The UOIT Ridgebacks are hosting the Ontario University Athletics men’s golf championships for the second year in a row at Oshawa Golf and Curling Club. They will be looking for a better result than last year and according to head coach Peter Butler they have the players to reach this goal.
The Ridgebacks will look to execute on their home golf course as it is where the team practices and it is where players James Krantz (Oshawa, Ont.), Riley Prentice (Oshawa, Ont), Jordan Legros (Oshawa, Ont), Josh Harrop (Oshawa, Ont), Mackenzie Dasti (Oshawa, Ont) and Max Kisil (Oshawa, Ont) called their home course before joining the Ridgebacks golf team.
The Ridgebacks are looking to improve on the ninth place finish from one year ago and will be led into the championships by team captain, Krantz. The Ridgebacks have played above expectations this year, says Butler.
To start this season the team captured a silver medal at the Queen’s Invitational and individually Krantz finished atop the leaderboard shooting a 5-under 65 to win by four strokes.
Butler and assistant coach Jamie Loverock both say the team has what it takes to finish in the top five but the players should not let it get to them too much because overthinking things can be detrimental to how the team plays.
Loverock says the expectations are to always win but they need keep things in perspective.
“We obviously want to win but we have to be realistic and we would be happy with a top three or top five finish this year,” says Loverock.
If the Ridgebacks are successful in finishing in the top five of the OUA championships they have sealed an invitation to the national championships next season.
The Ridgebacks were fortunate to have players returning from last season who gained experience playing in the OUA championships, says Butler. Krantz and Prentice are among those players. “Prentice started out with the Ridgebacks as a quiet guy but has really stepped up and has played a part in the leadership role on the team this season,” says Loverock.
However, Krantz, Prentice, Nicklaus Dirk and Ben Kennedy are four of the five starters on the roster who are in their final season with the team and winning the OUA national championships on the team’s home course would be a great sendoff for those players, says Butler.