Vanier wins silver in team provincials
It wasn’t the finish he was hoping for, but battling the flu all weekend allowed Nathan Corrin to keep things in perspective.
Nathan Corrin hits a ball at the Deer Ridge golf course range Friday. Matthew Gourlie photograph.
“In a way (it was disappointing), but I was sick the whole time,” said Corrin. “It was really a battle the whole weekend.”
Corrin, a senior at Vanier Collegiate finished tied for fourth place at the SHSAA provincial grass golf championship over the weekend in Goodsoil.
He shot 77 after the first day and made a push with a 74 after the second day. He finished seven strokes behind winner Cory Sawchuk from Prince Albert Carlton, who shot 144 over the two days.
“I hit the ball well the first day. But on the second day, I had a really bad front nine,” said Corrin. “That pulled me out of it and then I went even on the back nine to save myself a bit.”
Corrin didn’t get much sleep as he tried to fight off an illness, but he did know that he could try and push things if he had a good second day.
“After the first day, I figured right around 70-71 would get me tied for first or in first place. To finish seven shots back and knowing that 70 would have gotten me tied for first was disappointing. I had it there and just didn’t finish,” he stated. “My short game wasn’t good. It seemed like every wedge shot I went to make, I missed it.”
Cory Selander also from Prince Albert Carlton finished second with a two-day total of 147. Carson Harcourt from Kipling finished in third place with a total of 150. Corrin finished tied with Riley Grona from Coronach.
“I knew going into the weekend that the five guys that finished in the top five would be the five guys battling it out,” said Corrin. “Being as tight as it ending up being was how I expected this weekend to be.”
The high point for Corrin was winning a silver medal in the team event. The Vanier team of Corrin, Colby Couzens, Kade Yaschuk and Zak Konopaki finished 38 strokes behind the Prince Albert Carlton team. Couzens shot 161 for 12th place. Yaschuk finished tied for 39th place with a total of 177 and Konopaki shot 178, finishing tied for 41st place.
Corrin went to Peacock Collegiate last year and that team finished with a bronze medal.
“Our goal for our team was second place. We wanted to go in there and bring home silver,” stated Corrin. “The other guys on my team, on the second day, played really well and helped out to get that second place.”
Despite finishing fourth, Corrin was able to stay in the right mind frame, although he did over-think his short game throughout the tournament. He did have his highlight of the weekend on the first day.
“I started off with a bogey on the back nine, but on the next hole, I hit it 175-180 (yards) and I hit it to about six or eight inches away,” he said. “After that, it helped jump start my back nine on the first day.”
As a senior, this tournament wraps up Corrin’s high school golf career. He said winning the city final last year was the highlight over the last four years.
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