June 4th, 2014, Winnipeg, Man. (VIGolf.ca) – Play continued at the 2014 Canadian University/College Championship in Winnipeg, Man., June 5, with the University of Victoria Vikes golf teams finishing near the top of the leader board for the second-straight day. Fifth-year Vike Megan Woodland jumped into a tie for first among individuals, while the women’s team dropped one spot into a tie for third overall. The men retained their fifth-place position after carding a 9-over, 297 round for the second-straight day at Southwood Golf & Country Club.
Woodland, the Vikes Female Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013, bested her round one score, shooting even on Wednesday to lead the her team and move into a tie for first-place overall among individuals. Vikes captain Brynn Tomie moved into 10th place overall after shooting a 9-over, 81 second round, while teammates Emily Nicol and Cari Chow finished their day with rounds of 85 and 86, respectively.
“Megan was strong again out of the gate, she was steady as always,” said Vikes interim head coach Justin Clews. “I knew that Megan or Brynn were capable of shooting under-par and Brynn is only eight shots back of the lead with two days left.”
Toronto’s Laura Upenieks posted a 2-over, 74 round to move into first with Woodland, while T-Bird Kylie Barros and Université Laval Rouge et Or Alexandra Pellitier round out the women’s top-3 after second round scores of 76 and 74, respectively.
The Thunderbirds held on to their first-place standing for the second-straight day despite shooting an 18-over 234 round. Université de Montréal Carabins made the largest push of the day with a 10-over, 226 round that moved them into sole possession of second-place. The University of Toronto Blues also had a strong day Tuesday, shooting a 13-over, 229 round that moves them into third with the Vikes.
Vikes rookie Connor Gann led the men Wednesday, carding a 1-under, 71 second round that moves him into the tenth among individuals heading into Thursday’s third round. Teammate Jesse Teron posted the Vikes second-best score of the day with a 3-over 74, while Sean Hay, Matthew Broughton and Alex Cartwright all carded 76 second-round scores.
“We played particularly well in the back-nine,” said Clews. “We had a good stretch, the guys played good considering we had a tougher time of the day. We had a couple eagles throughout the day and overall I was happy with how we played. Connor has been playing well all week, he plugged away and made a lot of pars and an eagle on his back-nine.”
T-Bird Scott Secord led the men for a second-straight round, going 7-under on the day to finish with a two-round score of 133. Teammate Jack Wood and four other players sit in a tie for second-place with two-round, 142 scores.
UBC was one of just two teams to shoot under-par Wednesday, posting an impressive 7-under, 65 round to sit atop the men’s field, while Western University Mustangs and the University of Manitoba Bisons round out the men’s top-3 teams heading into the third round of the championships.
I have a good feeling about tomorrow,” added Clews. “It’s a four round tournament and anything can happen.”
The Vikes will enter their third round of play, Thursday, June 5 at the Canadian University/College Championship with the women teeing off at 7am PST, while the men tee-off beginning at 10:40am. For more information, please visit www.govikesgo.com.