NextGen Championships

Hannah Thomas and Bode Stephen win the NextGen Atlantic Championship 

NextGen Atlantic Championship

Holyrood, Nfld. – Hannah Thomas and Bode Stephen won their respective divisions to claim the NextGen Atlantic Championship, on Thursday at the Wilds Resort in Holyrood, Nfld.  

Trailing by four shots entering the final round, Thomas from Calgary, Alta., produced a remarkable comeback, finishing with a final round 75 to finish atop of the leaderboard to secure the NextGen Atlantic Championship.  

“First off, I think just being able to hit the greens. If I didn’t do that today or any other day than it would have been very difficult. My long irons and drives were good because I kept hitting the ball on the fairway and then also being able to putt well really helped my game,” said Thomas.  

After opening the tournament with an 11-over 83, Thomas maintained her lead carding a 3-over, 75 on Thursday and finished the tournament at 25-over to secure her win by two shots over Ava Gilbart of Toronto, Ont. and Adrianna Salalila of Peterborough, Ont. 

“The beginning wasn’t my best, but I think today I really pushed through, and I was more concentrated than ever. It did take to the last hole, but I am really fortunate and very grateful that I used my focus skills to really push through to get this win,” stated Thomas. 

In the Junior Boys Division, Stephen of Kingston Ont., secured his victory on the first hole of a playoff, tapping in for birdie to edge out Brett Shaw of Stratford, P.E.I.  

Stephen was co-leader following Tuesday’s round and shot a 1-under 71 on Wednesday to take a four-shot lead into the final round. Shaw worked his way into the playoff by firing a 2-under 70 on Thursday, while Stephen recorded at 76 following a double bogey on 18.  

It feels really good to get the win. I had a lead coming into today and I am just happy to come and pull it off in the end,” said Stephen. 

Stephen added “I had actually struggled on eighteen all week, that’s the hole I had to go back and play a playoff hole on, and Brett also played really well today. All I was trying to do was focus on one shot at a time and play my game and I ended up hitting four good shots to make a birdie to tap in to make the playoff.” 

In the Junior Girls division, the top six players earned exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, July 22-25, at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver, B.C.  

NextGen Atlantic Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Girls Championship   

Pos.  Player  Residence  To Par  
1  Hannah Thomas Calgary, Alta.  +25  
T2  Ava Gilbart  Toronto, Ont.  +27  
T2  Adriana Salalila Peterborough, Ont.  +27  
4  Annika Parkash Halifax, N.S. +32  
5  Jade Guo Toronto, Ont.  +38  
6  Ceilidh Spare  North Gower, Ont.  +43  

In the Junior Boys division, the top six players earn exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys championship, August 13-16, at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta.   

NextGen Atlantic Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Boys Championship  

Pos.  Player  Residence  To Par  
1 Bode Stephen Kingston, Ont.  +7 
2 Brett Shaw  Stratford, P.E.I.  +7 
3 Simon Mullen  Shorrts Lake, N.S. +8 
Hunter Crozier  New Dominion, P.E.I  +15 
5 Braden Ahern  Moncton N.B. +17 
T6 Kooper MacKay Wolfville, N.S. +18 
T6 Andy Dai Markham, Ont. +18 

The 54-hole stroke play competition marked the last tournament in the NextGen Championship series and featured a starting field of 62 male and female competitors. There was a total of 47 Junior Boys and 15 Junior girls competing. 

About the NextGen Championships 

The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May-July, six championships will take place across Canada where the regions best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen championships provide junior golfers an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf. 

CPKC Women's Open

World Class field set to compete in the historic 50th playing of the CPKC Women’s Open

CPKCWO Final Field

Canadian superstar Brooke Henderson along with Lydia Ko, Rose Zhang, Lilia Vu and defending champion Megan Khang headline star studded field at 2024 CPKC Women’s Open

CPKC Women’s Leadership Summit to kick off tournament week on Tuesday, July 23

2024 CPKC Women’s Open to benefit
Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

Calgary, Alta. (July 17, 2024) – Golf Canada in partnership with Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), announced today the final field of competitors set to compete in the historic 50th playing of the CPKC Women’s Open, July 23-28 at Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary, Alta.

Defending champion Megan Khang leads a stellar field of competitors that includes six of the top 10 and 73 of the top 100 in the 2024 Race to CME Globe season standings. In addition, 23 Olympians will compete for Canada’s National Open Championship in Calgary.

Joining Khang are 13-time LPGA Tour winner and the winningest golfer in Canadian history Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. along with three-time CPKC Women’s Open champion Lydia Ko. Other notables including world no. 2 Lilia Vu, world no. 7 Hannah Green, world no. 9 Rose Zhang, and world no. 12 Minjee Lee. Lexi Thompson will also be competing in her 11th and final CPKC Women’s Open after announcing she will be retiring from competitive golf at the end of the 2024 season.

Defending champion Megan Khang is among six past CPKC Women’s Open champions competing for Canada’s National Open Championship including Paula Reto (2022), Brooke Henderson (2018), Ariya Jutanugarn (2016), Britney Lincicome (2011) and three-time winner Lydia Ko (2015, 2013, 2012) who will be chasing a record fourth CPKC Women’s Open title.

Earl Grey Golf Club will welcome five LPGA Tour in-year winners including Lydia Ko (Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions), Hannah Green (HSBC Women’s World Championship and JM Eagle LA Championship), Baily Tardy (Blue Bay LPGA), Rose Zhang (Cognizant Founders Cup), and Lilia Vu (Meijer LPGA Classic).

Henderson, a CPKC Ambassador who made history at the Wascana Country Club in Regina in 2018 becoming the first Canadian since the late Jocelyne Bourassa, 45 years earlier to win Canada’s National Women’s Open, will lead the 15-player Canadian contingent in Calgary. Joining Henderson are fellow LPGA Tour players Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont. and Savannah Grewal of Mississauga, Ont.

In addition, six members of Team Canada earned exemptions through the She Plays Golf Championship Series including, Lauren Kim of Surrey, B.C. and Anna Huang of Vancouver, B.C. (Peloton Glencoe Invitational), Ellie Szeryk of London, Ont. and Brooke Rivers of Brampton, Ont. (GolfBC Group BC Women’s Open) and Michelle Xing of Richmond Hill, Ont. and Katie Cranston of Oakville, Ont. (ORORO PGA Women’s Championship). In addition, four Team Canada members have also been given tournament exemptions including Vanessa Borovilos of Etobicoke, Ont., Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ont., Yeji Kwon of Port Coquitlam, B.C. and Brigitte Thibault of Rosemère, Que.

The 156-player field will be competing at Earl Grey Golf Club for the first time in tournament history. This marks the seventh time the province of Alberta will host the CPKC Women’s Open and first since 2016. The field will be competing for the $2.6 million USD purse with the champion taking home $390,000.

“We are less than a week away and extremely excited to celebrate the 50th playing of the CPKC Women’s Open at the Earl Grey Golf Club,” said Ryan Paul, CPKC Women’s Open Tournament Director. “Golf fans in Calgary and across the province are in for a very memorable week at an exceptional golf course where the world’s best will compete for our National Women’s Open Championship. The CPKC Women’s Open is one of the signature women’s sporting events in Canada and this year is shaping up to be a special one.”

An additional two exemptions into the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open will be announced at a later date, and the final four qualifier spots will be awarded on Monday, July 22 following the Monday Qualifier set for Mickelson National Golf Club in Calgary, Alta.

One of Canada’s premier annual sporting events, the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open returns to Calgary riding momentum from being named the LPGA Tour’s Tournament of the Year back-to-back years in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 tournament also won additional awards for Best Sponsorship Activation and Best Volunteer Appreciation at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. Golf Canada and CPKC also received Gold Driver Awards for Best Sponsor Activation in 2019, 2022 and 2023 as well as Best Community and Charity Engagement in 2017, 2019 and 2022.

Children 12-and-under get free admission all week long. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.

CPKC HAS HEART CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT ALBERTA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

CPKC will once again leave a meaningful legacy in the host community through its CPKC Has Heart program. The official charitable partner of the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open is Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Last year, CPKC raised nearly $3.5 million for children’s heart health with donations of $2.9 million to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and $580,000 to the Royal Inland Hospital (PIH) Foundation. Since 2014, this tournament, which is the marquee event of the CPKC Has Heart community investment program, has helped raise over $19 million to support cardiac research, equipment and care across North America.

ABOUT ALBERTA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation inspires our community to invest in excellence in child health, research, and family centred care. Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation provides funding for innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medical training and internationally recognized pediatric research. The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation is a founding partner of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, as well as the primary funder. Donations can be made at cpkcwomensopen.com with all funds raised matched by CPKC. For more information, please visit childrenshospital.ab.ca.

