Carlton Comprehensive High School might have been the hosts for the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association grass green golf championships on the weekend, but they were in no mood to be letting their guests leave with any of the silverware.
Carlton captured both the team title and boy’s championship with southern schools stopping the Prince Albert area from sweeping all of the events, which were played over two days at Cooke Municipal Golf Course.
Zach Hurd, a Grade 10 student at Carlton, shot rounds of 70 and 74 to claim the boy’s title by six strokes over Kyle Wiebe from Kindersley. Hurd’s impressive showing could have been even better if not for a two-stroke penalty when he hit the wrong ball on the seventh fairway during Saturday’s second round.
“It feels really good to win,” said Hurd. “I felt I was playing really solid coming into this.”
“When I woke up this morning, I told myself everyone was even par and that is how I played it today,” added Hurd, who held a four-shot advantage entering Saturday’s final round after a brilliant one-under par in cool conditions on Friday.
Hurd’s performance, along with teammates Cory Sawchuk, Cory Selander and Cole Hobson, also gave Carlton a sizeable advantage in the team competition as they beat Regina Leboldus by 39 shots. Sawchuk was tied for third in individual event with a 151 total while Selander was fourth, leaving no doubt as to who the top team would be.
“It was awesome to win,” said Hurd of the team championship. “To have two more years with the same guys, it should be awesome.”
In girl’s play, Brooke Hill from Leboldus overcame a one-shot deficit from the first round to beat Sturgeon Lake’s Salisha Felix by six shots. Jasmine Little from Carrot River was another three shots back with Coronach leading the team event in the girl’s division.
Carlton’s team of Katherine Parenteau, Michelle Kushneriuk and Courtney Wichinin was sixth in the girl’s field.
St. Mary High School was also entered in the competition with the boy’s team finishing fifth overall. DJ Sayese, Logan Fauchoux, Austin Olexsyn and Calvin Schneider formed that squad with St. Mary not having any female golfers entered in the competition.