Ontario Bantam Championship Decided at Loyalist Country Club

Raesa Sheikh (Left) and Ethan Cardwell win the Ontario Bantam Championships (Photo: Golf Ontario)

(Bath, Ontario)— The Investors Group Ontario Bantam Boys’ and Girls’ Championships wrapped up on Aug. 23 from Loyalist Country Club in Bath. Once again the players faced a rain delay, although round two’s was nowhere near as long as the delay during round one. The day finished late for the winners but at the end of the two-day event it was Courtice’s Ethan Cardwell taking the Boys’ title, while Markham’s Raesa Sheikh captured the Girls’ Championship.

Cardwell, from the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club, began the day two-shots off the lead thanks to an opening round of even par (72). After three pars to open the round, he dropped a stroke with a bogey on the fourth. He would get it back with a birdie on the ninth and was even after the front nine. Cardwell moved to one-under for the day thanks to another birdie on the 12th. After a bogey on the 16th, he added one more birdie on the 18th. That brought him to one-under (71) for the day and one-under (72-71-143) for the championship. While he did need to wait for one more group to finish, Cardwell would still be declared the winner by two shots.

“This win means a lot to me,” said Cardwell. “I lost by two shots last year, with a good, solid closing round, so it definitely felt good to get the win this year. I have been hitting the ball really well lately, my ball-striking has been key and when my putts have dropped, my scores have been good, whether last week at the (Ontario) Juvenile Championship or here.”

Starting in the second to last group, Cardwell said he had a plan in mind to chase down the leaders. “Coming into the day I picked a number. I thought about 70 or 69 but when I saw the weather, I realized I just needed to stay patient. I dropped a big putt on nine and just waited for my chances.”

Earning the silver medal was Toronto’s Beni Long. Long, from The Country Club, found himself two-over at the turn, however he would find his groove on the back nine with birdies on the 12th and 15th. That helped him finish one-over (73), which is where he ended the tournament (72-73-145).

There was a six-way tie for the bronze medal at a tournament total of three-over. Sharing the medal were: Toronto’s Alex Long (79-68-147), Burlington’s Peter Blazevic (76-71-147), North York’s Gerry Mei (76-71-147), Tecumseh’s Nicholas Tanovich (73-74-147), Little Britain’s Justin Matthews (70-77-147), and Oakville’s William Herbert (71-76-147).

In the Girls’ Championship, Sheikh, from Cedar Brae Golf Club, had a rough start to the round as she found herself five-over at the turn. However, she would settle down on the back nine. She bogeyed the 10th but then birdied the 12thbefore pars on the next four holes. After a bogey on 17, Sheikh found herself on the par-five 18th putting for eagle. She would drain the 15-foot putt for eagle and the win. She finished the day four-over (76) to bring her tournament total to four-over (72-76-148).

Afterwards, Sheikh spoke about the putt that won it all. “It was really scary at first, I didn’t believe that it went in. I was very shaky but I’m glad that it did drop.”

Sheikh acknowledged that she had some struggles early on but talked about how she remained calm. “I tried to shake it off the best that I could. I made myself restart on the back nine and told myself that it was a new nine and just tried to go low.”

Taking the silver medal was Oshawa’s Madelin Boyd. Boyd, from Lakeridge Links Golf Club, had the low round of the day, an even par (72). Boyd bogeyed the opening hole but quickly got the stroke back with back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes. She would bogey 12 and 16, but ended the day strong with a birdie on the 18th. She completed the tournament at six-over (78-72-150).

Rounding out the podium was London’s Jillian Friyia. Friyia, from Highland Country Club, had a share of the lead entering the round. She would battle during the final round and found herself five-over as she made the turn. She would add a pair of bogey’s on the back nine but was able to hang onto the bronze medal finishing the day seven-over (79) and the tournament seven-over (72-79-151).

