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June 2nd, 2014, Winnipeg, Man. (VIGolf.ca) – Canada’s top university and college golfers will convene at Southwood Golf and Country Club, from June 2-6 to compete in the twelfth playing of the Canadian University/College Championship, conducted by Golf Canada.

The Canadian University/College Championship is a showcase of the finest university and college golf programs in Canada. The event was created with the intention of giving the top Canadian university and college golfers the opportunity to compete for a national championship, as well as acting as the Canadian team qualifier for the World University Golf Championship.

This year marks the first time The University of Manitoba has been host to this national golf event. In all, 155 male and female golfers from post-secondary institutions across Canada will vie for both team and individual titles at the par-72 Thomas McBroom designed Southwood Golf and Country Club.

“We are so thrilled to welcome the best university and college golfers to Southwood. At first sight, this seemingly flat course appears calm. When Mother Nature decides to be the equalizer you will experience prairie winds that meet no resistance,” said Gordon Hudson, Host Club Tournament Chair. “Our volunteers are eagerly looking forward to making the 2014 Canadian University/College Golf Championship a memorable one for these great players.”

The field will be comprised of 19 men’s and 11 women’s teams as well as 155 individual competitors. Following the third round, the field will be reduced to the top 10 men’s and the top six women’s teams, as well as any teams and individuals within 15 strokes of the lead.

“The field at this year’s Canadian University/College Championship shows the talent we have in collegiate golf across the country,” said Tournament Director Mary Beth McKenna. “This course will surely challenge the players and should provide a true test for the winning teams and individual medalists.”

The University of Victoria Vikes are competing in the National Championship again this year, and both the Men’s and Woman’s teams are excited to represent UVIC at the National Championships. It was an up and down year for the Men’s team as they fought consistency all year.

“I know both teams are expecting to win this event. However, the guys had a tough season with little ability to develop momentum, so realistically, I would like to see them compete to have a chance to win it. Ultimately, I think they can win, but they will need a solid first round. We’ve been slow out of the gate all year so it is important we start strong. Male players this event: Alex Cartwright, Sean Hay, Jesse Teron, Connor Gann, Matt Broughton. Count top 4 of 5 each day,” said head coach Justin Clews.

The women’s team played well all year, and were the epitome of consistency, which made them the favorites all throughout the season. There is no question that they are the team to beat this year at the Nationals.

“The women have a great opportunity to win! Maybe even considered the favourites, as we have Megan Woodland, Brynn Tomie, Emily Nicol, and Cari Chow competing. Count top 3 of 4 each day. The teams I beat will be UBC, Montreal, and Humber College”, Coach Clews said through e-mail while on the road to Winnipeg.

On the men’s side, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds will look to defend their title after securing a 21-stroke victory over Université Laval Rouge et Or at the 2013 Canadian University/College Championship at Club de golf Val des Lacs in Ste-Sophie, Que. Returning players for the Thunderbirds include, Conner Kozak and Scott Secord, along with Jack Wood.
In the women’s team division, the Université de Montreal Carabins will look to capture their second straight championship. The squad will be led by Sabrina Sapone, 2013 Individual Women’s Champion, alongside Caroline Ciot, Véronique Fortin-Latreille and Sarah-Andréa Landry. The Carabins will look to defend against the Thunderbirds who will be vying for their 10th women’s team title since the championship originated in 2003.

Individually on the women’s side, Sapone returns to defend her six-stroke victory over the University of Victoria Vikes Megan Woodland in 2013. Sapone recently competed on the Canadian Women’s Tour in Parksville, B.C. where she finished tied for 34th against a strong field of professional and amateur players. In the Men’s division, Ugo Coussard of the Université Laval Rouge et Or will not return to defend his individual title from last season.

The following teams and individuals will be competing in the 2014 Canadian University/College Championship, conducted by Golf Canada. For a full listing of team rosters and individual players, click here.

Men’s Teams:
University of Victoria Vikes
University of Alberta Golden Bears
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns
University of Calgary Dinos
University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
Western University Mustangs
University of Toronto Varsity Blues
University of Guelph Gryphons
University of Waterloo Warriors
Brock University Badgers
University of the Fraser Valley Cascades
Humber College Hawks
Grant MacEwan University Griffins
Université Laval Rouge et Or
École de technologie supérieure Piranhas
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes
Université de Montréal Carabins
University of Manitoba Bisons
McMaster University Marauders

Women’s T


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University of Victoria Vikes
University of Alberta Pandas
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns
University of Toronto Varsity Blues
University of Waterloo Warriors
Western University Mustangs
Carleton University Ravens
Université de Montréal Carabins
Université Laval Rouge et Or
University of the Fraser Valley Cascades
University of British Columbia Thunderbird
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