The Calgary native’s second round was highlighted by a six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole at Southwood Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg.
“It was a lot of fun today, I played with a couple of good guys and we created some group mojo and kind of pushed each other,” Secord said. “We weren’t really thinking about scores, just birdies chances.”
Secord’s 65 today is the second-best score ever recorded by a UBC golfer and is the seventh time a Thunderbird has achieved this feat. The school record belongs to Blake Rowe-Sleeman, who shot a 64 in the second round of the 2008 NAIA Men’s Golf Championship in Plymouth, Ind.
Secord’s Thunderbirds’ teammates also stepped up on Wednesday morning as they soared into the lead after carding a 6-under 282. Individually, UBC’s Jack Wood posted a 2-under 70 and currently shares second place at 2-under 142 alongside the University of Alberta’s Quinn Bunten-Walberg, who posted the second-low round of the day after a 5-under 67. Université Laval Rouge et Or’s Samuel Rochette, Russell Bowie of Queen’s University and Alex Dumais of the Humber College Hawks also trail Secord by nine strokes in second place.
“I’m not going to underestimate anyone out here,” Secord said about his competition. “The course is excellent, the greens are great for the winter they had, so I just have to keep attacking.”
As for UBC’s other players, Conner Kozak birded the par-5 18th hole to finish the round with a 3-over 75. His two-round total is 1-over 145, which has the Vernon, B.C. native in a tie for 10th.
Nate Ollis had a steady round on Wednesday, recording two birdies and two bogeys for an even-par 72. He’s tied for 36th with a score of 6-over 150.
Derek Hinchcliffe carded a 7-over 79 and is even with five others in 68th position with a score of 13-over 157.
In the team competition, the Thunderbirds hold a 9-stroke lead over the Western University Mustangs. The Mustangs posted a 7-over 295 and currently sit one-stroke ahead of the University of Manitoba Bisons who carded a 1-under 287.
– with files from Golf Canada