Woodland Crowned Women’s Champion

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June 6,2014(ISN) – Winnipeg – Fifth-year University of Victoria Vike Megan Woodland captured first place at the
Canadian University/College Championship, June 6, while fellow Vike Connor Gann also
posted a strong second-place finish in the men’s division. Both the Vikes’ men and
women’s teams moved up a place on the final day of play, finishing in fourth and
third, respectively in the tournament that was held at Southwood Golf and Country
Club in Winnipeg, Man.

The University of Manitoba Bisons claimed their first national title on home soil at
the Southwood Golf and Country Club on Friday, while the University of British
Columbia Thunderbirds took home their 10th Canadian University/College Championship.

In the men’s competition it couldn’t have been sweeter for the Bisons who stormed
back over the final two days of the championship to win by 12 strokes over the
Thunderbirds. The local favourites posted a 4-over 292 during Friday’s blustery
final round in front of a large gallery.

Individually, Scott Secord of the Thunderbirds led wire-to-wire for his first
national championship title. The Calgary native finished at 7-under 281, seven
strokes ahead of Connor Gann of the University of Victoria Vikes and Queen’s
University’s Russell Bowie who finished at even-par 288. Gann’s teammates Alex
Cartwright finished in 25th, Jesse Teron finished in a tie for 27th. while Matthew
Broughton finished tied for 37th. Vike Sean Hay also finished in 41st place.

“Connor hit it solid all week and played the par 5’s at 10 under par,” said Vikes
interim head coach Justin Clews. “I think he felt confident at this course because
the winds were up and he grew up playing in the wind at Victoria Golf Club. I am
very pleased with the men’s fourth-place finish which betters our 10th place finish
last year in Montreal. This is a great confidence boost heading into the summer
break which hopefully carries over into next season.”

On the women’s side, the Thunderbirds cruised to their 10th national championship
title after a 17-over 233 final round. The squad dominated the field finishing 35
strokes ahead of the Université de Montreal Carabins.

Playing a few pairings ahead of the final group, the Vikes’ Megan Woodland carded a
2-over 74 to finish at 8-over 296 for the championship. From behind the 18th green
she watched her close friend Kylie Barros leave her chip shot short to lose by one.
The win marks Woodland’s first individual title after a handful of close calls.

“It feels amazing and to be honest it’s kind of been my goal since about my second
year to come here and to finally win one,” Woodland said. “I’ve come really close
the last few years and to pull it off it feels great but it’s a little bittersweet
having Kylie come in second but I’m really happy.”

Vikes captain Brynn Tomie finished in 11th place, while teammates Cari Chow and
Emily Nicol finished in 21st and 23rd place, respectively. Barros finished at 9–over
297 after a final round 3-over 75, while Sabrina Sapone of Université de Montreal
Carabins end the championship in solo third at 9-over par.

“A big congrats to Megan and her victory as women’s champion,” said Clews. “She
wanted this victory from the get-go and she struck the ball great all week. Lots of
pars and minimal mistakes out there drove her to the win. Megan is a champion by
nature, and I am so thrilled she finished off her university career with a win, she
deserves it more than anyone. With Brynn and Megan out of the mix next season, we
will have a lot of work to do for the girls, but I am confident they will stay
competitive next season. It won’t be easy, but it will come with hard work and
practice.”

Both Woodland and Tomie will head to the World University Championships in
Crans-Montana, Switzerland, June 23-27. The pair will be joined by coach Bryan
Carbery.

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