Woodland, Gann making waves for Vikes’ at Nationals


June, 6th, 2014, Winnipeg, Man. (VIGolf.ca) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s golf teams completed their third round of the Canadian University/College Championship, June 5, with the women finishing in fourth-place while the men maintained their fifth-place standing. Victoria’s Megan Woodland and Connor Gann highlighted the Vikes’ performances Thursday, with Woodland finishing in a tie for first overall, while Gann sits 10 strokes back of first overall in second-place.

University of Manitoba Bisons’ stole the top spot on the leaderboard on Friday after firing a 3-under 285 in the men’s team competition.

The Bisons’ rallied during the afternoon draw, lighting up Southwood Golf and Country Club with a 3-under 285 to finish at 1-over 865 after 54 holes.

Josh Wytinck and Scott Mazur stepped up for the host team, both carding 2-under 70’s. The squad has never won a national championship and currently lead by two-strokes over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

As the defending champions, the Thunderbirds stumbled on Thursday carding a 9-over 297. They currently sit in second at 3-over for the championship, while the Western University Mustangs dropped into third place after a 7-over 295.

Individually, UBC’s Scott Secord remains well ahead of the pack at 12-under 204 after a third consecutive under-par round. The Calgary native battled back over his closing three holes, chipping in on the par-4 16th and sinking a long birdie putt on the par-5 18th.

Gann of the Vikes sits in second at 2-under 214, while Russell Bowie of Queen’s University, Université Laval’s Samuel Rochette and Wytinck share third at 1-under par.

“The guys did great today,” explained Clews. “They have been good all week, they struck it really well today, but just didn’t capitalize on some birdie puts. Connor started off good for us today, this is a golf course that he feels comfortable on.”

On the women’s side, the Thunderbirds’ squad rebounded from their second round, carding a 10-over 226 to soar ahead of Université de Montréal Carabins. The 9-time national champions were led on a windy Thursday morning by veteran team member Kylie Barros, who carded an even-par 72. The squad heads into Friday’s final round at 33-over 681 for the championship, 19 strokes ahead of the Carabins.

Individually, Barros and the Vikes’ Megan Woodland share first place at 6-over 222. Woodland will aim to pick up her first individual national title on Friday after posting a third round 1-over 73, while her close friend Barros will look to grab her second individual title.

“It will be a good day for Megan tomorrow,” added Clews. “I think there will be a little added motivation with it being one of her last tournaments. I would like to see the women better their first three rounds tomorrow, if they can gain on the teams above them that would be a good goal. I would like to see both the men and women end the year with their best round.”

The duo currently sits four strokes ahead of Kat Kennedy of the Thunderbirds. Kennedy posted a third round 3-over 75, while 2013 champion, Sabrina Sapone, matched Barros’ low-round of the day with an even-par 72 to jump up to solo fourth on the leaderboard at 11-over 227.

The field was cut to top-10 men’s teams and the top-6 women’s teams following the conclusion of play on Thursday. Individuals within 15 shots of the lead also made the 54-hole cut.