By Woodard, Dale on September 22, 2020.
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns finally got back into the swing of things, with a winning result to boot.
In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has made Canada West sports one giant question mark, the Horns were back on the links for the University of Lethbridge Invitational Sunday and Monday at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort, hosting the Calgary Dinos.
In the five-man team format with the top four scores counting, the Pronghorns A-team played a little comeback golf on the final day to edge the Dinos in the total stroke play 601-603.
“They (Dinos) were six strokes ahead of our A-team after Day 1,” said Pronghorns golf coach Dallas Ducheminsky. “So our guys fought back really well (Monday).”
Leading the way for the hosts was overall individual winner Michael McDougall-Price with scores of 69 and 75 on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
Noah Huston shot 77 and 69 to take second and first-year Pronghorn Aidan Kidd was 71 and 80. Andrew Primeau (75, 76) and Joshua Cameron (77, 75) rounded out Lethbridge’s top-five.
On the B-side, the Pronghorns topped the Dinos 609-611.
“I’m so happy with our results today,” said Ducheminsky. “The numbers improved. There was such a level of consistency with the scores among the entire team. We all made a commitment after the tryouts were done that everybody was going to fight hard for as many strokes as they can at all times and it really looks like everybody came through on that commitment today. It was really cool to watch.”
Pronghorns veteran Mark Mercier rebounded a bit from Sunday’s round with a 76 and Vanessa Wilson – one of three Horns’ womens golfers – came oh-so-close to her goal of a round of 90 after back-to-back 91s.
The numbers aside, the Horns agreed it’s good to be back.
“We’re very lucky we’re able to be back out with all the restrictions in place,” said Wilson, a third-year Pronghorns. “It’s a blessing, especially with this being my final year. It’s been nice to be back.”
After a round of 77 on Sunday, the birdies fell early for Huston Monday.
“As soon as I made the turn I started falling apart a little bit, just kept my head down, kept grinding, came in with a couple more birdies and finished it off well.”
Mercier enjoyed a better Monday round.
“(Sunday), it was a tough first time seeing the course,” he said. “I definitely left a few shots out there both days. I could have done a lot better, but I also could have done a lot worse.
“I was really struggling getting on the greens and around the greens, but I just grinded it out.”
Wilson missed her goal for a round of 90 by one stroke.
“It wasn’t bad. I can’t complain. Of course, you always want a few shots back here and there, but overall I’m very happy with how I played today,” she said. “I kind of struggled on the front side, but I really came alive on the back nine, that was really the highlight of my game.”
The teams now head to the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club west of Calgary for Round 2 Sunday and Monday before heading to Kelowna for the Canada West Championship Oct. 2-4.
Due to numbers, the Pronghorns won’t be sending a women’s team to Kelowna.
“I think everybody is going to look to build off the confidence and get their swings ready for Priddis,” said Ducheminsky. “I know Priddis is going to be a really challenging test for these guys. It’s a tough track, but it’s an absolutely beautiful course and it’s going to be a treat for everybody. I feel like we’re going to have a really good weekend.”
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