Many golf clubs across the city are being forced to push back tournaments as far as September because of a late, winter wallop that covered Edmonton like a white blanket yesterday.

“This is frustrating, this is completely ridiculous,” said James Whitton, a golf pro at the Mill Woods Golf Club, about the late-May snowfall.

Whitton said the golf club was forced to cancel one tournament because of the storm, and the Professional Golfers’ Association of Alberta has postponed a tournament to September.

“We’ve opened and closed three or four times so far this season and we’ve been open since April 17,” said Whitton.

Environment Canada issued a heavy snowfall warning for Alberta’s capital city yesterday as many residents woke up to an inch of snow on the ground.

Some snow melted, but areas north and west of Edmonton saw much larger dumps, said Bill McMurty, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, adding golfers can expect to hit the links by the weekend as temperatures are expected to hover near the 20-degree mark.

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