Woodland in second entering final round of Canadian University/College golf championship

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

May 30, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team are in second place following their third round of play at the 2013 Canadian University/College golf championship hosted at Val des Lacs Golf Club, May 28-31, in Ste-Sophie, Que.

The Vikes are currently 38-over 677 and are led by senior Megan Woodland, who was 4-over 75 on day three.

The Montreal Carabins bumped the Vikes off the team leader board after a 5-over 219 performance in round three. The Vikes are 16-over 229 overall, sitting four strokes back of the Carabins.

“It looks like it will be a battle between us and Montreal tomorrow,” said Vikes head coach Bryan Carbery. “The girls had some trouble sinking putts today and just in general struggled on the greens. They held it together enough to keep themselves in the top two. It really shows you just how competitive golf in Canada is getting now, though, and that makes me really excited about tomorrow.”

The coaches association changed the format of play so that competing team’s enter their top four golfers but only count the best three scores, rather than previous years where teams entered five teams and counted their best four scores. The current method allows for teams to submit more competitive teams and accomodates those that do not have as deep of rosters.

Montreal golfer Sabrina Sapone shot par-71 today to secure the lead at 6-over 219 (74-74-71) overall. Meanwhile, Woodland is in a close second at 9-over 222 (72-75-75). Right on their heels are third-place finishers Caroline Ciot, from Montreal, and UVic’s Brynn Tomie. Tomie was 6-over 77 in round three, leaving her tied with Ciot at 10-over 223.

Last year’s Canadian championship winner, Devon Rizzo of Waterloo, is trailing in fifth place after shooting her best round today of 3-over 74. A flurry of Thunderbirds are next on the individual list including Reagan Wilson in sixth, Stephanie Wong in eighth and Haley Cameron in 10th. Second-year Vike Emily Nicol was 7-over 78 in round three, finishing in 11th place with a score of 20-over 233 (80-75-78).

Vike Michaela Misener had her best round of the tournament so far with a 6-over 77 finish today, totalling her score to 28-over 241 (81-83-77) and in 17th place. Woodland, Tomie, Nicol and Misener will advance to the final round on May 31.

Michaela Abey missed the cut after she shot 7-over 78 in her third round to finish the tournament wit ha score of 28-over 241 (80-83-78).

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The top 25 golfers after three rounds of play on the par 71 course advance to the tournament finals. In 2012, the tournament was hosted in Victoria at Cordova Bay golf course where Megan Woodland forced a three-hole playoff with Waterloo’s Rizzo. Woodland fell short on the green to finish in second place. The Vikes team finished second overall only further setting the stage for this year’s championship. Woodland and Tomie are the only returning members from last year’s second-place team.

2 Victoria 226-222-229: 677 (+38)

2 Megan Woodland 72-75-75: 222 (+9)

T-3 Brynn Tomie 74-72-77: 223 (+10)

11 Emily Nicol 80-75-78: 233 (+20)

17 Michaela Misener 81-83-77: 241 (+28)

— Michaela Abey 80-83-78: 241 (+28)

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