Gedak claims first collegiate championship

Chase Gedak has his first college golf title.

Estevan’s Chase Gedak is now a collegiate golf champion after picking up the win in Bismark, N.D. for Minot State University (MSU) this week.

Gedak transferred from the University of Arkansas – Monticello (UAM) to MSU prior to this school year and everything seems to be working better for the Golf Kenosee member. With a couple solid finishes already under his belt this fall season, Gedak was tied for 28th (73, 74, 147) at the Watkins Invitational in Lake City, Minn. on Sept. 25 and 26. The Beavers struggled as a team placing 14th of 15.

Fast forward to this week and Gedak is a champion. He won the Marauder Fall Invite at Hawktree Golf Course in Bismark on Tuesday. He shot 73 during the first round and 70 on day two to win his first collegiate title by two strokes. In turn he also vaulted his teammates to a second place finish.

Golf Saskatchewan chatted with Gedak a day after the win.

On the MSU women’s team is Chaplin’s Holly Knudsen. She tied for 32nd at the Watkins Invitational at 27-over par (84, 85), the team was fifth. At the Marauder Invite this week the Beavers claimed the team championship with Knudsen placing in a solid position of tied for ninth, again at 27-over par going 81, 90 At the Hawktree Golf Course.

Both Knudsen and Gedak will travel to Larchwood, Ind. for the USF Fall Invitational on Oct. 9 and 10 at The Falls Golf Course.

In Nashport, Oh. on Sept. 25 and 26 Robert Morris University (RMU) and Saskatoon’s Josh Nagy were in competition at the Virtues Golf Club for the Virtues Intercollegiate. Nagy was tied for 38th at 219 70, 72, 77), tied for the team lead. The Colonials tied for 13th out of 17 schools.

This week RMU was in Westlake, Oh. at Lakewood Country Club for the Tom Tontimonia Invitational. Nagy was the model of consistency shooting three straight rounds of 70 finishing in a for 21st overall. As a team the Colonials were 10th out of 15 squads.

Nagy and RMU will be in Lewisburg, Pa. for the Bucknell Fall Invitational from Oct. 8 to 10.

Estevan’s Jace Carlisle and his Post University teammates are absolutely rolling this fall season. The team has their first “three-peat” in program history after another win on Sept.25 and 26.

In Concord, N.H. where Eagles were victorious Carlisle competed as an individual. The TS&M Woodlawn staffer was tied for 19th at 10-over par, 220 (72, 73, 75). The team won by five shots.

This week on Oct. 2 and 3 the Eagles soared into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championships in Watertown, Conn. at the Watertown Golf Club. Carlisle played better golf and tied for 10th at 8-over par, 221 thanks to rounds of 72, 73, and 76. Post was second in the team championship just missing their fourth straight win by one stroke.

The team will host the Post Eagles Invitational on Oct. 9 and 10, also in Watertown.

In Hot Springs, Ark. this week the annual Battle for the Belt took place on Oct. 2 and 3 at the Hot Springs Country Club with a couple locals in the field. Prince Albert’s TJ Baker and the UAM Weevils were there. He carded rounds of 87, 83, and 78 to finish at 248. The Weevils were ninth in the team event. UAM is off until the D2 Super Regional Preview on Oct. 16 and 17 in Edmund, Okla. at Kicking Bird Golf Club.

Regina’s Will Blake was also in the field with the Southern Arkansas Muleriders. Blake shot 80 in round one, 78 on day two, and 75 on the final day to place in 46th spot.

Blake helped the Muleriders finish in second place overall. As for Blake and teammate Luke Cote of Regina, they are also slated to compete in Edmund at the Regional in mid-October.

Back on Sept. 24 and 25 Will Danielson of Saskatoon was in Tunica Resort, Miss. for the Rhodes Fall Invitational at Tunica National competing for Milsaps College. He posted back-to-back rounds of 76 before a 75 on day three leaving the Riverside Country Club member in 32nd for the 54-hole event. Milsap was 14th in the team category.

Next up for Danielson is the Alamo City Classic in San Antonia, Tex. At The Quarry Golf Club beginning Oct. 9.

On. Sept. 26 in Mason City, Iowa the Waldorf Warriors and Caden Loeppky were at the one-day NAICC Invitational. Loeppky led the team with a score of 76, the team was sixth overall.

