By Larry Moko
Johnny Travale of the Bishop Ryan Celtics is one shot off the pace after the first round of the 2017 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations golf championship.
The 36-hole event is being held at the 6,534-yard Kingsville Golf and Country Club and concludes Thursday.
Travale fired a 1-under-par 71 on Day 1 of the annual provincial high school finals and is tied for second place with Freddy D’Angelo of Welland Notre Dame.
The leader, at 2-under 70, is Peyton Callens of Simcoe Holy Trinity.
Luca Carestia of the Bishop Tonnos Titans is the other representative from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association. He shot a 77 and is tied for 26th position.
Carestia is a Grade 11 student, while Travale will begin a golf scholarship at Kent State University next fall.
Travale took part in the OFSAA tournament in 2015, tying for eighth place. His scores at Kingsville on that occasion were 77-71.
In team competition, the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference’s entry is Burlington’s Corpus Christi Longhorns.
Elsewhere, the OFSAA girls’ golf festival is being held in North Bay. It, too, is a two-day competition. Payton Bennett of the Cardinal Newman Cardinals carded an 88, while Meg Miron of the ACMT Jaguars shot 89. The opening-round leader is Taylor Kehoe (74) of Strathroy DCI.