Red Deer’s Cole Bergheim won the rain-shortened 98th Central Alberta Amateur Championship at Red Deer Golf and Country Club. (Photo courtesy of RDGCC)

Bergheim wins 98th annual Central Alberta Amateur

Cole Bergheim was up against some tough competition this weekend, but the 16-year-old was not rattled by the moment.

Bergheim held steady on his way to a win in the 98th annual Central Alberta Amateur at Red Deer Golf and Country Club, including navigating some nasty weather in the final round.

The three-day tournament was eventually called after persistent rain, wind and lightning Monday afternoon, helping crown Bergheim the champion with a two-round total of 142, two strokes better than Kyle Morrison and three up on 2018 winner Mike McAdam.

The youngster fired a two-under 70 in the opening round, then was steady again in round two with an even-par 72. He had seven pars to start his round Monday before the championship flight was called due to weather.

“I was playing alright going into the tournament, then I had that two-under first round, felt pretty good about that. I didn’t play too bad the second day, even par, pretty good,” said Bergheim, who was one-stroke back of McAdam after round one.

“I’m usually around even, so it’s pretty good to be under par, (it was) a good start to the tournament for sure.”

On top of his picture getting posted in the clubhouse at RDGCC, Bergheim said it was great to have his family out to watch, which hasn’t been the case this season on the Alberta Golf circuit because of COVID-19 restrictions.

He also topped a few competitors who he’s been battling with since he was a junior, including Carter Graf, Chandler McDowell, Logan Graf and Alex Gerrard. Graf and McDowell ended up tied for fourth in the championship flight with a two-day total of 145.

“Feels pretty good to beat my buddies, Carter (Graf), Chandler (McDowell), Alex (Gerrard) and Logan (Graf), we’re all pretty tight all the time. Players like Kyle Morrison and Mike McAdam, all good players, feels good to beat them,” said Bergheim, who already has a couple of top 10 finishes on the Alberta Golf Championship season.

In the rain-shortened event for the first flight, Ron Harder captured the title with a two-round total of 154, one stroke ahead of Justin Feser.

Logan Sceviour was third with a 161. James Varnam earned the win in the senior championship flight with a two-round score of 141, six shots ahead of Senan Foley. RDGCC member Ken Griffith was third with a 148.

The second flight was won by Steve bar with a three-round total of 237, just one shot clear of Dale Bingham and two ahead of Braydon Popadynec.

John Young earned the victory in the third flight with a three-round score of 236, Mike Kooman was second at 238 and John Miller captured third with 242.

Mike Ross earned the win in the fourth flight with a 247 over three days and Paul Evans won the fifth flight with a 268 in three rounds.

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