On the women’s side, the Thunderbirds, 9-time national champions, hold a commanding lead after 18 holes of play. The squad carded a 5-over 221 opening round and were led by Kat Kennedy who fired a 1-under 71 that was highlighted by three birdies. The Okotoks, Alta. native was the only golfer in the 49-player field to be under par after the first round. Kennedy’s teammate Kylie Barros, the 2011 individual national champion, sits in second after a 2-over 74.
“It feels good, I was just consistent out there,” Kennedy said. “There were some up and downs but I stayed focused and held onto it until the finish.”
If the Thunderbirds can continue their strong play they will take home their 10th Canadian University/College title when the tournament concludes on Friday.
“We just want to give it our all, it’s our last tournament of the season,” Kennedy continued. “We’re going to play for the team as a team and stay strong that way.”
Winnie Hyun shot a 4-over 76 and is tied for fourth, giving UBC three golfers in the top six on the individual leaderboard. Casara Hong had a 12-over 84 on Tuesday and is one of a half dozen golfers in 24th place.
The University of Victoria Vikes trail the Thunderbirds by 11 strokes after posting a 16-over 232 as a team, while the Université de Montréal Carabins and Waterloo Warriors share third at 22-over. Individually, Laura Upenieks from the Toronto Varsity Blues sits in third one stroke ahead of a trio of players who are tied at 4-over par.
The course played at par-72, 6055 yards today. Tomorrow, Barros will be the first to tee in the second round as she will start from hole No. 10 at 6:14 a.m. Pacific, followed by Kennedy at 6:25 a.m., Hyun at 6:36 a.m. and Hong at 6:47 a.m.