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 Zylstra golden at OFSAA boys golf


   St. Joe's Ram takes the high school division at the provincial championship  

   while Matthew Javier and his Crescent teammates dominate the open division


  October 14, 2022


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By Rob J. Ross

KOMOKA, Ont. - Jack Zylstra is an OFSAA champion.

The St. Joseph's Rams student won the high school division, at OFSAA boys golf, today, at FireRock Golf Club.

Zylstra carded a two day score of 152, two strokes lower than Cole Thompson, of Blessed Trinity HS, in Grimbsy.

"I was disappointed on how the day went but I'm happy to come away with some hardware," said Zylstra, who carded a 78 on day two, after a round of 74 on day one. "I wish I could have done a lot better. I four-putted twice on the back nine."

Matthew Javier, led Crescent school, from North York, to the team title, by dominating the open division and tournament overall.

"Our school has been wanting to win this for a long time. I'm so very proud of our school and how we battled through," Javier said. "We knew the greens were punched and it we knew would be hard, but it was the same for everyone. We were just trying to play steady and battle through these cold and windy conditions."

Javier fired an impressive five-under 67, on day two, to finish the tournament with a 137, seven strokes better than Matthew Lyons, from St. Andrew's College in Aurora.

"It's mostly about the team but it's an added bonus to win individually. I thought I had a chance, but I knew there are some good players in this field," said Javier. "My putting. Speed wasn't the best the first day, but it was better today. Putts started dropping today."

Javier was the day one leader with a two-under 70, but didn't let how other scores affect his play. Following five birdies on day one, the Grade 11 student put up six more on the score card on day two.

"I didn't know the exact leader board, but I knew I was playing well," said Javier.

Javier adds an OFSAA title, to his Golf Ontario juvenile championship, won this summer, with a three round six-under result (72, 70, 68).

Lyons made a jump from a share of seventh place on day one, to the silver medal, thanks to a day two round of 69.

Walter Carley, out of Adam Scott CVI, in Peterborough, was third (145), followed by Crescent's Eric Zhao (147).

Crescent won the team championship by 11 strokes, with St. Andrew's, from Aurora, placing second (452) and Stratford St. Mike's, third (467).

St. Joe's team of Ethan Slaats (24th, HS division), Will O'Brien and Gryffin Gold, placed eighth (486).

"It was an amazing experience to be out here," Gold said. "I got to play with a bunch of guys that I've never played with before. Very skilled and very talented. I definately believed I could have played a lot better than I did. I had a few bad bounces and the greens were not for me today."

Gold was in the foursome that included Javier.

"He's an amazing golfer," said Gold. "He thinks of everything. I don't even know how to explain it, but he's a great golfer. He's so analytic with everything. He's phenomenal to watch. Maybe I'll have to try a few of his strategies next time I'm out."

Slaats was hoping for a better round, but appreciated playing in the tournament featuring over 120 golfers.

"It was fun and I got to spend it with the boys," Slaats said. "It was nice course to play and definitely a competitive field to be in. It's hard to make OFSAA, so I'm glad we made it in my last year."

Medway, the host school for OFSAA, was 11th (488), led by Cameron Wanlin's 13th (155) place result, in the open division.

Ryan Hall, the WOSSAA champion, finished eighth (151), in the open division.

There are two divisions at OFSAA, open and high school. An open player is anyone who has played a provincial, state or national event.


Tep-Chhun top 30 at OFSAA

At OFSAA girls golf, at Flamborough golf club, St. Joseph's Rams Jadelina Tep-Chhun (photo), placed 27th, in the open division, with a two day score of 167 (83, 84).

Jade                      Tep-Chhun

"Despite how I played, I'd definitely say that I had a lot of fun," Tep-Chhun said. "It was awesome seeing and talking with some of my friends that I've met through tournaments again."

The Grade 10 student will focus on improving her game over the winter.

"This was my last tournament of the season and currently I'm just reflecting on my whole season and what I need to work on," said Tep-Cchun said. "I have lots of learning to do and that's okay. I am always striving to be a better player each day."

Tep-Cchun wants to strengthen the mental side of her game.

"One of the things I personally think that I really need to do, is believe in my own ability to play my own game," Tep-Chhun said. "I need to learn and trust my game on the course. For example I'd have an amazing pre-round warm up, but strangely I wouldn't bring that onto the course."

Mia Truong, of Newmarket Huron Heights, won the open division, with a two day score of 148. (click on photo for complete results)

Celina Yeo, the WOSSAA champion, from London Aquinas, finished sixth (152).

Gabriella McDaniel, of Branksome Hall school, in Toronto, won the high school division.




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