Hole in One Scored at ACAC Golf Championships
by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
10/01/2102...Medicine Hat, Alberta – Earlier this year while golfing in Edmonton at Glendale Golf and Country Club, Adam Bruce saw Craig Bokenfohr , a former Camrose Kodiak hockey player in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, use a No. 7 club to score a 207-yard hole-in-one on the fly.
“We slapped Five and all yelled,” recalls Bruce of the foursome which included Bokenfohr, now playing collegiate hockey in the NCAA, along with Jim Sinclair and Hayden Smith. “That was the first-ever hole- in-one that I ever saw and I knew that one day that I would have one too.”
Well...that day was today as Bruce, a member of the Grant MacEwan Griffins, aced a hole-in-one at the final day of the 2012 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference golf championships held at the Desert Bloom Golf Course in Medicine Hat.
“There was a pretty strong wind and I decided to use a nine iron,” said Bruce (pictured right) of the No. 14 hole which was played at 128 yards. “I thought it was going to go in but I didn’t really know until it disappeared into the hole.”
“I dropped my club and yelled pretty loud and then there were hugs and lots of High Fives.”
So pumped was Bruce, that he actually placed the miracle ball on the tee for the No. 15 drive.
“I wanted to calm down and it was very challenging. Then I realized that this was the ball that I had scored the hole-in-one with and I quickly replaced it with another.”
With word of a hole-in-one spreading faster than the 40 kilometre gust of winds this day, Griffins coach Jodi Campbell, had heard that there had been an ace scored.
“We got wind of it but no one knew who it was,” said Campbell, no pun intended. “As a coach you naturally think “I hope it was one of our guys” and then when I saw Adam we knew. The first thing we did was a High Five and then he handed me the ball and said, “Be sure to keep that safe.” Yes, he was pretty excited.”
Bruce, who finished second in individual competition, said that after completion of the 18 holes he “Threw out a few texts”.
Bruce and his Griffins teammates, which placed second in men’s team and captured the women’s team, now prepare for the 2012 PING CCAA Golf National Championships will be hosted October 15-19, 2012 at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club in Oshawa, Ont.
Individual Men Winner Brett Hawken, Grant MacEwan Griffins 68 - 77 = 145
Individual Women Winner Sydney Johnson-Parker, Grant MacEwan Griffins 86 - 86 + 172
Team Men Bronze - Medicine Hat College Rattlers 667
Team Men Silver - Grant MacEwan Griffins 627
Team Men Gold - Lethbridge Kodiaks 619
Team Women Bronze - Red Deer Queens 419
Team Women Silver - Medicine Hat Rattlers 375
Team Women Gold - Grant McEwen Griffins 346