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Red Deer’s Eileen Park defends Alberta U19 title, sets course record

Park shot a course record 68 on Thursday
Red Deer’s Eileen Park defends Alberta U19 Girls Championship on Thursday at Turner Valley Golf Club. (Photo supplied by Alberta Golf)

Red Deer’s Eileen Park has added another win to her resume on Thursday defending her crown at the Alberta U19 Championship.

The 14-year-old climbed up the leaderboard on the tournaments final day shooting a Turner Valley Golf Club course record four under par 68 to win back to back Alberta U19 Girls Championships. Her historic round helped her finish at even par through the three-day event.

Park shot even par on day one followed by a four over par performance on Wednesday which placed her two strokes behind the leader. However, Park raised her game on Thursday and birdied four of the last five holes to come out on top over Medicine Hat’s Sarah Armstrong.

“It feels really good,” Park said in an interview with Alberta Golf.

“I was two shots back after the second round and then fired four under on the back nine which made me feel like I was going to win. I’m really proud of myself.”

Park explained the course record is her first in her young career.

Rocky Mountain House’s Saylar May was the next closest competitor from Central Alberta shooting 16 over par. Red Deer’s Raylee Denton also competed in the tournament finishing 38 over par.

On the boys side, Glencoe Golf Club’s Jaiden Koonar took home the Alberta U19 Championship at four under par.

Olds’ Brae Rogalczyk wasn’t too far behind at even par after a two under par round on day three, his best round of the tournament.

Red Deer’s Brady Durkin also shot his best round at even par to finish fove over par in the championship. Ethan Korbyl and Michael Song, both from Red Deer, finished 15 over par on Thursday.

Ian Gustafson

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