CPKC WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT RETURNS TO KICK OFF TOURNAMENT WEEK

Golf Canada and CPKC will host the seventh annual CPKC Women’s Leadership Summit on Tuesday, July 23 as part of the weeklong excitement of the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open. The CPKC Women’s Leadership Summit is headlined this year by Raven Jemison, President of the Kansas City Current, Mollie Marcoux Samaan, Commissioner of the LPGA and will be hosted by Lindsay Hamilton of TSN. The day will bring together like-minded businesspeople from across the country for a day of networking, empowerment, and philanthropy. For more information, click here.

“THE RINK” FAN EXPERIENCE RETURNS

Fans of all ages will once again be able to experience the week-long celebration of golf highlighted by The Rink on the 17th hole at Earl Grey, and a variety of food and patio experiences at The Fare Way featuring the Keg.

CPKC WOMEN’S OPEN BROADCAST

The 2024 CPKC Women’s Open will feature four days of domestic and international television broadcast coverage including Canadian broadcast partner TSN as well as international coverage on GOLF channel.

KIDS 12-AND-UNDER GET IN FREE

As part of the championship’s commitment to junior golf, admission all week is free for youth aged 12-and-under. General admission tickets provide access to the golf course and enjoy fan activations throughout the property and experience the thrill of major professional golf.

MOBILE APP EXPERIENCE

Experience the CPKC Women’s Open like never before by downloading the Golf Canada Mobile App on your iOS or Android device. Essential features include a live map, leaderboard & pairings, tickets, breaking news, and special events. Plus, use the Golf Canada Mobile App to enhance your experience while playing! Find golf courses, track your game, set up matches against friends, access GPS yardages and more. Click here to download.

ABOUT THE CPKC WOMEN’S OPEN 

The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CPKC Women’s Open from July 23-28, 2024, at Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary, Alta. Through its CPKC Has Heart program, title sponsor CPKC will once again make a substantial donation to the host community of Canada’s National Open Golf Championship by supporting the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. The 2024 CPKC Women’s Open is proudly sponsored by CPKC, BDO, Audi, RBC, theScore, Levelwear, Titleist, FootJoy, Hilton, Sleeman Clear 2.0, Think Turkey, The Keg, Johnsonville, Cayman Islands, Masi, Celebrity Cruises, STALK&BARREL, Matt & Steve’s, Pepsi, Connect Hearing, Waste Management, Rolex and is supported by Calgary Tourism. For information visit www.cpkcwomensopen.com/.

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EUROPEAN TOUR

Robert MacIntyre played the final five holes in four under par and made a 22-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Genesis Scottish Open by one stroke over Adam Scott. It was his third career European Tour title and second title of the year after winning the RBC Canadian Open last month. He became the first Scot to win the tournament since Colin Montgomerie in 1999. MacIntyre is the first player to finish runner-up and win the same tournament the following year since Nick Taylor did it at the 2023 and 2024 WM Phoenix Open. Scott, the former Masters champion who was looking to end a four-year winless drought, picked up his 15th career runner-up finish and his second top-10 result of the season. Rory McIlroy, playing for the first time since losing the U.S. Open last month, finished tied for fourth for his sixth top-10 finish in 15 starts this year. Aaron Rai notched his third straight top-10 finish and his tie for fourth earned him one of the final three spots in next week’s British Open. Alex Noren and Richard Mansell, who tied the course record with a final round 61, picked up the other two Open slots. …Corey Conners posted his best career result in four starts at this event. It was his third top-10 result in his last five starts and his fourth career top-10 finish in 34 European Tour starts.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T10Corey Conners65-67-68-67-13
T34Adam Hadwin69-65-68-69-9
T46Mackenzie Hughes66-66-69-72-7
T57Nick Taylor65-71-69-69-6
MCAaron Cockerill71-68 

NEXT EVENT: Open Championship (Jul 18)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor

PGA TOUR

Harry Hall chipped in for birdie from 45 feet on the third playoff hole to win the ISCO Championship over four other golfers. It is his his first PGA Tour title. Rico Hoey was leading by one heading to the final regulation hole but made bogey and joined Hall, Matt NeSmith, Pierceson Coody, and Zac Blair in the playoff. Hall scrambled to make par on the first extra hole and when NeSmith missed his eight-foot birdie attempt, it was off to the second playoff hole with Coody. Hoey and Blair were eliminated after the first extra hole when they made bogey. Hall, NeSmith and Coody all missed birdie putts on the second extra hole and Hall ended it with his chip on the par-3 ninth. Neal Shipley, the low amateur at the Masters and U.S. Open, finished tied for sixth in just his third start as a pro. Luke Clanton, who became the first amateur since 1958 to finish in the top 10 in consecutive PGA Tour-sanctioned starts, finished tied for 37th. …Ben Silvermanhas posted a top-35 result in each of his last six starts. With one month to go in the season, he sits 102nd in the FedEx Cup standings with the top 70 making the playoffs

POS SCORESTOTAL
T31Ben Silverman67-68-67-72-14
T53Roger Sloan67-68-73-70-10

NEXT EVENT: Barracuda Championship (Jul 18)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Taylor Pendrith, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson

LPGA TOUR

Ayaka Furue made three straight birdies down the stretch before an eagle on the final hole enabled her to win the Amundi Evian Championship by one stroke over Australian Stephanie Kyriacou. It is her first major title after four previous top-10 results in major tournaments and she becomes just the fourth Japanese player to win a major championship – the second this season, joining Yuka Saso who won the U.S. Women’s Open. She is the 13th different winner on the LPGA Tour this season. Kyriacou, who began the final round with a two-stroke lead, birdied the final hole to post her best career finish. Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit, who was looking for her second career major title, finished third, two strokes behind the winner. Nelly Korda, who had missed the cut in each of the last three events, finished in a tie for 26. …Brooke Henderson, a former Evian champion, finished outside the top 25 at this tournament for only the second time in nine career starts. It is her fourth top-30 finish this year in her last five tournaments. 

POS SCORESTOTAL
T26Brooke Henderson69-68-74-74-5
MCSavannah Grewal76-77 

NEXT EVENT: Dana Open (Jul 18)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Alena Sharp, Maddie Szeryk 

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Ernie Els rebounded from a bogey to make par on the final two holes for a one-stroke victory at the Kaulig Companies Championship. It was his sixth career Champions Tour title and his first senior major title. Els had won four major titles on the PGA Tour – two U.S. Opens and two British Opens. He also becomes the first three time winner this season with each of his three wins coming in the last five starts. Y.E. Yang, who bogeyed the final hole, finished runner-up which equals his best finish on the Champions Tour. Two-time tournament champion Jerry Kelly finished third for his second top-3 finish of the year. Steve Stricker, the 54-hole leader, made a triple bogey on No. 14 and also bogeyed 18 to finish in a tie for fourth with K.J. Choi, who bogeyed two of the last four holes. …Mike Weir recorded his third top-10 finish in his last six starts. …Stephen Ames slips to No. 2 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings after being number one for the last five weeks.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T7Mike Weir70-71-66-70-3
T26Stephen Ames73-72-68-70+3

NEXT EVENT: Senior Open Championship (Jul 25)

KORN FERRY TOUR

Critobal Del Solar overcame a three stroke deficit and a two hour weather delay, finishing with an eagle and two birdies over his final four holes for a four shot victory at The Ascendant. It was his first Korn Ferry Tour win and moves him up to No. 5 in the season-long standings, securing his PGA Tour card for next season. He is only the third Chilean to win on the Tour. Del Solar’s 22-under 266 broke the previous tournament record by two strokes. Earlier this year, Del Solar became the first player to shot 57 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event – the Astara Golf Championship in Colombia.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T32Myles Creighton66-72-69-70-11
T48Étienne Papineau69-72-69-69-9
MCWil Bateman73-71 
MCSudarshan Yellamaraju74-72 
MCJared du Toit75-77 

NEXT EVENT: Price Cutter Charity Championship (Jul 18)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Wil Bateman, Myles Creighton, Jared du Toit, Étienne Papineau, Sudarshan Yellamaraju 

