Secord wins Canadian title; T-Birds men earn second

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Scott Secord

VANCOUVER – Scott Secord won the men’s individual title at the Golf Canada Canadian University/College Championship in Winnipeg on Friday. The Calgarian’s performance also helped UBC earn a second-place finish in the team competition at the Southwood Golf and Country Club.
 
DAY 4 SCORES: TEAM | INDIVIDUAL

Secord was the only player to finish the tournament under par with a four-round total of 7-under 281. The junior came into the day with a 10-shot lead and after a round of 5-over 77 on Friday, he finished seven strokes clear of the competition.
 
“We have to tip our hat to Manitoba, they played well on this course, it’s the course they play at all season and they have a veteran group of players that earned this championship,” said UBC head coach Chris MacDonald. “Scott had such a terrific start to the event he was able to hold on a win the event individually. We have five recruits coming into the men’s program next year so it’s going to help the guys take their games to the next level.”

First-year player Jack Wood concluded his first collegiate season with a 2-over 74. After bogeying four of the first six holes, the Banff, Alta. native responded with two straight birdies (on No. 7 and No. 8), before making par on the final 10 holes. He tied for seventh with a total of 4-over 292.
 
Conner Kozak shot his third consecutive 3-over 75 to end up at 7-over 295, which was good enough for an 11th-place tie.
 
Victoria native Nate Ollis was 4-over on Friday and 13-over (301) for the championship. He tied for 27th.
 
Corunna, Ont.’s Derek Hinchcliffe carded a second straight 5-over 77 and tied for 41st overall at 23-over 311.

As a team, UBC was unable to make up the deficit it faced going into today’s final round. The Thunderbirds recorded a 14-over 302 and finished 12 shots behind the Manitoba Bisons.

In addition to the silver-medal performance in Winnipeg this week, the Thunderbirds will end the 2013-14 season with an Association of Independent Institutions conference banner, which was captured in April, as well as an 11th-place finish at the NAIA Men’s Golf Championship in May.

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