MacNeil places second at Junior Provincials


Shaunavon’s Hannah MacNeil improved during each round to place second at the 67th Saskatchewan Junior Women’s Golf Provincials Championships at the Chinook Golf Club in Swift Current.

Wednesday, MacNeil shot tied for the best round of the day during the final day with an 81 after opening the tournament with an 84, followed by an 83 on day two.

She finished nine shots back of Chloe Sies (81-77-81-239), who also fired an 81 on day three, but posted the lowest round of the tournament with a 77 on Tuesday. MacNeil tied for second with Alexandra Schmidt (82-85-81-248) but claimed second spot in a playoff.

MacNeil’s summer calendar suddenly appears very full after qualifying for another prestigious event with the second-place finish. She will take part in the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, which will be held August 1-4 at the Camelot Golf and Country Club in Cumberland, ON.

MacNeil attended Junior Nationals last year and missed the cut after two rounds with identical scores of 97 at The Links at Penn Hills in Shubenacadie, NS last August.

Swift Current’s Griffin Wilson was the top local finisher on the Junior Men’s side in a tie for 18th overall. He opened the tournament with a 75, followed by an 84. Wilson rebounded Wednesday with a 76 to finish 19-over-par.

Swift Current’s Gaige Calkins placed 31st with rounds of 85, 81, and 83 to finish 33-over. Maple Creek’s Ruben Cooper was 34th with rounds of 83, 85, and 87.

Swift Current’s Ethan Fizell tied for 35th on his home course with an 83, 82, and an 92. Eastend’s Kirk Humphrey shot a 79 on day one and an 87 before withdrawing.

Humboldt’s Tayden Wallin won the 91st annual tournament at two-under-par with rounds of 75, 69, and 70 for a three-stroke victory.

Swift Current’s Ryan McCleary placed fourth out of seven golfers in the U15 category. He posted scores of 86, 86, and 87 to finish 43-over, 28 shots behind the winner, Prince Albert’s TJ Baker.