Young Calgary golfers get a chance to swing with the pros

Professional Canadian golfer Jim Rutledge gives some tips to 12 year old Sam Duerr at a junior event ahead of the Shaw Charity Classic. Global News
CALGARY- Some talented young golfers got the chance to tee off with sports celebrities ahead of the Shaw Charity Classic which gets underway in Calgary on Wednesday.
Several golfers between the ages of 7 and 17, qualified for the Shaw Charity Classic Junior Celebrity Golf Experience by taking part in a free shootout at the Golf Canada Calgary Centre on Saturday. The winners advanced to Monday’s 9 hole shotgun event at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club where they got to hit the greens with the likes of Olympic curling silver medalist Cheryl Bernard, NHL alumni Perry Berezan, and Calgary Roughnecks lacrosse star Andrew McBride.
“It’s a neat experience for the kids,” said Greg Duerr who had two sons qualify for the event. “They play under pressure well and it’s just a neat experience for us as a family.”
“It feels unreal,” said 12 year old Sam Duerr. “It’s just hard to imagine other golfers are gonna be playing on this course.”
Two of the Champions competing this weekend also took part in the Celebrity Golf Experience to provide some helpful tips to the junior players.
“I always look forward to coming back to Canada,” said professional Canadian golfer Jim Rutledge. “This is where I started playing my junior golf.
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Global Calgary’s Kevin Smith tees off at the Shaw Charity Classic Junior Celebrity Golf Experience on Monday. Global News
Three Global Calgary TV personalities also had some fun. Gord Gillies, Jenna Freeman and Kevin Smith also took time to sink a few putts with the youngsters.
A qualifying round for the Shaw Charity Classic gets underway on Wednesday while the first round of the tournament begins on Friday.

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