15 Canadians competing in Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open

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WATCH: Fifteen of the 156 competitors at the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open are Canadians hoping to win a tournament on home soil. Jasmine Bala introduces us to a couple of them – Jun 19, 2019

Canadian golfers brushed up on their skills Wednesday ahead of the first round of the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open.

The event, part of the Mackenzie Tour, begins Thursday. Fifteen of 156 competitors are Canadian, including professional golfer Jared du Toit.

Du Toit grew up in Kimberley, B.C., but visited southern Alberta frequently when he was younger.

“I played a lot of hockey in Lethbridge growing up,” he said.

“Southern Alberta was a lot closer [to Kimberley] than Vancouver, so it felt like we were in either Lethbridge, Taber or Medicine Hat every second weekend… I’ve got good memories in southern Alberta and hopefully I can keep that going.”

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Du Toit hopes to finish this week in the top five or 10 and move onto the Tour.

“A lot of guys who have had success on this tour have had success on big tours, so everybody knows that if they can play well out here, they can play well down the road,” he said.

Canadian Taylor Pendrith is one of those golfers. He graduated to the Tour in 2016 after spending 2015 on the Mackenzie Tour.

Over the past two years, Pendrith suffered injuries that affected his game. Now, he is feeling better and ready to compete.

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“I’ve been there before so [I’m] hoping to kind of play here and play my way onto the Tour again,” he said.

A native of Richmond Hill, Ont., Pendrith said golf continues to grow across Canada.

“You see lots of Canadians on the PGA Tour now, a bunch on the Tour and a bunch out here as well,” he said.

“So any week you’re playing and you see a Canadian flag on the leader board is great.”

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The tournament runs from June 20 to 23.

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