By Larry Moko
Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School will make its debut appearance as a team at next week’s OFSAA boys’ golf championship in Whitby.
The Titans earned the berth by winning the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference team title at Piper’s Heath Golf Club in Milton Thursday. The Tonnos foursome of Luca Carestia, Liam Mosher, Alex Duarte and Adam McLean won by one shot over the second-place Loyola Hawks of Oakville.
Only the top three scores per side counted and Tonnos came in with a 257 total on the par 72, 6,621-yard course.
It won’t be Carestia’s first OFSAA competition, however. He and Johnny Travale of the Bishop Ryan Celtics represented the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association as individuals at last year’s provincial high school tournament in Kingsville.
“It was a super windy day,” Tonnos coach Steve Maga said. “The conditions were terrible. Thank God it wasn’t raining.”
Maga praised his team for its overall performance this season which included first-place finishes at all of the HWCAA events. But in terms of GHAC, the Tonnos coach pointed out that Mosher’s individual contribution was particularly impressive.
“Liam had a fairly consistent year over the four rounds,” Maga said. “But he saved his best for last. I think this was his best round of our season. It really helped catapult us to OFSAA.”
Mosher and Carestia each shot 85. Duarte, at 87, and McLean, at 88, followed close behind. Carestia is a Grade 12 student, while his teammates are all in Grade 11. All work at Oak Gables Golf Club.
Said Maga: “Luca has been our horse. But it was great to see Liam step up today and really help us get the win.”
The HWCAA individual entries were Michael Guyatt of the St. Thomas More Knights (89) and Alex McGee of the Cardinal Newman Cardinals (90). Neither will advance to the Ontario high school showcase event slated for Oct. 10-11 at Royal Ashburn Golf Club.
Guyatt had the best scoring average as an individual during the 2018 HWCAA season. Carestia was second. Those two also excelled on the Hamilton Halton Junior Golf Tour last summer. They each won a tour stop event and then became teammates on Ontario Humber Cup U-19 Junior Tours championship team.
In the girls’ 10-player division at Piper’s Heath, Payton Bennett of Newman shot a 95, while Meg Miron of Hamilton’s ACMT Jaguars carded an 85, one-shot behind the winner, Alexis McMurray of Iroquois Ridge.
The OFSAA Festival for girls’ is scheduled for Oct. 10-11 in Windsor.