OFSAA championship turns into nightmare for St. Peter golfer
By Fred Sherwin
the second year in a row, Taylor Wilson from St. Peter High School saw his
dream of qualifying for the OFSAA golf championship turn into a nightmare
after he missed an 18-inch putt on the final hole of the NCSSAA tournament
on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
said that golf is the cruelest game of all. No one knows that better than
Taylor Wilson from St. Peter High School who missed an 18-inch putt on the final hole of the
NCSSAA golf championship on Monday that would have won him the tournament
and a trip to the OFSSA championship in Windsor next week.
Instead, he wound
up in a four way tie for the top spot with a 75. On the first playoff hole,
two of the golfers made the green on the par-5 first hole at the Camelot
Golf and Country Club in two. Unfortunately, Wilson wasn't one of them.
Michael Reaume made a 24-foot eagle putt to put the pressure on Spencer
Kelly from St. Patrick High School who's second shot landed eight feet from
the hole. When Kelly's putt rolled past the hole, the tournament was Reaume's.
All Wilson could do was shake hands and walk off the green.
Instead of going
to the clubhouse and taking part in the medal presentations he went straight
to the practice green where he tapped in two footers over and over again.
Every once in a while he would miss and bang his putter against his foot
or tap it on his shoulder.
"Oh my God,
I shouldn't have missed that putt. I've made that same putt at least 50
times," said Wilson, who is a member at the Camelot.
The missed putt
was still weighing heavily on Wilson's mind when he teed off on the playoff
hole. After he watched Reaume and Kelly both make the green on their second
shot, he had no choice but to go for it as well. Unfortunately his shot
was off target.
a four would at least continue the playoff, but Michael made a great putt,"
said a disappointed Wilson who is hoping to continue his education in Orlando,
Florida next year where he plans to attend the Golf Academy of America.
Because of the
number of male golfers at the high school level, only the top golfer and
the top team get to go to OFSAA. This is the second year in a row that Wilson
has seen his dream of playing in the provincial championships go up in smoke
in a playoff.
But Wilson wasn't
the only disappointed competitor from the east end. Patrick Boudreault from
Louis Riel was the fourth golfer in the playoff and he failed to make the
green in two as well.
Brian Neil from
Colonel By was also left wondering where he could have made up a shot or
two after he carded a 76, one shot off the lead foursome. The Mayor's Cup
champion hurt his chances when he tripled bogeyed a par three on the front
p.m., Oct. 6)
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