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Brooke MacKinnon of Chatham ended her freshman season at the University of Hartford with All-American Scholar recognition from the Women's Golf Coaches Association.

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MacKinnon top scholar

Brooke MacKinnon of Chatham ended her freshman season at the University of Hartford with All-American Scholar recognition from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

She was one of four players honoured from the Hartford women’s team.

“This is a very difficult academic award to receive,” head coach Pete Stankevich said in a statement. It is a testament to how hard these players work during the year on their golf game and how seriously they take their academics. They are the true definition of the term ‘student-athlete.'”

MacKinnon had the team’s second-best stroke average and posted top-20 finishes in six of eight events.

She had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a biology major.

“It was a lot of fun,” MacKinnon, 18, said about her rookie year. “School wasn’t super difficult, academically, so it was nice I got to just focus on golf and getting settled in there. I really worked on my game and got a lot of experience playing tournaments.”


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She placed ninth at the Ontario junior girls’ golf championship Thursday on her home course, Maple City Country Club.

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Scaman excited for Year 2

Golfer Tess Scaman of Chatham is excited for her sophomore season at Post University.

Scaman, 18, said she learned a lot during her freshman campaign at the NCAA Division II school in Waterbury, Conn.

“The first year was definitely a roller-coaster ride,” she said. “The spring that my school had was a bit rough. We played in snow and hail and rain and freezing weather, so that was not the most fun. But it teaches you a lot about golf.

“It teaches you how to play through it. It teaches you what you can and can’t do. Your mental game grows a lot. I know my mental game has gone from zero to 10 just from being at school. I didn’t play my best golf, but I still learned a lot and I’m really excited to go back next year because I feel like my game’s grown even more than it had from last summer.”

Scaman, of Maple City, was 43rd at the Ontario junior championship.

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Hogg, Canada unbeaten

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Canada was scheduled to play Australia in a playoff game late Friday at the world junior men’s softball championship.

Brady Hogg of Thamesville hit a double in two at-bats and scored a run in Canada’s 10-0 win over Hong Kong in the preliminary-round finale Thursday.

Canada finished first in Group B with a 5-0 record.

If the Canadians beat Australia (5-1), then they’ll play in a semifinal Saturday. If they lose, they’ll remain in title contention and get another playoff game due to their first-place seeding.


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The medal games are Sunday.

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JV Cougars visit T-Birds

The Chatham-Kent Cougars’ junior varsity team will visit the Forest City Thunderbirds on Saturday in London in the Ontario Football Conference.

The Cougars (5-1-0) are in a three-way tie for first place in the West Division with the Sarnia Sturgeons and Sault Sabercats.

The Cougars are coming off a 48-7 win over the Brantford Bisons. Quarterback Evan Torres passed for 280 yards and Bennet Schaffer had 193 receiving yards.

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McKinlay ties for 34th

ST. THOMAS – Crawford McKinlay of Ridgetown tied for 34th at 18 over at the Ontario men’s amateur championship after shooting a 7-over 78 in the final round Friday at St. Thomas Golf & Country Club.

Port Lambton’s Brendan Seys, who plays out of Maple City Country Club, tied for 46th at 22 over following his 8-over 79.

NHL referee Garrett Rank won the championship by two strokes over Thomas DeMarco of LaSalle. Rank was 2 under for the tournament.

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