Girls Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 Total
1 Raesa Sheikh  Cedar Brae GC +4 F +4 72 76 148
2 Madelin Boyd  Lakeridge Links Golf Club E F +6 78 72 150
3 Jillian A Friyia  Highland Country Club +7 F +7 72 79 151
T4 Brooke Rivers  Brampton GC +2 F +9 79 74 153
T4 Ava Koukofikas  Cedar Brae GC +6 F +9 75 78 153
6 Lauren Zaretsky  Ladies GC of Toronto +8 F +10 74 80 154
T7 Nyah Kelly  Lindsay Golf & Country Cl +7 F +14 79 79 158
T7 Megan Fitchett  Lakeridge Links Golf Club +8 F +14 78 80 158
T9 Cynthia Ni  The Summit G&CC +5 F +18 85 77 162
T9 Alexis McMurray  Glen Abbey GC +8 F +18 82 80 162
11 Rachel Demaine  Glen Abbey GC +10 F +21 83 82 165
T12 Mikayla Bourgeois  Brampton GC +9 F +23 86 81 167
T12 Annie Wanying Yu  Station Creek GC +8 F +23 87 80 167
T14 Krystal (Zhuotong) Li  Cedar Brae GC +12 F +24 84 84 168
T14 Payton Bennett  Twenty Valley Golf & Coun +18 F +24 78 90 168
T16 Annie Piggott  Lindsay Golf & Country Cl +13 F +28 87 85 172
T16 Lauren Gervais  Public Player +14 F +28 86 86 172
T16 Peyton Costabile  Whistle Bear Golf Club +16 F +28 84 88 172
19 Madeleine Pytura  Rivermead GC +13 F +31 90 85 175
20 Madeline Choi  Craigowan G & CC +18 F +32 86 90 176
21 Bo Brown  Blue Springs Golf Club +18 F +33 87 90 177
T22 Katherine Cranston  Blue Springs Golf Club +17 F +34 89 89 178
T22 Roycee Southerland  Cedar Brae GC +17 F +34 89 89 178
24 Olivia Sargla  Whistle Bear Golf Club +19 F +36 89 91 180
T25 Nicole Gal  Oakville Golf Club +19 F +40 93 91 184
T25 Emily McKee  Rattlesnake Point GC +24 F +40 88 96 184
27 Milannia Collins  York Downs Golf & Country +21 F +41 92 93 185
28 Isabella Ferguson  eQuinelle Golf Club +18 F +47 101 90 191
29 Jacqueline Giles  Cutten Fields +32 F +50 90 104 194
30 Mia Sung  The Summit G&CC +28 F +58 102 100 202
31 Maya Cote  Blue Springs Golf Club +32 F +66 106 104 210
32 Alyssa Perruccio  Brampton GC +38 F +71 105 110 215
33 Hailey Hendershott  Brantford G&CC +53 F +97 116 125 241

