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Warm attends Vegas main camp

Sports briefs: Local golf pros compete; GranFondo world championships coming in 2020

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After attending the development camp of the NHL's newest team in July, Will Warm was ready to head to the team's rookie camp earlier this month.

However, the 18-year-old Whistlerite was extended the chance to skate with the Vegas Golden Knights' big boys, too.

With veterans like Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal and Jason Garrison also in camp, Warm emerged on the team's radar as a young player worth a longer look.

However, after five days in main camp, Warm was released to his junior club, the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, on Sept. 19.

The defenceman was not drafted in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, but was invited to Vegas' development camp in July before earning his return engagement this month.

Local golf pros compete in Victoria

Padraic O'Rourke had a strong start to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon Canada PGA of BC Club Professional Championship on Monday, Sept. 18.

But the Fairmont Chateau Whistler representative couldn't repeat the feat a second day in a row as he slipped in the standings.

O'Rourke shot an impressive 71 to sit just one stroke off the lead at the midway point of the tournament, but a second-round 78 dropped him into a tie for 16th, 12 strokes back of eventual winner Phil Jonas of Philip Jonas Golf Academy. O'Rourke earned a $255 prize for his efforts.

Andrew Smart of Nicklaus North and Alan Kristmanson of Whistler Golf Club both tied for 19th, 1 strokes off the lead, while Whistler Golf Club's Duncan Savage placed 38th.

GranFondo world championships coming in 2020

The RBC GranFondo will take on extra importance in 2020.

The annual road race from Vancouver's Stanley Park to Whistler Village will serve as the Union Cycliste Internationale's (UCI) world championships, race founder Neil McKinnon confirmed on Sept. 19.

This will be the first time North America has hosted the world championships since the event was founded in 2011.

For more reaction, see next week's edition of

Pique.

Squash events upcoming

Squash season is starting up and the Whistler Squash Club is marking the occasion with a series of events.

The club, based out of Meadow Park Sports Centre, is hosting an open house this Monday, Sept. 25 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. with its box league kicking off Oct. 1. On Thursday, Sept. 28, the club is hosting a free women's clinic as part of Women's Squash Week from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

As part of ParticipACTION 150, the club is offering two-for-one court fees on Saturday, Sept. 30, while junior squash will be offered free for the month of October.

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