Slippery and Wet on Day 1 Golf
by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
09/30/2102...Medicine Hat, Alberta - The greens are slippery and wet.
With the greens being “pretty slippery and pretty slick today,” the 2012 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference golf championships teed off at the Desert Bloom Golf Course in Medicine Hat.
“The golf today went through without a hitch and the weather was good for this time of year except for the fact that the greens were pretty slippery and pretty slick today,” said Medicine Hat College Rattlers golf coach Trevor Moore. “A lot of guys were struggling on and around the greens.”
Moore said he was a bit surprised by some of the performances, or there of lack of, by some of the golfers today.
“A little surprised at the two players from Lethbridge (Taylor Irvin and Taylor Jetten each shooting a 72 in team competition). I knew that they could play but they exceeded my expectations and on the same flipside we knew that Grant MacEwan (Griffins) was strong and they did not play as well as they could today.”
With the recent Canadian Colleges Athletic Association golf rankings, the ACAC had 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.
Of his own team, the Rattlers, Moore said home course advantage is twofold.
“The elevation on this course plays a role by taking away sight lines on some of the blind spots and typically you see some wind in this area. When the wind blows it changes the shape and play of the golf course. Our players are used to this.
“But sometimes you place that internal pressure on yourself of playing at home and you may be a bit more nervous. Today we struggled to get our rhythm. We didn’t play our best golf. We can expect better of our players tomorrow.”
Griffins coach Jodi Campbell admits that the Edmonton team had a “mixed bag of success” during Day 1 of the two-day event.
“We had some golfers play fantastic and some that left a few shots out at the golf course,” said Campbell. “The course was in fantastic shape and for tournament golf it was great.”
At present the Griffins women have a four-shot lead at 174 in team competition (two best scores per team) over the host Rattlers at 178.
“There is no question our girls could have played better but Medicine Hat had a great round especially for Danielle Blackmer (shooting an 81). “We will be preparing our girls to maintain that led tomorrow. You don’t want to sit on the lead and let them (Rattlers) slip in.”
The Griffins men find themselves 18 strokes back in second place behind the Lethbridge Kodiaks sporting a team score (three best scores per team) of 292.
“There is no question that this will be the first chance that our guys have to face adversity this year (in ACAC competition.) There is a fine line between shooting a 77 and an 80.”
Campbell added that the Griffins squad has “great depth on our team as we could have produced a number of team scenarios,” as shown by the fact that the individual men’s leader is Griffins' Brett Hawken shooting an impressive one day total of 68!
“We spent two-and-a-half hours trying to figure out who would be our five (men) for this weekend. Sometimes not being on the team takes pressure off competing. That happened today.”
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