Bergdahl can be confident about RDC golfers
Scott Bergdahl is the first one to tell you that you can never count on anything in golf.
It’s a game that can jump up and bite you just when you least expect it.
But Bergdahl has every right to feel confident about what he sees from his RDC golf team heading into this weekend’s Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference North Regional champions at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club this weekend.
Bergdahl has added strength and depth to both the women’s and men’s teams.
The women’s duo of Melissa Koster and Rochelle French placed third in the ACAC last year and both have returned to go with newcomers Jamieson Smeaton and Kim Swain.
Smeaton, who took last year off, was second in the ACAC two years ago with Lethbridge while Swain comes in from Lacombe.
“Jamieson was at RDC last year but didn’t play and she’s also just coming off major knee surgery,” said Bergdahl.
“But despite playing only a couple of rounds before our qualifying tournament she still shot 84-85. Kim came in at 84-87.
“Those two automatically make our team that much better and despite the fact you never know what may happen, we should be strong contenders for the conference championship,” said Bergdahl, whose squad is ranked ninth in Canada.
Koster was the RDC’s top competitor on the female team last year, finishing seventh in the ACAC finals.
Meanwhile, the men will also be stronger just in the fact that Kyle Morrison is back and 100 per cent healthy.
Last year he competed with a bad knee and needed major surgery.
He shot a 70 in his lone qualifying round.
“He had other commitments and could only play the one round, but he was automatically on the team anyway,” explained Bergdahl.
“Kyle didn’t have to come back to school this year and could have finished his welding degree by working, but he wanted to return as he wanted the opportunity to go for an ACAC championship.”
Morrison, a former Central Alberta Amateur champion, brought Darren Windle to the team as well.
Windle of Red Deer has extensive junior and amateur experience and is expected to be one of the top competitors in the ACAC.
Jeff Northcott, who tied for sixth in the ACAC last season, is one of four players returning to the team while one of the impressive newcomers is Branton Tessier of Whitecourt, who has considerable junior experience in the province.
Tyson Dixon and Tim Hannebury return from last year while Braden Oehlerking is back after missing last year because of injury,
Brandon Ponich of Rocky Mountain House and Kevin Stevens out of River Bend round out the 2013-14 team.
“The men’s team looks to be strong and we have at least three guys who should shoot in the 70s,” said Bergdahl.
“Overall this is the best team we’ve had. It would be nice to win a championship banner, not only for the college, but Gord Scott, who has been our major supporter and without him we probably wouldn’t have a golf program.”
The North Regional has 77 competitors and tees off at 1 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.
RDC will also compete in the open South Regional, Sept. 21-22 in Lethbridge with the ACAC championship, Sept,. 28-19 in Olds.
The Canadian championship is set for Oct. 15-16 in St, Lawrence, Que.
• The RDC soccer teams are busy this weekend as they have their home opener Saturday against SAIT and visit Olds Sunday. The women kick off at noon with the men to follow both days.
• The hockey Kings see their first action since returning to the ACAC as they host SAIT in exhibition play Friday at 7 p.m. in Penhold. The two teams meet Saturday at 7 p.m. at SAIT.
• The cross-country running team will compete in an ACAC Grand Prix as part of the Hunting Hills Lightning meet Saturday at River Bend Recreation Area and Golf Course. The meet begins with Grade 6-7 runners at 10 a.m. with the open and ACAC women’s race at 2:30 p.m. and the men at 3:30 p.m.
• The hockey Queens are on the road this weekend as they visit the University of Saskatchewan Saturday and Sunday.
• Soccer dominated the Boston Pizza RDC athlete of the week voting.
Rohanesh Ram, a first-year defender, received the men’s award after a strong performance in a 2-0 win over Medicine Hat and a solid effort in a 3-1 loss to Lethbridge, despite suffering an injury.
Defender and captain Adi Moyer turned in a pair of solid performances for a very young RDC team in a 3-0 loss to Medicine Hat and a 2-2 tie with Lethbridge.