By Michael Boriero
Ben Chasse, a fifth year Bishop’s University student and member of the Gaiters men’s golf team, came within one hole of capturing the title at the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) Championship on Sunday.
The one-day event took place at Milby Golf Club, and Chasse sat atop of the leaderboard throughout the entire day. However, one costly mistake on the final hole gave Laval University’s Alexis Leray an opportunity to leap ahead of Chasse and claim the top prize.
“I made a mistake of missing that fairway on 18, so, yeah, it just kind of came out a little weird, going into the green and it didn’t get up and down, and he made a textbook birdie to put himself one shot ahead of me,” he told The Record in a phone interview.
It was also a weekend filled with rain, turning the course into a mud pit off the fairway. When Chasse knocked his ball into the rough, he was unable to clean it, according to the RSEQ rulebook, which gave him a slight disadvantage.
Chasse was satisfied with a thrilling second-place finish, though. He has always felt comfortable playing at Milby, and his family was there to cheer him on at every hole. Now with the season wrapped up, he had a chance to reflect on a unique final season.
“It’s different, as well, playing all one-day events. In the first three years I was here it was always three-day events before Covid hit, but it’s definitely a lot better this year to actually be able to play and get in some events. Last year, we didn’t get to do a whole lot,” Chasse said.
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