PGA TOUR AMERICAS

Ian Holt carded back-to-back rounds of 62 and was declared the winner of the Explore NB Open after the final round was cancelled due to unplayable course conditions. After Thursday’s opening round was cancelled due to weather, organizers had planned on playing 36 holes on Sunday. But as bad weather persisted, the call was made to cancel the final round. Holt carded three bogey-free rounds which included 26 birdies on the way to his first career win. It was Holt’s third consecutive Tour start after earning a spot in the opening event of the North America Swing through Monday qualifying. John Keefer, in just his third professional start, posted his second straight runner-up finish. Evan Brown finished third for his third top-10 result.  …Team Canada member Matthew Anderson picked up his fourth top-10 finish of the season. He remains No. 2 in the Fortinet Cup standings …Drew Nesbitt notched his first top-20 result of the season

POS SCORESTOTAL
T7Matthew Anderson64-65-67-17
T18Drew Nesbitt66-68-64-15
T25A.J. Ewart65-65-69-14
T31Lawren Rowe71-62-67-13
T31Thomas Giroux65-68-67-13
T38Brady McKinlay66-66-69-12
T65Joey Savoie67-67-71-8
72Noah Steele69-66-73-5
73Ki Taek Lee67-68-74-4
MCStuart Macdonald69-67 
MCPiercen Hunt67-70 
MCBrendan MacDougall70-68 
MCEric Banks69-70 
MCMax Sekulic69-70 
MCJustin Towill69-71 
MCBlair Bursey68-73 
MCJoshua Landine72-70 
MCXavier Marcoux75-68 

NEXT EVENT: Bromont Open (Jul 18)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Matthew Anderson, Chris Crisologo, Laurent Desmarchais, A.J. Ewart, Thomas GirouxPiercen Hunt, Brandon Lacasse, Ki Taek Lee, Stuart Macdonald, Brendan MacDougall, Xavier MarcouxDrew Nesbitt, Jean-Philippe Parr, Lawren Rowe, Joey Savoie, Noah Steele, Justin Towill

EPSON TOUR

Daniela Iacobelli outlasted Amelia Lewis down the stretch for a one stroke win over Amelia Lewis at the Hartford HealthCare Women’s Championship. It was her fifth career Epson Tour title but her first since 2022. Iacobelli started the final round with a three shot lead and stretched it to five before Lewis clawed back with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 11 and 12. A bogey by Iacobelli at No. 13 followed by three straight birdies from Lewis saw the lead collapse to just one with two holes to play. Lewis missed a long putt to tie for the lead on 17 and both made par on the final hole to give Iacobelli the win. Lewis’ final round 64 was a tournament record. The win moves Iacobelli up to No. 2 in the Race for the Card standings with seven events to play.

POS SCORESTOTAL
MCBrigitte Thibault70-79 

NEXT EVENT: Twin Bridges Championship (Jul 19)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Selena Costabile, Leah John, Brigitte Thibault, Kate Johnston  

Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur

Shelly Stouffer holds off Catherine Matranga to win the 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Shelly Stouffer - 2024 Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur Champion
COURTENAY, BC_July 13_2024_The Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at the Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay BC. Shelly Stouffer from Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada won the Cdn Women's Mid-Amateur Championship and the Mid-Amateur Canadian Masters. She is flanked by RCMP officers Cst Monika Terragni (left) and Cpl. Tori Cliffe, both stationed in Courtenay, BC. Photo by Kim Stallknecht/Golf Canada

Stouffer completes clean sweep winning Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Inter-Provincial Team titles at Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community

Courtenay, B.C. – It was quite the battle during Saturday’s final round between Shelly Stouffer and Catherine Matranga, but in the end, Stouffer pulled ahead to win the 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur, presented by BDO at the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community (Crown Isle) in Courtenay, B.C.

Stouffer and Matranga were tied at 2-over heading to the 17th at Crown Isle, and that is where Stouffer grabbed the lead with a birdie to move ahead of Matranga, who pared. On 18, Stouffer secured the victory in convincing fashion with another birdie to finish the tournament at even par, two shots clear of Matranga of Fort Worth, Texas.

“Yeah, it’s amazing, really happy about it,” said Stouffer with a smile. “I was just keeping track of it, thinking she’ll make that and then she did and now it’s a two-shot game and I had to make some long putts too, some long par saves that I made which was good. I just go through my routine and do the same thing and you lean on your routine and hope that gets you through it and was able to make a birdie-birdie finish,” said Stouffer following her round on Saturday.

“17 is a double fairway where you can go right or left and in the middle is a bunker and group of trees so I am trying to go right and I hit a terrible tee shot that went left and went over the bunker and bounced into the fairway leaving me 85 yards to the hole, I hit that shot pin high to 12 feet and left of the hole and made birdie,” said Stouffer.

On 18, Stouffer hit her drive right down the middle of the fairway, leaving herself 93 yards to the pin. She put her second shot to within five feet of the hole to close with a birdie and the national championship.

This marks the second Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur title for Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C. who was triumphant in 2022 in Manitoba, prior to the Women’s Mid-Amateur becoming a standalone event last year.

Stouffer finished with rounds of 75-68-73-216 and also claimed the Mid-Master title by nine shots over Taya Battistella of Bellingham, Wash. She was also part of Team British Columbia, who earned the Margaret Todd Trophy as Inter-Provincial Team champions on Friday. Team British Columbia finished with a combined score of 8-over, to beat Alberta by ten shots. In addition to Stouffer, the host province was represented by Jamie Oleksiew of Vancouver, B.C. and Aram Choi of Surrey, B.C.

Stouffer enjoyed the week at Crown Isle, “it was awesome, the course was great and before this year I hadn’t played it in probably 25 years but I knew the tournament was here so I came up and played five times beforehand, so I got to see the golf course a number of times which was great.”

With her victory, Stouffer has earned exemptions into the 2024 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, taking place from September 7-12 at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Mass., as well as an exemption into the 2025 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.

In addition to winning all three trophies at Crown Isle, Stouffer has also won the B.C. Women’s Mid-Master Championship and the B.C. Women’s Senior Championship this season. Saturday was extra special as her son, Brett caddied the final nine holes for her. Following the trophy presentation, Stouffer reflected on her season to date.

“It’s going well so far,” she said with a laugh. “I am liking the way the direction is going. My son is playing golf too and it’s been hard to organize because he was over at Ledgeview this week playing in the B.C. Amateur so that’s why he was here for the last nine holes and finished caddying for me. It’s been a good ride so far and I’m just going to try to keep going.”

For the final standings from the 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, click here.

Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur

Team British Columbia wins the Inter-Provincial Team Championship at the 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Team B.C.
Team British Columbia - 2024 Inter-Provincial Team Champions - 2024 Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur Championship (Jamie Oleksiew - Shelly Stouffer - Aram Choi) Photo Credit: Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community

Shelly Stouffer leads both the Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master
divisions following play on Friday

Courtenay, B.C. – The Margaret Todd Trophy won’t have to travel far, as the host province, Team British Columbia have claimed the team championship beating out Team Alberta at the 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur, presented by BDO at the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community (Crown Isle) in Courtenay, B.C.

Team British Columbia finished with a combined score of 8-over, to beat Alberta by ten shots in the 36-hole event. The host province was represented by Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C., Jamie Oleksiew of Vancouver, B.C. and Aram Choi of Surrey, B.C.

On Friday, Stouffer led the charge firing a 4-under 68, while Oleksiew recorded a 7-over 79 to have their scores count toward the team total. The two lowest scores from the three team members are recorded towards the team’s combined score for the day.

“It’s nice to finish on top, it doesn’t feel good to come in second and we came in second both at the Mid-Am and the Senior last year, so I am pretty happy to get back to winning and with a different team. It’s always fun to win the gold for sure,” said Stouffer on her team’s win on Friday.

Along with firing the low round of the day, Stouffer has found herself back in familiar territory as she now sits atop the leaderboard in both the Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master divisions. Stouffer is currently at 1-under for the tournament and holds a three-shot lead on round one leader Catherine Matranga of Fort Worth, Texas, heading into the final round at Crown Isle.

Stouffer credited her strong round to hitting 16 greens coupled with strong putting on Friday.

“My putting and distance control was really good, so I didn’t really have a lot of stressful pars. I made one key sand save on number six and had to make a 12-footer there and that kept me going because I had just birdied five and was nice to not have a birdie then a bogey right after, so it was awesome to make that putt,” added Stouffer.

Stouffer noted that one of the two holes that she three-putted on Thursday happened to be the 6th after finding a bunker. She went on to double bogey the hole in the opening round but made up for it with par on Friday. The back nine is where Stouffer really took charge, birding three of her final four holes to record a 68.

“I just kept hitting greens and two-putting and getting close to birdies and I thought I’m going to make one here or there. I made a long one on 15 and then about a 15-footer on 16 and then I made a 30-footer on 18, so I rolled in some long ones at the end,” said Stouffer.

