There was little to separate the top end of the field after a tempestuous opening round at Heron Point Golf Links Monday, as rainy, windy and cold conditions tested competitors at the 2018 OUA Golf Championships hosted by McMaster.
Just three shots stood between the men's podium teams on day one, with the Ottawa Gee-Gees edging the group at 22-over while the Western Mustangs sat just one shot back and the Windsor Lancers held third at 25-over.
With slightly more room to breathe, the Toronto Varsity Blues women enjoyed a two-stroke lead over the second-placed Queen's Gaels, sitting at 35-over, while the Windsor women were third at 41-over.
Ottawa's strength on Monday came in its performance as a pack, with the team leader Anthony Brodeur sitting ninth in the individual standings at 4-over par and teammate Nicholas Workun just one stroke back. The Gee-Gees remaining scorers, Jared Coyle and Gabriel Gingras were each a stroke further back of the lead, producing Ottawa's strong team performance.
Western kept pressure on Ottawa entering day two, buoyed heavily by a strong round from Mackenzie Carter, whose three-over tied him for third on the day.
Individually, the day on the men's side was carried by Brock's Adam Graham, who shot a 1-over 72 for the outright lead, although a disappointing day from his teammates held the Badgers to ninth as a group.
Play resumes at Heron Point Tuesday with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.