100 years in the making, the Harbor Golf Club and Resort is prepared to host a monumental tournament in Saskatchewan. The course at Elbow, on the banks of Lake Diefenbaker will welcome the province’s best amateur golfers for the 100th annual Amateur Women’s Championship and the 55th annual Senior Women’s Championship. Head professional and pro shop manager Mark Patterson said the staff has worked hard to bring the course back from a tough winter, a late start in growth due to the cold spring, and the malfunction of one of their pumps.
“The conditions with all that being said are in pretty good shape. I think when the ladies get here they are going to enjoy the facilities. They will enjoy the course and the set up,” Patterson said.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday 17 golfers (eight/amateur; nine/seniors) were entered in the event. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Both tournaments feature the returning champions from last year. Regina’s Brooke Hill is the Amateur winner, Jo-Anne Schiller of Lloydminster is the reigning Senior champion. Also, in the field is last year’s Junior Women’s winner Chloe Sies of Melville, 12-year-old Ella Kozak of Yorkton will compete as well. Patterson said hosting the prestigious event is an honour.
“Harbor is really excited to have the opportunity to host the province,” he said. “Hopefully out of this we get return business and to spread the word about what we have here in Elbow.”
The amateurs will play 5,720 yards, the seniors tournament will play 5,439 yards long. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. om Friday. The championship is 54 holes and the winners will be crowned on Canada Day. Patterson is the President of PGA of Canada said it’s great for a small-town club to be selected for the centennial event.
“From that position with the PGA of Canada and having the event like this is a feather in the facility’s staff and ownership. We’re going to brag about this for a very long time,” he said.