by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
Home Sweet Home on the Links.
Prior to this past weekend, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) had only won four medals - all bronze tinted - in women's team competition at the PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf Championships.
Red Deer Queens had placed third in back-to-back years 2007 and 2008 while the MacEwan University Griffiths and Lethbridge Kodiaks earned bronze in 2012 and 2010 respectively.
Hosted by the Medicine Hat College Rattlers at the Desert Blume Golf Course, the search for gold or silver jinx was broken as the ACAC won two medals; Gold and Silver in women's team play.
Gold went to the Red Deer Queens with silver to the host Rattlers.
"To take home gold at a national championship is incredible, not only for RDC but for Alberta golf," says Scott Bergdahl, head coach for Red Deer College Queens in a media release. "We have put a lot of resources into developing both the men and ladies teams in the last few years. So to be rewarded like this, in such a short period of time, is really outstanding. I think it's really going to benefit the team and the program moving forward."
The Queens had a four-day total of 625 which was 16 better than the 641 played by the Rattlers.
The Queens round-by-round totals from opening day were 164, 160, 152 and 149 compared to the Rattlers 165, 162, 159 and 155.
Concordia University of Alberta Thunder placed seventh in the eight-team field with a final 701.
|Queens' Shaye Leidenius (right) captured silver medal|
In women's individual scores, Queens' Shaye captured silver status with a four-day total of 304 (79, 79, 72, 74) which was only 16 over.
She had an eagle on Day 3 on Hole No. 5 to go along with 41 pars and 8 birdies for the tournament.
Leidenius had placed fourth last year in Oshawa, Ontario with Durham College hosting with a 328 total while a seventh place was struck in 2016.
Medicine Hat's Becky Martin, PING CCAA bronze medal winner in 2016, settled for fourth place this year on her home course with a score of 307.
Martin had 36 pars and 12 birdies overall.
ACAC golfers to place in the Top 15 in the 24-player field are: Chloe Sies, 6th, Red Deer Queens, 323; Sierra; Zukowski, 11th, Medicine Hat Rattlers, 338; Nicole Schultz, 13th, Medicine Hat Rattlers, 341 and Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder's Kassidy Turcotte in 14th spot at 344.
Other past ACAC women's medal winners at PING CCAA are: Kate Griffiths, Red Deer College Queens, 2015, silver and Whitney Townsend, Mount Royal College, 2001, bronze.
Emily Romancew of the John Abbott Islanders claimed the 2018 women's individual play gold with a four-day 298 (75, 75, 75, 73).
Last time the ACAC men won a team medal was in 2009 when Mount Royal University Cougars claimed bronze. That same year was the last time the ACAC placed in men's individual with Cougar's Phil Kondrak bringing home bronze to Calgary.
This year in men's team competition the ACAC finished: MacEwan Griffiths, 7th, 1211; Red Deer Kings, 9th, 1259; Medicine Hat Rattlers, 10th, 1265 and the Concordia University of Alberta Thunder 11th to round out the field with a 1299 total.
The team event was claimed by Boomerang d'André-Laurendeau with a 1138 14 under par. They were led by men's individual winner Laurent Desmarchais shooting 13 under par.
ACAC golfers to place in the Top 15 in the 59-player field are: Michael Harrison, 6th, University of Alberta Augustana Vikings, 284 and Matthaus Taylor, tied 9th, Medicine Hat College Rattlers;
Here are some of the ACAC Highlights from the CCAA website.
DAY 1 Recap
On a beautiful sunny day with temperatures hitting 19 degrees, Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference rivals Red Deer College and Medicine Hat College battled for first place on the women's side.
"The tournament started off with a chilly morning that turned into a beautiful day in the coulees. The wind has certainly been a force to be reckoned with, but there have been some impressive scores, so it will be interesting to see how the golfers battle the rest of the week," says Adam Chinel, tournament director for Golf Canada.
New to this year championship, MHC is giving out individual and team of the day awards.
The men's individual of the day was Reid Woodman from the MacEwan University Griffins who eagled the par four 15th hole with a shot from the fairway.
DAY 2 recap
Day two at the 2018 CCAA Golf National Championships started with a 40-minute frost delay but soon warmed to 22 degrees.
On the women's side, the Red Deer College (RDC) Queens are still in first, holding a three-stroke lead over the host Medicine Hat College (MHC) Rattlers.
Emily Romancew from the John Abbott Islanders extended her lead over Becky Martin of the Medicine Hat Rattlers.
|Nicole Schultz (RDC)
Women's Exemplary Leadership award presented by PING
Alyssa Stoddart of the Fanshawe Falcons and Shaye Ledidenius of the Red Deer Queens are tied for third, two strokes back of Martin..
DAY 3 recap
On the women's side, Red Deer College delivered another strong performance on the links and increased their lead over the hometown Rattlers with an eight over par score of 152. The Queens now hold a 10-shot lead heading into the final round of the tournament tomorrow.
The Women's Exemplary Leadership, presented by PING, went to Rattlers' Nicole Schultz.