With Dave Makela

For Release: September 16th, 1999


Wasn't it just yesterday that school started? And you say there's a fall sport championship being contested already?

Absolutely! It's the COED Golf Championship taking place this Friday at Cedar Green Golf Course in Garson. Following hot on the heels of a continued wave of golfing popularity, Convener Richard Lamothe of College Notre Dame reports a huge increase in the number of entries this year, to the extent that "five-somes" will be featured on more than a few of the starting holes.

A quick peek at the championship records for golf dating back to 1969 (did I mention that you can look these up yourself at www.rainbow.edu.on.ca/sdssaa?), reveals that the best score over 18 holes in boys' golf competition was 66, shot by Adam Evershed of Lo-Ellen Park in 1994. On the girls' side, Lasalle's Kelley Walker established a low of 84, also in 1994.

Other past individual championship winners of note are: Wayne Kirwan, shooting a 78 for Lively back in 1978, Lo-Ellen Park's Brian Savage, a winner in 1986 and 1987 with scores of 74 and 70 respectively and St. Charles' Vince Palladino, recording a 72 in 1988 and a 71 in 1989.

In team competition, Lively District Secondary will attempt to three-peat its championship titles on the boys' side, while Levack will make a similar three-peat attempt on the girls' side.

Qualifiers will travel all the way to Livingstone Creek Golf Course just East of Thessalon for the N.O.S.S.A. Championships hosted by North Shore this year. At present, there is no golf championship at the O.F.S.A.A. level. All competitors are reminded of the revised start time for competition on Friday: 9:30am. The time was moved one half hour earlier to accomodate the large number of entries.

In other S.D.S.S.A.A. news, boys' and girls' hockey sport committees are preparing to host their first pre-season meeting of the school year on September 27th (boys) and 28th (girls).

For the boys, organizers are hoping to introduce a new category of competition this year, a move designed to address the issue of league parity, of benefit especially to those schools just starting to develop their programs with a large number of younger players.

For the girls, convener Pauline Therrien is bracing for a surge of new entries this season, after last year in which the lowest number of teams entered in the history of the league. The word is that as many as ten teams will enter in 1999-2000, a mark which would better their previous high of nine registered two years ago.

The boys' meeting will take place Monday, September 27th at 7pm in the St. Charles College Cafeteria, while the girls' will host their meeting at Lo-Ellen Park's Room 319 one day later on Tuesday, September 28th, again beginning at 7pm. Attendance at this meeting is critical to discuss schedule issues and rule changes in affect for the year.

And a final, important reminder to all high school teams this fall sport season. Call me a broken record, but it is critical to rememeber that eligibility forms, signed by the coach, program leader and principal, must be faxed to the convener and myself by 4pm one day prior to your first scheduled game. Follow up with originals in board mail. Should there be an addition to your list after this form has been sent in, you must contact the convener of the sport involved to get his/her permission to add the player, then send in a new eligibility list with the addition(s) following the procedure outlined above.

Your cooperation with this regulation will assure all players are approved and rendered eligible throughout the season.

Talk to you next week!



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