HJ Cody School Grade 12 student Jaxon Lynn took first place at last week’s Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association provincial golf tournament in Calgary. Golfers from across the province met for the two-day tournament.
On Sept. 25, numerous Central Alberta high school golf teams competed at Alberta Springs Golf Course for the opportunity to qualify for the provincial tournament held at two different golf courses in Calgary, and hosted by Cochrane High School.
Lynn shot a 72 (even par) to win the individual title, while his teammates Brayden Bystrom, Aaron Pickering and Brody McDonald put in a strong effort, finishing in second place (team) behind Hunting Hills High School. This was a great accomplishment for the H.J. Cody golf team.
Brayden Bystrom also qualified for individual competition at provincials, which was his first real tournament experience. He finished with scores of 88 and 84. He had a great outing and was pleased with his efforts in both tournaments.
Despite the miserable weather, during both days of provincials, Lynn managed the conditions, courses and competition to secure the boys individual title, competing against 114 boys.
After day one, played at the Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club, Lynn found himself six strokes back, finishing with a score of 78. Disappointed, but undeterred, he knew he had to shoot a low score in the second and final round at the River Spirit Golf Course to have any chance of competing for the individual title.
In overcast, chilly and windy conditions, Lynn shot a 71 (one under par) to overtake the day-one leaders, who struggled with the blustery weather conditions. It was a grind, but his poise and course management saw him reel in the leaders as the round progressed.
Knowing he was in contention, he had to wait a while until all of the other players finished their round. He was pleased when it was revealed that he had finished first. It was the second provincial gold medal for HJ Cody High School — the first arriving in 1996.
Also, a special thanks to coach Brett Gardiner, teacher at HJ Cody, for chaperoning the boys on both days. Dealing with uncomfortable weather conditions, transporting the boys between the courses, events and their accommodations, as well as keeping parents updated over the two days, he went above and beyond the call of duty. He even received the ASAA Sportsmanship Award for coaches.
Bruce Thompson, another HJ Cody teacher, and a member of the coaching staff, was unable to attend this event, but supported the team at zones. He also needs to be thanked for his efforts.
All members of the golf team appreciate the effort and commitment of the teachers who supported them during their season.