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11-year-old golfer ties Alberta tour record at Canmore Junior Open

More than 100 junior golfers took to the links in Canmore.

CANMORE – An 11-year-old prodigy stole the show at the annual Junior Open at Canmore Golf and Curling Club on Monday (July 26) with a record-tying provincial performance.

The family of Lucy Lin, a golfer from Vancouver, stopped in Canmore on the way home to the west coast and inquired if the talented player could register in the one-day tournament.

As it turns out, the extended layover in the Alberta Rockies was well worth the smoky day.

Shooting a day’s best four-under (68) with six birdies, Lin's top overall score at the Canmore course tied Jaclyn Lee for the Alberta Junior Tour’s all-time scoring record for girls.

“It was absolutely amazing; four-under is really good,” said a smiling Lin, a back-to-back Maple Leaf Junior Golf Mini Tour National Champion in 2019 and '20.

“The conditions were really good. Greens were quite fast, though.

“Honestly, I missed quite a few putts. Mostly the short par fives I ran into some trouble so I had some great saves there … some putts drained in and some par fives I just really hit some bombs out there.”

A few days prior, Lin competed at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship in Edmonton. As the youngest competitor on the course, Lin finished in a tie for 12th at 12-over.

When she and her family were driving back to Vancouver, they stopped in Canmore and learned of the sold-out junior open.

“Yesterday (July 25), we came here practicing and someone said there was a junior open here so my mom asked if I could play,” Lin said.

At the Junior Open, a whopping 104 golfers competed – one of the largest junior fields at the local course in recent memory.

Heritage Pointe's Josiah Tong won the junior boys category shooting 1-over (72).

The top local male golfers were Jack Seeger and Charles Greaves, who each shot plus-four (75).

Shooting plus-six (78) was top local female Brynne Davies.

Jordan Small

About the Author: Jordan Small

Jordan Small joined the Outlook in 2014 and covers the vast world of sports in the Bow Valley. A Barrie, Ont. native, he also wrote for RMO's Mountain Guide section and the MD of Bighorn beat.
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