By Brad Bellegarde

(Whitebear First Nation, SK) – It all came down to the final putt at this year’s First Nation Summer Games two-day tournament at Whitebear Lake Golf Course. Onion Lake Cree Nation’s (OLTC) Ethan McDonald and Kenley Lewis clinched the gold for the U17 (junior)/U19 (juvenile) men’s categories.

After tallying up the final scores, OLTC finished just two points ahead of Beardy’s & Okemasis/Cowessess (BOC) with a two-day total of 120.

Brian Lee, executive director of Golf Saskatchewan, said that this year’s field of golfers were quite diverse in terms of experience but the tournament was a huge success, “We have some very good players who’ve honed their skills and we have some people [where] this might be their first year of golf,” he said.

The tournament was a modified scramble that featured one junior and one juvenile on a team and the scoring system used is known as the stableford format, “If you get a double bogey you get 1 point, bogey equals 2 points, par equals 3 points, birdie equals 5 points, eagle equals 8 points and if you happen to get a hole-in-one, you get 10 points,” said Lee.

The File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQ) junior and juvenile women’s team also clinched gold at yesterday’s final round. Seventeen-year-old Brittany Poitras and her sister, 14-year-old Shay Poitras, ran away with the lead finishing off 11 points ahead of Yorkton Tribal Council’s (YTC) Christie Whitehawk and Meagan Sangwais.

Brittany is no stranger to the summer games, having competed in 2011 and 2013, but this year’s heat did play a factor, “We could have did better but under the hot circumstances, we did good,” she said. “We were both tired out and we just wanted to get done so we wouldn’t be in the heat anymore,” she added.

Both Poitras and her sister agreed that the heat played a factor however when it came down to the competition, Shay Poitras said jokingly, “Ahhh they weren’t that tough,” with a laugh.

All golf scores can be found here.

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