Moore, D’Andrade blow into provincial golf championship

Thanks, dad.

Zac Moore of Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School shared the glory with his father after tying for the low individual score at the 2013 Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference high school golf championship on Monday (Oct. 7).

Bishop Tonnos' Zac Moore poses with PGA Tour player David Hearn. Moore advances to the OFSAA championship.  (Photo: Jeff Moore)

Bishop Tonnos’ Zac Moore poses with PGA Tour player David Hearn. Moore advances to the OFSAA championship. (Photo: Jeff Moore)

“My father (Jeff) is a golf professional in Brantford,” Moore said. “He teaches for a living. He teaches me. So my golf ability, I credit to him … big time.”

Moore fired a 7-over-par 77 – nines of 38 and 39 – in extremely difficult weather conditions at Beverly Golf and Country Club. Daniel D’Andrade of Burlington Corpus Christi also shot 77. Both earn the right to advance to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championship on Oct. 16-17 in Essex.

In addition to the two individual qualifiers, the Burlington Notre Dame team will compete at OFSAA. Nick Freeman, Nick Jackson and Davis Jewitt of the Fightin’ Irish won GHAC honours with a combined 236. The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association champion St. Mary Crusaders were seven shots back, at 243. Nick Chong, (79), David Silvestro, (80), and Nick Hill, (84) carded the top three scores for St. Mary.

Corpus Christi (247) and Georgetown (256) were the other teams entered.

“The course was a little wet,” said Moore, a 17-year-old Grade 12 student. “But the hardest factor was the wind. It was blowing like 40 all day. It made it hard to judge distance. You could come up short or long.”

Moore’s father, who serves as business manager and head professional of golf operations at the Northridge and Arrowdale municipal courses in Brantford, was in attendance to provide support at the GHAC final. He also was on hand for the HWCAA championship last week.

“Today I was making a lot of putts and getting it up and down,” Moore said. “My short game was really good. When it’s blowing like this, you’re not going to hit a lot of greens. You’re not going to have a lot of birdie putts. So you’ve got to get it up and down. That’s what I was doing for a while there.”

Moore was disappointed with his finish, scoring four-over for the last three holes. However, he’s pleased to be getting another shot at a provincial high school championship.

“I knew I could do it,” he said. “It’s just nice to pull it off.

“There’s a lot of good players and competition at OFSAA. I went there in Grade 9 with our team. We came 15th out of 40 schools when it was in Barrie.”

Moore placed second overall to Gregg Goddard of Burlington M. M. Robinson this past summer on the Hamilton/ Halton Junior Tour. Then, along with teammates Goddard, Nick Hofland and Josh Montgomery, Moore helped Hamilton/Halton win the Ontario Junior Tours Championship – the Humber Cup – over nine other foursomes from across the province at the Cambridge Golf Club. Moore led all players with a four-under 68. He finished two shots ahead of runner-up Colin Malone of Ottawa.

Another significant accomplishment for Moore was his victory, with a 69, at the Brantford Golf and Country Club’s Junior Invitational. Moore plays out of Brantford G&CC as does one of this country’s top PGA Tour stars, David Hearn.

This is the 30th year of existence for the Hamilton-Halton junior tour. Moore, incidentally, won the first tour event of 2013 at Burlington Hidden Lake with an even-par 71 on the New Course. And 30 years ago, also at Hidden Lake, Jeff Moore won the only Hamilton-Halton junior tour stop of his playing career. His score was 71, too. It was on the Old Course.

Matt Wood of Bishop Ryan, who came second as an individual during last week’s HWCAA final tournament at King’s Forest, shot a 79 at Beverly.