By Ryan McCracken on October 3, 2016.
Becky Martin and Danielle Blackmer finished one stroke apart and four strokes ahead of the field Sunday at the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference golf championship in Lac La Biche to take home Medicine Hat College’s first-ever golf banner, as well as a pair of tickets to Prince Edward Island for nationals.
“That was awesome for us to have first and second overall in the individual,” said MHC Rattlers golf coach Trevor Moore. “The weather conditions were pretty tough both days but they hung in there, played well and they both did their job. That’s the biggest thing, they just kept it simple, did what they needed to and let the chips fall where they do.”
Martin took the women’s individual championship with an 80-87â€”167. Teammate Blackmer kept on Martin’s heels through the final round, and while she finished one stroke shy of a playoff at 84-84â€”168 the result earned the duo the title of women’s team champions.
It didn’t all go as planned, however, as the men’s team failed to qualify for a place at the national championship. Braden Schacher finished three strokes off the podium at 80-78â€”158, while Zach Zubrecki finished 20th at 88-86â€”174 and Ryley Gacek took 23rd with an 87-90â€”177.
“It’s a little bittersweet on the way home with the women having qualified and the men not,” said Moore. “But on the same token everybody is pretty excited about the representation of Medicine Hat College and how we played as a whole.”
Despite the tough conditions that shifted between rainfall and cold winds, Moore says the Lac La Biche Golf and Country Club managed to keep a great course for the big weekend.
“The overall course layout and everything like that was just spectacular,” he said, adding the elements did create some challenges. “The course was in great shape, but it was really wet with the amount of rain they had so there was some puddling.”
Martin and Blackmer head to P.E.I. Oct. 17-21 to represent Medicine Hat at the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association national golf championships at Fox Meadow Golf Club. Until then, Moore says the focus will be on entering the tournament with a clear head.
“We’ll work on some one-on-one sessions as needed, just some maintenance work, we’re not going to change anything specific at this point. More than anything, it’s making sure they can relax at nationals,” he said. “I’m going to give them a little more power this week to get their academics in order and get things settled so they can take the week off of school and go to nationals with a clear mind.”