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Waterloo Sweeps OUA Golf Championships with Double Gold

KINGSTON, Ont. (October 18, 2011) – The Waterloo Warriors took home both the men’s and women’s OUA golf Championships in Kingston, Ontario. Both men and women battled through tough winds on the final day of action.

The men’s team entered day two at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club trailing the first place team from Queen’s by five strokes. The team was led by strong play from individual leader Garret Rank of Elmira, Ont. who finished the tournament at two-over and shot an impressive 68 in today’s final day.

On the team leaderboard, Waterloo came home with the Championship with a combined team score of 594, followed by the Queen’s Gaels at 600 and Western Mustangs at 601.

On the individual circuit, Rank topped all golfers finishing two-over for the tournament taking home the gold medal. Guelph’s Chris Hemmerich of Kitchener, Ont. who finished four-over took home the silver while the Gaels’ Russell Bowie of Mississauga, Ont. who shot six-over brought home bronze thanks to his 73 second round score.

Finishing out the first team all-stars were Western’s Charles Fitzsimmons of North York, Ont. who shot a six-over and Jordan Oudyk of Oshawa, Ont. who finished eight-over.

Along with Bowie as part of the silver medal Queen’s team were Mark Welsh of London, Ont., Taylor Henderson of Richmond, Hill, Ont., Matt Courchene of Carleton Place, Ont. and Echo Chan of Kingston, Ont.

On the women’s side, no amount of wind or overcast skies could throw the Waterloo Warriors off their game.  With a total combined score of 486, the Warriors were victorious.

Finishing in second place was the Western Mustangs team, who were 18 strokes behind the Warriors at 504, while the Guelph Gryphons faired one stroke more in third place, scoring 505.

The Windsor Lancers’ Meaghan Pototschnik of Stratford, Ont. posted an impressive 77 in the final round and took home the individual gold for the tournament. Potoschnick’s two-day scores were 82 and 77, putting her 15-over two shots lower than round one leader from the Gryphon’s, Christine Fraser of Kingston, Ont.

Rounding out the top three and tied for second place were Fraser and Waterloo Warrior, Jane Tang of Toronto at 17-over. The Varsity Blues Laura Upenieks of Toronto and Warriors Mandy Wong of Calgary, Alta. round out the first-team all-stars.