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EDMONTON The sky has stopped falling in Jasper.Like many golf courses, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club was hit hard by the mild winter. With constant freeze and thaw cycles, the course lost six greens, all of which had to be re sodded.But even though those issues have long been rectified, Jasper faces another problem."There is this huge perception out there that we are still on five temporary greens and the place is a disaster," said director of golf Alan Carter. "While that used to be the case, it certainly is not anymore. We have been off temporaries since June 1st and Jasper is once again the fun place to play golf that usually is."Yes, it was a tough start, but Jasper is close to being where it wants to be. We aren't perfect yet, but we've come a long way," said Carter, noting that the area had four rainstorms in November and December, resulting in likely the most ice the course has seen in any of its 87 years.It has taken a lot of work to get Jasper back in shape. First they started heating the greens in March trying to melt some of the large volumes of ice. Then they re sodded six of the greens and 23 tee boxes. Charpentier, an ex Riverside "Rat," was playing with Jasper's head pro Tahlon Sweenie. The course record is shared by Carter and Doug Lecuyer.Jasper also retained it's lofty spot as Canada's fourth best golf course in ScoreGolf magazine's biennial top 100 listing. Woodbridge Ontario's National Club of Canada stayed No. 1; Etobicoke, Ontario's St. George's Golf and Country Club moved up to No. 2, while the Hamilton Golf Country Club dropped a spot to sit at No. 3.Locally, Blackhawk took one of the biggest jumps in the poll, moving from No. 25 all the way up to No. 13. The "Old Course" at Wolf Creek moved up four spots to No. 17, and Northern Bear far too low for my liking is at No. 98. I still believe Northern Bear has one of the top layouts in the country. Surprisingly, neither Glendale nor Royal Mayfair made the list.Royal Mayfair's Jacob Cartier equalled the best round of the two day PGA of Alberta Championship at Calgary's Elks Lodge, a 3 under 69, to jump up to a tie for fifth along with Royal Mayfair clubmate Mike Belbin."I had it to 5 under on the 16th tee but made two bogeys coming in," said Cartier. "And I missed a couple of five foot putts. Otherwise it would have been playoff time. But I'm happy. It's our big tournament of the year and it was my best finish so far this year."I was happy to get into the mix and I was the clubhouse leader till the fourth last group came in, so that was fun too."Calgary's Silver Springs' Tyler LeBouthillier continued his fine play this year with rounds of 70 71 to finish first.The Ranch's Brack Little tied for eighth.Jeff Cuthbertson, formerly the head pro at Cougar Creek and now a TaylorMade representative, took home first place at the PGA of Alberta's Professional Series stop at Wolf Creek with a 71. Windermere's Troy Golden was right behind with a 72.Nine girls from Edmonton went down to Okotoks for the Alberta Golf Junior Girls championship silver cartier love bracelet. Highlands member Jeff Allen got his at Eagle Ranch in Invermere when he aced No. 11 from 135 yards with a 9 iron."It hit about 10 feet short of the green, bounced twice and rolled in," related Mike Brown, assistant professional at the Highlands. "He turned around to conveniently find that the beer cart girl had just arrived to the tee. Coincidence? I think not!" Two more of the on the road aces came at Kelowna's Black Mountain golf course both of them on No cartier yellow gold love bracelet. 11, both of them with 8 irons. Jeff Pasey aced the hole from 148 yards while playing with Jan Hall. Then Gord Gent aced the hole from the blue tees from 154 yards out while playing with rascals Jim Metcalfe and Tim and Andy Melton cartier love bracelet 17. I have a hunch there was probably a little money riding on Gent's ace. At Eagle Rock, Clint McElwaine after 50 years of trying aced No. 13 from 174 yards with a 4 iron while playing with his best golfing buddies, Jim Buzzeo and Les Craig. At Sturgeon Valley, which just hosted the Sun Life Financial Alberta Ladies championship, there was a rather interesting hole in one by Aldo Deluca on No. 7 from 165 yards."It was in our Men's Night shotgun start; it was his first hole and he was first to tee off. First shot of the day," said Sturgeon's always pleasant head pro Jason Hnatiw. There were two aces at the Cougar Creek Golf Resort. Bill Leverington got his on No. 5 from 118 yards with a pitching wedge, while Norm Dobman did the trick on the tough 184 yard 17th hole with an 11 wood. Mike Weir "the left handed Edmonton policeman not the other guy" emails to say that two years after he got a hole in one at Sturgeon, his wife, Tanya, followed suit at Lancaster Golf Course using an 8 iron from 124 yards on No. 16.
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