This year’s Saints Open was definitely not for the faint of heart. On Friday, April 8, 28 young athletes from Grades 5 to 12 took on the challenge of cold temperatures, numbing winds, and damp fairways and greens to test their skill and endurance at McCleery Golf Course. After Day 1, the scores determined the pairings and flights for Saturday’s second round at Fraserview Golf Course where, unfortunately, the golfers had to face similar conditions. Lift, clean, and place was definitely in play. The conditions were certainly not ideal for low-scoring golf so kudos to all the players who whole-heartedly competed over the two days without a hint of complaint.
After Day 1, Perry Xin and Tony Li were tied for the lead at -2. This rivalry continued into Day 2 with Perry finally emerging as the three-peat winner with a final score of 145 (+2) over Tony’s 149 (+6). Kevin Li was third with a score of 152 (+9). The “B” flight was a very tight contest, with Marcus Dee winning by one shot over Michael Chen.
At Fraserview, there were 4 KP’s and the winners were Aidan Kolof, Fred Yang, Kevin Li, and Tony Li. Other notable achievements included Preston Chan who was the first to register, minutes after the website opened, and Daniel Teperson and Michael Chen who received the Comeback Awards for significant improvement in the second round in the “A” and “B” flights respectively.
All in all, it was a great experience for the boys and the many volunteers needed to make the tournament run smoothly. Each group is accompanied by a spotter / scorer, while others helped behind the scenes, so thanks to: Chris Blackman, Jonathan Figueroa, Elaine Poon, Hanna Pierse, Hubert Wohlgemuth, Jon Hayduk, Tony Mercer, Erik Lutze, Leon Chung, Chris Randing, Darrel Devernichuk, Ray Durante, Randy Drew, and Richard Li.
In addition, special mention should go to student Shawn Mu for maintaining the live scoring.
And, of course, all the boys owe a great debt of gratitude to Mr. Paul Proznick, Head of Golf, for his leadership and hard work in organizing and coordinating all the details for this wonderful golfing opportunity. How many other young golfers get to participate in a competition with live scoring?