WATERLOO — The St. David Celtics golf team has a shot at making history.
Matt LeMay, Luke Moser, Brendan Henriques and Connor Doucette will try next week to become the first Waterloo Region squad in the modern era to win gold, silver or bronze at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations golf championship. The 36-hole individual and team tournament will be played on Wednesday and Thursday at the Twenty Valley Golf and Country Club in Vineland.
“We have a good team and we definitely have a chance,” said LeMay. “I’ve been playing well, Luke’s a great player and Connor and Brendan can both go low.”
The top three scores each day count toward the team championship at OFSAA and the lowest two-round total will be crowned individual champion. No team or individual from this area has finished in the top three since golf was reintroduced to the OFSAA schedule in 2005 after an absence of about 20 years.
The Celtics advanced to the Ontario championship by winning last week’s Central Western Ontario championship in Port Elgin. LeMay also claimed the individual title at CWOSSA, defeating Trevor Ranton of Waterloo Collegiate in the first playoff hole. Ranton will compete at OFSAA as an individual.
LeMay followed up his CWOSSA victory with a win in a Maple Leaf Junior Tour event in Guelph over the weekend, so the Grade 12 student has clearly found his game after an up-and-down summer of competitive golf.
“I had problems off the tee, I wasn’t hitting greens and then it just happened … I found my short game and it just came together. I just needed a little more confidence and that’s all it took,” he said.
Moser is confident of a strong showing at OFSAA, even though he’s pretty much stopped working on his game the last few weeks as he prepares to take his SAT tests on Saturday in hopes of securing a NCAA Division 1 golf scholarship. The fifth-year player has two offers on the table, he said, and making the SAT cut is the only thing standing in his way.
“It’s tough to keep your short game intact in September and October when you’ve got school and you don’t really practise as much,” he said.
“But we didn’t play our best at CWOSSA and still beat the field by six strokes, so that gives us the feeling that we can do well at OFSAA.”
Moser, LeMay and Henriques all play out of the Whistle Bear Golf Club, while Doucette splits his time between Grey Silo and Rockway.
The Celtics should also be a contender in 2013 as LeMay expects to return for a fifth year, while Doucette and Henriques are both currently in Grade 10.
“But they have some big shoes to fill,” Moser pointed out with a laugh.
The Celtics finished second to the St. Mary’s Eagles at the District 8 championship, with Moser claiming the individual title.