Ponoka twin golfers Daria and Shaye Leidenius both won gold in their individual college athletics association recently and will be facing off against each other at the 2017 PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf National Championships from Oct. 17 to 20 at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby, Ont. Here Daria (left) poses with her medal representing Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI and on the right Shaye is pictured representing the Red Deer College Queens. Submitted photos

Ponoka twin golfers to face off at CCAA golf nationals

Daria and Shaye Leidenius both won gold in their respective athletic associations

Despite studying at two different Canadian colleges, Ponoka twin golfers Daria and Shaye Leidenius will play on the same course at nationals.

Shaye won gold at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) women’s golf and was the top female golfer with the organization. She represented the Red Deer College Queens, which won bronze overall as a team.

Shaye played well at the championships recently at the Red Tail Landing Golf Club finishing the weekend with 166 strokes. This was nine strokes better than 2nd place Kassidy Turcotte (175) of Concordia University of Edmonton, explains a press release from Red Deer College.

And Daria too won gold, but with the Atlantic College Athletic Association (ACAA). She represents the Holland College Hurricanes out of Charlottetown, PEI. Daria won the women’s individual ACAA Championship by 14-strokes over Darcy Fuller of the UNB Varsity Reds.

She battled extremely difficult scoring conditions with rounds of 88 and 89 to pick up her third win of the season and first conference championship of her career, states a Hurricanes press release.

“It was a pleasure to compete in the ACAA Championships again,” said Daria. “Crowbush was in great condition and a pleasure to play despite the tough conditions. This weekend was yet another great learning experience and I’m looking forward to competing at nationals in Oshawa.”

Shaye and Daria will play against each other at the 2017 PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf National Championships from Oct. 17 to 20 at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby, Ont.

It was also announced that the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) announced Shaye as a 2017 CCAA Women’s Golf All-Canadian on Oct. 16.