2012 Tubie photos
Over the past weekend the South Dundas Novice C1 Lions notched a pair of victories that continue to leave them near the top of the standings in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. While […]
Good weather, good course conditions and some difficult pin placements were keys to the annual Cedar Glen Men’s Open golf competition on Monday, said Kurtis Barley, who posted a solid two-under-par 68 to easily walk away with the championship.
Despite the tough pin placements, 12 golfers broke the 80 barrier in a field of 72 golfers.
“The course is in really great shape,” said Barkley following his win.”The greens were a little quick and some of the pins were tricky. If you were putting downhill, there was the possibility of it rolling off the green. I only made one really good putt all day, and had two stupid bogies [both from three putts], but I played well.”
A pair of birdies on the front combined with one of Barkley’s bogies put him one under (33) at the turn. His only difficulty on the front was on the par four, 401 yard seventh hole when he caught a tree with his tee-shot. “That left me about 220 yards out.” A three-wood got him to the fringe and “I three putted from there.”
Then on the back, he collected a pair of bogies on the par four, 12th and 16th holes. On 16, “I three-putted from six feet. It lipped out twice.” He finished the back at one under with birdies on 13, 15 and 18 for the one under 35 and his 68 total.
In addition to Barkley’s 68 there were a number of solid rounds in the 26-player A flight.
Next up was Upper Canada’s Tom Thompson with a 73. Thompson’s 73 gave him the low net in A flight with a 65.
Lance LePage of Morrisburg was just one stroke back with a 74, and Fabian Adams and Craig Nooyen tied with 76’s.
James Morrell, Lonnie McIntosh and Rick Barkley posted 78s, and Brad Mayhew and Mike Guy tied with 79s.
Three-year defending champ, Paul Nooyen was out of this year’s race with an 80.
The second big story of the day came out of B class with Cedar Glen’s Greg VanDellen picking up a solid win with a 74. VanDellen used birdies on the first two holes, and then added a third on the par three sixth for a strong even par 34 front. He added a 40 back nine for his 74 finish.
Next up was Morrisburg’s Kirk Barkley with a 77, followed by Cedar Glen’s Chris Phifer at 79. Barkley’s 77 gave him the B flight low net win with a 63.
The three B flight players, brought the total to 12 golfers for the day to break the 80 barrier.
Next up in B flight were Mike Laurin (Upper Canada) with an 81, Bruce Whitteker (Cedar Glen) at 82, Daryl Shelp (Cedar Glen) at 83 and Dave MacLenaghan (Morrisburg) 84.
Cedar Glen players John Macpherson and Lawrence Larocque and Iroquois’ Don Poland tied with 85s in the 36 player B division.
Doug Warner (Morrisburg) was the top shooter in the 10-player C flight with an 89. Low net in C flight went to Jason McIntosh who shot a 91 for the low net score of 70.
Next up were Francis Barkley with a 94 and Ben Macpherson with a 95. Byron Brunt shot a 98 and two-year defending C champion, Mike Berube was next with a 100.
For the figure skater, timing is so very important and on Saturday, at the Skate Ontario Championship here, Alexis Engwerda’s timing was perfect as she skated to the senior bronze ladies gold medal win.
The Morrisburg Figure Skate Club member who has been skating since she was three years old, put together her very best skate ever to finish in first place ahead of the other 17 skaters in the Senior Bronze category. She chalked up a personal best score of 26.52, well up from her previous pb of 23.53 which she skated at EOSIC in February for a second place finish and the right to represent Eastern Ontario at the Ontario championship.
“The pressure was qualifying for this competition and placing at EOSIC, therefore we were just going to enjoy the experience and honour of attending the all-Ontario event, have fun and skate the best we could,” said coach Allison Scott. “Alexis rose to the challenge and had an amazing clean skate.”
“As far as I know we have never had anyone win at this level,” said Morrisburg Club president Julie Van Hoof. “We are a small club from a small town and this is a big accomplishment. Alexis has had a very good year and she should be very proud of her accomplishments.”
And indeed Engwerda is delighted with her win. “I wasn’t expecting to get that big a mark. I’m excited because it was my personal best.”
The grade 10 students at North Dundas District High School says she wasn’t nervous going into the competition. “My warm up was good, and my skate just kind of flowed. I just went after one element at a time.”
Engwerda’s program consists of a spiral sequence, three spins and six jump elements, five being double jumps. The jumps include a double/double combination.
For the Skate Ontario competition a second double flip replaced a double Salchow.
“More points are awarded for the flip and it has become a very consistent jump for Alexis,” explained Scott of the change.
“Alexis skated effortlessly with her warm smile,” said Scott. “She precisely linked all of the elements with her intricate footwork and artistry flair and she attacked every element with focus and determination. She had a beautiful combination spin, a strong double salchow/double toe-loop combination and a gorgeous double flip in combination.
“When they announced her score we were ecstatic and absolutely thrilled that she had improved by three points since EOSIC. It was an outstanding accomplishment. She had achieved her goals and we were please with how well she had performed.”
Engwerda was the sixth skater on the ice in the 18 skater senior bronze category and after her skate, and her score put her in front of the previous five skaters and she and Scott settled back to watch and enjoying the remaining skaters.
It was only as each of the remaining 12 skaters finished their programs and Alexis score continued to be the one to beat, that the realization slowly began to sink in.
“It became very emotional once we realized she had won,” says Scott. “It was truly exhilarating to hear her name announced as Skate Ontario Senior Bronze Champion! Words cannot express how impressed and proud I am of Alexis. She is a hard-working and determined skaters and such a charming sweet girl who is absolute pleasure to coach.”
With the Skate Ontario Gold medal now in a place of honour with her many skate awards, Alexis is now turning her attention towards the upcoming ice show to be performed with her fellow Morrisburg Skate Club skaters at the end of March.
She has just recently successfully completed her testing and will move up to the Junior Silver level which will add 30 seconds to her program. She has one final competition at the Senior Bronze level in April in Gloucester.