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LEPS 2011 Charity of the YearBy Matthew Claxton, Langley AdvanceMarch 20, 2012

A Langley environmental group will benefit from an annual donation made by a local golf course.

The Redwoods Golf Course has given $1,000 to the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS). The donation was in appreciation for LEPS’ work over the last 18 years as one of the community’s top environmental groups.

LEPS does a great deal of work for Langley Township, undertakes educational programs about compost and invasive plants for young and old alike, and works with a variety of stream keeping groups and volunteers to keep rivers and creeks in prime shape for salmon spawning.

The donation is part of a program by Redwoods to recognize and donate to one significant Langley charity per year.

Each time a golf course staff member plays a round of golf, they make a $2 donation. All donations are accumulated during the year and at the end of the calendar year funds are tabulated and awarded to the charity of choice.

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To any passerby Jaewook Lee looks like a regular 12-year-old boy, laughing and joking with his friends as they practice their putting at the Redwoods Golf Course.  But Lee is far more than a regular amateur golfer.  Last week he became the youngest person ever to win a Vancouver Golf Tour event — a tour for local professional and amateur players to play at a high level of competition in a PGA Tour environment.

 

He shot a 2-over par 72 at the VGT’s Winter Tour Event held in Fort Langley at the Belmont Golf Club. Finishing tied for top spot — there was no playoff — also gave Lee something besides first place: he became the tour’s youngest-ever winner of an amateur event.  The previous youngest winner of an amateur event was 17 years old.  One of the remarkable aspects of Lee’s accomplishment is the fact he only took up the sport two years ago.  After playing for only two years, Lee has won numerous events including a Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour event in June.

 

“I just came to the golf course with my dad.  It looked fun and interesting so I wanted to play,”  he said about how he got involved in the sport.  When asked what he loves most about playing he said “I like hitting it and getting it in and watching the balls fly.”

 

Despite winning the event, Lee is not ready to rest on his laurels.  Asked how it felt to win, he replied “like I have to practice more.”  He did admit that winning was a good feeling.

 

Lee practices daily at Redwoods, where he is a junior member.

 

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Published on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 08:08PM EST Last updated on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 08:51PM EST

 

Sue Kim has won a professional golf tournament. This time, she gets to keep the money.  The 20-year-old from Langley, B.C., breezed to a six-shot win Thursday at a SunCoast Ladies Series event in Lake Mary, Fla. She shot the lowest score of the final round – a one-under-par 71 – to reach five-over 221 and post a comfortable victory over runner-up Cristina Corpus of the United States.

The former amateur star broke into the winner’s circle in 2008, at 17, with consecutive victories on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour. As an amateur, she wasn’t allowed to keep the first-prize money.  A pro since 2010, she can pocket the modest $1,300 (all currency U.S.) earned Thursday at Magnolia Plantation Golf Club.

She wasn’t the only Canadian to win on the mini-tours this week. In Arizona, Hamilton-born Alena Sharp roared to victory at the Grasshopper Tour’s inaugural 2012 event Wednesday on familiar ground – in the Phoenix area, where she now lives, and at Seville Golf and Country Club, of which she’s a member.  Canada’s top-ranked female player shot five-under 67 in the final round to reach eight-under 208. She won by five strokes over Alejandra Llaneza of Mexico and earned $1,700.

It was her first competitive outing of the 2012 season. An LPGA Tour regular, she skipped its season opener in Australia to attend her sister Tara’s wedding in Ontario. She plans to make her 2012 debut on the big tour next month at its stop in Phoenix.  Sharp entered the final round Wednesday tied for the lead and pulled away on the front nine, going three under. “The final round was extremely fun for me,” Sharp said on her website, alenasharpgolf.com. “I love being in that position where you are anxious to get out there and see what the golf course gives you.”  She credited her success to keeping her foot on the accelerator. “I was proud of myself for staying aggressive and target-focused all day long. It truly pays off.”

Canada nearly had a third champion this week, too. Calgary amateur Nicole Zhang led a Cactus Tour event in Chandler, Ariz., going into the final round Wednesday. But she shot four-over 76 and slipped into a tie for third place, five strokes behind winner Joy Trotter of the United States.

Kim now leads the Florida mini-tour’s 2012 money list, through five events. She has two other top-10 finishes.  The results should give Kim momentum as she heads toward her regular gig on the LPGA Futures Tour. The developmental circuit, one rung below the LPGA Tour, begins its season in late March in Florida.  Maude-Aimée Leblanc of Sherbrooke placed fifth Thursday, finishing the 54-hole event at 17 over. Leblanc, a former teammate of Kim’s on Canada’s national amateur squad, holds an LPGA Tour card.

Doug Morgan 2010aDecember 15, 2011

Langley, B.C.

The PGA of Canada Player Rankings presented by RBC; now revealed. Redwoods Pro Doug Morgan has been named the Number 10 ranked player in the PGA of Canada; competing in 30 events during the 2011 golf season. Among Morgans Highlights, he recorded a 69 (-2) in the Srixon Tour event at Whistler Golf Club to win. Morgan shot 4 under in the B.C. Assistants event at Big Sky to place 2nd, 8 under par in the Vegas Baby Pro Am to place 2nd and 1 over par at the Ledgeview Open to also claim 2nd.

Morgan traveled to a variety of venues in 2011 including trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, Fort St John, Montreal and throughout British Columbia.

 

Wheelchair Basketball 1st Annual Redwoods Golf Fundraiser

| Oct 03, 2011 |

Almost 30 participants from the wheelchair basketball community came out to try their hand at the sport of golf on September 12, 2011, at the scenic and challenging Redwoods Golf Course in Langley. Playing by Texas Scramble rules meant that every team had a chance to score well and every participant had an opportunity to make his or her shot count. As well as the usual methods of winning the game (the team with the lowest score was captained by our own Brad Hagkull), there were extra prizes on select holes for closest to the pin (men's and women's), and the straightest drive.

 

Some were trying out this new sport for the first time, others play regularly, and some others were enjoying the challenge of taking the rust off their game. At a stretch, it could be considered cross training, but everyone had a great time. I know my shot percentage has improved as I find the larger target of the hoop with a backboard a cinch after this season of golf.

 

I also got to play with people I usually don't meet on the court (unless I am called for a foul, right Dean?!!). There were foursomes made up of some work colleagues with an additional member coming from the basketball world. There were a couple of adaptive golf carts available which allowed some of our world-class basketball athletes to try a sport that may not have been accessible to them without the cart.

 

All in all, we raised $1100 for wheelchair basketball and enjoyed 9 holes of glorious green splendor, friendly, fun competition, desirable door prizes, and a scrumptious steak or salmon dinner. Special thanks go to Doug Hawley at Redwoods for making his golf course available and accessible, as well as his excellent and efficient support staff especially Dayna.

Keep your schedule open for the 2nd annual fundraiser next year! And bring your A-game!!

 

by Louise Higgins

don't meet on the court (unless I am called for a foul, right Dean?!!). There were foursomes made up of some work colleagues with an additional member coming from the basketball world. There were a couple of adaptive golf carts available which allowed some of our world-class basketball athletes to try a sport that may not have been accessible to them without the cart.

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