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Tuesday, May. 21, 2019
Nykilchyk and Hayes repeat in Lively
by Randy Pascal

There was a very familiar look to the 2018 SDSSAA Golf Championships.

On a cool day, with the rain thankfully holding off until the very end at the Lively Golf & Country Club, both Hannah Nykilchyk (Lockerby Composite) and Josh Hayes (Lo-Ellen Park Secondary) repeated as city champions.

Nykilchyk cruised to an easy win with her score of 90, finishing one stroke per hole better than second place finisher Jamie Hein of Ecole secondaire Catholique l'Horizon.

The battle with the boys was a much tighter affair, though in the end, Hayes would pull away, posting a six stroke victory over the Lockerby tandem of Emmett Taillefer and Alex Runciman.

"I was playing with Emmett," noted Hayes. "At one point, I was four under and he was three under, so we were going at it pretty tight. He fell off a little bit." In terms of his own game, the 16 year old grade 11 student was generally pleased with his performance.

"I got off to a quick start, like last year," he said. "I was 33 on the front nine. I didn't have the strongest finish, but I kept it together with a couple of back to back bogeys coming down the stretch."

"My ball striking was very good," Hayes added. "I hit a lot of greens and a lot of fairways, and at Lively, especially, that's kind of what you have to do at that course."

Hayes, who also teamed with the Lo-Ellen grouping of Aiden Dang, Oliver Taillefer, Jake Lacko and Nik Harry to claim the team crown, admitted to being more than a little conscious of the target on his back as defending champion.

"It was obviously a little bit better to win it back to back, because there is almost a pressure coming into the tournament when you feel like you have to repeat what you did," he said. "It felt nice."

Following is a breakdown of the top ten boys and top five girls from the city championships:

Boys Division
1st - Josh Hayes (LOE) - 69
2nd - Emmett Taillefer (LCS) - 75
3rd - Alex Runciman (LCS) - 75
4th - Alexander Fowke (SCC) - 76
5th - Justin Karcz (CND) - 77
6th - Jake Lacko (LOE) - 79
7th - Aiden Dang (LOE) - 80
8th - Ben Fowke (SCC) - 80
9th - Oliver Taillefer (LOE) - 82
10th - Connor Brooks (CND) - 82

Girls Division
1st - Hannah Nykilchyk (LCS) - 90
2nd - Jamie Hein (HOR) - 108
3rd - Dayna Fairwell (ESMC) - 114
4th - Brianna Whitson (LAS) - 115
5th - Vanessa Morris (CHMP) - 119


The tables would find themselves turned, just a little, one week later as many of the same athletes gathered golfers from across the north at the Osprey Links Golf Course in North Bay for the NOSSA tournament.

After by-passing the city playdowns in favour of competing at the MJT International Team Championship at the Royal Niagara Golf Club, Lockerby golf sensation Tristan Renaud was back in fine form, capturing the NOSSA crown with a round of 73.

Lo-Ellen made it two consecutive team honours, as Dang (75), Lacko (76), Oliver Taillefer (77) and Hayes (79) all were in the mix in North Bay, with Emmett Taillefer of Lockerby (75) also showing well from a local perspective.

Meanwhile, Hannah Nykilchyk duplicated her results from Lively, besting Jaye Harrington of St Joseph Scollard Hall, 95-99, in a much stiffer challenge than the SDSSAA event.

Joining the pair in qualifying for OFSAA were Karlyn Bennett (Elisabeth-Bruyère - 104), Brianna Whitson (Lasalle - 104) and Mariah Lejambe (Elisabeth-Bruyère - 106).

OFSAA goes October 15th and 16th at the Heron Point Golf Links in King City.

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