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Pa(i)r for the course

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The EDSS girls’ and boys’ golf teams teed up a strong showing at the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) regionals, and are looking to keep that momentum at the provincials (OFSAA).

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Grade 9 student and sole girls’ category golfer Delaney Watson finished as a CWOSSA champion in the high school division. The original standings had Watson tied for second, but a fortunate turn of events resulted in a score change.

“There were some issues with some of the scorings, and the player that was first had a score change, and that added some strokes to her score,” said coach Chris Finnie in an email. Now, Delaney is in a four-way tie for 1st! Because this was caught after the event ended and cleared up today, the girls decided to share the victory amongst themselves.”

Either result would have qualified the St. Jacobs athlete for Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations competition, but there is something extra sweet about the new first-place title. Factoring in that the Grade 9 student was up against players up to Grade 12, the results are even more impressive. 

Watson tied first with a score of 20 to par (18 through) at the Listowel Golf Club course, along with Ela Jones of Kincardine & District Secondary School, Faith Hertner of Galt Secondary School, and Hayley Shackell of Kitchener Collegiate.

“I think it takes a lot of practice, good coaches, you have to be really strong mentally because you can’t get in your head about certain shots,” said Watson of what it takes to be a skilled golf player.

Watson learned golf from her parents, racking up plenty of outside experience participating in the Tee-It-Up tour over the summer. Being on the links isn’t her only passion, as she loves to play volleyball and participates in the EDSS junior girls’ basketball team.

Despite the cold and rainy conditions on October 2, the EDSS boys’ team also performed excellently during the competition.

Out of 126 participants, Grade 12 student Isiah Katsube placed second in Listowel. His final score was even par, falling just one stroke short of winner Zachary Burt.

The EDSS team of Katsube, Jack Short, Nate Curtis, and Eric Martin ended up finishing eighth out of 24 teams.

“They were eighth out of 12 teams at WCSSA, so they really improved their game,” noted Finnie.

The results were good enough to also land Katsube a spot at OFSAA.

“Usually, only the winner gets to advance, but because the individual winner was also a part of the team that won, that means that Isiah is heading to OFSAA as well,” explained Finnie.

The first events of the OFSAA competition run October 16-17 in two different cities. The girls’ golf tournament takes place at Pine Knot Golf and Country Club in Dorchester, while the boys tee off at the Kingsville Golf and Country Club in Kingsville. Results were not available at press time.

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