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Wolf Creek Golf Resort hosts prestigious Alberta Open for another year – Ponoka News

Wolf Creek Golf Resort, just south of Ponoka, continued a proud tradition and history by hosting the Alberta Open Championship again last week.

The four-day tournament kicked off on Monday, July 12, 2021.

The Alberta Golf Association was incorporated in 1912 and continues today as a not-for-profit organization.

“Since 1935, the Alberta Open has provided some of Alberta’s best and most promising amateurs the opportunity to test their game among club and PGA Tour Canada level professionals. The event was a regular stop on the Canadian professional circuit at WCGR for 13 years in the late 1980s and 1990s,” said Kevin Smith, communications manager for Alberta Golf.

“Most hotels in the area are fully booked when we host a major event like this. I suspect the local restaurants do well too. 75% of our business comes from regional tourism that is 100 miles or more,” said Ryan Vold, owner of Wolf Creek Golf Resort.

Vold says the family business is used to hosting golf tournaments in Alberta. The golf course is an original design by Rod Whitman.

Whitman has designed and built popular golf courses in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. His first solo design at Wolf Creek Gold Resort (opened in 1983) perennially ranks among the top 20 golf courses in Canada.

Smith says the Alberta Open was first played in 1935. Legendary Canadian golfer Stan Leonard won the event a record nine times between 1937 and 1955.

“The Alberta Open gives amateur players the opportunity to play alongside professional golf players,” Smith said.

Alberta Golfs has two divisions, both amateur and professional. Amateur players have the opportunity to expand their CV. This helps immature players make a name for themselves in the golf community and the best amateur players can compete in the United States, Smith said.

“The big difference is that professionals can make money. Fans build their names,” Smith said.

SVR Lawyers returned as title sponsor of the Alberta Open Championship this year.

“$30,000 is a small donation for SVR Lawyers, but it’s a lot,” said Bruce J. MacLeod, managing partner at SVR.

Macleod says SVR’s attorneys support the golf community and have a history of supporting the tournament.

The money donated is intended to help up-and-coming amateur golfers and is one of the reasons they have chosen to donate. They also like that amateur golf players can test their skills against top professionals.

The tournament ended with two-time Alberta Open champion Riley Fleming of Airdrie adding a third Alberta Open trophy to his wins.

“Fleming started the day with a five shot lead over 2019 champion Andrew Harrison, but after the Camrose product made four under on his first five holes, the lead was gone and they were tied,” Alberta said. Golf in a release.

“Fleming used an eagle chip on the eighth hole and a birdie on the eleventh to get a four-stroke lead and he never looked back, winning by six strokes over Harrison.”