Falcons men's golf team takes OCAA Championship

Group shot of the men's golf team. CREDIT: FANSHAWE ATHLETICS
The men's golf team took home gold at the OCAA Provincial Golf Championship for the first time in 30 years.

The Fanshawe Falcons men’s golf team took the gold at the 2022 OCAA Provincial Golf Championship. The Falcons attended the event on Oct. 5 at the Legends on the Niagara Golf Course in Niagara Falls. The team won the provincial championships for the first time in 30 years, with their previous win coming in 1992. The team is led by head coach Colin Robertson, who has been with the team since 2015. With the wins at the event, Robertson has now led the team to medals at the OCAA Championships three years in a row.

“They were the ones to win that gold medal, they did it and they earned it. I’m just lucky enough to be along for the ride,” said Robertson. “It feels great to have the training you’ve done with the team pay off, especially when the guys are really buying into the program and believing in themselves.”

On top of the team’s overall success, the Falcons took home individual medals as well with Mitchel Hampson (Mitchell, Ont.) and Ben Landers (Delaware, Ont.) bringing home gold and silver respectively.

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The Falcons finished off the event with a three-day team total of 873 (+9), five shots ahead of Humber College, who finished second. Hampson was the front-runner and led the team with a three-day score of 210, posting consistent rounds of 70-70- 70 to finish six under par. Landers, in his first year with the team, had a spectacular final round (66) to lock in second place with a score of three under (213). With their successes, Hampson and Landers were both named to the OCAA All-Ontario Team.

“All the guys have really developed a recipe, as we like to call it, a recipe on how to hit a shot. Playing percentages and focusing, that’s something they’ve done extremely well at,” Robertson said on how his team kept calm heading into the provincial championships.

The OCAA champions team was rounded out by Colin Warren (London, Ont.) who finished in seventh with a three day total of 224, as well as Luke Evans (Georgetown, Ont.) and Brent Schidowka (Komoka, Ont.) who both tied for 12th, finishing with 232.

The Fanshawe women’s golf team attended the event as well, finishing in fourth place in their tournament. Jinnie Seo (Seoul) led the way individually for the women with a three-day total of 318, finishing in 10th place overall.

Robertson said that training and control made all the difference in helping the team stand out.

“When I was a player, we almost had to go out blind and battle to find ways to get more control of the outcome,” Robertson said. “The biggest difference between then and now is the players have more control over their own game. Back in the day, we never really had that training whereas this is a bit of a different mentality, we have that weapon in our arsenal.”