Stouffer admitted that she didn’t do any scoreboard watching on Friday, and that the course felt a bit shorter during her round although some pin placements made for some trickier shot making. This is familiar territory for Stouffer, who won the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Inter-Provincial Team Championship in 2022, she will rely on that experience heading into tomorrow’s final round.

“All the experiences you go through definitely help to prepare for any tournament. The more tournament experience you have the better and also being able to know how to win is a definite plus.

“So, I will just do the same thing as I have the past two days. Just keeping in the present and just be calm and hit fairways and greens that’s all I’m going to try to do and make some putts like I did today,” she added following her round on Friday.

In addition, Stouffer also holds a five-shot lead in the Mid-Master division over Taya Battistella of Bellingham, Wash. Battistella also sits alone in third in the Mid- Amateur division.

The tournament began with a field of 64 golfers (aged 25-and-over as of July 11, 2024), with a handicap index of 12.0. The individual winner of the Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will receive an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, taking place from September 7-12 at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Mass. In addition, the champion will receive an exemption into the 2025 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.

For leaderboard following Friday’s second round at the 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, click here.

NextGen Championships

NextGen Championship season concludes with the NextGen Atlantic Championship in Newfoundland and Labrador 

NextGen Atlantic Championship

Holyrood, Nfld. – The 2024 NextGen Championship season reaches its final stop at The Wilds Resort in Holyrood, Nfld. with the NextGen Atlantic Championship, July 15-18. 

The 54-hole stroke play competition gets underway with a practice round on Monday, July 15, and championship rounds begin on Tuesday, July 16. With a field of fewer than 80 players, the Junior Boys and Junior Girls divisions will play on without a cut line after 36 holes. All competitors will have a chance to make their mark on the championship, with the entire field advancing to the final day of play, which concludes on Thursday, July 18. 

The starting field will feature 62 male and female competitors – 47 Junior Boys and 15 Junior Girls – vying for exemptions into their respective Canadian Junior Championships later this summer.  

The top six players in the Junior Boys division will earn exemption into the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO, August 13-16, at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta. The top six players (including ties) in the Junior Girls division will earn exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, presented by BDO, July 22-25, at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver. 

The Wilds Resort opened in 1998 and is designed by Robert Heaslip. The Wilds Resort features serene creeks, captivating sky views and an environmentally friendly connection with nature. This golf course’s hilly terrain and rolling fairways will challenge NextGen competitors to think critically, demanding a high level of accuracy and testing variety of shot selection.   

“As one of the premier resorts in Newfoundland and Labrador, it is an honour to host the NextGen Atlantic Championship here at The Wilds Resort. We believe competition brings out the best in individuals and provides an opportunity for growth and self-improvement,” states Kelly Finlay, General Manager at The Wilds Resort. “We take pride in supporting and helping to facilitate Golf Canada’s goal of encouraging our youth in being the best they can be and to have fun while doing it. We look forward to welcoming our athletes and their families to The Wilds Resort. We are excited to showcase our beautiful resort and province.” 

To follow the live leaderboard of the NextGen Atlantic Championship, click here

About the NextGen Championships 

The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemption into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf. 

Hole in One Report

Golf Canada Hole-In-One Report – Week of June 24, 2024

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Each week we write to Golf Canada members who record a hole-in-one, congratulating them and asking if they’d tell us how it happened. These are their stories (edited for length and clarity).

Have you recently accomplished the feat of a hole-in-one? Tell us about it! Share your story, picture / video and course information with us at holeinone@golfcanada.ca.

Donna Turner, Coppinwood, Hole #7

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It was a very exciting day! It actually happened on May 30th on hole #7 at Coppinwood which was 118 yards. It was into the wind so I used an 8 iron and it dropped right next to the hole and rolled in. I saw it but still couldn’t believe it! I was golfing with my partner Lara Shewchuk. The interesting thing is my friend Carol Cooper had come to Coppinwood as a guest two years ago and got a hole-in-one on the same hole! As I approached the tee on the 30th I said, “that’s the same pin placement as when Coop got her hole-in-one.” There you have it!

Brady Lush, Seaview Golf & Country Club, Hole #14

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It was the par 3, 14th hole at Seaview Golf and Country Club. Me and a group of good friends were out for an afternoon/evening round. The hole was around 160 yards downhill playing about 140 yards. I hit an 8 iron.

Grant Holcomb, Rattlesnake Point, Hole #5

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I was playing with Jamie King and Rahul Mehta from ClubLink and got the hole-in-one on the fifth hole on the Copperhead course, at Rattlesnake Point GC. The yardage was 175 and I hit a 5 iron. 

Clark Davis, St. Andrew’s East, Hole #4

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I was playing with fellow members Glen Taylor, Wayne Fillmore and Mike Davis. The hole was 142 yards, playing about 130 yards. I hit a full 50 degree gap wedge, spun back and trickled in.

Christine Farrell, Rivendell Golf Club, Hole #14

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Hole #14, Rivendell Golf Club, par 3, 141 yards and used a 3 wood.

Mel Maitlitz, Club Golf Les Legendre’s, Hole #3

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On the morning of Saturday, June 15th, 2024. Par 3, hole #3 and 169 yards. The others in his foursome visually witnessed his hole-in-one and attested his score card.

Ritchie McFadyen, Maple Ridge Golf Club, Hole #6

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What a feeling to finally achieve my first hole-in-one. I played with my good friend Sandy Lorrain who has had bragging rights for her own hole-in-one on June 7, 2021. I scored it on June 8, 2024. Now were even!
Maple Ridge Golf Course in Calgary. Hole #6 was playing 167 yards downhill into a stiff breeze and I used a 7 iron. A slight cut, two hops and it rolled out of sight.

Sid Green, Avon Valley, Hole #5

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Avon Valley. Hole #5. 127 yards and used a 9 iron. Playing with Mike Goss and Paul Marriott. 

James Ross, 14 Wing Greenwood, Hole #8

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I was playing that day with my father, Paul Ross, and his good friend, Al Slack. It was a 158 yard par 3, back blue flag. I hit an 8 iron.

Benson Lily, Picton, Hole #14

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It was certainly exciting to get my first hole-in-one at the age of 76. My playing partners were Picton Golf Club members, Bob Fujiki, Jean Theoret and Brian Lackey. The hole was #14, a par 3 and playing 163 yards into the wind. I used a Taylor Made R-7 rescue 4 and crushed the ball high into the wind. It appeared to be headed for the flag but I thought that I had hit it long so I approached with a wedge and putter. There was no ball just off the back of the green so I sheepishly walked back to the hole and looked in. Voila! There was my ball. 

Brian Prentice, Peterborough Golf & Country Club, Hole #12

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The distance was 175 yards and I used 7 wood. The other three members of our usual Wednesday foursome, Ivan McCully, Davy Boyle and Bill Rogers shared in my lucky accomplishment.

Noah Simon, Whitecourt, Hole #4

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It was an 8 iron from 165 yards out and windy conditions. The pin location was tucked in the back behind a bunker. I shot it in front of the hole then spun it back in. 

Mark Smith, Club at North Halton, Hole #17

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I was playing with Phil Jones, Andrew Smith and Ian Mcgucken, all from North Halton. It was 132 yards long and I used a 9 iron. Its uphill so we kind of saw it go in, but were not 100% positive, that’s why my putter is in my hand.

Karen Lavoie, Stewart Creek Golf Club, Hole #12

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I was playing in an Alberta Golf Upswing event at Stewart Creek on Thursday, May 30th. In my group were friends Akemi Rodgers, Marcia Wong and Joan Hopgood. The yardage on my watch was 162. I chose a fairway wood because of the cool, overcast conditions. The tee shot was headed a little right of the hole, I was yelling for it to kick left which it did and we all saw it go into the hole. This is my second hole-in-one and Akemi has seen both of them! 

David Barker, Mississippi Golf Club, Hole #16

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My hole-in-one was made on a 155 yard par 3 which I hit with my 7 iron. I was playing with my favourite golf buddies Ron and Al.

Chad Smith, Fort McMurray, Hole #6

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It was a pretty surreal feeling. I was playing golf with my girlfriend, Charyle Eddy that day. Fresh off making a birdie on the last hole, I stepped onto the tee box on hole #6, Black Bear at the Fort McMurray Golf Club. The hole was playing 143 yards with a blue pin (back pin placement). The air was heavy so I decided to hit a 9 iron. After I hit the shot, I watched the ball take dead aim at the flag stick. The pin was tucked behind the bunker and I could only see the top half of the flag stick. I told Charyle that it would close to the hole. Charyle hit her tee shot and then we headed for the green. As we approached the green, I did not see my ball and assumed it was over the back of the green and laying down in the rough. I started to walk towards the hole and Charyle asked me to wait so that she could record it if it had gone in the hole. She started recording and I walked towards the hole and sure enough there it was laying in the bottom of the cup for an ace! I was super excited for the hole-in-one! Can’t wait for the next one to happen. 

