By Pat Payton
WHITBY – St. Marys DCVI student Mitch Watt is competing at the 2018 OFSAA golf championships here this week.
The three-day event is being held at The Royal Ashburn golf club in Durham region. After a practice round Tuesday, Round 1 is Wednesday and Round 2 Thursday. “The course has a lot of (sand) bunkers,” he told the Independent.
The 18-year-old Watt, a fifth-year student at the collegiate, qualified for the All-Ontario event after shooting a five-over-par 77 at WOSSAA, held at St. Thomas Golf and Country Club in Union Sept. 27. It’s his first time competing at OFSAA.
Only two players from the WOSSAA tournament qualified for OFSAA, and both are from the Huron-Perth Conference. Sheldon Price, from St. Anne’s Catholic secondary school in Clinton, finished first with a 76 and Watt was second.
“I hit my driver pretty well that day (at WOSSAA),” reported Watt, a two-time winner of the Junior Club championship at St. Marys Golf and Country Club.
Watt, his younger brother Sam, and Ian Bolton and his younger brother Sam represented the Salukis at the Western Ontario event after winning the Huron-Perth title Sept. 20 at St. Marys G&CC. They took advantage of home turf, posting a 250 team total and winning by a six-shot margin over Stratford St. Mikes (256). The team from Stratford Central was third with a 259 total.
Eleven schools, represented by 44 boys and 15 girls, competed in the H-P tournament.