They didn’t slip in the team standings, but it was a tough second round for Mohawk at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Golf Championships being hosted by St. Lawrence College in Cornwall on Tuesday (Oct. 4).
Curtis Henshaw shot 82 in round two and is tied for 32nd place at 15-over par 159, on the par-72 Cornwall Golf and Country Club layout. Mohawk’s top shooter Monday, Jair Saenz, followed up his 78 with an 83 in the second round and sits at 161.
Michael Lyall showed great improvement after his opening round 88, coming in with a 76. Unfortunately, Lyall is playing only as an individual, so is not included in the Mohawk men’s team score.
Other Mountaineer results (Total and Round 2 score in brackets)
Andrew Horner +21 (82)
Brandon Taylor +21 (81)
Connor Wilks +25 (85)
David Lang of Durham blazed to a four-under par 68 and has a three shot lead going to the final round Wednesday.
In the men’s team competition, Humber continues to lead and Mohawk remains 8th in a field of 15 colleges.
In women’s individual play, Heather Brouwer of Mohawk is at 252 for two rounds. Tiffany Albath and fellow Durham player Kayleigh Kraemer share the lead at +19.
Mohawk coach Deborah Lee Eldridge said the team was ready to play in round two but it didn’t end up as hoped. “The weather started a bit warmer and then rained for most of the second half”, said Eldridge. “The team was on the more difficult nine at the time, so that didn’t help any. Most of the team played fairly well, but just had difficulty sinking the putts to score better. There weren’t any big numbers on any holes, so mostly pars/bogeys and a few double-bogeys, and actually more birdies than yesterday.”
The coach noted six of the colleges have Professional Golf Management programmes at their schools, so naturally their pool of players is stronger and deeper. “That said, Mohawk definitely has a very talented group of golfers on the team this year”, said Eldridge. “These guys hit it a mile! I have seen each of them play some spectacular golf on many occasions this fall, so I know they can really play. We just need to find a way to bring it out… and to bring it out (for the final round) Wednesday.”