by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
If Candice Janvier won this Friday's $60 million Lotto Max, the odds are that the sport of golf would play a major role on how to spend those winnings.
"I really, really love golfing," said the 36 year-old student/athlete from Portage College. "If I could live somewhere warm, I would golf year-round."
Janvier, a member of the Voyageurs golf team, first tried the sport as a young mother.
"I tried the sport about eight years ago but did not really take it up seriously until four years ago," said Janvier, who has a 16 year-old stepdaughter, 11 year-old daughter and eight year-old son.
Last year (2017-2018) was her first as a post-secondary student/athlete (Business Admin).
She shot a two-day total of 203 at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) North Regional held September 16-17, 2017 and hosted by University of Alberta Augustana at Camrose Golf Club.
It placed her 11th in a 14-player field.
Last weekend, September 15-16, 2018, on her home course at Lac la Biche Golf and Country Club, her total for the ACAC North Regional was an 196; good enough for a ninth place tie in the field of 16.
The top of the leader board found Medicine Hat Rattlers' Becky Martin and Red Deer College Queen's Chloe Sies tied with an impressive 167.
Janvier attributes her improved play to practice and a new "lifestyle."
Janvier elaborates: "This past year I have lost 45 pounds (previously she was 200 pounds on a 5-foot-7 frame). It was a total lifestyle change. I didn't want to feel the way I felt when I was overweight. I was seeing massage therapists and chiropractors and once I dropped all of the weight, I did not suffer anymore from a sore back or heart burn.
" I wanted to be healthier and build my core area. It makes a difference in golfing for me and I feel that I really did improve losing that weight."
Of competing against younger ACAC athletes, some whom are half her age, Janvier replied: "A lot of the girls that I have golfed with are all younger than me and fresh out of high school. Some of them have 10 years of experience already playing golf. My first year (in the ACAC) was kind of intimidating. I was overthinking my game. I was overthinking my drives and putts. But now, I want to work my way up the leaderboard. I would love to make it to (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association) nationals. That would be something amazing."
A native of La Loche, Saskatchewan, Janvier is from a family of seven sisters and one brother and said that her first sport of choice as a youth was volleyball; a sport she plays still.
Moving to Lac la Biche in 2009, Janvier enrolled at Portage to take the Culinary Arts Diploma.
She now wants to combine that with her interest and continued education in business.
"I learned some management in culinary arts and now my plan is to open and manage my own restaurant. I don't want to cook in my own restaurant but design my own menu and stuff like that."
She credits her husband Rodney Janvier, in giving support to her balancing the roles of mother/student/athlete.
"My husband is very supportive. He helps out and he claims that I am a better golfer than he is. I also have a huge support system from the girls (Ladies Night Golf). They help me improve my game by giving me tips here and there."
Winning the $60 million Lotto Max would make Candice Janvier a happy lady indeed.
"My husband laughs at me because he says I get so crouchy in winter time as I don't get to play golf. If I could live somewhere warm, I would golf year round.
"When I am out there golfing, I do not have anything else on my mind . It is total stress reliever."