Duncan, British Columbia – University of British Columbia women’s team came from behind to capture their third straight title while the University of Victoria easily finished atop the men’s competition at the Canadian University College Championship conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association concluded Friday in Duncan, BC.
The University of Victoria Vikes used home course advantage to capture their third title in three seasons finishing 26 strokes ahead of the University of British Columbia. The Vikes squad of Saare Adams of Calgary, Jade Dennill of Nakusp, B.C., Shelby Dreher of Fort St. John, B.C., Todd Halpen of Calgary and Michael Leon of Brampton, Ont., finished with a four day score of 1152.
University of British Columbia overtook Simon Fraser University during final round play and finished in second at 1178. Simon Fraser University finished third at 1184.
Depth was a huge part to Victoria’s run-away win with a new player each day posting the team’s low round.
“The great thing about this team is how deep we are,” said Vikes team captain Halpen. “If one of us plays bad we know someone else is going to help out. That’s what happened Monday when Michael Leon picked me up. Our fifth guy made it count.”
With four of five scores counting, Leon opened the tournament with a 71 and erased Halpen’s 76 which created a seven stroke lead after the first round.
On the Women’s side, University of British Columbia Thunderbirds rallied from an eight stroke deficit to topple the University of Western Ontario en route to capturing their third-straight championship.
The University of British Columbia finished with a final score of 1276 opposed to Western’s score of 1282.
The Thunderbirds reeled in Western with a spectacular round from Morgan Lederhouse of Calgary who shot a one over-par 73 to close the championship with come from behind a victory.
“We knew we had a chance to do it and everyone was focused on it,” said a ecstatic Lederhouse. “I have to give credit to Western; they played really well all week and gave us a run.”
Four players returned from the 2004 squad including Lederhouse, Erica Bennett of Dieppe, N.B., Jana Haggins of Calgary and Alison Kirk-Owen of West Vancouver, B.C. Heather Cronkwright of Calgary was the lone newcomer.
“We left the door open and got beat by a veteran team,” said Western’s Coach Allan Edmunds. “Last year we lost by 135 strokes and this year it was only five. I think we’ve come a long way and I’m proud of our entire team.”
A total of 153 College and University golfers from across Canada competed this week in Duncan, B.C. The championship is open to universities, colleges and other post-secondary institutions (professional and technical schools) in Canada.
Overall 20 male teams and a record 11 female teams made up the field. On Thursday the field was cut to the low 10 male and five female teams.
• University of British Columbia’s Blake Rowe-Sleeman set a course record during the third round of play shooting 65. He broke Vancouver professional Lance McCullough’s mark of 66 shot in 1999.
• Matthew Steinbach (Simon Fraser University) of Red Deer, Alta., secured the individual low medalist honors by shooting a three-day total of 70-71-68—139. and earned an exemption into the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
• Lindsay Edmunds (Western) of London, Ont., claimed the women’s low medalist for the week shooting a consistent 76-78-78—162.
• Humber College is the only other school to win a RCGA Canadian University College Championship. They took the men’s title last season at Wyldewood Golf and Country Club in Hornby, Ont.
The following are final round scores for Friday, June 10, 2005 at the RCGA Canadian University/College Championship. (Best 4 individual scores count towards team total).
Men’s Team Results
1 University of Victoria 285-286-286-295--1152
2 University of British Columbia 294-300-286-298--1178
3 Simon Fraser University 292-295-285-312--1184
4 University of Manitoba 301-297-293-301--1192
5 University of Waterloo 303-293-299-304--1199
6 Universite Laval 302-298-296-305--1201
7 Humber College 307-297-297-304--1205
8 University of Ottawa 311-303-287-308--1209
9 Malaspina University-College 302-307-299-319--1227
10 Camosun College 316-302-289-321--1228
-missed cut –
T11 Université de Montreal 299-316-302--917
T11 McMaster University 310-311-296--917
13 University of Toronto 305-316-308--929
T14 Mount Royal College 323-309-306--938
T14 Carleton University 313-315-310--938
T16 University of Alberta 322-310-307--939
T16 Holland College 320-314-305--939
18 University of Lethbridge 311-314-320--945
19 University of Calgary 321-316-309--946
20 Trois-Rivières 319-326-316--961
Women’s Team Results
1 University of British Columbia 329-317-315-315--1276
2 University of Western Ontario 322-316-317-327--1282
3 University of Victoria 345-346-333-334—1358
4 Camosun College 343-361-342-353—1399
5 Humber Colleges 355-346-352-349--1402
6 Mount Royal College 359-362-345--1066
7 Universite Laval 370-361-341--1072
8 University of Manitoba 357-377-360--1094
9 University of Alberta 384-390-401--1175
10 University of Calgary 409-401-401--1211
11 Simon Fraser University 405-429-411--1245
For a complete list of competitors, starting times and full post-round results visit www.rcga.org.
ABOUT THE RCGA
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