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Golfer shakes off lack of sleep to win Fort Macleod club championship

George Wolstenholme receives his trophy as 2020 club champion at the Fort Macleod Golf Club.

George Wolstenholme may have discovered the secret to shaving strokes off his golf game.

Lack of sleep.

Wolstenholme came right off the night shift in the Teck Resources mines Aug. 22 to shoot a 75 to win the club championship at the Fort Macleod Golf Club.

“I was pretty loose,” Wolstenholme said with a laugh.

The Fort Macleod golfer had his work cut out for him, with a field of 50 golfers teeing off for the club championship.

That’s almost twice the number of golfers who played in last year’s club championship.

“The executive decided to offer no entry fee plus a steak dinner and as a result we doubled the entrants,” club board member Jary Plamondon explained. “ We may have the blueprint for future club championships as financially we broke even with enough corporate sponsors to pay the cost for the dinner and prizes.”

Three women teed off in the club championship and the club gave each one a prize.

Wolstenholme outplayed his 11.6 handicap to shoot five over par to win his first club championship, after coming close before but losing in a playoff.

“The course was in fantastic shape,” Wolstenholme said. “Great kudos to the grounds crew and to the clubhouse crew for a fantastic day.”

Hitting fairways off the tee throughout the day, Wolstenholme shot a 38 on the first nine to lead Lance Robinson at 39 and Dan Burrows at 40.

“The conditions were tough in the morning as it was pretty windy,” Wolstenholme said.

Robinson finished with a 77 to place second, two strokes behind the champion.

“It was close,” Wolstenholme said. “I had no idea what others were shooting as they were in different groups.”

Low net champion was Casey Provost.

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