Wolf Creek Golf Resort near Morningside continued its proud tradition and history by hosting the Alberta Open Championship again last week.
The four-day tournament started on Monday, July 12, 2021.
The Alberta Golf Association was founded in 1912 and is a non-profit organization to this day.
“Since 1935, the Alberta Open has offered some of Alberta’s best and most promising amateurs the opportunity to test their game with club level professionals and the PGA Tour Canada. The event was a regular stop on the Canadian Professional Tour at WCGR for 13 years in the late 1980s and 1990s, ”said Kevin Smith, Alberta Golf director of communications.
“Most of the hotels in the area are fully booked when we host a major event like this. I suspect local restaurants are fine too. 75 percent of our business comes from local tourism 100 kilometers or more away, ”said Ryan Vold, owner of Wolf Creek Golf Resort.
Vold says the family business has a history of hosting Alberta golf tournaments. The golf course is an original Rod Whitman design.
Whitman has designed and built highly acclaimed golf courses in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. His first solo design at Wolf Creek Gold Resort (opened to play in 1983) consistently ranks among the top 20 golf courses in Canada.
Smith says the Alberta Open first started in 1935. The legendary Canadian golfer Stan Leonard won nine records between 1937 and 1955.
“The Alberta Open gives amateur golfers the opportunity to play alongside professional golfers,” said Smith.
Alberta Golfs has two divisions, both amateurs and professionals. Amateur players have the opportunity to build on their resume. This helps immature players build their name in the golf community, and top amateur players can compete in the US, says Smith.
“The big difference is that the pros can win money. The amateurs build their names, ”said Smith.
SVR Lawyers returned this year as the main sponsor of the Alberta Open Championship.
“$ 30,000 is a small donation for SVR attorneys, but it goes a long way,” said Bruce J. MacLeod, SVR managing partner.
Macleod says the SVR Lawyers support the golf community and have always supported the tournament.
The money donated will benefit budding amateur golfers, and that is one of the reasons why they chose to donate. They also like that amateur golfers can test their skills against top professionals.
The tournament ended with Airdrie’s two-time Alberta Open winner Riley Fleming adding a third Alberta Open trophy to his wins.
“Fleming started the day five strokes ahead of 2019 champion Andrew Harrison, but after the Camrose product sank four on its first five holes the lead was gone and they were tied,” Alberta Golf stated in one Press release.
“Fleming used an eagle chip-in on the eighth hole and a birdie putt on the eleventh hole to get a four-shot lead.