Cowan rolls to golf title

Despite fashioning a pair of impressive rounds en route to winning the Alberta high school boys’ golf championship, Evan Cowan couldn’t recall a single shot that stood out above the rest.

Nathan Mah from Hunting Hills putts on Tuesday at Alberta Springs during the final round of provincials.

Despite fashioning a pair of impressive rounds en route to winning the Alberta high school boys’ golf championship, Evan Cowan couldn’t recall a single shot that stood out above the rest.

“I just kept it down the middle and when I got myself into trouble I was able to get (the ball) back on the fairway,” the Grade 12 student at Lethbridge Catholic Central said on Tuesday, after shooting a 71 at Alberta Springs.

Cowan fired a 75 in exceptionally windy conditions on Monday at Lacombe and finished with a 246 total, three shots better than defending champion Cole Chelle of Edmonton Harry Ainlay.

“I just kept my head in the game and played well both days,” said Cowan. “I’ve been in the top four in the past, but this is my first medal. The win feels good.”

Chelle rebounded from an opening-round 83 to fire the low round of the day — a 66 ­­— at Alberta Springs. Chelle finished at 249, while Nolan West of Rocky Mountain House St. Dominic (79-72) and Dillon Batsel of Medicine Hat High (78-73) each won a bronze medal with a 251 total.

“I think I played solid both days,” said West, the low Central Albertan. “I didn’t have any expectations at all coming into the championship. I know it’s a cliché, but I just wanted to take it one shot at a time, be consistent and put together some good scores.”

West experienced success on both the McLennan Ross Sun and Maple Leaf junior tours this summer and carried his hot hand over into the high school zone playdowns and then the provincials.

“I’ve never placed in the provincials in the past and last year I didn’t break 90 in zones. But I won zones this year and to be able to come here and place third was the icing on the cake for the year,” said West. “I’ve been playing with more consistency this year, I’ve been working on a lot of things with my coach. It’s been a good season.”

Zak Griffiths of provincial championship host Notre Dame turned in a 73 on Tuesday and coupled with his first-round score of 80, tied for fifth — along with James Ursulak of Ponoka (78-75) and Jeremy Vold of Okotoks Holy Trinity (80-73) ­— with a 153 total.

Holy Trinity captured the 3A/4A team title with a 438 total, 16 strokes better than runner-up Catholic Central. Ponoka was third at 460 and Notre Dame finished fifth with a 467 total.

West Island College of Calgary finished first in the 1A/2A team standings with a 36-hole count of 465. Didsbury and Spirit River were second and third with respective 474 and 475 totals, and Trochu Valley was 10th at 530.

Other Central Alberta individual results:

Carson Kallis, Notre Dame (80-82—162); Austin Jacobsen, Ponoka (87-76—163); Joel Johnson, Hobbema Ermineskin (82-82—164); Junho Kim, Hunting Hills (85-79—164); Mikeal Skaley, Ponoka (80-84­—164); Jesse Teron, Hunting Hills (86-81—167); Tucker Dougherty, Ponoka (86-86—172); Dylan Goranson, Notre Dame (91-86—177); Cameron Ehnes, Notre Dame (98-86—184); Nathan Mah, Hunting Hills (98-86—184); Paul Numrich, Hunting Hills (94-91—185); Mike Winther, Trochu Valley (101-84—185).

Just Posted

Innisfail Eagles win Senior AAA provincial semifinal, earn final spot in Allan Cup

For the first time in their 71-year history, the Innisfail Eagles will… Continue reading

Long-awaited video service expected from Apple on Monday

Apple is expected to announce Monday that it’s launching a video service… Continue reading

Trudeau delivers campaign-style speech while introducing candidate Taggart

VANCOUVER — Justin Trudeau delivered a feisty, campaign-style speech in Vancouver-Kingsway Sunday… Continue reading

15 Canadians on cruise ship that was stranded off Norway; one injured

STAVANGER, Norway — Norwegian officials are investigating why a cruise ship carrying… Continue reading

Protect your pets from ticks, says Sylvan Lake vet

The number of ticks in Alberta has increased, and has put people and pets in danger of Lyme disease

Pricey Titanic wreck tours hope to bring new life to a century-old story

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Adventure tourists with money in the bank have… Continue reading

France investigates after older protester is injured in Nice

NICE, France — French authorities are investigating the case of an older… Continue reading

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s… Continue reading

New report details impact of proposed NS spaceport in event of explosion or fire

HALIFAX — The head of a company proposing to open Canada’s only… Continue reading

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges gets creditor protection in $15B Quebec lawsuit

MONTREAL — Rothmans, Benson & Hedges has become the third tobacco company… Continue reading

Monster Energy drink recalled due to possible glass fragments

OTTAWA — Monster Energy Canada Ltd. is recalling one of its drinks… Continue reading

Global ocean group to study possible toxic splashdowns of space debris

A global agency that sets rules for the seas is studying the… Continue reading

Online real estate auctions try to shake up sales with novel approach

An online auction for a luxury home in Abbotsford, B.C., is drawing… Continue reading

Most Read