Zylstra fires a round of 79 to lead St. Joe's to the OFSAA championship
September 29, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
UNION, Ont. - The St. Joseph's Rams boys golf team will be teeing off at OFSAA.
St. Joe's won the team title, at the WOSSAA championship, today, at the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club.
Jack Zylstra, Will O'Brien, Gryffin Gold and Ethan Slaats, combined for a winning score of 261, edging the Medway Cowboys (263).
"This is something we've been talking about since Grade nine," St. Joe's coach Rob Bannerman said, of his players, who are all in Grade 12. "We thought last year we were going to break through, so they were devastated when we couldn't play WOSSAA. This year we were going in hopeful, but weren't really thinking this could be it, because the competition is lights out."
"We're happy to have won this. It's a big deal. It's a real big deal."
Zylstra finished third, in the individual standings, firing a 79, something not lost on his teammates.
"Jack really carried the team today, honestly, said O'Brien. "He was the only one really with a respectable score out there. His game stood out and carried us."
It's the first OFSAA appearance in only sport for all four players.
"It's surreal," said Gold. "I've never been to any big tournaments, so I guess me and the boys will have to practice quite a bit before we get there."
Part of Slaats' decision to return to St. Joe's was golf.
"I came back for one last year of high school and thought we had a little bit of a chance," said Slaats. "We gave it our all today and got it done. I'm excited."
St. Mike's Rylan Hall, won the individual title, in a two hole playoff against London Oakridge's Liam McKeiver.
"I was nervous, but felt I was on top for both of the playoff holes. I felt calm and collective," Hall said. "It was good nervous energy. I was feeling good going in to it. I'm happy I took the 'dub (win)"
Hall and McKeiver carded a 78 over 18 holes.
"It was a bit of an off day, but I made the five footers that needed to go in," said Hall.
It will be the first OFSAA appearance for the Grade 10 student.
"I'm looking forward to it. I'm pumped," said Hall. "For my expectations, I like to win obviously, but it'll be a good experience."
The Rams' foursome, Hall and McKeiver, advance to OFSAA, at Firerock golf club, in Komoka, October 12-13.
Central Elgin Titans Kallan Gillard, had a round of 80, tied for fourth lowest score overall, with South Huron's Karstin Stuckless and Medway Cowboys' Cameron Wanlin. Glencoe's Will McEachern and Ingersoll's Cohen Belore, each fired a round of 82, tied for seventh overall.
St. Mike's, Ingersoll and London Aquinas, tied for third (264) in the team rankings. St. Mike's took home the bronze medal, on tie-breaker. The Parkside Stampeders were ninth (274), Glencoe, 12th and Dorchester, 16th.
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