Brent Forster - RDC
Red Deer, September 29, 2018 – Despite a delayed start to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Golf Championships due to frost, the talented group of student-athletes still performed well on a cool opening day at Alberta Springs Golf Resort, 6 km west of Red Deer.
After Saturday's round, Michael Harrison, from the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings, and Chase Broderson, of the RDC Kings, share top spot on the men's side after firing one over par (73). Harrison started extremely well, picking up three birdies over the first four holes. The Bachelor of Science student ended the day with a total of four birdies and nine pars. Broderson, a first-year Business Administration student at RDC, recorded three birdies and 11 pars. Nicolas Pittman, of the Concordia University Thunder, rounded out the top three male golfers with a 75.
Medicine Hat College's Becky Martin had an exceptional day on the course and finished two over par (74) to sit on top of the women's leaderboard. The Rattlers' star accumulated 4 birdies and ten pars to kick off the championship weekend. Concordia University's Kennedy Turcotte scored an 82 for second place. Turcotte had one birdie and nine pars on day one. RDC's Shaye Leidenius was close behind with 83, for third.
Leading the men's teams after the first day are the MacEwan University Griffins (307), followed by the Red Deer College Kings (313) and then the Concordia University Thunder (323).
Not much separated the top women's golf teams. The Medicine Hat College Rattlers women sit in top spot as a group (169). Next, are the RDC Queens (170) and then the Concordia University Thunder (171).
In the new ACAC Mixed Golf Division, RDC (403) leads the way followed by Concordia University (409) and then Medicine Hat College and MacEwan University are tied (421) for third. After another round, medals will be also awarded in this category on Sunday.
Considering the cool weather, Red Deer College Golf Head Coach Scott Bergdahl was thankful that the championships could still go ahead. "We had a two hour frost delay in the morning but with snow falling in different areas of region, I am happy that we were able to play," he says.
Bergdahl appreciated the skill and close competition on the first day. "Things are really close this year among ACAC golfers and teams," he says. "It will be a dog fight on Sunday to earn a medal."
With the standings extremely close and the thought of medals on the horizon, the golfers will look to climb the leaderboard with their best performances on Sunday, the final day of the championships. The original Sunday start will be delayed 90 minutes until around 11:30 a.m. with the anticipation of frost, once again.