By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
May 31, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team celebrated a second-place finish today at the 2013 Canadian University/College championship at Val des Lacs Golf Club in Ste-Sophie, Que.
In addition, Vikes head coach Bryan Carbery was honoured as the women’s Coach of the Year, capping off his final season as head coach of the Vikes men’s and women’s’ golf program. Carbery’s 15-year tenure has been highlighted by three RCGA titles with the men and one with the women.
The Vikes women closed the gap to get within eight of the Montreal Carabins, who finished first with a team score of 51-over 903 (223-231-219-230). The Vikes were 59-over 911 (226-222-229-234) and eight strokes ahead of last year’s champions, the UBC Thunderbirds (67-over 919).
For the second year in a row, Megan Woodland finished second overall after shooting 6-over 77 in round four to sit six strokes back of the individual leader Sabrina Sapone of Montreal. Sapone was 3-over 74 on the final day to cap off an incredible four-day run with a score of 9-over 293.
“The girls struggled on the front nine and just didn’t seem to click today,” said Carbery, who envisioned a tighter race for the lead. “Watching golf as a coach you always get a sense for what is going on and it just wasn’t happening for us today. Montreal is an outstanding team and they have done a great job with their team. I can’t say enough about how far the competitiveness at this tournament has come over the years. Montreal is very powerful and will be for the next two years.”
Despite falling short of the championship title, the Vikes celebrated several successes this week. This is Woodland’s second top-two finish at the Canadian championship and the senior will return for one more attempt next season despite being out of eligibility for the NAIA season. As well, all five competing Vikes this year are eligible to return next season.
Third-year Vike Brynn Tomie enjoyed her first time being tasting the top of the individual leader board after her exceptional day-two performance. Tomie shot 8-over 79 in round four but totalled 18-over 302 to finish third overall. This is Tomie’s best finish at the Canadian championship in her three seasons, leaving lots of time for continued growth.
Second year Emily Nicol also had one of her best showings wearing the Vikes logo as the Kelowna native finished 34-over 318, good for a 16th place finish. Nicol was also prime on day two after tallying three birdies and finishing the day with a 4-over 75 score.
Michaela Misener also performed well to qualify for the final round on Friday and finished 17th with a final score of 35-over 319. Misener steadily improved over the course of the week and shot a 7-over 78 on Friday.
“I’m really proud of the girls this season,” said Carbery, who celebrated his last Canadian University/College appearance as head coach of the Vikes. “I am retiring after this season and it has been a good 15 years and really, just a blast. For 10 years we have tried to build this Canadian championship into something and it has come a long way. The first year it was five teams and now we have 20 decent teams fighting it out to make the cut. I had a great time and I love working with the student-athletes each year. I look forward to watching the players continue on and of course, I won’t be going far. I’ll be around to help the transition process and help things continue on smoothly.”
To top off his career, Carbery was named the women’s Coach of the Year for 2013, an award named after Victoria’s Margaret Todd. To date, Todd has contributed the largest, single donation to a women’s university golf program in Canada.
“This is a special year and a special award for me,” added Carbery. “I knew and grew up playing golf around Margaret Todd. She donated $100,000 to use as a scholarship money the Vikes women’s golf program and to have the Coach of the Year award named after her and be given to me this year is truly a special honour. It’s just perfect.”
The superlatives were undoubtedly rolling off the tongue of coach Carbery, who will return to Victoria to begin his retirement from head coaching the Vikes golf program. At the helm of the Vikes golf program, Carbery has led the men’s and women’s teams to several titles and be a direct influence for many individual champions and stand outs such Christina Spence-Proteau and Anne Balser, as well as current Vikes Carson Kallis and Megan Woodland.
The Vikes will look forward to honouring and celebrating coach Carbery’s success with the Vikes golf program later this year.
2nd Victoria 223-231-219-230: 903 (+51)
2 Megan Woodland 72-75-75-77:299 (+15)
3 Brynn Tomie 74-72-77-79: 302 (+18)
15 Emily Nicol 80-75-78-85: 318 (+34)
17 Michaela Misener 81-83-77-78: 319 (+35)