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Local golfer heading to Alberta for Canadian Jr. Championships

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Golf has been a passion for Luc Warnock and now that passion is taking him to the Canadian Junior Boys Championships.

Warnock, 17, will be competing in the Canadian Junior Boys Championships in Medicine Hat, Alberta July 28-Aug. 2. He earned the trip by finishing third at the Ontario Junior Boys Championships in Kingston July 3-6.

“I’m so excited. I’m really starting to put together some good rounds lately,” the McGregor resident said.

Warnock said his finish at the Ontario Junior Boys Championships gave him confidence and he believes he is playing well.

“I’m so excited to get going and get underway,” he said.

McGregor resident Luc Warnock is heading to the Canadian Junior Boys Championships later this month. Warnock practices out of Essex Golf and Country Club in LaSalle.

Warnock’s third place finish at the Ontario championships has allowed him to represent Team Ontario in an inter-provincial tournament to be held the first two rounds of the Canadian championships. At the Ontario championships, he was eight strokes back of the leader after two rounds, causing him to have to decide whether to be aggressive in the remaining two rounds and go for the lead or whether to stick with his goal of finishing in the top three.

After the third round, he decided a top five finish would be excellent as the top 37 make the Canadian championship however a strong fourth round got him into the top three and the inter-provincial tournament that only the top three make.

In the third round of the Ontario tournament, he scored a hole-in-one on a par four hole.

Warnock said that he will maintain the same practice regiment that he has been using. He tries to get “one per cent better every day” and he is going to continue doing that.

“I’m keeping the same practice plan as before,” he said. “It should lead to great results.”

This will be the second time that Warnock has competed at the Canadian Junior Boys Championships, as he competed last year when the tournament was in Kingston. He said he missed the cut last year but plans on doing much better this year.

“The magnitude of the tournament got to my head (last year),” he admitted. “This year, I know if I execute my game plan, I’ll be able to contend.”

Warnock said he hopes to continue to play golf at the college level and eventually turn pro.

“As long as I don’t plateau somewhere, there’s no reason I can’t follow my dreams and play pro golf,” said Warnock.

Warnock would play with his father on Father’s Day but after his dad put him in a nine-hole tournament that went to a playoff, Warnock said he was hooked. He is now part of the junior golf program at Essex Golf and Country Club in LaSalle and plays “every day, all day” to sharpen his game.

“I was lucky enough to get in this year,” he said of his membership at Essex Golf and Country Club. “I’m so lucky to be able to practice here.”

Warnock, a graduate of E.J. Lajeunesse Secondary School, said he will be taking a year off from school and will be moving to Florida and spend from September to January with coach Henry Brunton. He credits coaches Brunton and Ryan Robillard for helping him with his golf game.

Warnock also thanked his parents for their hard work and dedication so that he can pursue his dream. He said his mother works two jobs while is father works a lot of overtime at his job.

“They do everything they can to give me the opportunity (to reach my dream),” he said.

 

Mission golf tournament raises approximately $6,500

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The organizer of the 11th annual Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament is pleased with how this year’s event played out.

“This year, we did really well,” said Winston McAllister. “It was amazing weather and we had great support as always.”

There were 136 golfers this year, McAllister stated.

The tournament was held at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle.

“We were up 40 golfers from last year’s tournament,” he said. “We had a lot of great support from a lot of great sponsors as they really helped us out.”

McAllister, son of mission board of directors president Tim McAllister, said he couldn’t put a finger on exactly why so many people came out this year, but added they have a good core group of golfers that attend with newcomers joining them.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Misson’s golf tournament was Saturday at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle. The winning foursome this year included (from left): Kyle Booker, Jesse Carter, Bruce Bratt and Mark Bondy.

“Hopefully people had fun and continue to come back,” said McAllister, who stated the tournament topped the $6,500 mark.

“Our eleven-year total to date is $62,600,” he said.

All proceeds will go directly back into the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, he added.

“The mission is run 100 per cent by volunteers,” said McAllister. “Whatever their greatest need is, the money will be used to support that.”

McAllister added he thanks all the volunteers, sponsors, golfers and all who supported the July 7 tournament.

“There’s so many people who made this happen,” he said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had with this golf tournament.”

People understand why the mission is needed, he added.

“I th ink the need for the mission is clear,” said McAllister. “Some people fall on hard times. ‘People Helping People’ is their motto and they are here to help the community.”

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission is located at 298 Victoria St. S. and their phone number is 519-736-9140. For more information, visit www.aburgmission.ca or “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmherstburgMission.

Seniors get introduction to golf

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Thanks to a golf professional, several people within the community got a chance to try the game for the first time.

Matt Bodde met with a group of golfing beginners in the Libro Centre’s indoor sports field. It was mainly seniors who turned out the first time but he is offering paid courses in January and April.

“This was a free clinic for a new program we’re bringing to the Libro Centre,” explained Bodde. “We’re doing it in here with softer balls.”

