By Larry Moko
Adam McLean enjoys playing golf. A lot of golf.
And with his performance at the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference championships Tuesday, he qualified to tee it up for even more rounds Oct. 16-17 against the province’s top high school players.
A Grade 12 student at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School, McLean shot a 5-over par 77 at Dragon’s Fire to nail down a berth for the upcoming OFSAA boys’ golf championships in Windsor.
How much does McLean love the game? So much that he has, on occasion, played from dawn to dusk at Oak Gables in Ancaster.
“I did 90 holes, then the next year I did 108 and then, in 2016, I did 117,” McLean said of his marathon same-day sessions. “The owner (Andrew Ross) challenged me to do it. I was up for it.”
McLean has been a member of three consecutive Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association championship teams at Tonnos. Last year, at OFSAA, he placed 35th as an individual and eighth as a member of the Titans team.
This year’s Titans – comprised of McLean, Liam Mosher, Jacob Lico and Braedon Dunn — failed to qualify for OFSAA in the team category, however. The winning foursome at GHAC was from Oakville Loyola.
Mosher, also in Grade 12, carded a 77 on Dragon Fire’s Flamborough layout but, competing in the open category (anyone who played in Golf Ontario and Golf Canada events in the past year) it wasn’t enough to advance to OFSAA.
“I’m happy to win the high school division,” McLean said. “It’s definitely a good feeling.”
This past summer Mosher and McLean finished 1-2, respectfully, on the Hamilton-Halton Junior Golf Tour. Mosher also fired a few under-par rounds and finished 24th in Ontario for the U17 age division. As for McLean, he earned the right (as a HHJGT top five finisher) to take part in the Humber Cup for the Ontario Junior Tour team championship.
“Those guys are used to pressure,” Tonnos coach Patrick MacPhee said of McLean and Mosher (Mosher finished in a tie for 13th as an individual in the open division of OFSAA last year).
MacPhee was impressed with the overall play of the Titans in capturing the four-event 2019 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic league tour title. St. Mary was second, followed by ACMT, Bishop Ryan, Cardinal Newman, Brebeuf and St. Thomas More.
“What really stood out for me was the tremendous focus these kids had on every hole,” he said. “They didn’t let themselves get down after a bad shot. They always managed to recover. That’s the big thing with golf. It’s a head game above everything else.”
No other male players from the HWCAA managed to advance to OFSAA this year as single participants. Representatives included Lucas Wellnitz of the Bishop Ryan Celtics and Noah Muzicka of the ACMT Jaguars.
In the girls’ division, the HWCAA was represented by Payton Bennett of the Cardinal Newman Cardinals, Megan Miron of ACMT and Carlene Cecchelli of the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves.
The OFSAA girls’ festival in golf is scheduled for Oct. 16-17 in Dorchester.
Source: Marnie Jadon