Stouffville golf team ‘stripped’ of trip to Ontario championships
The Stouffville District Secondary School Spartans thought they were going to represent the York Region Athletic Association at next week pro timberland shoes vincial championships.
They were packing their golf bags for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys tournament in Windsor after being declared team winners at last week YRAA championships at Cardinal Red Crest Golf Club near Kettleby.
Designated as a school for elite student athletes, Bill Cr timberland shoes others had been ruled ineligible to win individual and team medallions, pennants and trophies.
But the rules, which were in place for last year YRAA championships, do not say the school can go to OFSAA.
Crothers, which finished 14 strokes better than Stouffville, appealed after this year York finals, saying they were not properly informed befor timberland shoes e the start of the competition their squad would be ineligible for OFSAA.
A three member YRAA appeals committee sided with Crothers and overruled the original decision Friday.
Ben Sear, whose 73 was the best score overall at the York championships, will represent Stouffville as one of two YRAA individual competitors.
But he wants his team in Windsor.
think the whole thing was handled horribly and rules should have been made before the tournament and everyone should have known how Bill Crothers would stand, the Grade 11 student said. teammates were promised a trip to OFSSA and were stripped of it. Stouffville deserves to go as a team and I wish they were coming with me.
Steve Shantz, the YRAA athletic co ordinator, called timberland shoes OFSAA to see if a second YRAA entry could be sent due to the circumstances. But with a field capped at 120 golfers, chances aren good.
Bill Crothers team wasn aware of the rule change during the round, Shantz said. committee felt they did what was the right thing to do. I understand that schools do not like this school but how is it fair that this high school is not allowed to win what they deserve, how is it fair that these kids work hard training and are not allowed to be rewarded. This school allows us as Canadians to make better athletes, how are we suppose to do this when the region is killing competition.