The dates have been set for the 2021 individual provincial golf championships.
Leading off the season will be the amateur championships (women’s and men’s) as well as the mid-amateur (25 +) at Swift Current’s Elmwood Golf Club. The Men’s Saskatchewan Amateur Championship will be a 72-hole event once again next year with a cut after 54 holes. The Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur Championship and Mid-Am Amateur Championship are three-day tournaments. Golf Saskatchewan Director of Sport and Championships Steve Ryde said Elmwood was a great host for the juniors this past season and wanted to have the marquee event at their club.
“The Elmwood hosted our girl’s and boy’s championships last year in a difficult season with fantastic success,” Ryde said. “The course, along with Sheldon (Reinhart) and Brennan (Rumancik) showed interest as early as last year wanting to bring the amateurs to their club as soon as possible and with the operation of the juniors we are excited to be heading back and know the course will be a tough test for the week.”
The championships begin July 6, the women’s and mid-am winner will be declared on July 8, the men’s amateur champion will be decided on the 9th.
The Hillcrest Golf Club in Moose Jaw will play host to the 71st Saskatchewan Junior Girl’s Championship and the 95th Saskatchewan Junior Boy’s Championship from July 13 – 15. The Hillcrest last hosted a Golf Saskatchewan event in 2015 when hometown product Ken Bradley won the senior championship. The Hillcrest has a brand-new clubhouse built this past year that will accommodate the participants nicely.
Much like the Elmwood Golf Course, The Legends in Warman hosted an event this year with the amateurs being played at the Warman course. From July 27 – 29 the best senior golfers in the province will compete for the 58th Senior Women’s Championship and 102nd Senior Men’s Championship. The 16th Mid-Masters (40+) Championship will also be played during the week. Ryde said The Legends and General Manager Davidson Matyczuk wanted to play host to an event once again.
“We always have great support from courses across the province when it comes to be hosts for our events and the negotiations are mostly seamless. When you have a course like The Legends come forward and offer their facility for four days in peak time of the summer we’re ecstatic to work with them and the golfers will be happy too as The Legends is a top of the line course in Saskatchewan,” Ryde said.
The 50th Rosebowl and 22nd Mixed Team Championship was left on the driving range in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shotgun format style of the events. Golf Saskatchewan is working with the board of directors on a decision for the tournaments in 2021. As of today, shotgun events would still be prohibited under public health guidelines. The season is months away and many things can change. The organization is discussing the potential of holding the events as tee time formats and hosting them in the new year.
Last season Katepwa Beach Golf Club and Candle Lake Golf Resort were slated to host the events. More details on those events will be released in the future. Overall Ryde said the line up looks engaging for the new year.
“We’re heading back to some familiar courses to our regular players and venturing outside the major centres so we’re hoping to potentially see some new faces in 2021. Golf is red hot right now and we expect to see some unreal golf and crown some very deserving champions,” he said.