Sports briefs: golf, swimming, cross-country

Hailey Katona of Tilbury leads the open division at the OFSAA girls' golf festival after shooting a 5-under 66 in the first round Wednesday.

Hailey Katona of Tilbury, Ont., tees off on the 18th hole during the second round of the Ontario junior girls' golf championship at Maple City Country Club in Chatham, Ont., on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network

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Katona first at OFSAA

Hailey Katona of Tilbury leads the open division at the OFSAA girls’ golf festival after shooting a 5-under 66 in the first round Wednesday at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor.

Katona owns a four-stroke lead over Jasmine Ly of Windsor Holy Names.

They were the only two golfers to break par in the first round.

“I played pretty good,” said Katona, 16. “Made a lot of putts out there and shot 66. I’m very happy with myself and very proud of myself. My hard work is finally paying off.”

Katona had seven birdies and two bogeys in her round.

“It was super windy and super wet,” she said. “The ball didn’t travel as far as it does in the summer, but I grinded it out there and made some good shots.”

Ly beat Katona by a single stroke to take the SWOSSAA title a week ago and will now try to chase her down on Thursday’s final round of play.

“I’m just going to focus on having fun,” Katona said. “That’s a big part of golf for me and I try to stay confident and just play it hole by hole.”

At Whitby, Garret Day of Ursuline shot a 7-over 79 in the first round of the OFSAA boys’ golf championship Wednesday at Royal Ashburn Golf Club.

Day is tied for 43rd going into the final round.

– Files from the Windsor Star

Broad reaches final

BUENOS AIRES – Madison Broad of the Chatham Y Pool Sharks will swim Thursday in the women’s 50-metre backstroke final at the Youth Olympic Games.

The 18-year-old from Wallaceburg had the fourth-best qualifying time Wednesday by placing third in her semifinal in 28.78 seconds.

She was also third in her heat in 28.95 seconds.

Broad made history Tuesday with her silver medal in the 200 backstroke. She’s the first-ever Canadian backstroke medallist at the Games.

Broad had the top splits at the first three turns in the 200 final, but Tatiana Salcutan of Moldova caught her on the final length. Broad was seeded 11th going into the event.

Pegg, Sabourin win

BLENHEIM – Emma Pegg and Payton Sabourin of the Chatham-Kent Golden Hawks won their divisions at the Bobcat Cross-Country Run on Wednesday at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club.

Pegg won the junior girls’ 4.9-km race in 19 minutes 49 seconds and teammate Alyssa Robinson was third in 21:02. The Hawks were second in the team standings.

Sabourin won the senior girls’ 6.1-km race in 25:56 and teammate Anna Trinca was second in 28:00. The Hawks won the team title.

Serena Schaffer of Villanova won the midget girls’ 4.2-km race in 17:11, Talia Vancoillie of Wallaceburg was third in 17:34, Blenheim’s Rylee Stanford was fifth in 17:42 and Ursuline’s Sydney Sheppy was sixth in 19:12. Ursuline was third in the team standings.

Dylan Dupuis of St. Patrick’s won the midget boys’ 4.2-km race in 16:24 and Ursuline’s Noah Shuttleworth was third in 16:35. Wallaceburg’s Ryan Burritt and Jack Murphy were fifth and sixth, respectively, in 16:58 and 17:05. Ursuline was third in the team standings.

Sebastian Frenette of St. Patrick’s won the junior boys’ 4.9-km race in 17:35, Ursuline’s Brady Winegardner was fourth in 19:48 and Chatham-Kent’s Evan Minnie was fifth in 19:58.

Owen Norland of St. Patrick’s won the senior boys’ 6.1-km race in 23:22 and Blenheim’s Jordi Stewart was fifth in 25:22. Chatham-Kent was third in the team standings.

The other team winners were: Villanova (midget and junior girls), St. Patrick’s (midget boys), and Northern (junior and senior boys).

The LKSSAA meet will be Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Willow Ridge.