Flegel wins SAGE scholarship

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Solid first collegiate year at Camosun College

Mike Flegel has as much talent on the links as he does in the classroom.

Mike Flegel tees off at the 18th hole at the Hillcrest Golf Course during the opening round of the Golf Saskatchewan Junior Men's Provincials last summer. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The Moose Jaw product wrapped up a solid first year at Camosun College in Victoria, B.C.  

“I had a really good year,” said Flegel. “We came second in our PAC West division as a team. We also came third at college nationals, so that was good as well. I was part of both of those teams. I did all right. I like I came around 20th at nationals, so it was good … a lot of fun.”

Not only did Flegel have a decent collegiate year on the course, he was a recipient of a Saskatchewan Academic and Golf Excellence (SAGE) scholarship from Golf Saskatchewan.

He won the Leddy-Heywood Scholarship valued at $1,000. Last year, he won the Fletcher-Reid Scholarship.

“I had to submit an application,” he stated. “It was over an 80 average in high school and over 70 average in college/university.

“I put in my results. It was probably a combination of my play throughout the province and out in Victoria.”

Although it is not a lot of money, Flegel is happy to get any sort of monetary assistance while playing the game he loves.

“It is nice. Every bit of cash helps,” he said. “I am playing in lots of events throughout the summer, so it is really nice to have that.”

Flegel said he would use the money to help pay for his membership fees as well as for tournaments this summer, including the Canadian University/College Championship in Winnipeg and provincials.

“I just love playing the game of golf and any cash that I can get helps me do more of it,” Flegel said.

Flegel studied golf course management at Camosun and has one more year of that program. He is undecided what he will take or do after that.

He did enjoy the experience in Victoria though, as it allowed him to grow on and off the course.

“Just being out on my own and playing on the team, it was a totally different too. It was nice playing on different courses. It was a really good learning experience and I was really happy with how it went.”

Flegel is back in Moose Jaw for the summer and is back practising at the Hillcrest Golf Club.

“I feel really good about my skills that I possess and I have been working on my short game since I have been home. I have been putting together some really good rounds,” he said. “I am not worried about my skill level, but I am more focused on being a stronger mental game player. I am working on taking a shot and then accepting where it is going to land.”

There were 10 scholarships available and three were not awarded this year.  

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