Jair Saenz of Mohawk College fired par-72 to finish tied for third place in the annual Niagara College Invitational Fall Golf Classic at LochNess Links in Welland on Wednesday (Sep. 28).
David Lang of Durham College won the single day event with a 5 under par 67, one stroke ahead of Alex Dumais of Humber College.
Saenz led the Mountaineers to fifth place in the men’s team competition, which was won by host Niagara. The team event is based on the four best scores per team. Along with Saenz’ total, Brandon Taylor shot 78, while Curtis Henshaw and Connor Wilks each carded 80.
Meanwhile, Andrew Horner came in at 85 and alternate Jordan McNair shot 95.
New Mohawk coach Deborah Lee Eldridge called her team’s play solid. “The team fought consistently and managed their games well on the tricky layout,” said Eldridge. “They really worked hard to score well and finished strong. I am pleased with their play and proud of their efforts. This solid finish is a good warmup for next week’s OCAA Championship. Highlights of the day include Jair’s even-par finish of 72, and Brandon’s back-9 comeback of 1-under par.”
The round started in the sun with some wind, then there was light rain for a couple of hours.
Mohawk did not have a female player in the event. The women’s individual title went to Kayleigh Kraemer of Durham with a score of 81.
St. Clair won the women’s team champion.
The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Championship will be contested in Cornwall, October 3-5 with St. Lawrence College playing host.