During another 18-hole event on Sept. 29 in Lake Mills, Iowa at the Rice Lake Golf Course Loeppky and the Warriors took part in the Waldorf Invitational. He tied for seventh at 77. Waldorf had a pair of teams compete; the results are not posted.

On Sept. 30 the team took on Dickinson State in a Ryder Cup format event.

Their next tournament is the Culver Stockton Invitational on Oct. 15 and 16.

In Laurel, Mont. this week Battleford product Colby Friedrich wrapped up his fall season at the University of Providence with the Beartooth Invitational at the Laurel Country Club. He shot 78, 76, and 78 him a tie for 27th place at 14-over par. The team was 10th.

Indianna University of Pennsylvania (IUP) was in Bristol, Tenn. for the King Invitational on Sept. 25 and 26, with Saskatoon’s Alex Swinnerton and Calgary’s Guillermo Salazar in the field competing for the Crimson Hawks. Salazar, a former Waskesiu Golf Course junior tied for 15th at 2-over par thanks to rounds of 72 and 70. Long-time friend Swinnerton tied for 31st at 6-over par with rounds of 72 and 74.

IUP was fourth in the team standings, they will travel to Waterbury, Conn. and join Carlisle in the Post Invitational on Oct. 9 and 10.

Regina’s Hallie Crozier’s collegiate golf career is underway, and off to a great start for Ferris State. Competing in her first event, Gilda’s Club Invite in Allendale, Mich. the Royal Regina Golf Club member finished all alone in 12th on Sept. 23. Crozier shot back-to-back rounds of 78 in her first event.

The team was second, just five shots back of Grand Valley State.

A quick turnaround found the Bulldogs in Big Rapids, Mich. for the Lady Bulldog Fall Invite on Sept. 24 and 25. Crozier shot back-to-back rounds of 81 to finish tied for 29th, the team was third.

Finishing a busy couple week stretch Ferris hit the road to Findlay, Oh. for the Bing Beall Fall Invitational where they tied for sixth as a team. Crozier didn’t play as well landing in a tie for 67th at 36-over par (86, 84, 82), but safe to say her college career is off and running.

Next up is the Bill Crabtree Memorial in Owensboro, Ky. on Oct. 22 and 23.

Carter Bell of Saskatoon was in Chico, Cal. this week for the Chico State Wildcat Classic on Oct. 2 and 3 at Butte Creek Country Club. The Riverside Country Club player tied for 57th overall. Bell started shooting an 83 in round one but bounced back beautifully with a 72 in round two and 73 on the final day of the event. The Dominion University of California Penguins team was 11th of out 14 schools.

Next up for Bell and the team is the Otter Invitational in Seaside, Cal. at Bayonet Golf Course beginning Oct. 16.

Continuing his freshman season for Nicholls State University Chase Pochylko tied for 80th at the Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate in Jonesboro, Ark. Pochylko went 74, 76, 80 for a 54-hole total of 230. The team was 16th.

Next up is the LaTour Intercollegiate in Mathews, La. from Oct. 23 to 24.

Canada West Championships

North of the border there was plenty of Saskatchewan talent on display at the Canada West Championships in Abbotsford, B.C. at Ledgeview Golf Course on Oct. 2 and 3.

Saskatoon’s Max Regier led the locals with a fourth place finish after carding rounds of 72 and 71, edging the fifth-place golfer in regression. Regier and his UBC-Okanagan teammates claimed second place overall in the event and have booked a spot at the Canadian University Championship next May.

Myles Johnson of Martensville was in the field battling for the University of Victoria. Coming off his debut collegiate event where the Legends Golf Club staffer tied for 36th (12-over par) at the Western Washington University Fall Invitational, Johnson climbed to 17th at the Can West event. He opened with a 79 but cut that down nicely to 71 on day to finish at 10-over par, 150. The Vikes were fourth as a team.

Josh Guthrie of Prince Albert was 22nd at 11-over par, 151 while competing for the University of Alberta. The Cooke Municipal Golf Course member shot 74 and 77. The Golden Bears team was sixth.

Saskatoon golfers Jackson Wingert and Micah Tangjerd, along with North Battleford’s Carter Bell were competing for the University of Regina as that program makes its first appearance at the event.

Wingert was 30th at 17-over par (78, 79), Tangjerd was 42nd at 23-over par (80, 83) and Bell was 45th at 28-over par (82, 86).

As a team the Cougars were ninth.

On Oct. 9 a full slate of events will tee off as the fall season winds down.