Team picture from left to right: Lukas Jakobs, Natalia Ghilzon (Big Break Bahamas), Walker Arnott, Cole Kent, Robbie Ellis, Chad Currie, and Jim Briggs (coach).
NC Knights will advance to nationals after success at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Provincial Golf Championships.
The provincial tournament was hosted by St Clair College in Windsor and was played at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club.
The Niagara Knights golf team made a huge comeback on day three of the OCAA’s golf championships. Tied for fourth after day one and in sixth spot after two days of play, the Knights had the low team total of 291 (by six shots) in the final round to move all the way up to third place and earn the bronze medal.
Two players led the way for Niagara: St Catharines’ own Robbie Ellis (76,72,71) and, the pride of Lindsey, Walker Arnott (72,74,73), both tied for fifth in the individual play at 219.
Cole Kent (72,78,71) from Peterborough, was in 11th spot just two shots back at 221. Chad Currie (75,78,81) from Owen Sound and a 2010 All Canadian was in 33rd place and Lukas Jakobs (84,80,76) from Fenwick was in 40th.
Coach Briggs had a Own The Tee slogan for day three, knowing if the team teed off first in their group, it would have a good day. The team also focused on playing the two most difficult holes on the course, #17 and #18 with a team total of par 32. In the end, there team score was a 34 and was by far the best finish of all the teams.
With the best four out of five player’s scores counting on the day, this turned out to be the turning point of the round and led to Niagara’s big move up the team leader board.
The Humber Hawks once again repeated as team champions taking home the gold medal while the Georgian Grizzlies took home the silver.
Their bronze medal finish now qualifies the Knights to advance to the national championships. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association golf national championship is being hosted by Durham College and played at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club from Oct. 15-19.