Payday perfect payoff for Wes

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

Chasing the ball from tournament to tournament can wear a golfer down if he doesn't pocket any paycheques.

This was Wes Heffernan's stark reality the past few seasons.

But after yesterday, everything's changed.

The Calgary golfer received a big pick-me-up after he won the Alberta Open yesterday, beating amateurs Kris Wasylowich and Michael Knight by a single shot.

Heffernan, who won his first pro event yesterday, sank a 25-footer to birdie the 17th hole, which ultimately put him at 10-under and gave him the victory at Carnmoney Golf Club.

The Canadian Tour pro said this win should help his confidence for the tough schedule ahead.

"It does a lot because I haven't won a tournament since I was an amateur," he said. "It feels good to actually win something for once.

"I guess I've won a couple mini tour events in California but they don't have the field this one has. This definitely feels good."

Heffernan, 29, shot 6-under in yesterday's round and, for the second straight day, went without carding any bogeys.

"I played a lot better today," he said. "I hit it really well. I only made one putt over five feet and that was a 25-footer on the 17th to go to 10-under and that ended up being the birdie I needed."

"I didn't make any bogeys and I wasn't really close to making any bogeys. In the first round, I got up and down from the sand a couple of times but today there wasn't any stress."

While Heffernan was being crowned the winner, Wasylowich and Knight headed back out on the course to settle the amateur title.

In the end, Wasylowich, who won last year's Open at Red Tail Landing in Edmonton, was defeated on the second playoff hole.

"I thought Kris, who was nine under coming up 18, was going to birdie that hole, so I felt quite lucky to get into that playoff," said Knight, 20, a member at Earl Grey.

The top 20 amateurs will now prepare for the Match Play Championship, which takes place tomorrow and Saturday, also held at Carnmoney in DeWinton.

CARRINGTON OUT FRONT: Kim Carrington of Willow Park holds a five stroke lead over Cheryl Newman after two rounds of the Ladies City Amateur at the Glencoe Club.

The final round goes today.


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