By Fred Wallace
The Ontario Amateur Golf Championships were staged last week; the Men were at Oxford Golf & Country near Woodstock while the Women's Amateur was at Wildfire Golf Club at Lakefield.
There were a handful of players from our broadcast region at the two championships, among them former Georgian Bay Secondary School student Megan Chapman.
Chapman, by her own admission got off to a dreadful start, shooting an 80 on the opening round and she knew, then and there, winning the championship was a virtual impossibility.
However, having dealt with bad starts before, the Georgian Bay Club member inhaled, found her comfort zone, and promptly moved up the leaderboard, first to 9th place after round 2, and then jumped to a 6th place finish with a strong final round of 73, which was the second lowest on the final day.
While not exactly at crossroads, the 24 year old Chapman is approaching forks in the road.
Having finished her academics and her golf at Colorado State, Chapman now has to examine the further pursuit of competitive golf, the combination of golf & potentially teaching in the golf industry or the potential that golf might be a secondary priority behind other professional pursuits.
There's a lot of directions to consider for the long term.
In the short term, Chapman is at Moncton, New Brunswick next week for the Canadian Women's Amateur, and she's hoping for a better start and the same strong finish she experienced at Lakefield.
I'm Fred Wallace