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

Little Legends Day – Free golf for kids 12 and under – Sunday August 6, 2017

shawn.swd80 The Legends closes the Traditions nine, shortens the holes and makes it available to kids 12 and under for free...11:00 am to 3:00 pm

To teach the rules and etiquette each group MUST have an adult “caddy”….mom or dad or gramma and grampa or in some cases, all of the above. Come out to enjoy sharing the game of golf with the youngsters! To round out the day, free hotdogs, drinks and prizes are awarded to all the new golfers.

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Keep the Sunday of the long weekend in August free and share the joy of golf with your kids!

Legends Driving Range is now open!

legends.rangelogoGood news for Legends golfers – the driving range is ready for spring and is now open under the guidance of Ron Lyons and his staff. The Legends Driving Range is located on the north west side of #7 Champions and features a massive 40,000 square foot grass tee area….

 Why hit off mats when you can hit off grass?

Check out the Legends driving range !

Large Bucket $9          Medium bucket $6 10 large bucket punchcard $77 Special $17.95 — 1 Large Bucket AND 1 dozen Grade A+ golf balls (Titleist, Nike, Callaway, Srixon) 

The Legends thanks you!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your patronage this season! We appreciate you choosing The Legends for your golf this year and we look forward to seeing you in the Spring! As you plan for next year, for 2017 tournaments and other Legends information please contact the general manager Brian Hillman at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 780-449-4911.

Canadian Open Hickory Championship – 2015 dates – Aug 10-14

The 2014 Canadian Open Hickory Championship week held at the Legends August 11-15th was another unqualified success!

flag.cdn.open1.20.swd80Participants utilized wood shaft golf clubs of a bygone era for the entire week.  The week started with two practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday.  An 18 hole 4-man scramble held Wednesday showed that the old clubs still  had some shots in them with a winning score of 12 under par!  A Bar-B-Que followed play Wednesday evening.  Thursday brought the annual 27-hole Ryder cup format with Canada edging out a victory over their US counterparts.  Players were treated Thursday evening to a BBQ and a tour of the Legends Golf Car Museum – 65 vintage golf cars from 1949-1969 … everything from a one-seater to a five-seater.  Friday featured the 27-hole stroke play tournament in conjunction with the annual Legends day – this year honouring Ray Milne for his contribution to golf and service at the Highlands G.C. (more on Ray Milne to come  in the Legends section of the blog).  The Championship division was won by Ben Plaunt with a stellar two under par over 27 holes.  Runners up included Terry Bader, Michael Ream, Ken Plaunt and Brendan Tomiak.  The Senior division over 27 holes featured a 3-way tie for the gold medal with Legends local Chris Ream, John Bergerran of Houston and Paul Biocini of Modesto sharing the honours.  All in all a fine week of hickory golf, camaraderie and fun!

For details and entry form for the 2015 event, choose the “HICKORY” menu choice on the main page.

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One of the golf cars from the Legends Golf Car Museum

Little Legends Day – a great family day of golf! 2017 date – Sunday August 6, 2017

shawn.swd80 The 2014 Legends “Little Legends Day” caused much excitement with the “younger” crowd! The Legends closed the Traditions nine, shortened the holes and made it available to kids under 12 for free.

To teach the rules and etiquette each group had an adult “caddy”….mom or dad or gramma and grampa or in some cases, all of the above, came out to enjoy sharing the game of golf with the youngsters. To round out the day, free hotdogs, drinks and prizes were awarded to all the new golfers.

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A special certificate drawn by resident artist Mike Sutton made the day a memorable one for all!

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Keep the long weekend next August free and share the joy of golf with your kids!

Track Your Legends Handicap on the Golf Canada Website

If your are a member at Legends Golf and Country Club, you can keep track of your handicap on the Golf Canada website. Here’s a tutorial from Gord Dunmore:
  1. Go to golfcanada.ca and log in using your username and password. For new users, your username is legxxxyyy, where leg is for Legends, xxx are the first 3 letters of your first name, and yyy are the first 3 letters of your last name. So for me, Gord Dunmore, my username is leggordun. Your default password is 123456. I would advise you to change it after you first log in.

  2. Click on “Score Centre”, select the “Enter Scores” dropdown button, and follow the prompts. An 18-hole round at Legends can have one of three combinations of nines, and you can find the other combinations by hitting the “Away Course Search” button. Once you have used a course, it will show up on your drop-down course list. For 9-hole rounds, just select Front 9 or Back 9 of one of the combinations to get the nine that you played. Make sure you select the correct tees.
For the more serious golfer, the system also has provisions for entering hole-by-hole scores, and entering scoring statistics. Golf Canada has released an app that will allow you to enter scores on your smartphone. If you search under “Golf Canada” in the App Store, you will find it. If you need more information on the use of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC), have any questions or want a demonstration, just ask! Gord Dunmore Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required