Boys Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 Total
1 Ethan Cardwell  Oshawa Golf & Curling -1 F -1 72 71 143
2 Beni Long  The Country Club +1 F +1 72 73 145
T3 Alex Long  The Country Club -4 F +3 79 68 147
T3 Peter Blazevic  Greystone Golf Club -1 F +3 76 71 147
T3 Gerry Mei  Station Creek GC -1 F +3 76 71 147
T3 Nicholas Tanovich  Beach Grove G&CC +2 F +3 73 74 147
T3 Justin Matthews  Oshawa Golf & Curling +5 F +3 70 77 147
T3 William Herbert  Public Player +4 F +3 71 76 147
9 Thomas Latter  Credit Valley Golf & Coun +2 F +4 74 74 148
10 Kayden White  Whistle Bear Golf Club +2 F +5 75 74 149
T11 Kiefer Bulau  King Valley Golf Club E F +6 78 72 150
T11 Owen Allen  Weston G&CC +3 F +6 75 75 150
T11 Oscar Feschuk  Scarboro Golf & Country C +6 F +6 72 78 150
T14 Ben Hirasawa  Islington GC E F +7 79 72 151
T14 Ben MacLean  St. Catharines Golf & Cou +3 F +7 76 75 151
T14 Vick Gu  Cedar Brae GC +3 F +7 76 75 151
T14 Zach Burt  Whistle Bear Golf Club +7 F +7 72 79 151
T18 Joel Storoschuk  Norfolk Golf & Country Cl +3 F +8 77 75 152
T18 Caden Holmes  Napanee Golf & Country Cl +7 F +8 73 79 152
T18 Spencer Higginbottom  Beach Grove G&CC +10 F +8 70 82 152
T21 Jack Dool  The Club at North Halton +3 F +9 78 75 153
T21 Oliver Taillefer  Idylwylde Golf & Country +3 F +9 78 75 153
T23 Mathew Hawryluk  Maple City Country Club E F +10 82 72 154
T23 Cameron Pero  Picton Golf & Country Clu +3 F +10 79 75 154
T23 Graem Costigan  Whistle Bear Golf Club +7 F +10 75 79 154
T26 Zander Gibson  Glencairn GC +1 F +11 82 73 155
T26 Bradyn Wark  St. Catharines Golf & Cou +4 F +11 79 76 155
T26 Ethan Irvine  Dundas Valley Golf & Curl +7 F +11 76 79 155
T26 Bradley Parker  Thornhill Club +7 F +11 76 79 155
T26 Connor Munro  Weston G&CC +8 F +11 75 80 155
T26 Nolan Piazza  Public Player +8 F +11 75 80 155
32 Josh Stalteri  Quarry GC +2 F +12 82 74 156
T33 Sam Hogan  Rattlesnake Point GC +4 F +13 81 76 157
T33 Ty Stansfield  Thornhill Club +6 F +13 79 78 157
T33 Andrew Gwilliams  Public Player +7 F +13 78 79 157
T36 Carson Duffy  Bigwin Island Golf Club +4 F +14 82 76 158
T36 Ellis Kinnaird  Mississippi +6 F +14 80 78 158
T36 Kavith Ranchagoda  Beacon Hall GC +6 F +14 80 78 158
T39 Eric Jung  Glendale Golf & CC +7 F +15 80 79 159
T39 Laurier Perrault  Rivermead GC +9 F +15 78 81 159
T39 Yutaka Nohdomi  Cedar Brae GC +10 F +15 77 82 159
T42 Benjamin Landers  The Oaks GC +8 F +16 80 80 160
T42 Caden McHenry  The Summit G&CC +10 F +16 78 82 160
T44 Hunter Kolm  The Summit G&CC +2 F +17 87 74 161
T44 Andrew Young  Blue Springs Golf Club +7 F +17 82 79 161
T44 Matthew Peesker  York Downs Golf & Country +8 F +17 81 80 161
T47 Matthew Inglis  Barrie CC +7 F +18 83 79 162
T47 Jack Moro  Chapples Golf Club +11 F +18 79 83 162
T47 Daniel Abraha  Cataraqui Golf & Country +11 F +18 79 83 162
50 Owen Kim  Hidden Lake GC +8 F +20 84 80 164
T51 SeHyeon Yi  Station Creek GC +8 F +21 85 80 165
T51 Ethan Gillis  Cherry Downs G & CC +10 F +21 83 82 165
T53 Tyler Richardson  Sawmill Creek Golf Resort +13 F +24 83 85 168
T53 Jared Berry  Public Player +16 F +24 80 88 168
T53 Mike Barnett  Hidden Lake GC +17 F +24 79 89 168
56 Dylan Norrey  Mississaugua +16 F +26 82 88 170
57 Nathaniel Gray Lamont  Cutten Fields +13 F +27 86 85 171
58 Arman Mohammed  Station Creek GC +18 F +29 83 90 173
59 Benjamin Fowke  Timberwolf Golf Club +9 F +30 93 81 174
60 Hunter Baird  Whistle Bear Golf Club +17 F +33 88 89 177
61 Matthew Whitehead  Cambridge Golf Club +17 F +34 89 89 178
62 Jake McBride  Public Player +15 F +36 93 87 180
63 Aleck Simms  Amherstview Golf Club +21 F +38 89 93 182
64 Dallas Burgess  Chapples Golf Club +17 F +43 98 89 187
65 Charlie Smith  Dragon’s Fire Golf Club +27 F +52 97 99 196