KALLI wins !!

September 16th, 2012

Kalli Gordon takes first place at the Hazelmere Golf Club this past weekend, with a 85 and 75 for a two day total of 160. She won the tournament by two strokes over UBC-O Alana Kent. Last weekend VIU's Morgan Deckschiemer won the men's, this weekend Kristian Hrabowych was VIU's to male golfer, only one shot back of the leader at 146.
VIU hosts the next tournament 29-30 at the Nanaimo Golf Club.

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Ben Ingram
Daily News

 

Kalli Gordon has not let an injury that kept her off the golf course for eight months get in the way of having a solid season with the Vancouver Island Mariners.

The 21-year-old was named Pacific Western Athletic Association player of the week for golf on Tuesday, following a tournament win at Hazelmere Golf Club in Surrey on the weekend that placed her atop league rankings with a two-stroke lead.

Back in December, when the Parksville-born golfer was involved in a head-on car crash that re-aggravated a back injury, the outlook didn't seem as bright. "I couldn't golf," she said, recounting the events where both drivers walked away. "We both should have been really severely injured and weren't . . . My car was written off."

She said the injury sidelined her at a time when she was playing her best golf. To appease those frustrations, Gordon continually reminded herself that the outcome could have been much worse.

Upon her mid-July return, she began to slowly shake off the rust. Every time she played, her game got a bit better.

So far this season Gordon said she had only shot over 80 three times - twice during tournament play.

She followed up a fourth-place finish during the first round at Hazelmere by cutting 10 strokes from her score on Sunday, enough to give her the win. She credited improvements in her short game for the victory.

League play will come to the Nanaimo Golf Club on Sept. 29 and Gordon says she'll have to practice hard to maintain her lead in the standings.

"Nanaimo has never been a friendly course to me in the past. I don't know what it is, we just don't have a nice relationship," she said. "I'm really happy I have two weeks to prepare for it."

In 2011, Gordon was a bronze medalist in PacWest play. The previous two years, she played for the University of Victoria's women's team and has been competing on amateur circuits since the age of 16.

In the men's league, VIU's Morgan Decksheimer is the name to beat.

The Kelowna-born golfer opened up league play by shooting a 69 on the first day of the Thompson Rivers University invitational on Sept. 8. So far, he said it was the highlight of his season.

"I hit 16 greens, had a look at birdie on almost every hole. It seemed like my ball striking had been pretty good," he said.

After three more rounds this year, including two at Hazelmere, Decksheimer finds himself with a two-stroke lead. There is a three-way tie for second place. Nanaimo's Kristian Hrabowych is seven strokes back in eighth place.

His teammate Kristian Hrabowych has also been strong, finishing second at the Hazelmere event, enough to place him eighth in league rankings.

As a team, the VIU mariners sit third in the cumulative rankings, 11 strokes over Camosun College.

The strong first half has the Mariners talking nationals.

"There's a really good vibe going on with the guys," he said. The league leader said it will be necessary to maintain that atmosphere going forward, if the group is to reach nationals this year. According to Decksheimer, that was a goal they missed by one stroke last year.

While he may have enjoyed a strong showing in the first half of the season, the 21-year-old VIU student said he still needed to work on his short game.

"Putting's confidence. Find some confidence, some belief, keep working on it," he said. "Our next tournament's in Nanaimo, I don't think anybody's looking past that."