August 15-17 – Sherwood Park Alberta
Once again an outstanding event was hosted by Ron Lyons at his fine 27 hole course - The Legends in Sherwood Park, Edmonton, Alberta. This one was extra special as it was also a celebration of 100 years of golf in Alberta.
However the Alberta Golf Motto "To grow the game with Passion while upholding the Integrity and Traditions of the Game" was well demonstrated by all the competitors in the US/Canada Ryder Cup matches. Once again the Canadian team prevailed winning 33 1/2 to 10 1/2.
In the Tournament itself, it was a celebration of the Ream family.
Michael Ream won the 27 hole championship scoring 3 over and father Chris Ream won the Senior Division at 2 over par. And, as Ron Lyons noted, Chris's daughter Elizabeth, now a Teaching Pro in the area, could not make it or it would have been a family sweep.
At the closing banquet the guests were treated to a great show when Rick Beaudreau, a Legends member and hickory golfer, appeared in full costume to perform a traditional native sun dance.
There were 84 competitors in The Canadian Open Hickory Championship and in the celebration on Friday of the 100 year anniversary of Alberta Golf there were 200 players all supplied with hickory sticks.
A great hosting job again this year by Ron Lyons and co owner Edwin Chan.
Everyone should visit this wonderful part of Canada and play in this event!