Morrison May Be King of ACAC Golf?
by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
09/26/2012...Red Deer, Alberta - With the recent Canadian Colleges Athletic Association golf rankings the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference has placed two teams on the men’s Top 10 – Grant MacEwan Griffins No. 4, Lethbridge Kodiaks, No. 9 - and three women’s teams on the Top 10 - Grant MacEwan Griffins No. 5, Medicine Hat Rattlers No. 7; Red Deer Queens No. 9.
If they were to rank individual players, Red Deer Kings golf coach Scott Bergdahl believes he may have one of the best amateur golfers from coast-to-coast-to-coast in the presence of Kyle Morrison.
“He (Morrison) almost turned pro a few years back and he is one of the top amateurs in Alberta and arguably in the country,” said Bergdahl of Morrison, 25, who is in his first year of college studying to get his welding ticket. “He would be able to stand on the tee with any amateur or professional in Canada and give them a run for their money.”
Earlier this month Morrison won the Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club Men’s Open.
“I’ve been working on Kyle to come play on our team for the last five or six years,” said Bergdahl, who knows golf talent as he has been a member of the Canadian PGA himself for two decades. “He is ready now to play for us and he is also ready to give back. He shows a level of maturity in that he doesn’t just want to compete but he wants to assist the rest of the team. It’s almost like having a playing coach who is also helping to develop the other players. With his presence, the seriousness of the competition has increased substansiously and we are anticipating good things.”
Despite a national ranking in women’s golf, Bergdahl believes his team still has room for improvement for Rochelle French and Melissa Koster.
“We’re not really as strong this year and it is a redevelopment type of year. They are fairly new to this level of competition and have competed more at the recreational level. But they have a tremendous amount of skill and we are developing them in a speedy fashion, working on their short game and letting them become accustomed to the competition.
"We have tryouts in September and it is a five week process to first go to (ACAC) tournaments and then to (CCAA) Nationals (October 15-19, 2012 at Oshawa Golf & Curling Club in Oshawa, Ont hosted by Durham College).
ACAC Championships are to be held September 30 - October 1, 2012 at the Desert Bloom Golf Course and hosted by Medicine Hat College.