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Hargest Wins National Golf Title


By Fred Wallace


I didn't have much time to talk with Chris Hargest this week.

The Owen Sound native is in much demand after winning the individual title at the Canadian College Athletic Association Golf Championship last week.

At Niagara College where he's taking business administration, Hargest acknowledges this has been a very different week and the flow of congratulations on his victory has been very steady in the school.

Outside of the school, the requests for interviews, as you can imagine, have increased significantly from just a week ago and since his only mode of communication is his cell phone, chatting at length becomes an expensive proposition.

So I asked him about the event, the way he was playing heading to the tournament, how he played over the course of 3 championship rounds beating a field of 96 Canadian College players in the process.

Hargest related his play has been steady this Fall and wasn't dazzling, but rather consistent, at the National College Championship and his mostly par performance was good enough to win the 2009 Championship by a stroke.

I wondered too if an Owen Sound or Grey-Bruce golfer had ever won the event before.

The youthful Hargest wasn't sure, nor was the aging Fred Wallace who asked the question.

All I knew was that time was money for Chris Hargest, like any College or University student in the country, so I congratulated him again and we hung up the phone before the bill for the interview created a financial bogey.

I'm Fred Wallace

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