It was a big effort from the Grizzlies men’s and women’s golf teams at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Golf Championships this week. The event was held at the prestigious Wildfire Golf Club in Douro-Dummer, Ontario.
After a difficult first day, which saw the men’s team in sixth place, the Grizzlies had great rounds on days two and three. They jumped all the way to a second place finish.
On the women’s side the Grizzlies held the second place spot from start to finish. Their consistent effort brought them 21 strokes ahead of the third place Humber team.
With their performance at provincials both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship which will take place Oct. 14-17 at the Lorette Golf Club in Quebec City.
The men’s team was led by Blake Ulrich who was the top Georgian golfer at the tournament. The Peterborough native, playing near his hometown, finished in a tie for ninth place with a three round total of eight-over par. He wrapped up the final day with two birdies on the last two holes including sinking a long putt on the 18th hole to secure the team’s silver medal.
Solid play was the story from the whole team with Matt Lemay (Waterloo) finishing tied for 13th, Jeff Beedham (Georgetown) tied for 20th, Dan Knapp (Burlington) tied for 25th and Tyler Cameron (Sturgeon Falls) in 33rd.
The Grizzlies were only behind the team from Humber but finished four strokes ahead of the Durham and Seneca teams who finished tied for third. It’s the fourth straight silver medal finish for the Grizzlies men’s team at the OCAA Championships and the sixth straight season the team has medaled at the event.
For the women’s team, Chloe Wells (Mississauga) finished in fifth place overall, Cory Pond (Simcoe) was in eighth and rookie Danielle Forhan (Barrie) was in 11th. The team of Wells and Pond won bronze medals at the event last year and the women’s team has now medaled in the last four seasons.
Full results can be seen at gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao14/event/gao14310/index.htm