OCAA Golf Tournament starts in Cornwall

Seven players from Mohawk College are in Cornwall for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Golf Championships, to be played at the Cornwall Golf and Country Club Monday through Wednesday (Oct. 3-5).

The Mountaineers, who finished fifth in the men’s team competition at last week’s Niagara Invitational event are led by Jair Saenz, who shot par 72 in the Welland tourney.
Also on the men’s team are Curtis Henshaw, Connor Wilks, Brandon Taylor and Andrew Horner. Michael Lyall is the alternate.

Mohawk did not have a woman in the Niagara event, but Heather Brouwer will be playing in Cornwall, in the championship hosted by St. Lawrence College.

It was qe cold and windy with light off and on rain as the players had a practice round Sunday. Mohawk coach Deborah Lee Eldridge said the players toughed it out with the help of gloves and toques. “The weather forecast (Monday) is similar”, said Eldridge. “I just hope the weather holds, so we get all the golf in this week and don’t have to shorten the tournament.”

The coach said the course is really challenging to play. “(It’s) very different from the courses we’ve prepared on, so a nice change all around. The emphasis will be on putting and short game here. The greens are fast and very true, with subtle breaks that are very tricky to read correctly. Keeping the ball below the hole will be key to minimizing putts here. With the speed of the greens, it is easy to slip past the hole by several feet and make 2-putting more challenging. However, if someone’s putter is hot then they will love the purity of the greens rolling so fairly.”

Mohawk’s first tee time is 9:00 am Monday and Eldridge said they’re ready. “We have a good team and they all have the capability to play very well. The goal is to keep grinding it out and managing their games well out there. They need to think well and play smart.”