Longtime golfer, Mitch Cassell made it a hat trick on Monday when he dropped a hole in one on the par three, 118 yard, 14th hole at the Morrisburg Golf Course. Playing with buddies Gary Breyer, John Vincent and Ray Baker, Cassell recorded his third ace using an eight iron. “I saw it going towards the hole (back centre of the green), but I turned to my golf bag. The guys saw it go in.” Cassell had his other aces on the fifth and second holes. “The old guy can still do the trick,” he said with a grin when asked if that meant he had won all of the day’s money.
Consistent would be the best word to describe Richard Greer’s play at the annual Upper Canada Men’s Open on Saturday.
On his way to a one under par 71 and the tournament win, Greer, who plays out of the Beaconsfield Golf Club posted, three birdies and 13 pars. His round was marred by just two bogeys, the first on the par four first hole and the second on the par three seventh.
The long-time golfer turned the corner with a one over par 37 and picked it up a notch on the difficult Upper Canada back nine with a two under par 34, thanks to back-to-back birdies on the par four 16th and 17th holes.
The course, in fantastic condition, drew rave reviews from the 35 competitors who played in three flights.
Greer’s closest competition came from Ottawa golfer and defending champion Paul Nooyen and Cedar Glen’s Rick Barkley who were tied with 78s.
The only other golfer to break 80 was Kirk Barkley (Morrisburg) who posted a 79 for the win in C flight.
Two strokes back, in second spot, was Upper Canada’s Jr. Thompson with an 81 and after that it was Bernie Variault (Upper Canada) and David Myers (no club affiliation) tied with 91s.
B flight had the closest finish with three players tied for top spot with 81s to force a one hole, sudden-death playoff on the par four ninth.
They included Upper Canada’s Mike Laurin and Nationview’s Larry Gordon and Shawn Lapier who plays out of Iroquois.
In the playoff all landed good drives and all missed the green on their approach shots from 150 plus yards out.
Gordon, who was first up, put down the challenge with a chip that ended up inches from the cup. Lapier’s chip left him a six foot putt while Laurin’s bunker shot checked well short and left him about a 12 footer.
Lapier and Laurin missed their par putts and Gordon tapped his in for the B flight win.
Other low scores in B flight were an 82 shot by Rod Pittman of Nationview, an 83 from Upper Canada’s Richard Guthro and an 84 from Upper Canada’s Jim Beckstead.
Following the top three shooters in A flight were Upper Canada’s Tom Thompson, Jamie Scott and Lance LePage and Cedar Glen’s Kurtis Barkley all tied with 80s.
The players was divided into flights with the 11 player A flight including players up to a nine handicap, 15 players in B flight with handicaps from 10 to 13 and C flight including nine players with a handicap range of 14 and up.
wo of 11 skaters representing The Morrisburg Figure Skate Club at the 2015 Eastern Ontario StarSkate Invitational Championships (EOSIC) earned the right to advance to the Skate Ontario Championships, in Brampton, March 13-15.
Alexis Engwerda and Trina Dykstra-MacPherson put together some fine skates at EOSIC, February 13-15 at the Nepean Sportsplex and both are working hard on their programs for the upcoming All-Ontario.
In addition to the second place podium finish for Engwerda and Dykstra-MacPherson’s fourth place, the other nine Morrisburg Club skaters had some good personal results and skated away from EOSIC with valuable experience.
“It was great to have 11 skaters represent MDSC at EOSIC this year,” said Morrisburg club president Julie Van Hoof. “All our skaters skated their best, and the club is very proud of all of them for the hard work and dedication that goes into their skating.”
“Our coaches are very supportive of each of their skaters and help them work through the nerves which is often common at a competition this big!”
“MDSC is very proud to have two of our skaters representing Eastern Ontario at the All Ontario’s in March.”
Following is a list of the EOSIC skaters with comments from their coaches.
Abigail Jordan: 13th, Star 5 (over 13 category) – Coach Allison Scott
Abigail skated with great effort and poise throughout her program, to her captivating music “Seniorita” composed by Bond.
Abigail’s program consisted of two spins (a camel-sit-change sit combination and a flying camel), six jump elements, two of which were axels and one double jump, and a spiral sequence. She completed the axels, was rewarded points for complete rotation on her double jump, and skated fluently and persistently focusing on one element at a time.
Alisha VanHoof: 9th, Ladies Gold–Coach Louise Dimmick
For Ali’s last year competing at EOSIC before going away to school, she chose to skate to selections from the movie Love Actually. This has been a favourite selection of music for her and fittingly her program is elegant and expresses her love of skating.
After over 10 years of working with Ali, it’s been a pleasure to see her grow through the levels, challenges and successes.
She opened her program at EOSIC with a beautiful combination spin followed by a great double flip double loop jump combination. Her program was filled with double jumps, spins, and difficult footwork and transitions. An especially nice highlight was her impressive death drop sit spin.
Cameryn Broad: 6th, Star 5 Ladies-Coach Danielle Napier
Cameryn had personal goals set going into EOSIC (to land her double Salchow for the first time in competition, get full marks for a three position combination spin and skate as clean as possible). She met and exceeded her personal goals. Not only did she land one double in her program, but she landed two doubles for the first time in competition. Cameryn received full points for her combination spin. She skated well with only a few minor areas for deductions and finished with a personal best score of 15.76.
Erika Jordan: 1st Star 4 (under 13)-Coach Allison Scott
Erika had an awesome program and she completed a clean skate. She completed all eight elements, which included two spins (a camel-sit spin combination and backspin), five jump elements, (two of which were axels the most difficult jump in her program) and a spiral sequence. Erika skated to the dynamic and lively music “Libertango’ composed by Bond with great speed and attack, had good height in her jumps and quality rotations and positions in her spins.
She achieved gold status in five of eight elements and three silver, for first overall! An amazing EOSIC accomplishment!
Gracie Fairbairn: Star 2 Ladies-Coach Danielle Napier
Gracie skated at her first EOSIC at the Star 2 Ladies level in which she received a bronze marking. Gracie skated very well. She landed the five jumps in her program and completed two spins. Her highest jump is a flip, which she landed very nicely and received a silver marking on. Overall, Gracie was very pleased with her performance.
Katie Buter: Junior Bronze Coach Veronica Whyte
Katie moved up to the Junior Bronze level for the first time and had a good skate at her first EOSIC. Skating to a beautiful piece by Yani, Katie attempted a double salchow for the first time at EOSIC which is a great milestone. Katie grows as a skater at each competition.
Kristyn VanHoof: Sr. Bronze,
8th-Coach Danielle Napier.
Kristyn met the goal she set for her qualifying event which was to place top four in her flight to advance to the final group.
Kristyn had a strong qualifying event and for the first time in competition landed her double flip. Her program is very demanding with two double/double combinations, an axel combination, three spins and three double jumps.
She finished the qualifying program flight in first place with 22.05 points to advance to the final where she had a strong skate but lost marks on her flying spin. She finished in eighth place with a total of 21.20 points.
Mikaela Furo: Star 3, silver Coach Veronica Whyte
This was Mikaela’s second time to skate at EOSIC, this year skating at the Star 3 level. Mikaela had a good skate and received her silver status. During her performance, Mikaela showed how much her spins have improved.
Xandra Furo: Star 3, silver Coach Veronica Whyte
Xandra had a good skate for her second experience at EOSIC to receive her silver status. It was an exciting event for Xandra who showed how much power and flow she has in and out of her jumps.