim victory.

While the 17-year-old didn’t have any real challengers, she did struggle on the front nine in the final round firing three bogeys. However, Ackroyd rebounded with four birdies on the last nine holes to finish the tournament at 1-over par, four shots better than another Glencoe golfer Grace Bell.

“I didn’t play as well on the front nine as I wanted to,” Ackroyd said in a release.

“I was in the same situation last year. I think that helped me just staying calm out there.”

On the boys side, Tommy McKenzie stayed with it in the final round and overcame a double bogey on the first hole to finish at 5-over par for what ended up being a one-shot victory.

Among the group of four that tied for second at 6-over was Lacombe’s Brady McKinlay and has qualified for the Canadian championship. He was one of two local golfers taking part.

The other was Braden Grabo, who is from Lacombe but competes out of the Ponoka Golf Club, who ended up in a tie for 43rd at 29-over.

 

Annabelle Ackroyd, from the Calgary Glencoe Golf and Country Club, steps up on the ninth hole to tap in for par June 2 at the Future Links, Driven by Acura Western Canadian Junior Championship held at Wolf Creek Golf Resort’s Links course. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Annabelle Ackroyd, from the Calgary Glencoe Golf and Country Club, steps up on the ninth hole to tap in for par June 2 at the Future Links, Driven by Acura Western Canadian Junior Championship held at Wolf Creek Golf Resort’s Links course. Photo by Jordie Dwyer