STE. SOPHIE, Que. – McGill University’s Ryan Boyd shot an eight-over-par 79 and missed the cut for the playoff round by one stroke at the Canadian collegiate golf championships at Club Val des Lacs, Thursday.
Boyd, a 21-year-old management junior from Montreal West, shot 38 on the front nine and 41 on the back. He managed only a pair of birdies, to go along with eight pars and seven bogeys. His three-round total of 224 was 11 over par and 16 strokes shy of leader Ugo Coussaud from the Laval Rouge et Or, who sits at 5-under 208.
Individuals who are within 15 strokes of the lead advance to Friday’s playoff round.
Boyd was one of four McGill teammates to shoot Round 3 scores in the 70s but the Redmen ended 17th of 19 teams with a combined score of 937, finishing 30 strokes behind 10th place Victoria and Western. The top 10 men’s teams and top six in the women’s division advance.
The other McGill scorers on the day were BenoitMiquel(75; 236 overall) and TomCalvet(76; 242), both natives of France, plus Brian Neill (79; 250) and MikeReaume (83; 242), both of whom hail from Ottawa.
In the women’s division, McGill junior DayviKhanna also missed the cut with adisappointing 13-over 86 to finish at 241 overall.
“It was a huge disappointment for Ryan as he had played so well in the first two rounds,” said McGill head coach Robert Dubeau. “And it took until the third round to get our top four in the 70s. Ourmen’s totaltoday (309) was five strokes better than either of the first two rounds but not good enough to advance. Our golfers will now head for the summer amateur circuit in preparation for the upcoming Quebec university season which begins in late August.”
The Montréal Carabins regained the women’s division lead, while the UBC men soared ahead.
On the women’s side, the Carabins overtook the Victoria Vikes, who led by three after the second round on Wednesday. The contingent of Sabrina Sapone of Montréal, Caroline Ciot of Brossard, Que., Laurence Mignault of Varennes, Que., and Sarah-Andrea Landry of Brossard, Que., fired a combined third round 6-over 219. The Carabins currently sit at 34-over 673 for the tournament and hold a four-stroke lead over the Vikes heading into Friday’s final round.
On the men’s side, the Vikes have ground to make up after a 16-over 229 in the third round. The Vikes currently sit 17 strokes ahead of defending champion UBC. The Toronto Varsity Blues sit one stroke behind UBC, while Waterloo rounds out the top five.
Individually, Sapone leads the women’s division at 6-over 219 after an even-par 71 third round. Through nine holes Thursday, the Montréal native turned at 3-under-par but struggled with her putting over the closing holes. Heading into Friday’s, she holds a three-stroke lead over Vikes’ standout Megan Woodland of Victoria, B.C., who posted a 4-over 75 in the third round and sits at 9-over 222 for the championship.
Overnight leader Brynn Tomie of Bedford, N.S., and Caroline Ciot of Brossard, Que., share third place at 10-over 223, while 2012 individual champion Devon Rizzo, carded a third round 3-over 74 to grab solo fifth at 15-over 228.
Among the men, the Thunderbirds fired a third round 3-over 287 to establish themselves atop the leaderboard. Heading into Friday’s final round they hold a 13-stroke lead over defending champion Laval.
The Thunderbirds’ squad of Conner Kozak of Vernon, B.C., Kieran Standen of Edmonton, Alta., Jerry Christiansen of Air Ronge, Sask., Andrew Ledger of Toronto and Scott Secord of Calgary sit at 13-over 865 for the tournament.
Trailing the Thunderbirds through the opening nine the Rouge et Or stumbled on the third day, posting 15-over 299 to sit at 26-over 878. Humber College posted a second consecutive 12-over 296 to sit in third, while the Carabins and Manitoba Bisons round out the top five respectively.
Individually, Laval’s Coussaud of Angoulème, France remains in the lead after a 4-over back nine on Thursday. Coussaud sits one stroke ahead of Team Canada’s Chris Hemmerich of Kitchener, Ont., who posted a 1-under 70 for the Guelph Gryphons.
Holland College Hurricanes’ Eric Locke of Digby, N.S., sits in third at 3-under, while UBC’s Conner Kozak of Vernon, B.C., and Hawks’ Alex Dumais of Caledon, Ont., are in a tie for fourth at 1-over 214.
The fourth and final round is slated for Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. Starting times, post-round results and a full field list for the Canadian University/ College Championship are available here.
All rounds are open to the public and admission is free.
Earl Zukerman, McGill Sports Info Office (514-398-7012)
Morgan Bell, Golf Canada