OFSAA 2023 Golf Championships

October 13, 2023 by  
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High School Champions

 Girls High SchoolGirls Open
GoldSydney Gibson, Dunbarton HS, LOSSAEmily McKee, Garth Webb SS, GHAC (Playoff)
SilverMadeline Beck, É.S. L’Essor SWOSSAAShelby Hardwick, Northview Heights SS, TDSSAA 
BronzeKennedy Bergeron, Donald A Wilson SS, LOSSAKiana Chen, Earl Haig SS, TDSSAA
Open Champions
High School Champions
 Batteaux Creek Golf Club, Nottawasaga

 Boys High SchoolBoys OpenBoys Overall Team
GoldBen Brazier, St AnneLucas SmithSt Andrew’s College, CISAA
SilverCarter O’Brien, St Michael’sTy Werynski, Corpus Christi CSS (Playoff)St Michael’s
BronzeNoah ThorpeJames McNair, St Andrew’s CollegeCorpus Christi Catholic SS, GHAC (Playoff)
St Andrew’s College
Ambassador Golf Club, Windsor

Saints’ Brazier captures gold at OFSAA golf while Aigles’ Beck earns silver

Author of the article: Jim Parker  •  Windsor Star Published Oct 13, 2023 

St. Anne Saints' Ben Brazier won gold in the boys' division at the OFSAA golf championship at Ambassador Golf Club on Thursday.
St. Anne Saints’ Ben Brazier won gold in the boys’ division at the OFSAA golf championship at Ambassador Golf Club on Thursday. PHOTO BY DAN JANISSE /Windsor Star

St. Anne Saints’ first-year senior Ben Brazier ended his season with a golden moment.

The 16-year-old Brazier won the high school division at the OFSAA boys’ golf championship, which wrapped up two days of play on Thursday at Ambassador Golf Club.

“I played pretty good,” Brazier said. “(Thursday) was tough. I hit the ball, but I just couldn’t score. It was a lot windier and the pin positions made it tough for putting.”

Along with Thursday’s gold medal, Brazier also won the boys’ division on the Jamieson Junior Golf Tour this summer as well as the Essex-Kent championship this season.

“I played good all year,” Brazier said.

Brazier credits some of his success this season with getting a chance to caddie for Canadian Jared du Toit at the PGA Tour Canada’s Windsor Open stop in August.

“The fact (Ambassador) hosted a PGA tournament is pretty cool and when I caddied, it put the course in a different perspective,” Brazier said. “When I saw (du Toit) play, he goes out to make birdies and doesn’t settle for anything else. He always makes the smart play.”

Brazier shot one-under par 70 on Wednesday and was one-shot back of Manitoulin’s Noah Thorpe, who faltered on Thursday with an 81 to finish in third place. Brazier responded with a five-over par total of 76 for a two-day total of four-over par 146 and a three-shot victory over Toronto St. Michael’s Carter O’Brien.

“I got a little nervous on the last tee box, but I’ve been there and you know what to do,” said Brazier, who is the area’s first player to win the high school division since Essex’s Tyler Hurtubise in 2019. “You just have to dig down and play good.”

Brazier’s performance helped the St. Anne team of Jackson Colaner, Evan Fenech and Sawyer Batten finish seventh overall in the team competition. The St. Joseph Lasers’ team of Jack Dupuis, who tied for 13th individually in the high school division, Riley Bentley, Jarrod Easter and Jaxon Easter finished in 12th place in the team competition.

In the open boys’ division, North Stars’ Ben Buchner placed 11th with a seven-over par total of 149 while Kingsville’s Cale Marontate was 15th with an 11-over par total of 153.

“(Ambassador’s) my favourite course and it was good (to be at home) because my parents and grandparents got to watch me play,” Brazier said.

While Brazier was winning gold at home, the L’Essor Aigles’ Madeline Beck won a silver medal at the OFSAA girls’ golf festival, which wrapped up two days of competition on Thursday at Batteaux Creek Golf Club in Collingwood.

Beck had a two-day total of 23-over 167 to earn the silver medal in the high school girls’ division and finished seven shots back of winner Sydney Gibson from Pickering Dunbarton. St. Anne’s Emily Young finished with a 12-over par total of 156 to tie for 18th in the open girls’ division.

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