Oakridge golfer wins title by 12 strokes with a 78 advancing to OFSAA,
while Parkside's Telford places ninth and must wait for an invite
Monday, September 30, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, ON. - Madison Telford will have to wait for an invite to return to OFSAA.
The Parkside Stampeder golfer missed qualifying for the provincial high school championships, placing ninth, in the A flight division, at Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) girls' golf.
Jillian Friyia, of London Oakridge, won by 13 strokes, carding a 78 over the 18-hole event, held at the Thames Valley Golf Club.
The top six individuals and the winning team, the London Aquinas Flames, advanced to OFSAA, at Pine Knot Golf and Country Club, in Dorchester, October 16-17th.
Telford played at OFSAA last year and was hoping to be at the high school provincial championship for a second year. Her putting disappointed her.
"A tough round. It's the same as everyone else, the short game. The greens were really bad, not bad conditions, but tough to play," said Telford, who finished with a score of 100. "There were a few holes that could have been better."
Friyia was 44 over the first nine holes, before needing 10 strokes less over the back nine.
"I was happy with it. I'm happy to go to OFSAA with a bunch of my friends," said the Grade 10 student. "My wedges were really good and I chipped and putted ok, so I was happy about that."
A year ago Friyia helped the Oakridge boys' team win WOSSAA and advance to OFSAA. The foursome featured two females Friyia and Isabella Portokalis, along with Calvin Norris and Kevin Frehner.
"It was really fun because we made history so it was a really big deal," said Friyia. "It was fun, but I just felt I'd play girls this year."
Friyia is coming off her third consecutive girls title on the Tyson Tour.
Also qualifying for OFSAA are WOSSAA runner-up, Gabby Harrison, of Arva Medway (firing a 91), bronze medalist Madeline Choi, of Woodstock C.I. (92), Kira Turner, London Central (93), Shreya Dalal, London Lucas (94) and Karolyn Rombouts, Strathroy Holy Cross (96).
The Aquinas Flames are Luciano Garavito, Cadence Pero, who each had a round of 98 and Emma Wade (122).
Since WOSSAA is the host region for OFSAA, a few additional spots may open up, allowing more A flight golfers to attend, including Telford.
In B flight, a nine hole competition, Madeline Wheatly, of London Mon Bruyere, won with a round of 54.
St. Joseph's Ram Maddie Lampman and Erica Murray, of Wingham F.E. Madill, tied for second, finishing four strokes back. Ram Ella Jakobs tied for fifth place.