OCAA Golf Championships begin
Ontario college golf teams hit the links Monday at Roseland Golf and Curling Club in Windsor
Published on Monday, Oct. 01, 2012 03:35PM EDT
With the changing of the season, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) is entering its championship mode, beginning with the 2012 OCAA Golf Championships, hosted by St. Clair College.
The scheduled 54-hole tournament runs Monday through Wednesday at the Roseland Golf & Curling Club in Windsor, Ont. The Donald Ross designed championship golf course was established in 1926 and played host to the Canadian Tour's Jamieson WFCU Charity Classic last month.
Among the storylines of this tournament is whether anyone can dethrone six-time defending OCAA men's team champion Humber. Although it is without two-time defending men's individual champion Mark Hoffman and national champion Adrian Cord following their graduation, Humber has had a strong showing on the OCAA circuit with wins at the Fanshawe and Niagara tournaments. Individually, Humber's Mark Nagy and Connor Hache placed 1-2 at the Fanshawe tournament.
One golfer who has put the OCAA on notice is Seneca's Mitchel Kennedy, winning both the Fleming and Niagara tournaments. His round of 68 at Niagara was the top score of the four lead-up tournaments heading into next week's championship. Georgian's Colton Kalkanis won the final tune-up at Durham with an even 70.
Humber's Alex Dumais and Brennan Smith of St. Lawrence-Kingston, both 2011 OCAA bronze medalists, will also be at Roseland looking to add to their collection.
While a new men's individual champion will be crowned at mid-week, the same may not be said for the women. Durham's Tiffany Albath is seeking to become just the third back-to-back women's champion, and the first since Georgian's Katie Ferguson in 2001-02. Albath won both the Niagara and Durham tournaments, including a 78 on her home course for the low score of the four lead-up competitions. Durham is also the two-time defending OCAA champions.
One golfer looking to knock Albath off the OCAA's top perch is Georgian's Avery White, champion of the Fleming tournament. An experienced St. Clair women's team of Ashley Unrau, Heather MacKenzie and Jordan Schatz are hoping their home course is to their advantage. All three participated at last year's OCAA championship.
Golfers will represent 15 Ontario college campuses, including Boréal, Centennial, Confederation, Durham, Fanshawe, Fleming, Georgian, Humber, Mohawk, Niagara, St. Clair, St. Lawrence (Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston), and Seneca.
The tournament consists of three 18-hole rounds, weather permitting. The male and female player posting the lowest gross score through 54 holes will earn their respective individual championship.
Men's teams consist of four or five golfers, with the top four individual scores of each round contributing to the total team score. Women's teams consist of two or three golfers, with the top two individual scores of each round contributing to their total score. Schools with the lowest aggregate of gross scores after 54 holes win the respective team titles.