Mohawk golfers battle elements at CCAA Championship

The first round is in the books at the PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Golf National Championships played at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club on Wednesday (Oct. 17).

Mohawk’s Ashley Cochrane shot 101 and her Mountaineer teammate Jessica Fell came in at 118.

Mohawk coach Deborah Lee Eldridge said her players went out early and it was cold and rainy as forecast.

“The women were troopers and weren’t too bothered by the conditions,” said Eldridge. “The course is beautiful and in excellent shape. The greens are a real test though and that gave us some scoring troubles. Ashley… was striking the ball fairly well, just not scoring as she would have liked.

“Jessica shot 118 and she, too, hit the ball quite well today but her putting was a struggle. We worked on some putting drills after the round and know tomorrow will be a better day.”

Only one woman broke par. Katharine Gravel-Coursol of CEGEP Lionel-Groulx carded one under par and has a six shot lead. Ontario Colleges Athletic Association champion Tiffany Albath of Durham is 12 off the pace.

UBC Okanagan leads the women’s team competition. Mohawk sits eighth.

Kevin Piper of Grant McEwen University shot two under par and leads the individual men’s scoreboard by two strokes. Humber’s Alex Dumais is the top Ontario player at one over par. OCAA champion Colton Kalkanis of Georgian carded four over par on day one. Humber leads the men’s team standings.

There are no Mohawk men playing in the championship, which is a 54 hole event and has more than 100 players from 24 colleges and universities competing.