Red Deer’s Eileen Park, 11, won the Alberta U13 Championship at Alberta Springs Golf Resort with a masterful five-over-par two-day total. (Twitter Photo)

Red Deer’s Eileen Park runs away with win at Alberta U13 Championship

Cole Bergheim wins U17 boys title

Red Deer’s Eileen Park was scorching hot this week at the Alberta U13 Championship.

In the 36 hole-tournament at Alberta Springs Golf Resort, Park, 11, was five-over-par, winning by 19 strokes over fellow Red Deerian Serin Girard.

Park fired a four-over-par 76 in the opening round Tuesday and followed it with a one-over 73 Wednesday in the final round. She had three birdies on the front nine, and just one bogey on the back to finish the round.

“It feels really good that I won my second tournament for Alberta Golf. I can’t believe that I won,” Park told Alberta Golf after her round.

Park, who also won a McLennan Ross Alberta Junior event earlier this summer said that playing at Alberta Springs, a course she’s very familiar with, helped her earn the win.

“I know where to hit it, I know the slopes are and where not to hit because of the bunkers,” she said.

It was a much different story in the U17 Boys group, as Red Deer’s Cole Bergheim needed a win on the second playoff to earn the title.

Bergheim carded a tidy three-under-par, which left him tied with Ethan Howes after 36 holes. The Red Deer product finished at three-under overall after starting the event with an even-par 72.

“It feels pretty good, I’ve had a pretty good year. To get the three under 69 feels pretty good,” he said.

Bergheim said after the round it was nice just to be back out competing this summer, noting that most of his golf friends were playing in the event at Alberta Springs.

It feels great. I know a lot of people here, grew up playing with them for the last five years. It feels good to beat them,” said Bergheim.

In the U13 Boys age group, Brae Rogalczyk of Innisfail finished tied for third at five-over-par. He shot a 78 in the opening round and was one-under Wednesday.

Jayla Kucy of Camrose snagged a victory in the U15 Girls age group with a two-day score of four-over-par.

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