 

Jill Howard, Uplands Golf Club, Hole #4

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I had a hole-in-one on hole #4, 148 yards, using a driver with my partners Susan Morriss and Rita Seigo on Sunday, June 16.

Travis Teevens, Greensmere Golf & Country Club, Hole #12

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I was playing with my buddies Jesse, Taylor and Matt. We were on the 12th hole of Greensmere Golf and Country Club’s Premiere Course. It was a front pin at 150 yards playing about 130 straight downhill. Shot a pitching wedge and asked right away if it was short. It landed on the fringe then rolled up and in. We were all a little shocked and surprised!

Nathalie Pearsall, Beaconsfield Golf Club, Hole #8

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I was playing with my mom (Sue), dad (Doug) and my friend (Phil) whom I met through the game of golf over 15 years ago. I went out on Tuesday, June 4th to play nine holes and have dinner, the classic nine and dine and ended up with more than I bargained for. Coming to the end of the round on hole #8, I pulled out my 7 iron and aimed for the front right-hand side of the green. The ball landed on the front right and rolled as it curved towards the hole and ultimately disappeared, I was in shock. I started running to the hole with my push cart bouncing along as I almost tripped on my own feet. My friend Phil filmed me and as we got to the hole, I peaked in to see my ball staring back at me. It was a moment full of excitement and I really couldn’t believe it. I’ve been golfing since I was 12 years old and I am now 29. As much as I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve often found it more and more challenging to make time for the game. Late last year I moved to an area that is closer to the course and I’ve made it my mission to schedule in as much golf as possible. The next day, following my hole-in-one, my dad sent me a text saying, “I thought you had given up on golf but golf hasn’t given up on you!” It was a great start to the season and once again, golf has found its way to suck me back in. I look forward to the 2024 season and many more to come. 

Mike Porter, The Dunes at Kamloops, Hole #13

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The club I hit was an 8 iron from 164 yards. I was playing with my good friends Matt, Art and Terry.

 

Tyler Heimpel, Rebel Creek Golf Club, Hole #7

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I was playing with two of my best friends Kevin Trussler and Chris Bruyn. Rebel Creek hole #7 was playing 153 yards into the wind to a front pin location off the gold tees. The plan was to hit a good 9 iron about 160 yards. It had eyes right of the club face. It hit the green and released about ten feet, right in the hole! The boys went nuts! It was my sixth career ace, third at Rebel Creek. My dad passed away in January of 2022, so to do on Father’s Day, this is my favourite one!

Edward Murphy, Sundre Golf Club, Hole #17

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We played the blue tees at Sundre, #17 was 105 yards. I used a 54-degree wedge. My friends Lee Raine and Tracy Beamer were playing with me.

James Mosakos, St. George’s Golf & Country Club, Hole #8

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My hole-in-one happened on Sunday June 2, 2024. I was playing with my wife and our two sons (aged 12 and 16). Hole #8 was playing 122 yards (red tees) and I hit 9 iron. This was my second hole-in-one at St. George’s which I got in July 2003 while playing with my father, uncle and best friend. So happy to get this one with my boys there to watch. We got to the play the entire 18 holes thanks to the time of year and I ended up shooting 76 which is very good for me. So exciting all around!

Tony Wilson, Aberdeen Glen Golf Club, Hole #14

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I was playing with Tim Dorish and Kyzer Troy Auger who are both members. The hole was playing 137 yards that day. This picture was taken by Tim just a couple of minutes after I made the shot. We had a favourable wind that day on that particular hole and I was not sure if I should hit my pitching wedge or my nine iron. I chose the nine iron and hit it super clean as soon as the ball left the club I said, “oh be the club, be the club, be the club?” All three of us saw it the whole way. The ball landed about 13 inches in front of the hole took one more small bounce and then in. I started playing golf 42 years ago and this is my first hole-in-one.

David Montoya, Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, Hole #17

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It was 136 yards and blustery conditions. Hit with a 7 iron. Playing partners were Mr. Ken Evans Esq. and Dr. Chris Carruthers. It was the par 3 on hole #8 North at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, my 17th hole that day.

Nicko Lucas, South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club, Hole #8

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I was playing with three members of South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club, Ryan Anderson, Lane Robinson and Steve Clairmont. We played the blue tees which was measuring 159 yards. I hit a 9-iron.

Mark McDonough, Norfolk Golf & Country Club, Hole #2

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The Norfolk Golf Club Pro Shop employee took my photo after I finished my 9 hole round in the men’s league called “Carter’s.” I used a pitching wedge from 140 yards on hole #2. The green is elevated so I did not see my ball go in the hole. My playing partner, Brian Taylor, confirmed the hole-in-one. The ball carried over the front right green side bunker and landed on the right side and kicked left. That is all we saw from the tee. When we got to the green, we did not see any ball on the surface of the green. My friend, Brian, said the ball is in the hole. I did not believe him and thought my ball went over the green on the left. Sure enough, the ball was in the hole.

Nancy Chen, Hautes Plaines, Hole #7

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This was the sixth hole-in-one in my life so far. On Wednesday, June 12, 2024 which was ladies night, I played with another three Chinese ladies, they were Xiaoyin Qiu, Ruixue Huang and Jenny Yan. On hole #7, the flag was on the front, the distance was 107 yards, a bit uphill, between the tee box and the green, there was a big ravine and the wind was on our face. I used the 9 iron club, it was very solid and straight. We saw the ball jump once and disappear. We couldn’t see the ball go in, because it’s uphill, but the direction was good. Jenny shouted, “maybe a hole-in-one.” Ruixue went to green first, she wanted to confirm if it’s a hole-in-one. She waved her hand and told me it’s in.

Last year, July 8, 2023 was my fifth hole-in-one at Hautes Plaines. That day, we played our second round match play. Ruixue Huang and I vs. Manon Lamache and Carole Vachon. We won one hole on hole #16. Last two holes they still had a chance to win. Hole #17, 78 yards, on this green, the right side was higher than the left side. The flag was on the front. I used the 54 degree club, aimed a little bit right of the flag and hit it solid. We all saw the ball landed on the right of the flag and rolled into the hole. We won our match solidly.

My first hole-in-one was on June 18, 2016, at Meadows Country Club East Course hole #7. My second hole-in-one was on July 28th, 2019. It was the intersectional qualifier tournament second round at Hautes Plaines hole #13. My third hole-in-one was on September 8, 2022 at Cloverdale Links Golf Course hole #8. My fourth hole-in-one was on March 2023, I played on a simulator at Carleton Golf and Yacht Club.

Michael Vettese, Cedar Brae Golf Club, Hole #11

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It was my first one. I was playing with Jared Geboers and Jonathan Lee. I hit an 8 iron from 150 yards to a front pin at the 11th hole at Cedar Brae.

Bruce Douglas, Gleneagles Golf Course, Hole #5

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Hole #5 at Gleneagles is a 115 yard par 3. We were at the hole around nine in the morning on a beautiful sunny day here in West Vancouver, B.C. The green was in the shadows so it was difficult to see the balls land on the green. I hit my gap wedge and it felt and looked great in the air. Tracking straight for the pin. When we walked up to the green there was only one ball on the green. My playing partner said, “maybe your ball is in the hole?” For a moment I thought maybe I hit it so well it somehow went over the green? It was in the hole! I just about broke down and cried right then.

Gerry Aho, Dalewood Golf Club, Hole #13

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This was special for a few reasons. This was my second hole-in-one. The first one was at Trafalgar Golf Club designed by Robbie Robinson at the 13th hole. This one was at Dalewood also designed by Robbie Robinson and it was also on hole #13. A very amazing coincidence as both were over water. It was 110 yards and I used my 8 iron. I belong to a seniors group and I was playing with my usual Friday seniors group consisting of Bob Marr, Bill Willoughby and Ken Ling.

Shannon Chattington, Clare Golf & Country Club, Hole #4

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Hole #4 at Clare Golf & Country Club from the red tees is 98 yards downhill and over water. I used a 7 iron and two of three friends witnessed it going in the hole.

Ray Eldred, Stone Tree Golf & Fitness Club, Hole #16

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I shot my hole-in-one on hole #16 at Stonetree Golf Course on June 5th. The hole was approximately 120 yards and I used a pitching wedge. I was accompanied by Mel Playter, Bill Thompson and Brian Walley.

