Mohawk Mountaineers’ welcome return to Ontario Colleges Athletic Association golf was almost swept away on Day 1 of the OCAA championship at Lochness Links in Welland.
The wind was the story and while the field remained dry all day, the blustery conditions caused many colleges, including Mohawk, fits from tee to green. Leading Mohawk with a solid 79 was John (JD) Shaw followed by Kyle Stephenson and Devin Johnston with 83, Brendan Canning 84 and alternate Andrew Watson 89.
Mohawk’s best-four total is 329, 25 shots behind surprising first round leader Georgian with 304.
The OCAA format calls for a separation of the 14 colleges into two, tiered (flight) divisions (seven in each division). After today’s (Tuesday’s) round, Mohawk sits currently in ninth.
“Today was a very credible result for our new team, given our first year back and the conditions. We have an early start Tuesday that might pay a dividend with the inevitable wind and weather predicted to help us lower Monday’s scores. If we stay in the second division after Tuesday, I think we have an excellent chance to capture that title, which would be rather incredible,” said Mohawk Interim coach Laurie Cahill.
Shelby Walker, Mohawk’s lone female entry, battled to a 107.