Off to Ontario
The Mount Royal men’s golf team took their 19th gold in the teams’ history during the ACAC Championships Sept. 27 and 28 at the Wintergreen Golf and Country Club in Bragg Creek.
The team drove, wedged and putted their way to a very impressive 30-stroke lead to win the tournament at their home club.
Coach Brock Balog said that ACAC gold was “expected” and was what the team had set as their goal for the season.
The winning team was made up of team captain Kolby Kniel, Darcy MacDonald, Rob Sakamoto and Brandt Goemans. Men’s individual gold medal honours went to first-year Phil Kondrak.
Also playing for Mount Royal was Nathan Schurr, Craig Bloom and Ryan Tofani.
“We’re extremely proud,” said Kyle Henry, MRU events and communications coordinator, about the win.
Henry added that the win shows the teams hard work and dedication put in over the summer and into the fall.
Coach Brock Balog said that the team was “pretty aggressive” in recruiting Kondrak, a Victoria B.C. native from Camosun College and that the first year is currently one of the best players on the team.
The lady swingers, made up of first years Laura Schimidek, Ashley Martin and Meghan Melynk finished third in the tourney. Balog said the women’s team is in rebuilding stages and that a lot of the players have not played competitively but are keen and showing great strides in the game.
With the win the men’s team is now off to Windsor, Ontario for the CCAA Championships Oct. 13-16. Balog said the team has some things to improve on before heading out east. Once there, their goal is to overcome last year’s third place finish.