The 133 junior golfers who teed off yesterday for the 12th annual McLennan Ross Sun Junior Golf Tour Championship were in for a real battle of the elements.
Not only did they have to contend with the tough terrain Wolf Creek Golf Course provided throughout the round, they had to deal with Mother Nature.
"We've been very fortunate over the past 11 years we haven't had so much of a drop of rain, but today was a different story" said Tour executive director Dunc Mills.
The 28 tournament tour concluded yesterday with the Tour Championship just outside of Ponoka.
Wolf Creek is known for being windy on a regular day. Add in the gusting winds, with at times was a torrential downpour, made the conditions less than ideal.
"It was horrible. I just wanted to hide under my umbrella for two holes," said Chad Rechlo, who posted an 84.
"When I woke up today it was nice and sunny and I was thinking I was going to post a good score, but I got into trouble early and never recovered."
Rechlo was one of the favourites coming into the tournament. With only one repeat winner (Jordan Krulicki) on the tour coming into yesterday's tournament, the field was wide open.
TOUGHED IT OUT
Calgary's Adam Knudson had aspirations of shooting a low score and challenging for the championship win. He toughed it out, but he shot an 85.
"It was pretty tough. I don't mind playing in the rain, but I hate the cold," said Knudson.
"It was so wet, I couldn't get any grip on the club. There wasn't really any bad holes, it was just a combination of everything that was my downfall."
The tour began June 9th in Fort McMurray and had stops all across the province including one stop in Golden B.C.
"As it stands right now we love the way the tour has progressed," said Mills. "We aren't necessarily looking to make it bigger, we just want to make better."