Riel siblings finish 1-2 at high school golf championships
By Fred Sherwin
Marlies and Kiersten Klekner-Alt from Louis Riel high school placed second
and first respectively in the NCSSAA high school golf championships at the
Camelot Golf and Country Club on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
like a little sibling rivalry to bring out the (athletic) best in a person.
Take the Klekner-Alt sisters from École secondaire Louis Riel, for instance.
Two weeks ago,
15-year-old Marlies bested her older sister Kiersten by three shots to earn
top female honours in the Mayor's Cup at the Pineview Golf Club.
It was the first
time that Marlies had beaten her 17-year-old sister, who was the defending
female champion in the annual high school tournament, in competition.
it had more to do with Kiersten having a bad day than it with my own game,"
said Marlies who finished in the more familiar position of runner-up in
the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association championship
at the Camelot Golf and Country Club on Monday.
Playing on her
home course, Kiersten scored an impressive 74 to beat her sister by 12 strokes
and claim the gold medal after finishing second in the tournament in both
2007 and 2008.
The Grade 12
student scored three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey to win her
third tournament at Camelot in less than a month. In September, she won
both the junior women's club championship and the senior women's title in
the span of two weeks.
It's been a heck
of a summer for Keltner-Alt, who is entertaining several scholarship offers
to play golf south of the border. She finished second at the Canadian Junior
Golf Association national champiomnship in Barrie and made the cut at the
RCGA Canadian Women's Amateur Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick where
she ended up tied for 66th, and she was one of the youngest member on Team
Canada at the Stephen Ames Cup.
so busy this season. It seems like I was in a tournament every other weekend,"
said Klekner-Alt. "Making the cut at the women's amateur championship
was definitely one of the highlights."
received a couple of offers from universities south of the border and she
plans to visit a school in Pennsylvania next month.
exciting," said Klekner-Alt.
graduate soon enough as far as her sister is concerned. With Kiersten off
playing golf south of the border, Marlies should be the odds on favourite
to win the city high school championship the next two years before the third
Klekner-Alt sister, Lilian, arrives on the scene.
starting, but she really enjoys it," said Marlies.
The two older
siblings will be playing in the OFSSA championships in Windosr next week,
where Kiersten is hoping to win a medal.
p.m., Oct. 6)
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