Jefferson Hagen, MacEwan Athletics
EDMONTON – There were 36 men's players in action in the final round of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference North Regional on Sunday afternoon at Red Tail Landing.
But the title race was essentially match play between just two.
First round leader Michael Harrison held a one-shot advantage over MacEwan's Justin Berget for most of the round – even stretching it to two at one point. But when the two-time defending ACAC champion made bogey on 15, the duo walked up the 18th fairway all square.
That's when Berget came up clutch.
"My ball was in the fescue on the right side of 18 and I had 135 (yards in)," he said. "It was sitting up nice, though, so I got a club on it and put it to about 12 feet. Michael got down in two from 25 feet and made par, and I rolled in the birdie on 18 for the win."
The bird gave Berget a round of 69 to go with the 70 he shot and Saturday and finish minus-5 to nip Harrison (69-71) by a shot.
Nicolas Pittman of Concordia had the low round of the tournament on Sunday – a 3-under 68 – to finish third at 1-under, while SAIT's Dakota Smith (74-70), UAA's Brady Johnson (70-76) and SAIT's Mathieu Chapdelaine (75-71) rounded out the other top results.
While the win is only a regional event and not the coveted ACAC Championship gold medal, for Berget to pull it off still means a lot.
"It just proves that I can," the Stony Plain GC product said. "I was always close, I felt my game was close, but I was never able to close. It felt good to get it done finally."
Concordia's Kennedy Turcotte cruised to a dominant 13-shot win in the women's category with rounds of 74 and 76. SAIT's Carey McLean (83-80), Concordia's Kassidy Turcotte (87-82), and Medicine Hat teammates Nicole Schultz (83-88) and Sierra Zukowski (91-85) rounded out the top five.
SAIT won the men's team title (588), ahead of UAA (595) and Medicine Hat (599), while Concordia claimed the women's team crown (319), ahead of Medicine Hat (347) and SAIT (347).
SAIT (455) captured the mixed team title, while Concordia (469) and UAA (473) rounded out the top three.