Woodland finishes second after forcing three-hole playoff

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – University of Victoria Vikes women’s golfer Megan Woodland (Victoria, BC) had all eyes on her for the final round of Canadian University championship play. Woodland shot an even 71 on her first 18 holes, which forced a three-hole playoff with eventual champion Devon Rizzo, of Waterloo.

Woodland’s final putt on the third playoff hole lipped the cup giving Rizzo the edge to go-ahead on a short putt as the Canadian University/College national champion. The Vikes women finished second overall in the team standings.

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Third-year Woodland shot three birdies on the back nine to put her four strokes ahead of third-place finisher Alyssa Human of the UBC Thunderbirds (5-over 76) after the first 18 holes. Rizzo had the go-ahead chance to birdie on hole 9 for the win, since Woodland finished in an earlier group. Rizzo missed her birdie putt sending the pair to playoffs, where both were on par for the first two holes. On the third hole, both golfers were on the green in two but Woodland had a significantly longer put to make for birdie. Woodland’s putt was on course but lipped the cup for par, while Rizzo drained her putt for the win.

The UBC Thunderbirds were able to pull away for a convincing victory with an overall team total of 44-over 896, ahead of the second-placed Vikes (57-over 909).

“The gap just got bigger as the day went on,” said Vikes head coach Bryan Carbery about the 13-stroke gap between the Vikes and UBC. “UBC is an experienced team, a really good team. They played tonnes of high-level competition and they have been together for a full year. That’s what they have been playing like the whole year and they did it again here.”

Despite settling for second, Woodland had lots to credit to her 2011-12 season with the Vikes including first place finishes at the Vikes Shootout, the Cavalier Classic, the AII Championship, the NAIA championship and she was named the 2011-12 Vikes female athlete of the year.

“We really had to shoot low today,” said Carbery. “Megan did that for us but Brynn (Tomie) and Alyssa (Herkel) struggled a little a bit on their front nine. Megan just missed that last putt but sometimes that’s just what happens.”

Fourth-year Vike Alyssa Herkel struggled in her final round of play shooting 7-over 78 and finishing tied for sixth place with UBC’s Stephanie Wong. Herkel’s last major competition prior to the 2012 Canadian Championships was last summer at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, China.

“This week Alyssa was in her first competition of the year,” said Carbery. “She played like a trooper all week. She went above and beyond. It was hard to expect her to (win) walking in to her first competition, like in any sport, of the year.”

Also competing for the Vikes was Brynn Tomie, who shot 7-over 78 in the final round, finishing the day with a great birdie on the 17th hole. Tomie finished in eighth place overall, only one stroke ahead of ninth placed Reagan Wilson of UBC. Vike Victoria Kondrak finished the day 18-over 89 and in 19th place.

Following the championship, Tomie and Herkel were honoured as second-team All-Canadians. Woodland was named to the first team All-Canadian list and was joined by UBC’s Human and Kylie Barros, Montreal’s Laurence Mignault and 2012 Canadian University Champion Devon Rizzo, of Waterloo. Woodland, Barros, Human, Mignault and Rizzo will make up the 2012 Canadian FISU World University Games team that will compete in July in the Czech Republic.

2 Victoria 232-226-224-227: 909 (+57)
T-2 Megan Woodland 77-73-74-71: 292 (+8)
T-6 Alyssa Herkel 77-75-74-77: 304 (+20)
8 Brynn Tomie 78-78-79-78: 313 (+29)
19 Victoria Kondrak 83-87-85-89: 344 (+60)       

 

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