Oshawa, ON – Georgian’s Colton Kalkanis became the 2012 PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf National Champion Friday at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club in Oshawa, Ontario.
The Hillsdale, Ontario native entered the third and final round of play two strokes back of the leader and posted a final round of a 1-under 71, winning the individual title by one stroke over Niagara College’s Robert Ellis.
In winning the title, Kalkanis adds to an impressive resume this season. The freshman golfer also won the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Individual Championship at Roseland Golf & Curling Club in Windsor, ON back on October 3rd, becoming the first Georgian Men’s golfer to win Gold at the OCAA event since 1999.
He also won this year’s Durham College Open where he shot a 2-under par 70 and finished tied for third at the Fanshawe Invitational tournament with a round of 76.
In winning the PING CCAA National Golf Championship, Kalkanis becomes the first Georgian golfer to win the title.
“It’s a great feeling and I’m still in a bit of shock about it all,” said Kalkanis shortly after winning. “It’s definitely the biggest tournament I have ever won.”
Kalkanis was also named a 2012 CCAA All-Canadian at the Awards Banquet held earlier in the week.
The rest of the Georgian team put in a solid effort at the Nationals.
The Men’s team finished an impressive 5th place shooting a score of 909 and sitting +45. 1st place went to the Humber Hawks who claimed the title for a 4th consecutive year scoring an 879 +9 for the tournament.
Georgian’s Clayton Connor put up a final round of 1-over 73 to finish +15 for the tournament and a 26th place finish. Jonah Tremback +17 (T-34th place), James Skrypec +19 (T-40th), and Nolan Knill +20 (T-47th) rounded out the Grizzlies male contingent.
On the Women’s side Avery White shot a final round 95 to finish +63 for the tournament to finish in 17th place, while Alyssa DeFoe shot a 97 to finish 64-over and in a tie for 18th place. The tournament win went to Valerie Tanguay of the Champlain-St. Lawrence Lions.
As a team the ladies finished in 6th place with a +127 score over the three days. The Women’s team title went to the UBC Okanagan Heat who posted a +69 to claim the win.