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Talented young southeast golfers qualify for provincials

Team South East is ready to compete at the provincial high school golf championships in Cochin.

KENOSEE LAKE - Wawota Parkland School hosted the 2022 Senior South East Cornerstone Public School Division golf championships at Golf Kenosee on Sept. 19.

Fifty-five students participated in the annual event, with 48 male golfers and seven female golfers. The tournament was an 18-hole event.

Results were as follows:

The top four finishers in the male and female categories all advance to provincials, which are being held at Jack Fish Lodge in Cochin Sept. 23 and 24. Golfers will be playing both as individuals and for Team South East in this 36-hole event.

Qualifying for the boys are Darien Herlick of Weyburn, who shot a 73, Porter Barnett of Carlyle (75), Kerr Cudmore of Wawota (76) and Conner Spencer of Estevan (80.

Girls who qualified were Jade Krainyk of Redvers (94), Faith Gerspacher of Rocanville (98) Tiana Delalleau of Carlyle (125) and Alianna Brown of Moosomin (143).

Krainyk attends Redvers School and has been golfing since she was five. Jeremy is her dad, coach and regular playing partner.

“I am really looking forward to provincials this weekend. Hopefully the southeast can take some medals home.”

When asked about her game, she said, “My driving and iron play are my strengths. But my putting needs to improve to get me to the next level.”

Cudmore is 15 years old and is in Grade 10.

“I’m really excited to be heading back to provincials this year. I have been working on my game a lot this season at Golf Kenosee. I would say my weakness is distance, but my strength is my short game. I have a lot of family like my dad, grandpa Kelly and cousin Theoren who help me out. I’m looking forward to playing well this weekend and hopefully bringing home another banner for my school.”

Fourteen-year-old Delalleau is in Grade Ten at Gordon F. Kells High School. This was her first year competing in senior girls and her first round of golf ever played at Golf Kenosee. She is excited to be part of the team representing the Cornerstone School Division at Jack Fish Lodge this weekend.

“A big thank-you goes out to my coach, Kevin Dyck, and to my grandma, Delores Cutler, for always being available to go for a round. I’m really looking forward to competing.”

Barnett, a 16-year-old, is in Grade 11 at Gordon F. Kells. During the summer he golfs at least five times a week, often with his father Jamie.

“The southeast has several strong golfers, and I was fortunate to have finished second. We have a strong team and should medal in Jack Fish Lodge.”

When asked about his game, Barnett replied, “My strength is my putting, my weakness is my driving accuracy. Working on everything, day after day. I truly love the game.”

Elly Van Winkoop, who works at Wawota Parkland and organized the district event at Golf Kenosee, congratulates all the golfers that are moving onto provincials. She mentioned that the Team South East boys are looking very strong this year and she is looking forward to seeing them play this weekend.