Ace highlights day one of the Amateurs

The 2024 Saskatchewan Amateur Championships began Tuesday at the Royal Regina Golf Club.

Highlighting the day was Carlisle’s Gerhard Groenewald (pictured) getting his first hole-in-one in Canada. The ace came on hole 14.

In the women’s championship, 14-year-old Sela Ogada is the first round leader after shooting a 1-over, 73. The Calgary product sits two shots ahead of fellow Calgarian and defending champion Emily Cornwall.

Regina’s Alex Schmidt is in third place.

The Mid-Amateur Championship is for players 25-years-old and over, the leaders are tied at 12-over par. Edmonton’s Darcy Garbutt and Langenburg’s Chelsea Kinoshita sit atop the leaderboard.

Abra Thompson (Saskatoon) and Deb Duncan (Regina) sit at 14-over par, tied in third place.

The Women’s Amateur Championship leaderboards and draw for Wednesday’s round two can be seen here.

In the men’s championships, local Royal Regina Golf Club player Luke Cote leads the way after a sparkling 64 on opening day

Jehremy Ryde of Saskatoon sits in second place behind Cote at 6-under par. In third is Kye Fisher of Edmonton, he is at 5-under par.

Ryde is the leader in the Men’s Mid-Amateur (25+) Championship, Derek Kopp, also of Saskatoon was the only other mid-amateur to shoot under par on day one, he’s 1-under.

Ryan McNall (Regina) and Kyle Wiebe (Madison) are tied for third at even par.

The Women’s Championships and Men’s Mid-Amateur (25+) will conclude after 54 holes on Thursday, the Men’s Amateur Championship is a 72 hole event, the top 25 players will make the cut and compete on Friday for the trophy.

To see the details including the field, tee times, and leaderboards click here.