August 25, 2014 3:40 pm

Aspiring Alberta golfers hit some balls with the big boys

CALGARY- A nine hole junior celebrity Pro-Am tournament on Monday marked the kick off to this week’s Shaw Charity Classic, and celebrity golfers are now sizing up some of the young talent.

There’s an impressive roster making the first few drives at Canyon Meadows.

Kids seven to 18-years-old join the PGA tour champs, as they begin testing out the green space in Calgary – alongside some well-loved athletes.

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“I’ve been here since July. I try and always come back here in the summers, especially since I played here 10 years ago. Always nice to be back.” Calgary Flames alumni Mike Commodore said. “I just don’t want to pull my hamstring, probably going to get beat by about 10 strokes by everybody here. But it will be fun.”

The youngsters make up some of the top talent in Alberta, after each of them won their spot in a par-3 closest to the pin contest earlier this month.

“I think it’s important to give back to junior golf. It means a lot to these kids,” said Shawn Vankesteren, tournament director. “We’ve got great support from the community. They want to help us promote junior golf and give these kids who qualified a real special experience.”

Eight local charities will benefit from the second annual Shaw Charity Classic. It raised over $2.27 million dollars last year.

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