Love shooting for Classic win

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:41 AM ET

Three years ago, James Love was just happy to qualify for the Alberta Classic.

This year, though, with a sponsor's exemption already in hand and a big win under his belt, the 22-year-old Calgary native is done with the 'experience' excuse.

"I played in the (Alberta Classic) at GlenEagles and that was my first big tournament but this time around, there won't be as much staring and oohing and aweing," said Love, who came from behind a month ago to win his first Alberta Amateur event in Edmonton.

"I don't want to say that my goal is to make the cut because that's like striving for mediocrity but I want to try and compete.

"I think if I play good, then I think I can compete with those guys."

Love will join Robert Ames, brother of PGA Tour pro Stephen Ames, as the two exempt players for next month's Nationwide Tour's Alberta Classic at Redwood Meadows.

Prior to that, Love is going to have a busy schedule over the next couple of weeks.

After qualifying for the U.S. Amateur a couple of weeks ago, the junior from the University of Denver will first head to Nova Scotia to compete in the Canadian Amateur then he'll fly to the legendary Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia, site of this year's U.S. Amateur.

If love manages to win or finish in the runner up position he'll be automatically exempt into next year's Masters.

HOME FIELD: Dave Schultz doesn't exactly need any help winning tournaments but three-time city amateur champion will get just that this week.

Following the first two rounds at Strathmore and Priddis Greens, the city amateur will then move to Schultz's home course -- Country Hills.

With a pretty talented field expected to take the tees, Schutlz said the advantage will likely come from the conditions.

"The more challenging the conditions, the more advantage I have," said Schultz, who added the city match play championship to his resume earlier in the summer.

"I'd be looking for a little bit a wind. It's generally more windy than a lot of the other courses in the city because we don't have a lot of trees to block anything there, so it's definitely part of the game at Country Hills for sure."

DAN'S DAY: Redwood Meadows associate pro Dan Moser carded four birdies on his home course to shoot at 2-under 70 to win the Top Flite Assistants Series yesterday.


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