Justin Berget & Kennedy Turcotte win ACAC North Regional
Alberta Golf (Edmonton)
By Jefferson Hagen
There were 36 male golfers in action in the final round of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference North Regional on Sunday afternoon at Red Tail Landing, but the title race was essentially match play between 2 competitors.
First round leader Michael Harrison held a one-shot advantage over MacEwan’s Justin Berget for most of the round – even stretching it to two at one point. But when the two-time defending ACAC champion made bogey on 15, the duo walked up the 18th fairway all square.
That’s when Berget came up clutch.
“My ball was in the fescue on the right side of 18 and I had 135 (yards in),” he said. “It was sitting up nice, though, so I got a club on it and put it to about 12 feet. Michael got down in two from 25 feet and made par, and I rolled in the birdie on 18 for the win.”
The birdie gave Berget a round of 69 to go with the 70 he shot and Saturday and finish -5 to nip Harrison (69-71) by a shot. Nicolas Pittman of Concordia had the low round of the tournament on Sunday – a 3-under 68 – to finish third at 1-under.
Photo: Justin Berget (Spruce Grove, Alta.) watches his tee shot on No. 13 at Red Tail Landing Golf Club on Sunday (Jefferson Hagen / MacEwan Athletics)
While the win is only a regional event and not the coveted ACAC Championship gold medal, for Berget to pull it off still means a lot.
“It just proves that I can,” the Stony Plain GC product said. “I was always close, I felt my game was close, but I was never able to close. It felt good to get it done finally.”
The Women’s ACAC North Regional crown went to Kennedy Turcotte, who shot a four-over, 76 on Sunday to win gold for Concordia University of Edmonton by 13 strokes.
The ACAC South Regional will be held Sept. 21-22, hosted by SAIT at Valley Ridge Golf Course. The ACAC Championship is set for Sept. 27-29 at Coal Creek GC in Ryley, Alta.
- Golf: ACAC North Regional – Round 2, Red Tail Landing GC (Full results here)