CANMORE – Local golfers Bryn Davies and Ben Bagley were masters of the links at the Junior Open at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club course on Monday (July 29).
Davies, 14, is rolling this season, winning four titles on the McLennan Ross Alberta Junior Tour including Monday’s Canmore Junior Open, which she won last year, too.
“I love this course, I love the McLennan Ross events and this has got to be my favourite stop on the tour, honestly it felt really good to win it,” Davies said, who shot 16 over par in victory.
Davies said par three’s were challenging on the day, but was confident in performing well on her home course.
“I have played this course a few times, so I do have a bit of an advantage, but it still plays hard for anybody – you never know what you’re going to get out here,” Davies said.
“I’m out here trying to get as much tournament experience as possible, moving on to the forward years … right now, I’m just building the fundamentals of tournament play.”
Cochrane’s Tasha Wallace (+23) and Calgary’s Emily Gage (+25) rounded out the top three.
It was Bagley’s first victory at the Canmore Junior Open, where he shot the day’s best overall result at three over par.
For that, Bagley will have his name etched in Canmore Golf and Curling history and for the 15-year-old Canmorite, that’s “pretty sweet.”
“I’ve had some success here, I won club champs last year and I like this course,” he said. “I’ve shot some lower scores before, but I felt pretty good out there – I had a couple lip outs for birdie, it was kind of annoying, but decent overall.”
He said some of the dogleg holes gave him fits on the sunny afternoon, but Bagley’s intimate knowledge of the course that bends and curves aided in victory.
“I play here a bunch in the summer … I know the course pretty good, so that definitely helped out,” he said.
Rounding out the top three boys overall scores was Canmore’s Justin Hughes (+7) and Jeremy Hart and Christopher Colberg shot +8.