Second time charmer

DARREN FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

A year ago this time Wes Heffernan was just another struggling pro golfer.

Fast forward 12 months, three Canadian Tour titles, and now two Alberta Open crowns later and it's safe to say Heffernan is the hottest golfer north of the 49th parallel.

For the second consecutive summer, Heffernan took home the Alberta Open championship at Carnmoney Golf Club.

This time around, however, Heffernan didn't have to take things down to the wire. Instead, the 30-year-old Silver Springs member went wire-to-wire to pick up the province's top golf prize .

"What can I say, the guy is unbelievable," said fellow Canadian Tour pro Stuart Anderson and runner-up to Heffernan. "It couldn't happen to a better guy either. If you're going to lose, you don't mind losing to Wes because he's such a good guy."

After an opening round 63 Tuesday, Heffernan sealed his fate yesterday with a 5-under 67 to finish at 14-under and six strokes clear of Anderson and Michael Knight.

"It's hard to compare the two," said Heffernan of his win in 2006 to the victory yesterday, which put a $5,000 cheque in his pocket. "I took four weeks off leading up to this and I was sick a bit, so it's nice to come out and play the way I did. It tells me that I'm not too rusty."

Knight also followed in Heffernan's footsteps yesterday by grabbing the amateur title for the second straight summer. The 21-year-old Earl Grey member carded a 2-under yesterday.

Knight, who say's he's been playing as an amateur for six years now, will make the jump to professional status as of September.


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