FireRock Hosts 2019 Canadian University/College Championship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Jeffrey Reed, Editor, LondonOntarioGolf.com

On the heels of hosting the 2018 Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) golf championship, FireRock Golf Club in Komoka is set to host this year’s Canadian University/College golf championship.

Sanctioned by Golf Canada, the Canadian championship will be held May 27-31 at the Thomas McBroom-designed upscale public course.

Amanda Cosentino

The beauty and brawn of the par-72 FireRock track, which tips at 7,183 yards, is well-known to not only a loyal local audience but also to a national fan base, following the 2014 PGA Women’s Championship of Canada. It was then that a 16-year-old golf phenomenon named Brooke Henderson stared down veteran Alena Sharp and claimed the title. Still an amateur, Henderson shot a course-record 65 (-7) at the 2004-established club.

“Since becoming director of golf in 2016, I have made it my mission to bring high-level golf championships to FireRock Golf Club,” said Amanda Cosentino. “Not only do we have a premier golf facility and passionate staff, but we also have a highly-engaged membership base.

“At first I was a touch nervous as to what our members would think of shutting down the course for a five-day tournament,” Cosentino added of the May tourney, “but when I began to poll the members on their interest, it was very well received and they were thrilled with the opportunity to show off our course to Canada’s up-and-coming toughest competition.”

Cosentino, 24, is the only female to hold the title director of golf in Southwestern Ontario. Read my feature story here.

FireRock’s hole No. 15

FireRock held a highly-successful OCAA championship tournament in early October, with the Falcons men’s and women’s squads qualifying for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship – read my story here.

“Since hosting the College championship, our sense of community has truly grown not only within our membership but also within our community partners, especially Fanshawe College,” Cosentino said.

Brooke Henderson at FireRock’s No. 10 tee. Photo: Jeffrey Reed/LondonOntarioGolf.com.

Yours truly was one of the first to play FireRock. Here’s my writeup after tackling the tough terrain in 2013. When I first reviewed the course, I coined the phrase, Monet meets McBroom, to define the track which the course architect himself labelled as “explosive by nature and stunning by design.”

“FireRock Golf Club has been a hidden gem in our golf-saturated city of London, yet we have not nearly reached our full potential in terms of hosting events that the club was simply made for by Tom McBroom,” Cosentino said. “I am most interested in seeing how the competitors handle our challenging par-4 No. 18 where you are greeted not only by the elevation changes but also by water and an uphill approach to a sloping green.”

No. 18 was recently named Best Par 4 in the 2019 Best of London Golf Awards. It’s also one of the toughest finishing holes in all of Southwestern Ontario.

Framed by natural grasses and trees, captivating land forms and ragged handmade bunkers, the FireRock layout flows effortlessly over pastureland, across environmentally significant Savannah grasses and the Oxbow River valley, intertwining with existing gravel spoil piles. The challenging par-72 championship design (73 from the forward tees) measures 5,672-yards from the forward White tees, 6,279-yards from the Blues, 6,676-yards from the Gold tees and stretches back to a very demanding 7,183-yards from the tips.

 

 

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