Golf finishes third at provincials

The Gaels finish their season at Angus Glen Golf Club in Toronto over the weekend at the OUA Championship

The Queen’s golf team started off the OUA Golf Championships in Toronto at Angus Glen Golf Club on a positive note with good weather and a great performance. The men’s team began behind Western in second place and the women teed off in third.

“It was unseasonably warm,” said fourth-year golfer Sean Lackey. “It was really quiet on the first day. It got a little windier on the second day but it was still pretty good conditions given it was mid-October.”

The men’s team has routinely been in contention for a medal this year, including finishing first at the Queen’s invitational. Lackey said their results over the season gave them confidence going into the weekend.

“It was a good event,” he said. “We knew going in we had a chance to medal if we played well. Over the year, our results were right up there with the other top teams.”

The men’s team started off well ending the first round one stroke behind the Western Mustangs in second place. Waterloo which had been sitting in third place after the first round were able to overtake the Gaels as Queen’s fell to final place finish at third.

“We managed to put two okay scores together,” he said. “The first day went really well actually. The second day, we weren’t quite as good as we could have been. The conditions were tougher. The pressure of being in second place after the first round, all the season’s expectations building up.”

Lackey was able to pick up a second place finish earning him an individual silver medal with a two day total of 146.

“Personally it went well,” he said. “I haven’t played particularly well all year … In the first round I managed to putt really well and get myself in position. The second round, I faltered a bit at the beginning and managed to come back and help the team out.”

The University Toronto hosted the tournament at Angus Glen for the second year in a row. Lackey said the team was comfortable on the course.

“It was pretty straight forward,” he said. “It’s one of those courses you pretty much just need to hit the shots, there [are] no tricks. It’s easy to play it your first or second time in a tournament and not be too lost.”

The women’s team maintained a third place standing throughout the three day tournament, finishing at 497 behind the first-place Waterloo Warriors and the second-place University of Toronto team. Queen’s had two top 10 finishers in third-year Casey Ward and first-year Hailey Ingleson. Ward placed fourth, shooting a two-day score of 157 while Ingleson shot a 160, finishing eighth.

Lackey and Ward earned OUA first all-star honours while second-year Taylor Henderson and Ingleson were named to the OUA second all-star team.

The golf team is finished their regular season until next summer when they compete in the University/College Golf Championship.

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