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Regular tournaments par for the course again at Sturgeon Valley

Club able to hold this summer's event without restrictions.
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Jordie Richardson admires a drive at the Sturgeon Valley Golf Club on July 25. PRESTON HODGKINSON/St. Albert Gazette

Sturgeon Valley Golf Club was jam-packed during their annual club championship events last weekend, which saw perfect weather as the rain and smoke of the week prior cleared up.

Club members competed in the men’s, women’s, and youth events to determine the best of the best.

Gary Christenson, the club’s golf professional, said the turnout for this year’s championships was impressive.

“We got 125 golfers in total, of which 89 were men, 21 were ladies, and 15 were juniors,” said Christenson.

It has been a lengthy wait to see the tournament return to its full glory. The club was able to hold this event last summer but with many restrictions, which forced them to have one group complete the course at a time.

“This year, because we are able to congregate again, we are running a shotgun where everyone goes at the same time,” said Christenson. “It’s nice to see everyone and to meet our new members face to face.”

Chistenson said the camaraderie off the course is equally as important as play on the course.

“Golf is such a social sport and it’s nice that we are able to have that social aspect back,” said Christenson. “For some people that is more important than the competition.”

Getting to that competition, it was a battle for the top spot in all the events. Starting with the ladies' events, the 2021 champion was Sandra Fisher with a score of 157 over the two days. Fisher is a legend in these parts, as she took home the title for the 27th time.

Rita Pisani was the senior champion with a score of 174, while Ellen Hodgins was crowned the super senior champ after posting 179.

Brody Eggleton won the men’s event for the second consecutive year, clocking in at just three over par. This was just four strokes over second place finishers Dylan Brown and Jared Donnelly.

In the junior boys' event, Rhees Moss was the winner, as he finished the event two over par.

The club will now look forward to its next tournament – an Alberta senior event this week that will see players from across the province compete at the course.

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