RDC’s Morrison tied for ninth after first round of CCAA golf championships

QUEBEC CITY — Kyle Morrison led the RDC golf team during the opening day of the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association championships Wednesday. Morrison shot an even-par 72 on the Royal Quebec Golf Course to sit in a tie for ninth in the 54-hole event.

QUEBEC CITY — Kyle Morrison led the RDC golf team during the opening day of the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association championships Wednesday.

Morrison shot an even-par 72 on the Royal Quebec Golf Course to sit in a tie for ninth in the 54-hole event.

Colton Kalkanis of Georgian College of Barrie, Ont., and Alex Dumais of Humber College of Etobicoke, Ont., shared the overall lead at four-under 68.

Darren Windle is tied for 23rd with a 74 while Jeff Northcott came in at 75 to tie for 27th. Branton Tessier shot an 80 to tie for 58th with Brandon Ponich tied for 62nd at 81.

Fraser Valley of Abbotsford, B.C. and Humber College share the lead in the men’s team competition at five-under par. RDC is eighth at 13 over.

“Kyle started a bit slow and didn’t make a lot of putts, something he can improve on over the next couple of days,” said RDC coach Scott Bergdahl. “He’s definitely well within reach of making the top five, or even higher.”

Morrison was honoured during the opening banquet Wednesday, receiving his All-Canadian award. He is still in the running for CCAA player of the year. He earlier was named the ACAC player of the year.

Jamieson Smeaton led the RDC women with an 85 which left her in a tie for 13th while Kim Swain is tied for 16th at 86. Melissa Koster shot a 99.

“Both Jamieson and Kim had their best tournament scores of the season,” said Bergdahl.

Valerie Tanquay of the host Champlain St. Lawrence shot an outstanding five-under par 67 to hold a five-stroke lead. Fraser Valley is even in the team competition with St. Claire College of Windsor. Ont. at four over. RDC is tied for seventh at plus-13.

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