CLGA History & Summaries
The City Ladies Closed Amateur Tournament is a flighted 54 hole, 3 day, stroke play event considered the Premier Tournament for Amateur Ladies in Calgary. Ladies belonging to a Member Club of the Calgary Ladies Golf Association with a valid RCGA Handicap Factor are eligible to enter. The tournament is held at a different club each year, typically in the second or third week of June. The 96 entrants with the lowest handicap factors are accepted and divided into now 8 flights. It was changed from 6 flights to 8 flights in 2010.
A "City Ladies Amateur Champion" is crowned based on the overall low gross score. Also awarded are "City Ladies Amateur Runner-up" (overall second low gross) and "City Ladies Amateur Low Net" (overall low net). All three winners receive gift certificates plus a memento as well as their names engraved on the perpetual Calgary Ladies Amateur Trophies supplied by the Calgary Ladies Golf Association.
In Addition to the three top winners, gift certificates will be awarded to the Low Gross, Runner-up Low Gross and Low Net in each of the eight flights.
The City Senior Ladies Closed Amateur Tournament is a flighted 36 hole, 2 day, stroke play event. Senior Ladies, age group 50-64 and Super Senior Ladies, age group 65+, belonging to a Member Club of the Calgary Ladies Golf Association with a valid Golf Canada Handicap Factor is eligible to Enter. 96 players are accepted. Prizes are awarded within the Senior and Super Senior age groups and within flights.
The history of the Junior Ladies began in 1965 with having two divisions in the Tournament. The 18 hole division is open to "Advanced Novice" players who have yet to establish a Golf Canada factor, who will play two nine hole rounds (one each day). The second division is for girls who already have an established Golf Canada factor. They will play two 18 hole rounds (one each day). The ages of the girls are up to the age of 18. In 2012 the CLGA agreed to make the Junior Amateur an open tournament, giving the opportunity to all young players as well to increase participation. In 2016 a new position was created to create awareness and increase participation, Shannon Lefroy from Carnmoney has accepted this position.
C.H.A.M.P.S is a Calgary Ladies Golf Association event, which recognizes the social aspect of the game and stresses hospitality not competition. This is a very social fun day that includes a luncheon and we encourage you to consider participating.
C.H.A.M.P.S is an interclub team match play event which is a round-robin schedule of games between participating clubs. The matches begin in May and end in August with a wind-up tournament hosted by a member club each September. There is no entry fee to play in this event. Each member club determines its own team selection method by which it sends a four (4) player team, to either host a match or play an 'away' game. There are annual trophies awarded in both the "A" and "B" index factor divisions. Currently 26 clubs are involved in CHAMPS.The CHAMPS games will begin the week of May 16.
Medalist: In 1971 Diane (Kirby) Williams initiated a tournament for Calgary’s lady low handicap golfers. With suggestions from Shirley Bacon, it was patterned after a competition in existence in Vancouver B.C. Diane worked with several of Calgary’s head pros and the “15 and Under” tournament series was founded. Calgary ladies with a handicap of 15 or less were invited to play 18 holes at the Calgary Golf and Country Club, Canyon Meadows, Earl Grey, Shawnee Slopes and Willow Park and the courses kindly waived the green fees.
As the tournament series increased in popularity the handicap (factor) had been reduced to twelve and only the 24 lowest entrants qualified to play. A maximum of six courses were played each year.
During the 1990’s it became increasingly more difficult to secure six golf courses for the series each year. On October 20th, 1997 the Calgary Ladies Golf Association voted at their annual fall meeting to have the “Medalist Series” (new name) a sanctioned event of the association.
The Medalist series now operates with a five year rotation plan and each member club of the Association donates six tee times (24 players) for the series. This means that with all clubs participating, each course only donates six tee times once every five years.
Two coordinators from the regular players in the series volunteer to organize the events each year and report annually to the executive of the Calgary Ladies Golf Association. For each event players phone the coordinators one week prior to the event stating their current handicap factor. Maximum factor is 12.0 and the twenty-four players with the lowest factors will compete.
The host course need only provide the six tee times for the date they have agreed upon. The coordinators phone in the six groupings several days ahead and organize and look after all aspects of the event.
The Tournament of Champions started in 1984 to honor the memory of one of the great ladies of golf in our city, Harriett Watson. The intentions were to bring together the lady club champions of all the private and public courses in Calgary.
Thanks to Shirley Bacon, Diane Williams, Lea McBean, Diane Lambert, and Aubrey Edwards for organizing and sponsoring the first event in 1984. Canyon Meadows hosted the tournament for the first 8 years thanks to the generosity of club manager Jay Jenkins, along with the Board of Directors of Canyon Meadows. Diane Williams was the tournament chairperson during this time. In 1992 the tournament was taken over by the Calgary Ladies Golf Association