Local players well back at OFSAA golf
by Randy Pascal
The lofty expectations of the local golf crew simply did not materialize into the results they were looking for as the 2017 OFSAA Boys Golf
Championship wrapped up Thursday at the Kingsville Golf & Country Club.
After capturing the Ontario Junior crown earlier this summer, Tristan Renaud of Lockerby was good but not great in Kingsville, leading the local
contingent with rounds of 77 and 73, good for a tie for 15th.
Teammate Emmett Taillefer was four shots back (tied for 32nd), while Justin Karcz of Collège Notre-Dame (159 - 50th), Oliver Taillefer
of Lo-Ellen (169 - 81st), and the Lockerby tandem of Julian Simeoni (185 - 111th) and Ryder Johnston (196 - 117th) followed suit.
Ethan Cardwell of Courtice took top spot with a five under par total of 140 (73/67), followed closely by Matthew Anderson of Mentor College
(141 - 72/69) and Peyton Callens of Holy Trinity (142 - 70/72).
The local girls did not fare any better in North Bay, as Hannah Nykilchyk of Lockerby was the top SDSSAA golfer (207 - 64th), followed by
Brianna Whitson of Lasalle (229) and Jamie Hein from Horizon (259).
There was some recent consolation for Renaud, however. Late last month, the 2017 Idylwylde Invitational champion teamed with Taylor Beckstead
(Alliston), Freddy D'Angelo (Fonthill), Marcus Khaw (Burlington) and Jasmine Ly (Windsor) in taking first place at the MJT
International Team Challenge at Niagara on the Lake.
The 90-player invitation-only junior event has a college-golf type format, hosting elite players in 15 teams from across Canada and the United States,
including teams from the Golf Association of Ontario, New York PGA, and top Academies (Golf Performance Coaches, Glen Abbey and the Maple Leaf Junior Golf
Tour) representing Western Canada, Eastern Canada and Ontario.
On an individual basis, Renaud posted a three day score of 222 (74,77,71), good for a tie in sixth place with Khaw. Beckstead took top spot, finishing at
211 and winning on a playoff hole against Johnny Travale from Hamilton.