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Golf team sits in fifth place after Day 1
After day one at the OUA Golf Championships, our Laurier Golden Hawks sit in fifth place out of ten teams, shooting a team score of 304. It was a breezy but comfortable day for the players, compared to some cool and wet conditions throughout the fall season, and the scores reflected the seasonal weather. Queen's University sits atop the leader board with a team total of 295, and they are chased by the Waterloo Warriors at 299. The University of Western Ontario and University of Ottawa are tied 3rd at 302. The championship is conducted over 2 days, so our Hawks are in striking position with 18 holes remaining.

It has been a rebuilding season for the men's golf program; four of the five members of the team this week are rookies at the OUA Championships. However, the team has dealt with the ups and downs of rebuilding, sickness and off-course distractions with steely resolve.

Highlights for the first day include a hole-in-one by third year Hawk Matthew Farronato (Hamilton, Ont.). Ignoring the strong wind and extremely challenging flag location at the 12th hole, Matt finessed a smooth draw right in the cup, 227 yards away for the ace. The 12th was one of the most difficult holes on the day, and Farronato was able to translate his success there into an 18 hole total of 71. He sits alone in third spot individually, trailing U of T's Scott Samuel (68), and Western's Charles Fitzsimmons (70).

Brett Murray (Newmarket, Ont.), playing in the number one position on the team, fired a  disappointing 76, playing with both the individual leaders. "I know what I have to do to be better on day two," said Murray. Look for him to bounce back and lead the team heading into the final 18 holes.

Freshman Neil Khosla (Mississsauga, Ont.) navigated the South Course at Angus Glen in 77 strokes, which included an amazing five birdies. Khosla looks to clean up the errors from day one to finish strong in his first OUA Championship.

The team would like to extend their thoughts and prayers to the Colley family. Team captain JEFF COLLEY has a tough time recently, and the Hawks are grinding hard for him!

Stay tuned for more details from the 2009 OUA Golf Championships coming soon.
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