Schatz named head professional at Waskesiu Golf Course

Regina’s Paul Schatz has been named the new head professional at Waskesiu Golf Course.

Schatz, 35, will take over the coveted position from Andrew Hnatiuk who resigned late in 2022.

Schatz spoke to Golf Saskatchewan about the position and how excited he and his family are for the new chapter.

Evergreen Golf Course ecstatic to host NextGen Prairie Championship

The Golf Canada NextGen Prairie Championship will be hosted by the Evergreen Golf Course in Nipawin this June.

Returning to Saskatchewan since Yorkton’s Deer Park Municipal Golf Course hosted the event that alternates between Saskatchewan and Manitoba each year. Last year the event attracted over 30 players from the province to Quarry Oaks in Stainbach, Man.

Nipawin will host the 54-hole championship from June 15 – 18.

Golf Saskatchewan sat down with Evergreen Club President and Junior Golf Advocate Kevin Duchscherer and Manager of Sport Development Steve Ryde to discuss the long road to bring a Golf Canada event to the town and course as well as the momentum built off last year’s event that saw Alex Swinnerton win the boy’s championship.

Johnson shares PGA Tour Monday Qualifier experience

Kade Johnson competed in the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open Monday Qualifier in Murrieta, California. (File Photo/Golf Saskatchewan)

Yorkton’s Kade Johnson is back in Phoenix, Arizona following the Farmers Insurance Open Monday Qualifier in Murrieta, California.

Johnson, 24, spoke to Golf Saskatchewan Tuesday and talked about the last year on the professional golf journey and sharing the experience Monday at Bear Creek Golf Club with long-time friend and college teammate Roman Timmerman.

2022’s top golf moments in Saskatchewan

Every year golf provides amazing moments and memories with Saskatchewan being no different.

Despite our somewhat short season the sport had it’s share of remarkable recognitions courtesy of the game.

Here’s a look back on the top-10 stories of 2022 based on readership/viewership

City of Yorkton brass excited for clubhouse construction

The city of Yorkton is committing $7.6 million to construct a new clubhouse for Deer Park Municipal Golf Course.

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Amateur Championships begin Tuesday at Cooke Municipal

A jam-packed field of the province’s best amateur golfers will converge on Prince Albert’s Cooke Municipal Golf Course this week for the Saskatchewan Amateur Championships.

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Stu’s Indoor Golf adds recreational benefits for entire region

With a young family including three boys the Stupak family is hoping an indoor golf facility will grow golf and play a role in more recreational family-friendly options for Warman, Martensville, and the area.

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Nagy wins Scotia Wealth Open; Ziglo back on top at Ladies Northern

Saskatoon’s Josh Nagy has his first “amateur” win after claiming the Scotia Wealth Open at Nipawin’s Evergreen Golf Course on Sunday.

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Carlisle qualifies for DII National Championship

Estevan’s Jace Carlisle is headed to a collegiate national championship.

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Shooting your age at 97, Mitchell still playing 18 holes per day

Elvin Mitchell didn’t start playing golf regularly until he was about 40 years old but now 97, he’s making up for lost time.

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Kutcher hunts down college commitment

Regina’s Hunter Kutcher has decided to stay in Canada to play college golf and get an education.

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Jenkins calm in college taking in new experiences

For Cole Jenkins, the thought of playing college sports has always been a dream but the Prince Albert product didn’t know what sport could lead him to his goal once high school was complete.

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Rave reviews of Red Deer from Canadian SR Men’s competitors

Much like the Canadian Senior Women’s Championship in Winnipeg, all reports back from Red Deer is the men’s event was also fantastic.

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Hole-in-one nets Regina radio host 25K

July 25, 2022 will stand out in the mind of Regina’s Mark Johnston for years to come.

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Saskatchewan Sport Award recipients and winners announced

Left to right; Keaton Kreklewich, Ella Kozak, Kim Walker, and Brett Henry were nominated by Golf Saskatchewan for Saskatchewan Sport Awards.

Four Saskatchewan golfers were nominated in their respective categories for this years Saskatchewan Sport Awards, but none of the four were named provincial finalists.

Sask Sport is tasked with selecting the top three candidates from nominees across all sports to be finalists for their awards. Golf Saskatchewan nominated Ella Kozak (Yorkton) for the Youth Female Athlete of the Year, Kim Walker (Regina) was nominated in the Female Athlete of the Year category, Keaton Kreklewich (Melville) was up for the Youth Male Athlete of the Year, and Brett Henry (Prince Albert) was nominated in the Male Athlete of the Year.

Sask Sport announced all the finalists on Wednesday. To read more click here.

The 2022 Saskatchewan Sport Awards will be celebrated gala on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

CJGA releases Saskatchewan tournament schedule

After returning to Saskatchewan last year, the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) will hold four events in the province in 2023.

