Harrison first at ACAC South Regional
University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings golfer Michael Harrison. File photo/Camrose Canadian
The University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings are putting themselves in position for a run at a provincial golf championship and a trip to nationals.
The men’s team finished third overall at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Championship South Regional at Desert Blume Golf Club in Medicine Hat on the weekend with a score of 612, 17 shots behind Red Deer College. MacEwan University was second at 603. But what gives them a lot of confidence is the performance of their top three golfers.
Camrose native Michael Harrison won the tournament with a one-under-143 (70-73) over the two days, beating RDC’s Cole Morrison by two shots. Augustana’s Braden Clarkson was tied for fourth at four-over-148 (75-73) while Darion Geddes was 1th at 12-over-156 (80-76).
Carson Roach was 24th at 21-over-165 (82-83).
“After Medicine Hat I think there is potential,” said Vikings coach Bill Penney. “They showed me they can compete … I think we have an outside chance at gold.”
Craig Lynes was the Vikings fifth golfer and he shot a 37-over-181 (88-93) to finish 38th. Only the top four scores from each school are counted towards a team score.
Augustana could end up sending an individual golfer as well if they do not qualify as a team. For that to happen, they would need a golfer to shoot the lowest overall score at provincials. If Harrison pulls off that feat at RedTail Landing in Nisku this weekend he would also win the Order of Merit standings and become an all-Canadian for the second time in three years at the university.
The ACAC champion will get most of their trip to nationals in Toronto paid for, while the second-place team also qualifies but has to cover most of their costs.
Vikings exhibition weekend
The Vikings wrapped up their exhibition hockey schedule this weekend, splitting two games against senior AAA teams. They beat the Stoney Plain Eagles 7-2 in Camrose on Friday but lost 3-2 to the Lacombe Generals on the road on Saturday.
Dillan McCombie led the way on Friday with two goals while Carter Danczak, Zach Kerr, Adam Osczevski, Paul Lovsin and Cody Young scored.
On Sunday, Mitch McMullin and Ryan Groom tallied for Augustana.
The Vikings are now off until Oct. 6 and 7 when they open up their ACAC schedule with a home-and-home series with arch-rival NAIT, playing in Camrose on Friday at 7 p.m. and in Edmonton on Saturday at 6 p.m.