The Laurentian Voyageurs would appear to be the beneficiaries of a Sudbury and area golf system that has produced a deeper field of qualify junior golfers in recent years than the region has seen in at least two decades.
With local Jacob Lacko leading the way with an impressive round of 68 at Sawmill Golf Course, and Conrad Naponse (76) and Vince Palladino (79) bookending a solid round from Alliston native Evan Moon (78), Laurentian would finish just a single stroke off the pace set by the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.
The Guelph Gryphons deadlocked with L.U. for second place at 301. As for Lacko, a graduate of Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, he would finish one shot better than Graeme Costigan of Waterloo, with Justin Allen (Guelph) close behind at 70.
"We had really straight forward holes," noted Lacko. "You just had to aim at the 150 (marker) in the fairway and hit to that. The course wasn't really that long."
A more conservative player by nature, Lacko was rewarded in his approach.
"I was just hitting all of the greens, wasn't really going at the pins," he said. "I will usually club down if I'm into the wind or something. If the shot has a 70% chance, I would probably lay-up, avoid the misses that really hurt you."
While Lacko has played in far more events as an individual competitor than as part of a team, the 20 year-old third year Sports Administration student is more than okay with the format that is engrained at the OUA level.
"It's very similar to high-school, in that you have other players relying on your score," he said. "When you're playing a tournament by yourself and you're playing badly, you can kind of get mad at yourself and throw away strokes."
"When you're playing school golf like this, you have to think about them (your teammates) as well."
The Laurentian men continued a very busy week, competing at the Guelph Invitational yesterday before heading to Oshawa for the Ontario Tech Invite today - results to follow.