Kyle Yetman, Galt Country Club, Hole #14

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169 yards into the wind and 6 iron was the club.

Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur

Catherine Matranga takes opening round lead at the 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

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Catherine Matranga leads following opening round of the 2024 Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur Championship

Shelly Stouffer leads Mid-Master division and Team British Columbia lead
Inter-Provincial team championship following Thursday

Courtenay, B.C. – Catherine Matranga fired a 1-under 71 on Thursday to take the lead following the opening round of the 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur, presented by BDO at the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community (Crown Isle) in Courtenay, B.C.

Matranga of Fort Worth, Texas was the only player to shoot under par at Crown Isle on Thursday. She began her round with nine consecutive pars to start, followed by back-to-back birdies to open the back nine. Matranga said her solid round was due to playing simple golf on Thursday.

“I got off to a pretty good start, felt like I was hitting my irons well, drove the ball well and just felt very comfortable out there today.

“Gave myself a lot of good looks for birdie but made easy pars to start off the round and continued that through the back nine and just overall felt really comfortable and kept it simple today,” said Matranga following her round.

Matranga also credited her consistent play and ability to recover well. She highlighted two shots on the front nine which allowed her to save pars after finding trouble. First from the bunker on three and then putting a wedge shot close on the seventh hole.

Matranga holds a three-shot lead in the mid-amateur division over Jamie Oleksiew of Vancouver, B.C. and is ahead by four shots over 2022 champion, Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C. Matranga said she intends to stick to her game plan on Friday.

“Being committed to each shot. I have a plan and just making sure I am picking good targets and being committed to everything and each decision I make out there and see what happens in the end,” added Matranga.

Stouffer leads the Women’s Mid-Master division by one shot over Taya Battistella of Bellingham, Wash. Stouffer shot a 3-over 75 on Thursday. Tina Papatolis of Issaquah, Wash. And Marie-Thérèse Torti of Candiac, Que. are tied for third at 6-over, three back of Stouffer. The Women’s Mid-Master Championship is contested concurrently with the Mid-Amateur Championship for players aged 40-and-over as of July 11, 2024.

In the Inter-Provincial Team Championship, Team British Columbia sits atop the leaderboard after shooting a combined 5-over to lead by seven shots over Team Ontario and Team Alberta who are both 12-over. Team British Columbia consists of Stouffer and Oleksiew along with Aram Choi of Surrey, B.C. The two lowest scores from the three team members count towards the team’s combined score for the day. The inter-provincial competition is contested over the first 36-holes of the tournament.

The field consisting of 64 golfers (aged 25-and-over as of July 11, 2024), with a handicap index of 12.0 or less began play on Thursday. The individual winner of the Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will receive an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, taking place from September 7-12 at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Mass. In addition, the champion will receive an exemption into the 2025 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.

For leaderboard following Thursday’s opening round at the 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, click here.

Hole in One Report

Golf Canada Hole-In-One Report – June 17, 2024

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Each week we write to Golf Canada members who record a hole-in-one, congratulating them and asking if they’d tell us how it happened. These are their stories (edited for length and clarity).

Have you recently accomplished the feat of a hole-in-one? Tell us about it! Share your story, picture / video and course information with us at holeinone@golfcanada.ca.

Ethan Frost, Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club, Hole #4

 

It was definitely quite an exciting moment. I was playing with the Georgian College Spring Golf Showcase and my playing partners were Luke Valley and 2 other students from Aurora – I don’t remember their names sorry, we were paired up with them for the tournament. Hole #4, 144 yards and I used my pitching wedge. My mom showed up to watch me on my back 9, and since the hole was a bit backed up because it was a “beat the pro hole,” I asked her to go walk ahead and take a video of my shot. The group behind and in front of us shared in all the excitement too. It was awesome. You can see from the video that my mom took, she
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Blake DuCharme, Thunder Highlands Golf, Hole #9

 

I was playing with my friend Jimmy McCarthy, we were on hole #9 at the amazing Thunder Highlands Golf Club. Have been a member of the club the last four years and have always dreamed of getting a hole in one at my home course. Never did I expect it to happen. I had played nine holes earlier in the day with my Dad and came back that evening with my friend Jimmy. The hole plays downhill around 170 yards, pin was middle left of the green. I hit a 4 Iron, was confident with this club. As soon as I hit it, knew it was a good one. Jimmy called in as it was 100 yards away in the air. It landed 5 yards in front of the hole and rolled in. Couldn’t believe my eyes from the tee-box as the ball disappeared into the hole. We celebrated and other golfers in the parking lot couldn’t believe what they heard. Best day ever.

Adam Long, Whitevale Golf Club, Hole #14

 

I was playing with my friend Brandon Nye and the pair leaving the 14th hole also witness the hole-in-one and they were kind enough to get a video of me taking the ball out of the hole. You can see my hand shaking in the video as I take the ball out of the hole. The distance was 155 yards and I used an eight iron. Funny part of the story was that me and Brandon were joking around right before I made the shot and said that a hole-in-one would make the round more exciting.

Colin Thacker, St. Andrew’s East Golf Club, Hole #11

 

I was playing with Steve Agla and James Wolanski. Hole #11 was a front left pin and playing 192 yards on June 13. I hit a 6-iron. It bounced twice before the green rolled up and in. Hit it a little thin to be honest.

Sarah Thompson, Whitevale Golf Club, Hole #12

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I was playing with my dad, hole #12 at Whitevale G.C., 120 yards downhill, over water with a front pin guarded by bunkers. I hit a pitching wedge that landed just short of the pin and rolled straight in. My dad asked me, “Where’s the ball?” and I replied, “I believe it’s in the hole!”

Shailine Lai, Bond Head Golf Club, Hole #3

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I was playing with my dad for the practice round of the Champion of the Champions at The Club At Bond Head. Hole #3 was playing 135 yards with my 8 iron. My dad had been on the phone with my mom as I was teeing off my shot. As the ball flew onto the green with a slight fade, it landed in front of the pin and rolled into the cup! “It’s in the hole, the ball is in the hole!” my dad shouted, still on the phone with my mom! I was still in shock at what had just happened, with utter happiness. My dad kept shouting “woo hoo!” and “yes” that other players from the other tees could hear him. As we walked onto the green, I picked up my ball from the hole and started to celebrate!

Gary Peterson, Jagare Ridge Golf Club, Hole #13

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On Sunday morning I got my sixth career hole-in-0ne while playing with friends Ken Shewchuk and Leslie Copeland. It was Jagare Ridge’s 13th hole a 148 yard hole, with a big right to left sloping green that hit the green and the correct spot and rolled about 25 feet into hole. I used a 7 iron and Titleist ProV ball. I was smoking one of my favourite cigars and we enjoyed a celebratory “birdie juice” after finishing the hole. Very exciting.

Beverly Suits, Salmon Arm Golf Club, Hole #7

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I took lessons from Clay Stothers of the Okanagan Golf & Country Club for two years. He teaches the UBCO Heat team and the Academy boys. When we went for our nine hole playing lesson, I had two easy birdies, to which I asked him if that was good? He replied, “you have no idea how much natural talent you have.”

I took up golf around 50 when I moved to the 18th hole of the Quail. I was an international badminton champion (National title at 16 at Vancouver Lawn and Tennis). After so many competitive years in badminton, I didn’t really want to compete in golf. I enjoyed the two or four person team events in golf (I did play one zones, after a lot of encouragement shooting an 78). Won the IronWoman team of four (me being the weakest), shooting 72 from the black! Gallaghers Pro-Am and many more. It seems racquet sports and hockey transfer well to golf?

Barry Leavitt, Dominion Golf & Country Club, Hole #7

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I was playing with my long time golf friend Mike W. along with his partner Karen M. and Mike’s brother Dave. We’ve played this track every Saturday morning for a quick nine holes before the rest of our families role out of bed for many years and May 18 was no different. I had honours stepping onto the 7th tee and scoped the pin at 167 yards. I pulled 6 iron and flushed my shot straight at the pin. Uncharacteristically, it never wavered from the line and with the elevated green we thought it was close but not sure how close. As I approached the green I couldn’t see my ball so reasonably, I pulled out my pitching wedge and putter to climb up to the green thinking I probably rolled off the back or something. A quick scan of the green area didn’t reveal my ball so I boldly walked to the cup for a peek and there it sat smiling back at me. High fives all around and I happily held the flag as the rest of the group finished up. With all the excitement don’t ask me how I did on the next hole!

Kim Furlotte, Water Valley Golf Course, Hole #13

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I made a hole-in-one on hole #13 of the Water Valley Golf Course on June 12th. It was par 3 at 116 yards, using an 8 iron.