Local golf pro Matt Bodde demonstrates a swing during a recent workshop at the Libro Centre. Courses will be offered in January and April.

Bodde, who is the golf pro at Seven Lakes Golf Course in LaSalle, said he approached Libro Centre staff about starting a new golf program with the aim, in part, to get seniors interested in golfing. However, the course is designed for beginners and for those who need to “brush up on their golfing skills.”

Aspects of the course will include fitness, learning the basics of golf from the grip to the swing and video analysis as well.

“I worked in the United States for 30 years as a club pro,” added Bodde.

Bodde believes there will be a good turnout for the classes, which will be capped at ten people per class. People are asked to bring their own clubs, with required clubs for the first class being a wood, a seven-iron, a pitching wedge and a putter.

Winter classes are Jan. 17, 19, 24 and 26 from 10-11 a.m. Spring classes are April 11, 13, 18 and 20 from 10-11 a.m. The fees are $70.

People can register at the Libro Centre. Bodde asks that registration be done no later than 48 hours in advance to the session start date.

Local golfer wraps up successful season, goes to OFSAA

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local youth golfer did well this past season, including strong performances with his school’s golf team.

Josh DiCarlo of General Amherst High School was the individual SWOSSAA champion shooting a -4 (68) at the SWOSSAA championship.  He went on to OFSAA and fired rounds of 73-78 – 151 (+7) in some pretty tough conditions to finish 18th out of 120 players at the OFSAA Championship.

The 16-year-old Grade 11 student said that he made five birdies as part of the SWOSSAA tournament and was happy with how he shot in the first round at OFSAA.

“My mind stayed in the moment,” he said.

DiCarlo said conditions were hard both days and was also satisfied with his second day at OFSAA.

“It was hitting my drives well. The putts weren’t falling,” he said. “I still had fun with the kids I played with.”

General Amherst golfer Josh DiCarlo finished first at SWOSSAA and finished a respectable 18th out of 120 golfers at OFSAA.

DiCarlo is no stranger to tournament success, winning five times in 2017 on the AJGA, GAO and MJT golf circuits, the latter being a tournament in Calgary. He also finished sixth on the Jamieson Tour.

Noting that he would still like to strengthen the mental aspect of his game, DiCarlo said he likes the individual challenges of golf.

“I like how you can’t blame anyone for a mistake,” he said. “It’s all on you.”

DiCarlo said his love of golf started when he went with his father Mark to Oxley to play and his passion grew to where he golfs daily at Pointe West when the whether permits. He plays in tournaments across Ontario, travels to Ohio and elsewhere when he is given the opportunity.

“I’m hoping to get a scholarship,” he said. “I’m going to keep working hard and keep my grades up.”

DiCarlo also thanked his parents Mark and Michelle for “for allowing me to play the sport I love” and General Amherst golf coach Jeff Miller for “everything he does for the golf program.”

Local 13-year-old golfer winning big on the links

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Kyla Charlebois had a plastic golf club placed in her hand when she first learned to walk.

Now, the 13-year-old Amherstburg girl uses the real thing and is proving she is quite good at what she does.

Charlebois, a Grade 8 student at École St.-Jean Baptiste, captured three championships on the golf course, including one that will send her to Florida next July.

Kyla Charlebois, a Grade 8 student at École St.-Jean Baptiste, is picking up wins on the golf course. The Amherstburg resident will be heading to the Optimist World Championships in Florida next year.

“This year, I won the Southland Tournament. I also qualified for the Optimist World Championships in Florida,” she explained. “I also won the junior girls club championship at Pointe West.”

The local youth calls Pointe West Golf Club her home course and she said she “feels pretty good” about her accomplishments over the past year. Among the other accomplishments she has earned during her golfing career include winning the Southland nine-hole tournament two years ago and winning the Canadian Nationals in London last year.

In all, Charlebois plays in roughly 12-15 golf tournaments per year.

Charlebois stated that she practices daily and often goes right to the golf course before doing her homework. That said, she still is a straight-A student. Some of her friends don’t like golf, she admitted, but are still very supportive of her.

Her father Ryan, who is also her coach, said his daughter practices four to six hours per day in the summertime and hits into a net installed in the family’s garage during the winter to stay in shape.

Kyla Charlebois, a Grade 8 student at École St.-Jean Baptiste, is picking up wins on the golf course. The Amherstburg resident will be heading to the Optimist World Championships in Florida next year.

Charlebois said her short game is her strength but would like to improve her driving, noting “I would like to hit the ball farther.”

The mental game is something she would also like to work on so she doesn’t get bothered as much by bad shots.

“Next year, I want to play on the Jamieson Tour,” said Charlebois.

Golf is a part of her future, she envisions, as she said she would like to earn a scholarship to university and, maybe one day, join the LPGA Tour. Golfers such as Brooke Henderson, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas are among those she looks up to.