HIGH ACHIEVERS: Stay-At-Home Edition
Keeping Local Sport Spirit High During the Pandemic
By Martin Cleary
The 2020 Ottawa Valley and Quebec competitive golf seasons started late and the most meaningful championships were crammed together in a short time. But at least the golfers had a chance to feel like competitive golfers.
The awards are presented to the student-athlete golfers for their academic excellence or academic and athletic success. This is the seventh consecutive year Quebec Golf has awarded scholarships between $2,000 and $4,000 to reach student-athlete junior golfer.
The 5 Ottawa Valley Golf Association recipients are: Mathis Rollin, Camelot, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; James Newton, Royal Ottawa, Virtual H.S.; Antonia Ho, Kanata, St. Paul H.S.; Yaorui Xu, Ottawa Hunt, John McCrae S.S.; Isaiah Ibit, GreyHawk, St. Peter S.S.
Mathis Rollin, James Newton, Antonia Ho and Isaiah Ibit earned their scholarships for academic excellence, while Yaorui Yu was awarded his for academic and athletic success.
Mathis Rollin, 18, shot a two-under, two-round score of 142 to finish tied for fifth at the Quebec boys’ junior championship. At the OVGA championship level, he reached the semifinals of the match-play tournament and was ninth in the city and district medal play.
James Newton, 16, was the top OVGA boys’ juvenile golfer, having won the city and district medal-play championship with a 2-under 70 and the match-play title, after qualifying 3rd in the preliminary round. He was eighth among juveniles at the Quebec Golf championship.
As a bantam (U14) golfer, Antonia Ho, 14, is one of the best in the region. At the Quebec Golf girls’ junior championship, she tied for 15th, was eighth as a juvenile and won the U14 class. The OVGA bantam champion also was second in the Quebec bantam championship.
Yaorui Xu, 14, had three impressive results at the Quebec Golf junior championships, placing 7th overall, third in juvenile and winning U14. On the OVGA circuit, he was a double bantam champion, taking the city and district medal- and match-play titles.
Isaiah Ibit, 14, battled Yaorui Xu all season, but finished 2nd in the OVGA city and district medal-play championship and reached the match-play semifinals. At the Quebec Golf boys’ junior championship, he tied for 33rd overall, tied for 13th as a juvenile was fifth in U14.
Martin Cleary has written about amateur sports for over 47 years. A past Canadian sportswriter of the year and Ottawa Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement in Sport Media honouree, Martin retired from full-time work at the Ottawa Citizen in 2012, but continued to write a bi-weekly “High Achievers” column for the Citizen/Sun.
When the pandemic struck, Martin created the “Stay-Safe Edition” to provide some positive news during tough times, via his Twitter account at first and now here at OttawaSportsPages.ca.
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