You don’t have to be a pro, or even any good at golf, for the game to take you to the best course in Canada this year.
It’ll take some luck, of course, but just the chance of winning a bucket-list trip to Cabot Links Golf Resort is worth the $100 entry fee for the Minnedosa Masters.
When the announcement dropped that a random player would win a trip for two to play Cabot Cliffs, Cabot Links and The Nest and stay at the club’s resort, entries came flying in. As of Monday, there were just 31 spots left in the 144-player field.
Minnedosa head pro and general manager Patrick Law started the event when he took the job in 2018 with two trips to Las Vegas on the line — one for the winner and one random draw. Law pivoted due to travel restrictions and it’s unlikely anyone will take issue. Cabot Cliffs is widely regarded the best track in Canada and ranked 11th in the world by Golf Digest. Cabot Links is easily in Canada’s top 10 and tied for 35th globally.
"I wanted to do something within Canada and showcase what Canada has to offer and there’s nowhere better in the country than Cabot," Law said. "It’s a pretty overwhelming opinion. There’s a lot of beautiful places but Cabot has its own aura about it. To send a couple of people there is a real treat and I’m excited to do something like that."
The winner just has to pay airfare to get to the club, which sits right on the coast of Inverness, N.S.
The choice to give everyone in the event an equal shot, rather than award it to the lowest score, was intentional.
"It helps make the event a little bit more inclusive of everybody in golf, which I think is what we need more than anything," Law said, adding that’s his focus with a creative tournament schedule he plans year in and year out.
"It’s getting the most amount of people involved as possible is the more satisfying part for me. There’s no shortage of competitive tournaments out there as well … the competitive ones are fun and I enjoy playing in them when I can but with a small amount of people you get that ‘I’m not good enough, I’m not going to win,’ kind of thing but 95 per cent of golfers are out there to have fun and that’s how it should be.
"These fun tournaments, they’re a blast to host, they’re a good atmosphere and it’s good for golf in general."
There are still cash prizes by flight for the 18-hole strokeplay event, so performance pays off beyond bragging rights, which Brandon’s Dustin Dyck currently holds after firing a 2-under 70 to win in 2020. Call the pro shop at 204-867-3151 to register.
It’s a massive year for competitive golf in Westman.
As Golf Manitoba celebrates its 100th anniversary, its biggest event takes place at Neepawa Golf and Country Club. The men’s amateur is set for July 15-18, returning to the site Winnipeg’s Derek East beat current European Tour player Aaron Cockerill by six shots to win in 2013.
Ten days earlier, Shilo plays host to the provincial junior championships July 5-7. That event costs just $100 thanks to the Alex and Peggy Colonello Foundation’s support of junior golf in the province.
Juniors can also experience competitive rounds in a comfortable atmosphere with the Westman Junior Golf Tour and Golf Clubs For Less Bantam Tour.
The Westman loop opens June 30 at Minnedosa and runs each Wednesday, with eight individual events and a two-player scramble on the calendar. As per tradition, Oak Island Golf Resort is home to the championship round Aug. 17. Contact Gary Poole at 204-573-4686 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The first stop on the Bantam tour (14-and-under), is July 14 at Deer Ridge Golf Course.
BIRDIES: The Clear Lake Golf Course ladies league is looking for players to join fun, non-competitive group on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Contact Pam Horn at 204-729-1009 or email@example.com for more info … Shilo Country Club has a 6/6/6 tournament May 29, featuring two-person teams playing six holes of best ball (lower score counts for the hole), six holes of alternate shot (one ball, take turns hitting until it’s holed) and six holes of scramble (pick which ball both players hit next shot from). Call the pro shop at 204-765-3623 to register.
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