The Oakville golfer shot a six under 65 on day one of the girls' golf festival
to lead the open division by four strokes over McMurray
Wednesday, October 15, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER, ON. - Sarah Gallagher is the first round leader, in the open division at the OFSAA girls' golf festival.
The 15-year old from F.J. Hayden Secondary School, in Burlington, shot a six-under 65 on day one, of the two day provincial event, at the Pine Knot Golf and Country Club.
The tournament features close to 100 golfers in two divisions, open and high school. Day one started under rainy conditions and remained overcast with slight winds with temperatures in the low double digits.
Gallagher leads Alexis McMurray, of Oakville Iroquois Ridge, by four strokes. McMurray won OFSAA bronze a year ago.
Nicole Gal, of Oakville Holy Trinity Catholic high school, carded a one-under 70, to sit in third place.
The top three golfers are from schools in the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference (GHAC).
Erin Kim, out of York Mills Collegiate and Mai Wong, St. Augustine high school, both had even par rounds of 71.
London Oakridge's Jillian Friyia carded a 76 and sits tied for 10th place, to lead the WOSSAA contingent. Gabby Harrison, of Arva Medway had a round of 82 and Karolyn Rombouts, Strathroy Holy Cross, shot a 91.
Julia Alexander-Ridge, a grade nine student at Iroquois Ridge, is the high school division leader with a 74. Annie Anghelescu, from Kingston Regiopolis Notre Dame, is seven strokes back and one up on Bryden Dilley, of Peterborough St. Peter's. Anghelescu brought home bronze last year.
Three players, Maria Bounsouk (Nepean St. Mother Teresa), Grace Helijak (Barrie Eastview) and Kaelyn Preston (Barrie Innisdale), are tied in fourth spot with 83s.
Madeline Choi, of Woodstock C.I., carded an 85, to lead the WOSSAA contingent in the high school division.
Parkside Stampeder Madison Telford had a round of 96.
"There were a couple bad holes, but I came up with a pretty good score, so I'm happy," said Telford, who is at her fourth OFSAA. "Usually day one is a little tougher. Hopefully I can do better (day two) and get rid of those bad holes."
Shreya Dalal, of London Lucas, finished with a 95, Luciana Garavito, London Lucas, fired a 98 and London Central's Kira Turner, carded a 100.
Golfers have arrived from as far as Kingston, Ottawa, Windsor, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Elliott Lake.
Open division Top 10
1. Sarah Gallagher (Hayden) 65 2. Alexis McMurray (Iroquois Ridge) 69 3. Nicole Gal (Holy Trinity) 70 4. Erin Kim (York Mills Collegiate) 71 4. Mia Wong (St. Augustine) 71 6. Alyssa Dimarcantonio (Tommy Douglas) 72 6. Vaijayanti Bharkhada (Louise Arbour) 72 8. Alissa Xu (Richmond Hill) 74 8. Peyton Costabile (Pauline Johnson) 75 10. Jillian Friyia (London Oakrdige) 76 10. Olivia Wilke (Branksome Hall) 76 10. Lauren Zaretsky (Westmount Collegiate) 76 10. Crystal Li (Jean Vanier) 76
High School top 10
1. Julia Alexander-Carew (Iroquois Rides) 74 2. Annie Angelescu (Kingston Notre Dame)81 3. Bryden Dilley (St. Peter's) 82 4. Grace Holijak (Eastview) 83 4. Kaelyn Preston (Innisdale) 83 4. Maria Bounsouk (St. Mother Teresa) 83 7. Mai Macari (Tecumseh St. Anne) 84 7. Casey Kenny (Sir Winston Churchill) 84 9. Madeline Choi (Woodstock C.I) 85 10. Mia Sung (Country Day) 85