Chris Mack, National Pines Golf Club, Hole #15

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I finally made my first hole-in-one at age 58. I was playing with some buddies at the Pines of Georgina in Pefferlaw. The back was going much better than the front when we made it to the 161 yard hole #18. I hit a 5 iron and we thought we were watching it roll off the back. We got up there and broke out in cheers when we saw my ball in the cup. The group behind us knew immediately what had happened. We took pictures and celebrated with a couple of beers afterwards. The staff made a big deal of it. Everyone at the clubhouse was just as excited as I was. It was awesome to have some long time golfing buddies witness it. I’m going to go out and try again the next day.

Daren Bulat, Country Hills Golf Club, Hole #8

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I was playing with Kirby Lindal, Mark Malone and Matt Hanak. The yardage was 124 and I used a gap wedge.

Rob Dietz, Rattlesnake Point Golf Club, Hole #5

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On June 16, at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club, I got my fourth hole-in-one on Sidewinder hole #5. It was playing 165 yards to a back pin and I used a 6 iron. I knew it was a good shot when it came off the club. It took a bounce and made its way to the hole and then it disappeared. My wife Gail was there to witness. She has a lot of catching up to do since she only has one hole-in-one.

Kobe Menzies, Kamloops, Hole #6

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I was playing with Carver Millard and Greg Ross from the Zone 2 Tour and had my dad out following me around that day. We got up to the sixth tee box and were chatting about a hole-in-one and I jokingly asked if Carver would pull the pin as I was getting a hole-in-one. I hit a 5 wood from 172 yards and after I hit it, I knew it would be close. Then it rolled up to the hole and disappeared! It was exciting to have my dad there to see it!

David Beyers, Chedoke Golf Club, Hole #10

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I was playing with my friend Liam Crowder and the hole was 153 downhill. I hit a pitching wedge.

Nick Magyar, Pointe West Golf Club, Hole #17

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I was playing with my normal weekend group, Mike Vrionis, Leslie Rahie and Buck Marchand. It was a 135 yard shot and I hit a 52 degree wedge. This was a great early birthday present for myself, and we celebrated appropriately on the patio after our round!

Romeo Persaud, Cherry Downs, Hole #4

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I was playing with Jim Cain and Vince Wong. The fourth hole yardage played at 161 yards, as per my Nikon Coolshot Pro ll. I used my 7 iron (TM P790) and hit a low cut into the front of the green and rolled right up and in. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to actually see the ball go in, due to the pin placement, which left me on pins and needles upon my approach.

Stephen Godden, Cardinal Lakes Golf Club, Hole #2

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Hole-in-one happened on May 21st at Cardinal Lakes Golf Club.

Haley Schneider, Desert Blume Golf Club, Hole #2

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It was a surreal moment for sure! I was playing with my ladies league team that night. It was 132 yards uphill to a blind green. And I used a 7 iron. I didn’t even see it drop in the hole, we drove up to the green and I grabbed my putter. Walked on the green and thought I had rolled off the side, my friend jokingly said, “check the hole” so I walked over, looked down and there it was!

Ian Kingham, Greyhawk Golf Club, Hole #8

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On May 22, 2024, I was playing the Predator Course at Greyhawk with three golfing buddies (Ron Allenby, Jean Boisvert and Mike Kelly). We were all playing from the white tees (5923 yards). The weather was great, not too hot or cold. I was using a Callaway Chrome Soft golf ball. I was even par after the first seven holes. The eighth hole was playing 163 yards from the whites to a white pin slightly right of center. I hit a 7 iron to just below and left of the hole and we all watched it roll up and disappear. I was somewhat skeptical that it had in fact gone in the hole but sure enough when we got to the green it was in the hole. I called it in and after the round everyone got a free drink as is the custom at Greyhawk. I was quite happy with the experience including my total score of 73 for the round. This was the second best score I’d ever had, eclipsed only by my previous round of 72. Of course, as is common with amateur golfers I haven’t come close to that since, averaging between 78 and 83 but hopefully the good golf will return soon. I am 60 years old, not a long ball hitter, but not overly short either and was having a week where it was going straight shot after shot. My irons are PXG 0311XP’s. I was very happy to have had those two games, including the hole-in-one, to have had my buddies there to witness and celebrate with me and it’s an experience I’ll never forget, but hope to repeat.

 

Ryan Chin, Mill Run, Hole #8

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It was during the club’s Ryder Cup tournament and I was paired with Mike Brand, Jeff Benedetto and Ryan Fox. The hole #8 at Grist and approximately 167 yards to the hole. The club I used during the shot was a Srixon Z-forged 6 iron.

Kirby Peters, Toronto Hunt, Hole #6

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Hole #6 at the Toronto Hunt. Coincidentally it was the second ace that day at the Hunt. Kyle Nichols scored one on our third hole. I was playing with my wife Jennifer Peters and Scott and Mary Tomenson. The hole was playing 122 yards. I hit an 9 iron. I’m a lucky guy. I now have a career four aces.

Bob Plamondon, Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Hole #8

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It was hole #8, about 210 yards, uphill, with a driver. It is my third hole-in-one and my second on that hole.

Kevin Hunt, Timberwolf Golf Club, Hole #13

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I was playing with Rob Godin, Steve Boyd and Richard Daypak. It was a little wind from the west, and I was hitting into the breeze. The hole was 115 yards and I hit my 50-degree gap wedge. It was heading straight on course all the way. Ball landed two yards from the hole and rolled so slow into the hole. We weren’t positive it went in, but I was pretty sure. If the hole was feet further, I don’t think it would have made it.

 

Joe Lewis, Rebel Creek Golf Club, Hole #17

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A beautiful Wednesday afternoon was capped off with my third hole-in-one during a Rebel Creek two man net team match. A tight match with my partner Steve Johannes against Club Pro Robert Hannah and Rebel Creek employee Liam Schweitzer. The scene of the crime was hole #17, blue tees 135 yards into a right to left hurting wind, probably playing 145 yards directly into the setting sun. Easy 9 iron all day. When I hit the shot I knew it was good, as I was just trying to hit the green for our team net match as our competitors were stroking. I lost the ball halfway to the hole due to the sun being directly into my face. As I started walking back to the cart we heard our playing partner Liam yell, “I think it went in!” Turns out Liam was the only one with young eyes who saw the ball the entire way spin off the backstop right into the cup! As it would play out that would be the only hole I won for our team all day and funny enough I was almost sawed off by Rob with a near birdie miss while stroking, thankfully Rob is a nice guy and let me have my moment. Just another day trying to put the thing in the thing!

Sean Silang, Royal Ontario Golf Club, Hole #8

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I was playing with my friend Jack Karosas. The yardage was 152 and I used a 9 iron.

Kevin Delahunt, Abercrombie Country Club, Hole #8

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It was such a thrill (it was my first hole-in-one). I was playing with Callahan Murphy, Kyle Cruickshanks and Mark Gagnier. I hit an 8 iron and it was playing 170yds that day. Big swooping draw that landed on the right side of the green and rolled all the way to the left side, dropping into the cup. 

Kyle Wood, Country Hills Golf Club, Hole #12

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I was playing with Andrew Coppold, Curtis McConnell and Jay Barnett. I hit a 9 iron from 157 yards.

Greig Malcom, Whispering Pines, Hole #5

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119 yards using a 9 iron into a big wind.

Cooper Anderson, Fort William Country Club, Hole #2

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It was a 9 iron from 161 yards. My second hole-in-one, both on the same hole.

Paul Stimpson, Rossmere Country Club, Hole #3

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It was at Rossmere Country Club, white flag, hole #3 and 170 yards. I was playing with Kent Simmons, Ed Byard and Mark Manzer.

Bryden Dilley, Idylwylde, Hole #4

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I was 151 yards from pin, into the wind and used my 7 iron. I was playing with Lana from Calgary and Mackenzie from Windsor.

Vic Juzenas, Settlers Ghost Golf Club, Hole #16

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I was playing with Linas Balaisis (on my right) and John Butkus (on my left). It was hole #16 at Settlers Ghost in Barrie, Ontario. Club used was a pitching wedge. Yardage that day was 128 according to range finder.

Markus Boguslavsky, Redwood Meadows Golf & Country Club, Hole #15

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I was playing with three great buddies: Logan Drackett, Jack Moroney and Connor Blake. 154 yards with a pitching wedge. Hit it pure and it essentially dunked and went right in. Caught the front lip and splashed.

