Okotoks golfer takes amateur crown
Golf: Twenty-year-old newcomer wins CGA event
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 06:00 am
If the local amateur golf scene didn’t know his name, it knows it now.
Shane Crampton didn’t waste any time getting acclimatized to his new surroundings after taking home the Calgary Golf Association FirstEnergy City Amateur title on July 13, just weeks after moving to Okotoks with his family from London, Ontario.
“It was a six-shot lead and I knew the guys I was playing with were really going to make a push so I figured just play my game,” said Crampton, on his final-round approach. “I hit hybrid off every tee and tried to keep it in play, hit the middle of the green and hope a few puts go in and ended the day with seven-straight pars which really helped to keep it steady.”
The student-athlete at Pennsylvania’s St. Francis University was tied for the lead with a first-round 69, took a seven-shot advantage after a second-round 68, maintained a six-shot hold by virtue of a third-round 79 and held on for a three-shot win with a final round score of 76.
“After the 79 I was hoping I would still be in contention and I was still leading by six so I thought wow this course did play tough for everyone,” said Crampton, a staff member at River’s Edge Golf Course’s pro shop. “Kyle Mossfeldt, who ended up finishing second, was two or three groups ahead of me and shot 70 on the last day to really close the gap.
“I didn’t know about it all, I was told about it after and just ran the numbers through my head and thought okay I should be good.”
The 20-year-old led wire-to-wire in the four-day tourney, an impressive feat given the change in venue halfway through. Airdrie’s Apple Creek Golf Course played host to the first two-rounds with Redwood Meadows holding rounds three and four.
“The greens were a lot firmer at Apple Creek so it just made for a little bit different club selections,” Crampton said. “Redwood was a lot tighter so I played a lot smarter. Didn’t hit any drivers at Redwood at all, only hit two three-woods.
“Not that I was getting defensive, it was just a tougher course and the score were higher.”
The tournament title books Crampton a ticket to the CGA’s Match Play in 2015.
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