Fort McMurray golf team competing at national championships

Ben Farrington is one of five members of the Fort McMurray golf team headed to Cape Breton to compete in the RBC PGA Scramble Championship in October. Robert Murray/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

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Some Fort McMurray golfers will be heading to Cape Breton in October, representing the region as they take part in the RBC PGA Scramble National Championship.

Councillor Keith McGrath, Shaun Janvier, Chris Heavy Shield, Ben Farrington, and Kyle Corriveau, make up the Fort McMurray team. They qualified for the national tournament after placing second in the northern regional qualifying tournament in Red Deer on Monday. The team representing the Leduc Golf Club placed first.

“Yesterday I got a little bit choked up because, big competitive field, we had a good team, a strong team, everybody’s done their part and we got ‘er done,” said McGrath.

The national tournament will see teams from across Canada compete at the Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs on October 6 to 8.

McGrath, who has played the two golf courses in the past, said, “they’ve got to be the Holy Grail of golf as far as beauty and around the ocean where I grew up, it’s just an experience.”

Looking ahead at the upcoming tournament, McGrath said it’s important for the team to focus on keeping positive and playing together.

“Have fun, don’t get down when you make a bad shot, lift yourself back up and keep the team as a team,” he said. “Golf is a very mental game and it’s easy to get down about it, but the main thing is to have fun and keep the team abreast. I’m confident that we won’t be the last place team in Cape Breton.”

Since winning their way to the national championship, McGrath said the team has seen a lot of support from the community.

“People certainly have a good bond of friendship around the golf course,” he said.

lbeamish@postmedia.com

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