Vanier takes top spot at districts
Nathan Corrin hits a ball at the Deer Ridge golf course range Friday. Matthew Gourlie photograph.
It wasn’t the end result that Nathan Corrin was hoping for at districts.
Corrin, a senior at Vanier Collegiate, finished second overall at the Prairie South School Division Golf Districts in Assiniboia over the weekend.
“I played well on the front nine and then fell apart on the back nine,” stated Corrin. “It was especially (heartbreaking) because I had a three stroke lead after 10 holes.”
Riley Grona from Coronach won the senior boys title with a round of 75, two strokes ahead of Corrin. Vanier’s Colby Couzens finished third overall with a score of 80.
“We got out there and it was windy, which I figured it would really separate the field. I figured me and Riley would kind of battle it out,” explained Corrin.
Corrin had a two-stroke lead going into the final nine holes, but nerves got to him and miscues occurred and that allowed Grona to take over the leaderboard.
“I hit a really good tee shot that was close and just missed my eagle putt on 10. Then after that, the wind picked up and I hit a bad tee shot on 11 and then headed up with only a one shot lead,” he said. “I just couldn’t get it back after that.”
On the 12th hole, the troubles continued for Corrin as the wind picked up and he “took too much club and hit it over the back.” He made a bogey, which tied him and Grona.
“He got a one shot lead on me going onto 14. I hit my tee shot in the water and ended up making a double (bogey),” Corrin explained. “He had a three shot lead on me and I ended up getting it back to one shot because I hit a really good shot on the par-3 but then just missed some easy putts on the last couple holes.”
As the duo came up to the final holes, Corrin knew he had to take come chances if he wanted to either force a playoff or push for the lead.
“On the 17th tee, I knew I needed two shots so I tried going for it on that hole. I ended up leaving myself with a really bad chip shot and made bogey,” he said.
Both Grona and Corrin hit similar shots on the 18th hole. Grona didn’t hit an exceptional wedge shot and Corrin tied to push for it, but ended up just missing the flag and had a 10-foot putt for birdie.
“I knew then that I had no shot at getting into a playoff,” he said.
Despite a second place finish, Corrin had a goal of coming into districts and winning the title. This leaves a bit of a bitter taste in his mouth with how he played. He plans of changing that outcome this weekend at provincials in Goodsoil.
“I am happy that I made it to districts, but I feel like I didn’t play good enough,” he said. “I am hoping that coming out of provincials, I can come home with my first provincial win.”
He hasn’t played on that course, but has heard about it before, including a lot of trees, but it is not a long course.
“I think it is going to be a really good challenge and I think the kids that are good are going to separate themselves from those that aren’t as good,” he said. “In my head, I am thinking that I have to be in the top three. If I play the way I know I can, that will separate me from the other kids. I think I have a good chance this weekend at coming home with a win.”
The Vanier team consisted of Corrin, Couzens, Kade Yaschuk and Zak Konopaki.
“I was hoping that the team would make it, which they did,” said Corrin. “I thought that everyone on the team played quite well for the conditions that we had.”
The foursome will also be headed to provincials, with a goal of being a top team as well.
“For us to win, we have to go with the mindset that we are one of the top teams there,” said Corrin. “I think if we play well, we will have a good shot at it.”’
In the senior girls division, Sydney Elder from Coronach won the title. Shania Noll from Coronach came in second and Kelsey Zerr from Mankota came in third. Coronach also won the team title.
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