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Sunday, Jul. 22, 2018
Sudbury golfers claim NOSSA championships
by Randy Pascal

A summer of working her game has really paid off for St Benedict Bears golfer Julia Plexman.

The grade 12 senior followed up a close win at the city championships with an impressive performance at NOSSA, carding a 93 earlier this week and taking the tournament by seven strokes.

"I thought it was going to be more difficult, just because there were girls playing that were from North Bay, from out of town, that definitely had a shot at doing well," said Plexman.

In reality, she distanced herself nicely from a chase group that included Gracen Lacko of Lo-Ellen (100), Brittany Stitt of St Joseph Scollard Hall (102), and Brianna Whitson (Lasalle) and Hannah Nykilchuk (Lockerby), both at 103.

"I was able to hit a lot more greens (in regulation), instead of having to chip on," noted Plexman. "That definitely saved me a couple of strokes - and the conditions were better today."

With the win, Plexman advances to the OFSAA Golf Festival, being hosted in Windsor on October 12th and 13th. On the boys side of the draw, it was a day of mixed emotions for NOSSA champion Jordie Walker, representing the St Charles College Cardinals.

While the local teen brought his "A" game to the Lively Golf & Country Club, finishing his round at 70, three shots better than Tristan Renaud of Lockerby, an apparent scoring error denied the Cardinals the aggregate team title, which the Lockerby Vikings went on to claim.

Joining Renaud in scoring for the Vikings were Emmett Taillefer (78), Carter Grace (82) and Jack Wisniewski (84), with teammate Ryder Johnston close on their heels at 87.

Rounding out the top five individual scores for the NOSSA boys were Conrad Naponse (St Benedict) and Gage King (Widdifield), both at 75, and SDSSAA champion Alexander Fowke at 76.

The qualifying young men will advance to an official OFSAA playdown, also on October 12th and 13th, though their host venue will be the Saugeen Golf Club in Port Elgin.

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