First place for M.L. athlete
by Phil Ambroziak
It was a career first for Meadow Lake golfer Alex Bernier when she won gold at a recent tournament in Prince Albert.
Bernier, 17, was one of six girls to compete at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit/Prodigy Series July 30 and 31. The event was held at the Cooke Municipal Golf Course in Prince Albert and, on both days, Bernier shot 17 over par for a total of 178. This still put her ahead of second-place Keely Tallon of Nipawin, SK who scored 98 and 99 respectively for a total of 197.
“I’ve never been first before – the closest I’ve ever been is fourth place,” Bernier remarked. “It felt really good and really helped me become more confident with my game. I’m proud of what I did.”
Bernier has already competed in several tournaments this summer as part of the Maple Leaf tour. The next and final event will be Aug. 22 and 23 in Warman.
“I’m looking forward to that event,” she added. “I’m especially excited about seeing all the friends I’ve made this past year and to meeting new girls.”
Still a relative newcomer to the sport, Bernier golfed for the first time when she was in Grade 7. As an avid member of the Meadow Lake Golf Club, she said she now hits the greens at least three times per week during golf season. She’s also been on the receiving end of some expert help from local golf pro Tyler Brouilette.
“I’ve become more consistent thanks to Tyler’s help,” Bernier said. “He’s showed me how to draw and fade when I want to, something that’s been a huge help.”
Meanwhile, on the junior boys side of the event, Meadow Lake’s Diehl Normand scored a total of three over part to place second. The winner of that event was Drew Kocur of Regina whose two-day score was three under par.
Another big winner on the golf course last week was 11-year-old Teigan Wapass of Meadow Lake who placed first in the Peewee boys competition at the MJT Mini Tour. Wapass shot an 88 at the July 31 event.
Brouilette said many of the young players at the local club have really come a long way.
“The kids just keep getting better and better,” he said. “Hopefully they continue to improve their game.”