Jeux du Canada Games 2013
Consistency was the hallmark of Leighton Bearchell’s Canada Games.
Saturday, the Moose Jaw golfer shot a final round 75 to finish in 11th place in the field.
Bearchell’s 76-76-74-75 — 301 left him nine shots out of a medals, but only one shot back of eighth place.
“I was hitting it pretty well. I was hitting it to places where I could score. I didn’t make many big mistakes. I played four rounds out there without making a double-bogey. That’s a pretty good stat,” said Bearchell who said he thought he had the potential to score a low round, but that it never quite came together.
After a busy summer of golf, Bearchell tried to enjoy the last major event of his summer before he heads to Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas to begin his college career.
“For this tournament I tried to have more fun than anything,” said Bearchell. “I think what I learned from nationals is that I tried maybe a little too hard and forced too many shots. For this event, I just tried have fun out there.”
While being at a multi-sport games is a pretty rare occurrence for most athletes, it’s particularly rare for golfers to get to take part in an event like the Canada Games.
“It was fun staying with the guys in the dorms and taking part in all of the activities. You got to meet a lot of people from across the country,” said Bearchell who roomed with Liam Courtney and Garrett Blair and said they spent a lot of time with their counterparts from Manitoba.
“It was a lot of fun. It was a really good experience.”
One of the highlights of that experience was Saturday’s closing ceremonies.
“It was a great atmosphere,” said Bearchell. “They had fireworks and live bands. Having all of the athletes there in one place was a really cool experience.”
B.C.’s Kevin Kwon shot a tournament low 67 in the final round to cruise to a 13-stroke victory. Quebec’s Étienne Papineau and Alberta’s Matt Williams both also won a medal.
In the team competition, Saskatchewan shot a final round 150 to finish ninth. They were six shots out of sixth in a tightly bunched pack. B.C. finished first, followed by Ontario and Quebec.
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It’s amazing what a difference a few days can make.
Four days after beating Nova Scotia by 23 points in group play, the tables were turned Saturday in the women’s basketball fifth place game.
Nova Scotia beat Saskatchewan 63-45 and Team Sask finishes the tournament with a 4-2 record.
Saskatchewan got off to a horrible start and trailed 22-7 after a quarter. It never got much closer as Nova Scotia took a 20-point lead into the half time break and cruised from there.
Saskatchewan shot 23 per cent from the field and gave up 23 second-chance points to Nova Scotia.
Moose Jaw’s Libby Epoch had a tough shooting day like most of her teammates. She hit a three-point shot and finished with three points, a tournament low for her, though she also played her fewest minutes in the tournament. She grabbed a pair of rebounds and had two steals to go along with an assist in the loss.
B.C., the only other team to beat Saskatchewan, lost the final 61-41 to Ontario. Manitoba, the team Saskatchewan beat to open the tournament, won the bronze medal with a 62-54 win over Alberta.
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Saskatchewan finished the Games in sixth place in the medal standings after earning 51 medals — eight gold, 18 silver and 25 bronze.
Saskatoon’s Mykel Kowaluk carried the provincial flag in the closing ceremonies after he won two gold, two silver and a bronze medal in the kayak competition.