After the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association first event of the season, the Fanshawe Invitational, was rained out last weekend, the Niagara Knights golf team officially completed their first tournament of the new campaign at the Georgian Invitational Thursday (Sept. 22). Niagara captured three medals at the event, including a team bronze and a pair of individual silver medals.
Lorelle Weavers (Burlington), the defending conference women’s champion, fired a four-over 76 to claim the silver medal. After a frustrating front nine, Weavers dialed it in on the back nine. With her performance, the two-time Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian earned her seventh medal at an OCAA invitational event. This is in addition to her 2014 CCAA championship gold medal and OCAA silver medal, and 2015 OCAA title winning game. With a strong start to the season, Weavers will once again be in the conversation as one of the nation’s best female collegiate golfers.
On the men’s side of the draw, Josiah Dixon (Bognor) fired a three-under 69 to finish in a tie for silver. The defending OCAA bronze medalist was the low golfer on the day for the Knights. Collectively Niagara put in a bronze medal performance, firing a cumulative 294 to finish only five strokes back of the host Georgian Grizzlies for gold.
Ben Kenel, (Hamilton) 73, Evan Littlefield (Thunder Bay) 75, Logan Lammarant (Seaforth) 77, and Nick Schepens (London) 82, rounded out the scoring for Niagara. Competing as individuals, Brett Shewchuk (Thunder Bay) and Austin Golding (Dunnville) shot 74 and 86 respectively.
Head coach Cameron Thin believes the Knights team has more in the tank at the upcoming events. “We feel that we didn’t bring our ‘A’ game today,” said Thin. “However, the fact that we finished third while not playing well is a testament to the talent level of this team and the expectation level they have placed upon one another.”
The Knights will next hit the links Sunday at the Brock Invitational at Sawmill Golf Course in Fenwick. They will return to their home turf, Hunters Pointe Golf Course, the following day as hosts for the Knights Fall Classic.