Falcons Make History At OCAA Golf Championship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Jeffrey Reed, Editor, LondonOntarioGolf.com

The Fanshawe Falcons men’s and women’s golf squads are headed to the Canadian college championships.

For the first time, the Fanshawe Falcons women’s golf squad have won OCAA gold.

And for the first time, the Falcons have an OCAA women’s golf individual medalist, and a gold medalist at that: Alyssa Stoddart of Orangeville, Ont.

Today at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Stoddart, 19, fired a final-round 84 (+11) for a three-day total of 82-80-84–246. She led wire-to-wire, and finished six strokes better than second-place finisher Hayley McCallum of the Humber Hawks, who captured team silver.

Alyssa Stoddart. Photo: Jeffrey Reed/LondonOntarioGolf.com.

Stoddart has captured four of five tournaments entered this season. Today, McCallum made it close with a Wednesday-best +3 (76) on the par-73 Thomas McBroom-designed FireRock GC. Olivia Banton of Humber finished third overall at +64, while Fanshawe’s Mery Tarigan finished fourth with a three-day total of 92-92-102 (+67).

The Falcons, who finished just three stokes better than Humber at FireRock with the top-two scores counting, are off to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championships Oct. 16-19 at Medicine Hat College, Alta. at Desert Bloom Golf Club.

The Falcons women’s squad has twice won OCAA bronze, in 2006-07 and 2007-08, but has never medalled at Canadians.

On the men’s side, the five-member Falcons finished second in Division 1 play with a team-total 887, just four stokes behind gold medalist Humber. They’ll join the women at the CCAAs.

Fanshawe’s Braydon White of Barrie, Ont. won the individual title and also went wire-to-wire for the win, with a three-day total of 70-71-72–213 (E), six strokes better than Georgian’s Brady Zordan and Humber’s Cameron Griffin. Blake Mackey of Fanshawe finished T4 with Peter Beneteau of St. Lawrence at 7-over-par 220.

Braydon White

In school history, the Falcons have won 20 OCAA golf medals – team and individual combined – with six gold, eight silver and six bronze.

Sixty-five golfers representing a dozen Ontario colleges competed at FireRock GC.

The Falcons are coached by Colin Roberton, who also heads the college’s Golf Management program. He was named OCAA Coach of the Year, while Stoddart and White and were named CCAA All-Canadians.

Here’s the OCAA’s official news release:

KOMOKA, Ont. – A pair of Fanshawe Falcons went wire-to-wire to win the men’s and women’s individual titles at the 2018 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Golf Championships at the FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ont.

Second-year golfer Braydon White (Barrie) shot even-par for the tournament to win by six strokes over Humber’s Cameron Griffin (Burlington) and Georgian’s Brady Zordan (Midhurst). White is the first Fanshawe golfer to win the individual OCAA men’s gold medal since Alex Bober in 1975.

The top five individual men’s golfers receive OCAA All-Ontario Team awards. Rounding out the list were Fanshawe’s Blake Mackey (Walkerton) and St. Lawrence’s Peter Beneteau (Odessa) who both finished one shot behind the silver medalists.

First-year golfer Alyssa Stoddart (Orangeville) outdid teammate White as she not only led every day at OCAA provincials, but she also topped the leaderboard in four OCAA lead-in tournaments. Stoddart shot plus-27 for the tournament. She is the first-ever Fanshawe product to medal in women’s golf.

Humber teammates Hayley McCallum (Mississauga) and Olivia Banton (Jamaica) won the women’s silver and bronze medals, respectively, with McCallum shooting a tournament best 76 in the final round to finish six strokes off the pace.

The top four individual women’s golfers receive OCAA All-Ontario Team awards. Fanshawe’s Mery Tarigan (Indonesia) fell three strokes out of medal position to finish fourth.

Fanshawe women’s team won its first-ever OCAA championship on the strength of Stoddart and Tarigan, shooting three strokes better than their Humber rivals.

Humber thwarted the Fanshawe golden sweep on the men’s side, successfully defending its 2017 team title. Along with Griffin, Conner Watt (Mississauga), Luke McLean (King City), Michael Vance (Aurora) and Cameron Brennan (Erin) contributed to the Humber team victory. All five golfers placed in the Top 10 individually.

