by: Erin Tanner
News and Sports
Pictured: Women’s Golf team alongside their championship banner and trophies. Photo credit: http://www.golancers.ca/
Lancers Golf triumphed at the 2019 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championship which wrapped up on October 8. The women took gold and the men landed in fifth – the best results in the team’s history.
This is the first time that both the men’s and women’s groups have qualified for nationals. With a strong batch of new recruits and the drive to succeed, the Lancers proved that they have what it takes to win.
“It’s a different look certainly than we’ve had in the past,” said Head Coach Adam Wagner, referring to the new and experienced golfers. “Our recruiting class was very strong.”
Laura DeMarco, Alyssa Getty, and Jamie Oleksiew – all former NCAA players – were new additions to the team this year and provided the boost Windsor’s women needed to take the top spot, a first for the Lancers. Along with the win, Wagner was recognized as Coach of the Year for his work with the women’s team, and Getty won an award as the Individual Champion for the women.
“Everyone stepped up to the plate and performed when we needed it most,” remarked DeMarco. She had taken a break from competition and focused on coaching following her NCAA career. However, after deciding to come to Windsor’s Dual J.D. Law program DeMarco came out of her retirement to represent the Lancers. DeMarco was the overall sixth-best scoring player in the women’s division and earned a spot as one of the tournament’s all-stars.
DeMarco emphasized that while the group plays as individuals in tournaments, each member contributed to the Lancers’ success this season. No team can win first overall on the back of one player since the cumulative scores of the teams are calculated. Without a strong team as a whole, the Lancers women never could have achieved the result they have this season.
The men’s team also performed well this season. This has been the best result in the history of the men’s team according to Wagner.
“The guys really came together,” Wagner noted. He expressed appreciation that the men were able to hold their own, despite the high level of competition in the men’s category. He believes that their cohesive group dynamic positively affects their play at tournaments.
Jarrod Smith, a fifth-year Kinesiology student, was particularly successful in this tournament and earned second place overall as an individual male. Although he earned this spot as an individual, Smith attributed the success of the men’s team to the quality of the team as a whole.
“All of the guys are just solid players,” Smith remarked. “Overall, we came together and peaked at the right time.”
Smith, who is set to graduate after this term, is not done with Windsor yet. He intends on returning to Windsor for his Master’s degree and has decided to continue with the golf team as well.
“Hopefully, next year we’ll get the gold,” Smith mused. However, even more than a win, Smith is hoping to make the University of Windsor community proud.
The Lancers can’t get too comfortable just yet – the national championship is in May 2020. With the momentum from this season, Wagner has high expectations for his team at the upcoming national championship. The team will be working throughout the winter to get prepared for the tournament.
The Lancer golfers have proved they have what it takes at the OUA Championships, but now the team must look to the future. With such a strong and experienced team this year, the Lancers have a shot at the championships. This May, the team will have to prove that they really do have what it takes to win.
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