Albath Repeats, St. Clair Claims OCAA Women’s Golf Crown
WINDSOR, Ont. – History was made on the links on Wednesday, as Durham’s Tiffany Albath shot a tournament-best 74 in the final round of the 2012 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Golf Championships held at the Roseland Golf & Curling Club in Windsor, Ont.
The round gave Albath a 12-stroke victory over runner-up Heather MacKenzie of St. Clair, and her second straight OCAA individual championship. Albath becomes just the third OCAA women’s golfer to repeat, joining OCAA Hall of Fame athletes Angela MacDonald (1998-99) of Humber and Katie Ferguson (2001-02) of Georgian.
Albath earned three birdies on Wednesday, mixed in with three bogies and one double bogey, costing her a chance at par. Despite the one setback it was an impressive day, given that the previous top round of 80 was shot by Albath on Tuesday. She was the clubhouse leader from start to finish, shooting an 81 on Monday.
Albath also joins rare company with her third OCAA individual medal, earning silver in 2010. She joins four other women’s golfers who have achieved this feat, including Ferguson, Lisa Proctor (Humber), Shauna Wilde (Humber) and former teammate Kayleigh Kraemer (Durham).
MacKenzie becomes the top St. Clair golfer at an OCAA championship since Michelle Charron’s silver medal in 2005. More importantly, MacKenzie combined with teammates Ashley Unrau and Jordan Schatz to win St. Clair’s first-ever OCAA golf championship, taking the women’s team title by a combined score of 503, four strokes better than two-time defending champion Durham. Unrau also earned an individual bronze medal, finishing 23 strokes behind Albath.
Albath, MacKenzie, Unrau and Georgian’s Alyssa DeFoe earn OCAA All-Ontario awards for their top four finishes. DeFoe finished 10 strokes out of individual medal contention. Georgian earned team bronze with a total score of 556.
The tournament consisted of three 18-hole rounds, with the lowest gross score through 54 holes determining the women’s individual championship. Women’s teams consisted of two or three golfers, with the top two individual scores of each round contributing to their total score. Schools with the lowest aggregate of gross scores after 54 holes win the team title.
Female golfers represented seven Ontario college campuses, including Boréal, Durham, Fanshawe, Georgian, Humber, Mohawk and St. Clair.
The 2012 PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Golf National Championship takes place October 15-19, hosted by Durham College at the Oshawa Golf Club in Oshawa, Ont.
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