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Golfers finish season off the green
By Wes Brown
The Western men's golf team putt-putted their way to a bronze medal finish at Tuesday's Ontario University Athletics finals.
The two day tournament, at Victoria Park golf and country club, with a par of 71, featured 12 university teams each composed of five members. Only the top four scores of the teams were counted.
The Ottawa Gee-Gees ran away with the gold medal, finishing with a combined score of 582. The Guelph Gryphons, tournament hosts, came second, totalling 586 while Western rounded out the podium shooting 588. The University of Toronto settled for fourth, only one stroke behind the Mustangs with a 589.
Strong individual performances throughout the Mustang roster included co-captain Jordan Rose, who shot a 144 over the two days, placing him third overall in the tournament. Erik Bradley also did well, placing fifth overall with scores of 72 and 73.
Western head coach Jim Waite said he was pleased with his team and the weekend was so close, it came down to the final putt on the last hole before the rankings were officially decided.
"If we played [the tournament] again tomorrow it could have been the same four teams flipped around in their finish. I [know] we'd be right there. We finished six back of the leader the first day and that's how we finished," Waite said.
He added Western played well all season and they were favoured to place at least in the top three. "As it turned out, the three schools predicted to finish at the top, all came in."
Co-captain and fourth-year golfer Jordan Rose said the entire team played well accumulating a bunch of good scores, but in the end just didn't get the job done.
"I could've played better. I was hitting the ball [off the tee] really well but I should've been able to make the putts better. I hit 16 greens in regulation but only made two birdie putts," he said.
Looking back, the Mustangs had a great season, winning invitational tournaments in Windsor and Woodstock. Rose added the team benefited from three great rookies as well as co-captain Roberto Rameser. "Erik Bradley, Nathan Parkhouse and Craig Gouk all played great this season and in the [OUAs]."
With this being Rose's last year at Western, he said it was even more disappointing coming up short, as he hoped to go out on top in this last crack at a championship.
"I'll be interested to see how the team does next year. Western will always be one of the top teams, especially with great guys like Erik [Bradley] and Roberto [Rameser] coming back next year," Rose said.
Guelph head coach Doug Percival said the scores were unbelievable. "When you see that Western beat the OUA record by 15 strokes, we beat it by 17 and Ottawa beat it by 22, you know you have great competitors," he said.
One of the reasons Percival said the talent has increased so much is due to a lot of Canadian golfers not getting scholarships from the United States. "These kids go down there and don't make the team. If you don't make the team you don't get the scholarship and even if these kids do make it, the exchange rate makes it too expensive anyway," he said.
All of the teams were very close in skill level and Percival said it was hard to say why one team did better compared to another that day.
"Collectively, they were all very impressive scores and my hat is off to the entire field."