It was a day that as the sun set things took a very interesting turn.
Friday at the Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club began with a lot of excitement in the air; the players knew that the forecasted weather would provide a true test for the best collegiate players in Canada. High winds, cold temperatures and heavy rain gave the participants everything they could handle during the championships final day.
As the day progressed things got very exciting.
Josiah Dixon of the Niagara College Knights, Conner Watt of the Humber College Hawks and Marc-Olivier Plasse of the Cégep André-Laurendeau Boomerang battled all day in the tournaments final group. After birdies on sixteen and seventeen Watt would take a one-stroke lead heading to the events final hole.
Fast forward to the green where Dixon would tap in for a triple-bogey, Plasse for par and Watt for a bogey six. Watt would claim the individual crown by three-shots. Or so we thought.
During the events closing ceremonies it was brought forward by the rules officials that Watt had signed for a six on his scorecard instead of the actual seven. He was then disqualified and the green was cleared for the players tied for second place at 5-under par; Marc-Olivier Plasse and Josiah Dixon.
In extreme darkness and after matching par’s on the first two playoff holes Plasse would fail to convert on a four-foot par attempt giving Dixon the championship.
Matt Lemay from the Georgian College Grizzlies would claim the individual bronze at +1 while Nick Earle (UNB Varsity Reds), Marc-Antoine Hotte (Cégep André-Laurendeau Boomerang) and Antoine Roy (Cégep Champlain St. Lawrence) would tie for fourth at +2.
In team play the women’s golfers from the Georgian College Grizzlies and the men from the Niagara College Knights survived the elements on their way to become the PING CCAA National Golf Champions.
The women from the Georgian College Grizzlies led wire-to-wire, clinching the championship on Friday by posting a team score of 161. They defeated the Humber College Hawks by 14 strokes.
Members of the Grizzlies are Addison Wallwin (+14, 1st), Emilie Tyndall (+21, T5th) and Sady Beelik (+37, T11th).
Cégep Champlain St. Lawrence Lions (+53), University of the Fraser Valley Cascades (+55) and the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (+59) rounded out the top five in the championship.
Individually Wallwin of the Georgian College Grizzlies won the women’s title by three strokes over Noémie Oullette of the Cégep Champlain St. Lawrence Lions after a final round 78.
Other notable finishers were Becky Martin (Medicine Hat, +18), Lorelle Weavers (Niagara College, +19), Tyndall (Georgian College, +21) and Sheila McKeen (Humber College, +21) rounding out the top five.
For the host-team from Holland College Karleigh McEwen led the way by finishing tied for 14th; she was joined by teammates Daria Leidenius finishing in 23rd and Jaylene Holmes-Tang ending the tournament in 26th. As a group the Hurricanes finished in seventh place overall.
The men’s championship was claimed by the Niagara College Knights who stormed to the top of the leaderboard by posting a final round team score of 297. They claimed the championship by one shot over the second place team from Cégep André-Laurendeau Boomerang.
The Knights were made up of individual champion Josiah Dixon (-5), Evan Littlefield (+7, T15), Ben Kenel (+12, T29), Brett Shewchuk (+12, T29) and Logan Lammerant (+22, T53).
Rounding out the top five in the team competition was the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds (+26), Cégep Champlain St. Lawrence Lions (+27) and the Humber College Hawks (+27).
The host men’s Hurricanes finished in a tie for seventh place after posting a score of 304 on Friday; they were represented by Tyson Gavin (T10), Connor Shea (T20), Bradley Jenkins (41st), Peter Frenette (T42) and Spencer Compton (T53).
The event featured several firsts for the championship. This was the first time that the results from the PING CCAA National Golf Championships were counted towards the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
This was also the first time that this Championship was broadcasted live which was a major success thanks to the hard work from all involved including TV1 presented by Bell Aliant and Universum Media.