Augusta James Thursday night was named the 35th winner of the Gus Marker Trophy as Kingston’s amateur athlete of 2014, at a ceremony hosted by the Kiwanis Club at the Ambassador Hotel.
It's the second time James has won the award, whose winner is selected from among eight finalists by a panel of Kiwanians and local sports media representatives. She also won in 2010
In a remarkable season of golf, James carried a 72.6 tournament scoring average in intercollegiate competition for North Carolina State University, helping the Wolfpack to finish tied for 10th at the NCAA championship. She shot 69 or better five times and had seven Top-20 finishes, en route to being named all-Atlantic Coast Conference for the third year in a row.
James won the 2014 Canadian women’s amateur championship, shooting 14 under par to win the tournament by six strokes. On the opening day, she shot a bogey-free 63 at Craigowan Golf and Country Club, which was not only a course record, but the lowest 18-hole score ever recorded in the 101-year history of the championship.
She was one of three members of the Canadian team that finished second at the 2014 world team amateur championship in Japan.
James’s younger brother, Austin, was one of the other seven finalists. In a summer when the two would be the first siblings in the history of Canadian golf to win national championships in the same year, Austin James won the Canadian junior men’s title at Niagara Falls with a 15-under-par 273, winning the tournament by four strokes. In the second round, he matched the Battlefield course record with an eight-under 64.
A student at Charleston Southern University, Austin tied for ninth place at the Big South Conference championship, helping the school finish second in team standings. He shot 65 in the final round, the third-lowest round in the history of the tournament. He also finished ninth at the Porter Cup tournament in Niagara Falls, with a three-under-par 277.
James was the only amateur player to make the cut at the Great Waterway Classic, a PGA Tour Canada event. In a field otherwise comprising professionals, Austin finished tied for 49th with an eight-under 280.
The other Gus Marker Trophy finalists:
A graduate of Frontenac Secondary School, Ferguson completed his intercollegiate career as a quarterback at McMaster University by leading the Marauders to Yates Cup and Mitchell Bowl championships.
Ferguson was eighth among quarterbacks in Canada in completion percentage in 2014 (62.3 per cent) 10th in the nation with 2,058 yards, though he often left games early with the outcome well in hand. At a school where people such as Russ Jackson, Ben Chapdelaine and Kyle Quinlan preceded him, Ferguson graduates as the most accurate passer in McMaster history, having completed 64.7 per cent of his passes lifetime.
He threw for 15 touchdowns in 2014, sixth best in Canada, with just six interceptions—tied for the fewest in the country among quarterbacks with at least 250 attempts.
Now in her third year with the St. Lawrence Vikings women’s basketball team, it’s difficult to imagine an achievement that Knox hasn’t attained.
Last winter she was named the player of the year in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association for the second consecutive year. Averaging 20.1 points per game—reaching double figures in scoring in all but two of the 20 games she played in 2014—she was the league’s scoring champion for the second consecutive year. Her three-point shooting percentage, 39.2, was also tops in Ontario.
A graduate of Frontenac Secondary School, Knox was also named a Canadian college all-Canadian for the second year in a row, and in November she became the all-time leading scorer in St. Lawrence women’s basketball history, surpassing the 800-point plateau in less than two and a half seasons.
In a splendid running year that encompassed both the track season in the spring and cross-country in the fall, Linscott was a provincial high school medalist in both.
The city, eastern Ontario, and East region champion in the junior boys 1,500 and 3,000 metres on the track, Cameron won a bronze medal at OFSAA in the 3,000 metres for the second year in a row.
The EOSSA senior boys champion in cross-country in the fall, where he helped Kingston Collegiate to the team title, Linscott went on to win the OFSAA championship and led KC to the provincial team silver medals in November. His gold medal was just the second won by a KC runner since OFSAA began holding cross-country championships in 1957; it was just the fourth ever by a Kingston-area athlete at the provincial meet, and it was the first by a senior male from the city in 57 years.
In a season of competitive running that can only be described as sensational, MacDougall, from Regiopolis Notre Dame, set new records in the 3,000 metres at both the Kingston and EOSSA track meets in May. Her time at the city championship, 9 minutes, 53 seconds, was not only a new record for junior girls, it was the fastest time by a female athlete of any age in local history. MacDougall won the 800 metres and 1,500 metres at the regional meet, and she won the bronze medal in the 1,500 metres at OFSAA.
A member of the Physi-Kult club, MacDougall was fourth at the national junior championships, where her time, 9 minutes, 30 seconds, was the fastest in Canada for a girl her age.
MacDougall was undefeated in the high school cross-country season, winning the county, eastern Ontario and OFSAA championships. At the national open championships in November, though she was the youngest in a three-year age group, MacDougall finished fourth, and earned a spot on the Canadian team that will compete in the Pan American Cup meet this month and at the world championships in China in March.
A member of the Kingston Kings junior lacrosse team, Masterson led the team in scoring in the 2014 season with 21 goals and 50 points in just 10 games. Even though he missed six games due to injury, he still managed to be involved in 41 per cent of the team’s goals. He had five goals and 10 points in a game Kingston won 12-2 over Gloucester, and he had 13 points in a game on May 24, tying an all-time Kingston junior lacrosse record for points in a game, originally set in 1975.
He’s one of only three players in team history to have reached double digits in scoring in a game twice in his career, and he’s the only player to have done it twice in the same season.
Only four teams scored fewer goals than Kingston this year, but Masterson, who also plays junior hockey with the Amherstview Jets, was sixth in the entire league in points per game, 5.0, and that stands second, all-time, among Kingston juniors in a season.
In a year where she would reach double figures in scoring in 21 of 23 games, Wright was named a first-team Ontario University Athletics East division basketball all-star in 2014. She had a season-best 27 points in a three-point victory over Laurentian in January and a playoff-best 18 points in a 62-58 overtime win over Carleton in the division championship game, helping her team reach the national championship tournament.
A graduate of Regiopolis Notre Dame, Wright led the Queen’s Golden Gaels last season with a 13.0 points-per-game scoring average, and she averaged 14.7 points in the first half of the current campaign.
The Kiwanis Club also recognized three championship teams, the senior football teams from Sydenham and Frontenac, which won their respective regional playoffs, and the Kingston Elite senior co-ed cheer team.
Four men, Al Baker, Pat Farrell, Garry McColman and Mark McKenna, where recognized as builders for their contributions to amateur sport.