After a 10-year hiatus from participating in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association golf, Mohawk is attempting to revive its program.
During its absence, golf at the provincial and national collegiate level has grown in leaps and bounds with golf supplier PING donating thousands of dollars in scholarships to worthy participants at the university and college level, as an example.
On Wednesday (Sept. 23), a number of Mohawk golfers looked to qualify for this year’s team in the OCAA Niagara Invitational at Lochness Links in Welland.
Mohawk entered seven men and one woman in the invitational, fittingly on a blustery, intermittent rainy/sunny day at a traditional Scottish links course where one of the teams, Sterling University, was visiting from Scotland and participating.
Most of the OCAA golf powerhouses were in attendance and Mohawk finished a respectable nine out of 13 teams. Perennial champion Humber won the title over Sterling and host Niagara. Top scores for Mohawk were Eric Edelman (77), Kyle Stephenson (78), Brendan Canning (82), and Andrew Watson (83). Mohawk’s lone female, Shelby Walker, carded a 102.
The OCAA championship will be played on the same Lochness Links Oct. 5 – 7, an expanded 54-hole event over the past 36 holes in previous years.
“Our players all competed which is definitely our goal if we are to make a firm commitment to OCAA golf for the future”, said Laurie Cahill, interim golf coach. “For their first look at Lochness Links under these conditions, I thought our result was excellent. I’m anxious to see our adjustments for what will surely be, equal or more difficult conditions in 10 more days.”