The McMaster men’s and women’s golf teams battled the wind and rain to emerge with silverware at the Guelph Invitational held at Cutten Fields Golf Course on Monday (Oct. 7).
Michaela DiMarcantonio (Burlington) recorded her first individual varsity win for the Mauraders by shooting 75, three strokes ahead of Waterloo’s second-place finisher Devon Rizzo.
“I knew the conditions were challenging but I stayed patient and made some really good up and downs to save par on the back nine,” said DiMarcantonio.
That individual effort helped the women’s team, including Sasha Wright and Rachael Wright, to finished in fourth place. Waterloo placed first in Ontario University Athletics play.
On the men’s side, Jonathan Lam (Unionville, Ont.) led the Mauraders, shooting 73, four strokes behind Guelph’s first-place finisher Chis Hemmerich. Lam’s performance tied him for a third-place finish.
Said Lam: “I attribute my fine play today to great driving, good coaching, and sticking to my game plan.”
The Marauder men earned a third-place finish in the team standings with a 310 total. Colin McCoy (Tillsonburg, Ont.) shot 77 to finish behind Lam, while David Bigelow (Waterloo) had 79, and Patrick Thornley (London.) and Jamie Cherutti (Auora, Ont.) both shot 81.
Western took gold in the men’s team standings with a score of 294.
McMaster’s head coach, Patrick O’Neill was pleased with the effort of his players, saying, “The McMaster men are starting to show the competitive fire needed to be successful as the OUA finals approach.”
The men’s team will continue its season at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Invitational on Thursday (Oct. 10), while the women’s team takes part in the University of Toronto Invitational the next day.