Amateur Championships set to tee off in North Battleford

The North Battleford Golf and Country Club (NBGCC) is set to welcome over 130 amateur golfers for the Saskatchewan Amateur Championships starting Tuesday.

The NBGCC last hosted a provincial tournament in 2017 when the Senior Championships were held at the club. Head Professional Dana Johnson said hosting the top tournament in the province for the first time since 2004 is exciting for the club.

“We have a premier course that is in fantastic shape for the provincial amateurs,” Johnson said. “Hopefully the players enjoy the test the course will provide as well as the other amenities including our new restaurant, Blend Kitchen + Bar, and the entire Battleford region for the next four days which will likely be very exciting and concluding with great champions.”

The 104th edition of the Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur Championship will begin Tuesday at 7 a.m. There are 14 players in the field including defending champion Brooklin Fry of Shell Lake. Two-tie senior champion Kim Walker of Regina will compete, the Wascana Country Club player and staffer member won the amateur title in 2016.

Current college competitors Autumn Neiszner (Regina) and Holly Knudsen (Chaplin) as well as recently graduated two-time college winner Alex Schmidt of Regina will also play. The field includes a strong field of juniors that played last week in Swift Current.

Golf Saskatchewan added a Mid-Amateur (25+) Women’s Championship division this year, two players are eligible to potentially move onto the Canadian Mid-Amateur Women’s Championship.

The 112th Saskatchewan Amateur Men’s Championship will have a new winner at the end of four rounds on Friday, two-time winner Roman Timmerman turned professional.

The 54-hole Mid-Amateur (25+) Championship will begin at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday. Almost 120 players are in the field competing in both events and their eligible age division.

The top three players will earn a chance to represent Saskatchewan at the national events later this summer.

The women’s trophy presentation and the awarding of the mid-amateur men’s champion will take place Thursday afternoon, the men’s amateur event has a 54-hole cut, the top-20 players and tied will compete for 18 more holes to crown a champion sometime Friday afternoon.