Grade 12 EDSS student Isiah Katsube emerged victorious from the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletic Association (WCSSAA) boys’ golf championship, topping the list of 50 competitors.
Katsube shot an even par during the first round of the tournament at Rebel Creek, then went one over on the second day of the tournament. He won by three strokes, with the second-place competitors – BCI student Aidan Shah and WCI student Sean Tippin – finishing with scores of four over.
“I feel pretty good about the results. It was my first win this year,” said Katsube. “I’ve been playing tournaments for about three or four years now; I’ve been playing golf since I was young.”
His experience was likely one of the factors in last week’s success: he works at the local Elmira Golf Club and gets lessons at Whistle Bear in Cambridge.
Coach and EDSS teacher Chris Finnie said that Katsube’s ability to stay calm, as well as his natural ability for the sport, makes him stand out as a competitor.
“There are a lot that factors into being able to figure out what shot you need to hit,” said Finnie. “It’s important to be confident and calm and more tactile with that – if you get emotional, you might make a poor choice or poor decision.
“You have to be very good at calculating what would be the best play. It seems very natural for him – I think he has played enough to know what he has to do in those situations.”
Katsube added that a positive mindset is key to doing well.
“If you have a bad shot or a bad hole, just to put it behind you and focus on the next one,” he said of his winning strategy.
The rest of the EDSS golf crew had a more challenging time, finishing eighth overall out of 13 teams. While it was not ideal, it was enough to qualify EDSS for the last spot of the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) tournament.
Finnie added that there are many out-of-bounds or marsh areas at the Rebel Creek course that can make it tricky for beginners. A windy atmosphere also contributed to a more difficult game, particularly during Thursday’s round.
Katsube, Nathan Curtis, Jack Short and Eric Martin make up the boys’ golf team, while Grade 9 EDSS student Delaney Watson tried her hand at the tournament in the ladies section.
“[She] ended up being in fourth place, which was pretty good, because a lot of the other girls that were playing are a lot older than her. So she did very well for her first time being in WCSSAA,” said Finnie.
She went on to compete in the CWOSSA girls’ golf tournament October 1 in Listowel, where she ranked eighth out of 34 competitors. The boys competed the following day in the same location, but results were not available at press time.