Juniors tame the Wolf

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

WOLF CREEK -- It wasn't a sheep in wolf's clothing these kids were up against.

They're just good.

How else do you explain it when a 15-year-old girl shoots 77 at one of the most challenging golf courses in Canada?

Or when an 18-year-old boy rolls in a 20-foot putt on his 18th hole for a 70 and a one-shot victory?

"It's a tough course but I like it," said Kelly Amundrud, who won her second straight McLennan Ross Sun Junior Golf Tour championship yesterday. "Winning it last year made me a little more nervous because there was a lot riding on it. So this feels pretty good."

She's getting used to it. Her back-to-back wins mark the first time anyone has repeated as champion in the 11-year history of the Tour Championship, which consists of the winners and wildcard players from the 26 previous stops during the summer.

"The players are good and at Wolf Creek it's anyone's game," said Amundrud, who won by a stroke over Jennifer MacKinnon. "I just kept calm. I usually don't think about anything when I'm golfing except for the shots. I didn't actually know how I was playing. Then I added (her score)up toward the end and felt a little bit more confident."

She shot 80 last summer, then won it by surviving a three-way playoff in the driving rain. This way was a lot more fun.

"It was a little bit more intense at the end last year," she said. "This was a little bit nicer not to have all that pressure at the end,

With three more years of eligibility left, Amundrud, who's only been playing for four years, has the groundwork laid for her own personal dynasty.

"That would be nice. I'll try."

Nathan Schurr completed Calgary's sweep with a one-stroke victory over Cam Dylan. He needed a 20-footer on his final hole to secure the title.

"I was thinking, this is the putt to win it," said Schurr, who didn't know for sure because it was a shotgun start with no leaderboards. "And I put it right in the jar. It was pretty exciting, quite the way to finish it."

Schurr, who made two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars, credits the putter with securing his win.

"Yesterday I was putting for two hours, working on the little putts, and today I didn't miss one little putt. I think that's why I ended up shooting 70."

Last year Amundrud and Red Deer's Jordan Krulicki won the boys and girls divisions. Before that it was Steven Henderson of High River and Heather Cronkwright of Calgary.

For some reason, Edmonton players can't seem to reach the top of the podium.

"Calgary just seems to have ... I have no idea why," shrugged Amundrud. "No idea."

The future looks bright, though, because in the boys 14-and-under division, Cole Chelle, of the Derrick, won with a 77.


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