By Greg Price
Alanna Makarchuk is off to golf provincials in Red Deer after winning her girls south zone championship in Vulcan earlier this month.
Makarchuk finished with a round of 81, beating her nearest competitor by 89, on a day that was tough to find her rhythm at first.
“I looked at the length yardage and it was pretty short, so I didn’t really prepare for it with extra rounds. I just went out and played,” said Makarchuk of the 5,200 yard course, where she usually plays courses around the 6,000 yard mark. “The round went pretty well. But I started off pretty slow with slow play. It took us about an hour to do the first two holes because the people in front of us were a bit slow. It sort of messed with the tempo of the game, but then things started to speed up and I got in a bit of a groove. I was hitting the ball really well off the tee. I don’t think I missed many fairways.”
Makarchuk added it took a while to find her putter, but her short game started to click more on the back nine.
“The greens were sort of tough to read. They didn’t have a very good practice green. It wasn’t big enough, so it was sort of clogged up for practice,” said Makarchuk.
Makarchuk now gets a bit of a break before provincials to keep her swing sharp, before heading off to Red Deer Sept. 23-24.
“I’ll try and get out on the course as much as I can. I’ve played at some courses in Red Deer, but not these specific ones (Alberta Springs Golf Resort and Innisfail Golf Club),” said Makarchuk, adding she is looking to do a practice round on the Sunday before provincials. “I’m just excited to be going to provincials.”