Results of the Canadian Open Hickory Championship

The 2017 Canadian Open Hickory Championship was held the week of August 7-11 at the Legends G.C. Sherwood Park, Alberta. The hickory event included 2 practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday Scramble, Thursday USA/Canada match (Ryder Cup format) and Friday Championship tournament.

Following 27 holes of friendly competition in Ryder Cup format, the US team, captained by Paul Biocini of Modesto California, won for the first time in 15 years.  It was a close competition that came down to the final match with the final tally of 25 to 23 points.

The four-ball matches featured a hole in one for the Canadian team by Chris Ream to which one observer was heard to say: “Sure hope he won the hole!”

On Championship Friday, the champions division was won by Ben Plaunt as he eked out a one stroke victory over runner up Michael Ream. The Senior Division was won by Paul Biocini with a sterling 5 under par!  Paul just passed the halfway mark to breaking the Worlds record of shooting his age…he has done that a remarkable1650 times. He figures that if he lives 10 more years he may make it!

The Ladies Division featured a repeat win by Fran Looten, the Chinese hickory champion was Edwin Chan and Dave Racette won the First Nations Division.

Each year in conjunction with the Canadian Open Hickory Championship, The Legends honors an Albertan who has made significant contributions to the game of golf in Alberta.

This year’s honoree for the ‘Legends of Alberta Golf’ award was Debbie Amirault.   Debbie, in 2011 became the first woman President of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association. Following thirty years as Superintendent at Edmonton’s prestigious Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club she left to take on the recently constructed Les Furber design in Edmonton, The Quarry.

The 2018 Canadian Open Hickory Championship will be held the week of August 13-17. Many come up a few days early for the annual two day pre-tournament road trip. All are welcome! For more information contact Ron Lyons at email hidden; JavaScript is required, the golf course at 780-449-4911 or check the Legends website at www.legendsgolf.ca