The top female high school golfers are in Dorchester at the local course,
including Parkside's Telford one of eight representing WOSSAA
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER, ON. - The best female high school golfers in Ontario are descending upon Dorchester this week.
Pine Knot Golf and Country Club is host to the 2019 OFSAA girls' festival, a two round provincial event Wednesday and Thursday.
Madison Telford, out of Parkside Collegiate Institute is the lone representative from Elgin County. Telford will be among eight golfers from the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA), including Jillian Friyia, the WOSSAA champion, from London Oakridge.
Golfers from as far away as Kingston, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Elliott Lake, will be shooting for a provincial title, in one of two divisions, Open, with 34 golfers, or High School, featuring 60 golfers.
Friyia, who was at boys OFSAA a year ago with Oakridge, will be one of the favourites to win gold in the open division, along with Alexis McMurray, of Iroquois Ridge, who brought home a bronze medal from last year's tournament.
Megan Fritchett, of Oshawa Dwyer high school, now competing in open, took home a silver medal in the high school division in 2017.
Gabby Harrison, of Arva Medway and Karolyn Rombouts, from Strathroy Holy Cross, will also represent WOSSAA in the open division.
Telford is in the high school division, along with London Aquinas' Luciana Garavita, Madeline Choi, of Woodstock C.I., Kira Turner, from London Central and Shreya Dalal, out of London Lucas.
Annie Angelescu, from Regiopolis - Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, in Kingston, will be aiming to improve on her bronze medal from a year ago.
Many of the golfers had a practice round on Tuesday, to familiarize themselves with the course, including Emma White, a Grade 10 student out of Renfrew C.I., competing in the high school division.
"It's a very beautiful course. The greens are so much nicer than the ones we have at home. My course is built on a rock," said White, who won her conference and placed fourth at the Eastern Ontario championship, to earn a spot back at OFSAA. "It was a good experience last year because you don't do (OFSAA) every day. I met a lot of good girls."
White aims to finish higher in the standings and feels she is much improved from a year ago. A practice round of 91 was satisfying.
OFSAA is high on her career highlights, but winning the Blakely Cup, last summer remain number one. The Blakely is an interclub event for junior members with stops at several Ottawa Valley Association courses, including Pembroke, Arnprior, Mississippi Lake and Renfrew.
Weather may play havoc on the golfers, as rain is forecasted for both days. Friday will fill in if any day is a total wash.
"I'm not excited for rain, but we played EOSSAA in a down pour of rain and I shot a 95," said White.