Mohawk’s Cochrane, Fell secure national golf spot

Colton Kalkanis of Georgian College captured the men’s individual title at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Golf Championships at Roseland Golf and Curling Club in Windsor on Wednesday (Oct. 3).

Kalkanis carded a two over-par 72 in his final round and wound up at plus-three, over 54 holes, two strokes ahead of Mitchel Kennedy of Seneca.

Michael Rizzetto was Mohawk’s top player, finishing in a tie for 33rd place after a final round 77. Rizzetto showed considerable fortitude after back problems plagued him after six holes in round one. Mohawk head coach Deborah Lee Eldridge said Rizzetto “gutted it out” for his team the rest of the tournament and received the Fair Play Award for sportsmanship, as voted by the coaches.

Other Mohawk scores included Rob Vachon’s final 79 to finish tied for 40th; Brendan Green tied for 48th after a 76; Mike Doyle carded an 82 to finish in 58th place; and Connor Wilks had a final round 77, but was disqualified from the individual competition for a second round rules violation he was unaware of, before signing what became an incorrect scorecard.

However, under tourney rules Wilks’ first and third round scores remained valid for use in the men’s team competition. Mohawk won a bronze medal in the Division Two event which was won by Fanshawe.

Humber took the Division One men’s crown.

In women’s play, Tiffany Albath of Durham became only the third player in OCAA Women’s Golf Championship history to successfully defend her title. She carded a tournament best two over par 74 in the final round and finished 12 strokes ahead of Heather MacKenzie of St. Clair.

Ashley Cochrane of Mohawk shot a final round 86 to finish in seventh place overall. Teammate Jessica Fell shot 115 and wound up 11th.

St. Clair won the women’s team event, four shots ahead of Durham. Mohawk was fourth.

Cochrane and Fell earned a spot at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Golf Championships in Oshawa next week.

Eldridge was very proud of her players and noted four of them, Green, Doyle, Wilks, and Cochrane had season best scores to wrap up the OCAA championship.