Three Griffins Make All Canandian Golf Status
by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
10/17/2012...Toronto Ontario -Three members of the Grant MacEwan Griffins made the cut as they joined 13 other golfers in being named CCAA All-Canadians at the 2012 PING CCAA Golf National Championships awards banquet last night hosted by Durham College in Oshawa. Ontario.
This is the first time that the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association has appointed all-stars and the recipient is were selected by their individual conference based on their performance and contribution to both their sport and their team.
The three all-stars are:
It was only two weeks ago that Bruce, Griffins' captain for the past two years, aced a hole-on-one at 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.”
Bruce, enrolled in this third year of Professional Golf Management, is a graduate of M.E Lazerte High School and is a two-time ACAC Award of Merit Leader.
“I don’t even know how to explain it… it’s just very humbling,” reflected Bruce in a post banquet interview of the honour. “I knew I had a good season, but I never expected to be recognized with this award. I have a lot to thank my teammates for,” said Bruce in a press release from the Grant MacEwan website.
The Wetaskawin Composite High School graduate is in his first year of collegiate golf and won the 2012 ACAC Golf Championship men’s championship shooting a two day total of 145 behind rounds of 68 and 77 which was three strokes better than Bruce.
“Brett’s gold medal performance at the Conference Championship was really great. To come out and fire 68 on day one certainly separated him from the rest of the field. His round of 77 on day two was just as impressive given the fact the wind conditions wreaked havoc on all of the players. Having the lead and attempting to win the tournament was a big task and he handled the added pressure perfectly.” – Jodi Campbell, head coach after the ACAC Championship.
Johnnson-Parker's a graduate of Vimy Ridge Academy won the 2012 ACAC Golf Championships shooting an 86 – 86 for a 172 which was three strokes better than teammate Rachel Whyte. In her second year of Bachelor or Science she has placed second in two previous ACAC tournaments.
““It’s amazing. I never thought I would have this opportunity and I am just happy I have had a chance to experience this at MacEwan University,” said Johnson-Parker in a interview posted on the MacEwan website.
“We have all worked really hard this year and are having a great time here but now we need be ready to focus on scoring well tomorrow.”
First round play started this morning at 8 a.m.