On July 17 and 18 Deer Valley Golf Club will play host to the CJGA Saskatchewan Linkster Challenge and the CJGA Saskatchewan Showcase. The Linkster event is a one day format, the Showcase is two days. Deer Valley Head Professional John Greenough said their facility is excited to host the CJGA and expand junior golf opportunities.

“Deer Valley is a proud supporter of junior golf and we are excited to host juniors from across the province for the CJGA event this year,” Greenough said.

The nationwide junior tour returned to Yorkton last year, Deer Park Municipal Golf Course will host the CJGA again in 2023 on Aug. 1 to 3. The CJGA Saskatchewan Linkster Championship will run on Aug. 1, the CJGA Saskatchewan Championship will be played for three days. CJGA Director Tour Operations Tyler Torrieri said the organization

“We are extremely excited to bring the CJGA back to Saskatchewan for the 2023 season,” he said. “After the strong response to our event in 2022, we have decided to expand to four events in the province for the 2023 season. Continuing our relationship with Deer Park in Yorkton was vital, and we secured a new course in Deer Valley. We are ecstatic to continue to build junior golf in Saskatchewan in 2023 and beyond.”

All the events are part of the Saskatchewan Junior Order of Merit (OMT) Tours.

More information on the CJGA can be found on their website.

Beyond the Contour exceeding expectations

When 14-year-old Andrew Harvie decided to take his love of golf and create content for the internet he never dreamed a decade later he’s nearing a completion of playing all 100 of Canada’s top clubs.

Beyond the Contour has grown to multiple writers and avenues alongside Harvie, originally from Lethbridge but now calls Toronto home. Recently Harvie spent two days in Saskatchewan’s north playing Waskesiu, Elk Ridge, and Cooke Municipal in Prince Albert.

The reviews on Waskesiu and Cooke are now available to view.
Waskesiu Golf Course
Cooke Municipal Golf Course

Golf Saskatchewan caught up with Harvie, a participant in the 2018 Saskatchewan Amateur Men’s Championship at Dakota Dune Golf Links, to hear about the trip back to the prairies and his thoughts on the two iconic courses in Saskatchewan.

Crozier commits to college

Regina’s Hallie Crozier has committed to college to continue her golf career and pursue a career in the industry.

Last week the Royal Regina Golf Club member announced she was going to attend Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI.

Crozier, 18, is going to study Professional Golf Management while attending with a goal of working in the golf business. Crozier spoke with Golf Saskatchewan Clark Stork and discussed her decision to join the Bulldogs.

Kailani Sports sees success in golf industry

Kailani products can be found at courses across Saskatchewan including Prince Albert's Cooke Municipal Golf Course. (Darcy's Golf Shop/Facebook)

Despite being particularly new to the golf industry, Calgary based Kailani Sports is finding success within the sport.

Launching two and half years ago, President & CEO Sean Alexander took a chance on trying to wedge into the golf industry this past season.

Alexander spoke with Golf Saskatchewan at the 2022 PGA of Saskatchewan Buying Show to describe his company and how the expansion to golf, and the future.

Global Golf Plus opens in Estevan

Global Golf Plus owner Rob Peloquin takes a shot at his facility in Estevan this week.

Residents of Estevan and the surrounding area of southern Saskatchewan have a new indoor golf option.

Earlier this week Global Golf Plus had a soft opening in the city showing off their four GolfZon simulators, they also have two StrikeZon baseball simulators as well. Manager Sheldon Beatty told Golf Saskatchewan that the excitement in Estevan for indoor golf is evident.

“We had tonnes and tonnes of positive feedback,” he said. “Lots of people are saying when they walk into the place it gives off big city vibes.”

Owners Rob Peloquin and Pete Seregella travelled to a couple cnetres including Winnipeg and Red Deer before a final trip to Ontario settled the debate on what software and equipment to purchase. The ownership decided on GolfZon with Golf Vision Plus Plus technology.

“We have over 220 different courses available and they are adding more courses every week. A month ago there was only 180, now we’re over 200,” Beatty said.

Beatty said they are planning weekly ladies, junior, and men’s leagues for the new year and discussions have been in progress with TS&M Woodlawn Head Professional Amanda Minchin to host lessons and clinics in the city over the long winter months.

“We’ve been chatting with Amanda, she’s been in a couple times. We’re pretty sure she’s going to come in and do some junior lessons, and some private lessons,” he said.

Global Golf Plus is fully licensed with a pub-style menu ready to serve any size group. Beatty said with the soft opening and a buzz around the community more fun stuff is planned for after CHristmas.

“We’ll be doing other fun things, I can’t really say as of yet. We just want to get all these Christmas parties out of the way and the early bumps and bruises out of the way before we do that. When we do it, we want to do it right,” Beatty concluded.

To learn more about Global Golf Plus visit their website.

You can also hear more from Beatty in his interview with Golf Saskatchewan’s Clark Stork.