Elsie Castor, Lynx Ridge Golf Club, Hole #17

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 seemed like a normal golf day until hole #17 at Lynx Ridge Golf Club. The flag was blue and from the forward (red) tee it was approximately 128 yards. The path to the flag was not an easy one as you had to go over water and a sand bunker so I used my 7 wood to give myself the best chance. I was golfing with my husband and two others, all members of the club. What made it more special was the club head teaching professional Kaleb Gorbahn happened to be at the hole and watched everything from the ball flight to landing on the green to rolling in the hole. A very exciting day that I will not forget.

A.J. Mink, Parry Sound, Hole #2

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It was a 114 yards and hit a 54 degree wedge and it one hopped and it disappeared. Andrew, Connor and Daniel are all members of the course. The pin was kind of tucked and I was not 100 percent if it went in as the pin was kind of tucked but, both my playing partners were very confident. I think I was in such shock that it went in that I did not even know how to react. It was a really cool feeling though.

Mark Payne, Brampton Golf Club, Hole #13

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Brampton Golf Club, June 7th, windy overcast day, bands of rain bringing downpours sideways, our group was half soaked but powered on. Double bogeyed the 12th hole while eating a Tuna sandwich. Then it happened. 13th hole, playing 140 yards, with an accessible pin placement front left. Hit a 9 iron dead straight and on line, landed on the green a few yards short, rolled, struck the right side of the pin and dropped! Golfing with my dad, brother and brother-in-law. Still can’t believe it. Shout out to whoever made that sandwich.

Patrick Duggan, St. George’s Golf & Country Club, Hole #6, Hole #3 and Hole #6

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Beauty day, calm, no wind, Saturday evening round. Hole #6, 125 yards with a pitching wedge. It never left the flag; dunked straight in! As a former university basketball player and now coach of my daughter’s Etobicoke Thunder U16 basketball team I liked seeing it go straight in the cup, “swish!” I went nuts and my son James (15, competing on CJGA now) ran 20 yards full tilt jumping in the air for a big hug. It was awesome, we were pumped. It was a great father son moment that we will never forget. To add to it, on the tee my son James said to me before we teed off, “Dad, yesterday I almost had a hole-in-one on this hole – hit it to two feet!” I replied, “buddy that’s amazing” and then turned to the other player in our group (Nathan Whale) and said, “have you ever had a hole-in-one?” He replied, “nope.” I said, “well then boys, why not today then.” I then stepped up to tee off and boom, it goes in! Nathan yells, “oh my god!” He just manifested it into reality!
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After i had my first ever hole in one earlier in June, I did it again, well, and again, in the same round on Thursday night! It was crazy. 

St George’s Golf club
Hole #3 – 180 yards, 7-iron
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Hole #6 – 110 yards, 50 degree wedge

We all couldn’t believe it. Course was full that evening and we all had a great laugh with the groups in front and behind us. It was unreal and a round I’ll never forget.

That makes three in June. The first one was with my son close to Fathers Day weekend. It was a special moment. The other two were during a round with a great friend. Our plan was to do 9 and dine and have dinner with our wives after, however, once I had two aces in the front we had to keep playing! Met up as couples later that evening once off the course to celebrate. So fun.

Figured I’d share as I’m being told odds of two hole-in-one’s in a single round are 67 million to one. Not sure what they are for three in a month!

Reef Caulder, Inglewood, Hole #17

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I was playing the 17th hole at Inglewood Golf and Curling Club with Ken Kajita and Paul Macleoud on a gusty evening. Hole was 190 yards into the wind with a 5-iron and Ken was the first to say, “I think that went in!”

Canada’s Brooke Henderson geared up for demanding four-week stretch of golf

Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson is geared up for the most important four weeks of her year.


The winningest professional golfer in Canadian history will tee it up in the featured group of the Amundi Evian Championship on Thursday, the fourth major of the women’s season. She’ll then play in the CPKC Women’s Open — the Canadian national championship — at Calgary’s Earl Grey Golf Club before heading back to France for the Paris Olympics, all in the span of a month.

Brooke Henderson teeing off from Evian Resort in France
Canada’s Brooke Henderson competes during the Evian Championship, a women’s LPGA major golf tournament in Evian-les-Bains, French Alps, on July 29, 2023. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)


“It’s definitely a huge stretch, so it would be a great time for the game to really show up and be in a good spot,” said Henderson, who last played at the Dow Championship where she tied for eighth with partner Lexi Thompson of the United States. “I feel like it’s definitely trending in the right direction.


“It was a lot of fun playing with Lexi a couple weeks ago, and she is playing so well and has a lot of confidence right now. I was trying to feed off that and add some of that to my game as well.”

Brooke Henderson and Lexi Thompson
MIDLAND, MICHIGAN – JUNE 30: (L-R) Lexi Thompson of the United States and Brooke Henderson of Canada walk on the fifth green during the final round of the Dow Championship at Midland Country Club on June 30, 2024 in Midland, Michigan. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


She’ll be playing alongside reigning champion Celine Boutier of France and 2021 winner Minjee Lee of Australia in the tournament’s first and second rounds on Thursday and Friday. Henderson won the fourth major of the season in 2022 and was runner-up to Boutier last year.


“I think it’s going to be really fun for all of us in the group to feed off (French fans cheering for Boutier) and be in a really amazing atmosphere,” said Henderson. “The show that she put on last year was incredible. Nobody was going to catch her. I tried, but I couldn’t keep up.


“She’s been playing some great golf and as everyone knows she’s a great person as well, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she does here this week.”


Savannah Grewal of Mississauga, Ont., is the other Canadian in the field at the Evian. The LPGA Tour rookie said “it still feels surreal” that she’s playing in her third major after turning professional in November.

Savannah Grewal
MIDLAND, MICHIGAN – JUNE 27: (L-R) Savannah Grewal of Canada and Malia Nam of the United States walk to the fifth green during the first round of the Dow Championship at Midland Country Club on June 27, 2024 in Midland, Michigan. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images


“It’s still crazy to me that you know, I’m out on tour now and I get to play in major championships that I grew up watching on TV,” said Grewal.

“I remember watching Celine Boutier win this tournament last year and now I’m here, playing the holes that I watched on TV. 


“Every major I can check off it’s just another unreal opportunity to get to go do what I love.”


Both Henderson and Grewal remarked on the unique Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, just by the Swiss border in the Alps.

Brooke Henderson teeing off from Evian Resort
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE – JULY 10: Brook Henderson of Canada tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am prior to the Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club on July 10, 2024 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)


“This course being built on a mountain, a slope, it’s very challenging,” said Henderson. “You never have a flat lie. You’re always compensating for something and always having to think your way around, which I think is really cool and very unique to this area.”

Grewal agreed.


“I’ve definitely noticed that there’s a lot more side slope lies in the fairway than what I’m used to,” said Grewal, after spending the day in Switzerland. “Even hilly courses that are in the mountains in North America, they tend to be more so hilly in the sense of up and down. 


“Whereas here, everything’s leaning toward one side. The front nine, I think everything’s kind of leaning left to right and then you have the back nine, where everything’s right to left.”


EPSON TOUR — Brigitte Thibault of Rosemere, Que., is the lone Canadian in the field at the Hartford HealthCare Women’s Championship. She’s 128th on the Race for the Card points list. The tournament at the Great River Golf Club in Milford, Conn., begins Friday.


PGA TOUR — Aaron Cockerill of Stony Mountain, Man., the only Canadian player on the European-base DP World Tour, will make a rare PGA Tour appearance at this week’s Genesis Scottish Open. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., is the highest-ranked Canadian in the lead-up event to the British Open. He’s 33rd on the FedEx Cup standings. Corey Conners (35th) of Listowel, Ont., Nick Taylor (43rd) of Abbotsford, and Mackenzie Hughes (51st) of Dundas, Ont., are also in the field.

KORN FERRY TOUR — Myles Creighton of Digby, N.S., is No. 23 on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour’s points list heading into this week’s The Ascendant. Edmonton’s Wil Bateman (35th), Etienne Papineau (53rd) of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., Sudarshan Yellamaraju (106th) of Mississauga, Ont., and Jared du Toit (122nd) of Kimberley, B.C., are also in the field at TPC Colorado in Berthoud, Colo.


CHAMPIONS TOUR — Calgary’s Stephen Ames is still No. 1 overall on the Champions Tour. He hopes to build his lead on the senior tour at this week’s Kaulig Companies Championship starting Friday. Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., is No. 25 on the Schwab Cup points list heading into play at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

PGA TOUR AMERICAS — Matthew Anderson of Mississauga, Ont., is second on the third-tier tour’s points list heading into the Explore NB Open. There are 18 Canadians in the field at Mactaquac Golf Course in Fredericton, N.B.