Fanshawe finished in silver position, four strokes behind Humber. Along with White and Mackey, Thomas Code (Dorchester), Ryan Harvey (London) and Bradley Byers (Oakville) contributed to Fanshawe’s best finish since winning the 1992 OCAA championship.

St. Lawrence placed third, its best finish at OCAA provincials since 1997 (when St. Lawrence Brockville won bronze). Beneteau was supported by teammates Jamaal Moussaoui (Kingston), Trent Snider (Kingston), Carter Kelly (Kingston) and Shawn Oliver (Ottawa).

The OCAA Division II championship went to St. Clair for the second time in four years. Contributing to the gold medal were Marshal Quinn (LaSalle), Derick Hare (Windsor), Brett Harrison (Essex), Justin Roets (Tilbury) and Simon Desmarais (Windsor).

Mohawk claimed silver for its seventh D-II medal in eight years. Nic Francis (Dundas), Colin Churchill (Caledonia), Lucas Fantauzzo (Stoney Creek), Adam Bezan (Oakville) and Bradley Roughton (Belle River) all contributed to the silver medallion.

Seneca was rewarded bronze for its second D-II medal in three years. The Seneca team was comprised of Nicholas Ingoglia (Holland Landing), Kevin Sarrazin (Holland Landing), Azaan Pirani (North York), James Harris (Newmarket) and Julian Pelletier (Toronto).

The 54-hole tournament was hosted by Fanshawe College. Over 65 golfers represented a dozen Ontario college campuses, including Confederation, Durham, Fanshawe, Georgian, Humber, Lakehead (Orillia), Mohawk, Niagara, St. Clair, St. Lawrence, Sault and Seneca.

The tournament consisted of three 18-hole rounds. The male and female player posting the lowest gross score through 54 holes earned their respective individual championship.

Men’s teams consisted of four or five golfers, with the top four individual scores of each round contributing to the total team score. 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 won their respective team titles. Men’s team play after the second round is divided with the top half of the teams (including ties) playing Division I and the remaining teams competing in Division II.

FireRock Golf Club is a challenging championship design framed by natural grasses and trees, captivating land forms and ragged handmade bunkers. This stunning par 71 course flows effortlessly over pastureland, across environmentally significant Savannah grasses and the Oxbow River valley, intertwining with existing gravel spoil piles.

The three men’s D-I medalists and two women’s teams will now move onto the 2018 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Ping National Golf Championships later this month at the Desert Blume Golf Course in Medicine Hat, Alta.

Championship Website: www.ocaachampionships.com/championships/golf/2018-19/index

FireRock Golf Club: www.firerockgolf.com

Results via Golf Ontario: https://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao18/event/gao1897/contest/15/leaderboard.htm

ABOUT ONTARIO COLLEGES ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) is the recognized leader in intercollegiate athletics in the province, dedicated to student-athlete and sport development. The OCAA has 27 members sponsoring 12 varsity sports.

KOMOKA, Ont. – The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association handed out its annual golf awards at the conclusion of the 2018 OCAA Golf Championships at the FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ont. on Wednesday.

Hardware Handed Out 

Fanshawe’s Colin Robertson was named OCAA Coach of the Year. Robertson saw two of his golfers go wire-to-wire to win the men’s and women’s individual titles at the 2018 provincials, a first for the program. Fanshawe won the women’s team title for the first time in its history, and its men’s team silver is the best finish for the school since 1992.

Robertson has been teaching in the Golf and Club Management program at Fanshawe College for the past seven years and has made it a personal goal to grow the program into the best in the country. Under his direction, Fanshawe has installed two state of the art golf simulators across two different campuses for the purpose of training its student-athletes, and students alike. He has also created the Robertson Golf Academy to help his students improve their golf and goals. Robertson is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Leadership at the University of Guelph.

Fanshawe’s Alyssa Stoddart (Orangeville) and Braydon White (Barrie) will receive Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian awards later this month. Both golfers won their respective OCAA championships by six strokes. Stoddart was also the top OCAA golfer in four lead-in tournaments to provincials. White was the only golfer to shoot par for the championship.

Humber’s Cameron Griffin (Burlington) and Hayley McCallum (Mississauga) are also All-Canadians. Griffin finished in a tie for second behind White, leading Humber to the men’s team title for a second straight season. McCallum took the women’s individual silver medal behind Stoddart.

Fanshawe’s Bradley Byers (Oakville) received the OCAA Fair Play Award for his integrity during the provincials.

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