2018 Alberta Amputee Open
June 23 & 24, 2018 at River's Edge GC, Okotoks, AB
- an overview of the event from our Tournament Chairperson Vic McClelland:
Well another Alberta Amp Open is under our belts. This year’s event was held again at the River's Edge Golf Club in Okotoks. I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to participate. We had 18 players this year. It was great to see everyone whether they were a player from previous years or a newcomer to the tournament.
I would like to thank the following sponsors for this year’s event:
The Canadian Amputee Golf Association for their grant
Hole sponsor Northern Alberta Prosthetic & Orthotic Services LTD of Edmonton
Hole sponsor Colman Alberta Prosthetic & Orthotics of Calgary
Chad from Sport Chek in Okotoks for their donation of golf balls and tees
Greg Collins for his donation
As always, thanks to the AASRA board for their assistance.
Saturday morning came with heavy rains and it looked like the rain would make Day 1 a write-off. But the weatherman was right and it started to clear an hour before our first tee time so we all quickly headed out to take advantage of the break hoping to at least get 9 holes in. The weather cleared nicely and we managed to get all 18 holes completed before heading to the club house for a very nice dinner.
Some good scores being posted the first day in spite of the wind, chilly temperature and some standing water on the course.
In the Stroke play division, Bob MacDermott took the first day lead with a round of 74 followed by Vic McClelland with an 85, followed closely by Randy Reaman with an 87.
In the Stableford division, Andy Van Biert took Day 1 with 17 points, one point ahead of Ivan Hlavenka with 16. Doug Campbell was in third with 10.
In the Associate division, Craig Griffin post a score of 80 to lead.
Sunday arrived with lots of sun and very warm temperatures, a great contrast from Saturday. All the players started with a great breakfast buffet and headed out to begin Day 2 of the event. At the end of the day, the scores were very similar to day one.
In the Stroke play division, Bob MacDermott posted a Day 2 round of 75 followed by Vic McClelland with an 86 and Randy Reaman posting an 89.
In the Stableford division, Day 2 saw Ivan Hlavenka post 28 points and Andy Van Biert posting 17 points. Doug Campbell was in third with 13 points on Day 2.
In Associate division, Craig Griffin posted a Day 2 score of 79.
The final tally of two days saw Bob MacDermott take first place in stroke play with a great score of 149. Vic McClelland was second with a score of 171 and Randy Reaman placed third with a score of 176.
In the Stableford division, Ivan Hlavenka’s 28 points on day two gave him a total of 44 points to place first. Andy Van Biert's 36 points gave him second and Doug Campbell was third with 23 points.
Craig Griffin took first place in the Associate division with a two day total of 159, a very good score.
In the Net Division after the two days, Pat Griffin took first place with a net score of 135 followed by Bob MacDermott with 143 and Randy Reaman with a 144.
The following people were named to the Alberta Inter-Provincial Team that will compete using Net scores at this year’s Canadian Amputee and Disabled National Open in Waterloo in August. Congratulations to Pat Griffin, Terry Shwetz, Dave Marchand and Vic McClelland.
In closing, it would be great to see more AASRA members attend this event in the future. There’s a competitive side to the event but there is so much more as well. Just about any level of golfer can play as we have different divisions to suit all players. It’s a great time to meet people from across the province and socialize.
Thanks to Doug Campbell who has generously offered to Chair next year’s event. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available, should be a great event.
AASRA is a volunteer association and provides many great benefits and help to its members. But it only works with its members being involved so please help out when and where you can.
Hope everyone has a great summer and safe travels.