The Hunting Hills Lightning boys golf team were just a few shots from glory.
It was a tough pill to swallow for the group that lead after round one, only to finish second in the province among 3A/4A entries at the Alberta Schools Athletic Association Golf Provincial Championships.
In the end, it was Monsignor McCoy boys out of Medicine Hat who took home the trophy, finishing with a two-day total of 453, five shots better than the Lightning. That was despite Hunting Hills dropping 10 strokes off their score at Alberta Spring Golf Resort Tuesday, in cold and windy conditions, which made scoring tough to come by.
McCoy, the defending champions shaved 19 strokes off their round one score to capture the title.
“I’m proud of us, I didn’t think we could have played better than yesterday, but we did. It was a lot better than last year, we all played better,” said Cole Bergheim, who also represented Hunting Hills at provincials last fall.
The Lightning were led by Bergheim, who individually captured silver and ended up three strokes back of Hunter Thompson of West Island College, who won with a two-day total of 144. Bergheim shot 73 in the final round and edged teammate Alex Gerrard, who had a 148 and tied for bronze.
“I had a really rough start, was four-over through 13, wasn’t going very good. I brought it together at the very end to get second, so that felt good,” said Bergheim.
Dyson Zukiwsky and Kai Richer were the other two members of the Lightning group.
H.J. Cody’s Logan Graf was fifth with a 150, including a final round 73.
The Notre Dame Cougars senior girls also captured silver as a team in the final round at Innisfail Golf Club. The host school fired a 280 on day-two, and overall shot a 552, which was 43 strokes behind Strathcona who captured the overall 3A/4A title.
Tanika Samuels individually tied for 11th with a two-day score of 187, while Megan McCullough was 13th at 193. Natalya Watson was 20th with a 201 and St. Joseph Falcons Brooklyn Weins shot 203 for 21st place. Julija Watson rounded out the Notre Dame silver medal-winning group.
Individually, Jenna Bruggeman of Strathcona ran away with the title, shooting a two-day score of 139, including a 72 in the final round. She was 20 strokes better than MacKenzie Baustad, of Centennial who finished second.
Our Lady of Mount Pleasant out of Camrose won the 1A/2A title on the boys side with a total of 490. Devin Kuzy, Rory Wutzke, Kobe Charchun and Ashton Thomas were the winners from Camrose. They finished 11 strokes better than West Island College. Magrath was third. On the girls side, West Island College picked up the team gold medal with a two-day score of 602.